Yes, I’m two days late with this post. Plus, I’m posting on a day that’s supposed to be a day off. But then I was never one for convention…
I decided to have Friday off instead, being the 13th and all. Best to be safe. But then one day off rolled into two. So here we are, on Sunday with the 12th letter in our A-Z: L.
So, for your enjoyment, I bring you dogs, demons and dancing on hillsides. Shall we see which shows are on the table?
Little House on the Prairie was one of those shows that was safe, familiar and therefore comforting.
I loved curling up in front of the fire, watching the adventures of the Ingalls family, as they coped with the daily chores of being pioneers in 1880s America. Whatever the characters had to endure (poverty, racism, blindness to name a few), I always got the sense that the Ingalls were such a happy family. And it blew my mind when I found out these people had actually existed!
It probably comes across as slightly twee these days, but I’m sure I’d still happily watch it, snuggled up with a cuppa.
Another adventurer on the list, with a beautiful, bittersweet theme tune, is the Littlest Hobo.
Using a similar formula to the other canine L-star, Lassie (which was also a great show), this stray German Shepherd was incredibly intelligent, befriending just the right people who needed his help the most, staging a rescue of some description then heading off into the night.
Not that his new friends weren’t grateful for his assistance – in fact, they frequently tried to adopt him, adorn him with bandanas and save him from a life on the streets. But this was not for Hobo. Like a guardian angel that knew he had to spread his love and companionship, he just kept moving on… Absolutely loved it!
From a legend of the four-legged variety, we move to one with two feet and where he first caught my eye, long before he had a need for speed or joined a weird science cult. I am of course talking about Tom Cruise and his appearance as Jack in the fantasy adventure film, Legend.
My mum was intrigued to see this film as it also starred Tim Curry as the Lord of Darkness and she was a big fan of him in Rocky Horror Picture Show (and he suitably camped it up and stole the screen every time he was on it) and as it was a dark fairy tale, she thought I’d love it too. She was right!
The demon wanted eternal night and needed some unicorn horns to do it. In comes Princess Lilli, who starts a chain of events enabling this, by teasing her forest-dwelling love, Jack, kicking off the everlasting winter, and almost ending the world. Until of course, Jack saves the day. Because he’s actually Tom Cruise…
Legend has become a cult classic but I think I’ve only every seen it twice – yet it has stuck with me all these years and is definitely in my top ten of childhood movies.
But taking the silver medal for childhood movies (after ET’s gold), is yet another fantasy adventure, another cult classic and starring another legend, this time from British pop culture history.
It can only be Labyrinth!
This film had everything: Jim Henson’s monsters, a central character I could relate to and wanted to be, fantastical landscapes and magical puzzles. Humour, sadness, suspense.
If anyone was to ask me, out of context, whether a man in tights with a mullet was attractive, I’d think they’d lost the plot. But oh my… Jareth. The Goblin King played by David Bowie, oozed charisma with every syllable uttered by that distinctive voice, as he strutted around trying to stop Sarah rescue her baby brother from his evil clutches.
Unlike Legend, Labyrinth is a film I have returned to many, many times and like the Dark Crystal, I feel it is my duty to enlighten younger generations to its existence. Truly magical!
IMAGE CREDITS: YouTube, eonline.com, littlehouseontheprairie.com.