Lists by grendelkhan
Filmation was one of the leading animation studios on television, from the 60s through the 80s. They produced a combination of shows based on licensed characters and original material, all done in-house, in the United States (though that changed by the end). Filmation was led by the triumvirate of producers Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott, and chief director Hal Sutherland. Filmation won numerous awards for educational content and was very forward-thinking, in terms of showcasing minority characters. Voice artists included Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack), Larry Storch (F-Troop), Howard Morris (Sid Cesar's shows, Andy Griffith Show), Bill Cosby, Henry Darrow (Zorro), Robert Ridgely (Beverly Hills Cop II, Boogie Nights) and Alan Oppenheimer (Six Million Dollar Man). Filmation was noted for reusing footage, as well as other money-saving tricks (like characters running in silhoutee, at a distance) and their later use of rotoscoping, to give movement to their cartoons. Let's take a look at their output.
The 1970s was a decade of transition. The decade began with the Vietnam War in full flower, hippies roamed the lands and the airwaves, the optimism of Camelot was long gone, man walking on the Moon had become routine, and a whole generation was restless. It was also a big time of change for Hollywood, with major changes in film themes and techniques, as well as more hard-hitting drama and social issues dominating television. It was also the decade of bellbottoms, feathered hair, disco, punk, Watergate, Patty Hearst, Kent State, Billy Jack, vigilantes, "jiggle" shows, Sweathogs, the Fonz,and a tv series about the Korean War that lasted almost 3 times longer than the actual war.So pop in some Foghat and take a slow ride through the wonder of the 70s.
There are some movies that feel like a comic book adventure, even when they aren't adaptations of a comic book. In other words, these are films that would have made for great comic books, with few changes. There are some tv shows here, too.
The pulps were cheaply printed story magazines, usually focusing on specific genres. Their name was derived from the cheap wood pulp paper used for printing, as opposed to the "slicks," the higher end magazines like Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post. The pulps built many of the conventions of various genres, including mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. This list will focus on films and tv series that follow in the pulp tradition of plot driven stories, with bare bones characterization and a fast pace. Pulp covers a lot of ground, so I will stick with films that are pretty much derived directly from the pulp magazines themselves or are stories inspired by the pulp pioneers. Most will be in the adventure vein, though I'll try to mix things up. I've also included some of the pulp predecessors, from the Victorian Era. I've included serials and other films that drew major inspiration from the pulps, even if they didn't originate there.
These are films of the apocalypse and post-apocalypse. We had a lot of them in the 80s, when it looked like certain world leaders thought nuclear war was something you could survive (or would want to) and others were metaphors for different anxietes. Whatever the inspiration, they ranged from the violent to the goofy. My definition of an apocalypse is a collapse of society, so just because it doesn't feature nomads racing vehicles in the desert does not mean I don't consider it to be post-apocalyptic. As always, your mileage may vary.
This list covers the history of WWII, via films from key events. There were a lot of movies made about this period, both at the time and later; so, I'm sticking to important ones and personal favorites. There's a little tv thrown in here, as well.
For an entire movie generation (several, actually), movie serials dazzled the audience weekly, with stunts, thrills, mystery, and plenty of action and cliffhangers. Some are classics, some are head scratchers. I'll also throw in some films (and a bit of tv) that took their cues from the cliffhangers. Will our hero survive? Come back next week to this same cinema.
Films to make you chuckle, films that make you laugh out loud, films that create laundry issues. We've go 'em all here. Comedy is subjective, so, while you may not find a film listed here as funny, I do; and, it's my list. So, neener-neener!:P
I'm including tv shows; but, mostly those that were consistently funny across their run.
The thrilling, and sometimes comical, exploits of the world's greatest secret agents.
Saturday morning was a ritual in the 70s, often starting before the station sign-on (we didn't have 24 hours of local programming, in those days) and lasting at least until American Bandstand. Here are some of those programs of that era and my memories (some are from the end of the 60s, but were still in reruns at the beginning of the 70s, while a few are from the very early 80s). Your mileage may vary...
ps. This list used to include Tom and Jery, which was shown on CBS, from 1965-1972. It was a network show, consisting of the Tom and Jerry Cartoons, like the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show. However, the listing has been deleted by IMDB.
Oakmont Productions was a company that specialized in WW2 action films, in the 1960s. Their formula was built around using a moderately priced American actor (usually a tv actor) as the star, and a script filled with action and daring. Quite often, the hero is troubled by some tragedy that has occurred in the recent past. The dramatic elements were often the weakest element in the films; but, they excelled at action! They also had a habit of reusing footage from other films, to save money.
Cambria Studios was a low budget outfit, who operated from the late 50s to the early 70s. They would probably be forgotten if it weren't for two things: they produced the Three Stooges cartoons and Synchro-Vox. Ok, you are saying, I know who the Stooges are; but, what the heck is Synchro-Vox? Well, basically, they would lock a voice actor in a still position and film their mouths speaking the dialogue. Then, that film would be superimposed onto the cartoon characters, to create lifelike mouth movements. Unfortunately, more often than not, that was about the only motion in the cartoons. If you've ever seen the Conan O'Brian bit, or the joke Mr. Impossible cartoon (on The Impossibles dvd), then you've see Synchro-Vox. As for the rest, well, Cambria didn't set the animation world on fire; but, they had decent stories and some pretty darn good artwork, especially their sci-fi show, Space Angel. The bulk of their work is in the public domain, though few episodes of most shows survive (apart from The New Three Stooges).
These are film and tv adaptations of comic strips and comic books. The sole criteria is that it had to appear in the comic page first. It's by no means a complete list. I have tried to use debuts or notable adaptations. With respect to film and tv based on manga, due to the anime boom, there are dozens of OVAs, tv series, and films. I have stuck with notable ones or those that have had influence in the West. I haven't seen enough to give the field justice. The same is true with European comics. I have included notable examples and those based on highly regarded series. I have tried to include as many others from around the world but I'm sure I have missed plenty. Comments are only my opinion; your mileage may vary.
I'm a sucker for worlds of imagination, so sci-fi has always been a favorite, even when it's been a bit cheesy (some of us have a sense of humor about this stuff). These are movie and tv show favorites; some are groundbreaking, some awe inspiring, some puzzling, and many are just plain silly. What's the point of having a future if it isn't at least fun? I'm skipping superheroes, if you don't mind, as I have covered them on another list.
Now, "Mr. Sulu, ahead warp factor 10!" "Aye, aye, Captain!" "If anyone needs me, I'll be in my parent's basement."
Some spoilers ahead...
These are cartoons that can just be described as "cool." These are my picks, your mileage may vary. I'm sticking with line animation here, rather than CGI, so no Pixar (cool as they are) and no stop motion (though what is cooler than Rankin-Bass or Aardman?).
Well, it's been good for drama and Hollywood has been drawn to it almost since films began. Unfortunately, Hollywood tends to prefer the "glory" of war, rather than the truth of it and also prefers a good yarn to history. This list will include both the accurate and the action yarns, comedy and drama. I will mostly stick to films that revolve around an aspect of warfare or soldiering, rather than something that just happens to occur during a war. There will be some tv, as well. Unfortunately, I haven't seen as many Asian works, so the list will be rather Euro-centric.
These are films (and some tv movies and shows) showcasing elements of and people from American History. I'm sticking to ones that attempt to capture the history, rather than ones just set in a particular period. Surprise, surprise, there are a lot of war movies here.
Rankin-Bass was another studio that was synonymous with 70s tv (though they started in the 60s), both for their holiday specials and their Saturday morning output. Formed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, Rankin-Bass covered the gamut of animation outlets: feature films, tv specials, network series, and syndicated programming. They also ventured into the live action world, partnering with Japanese studio Toho for King Kong Escapes. In fact, Japan factors into most of their productions as both their line animation and stop-motion works were created with Japanese studios. They are best remembered for their Christmas specials, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town; but, they also produced Saturday morning fare (Jackson 5ive, The Osmonds, Kid Power, several segments for the Saturday Superstar Movie); and syndicated powerhouses, such as Thundercats. Their logo, a vertical bar and two stacked circles of different shades (combining the letters "r" and "B") is instantly recognizable by children of the 70s., though they also operated under the name Videocraft International, Ltd. Let's take a look at their output:
Marvel Comics is currently the 200 lb canary of the comic book world, but it hasn't always been so. They were often one of the mid-tier companies and were second to DC/National, until the late 60s/early 70s. After starting out with (mostly) fresh characters, they fell into a rut of copying whatever was popular, until Jack Kirby and Stan Lee started a revolution. Their film and television properties have tended to reflect their status and it has been a long, rocky road to success. here is a roadmap of their cinematic efforts.
Back in days of yore (the 1970s) we didn't have dvds, video tapes, and most of us didn't have cable television or satellite. Instead, you depended on the networks and your local tv station for older movies. Back in those days, the local stations generally bought syndicated packages, including movie packages. They were generally shown on the weekends, during non-network programming periods or late at night, after the news and network talk shows. Some stations had afternoon movies, with syndicated packages like "Dialing for Dollars, where they had chances to win money during the movie break. Tuning in to these programs was often like taking a turn at the roulette wheel; you never new if you would find a winner or a really awful film. I discovered many great films via this method and this list reflects those movies that I saw this way. Many went on to become favorites, others just passed the time. This will be a work in progress as I try to remember all of those films. Any ommission is not a slight against the film; I just didn't see it via this method or just don't remember (senility, don't you know...)
I've always had an interest in architecture and design; but, the structures that have always fascinated me are those grandiose fortresses, castles, underground complexes, and villain's lairs of comics, tv, and movies. The following are memorable shows and movies with equally memorable hideouts, lairs, headquarters and similar structures. look for a lot of Ken Adams' work on this one.
DC Comics is the oldest comic book publisher still in existence and the home to the first superheroes (though they owe a lot to the pulp heroes who came befoe). At first they sold reprints of newspaper comics, but they soon became the first to publish new material (New Comics), the first to devote a comic to a single genre (Detective Comics), and the first superhero (Superman). Along the way, they created some exciting characters and stories, and adapted many others. Their properties were soon adapted to film, radio, newspaper strips, television, and even Broadway. Here is their storied history, most of it good, though with missteps, as well.
These are fantasy films, though aren't they all? Specifically, these are films which follow the conventions of fantasy literature, myths and legends. For the purposes of clarity, I've included things like King Arthur, but not swashbucklers like Zorro or Captain Blood. If it has elements of magic, it's fantasy, in my book. If it just has guys swinging swords, its a swashbuckler or heroic adventure (or medieval romance). I've tried to stay away from the supernatural stuff, like horror, but some important ones may pop up. I also stuck with things with which I am familiar, so many foreign films and tv shows are not included.
These are movies and tv shows featuring superheroes, masked mystery men/women, or costumed adventurers (and some supercriminals). I'm mostly sticking to costumed and superheroes, but reserve the right to throw in heroic figures like Tarzan and James Bond, who transcend the normal man. I've also throw in a few villains and some legendary heroes who greatly influenced masked heroes. I'm mostly skipping the direct to video films, as I have only seen a few.
I know the 70s had its share of clinkers, but I remember so many great tv shows. Reality programming consisted of a Presidential newscast or coverage of the space program. There were a whole lot of "wacka-wacka" soundtracks and plenty of jiggling, as the decade came to a close. These were some of my favorites and some that were groundbreaking but not really in my viewing.
These are random connections between movies, actors, source material, plot, whatever. I've decided to limit the list to 1000 links, as it is very hard to keep track of what films and tv shows have already been listed.
These are tv shows that were often found on local tv channels in the 70s. This is what I saw in central Illinois. Remember, we only had 4 channels: 3 networks and PBS. Some of you city folk had extra channels on UHF.
The caper (or heist) film can be one of the most entertaining genres, as you watch an intricate plan unfold, go wrong, and succeed. These films can be great dramas or fantastic comedies, with the odd romance thrown in on top. Also included are a few tv series in which the caper aspect is a key component and a few about con artists, with their own capers.
Cartoon series with stirring adventure.
Some movies, tv specials, favorite tv episodes, and a few odds and ends. The absence of any favorite of yours isn't a slight; evryone has their special favorites.
These are films featuring a small band tasked to carry out a mission against heavy odds.
These are shows that were most often encountered in syndication. Some may have originated as network shows, but had long lives in syndication. I have left off the network favorites that then aired in syndication, sticking to smaller shows or ones that had much bigger syndication lives.
These are films that aren't likely to win awards, but are fun and entertaining. Some were hits but mostly cult hits.
Excellent UK tv comedies that American audiences will love.
Films of great daring-do and swordplay.