Two years ago at Dragon*Con, C. Martin Croker, the voice behind Zorak and Dr. Weird – character names which will only make sense to fans of Adult Swim – shared his collection of vintage Saturday morning films with just a few of us who rose early that day.
I attended on about 2 hours of sleep myself. Trust me, Dragon*Con is not for the weak.
Those of us who made it were regaled with kids programming from the late 60s and early 70s, including some commercials for toys and cereals and such. I was in awe of how much I remembered from that era, including all the terribly-animated Hanna-Barbera crap and one Oscar-winning cartoon from Disney that’s not what one would expect from that particular studio.
I don’t generally get into the nostagia thing, but I must say, I was hooked right away and in full childlike mode when he played something … something I did not recognize a single frame of, but somehow, some way, I knew all the words to the opening song.
Milton the Monster ran from 1965-1967. I was born in 1966. I don’t recall if I ever actually saw the show, but as I sat in that darkened room the Saturday morning of Dragon*Con 2010, I sang along with every word of that intro.
And I was kinda freaked out about it. I mean, my brain didn’t log any visuals, but the music was there – still there – after 40+ years. That’s a pretty nifty grey matter trick we humans can do.
If only we could do it in reverse and make our head meats forget, at will, that which we don’t care to remember.