Tuesday, August 01, 2006

GREAT IDEAS...just add water

It comes as no surprise that the wonders that be Hollywood feed on the edges of pop culture always in search of the next big thing, or even "the next thing that isn't really big, but might be popular enough so we can make everyone think it's big!"

In the spirit of "I can't wait for this one" - I have just learned that there is a plan afoot to make a movie of THE AMAZING LIVE SEA MONKEYS. For anyone unfamiliar, those are the little brine shrimp that come alive in water and then die peretty fast. As a kid it was always a disappointment to see that they didn't have crowns or even smiles like the drawing on the package. Ah, the life lesson of my first let-down.

Surprising fact number two, though I really haven't thought of this in years...in my days of living in L.A. and traveling the circles of kid's TV, I was once a writer on the TV show, THE AMAZING LIVE SEA MONKEYS, produced by none other than the shiny-headed Deal-No Dealer himself, Howie Mandel (not pictured - he played the kooky "Professor" on the live action show).

That's it for today's confessional. Time to get back to work!


Gregory K. said...

Those briny sea monkey type things are a plot point in a movie I did at your current employer, believe it or not. Come to think of it, I'm sure you DO believe it. Others, however, may not.

SilberBook-Blog said...

I wish I didn't believe it - but I worked for a whole summer with grown men in large rubber masks...and Howie Mandel. 'Nuff said.

Disco Mermaids said...

I remember that show. Though I also remember that the sea monkeys freaked me out.

My favorite kids-toys-to-TV-shows were the Pac-Man and Rubik's Cube cartoons. Those were so cheesy they were good.

- Jay

SilberBook-Blog said...

Kids-Toy to TV Show I'm still waiting for:
* Fake Vomit Avengers
* Yo-Yo and Friends
* McDonalds Happy Meal A-Go-Go

..and yes, those rubber-masked sea monkeys were scary! (especially at lunch, when they had to eat wearing the masks to save money and time!)