Friday, April 11, 2014

30th Anniversary Rainbow Brite Art Show

In recent weeks, Hallmark headquarters put together a Rainbow Brite exhibit for her 30th anniversary. It was designed to provide inspiration for their creative employee teams, and is currently being shown to employees in their 9th floor gallery. It is not open to the public, but thankfully a good friend of mine, Justin Perryman, is related to a Hallmark employee and was able to take a tour himself. He took these pictures, and was given permission to share them with the world. Some of the artwork was just for fun, but some may be used in future projects, so let's keep our fingers crossed! :) All info and images are ©Hallmark Cards, Inc.

In the first section of the exhibit, you will find merchandise, protoypes and custom dolls:








In the second part, you'll see more prototypes, publications, merchandise, and storyboards:









You can even get your picture taken wearing a Rainbow Brite snuggie! ;) You're so cute Justin!


There is also fan art created by Hallmark employees:










But my favorite part of all are the big screen tvs around the exhibit showing Rainbow Brite episodes, pictures of Rainbow Brite fans, and never-before-seen video of relaunch ideas!




We can only cross our fingers and hope that Hallmark is cooking up something new and wonderful for our favorite super hero, and will hopefully make this exhibit available to the public in the future :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Internet Nostalgia

In the first episode of Brite Cast, we briefly talked about Rainbow Brite's history on the web. It left me feeling super nostalgic, and I wanted to share a bit more of that nostalgia with you :)

In 1996, when I first searched for Rainbow Brite on the Internet, I recall coming across two pages. The first belonged to Jessica Silva (or Sylva? I think. I'm completely going by memory here). It contained this image:


and a rant about her BEING the one, and only, Rainbow Brite. Honestly, I was a bit turned off by it, as I didn't think the Rainbow Brite moniker should belong to only one person. Rainbow Brite, the character, would be happy to have a multitude of people identify so strongly with her, I believed. And, it was a nickname friends had given me at the time. So it spurred a tiny competitive spark within me.

From her page, I discovered the Rainbow Brite Webring, and followed it to the next page in the ring. That page belonged to Vincent Wales aka. Cardigan, who had created the webring.
It was certainly unexpected to find a man 15+ years my senior who had any interest in Rainbow Brite, but I was intrigued as I read his story. In fact, I contacted him recently and he still has the file! You can read it for yourself right here :)

Vincent and I became fast friends and the following year, 1997, when I created my first webpage, I showed it to him. Now, I was VERY new to making webpages. There were no courses in my high school on how to build them, so I had to teach myself. With the help of my brother, Jeremy Cartee, our mutual friend, Brian Cape, and many Internet searches, I was able to put a very basic Rainbow Brite page on the web.

I submitted it to Vincent's webring and asked his opinion. He was very supportive, and taught me how to do a few more things - such as how to rotate an image. And thus my Rainbow Brite page was born. I actually went diving through old backup discs recently and found the files for that original page. Would you like to see it in action? Just click here to be transported to the Internet of yesteryear ;)

So I want to give a big THANK YOU to Jessica Silva(?), Vincent Wales, Jeremy Cartee and Brian Cape, without which RainbowBrite.net may have never existed :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brite Cast

First of all, my apologies for not updating this blog in 2 years! *cringe* My bad! I have an excuse for last year - we moved to a new city, and then moved into a new house. But the year before that? I don't know...it's all a blur :P

I have exciting news for you Color Kids! An idea that was spawned several years ago has finally come to fruition. Renee Stowe of RainbowBrite.co.uk and myself have finally launched our Rainbow Brite podcast - Brite Cast! :)


Reading blog entries can be fun and informative (and I DO plan to continue this blog!), but listening to the passion in the voices of the fans can be really exciting too. In our first episode, we talk about Rainbow Brite's history on the Internet, and about ourselves as Rainbow Brite fanatics. In the future, we'll tackle the cartoon series, the dolls, the books, and more. But what we'd love is to hear from YOU!

What topics would you like us to discuss? Are there any burning questions you've always wanted answered? Do you have a Rainbow Brite related story you'd like to share? We'd love to hear it all :) You can contact us on Facebook and Twitter. You can email us at BriteCast@gmail.com. And you can submit your voice messages to us too! US fans can call (702) 900-STAR to leave a voice message. Or, all fans can use Vocaroo.com to record a message and send us the file or link.

Until next time...have a rainbow day! :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Robot Chicken

For those who have never watched Robot Chicken, let me explain what it is before moving on to the video clips:

"The program is a sketch comedy that parodies a number of pop culture conventions using stop motion animation of toys, action figures, and claymation. The show focuses on mocking pop culture, referencing toys, films, television, and popular fads, as well as more obscure references like anime cartoons and older television programs." [from Wikipedia]

Robot Chicken is offensive, dirty and sometimes horrifying, but it's hilarious at the same time. If you are offended by your childhood idols being mocked, degraded or even killed, please skip over this blog entry :)

I'm a fan of Seth Green, who produces and voices the show, because he's a total nostalgia geek just like me. While the clips may not be flattering to our beloved childhood cartoons, at least they're being remembered and living on in some [very strange] way ;)

Rainbow Brite has been featured in Robot Chicken four times to date. Here's the rundown:

#1 - Episode: Metal Militia, Sketch: Game Over - October 1, 2006
This episode starts out with Murky and Lurky sitting in a bar. They want to steal Rainbow Brite's Star Sprinkles so that they can make the world gray. So they decide to break into the Color Castle while Rainbow is out to accomplish their task. Unfortunately, Rainbow Brite comes home while they're in her room. They hide behind a couch, but before they can escape, Lurky trips over some magazines and they are discovered. Rainbow pulls out a chainsaw and all we see is the villains' blood splattering around her room. Yuck!


(Click the image to watch the video)

#2 - Episode: Rabbits on a Roller Coaster, Sketch: Follow the Light, Rainbow - August 26, 2007
In this episode, the Sphere of Light seeks out Wisp and asks her to come to Rainbow Land to save the Color Kids. She agrees to the mission and runs after the Sphere as he repeats "Follow the Sphere of Light!" Then it cuts to an operating room, where Wisp is lying dead on a table. The doctors  record the time of death and her parents weep. Perhaps going into the light isn't always such a great idea!


(Click the image to watch the video)

#3 - Episode: Moesha Poppins, Sketch: Girl Toys - October 21, 2007
This sketch features more than just Rainbow Brite. We get to see what supposedly happened to Jem, Cabbage Patch Kids, Strawberry Shortcake and more. In Rainbow Brite's "interview" with Michael Moore, she says she continued to seek out all the pretty colors of the world by dating men of every race. *shakes head*


(Click the image to watch the video)

#4 - Episode: No Country for Old Dogs, Sketch: Rainbow Dim - February 27, 2011
And finally, in this very short sketch, we meet Rainbow Brite's mentally challenged sister, Rainbow Dim. Rainbow Dim proclaims that 9/11 was an inside job and Rainbow Brite cajoles her by replying "sure it was!"


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I would say "can't wait to see what they do to Rainbow next," but perhaps I can :P