Back once again on this memorable episode of the Popzara Podcast is producer, director and nostalgia aficionado Brian Volk-Weiss to talk even more toys (and more movies!) as he readies not just the wildly anticipated third season of his smash-hit Netflix docuseries The Toys That Made Us, but its cinematic spin-off The Movies That Made Us.
Previous seasons delved into iconic pop-culture mainstays like Star Wars, GI-Joe, LEGO and Hello Kitty, and season number three isn’t slowing down. On deck are four more blockbuster properties that helped shape the zeitgeist for generations of collectors and superfans: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and…wrestling toys. Yes, wrestling toys, which turned out to be far more popular than you might remember.
But there’s more! Hot on the heels of plastic playthings come a new series that gives Hollywood the same treatment. The Movies That Made Us debuts with a look at four flicks that helped define 1980s cinema in ways few others can boast: Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, Home Alone, and Die Hard. More than just quotation factories and meme machines, you’ll discover how near-perfect blends of actors, music and timing helped make these movies intergenerational favorites – and why remakes and sequels often fail to capitalize on their success.
Listen as Brian and fellow fan Nate Evans talk how both series came about and how your Popzara Pals may have helped influence this season’s selection. Try guessing who might show up (and who won’t), including Zachary Taylor (the original Black Ranger), Kevin Smith, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and more. And get ready to learn the amazing connection between Ghostbusters, Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy, one even more relevant as the world awaits the return of Murphy to standup comedy after dazzling in Dolemite Is My Name.
Cue up that Netflix playlist as both The Toys That Made Us: Season Three and The Movies That Made Us: Season One debut just in time to help make that Thanksgiving family get-together go down easier. Even if you can’t tell a Megazord from Butterscotch or Andre the Giant means nothing to you, grab some friends and have a few laughs because it’s cats and dogs living together and you’ll be thirsty for more – and nobody puts these babies in a corner.