The Cabbage Patch Kids were the biggest toy fad of the 1980s. The most successful toy doll in the history of the toy industry. Every little girl wanted one. It was a must have Christmas present. Parents would search the shops for a Cabbage Patch Kid doll, which sold out very quickly! A riot even broke out in a shop, a week before Christmas in 1983; it made the front cover of Newsweek.
Today we know Drew Barrymore as a successful actress, producer, author, director and model. She’s one very respected figure in Hollywood, starring in hit films including The Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed and Charlie’s Angels.
In my opinion, Gremlins was by far one of the greatest films of the 1980s, a decade which gave us a huge batch of classic films. The horror/comedy was released in 1984. Directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg, it also marked the screenwriting debut for Chris Columbus (Home Alone). Writing the screenplay for Gremlins really is the stuff that dreams are made of for Chris Columbus, as really he just wrote it to get noticed in Hollywood! He wrote it as a spec, a writing sample. Luckily for Columbus, it was brought and produced by the best, Steven Spielberg. Spielberg thought the script was one of the most original stories he had heard in years. Really is there a better way to start your screen writing career than that?
The Witch Mountain films, who watched these as a child? Though the first two films, Escape to Witch Mountain and Return from Witch Mountain, were made in the seventies, they were hugely popular with children, like myself, who grew up in the 1980s. Probably as the release of Return To Witch Mountain on VHS came out in 1986, so it was the perfect children’s film to rent out from the video shop, which I did, a few times!
The cult classic film, Hocus Pocus, which is said to be the most popular Halloween film ever. The film starred Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Fun, action packed, hilarious, creepy, and adventurous film from 1993.
Fraggle Rock was such a classic children's programme, with just the best theme tune ever?! "Dance your cares away. Worry’s for another day. Let the music play. Down at Fraggle Rock!" Such a fun, catchy, happy, uplifting song! How can you not just love it? The song even reached number thirty three in the UK charts, frankly I think it deserved the number one spot!