by Brandon James Anderson
Today marks the 20th anniversary of that one time O.J. Simpson attempted to flee down Interstate 405 in a white Ford Bronco, creating a media frenzy that would last well over a year. Having been only 10-years-old at the time, I was as captivated as my parents and the rest of America. It didn’t matter that game five of the 1994 NBA Finals was going on (and being relegated to small box in the corner of the screen on NBC). What mattered was the fact that the Juice was on the loose. And, more so than any other event in my lifetime up to that point, it was must see TV.
The O.J. chase was, of course, one of the watershed moments of the 1990’s, a glorious decade which has made a cultural comeback as of late.
Last week, for instance, it was announced that The Magic School Bus will be rebooted on Netflix. The animated series, which was based on a series of children’s books, featured the titular school bus that transported students and their teacher, Ms. Fizzle (who, it should be noted, presumably couldn’t have cared less about waiver forms) to such wonderful places as the desert, outer space, and the human digestive track. The reboot will modernize the characters while the animation itself will be in CGI.
Speaking of CGI, there’s also the long-discussed and (depending on your opinion) long-awaited reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series.
Whether or not kids from 90’s who are now 20 and 30-somethings will go for Megan Fox as April O’Neil and Johnny Knoxville as the voice of Leonardo remains to be seen. Still, one can hope that 23 years after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, perhaps a cameo such as this may be in the cards:
The world was also recently treated to the release of the official trailer for this fall’s Dumb and Dumber To, a sequel to the 1994 original film.
While this sequel is probably 17 to 18 years too late in terms of striking while the proverbial iron is hot, it’s nice to finally have evidence that this sequel is actually going ahead.
Personally, the most important relic of the 90’s to make a recent resurgence is the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise. Granted, Mario, much like Mickey Mouse, Batman, and Betty White, is a cultural icon that has consistently enjoyed success, but Nintendo’s announcement of Mario Maker is a clear sign that 90’s nostalgia is in high demand.
If you just watched the above trailer and somehow didn’t gleefully throw your cash, debit, and credit cards at the screen, then you, sir or madam, are no 90’s kid.