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Kid of the 80s

roger-rabbit

In 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit combined live action and animation to create a critical and box office success.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit stars Bob Hoskins as private detective Eddie Valiant, who investigates a murder involving the famous cartoon character, Roger Rabbit. The film co-stars Charles Fleischer as the voice or Roger; Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom and Kathleen Turner as the voice of Jessica Rabbit.

Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights to the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? shortly after its publication in 1981.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit began production in 1985 with a budget of $29.9 million, which at the time still made it the most expensive animated film ever made. As production went on the budget ballooned to $70 million.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit went on to make almost $330 million at the box office and won four Academy Awards.

Kid of the 80s

trivial-pursuit

Trivial Pursuit reminded us that we were not as smart as we thought. Over 20 million Trivial Pursuit games were sold in 1984.

Over the years, numerous editions of Trivial Pursuit have been produced, usually specializing in various fields. The original version is known as the Genus edition or Genus I.

The rights to the game were initially licensed to Selchow and Righter in 1982, then to Parker Brothers (now part of Hasbro) in 1988. In December 1993, Trivial Pursuit was named to the “Games Hall of Fame” by Games magazine.

As of 2004, nearly 88 million Trivial Pursuit games had been sold in 26 countries and 17 languages.

Kid of the 80s

mop-top

We played barber with the Play-Doh Mop Top Hair Shop until “hair” was stuck in the carpet, and Mom closed up shop.

Play-Doh was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s.

More than two billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold.

Kid of the 80s

thank-you-easter-bunny

“Thank You, Easter Bunny! Bawk Bawk!” Do you remember this M&M’s commercial from 1984?

Kid of the 80s

tic-tac-toes-pasta

Tic Tac Toe was not just a game in the mid-80s. It was a “good hot meal”… and food that we could play with.

Chef Boyardee (formerly Chef Boy-Ar-Dee) was founded by Italian immigrant Ettore “Hector” Boiardi in Cleveland, Ohio in 1928. The idea for Chef Boyardee came about when restaurant customers began asking Boiardi for his recipes. He opened a factory in 1938 and named his product “Boy-Ar-Dee” to help Americans pronounce his name.

Chef Boyardee pasta is still sold internationally by ConAgra Foods.