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Genre: Documentary Interview Series

Synopsis

A documentary series about the meaning of nostalgia and the genius behind that thing you had when you were a kid…what was it called?

Some of the most accomplished toy, game, and content creators from the 80’s and early 90’s are pestered about their craft and motivations by filmmaker Josh Folan.

Cast & Crew

Director/Editor/Producer: Josh Folan
Cinematographers: Zack Auron, Terik King, Brian Leisring, Mark Sanders, Owen Strock

Interviewees: Mark Bellomo, Bob Budiansky, Tim Clarke, David Crane, Kevin Eastman, Larry Hama, Dan Kitchen, Garry Kitchen, Jim Pressman

With Author and Toy Collector Mark Bellomo

Mark Bellomo

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Acclaimed toy author and collector Mark Bellomo weighs in on the toy and action figure industry from a scholarly perspective.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Mark are:

Totally Tubular 80’s Toys, The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, The Ultimate Vintage Guide to Transformers Action Figures

Bob Budiansky

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Heralded Marvel Comics artist, editor and writer Bob Budiansky sits down with us in his New Jersey home to talk comics.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Bob are:

The modern Transformers universe as we know it, Megatron, Sleepwalker, countless monthly and special edition Marvel books

Bob Budiansky
Toymake Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

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Veteran puppet, action figure, and toy maker Tim Clarke chats with us in his Connecticut workshop.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Tim are:

The Dark Crystal, The Muppets, Sesame Street, Sectaurs, Boglins

David Crane

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Video game artist David Crane bullshits about his trailblazing career in the video game industry.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of David are:

Atari 2600 titles Pitfall, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Freeway, Decathlon, Commodore 64 titles Little Computer People, Ghostbusters, NES title A Boy and His Blob

Video Game Artist David Crane

Kevin Eastman

Comic artist and writer Kevin Eastman talks about the early days of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Jim are:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heavy Metal Magazine, The Melting Pot

Larry Hama

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Prolific comic book writer and penciller Larry Hama chats with us in his TriBeCa loft.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Larry are:

The modern G.I. Joe character universe as we know it, the military file dossiers on the G.I. Joe action figure packaging, countless storylines in the X-Men comic book universe (including Fatal Attractions), D.C. Comics’ C.O.P.S. comic series

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Video Game Artist Dan Kitchen

Dan Kitchen

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Video game artist Dan Kitchen sits down in his New Jersey home with filmmaker Josh Folan to shoot the shit about classic game design.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Dan are:

Atari 2600 titles Ghostbusters, Crackpot, River Raid II, NES titles Double Dragon, Ghostbusters II, and all the Simpsons titles

Garry Kitchen

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Legendary video game designer and programmer Garry Kitchen sits down with us in midtown Manhattan.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Garry are:

The first home port (Atari 2600) of the arcade classic Donkey Kong, A Boy and His Blob, all the NES and Gameboy Bart Simpson games, Keystone Kapers

Garry Kitchen

Jim Pressman

Board game kingpin Jim Pressman, president of Pressman Toys, sits down with us at the 2015 New York Toy Fair.

Some of the amazing things that exist because of Jim are:

Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur, Domino Rally, Double Dare Home Edition