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05 June 2010 @ 12:59 pm
Day 13: "Oh, nostalgia"  
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

I'm defining this as a favorite childhood show that was incredibly influential and inspirational to me, since I have a lot of shows I considered my favorite during childhood. Going through all of them I realized I had two particular shows that shaped me into who I am now.


My Little Pony



This is pretty much the definition of most of my childhood, everything to deal with My Little Pony. I watched the very first MLP special, My Little Pony: Rescue at Midnight Castle, which is the clip I posted, when I was in preschool, My Little Pony: The Movie (the Smooze! Bushwoolies!) and the television series that derived from that, which included some of my favorite episodes such as Return of Tambelon and End of Flutter Valley. I kinda watched the new version a bit back then, My Little Pony Tales, though it didn't follow the continuation of the original. Apparently they're making new animations but they're not the same as MY MLP of the good 'ole days, that's for sure. But the thing about this is that the entire franchise will be timeless, it'll always be around and it'll always be loved, by me especially. You can never go wrong with My Little Pony.

I mean, come on. I collected My Little Ponies, okay? I have a pink jean jacket that had a My Little Pony cross-stitched on the back and bedazzled with jewels that my mother made for me. I had coloring books, for goodness sakes. This will always remain part of who I am, I am a My Little Pony girl, and I bet you anything with my future children I will be brainwashing them with it as well. ;)



Ocean Girl



Ocean Girl is an Australian show that became syndicated on the Disney Channel during its run in the 1990s, and the main premise is about a young girl named Neri and throughout the show we start unraveling the mysteries of who she is and where she comes from. Neri lives alone on a deserted island and possesses superhuman-like qualities such a strength, the ability to hold her breath for prolonged periods of time which allows her to swim in the ocean as a mermaid would, along with her extraordinary ability to communicate with one particular humpback whale she has befriended named Charley. The show follows her, and her newly befriended human friends, in discovering her past and who she is and how she came about on the island.

You guys, I cannot begin to articulate how much I love and adore this show. Seriously, this show, when being syndicated on the Disney Channel back in the day, pretty much stole my entire heart and it's one the reasons why I became so intrigued and fascinated with wildlife and the preserving of nature and the environment in general, as the show does deal with preventing the destruction of nature and it deals with organizations like ORCA which is a fictional underwater research and environmental protection facility that is very important in the show itself, just so you know. This was definitely a childhood favorite show for me because it just really spoke to me on many levels due to that alone. I loved all the characters, Neri especially. I love her so much, I wanted to be friends with her. I wanted to become Neri back then. Still do, in fact. I wanted to live on an island, I wanted to run free and just be amongst nature, and the water and the ocean and whales and dolphins and just have that kind of atmosphere. Just everything about Neri's world was incredibly fascinating and so surreal, I wanted to live there with her. I mean come on, she got to sleep in a tree and then swing down on a vine into a waterfall lake. Now that's what I want to do when I wake up in the morning, for real. ♥

Also, Neri taught me how to swim the proper way. There is no other way but the Neri way. True facts.

The entire show was just amazingly well-done and well-crafted with its story and the mysteries that unfolded, not just for a show of its time but also for a children's television series too, as its labeled a "deep ecology science fiction" show, which is pretty cool. There were some pretty dramatic and tense moments on the show which can be considered not kid-friendly, at least by today's standards for kids series. Then again, this was an Australian series, so chances are their quality in storytelling will be a bit better than the ones here in the States. Oh, and funny thing: I didn't realize the show had a fourth season until a couple years ago, because Disney only aired three seasons and I guess they didn't get the rights to show the fourth, which is rather unfortunate. So guess what I'll be watching once I get that on DVD when it comes out? ;D

The creator of Ocean Girl has made yet another show called H20: Just Add Water, which I guess is the Ocean Girl for the newer generation, which involves three girls who are friend that become mermaids. I've only seen a few scattered episodes but from what I've seen it's pretty good. Again, Australian series, can't go wrong there. But yes, love Ocean Girl forever and ever.

For closing, here's cute fanvideo I found showing the friendship between Neri and Charley, the humpback whale she befriended and can communicate with. If you don't smile at this, you are dead inside.



Also, here's another amazing fanmade music video that I remember watching and downloading wayyy back in 1999, and is now available on YouTube! :D The editing is very well-done considering this was made back then, and the music used for both videos are actual songs from the Ocean Girl soundtrack which, unfortunately, I don't think are being distributed anymore but I do have some myself. Including this one, "Forever Blue". ♥


Masterlist of days here.
 
 
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Kevin Jonesmulder200 on June 5th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
LOL! I used to love My Little Pony when I was younger! Well that and Rainbow Brite.

And Ocean Girl was awesome! I loved that show!
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
I don't remember Rainbow Brite all that much, the only memory I have of it was the movie Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer which we had taped. But I didn't really watch the show as often as I did MLP. ;p

Yay for Ocean Girl!
icecoldrain: Bones - Huge plastic ice-cream cone ftw.icecoldrain on June 5th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
OMG, MY LITTLE PONY! I hardly ever got to watch it because my brother would take over the TV. Our My Little Pony toys were so much better then the ones that are out now lol.
Renée: Cara. Archangel.rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
OMG YES, THOSE NEW MLP TOYS ARE JUST AWFUL! I saw them in the store one day and I'm like, wtf are those? That's not what they should look like! They're so disproportionate. It's kinda depressing.
icecoldrain: Defying Gravity - Zoeicecoldrain on June 5th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
It is, I was like what did they do to them? I had the same response when Barbies were being made to look more like the bratz dolls.
Renée: Castiel + Cell phone = OTP.rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Wait, which Barbies are being made to look more like spawn of Satan Bratz dolls? I haven't heard/seen this.
icecoldrain: Defying Gravity - Zoeicecoldrain on June 5th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
It didn't last long. When the bratz dolls were big the barbies were being made larger in size. I was like OMG WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT'S BARBIE as I was standing at costco's(which is where I saw them). And Polly Pocket has totally changed.
Renée: Misha. O_Orogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay. I thought they were creating a new Barbie to fit that Bratz style and I'm kinda going, uhhh, no. There's a reason why I prefer Barbies to those things, kthx. Heh.

Yeah, Polly Pocket is just not my Polly Pocket. Polly Pocket was supposed to have been pocket sized toys. That's why it's called Polly Pocket. Duh. Now they're all bigger and look retarded.
icecoldrain: Defying Gravity - Zoeicecoldrain on June 5th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
They were all big and weird, maybe they didn't do well or something. Plus everyone with normal sized barbies would have to buy all new barbie clothes for the big ones.

I know, I saw a big Polly Pocket set and I was like that's Polly Pocket? They probably made them bigger because kids were choking on them or something. But the name should have changed with it because they aren't pocket sized anymore.
Chrissaodysseedesreves on June 5th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ocean Girl! I completely forgot what the name of the show was but I was obsessed with it when I was younger! I wanted to be Neri too.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how whenever I've seen it being mentioned online in like communities or whatnot people automatically are like OMG THAT'S THE SHOW! and like they couldn't remember the name. It makes me wonder how many people, statistically, watched the show and yet didn't recall the name of it. XD

But yes, I loved it very, very much. I wanted to just leave my home and live on an island like she did. Or at least pretend I was when swimming in my pool, lol.
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: horatio better move over.sapphirestar_ on June 5th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD MY LITTLE PONY I DON'T EVEN. JUST. WHAT. OH GOD, MY EYES. I CAN'T EVEN, JUST, LOL FOREVER.

don't get me wrong, i loved it when i was a kid. i don't know how much of it i saw, because i must've been ridiculously young, but lol, some five years ago i decided to rewatch some mlp vhs i have, and i just kept loling at everything and it just totally ruined any childhood memories i have (mostly because i was young when it aired in finland, so i didn't remember much of it) and now it's just one of those things that are total crack for me. :D

(but the actual toy ponies! oh man, they're awesome, omg.)

AND OCEAN GIRL WHUT. god, that feels so familiar, i just. i don't know. i'm not sure if i've seen it, because i don't remember it, and i don't know if they've ever aired it in finland, but watching that opening theme, yeah. it just feels incredibly familiar. it's definitely a show i would've liked, though. was it very popular? because if it wasn't, they probably didn't show it here.

CHRIST, THIS IS BOTHERING ME NOW. I MUST DO SOME RESEARCH. :D
Renée: Victor!Topher. FTW!rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
THE CRACK IS SOMETIMES TOO MUCH TO BEAR WHEN YOU'RE A GROWN UP, NOT GONNA LIE ABOUT THAT! LOL! But I can't help but love it anyway, because that's my childhood. Even if you look at it differently it's still my most beloved shows growing up. Plus, when you look at the animation from then to what some cartoons are now, I appreciate what we had as kids because it looks more...I don't want to say "realistic" because that's not the right word but, I guess it looks like it took time and effort? I don't know, but yeah. I'm sooo going to brainwash my kids with the show when they're younger, because I'm like evil awesome like that. ;p

Have you seen the newer MLP toys they're creating now? They look horrible, lol.

I don't know if it was popular. It must have been because it was syndicated several places and I know it had four seasons total so, perhaps it was but it's just hardly ever talked about these days. Which is pretty sad, it needs to be talked about!

But it really is a fantastic show, I think you'd love it too. :D
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: holding out for a larger than life herosapphirestar_ on June 5th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, i definitely understand. i've got shows like that too, the ones i loved as a child and the ones i still love even now. and i totally agree about the animation - all of it was better, to be honest. not just the animation, but the actual stories, too. it's just ... idk. it just feels like everything's so fake these days, you know? well. no. not fake, as such, but just ... not as good. not as meaningful. (omg, i loved the shows where the was always some moral lesson or something in the ending. especially taotao. god, that was precious. ♥ :D)

oh god, i have. SO RIDICULOUSLY FUGLY, I DON'T EVEN.

so i used my awesome google-fu, and turns out it did air in finland in like 1999 or 2000, something like that. i have this vague memory of it, so yeah, i've definitely seen it, i just don't really remember any of it. which is a shame, because i just know i loved it.
Renée: Misha/Jensen/Jared.rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
not just the animation, but the actual stories, too. it's just ... idk. it just feels like everything's so fake these days, you know? well. no. not fake, as such, but just ... not as good. not as meaningful.

Yeah, I completely agree. There's no imagination and creativity and storytelling in animation these days, or in most kids programs in fact. It's like they completely dumbed down on the storytelling and the animation. I look back at a lot of the stuff I used to watch as a kid, most of today's kids shows hardly compare to the gems we had. I mean, it could be a generation thing or whatever but honestly? It's just not the same, and not in a good way either. There's no magic, no spark. :/

You can watch Ocean Girl online now, I know YT has it available. Also it's out on DVD. Which I have, obviously. ;)
Becky: White Collar: Nealbeckytheelf on June 5th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG OMG. MY LITTLE PONY...MY LITTLE PONY...MY LITTLE PONY!!! *dances off on a trail of rainbows*
Renée: Dean/Castiel. BFFs.rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
THAT IS PRACTICALLY MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD RIGHT THERE, LIKE SRSLY. LIKE I HAD A LOT OF SHOWS I WATCHED BUT THIS IS MY FAVORITEST SHOW EVER. <333333
no good eitheralanna_zero on June 5th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
OMG I looooooooved Ocean Girl!! I was always so fascinated by Neri and wanted to be her friend too xD
And wow, I had no idea H2O was made by the same guy. Interesting.
Renée: Kahlan. Swept by the wind.rogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
ANOTHER OCEAN GIRL FAN, YAYYY! :D

I was wondering because it has basically the same kind of theme of girls and mermaid-like qualities and such, so when I found out I was pleasantly surprised.
Polo Moloslartibartfast on June 5th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. Ocean Girl. I was OBSESSED with that show as a kid and had completely forgotten it. Woooowww.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 5th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
\O/ YAY MOAR FANS I AM PLEASED!

It's just so great seeing more fans arising. Ocean Girl seems to be one of those shows that many people watched but hardly ever talk about until someone mentions it. This needs to be redeemed!
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Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on June 6th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
IKR? THE FACT IT'S OUT ON DVD AFTER ALL THIS TIME MADE ME SQUEE WITH DELIGHT. :D
goldenusagigoldenusagi on June 5th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
OCEAN GIRL!!! Yes.

The fourth series has a very different feeling to it.

And I just watched H2O Just Add Water. Cute, though it doesn't inspire my squee like Ocean Girl does. BTW, if you do get around to watching it, my sister says the third season isn't worth watching because two characters leave, and they have a "replacement mermaid" and not one word about why the first girl left.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 6th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
I heard that the fourth installment is a bit different, but I still wanna see it anyway. I already kinda know from a brief overview of what happens so, once that gets onto DVD I know I'm going to have a field day with it.

Yeah, I knew about one of the girls leaving. I don't know why either, perhaps school conflict?
goldenusagigoldenusagi on June 6th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Speaking of mermaids, have you ever heard of a movie called Aquamarine? It's very cute, though there's no deeper substance. It's a fluffy tween movie, but it has a MERMAID, so I don't care.
just a small town girl: [eureka seven] pretty pigtailcarameltrap on June 6th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
I loved My Little Ponies when I was younger. I recently went and rewatched some of the episodes and had to pause because I was laughing too hard at some of the cheesy lines. But it was still good times and a favourite childhood memory.

Ahhh, Ocean Girl! Used to watch that. It was so good.
Renée: BSG. Six. Made of awesome.rogueslayer452 on June 6th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
I sometimes forget that our childhood was so full of cheese and ridiculous stuff sometimes, but you know, that's how things are esp when you rewatch it after a long time. But still, memories and I'll always forever treasure it. <3

Adding more people who have seen Ocean Girl to the list. :)
cheerful_earl: Castielcheerful_earl on June 6th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
I am watching Ocean Girl on YouTube and love it. You and goldenusagi are amazing for bringing it into my life.

I loved My Little Ponies and My Little Pony Tales. I still have some of the toys, in fact. I refuse to get rid of my favorites. Hehe.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 6th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
ISN'T IT JUST WONDERFUL? :D I'm so glad you're loving it. Yet another show I converted you to! I think I'm on a roll here. ;)

I also refuse to give my MLP toys up. THEY ARE MINE FOREVER AND EVER, and also hand-me-downs for my own children.