Friday, September 12, 2014

Rainbow Brite in Pop Culture

Even though she only had 13 episodes, 2 live-action specials, and a movie, Rainbow Brite was hugely popular. Almost daily, I see anything colorful in the fashion world (be it clothing or hair) described as "Rainbow Brite." When 80's kids see a rainbow in the sky, they think of the little girl with a mission. And most 80's girls had at least one Rainbow Brite doll - many of which they still cherish to this day. So it's no surprise that she pops up in pop culture from time to time.

It actually began in the 80's, when Rainbow Brite merchandise would show up in tv shows.

We see an 18" Rainbow Brite doll in Miami Vice's Season 1 episode, "The Home Invaders:"


There was a Rainbow Brite bowl that continuously popped up on Full House:


And I distinctly remember an episode of Who's The Boss where Mona is drinking tea or coffee out of a Rainbow Brite mug. But that image doesn't exist on the internet - yet.

And while she seems to have taken a break from the small screen in the 90's, she has shown up multiple times since the year 2000.

A Red Butler doll appeared in the Reba episode "Core Focus:"



A Rainbow Brite cosplayer showed up in Bones episode "The Princess and the Pear:"


Rainbow Brite bed sheets appeared on the HBO series "Girls:"


A Rainbow Brite doll was animated into the Family Guy episode "Prick Up Your Ears:"


She was parodied on The Soup:


And she's shown up on Robot Chicken five times.

Wikipedia mentions Rainbow Brite being referenced in songs, showing up in music videos, and being drawn into web comics. And check out RainbowBrite.co.uk's 'Rainbow Brite in Hollywood' Facebook album for a few more screen caps. I wonder where she'll pop up next! :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Rainbow Land Museum



I was given my first Rainbow Brite dolls for my fifth birthday - back in 1984. So technically, you could say that my collection began then.


Receiving a couple more dolls for Christmas that same year brought my total doll count to four - 12" Rainbow Brite, Starlite, 12" Red Butler and 12" Romeo. Sadly, Starlite and hand-sprite Romeo returned to Rainbow Land at some point in time, but I still have the others :)

(Can you spot the Rainbow Brite stampers I got as well?)

I began actively collecting Rainbow Brite memorabilia in 1995 - when I found a Rainbow Brite record player at a thrift store. I started picking up anything Rainbow Brite related that I could find, at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales...friends even started giving me childhood items that they were no longer attached to. In early 1998, I discovered Ebay, and the rest is history.

At this point, I've collected more than 1,300 items. To my knowledge, it is the largest Rainbow Brite collection in the world. I've dedicated 500 square feet of my house to displaying my collection, and dubbed it the Rainbow Land Museum. Located in Apex, NC, all fans are welcome to take a tour - just contact me for an appointment. You can view a PDF list of my collection here, and more pictures of the Rainbow Land Museum can be viewed here.

The museum has even been featured in the news! Links are below. And I don't plan to stop adding to my collection any time soon :)

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http://metro.co.uk/2014/02/21/80s-fantastic-woman-turns-home-into-museum-for-cartoon-star-rainbow-brite-4312622/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tabathaleggett/this-superfan-has-a-rainbow-brite-themed-home

http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2014/02/home-turned-into-rainbow-brite-museum/

http://curbed.com/archives/2014/02/24/this-is-how-a-rainbow-brite-superfan-does-home-decor.php

http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk/index.php/2014/02/the-perfect-way-to-rainbow-brite-n-up-your-house/

http://thisbelongsinamuseum.com/post/77703955464/rainbowbrite

http://international.okezone.com/read/2014/02/24/214/945908/perempuan-as-pamer-koleksi-1-500-pernak-pernik-rainbow-brite

http://www.961kiss.com/onair/tall-cathy-47018/rainbow-brite-themed-house-12093117/

http://www.sickchirpse.com/top-5-weirdest-news-of-the-week-1-is-so-dark/

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Rainbow Brite Cartoon

Yes, the astonishing news is true: Rainbow Brite is making a comeback in a brand new cartoon! Emily Osment, the actress best known for her role as Lily in Hannah Montana, broke the news on her Instagram account with the following image and caption:


"First day on the job! Very stoked to be back doing some animation this summer.See you soon! Love, Emily aka Rainbow Brite"

The script's picture gives us the first episode's title and author: "Cloudy with a chance of Gloom" by Rachel Vine. And Emily lets us know that she'll be voicing our beloved Rainbow Brite herself. But she, and the creators of the new toon have since stayed silent.

Hallmark has privately confirmed that the new cartoon is real - this is not a hoax. But they are not ready to provide further details...yet.

Renee of rainbowbrite.co.uk and myself couldn't wait to squee and speculate together, so we recorded episode 9 of BriteCast: the Rainbow Brite Podcast regarding the news. And while we've been impatiently awaiting the next nugget of information, the internet has blown up over Emily's reveal. I've been attempting to collect links from all of the articles being posted and list them below. If I've missed any, please let me know.

Here's to hoping we get some answers soon! What would you like to see, or not see, in this new Rainbow Brite series? :)

Links:

http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/14/emily-osment-to-voice-rainbow-brite-in-reboot-of-classic-80s-cartoon-4797367/

http://www.disneydreaming.com/2014/07/13/emily-osment-voicing-rainbow-brite-in-brand-new-animated-tv-show/

http://www.themarysue.com/rainbow-brite-reboot/

http://io9.com/rainbow-brite-is-coming-back-to-television-1605550691

http://lezgetreal.com/2014/07/rainbow-brite-gets-series-reboot-osment-voice/

http://www.justjaredjr.com/2014/07/14/emily-osment-just-announced-shes-the-voice-of-rainbow-brite-its-possibly-the-best-news-ever/

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/07/weird_al_word_crimes_female_thor_jeff_goldblum_engaged_rainbow_brite_reboot.html

http://nerdbastards.com/2014/07/15/80s-reboots-roll-on-and-rainbow-brite-is-next/

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/32971/-rainbow-brite-set-to-get-a-tv-reboot

http://965kvki.com/rainbow-brite-returning-to-television-video/

http://geektyrant.com/news/rainbow-bright-is-being-resurrected-for-tv

http://www.seventeen.com/entertainment/reviews/rainbow-brite-remake-emily-osment

http://www.omgblog.com/2014/07/omg_grab_the_vicks_vapor_rub_h.php#axzz37pOQB0q1

http://www.avclub.com/article/much-delight-ravers-everywhere-rainbow-brite-getti-207000

http://gaygeekguide.com/2014/07/17/rainbow-brites-coming-back-to-tv/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/16/rainbow-brite-reboot-tv-show_n_5591265.html

http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/rainbow-brite-reboot-emily-osment/

http://www.elle.com/fashion/trend-reports/rainbow-brite-inspired-fashion?src=soc_fcbks#slide-1

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/news/a29177/rainbow-brite-is-getting-a-reboot/

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/07/17/the-80-s-are-back-again-rainbow-brite-to-return-2073337

http://emily-osment.us/2014/07/projects-emily-to-voice-rainbow-brite-in-reboot-of-classic-80s-cartoon/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/29/retro-kids-toys-comeback_n_5631689.html

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 :)