Stop Ruining My Childhood!

Stop Ruining My Childhood Podcast

A sometimes nostalgic, sometimes cynical look back at pop culture. Join us as we revisit movies, cartoons, and live-action TV of the 80s and 90s, and ask the question, ”Does this hold up? Or did I just ruin my childhood?”

Field of Dreams... and Big League Chew
Aug 4 2022
Field of Dreams... and Big League Chew
This week, the summer fun continues with the classic 1980s baseball movie, Field of Dreams!  Starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Amy Madigan, Gabby Hoffman, and Timothy Busfield, this award-winning film came into theaters in 1989.  When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying "If you build it, he will come," he feels the need to act. Despite taunts of lunacy, Ray builds a baseball diamond on his land, supported by his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan). Afterward, the ghosts of great players start emerging from the crops to play ball, led by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. But, as Ray learns, this field of dreams is about much more than bringing former baseball greats out to play.   Megan talks about watching the film in black and white on a trip to California while itching away at chicken pox, and Steve discusses his love of baseball and pretending to use chewing tobacco while chomping on our nostalgic snack for the week, Big League Chew.  The film was a nostalgic hit with Baby Boomers, as it hearkened back to the 1960s and called them to follow their dreams. Did two Gen-Xers love the film just as much? Listen to find out! Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com    #fieldofdreams #field_of_dreams #fieldofdreams? #kevincostner #GabbyHoffman #JamesEarlJones #RayLiotta #wpkinsella #baseball #sportsmovies #sportsfilm #timetravel #SF #1980smovies #AwardWinning #stopruiningmychildhood #80s #1980s #1980smovies #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #tbthursday
Quantum Leap... and Pop Tarts
Jul 28 2022
Quantum Leap... and Pop Tarts
"Oh Boy!" This week, we revisit the cult favorite, Quantum Leap.   Quantum Leap ran for 5 seasons and 97 episodes from 1989 to 1993.  Created by Don Bellisario, the show starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a time traveling scientist, who leaps into people from 1953 to 1987 to help them and correct something that went wrong in the original timeline. Dean Stockwell, who co-stars as Admiral Al Calavicci, Sam's best friend, who appears as a hologram that only Sam can see and hear.  They are aided by Gushi, the project's lead programmer, and Ziggy, a supercomputer. Despite successfully correcting the past in each episode, Sam continues to leap randomly to another place and time, "putting right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home" And for our snack this week, Steve reviews Pop Tarts, and Megan tries a candy necklace. We talk about the cereal wars of the 1960s and the thievery that resulted in what we now know as the Pop Tart.  Did we love the science fiction, mystery, romance, comedy, drama show? Did the Pop Tarts taste like cardboard? Listen to find out! Watch with us and find links to listen on our website: www.stopruiningmychildhood.com  #quantumleap #quantumleaps #quantumphysics #startrek #scifi #scifitv #80sTV #90sTV #scottbakula #PopTarts #timetravel #SF #deanstockwell #Kelloggs #Breakfast #travel #fantasy #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #tbthursday #Remake #RewatchPodcast #podcast #stopruiningmychildhood #Reboot #sequel
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Totinos Pizza Rolls
Jul 14 2022
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Totinos Pizza Rolls
This week, we revisit the original cartoon version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! What began as a comic book in 1984, TMNT quickly launched into a series in 1986, and an empire was born. The franchise spawned 5 animated television series, 5 live-action films, 4 animated films, 4 comic book series, toys, video games, table top games, pinball machines, amusement park rides, and more! Megan remembers her brother's obsession with the show and her enjoyment of the original toy line. Steve remembers dressing up like the teenage turtles while playing with his brothers. We discover fun facts including some key differences between the US and UK versions, and we debate over whether or not Raphael is cool and rude or just rude.  And Steve enjoys eating his nostalgic, childhood snack, Totino's Pizza Rolls... while Megan noshes on a small bite of gluten-free DiGiorno's.  Did we love the show? Did the turtles drive us crazy? Would the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles approve of Totino's? Listen to find out! Links to listen can be found at www.stopruiningmychildhood.com    #tmnt #teenagemutantninjaturtles #ninjaturtles #toys #actionfigures #turtlepower #s #leonardo #donatello #raphael #neca #cowabunga #toycollector #tmntcollector #comics #shredder #turtles #michelangelo #tmnttoys #rottmnt #vintagetoys #tmntleo #marvel #tmntdonnie #tmntmikey #1980sCartoon  #TBT #TBThursday #ThrowbackThursday #tmntraph #kevineastman #SaturdayMorningCartoon
25th Episode! The Fifth Element... And Happy Meals
Jun 23 2022
25th Episode! The Fifth Element... And Happy Meals
We have a special extravaganza, celebrating our 25th episode! We went back 25 years to the 25th highest box office film and rewatched The Fifth Element!  Starring Mila Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Chris Tucker, this sci-fi adventure film is known for its stunning visuals... and Mila Jovovich's infamous orange and white costume. Some called it a comic book come to life! Others found it overstuffed and overstimulating.  Before we give our take, we revisit a few of our favorite moments from the podcast and take a second look at Happy Meals! The portions have changed, and the meals come with some healthier options, but the toys still play a major role! What is the one TV show Steve's looking forward to watching soon? What is the one cartoon Megan wishes she rated higher? Will Leeloo ever learn another word besides "Multipass"? Listen to find out!   Links to listen can be found on our website: www.stopruiningmychildhood.com #80s #90s #80sBaby #90sKid #TheFifthElement #5thElement #The5thElement #BruceWillis #MilaJovovich #ChrisTucker #GaryOldman #SciFi #SciFiRewatch #Multiass #Forgotten90s #90sRewatch #RetroPodcast #GenX #GenXPodcast #leeloo #FifthElement #leeloodallas  #korbendallas  #cosplaygirl  #lucbesson #leeloodallasmultipass #leeloocosplay #diablobead  #monsterhuntermovie #HappyMeals #happymeals #mcdonalds #happymeal #mcdonald  #fastfood #drivethru #mcdelivery  #happymealtoys #happymealtoy #disney