Even on the blog I’ve got to give a little shout out to the commercials and clips that made Nickelodeon so special in those early years. Here is a clip from Bill Cosby’s Picture Pages and a commercial from one of my favorite Special Deliveries that I remember when I was growing up Nickelodeon.
Mariposa – Special Presentation – Commercial
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Most people are familiar with the Disney version of Tuck Everlasting but I venture to say that none of them have ever seen the original 1981 version which, in my opinion, is much better than the remake.
The film is based on Natalie Babbitt's 1975 children's book of the same title and tells the story ten-year-old Winnie Foster (Margaret Chamberlain) who comes from a well-bred, strait-laced family. One day she gets lost in the woods, an attempt to escape her smothered lifestyle, where she encounters Jesse Tuck (Paul Flessa).
While visiting Winnie becomes thirsty but when she tried to drink from the spring Jessie stops her. He makes up a story about the water being bitter. Soon his mother and brother happen along [Mae Tuck (Sonia Raimi) & Miles Tuck (Bruce D'Auria)], they were to meet at the spring in the woods.
Much other surprise Winnie finds herself in an adventure when she’s whisked away by this strage, but kind, family. After a few days she longs for home but unbeknowns to any of them is the trouble they are about to encounter from the Man in the Yellow Suit (James McGuire).
How does it all turn out? Find out in this charming version of Tuck Everlasting.
Rest of the Cast
Fred A. Keller – Angus Tuck
Marvin Macnow – Mr. Foster