Gallery of Famous Cartoon Cat Characters Over The Years

Alright CAT lovers everywhere, here’s the long awaited counterpart to the dog list I presented several years back….. about 7 years ago to be exact. The canine post became one of the all-time most popular posts on this site (according to the overall visitor count)

disney-cat-collageOnce again – a little intro… Nostalgia tends to take center stage when it comes to collective thoughts of your favorite childhood felines over the years.  Over the years you’ve encountered cats of various shapes, sizes, colors, spieces as well as dispositions in all sorts of media…..TV, movies, childrens books, comic books, billboards, commercials, advertisements, video games, brand name mascots, products, toys, etc. We’ve been exposed to a sensory overload of images – which kept us entertained. A lot of those memories were embedded in our minds on those Saturday morning cartoons. It’s kinda funny how you’ll remember many of these characters that you haven’t thought about in ages once you come across some of the images below.

So with that being said, there should be quite a number of familiar pictures below that all cat-collagegenerations will recognize, or I should say, American TV audiences primarily, from the pre-1940’s through the present. I’m sure there are some of these that you may still enjoy. The following gallery captures the majority of those felines that really stood out over the years. Many of these can be traced back to the early days of television (1940’s), (a few are even currently on the air). Some evolved from movies, others from the comic strips and funny pages (with many of these dating back to the 1920’s-1930’s). Many classic Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Brothers, MGM, Terrytunes, Nicktoons, Looney Tunes, etc.

Keep in mind that these not only cover house cats but also include the big kitty cats too….. lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, cheetahs, wildcats, cougars, lynx, puma, etc.

Quite a few of these famous feline critters make us laugh with their quirky, irreverent, unique, carefree, styles which we never seem to tire of over the years. Hopefully your favorite is included below. If not, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to find them.

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…Pictures are displayed below in alphabetical order to make it easier to use as for reference. This pictorial list be be updated periodically as time & reasearch allows. Your suggestions will also be taken into consideration when possible. Enjoy!!!!!

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Gallery of Famous Cartoon Cat Characters

Alex (Alakay)

(from Madagascar)

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Arlene

(from Garfield)

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Aristocats

(Toulouse, Berlioz, Marie, Duchess, Thomas O’Malley)

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Azrael

(from The Smurfs)

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Babbitt & Catstello

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Bagheera

(from Jungle Book)

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Bill The Cat (aka Bill D. Cat)

(from Bloom County)

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Bonkers T. Bobcat

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Bucky Katt

(from Get Fuzzy comic strip)

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Butch Cat

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Cat In The Hat

(the Dr. Seuss classic)

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Cheshire Cat

(from Alice in Wonderland)

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Chester Cheetah

(the Cheetos mascot)

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Claude Cat

(from Looney Tunes)

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Cool Cat

(from Looney Tunes)

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Courageous Cat

(from Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse)

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Cringer [aka Battlecat]

(from He-Man / Masters of the Universe)

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Crusty The Cat

(from Chuck E Cheese)

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Duchess

(from The Aristocats)

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Eek The Cat

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Exxon Tiger

(mascot from the Exxon Oil Company)

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Fat Cat

(from Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers)

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Felix The Cat

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Figaro

(from Pinocchio)

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Fluff, Muff & Puff

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Fluffy

(from Rugrats)

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Fraidy Cat

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Fritz The Cat

(from the first adult (x-rated) animated movie from the 70’s)

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Garfield

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Gideon

(from Pinocchio)

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Heathcliff

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Hello Kitty

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Hobbes

(from Calvin & Hobbes)

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Itchy Brother

(from The King & Odie)

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King Leonardo

(from The King & Odie / Tennessee Tuxedo)

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King Leonidas

(from Bedknobs & Broomsticks)

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Klondike Kat

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Korky The Cat

(from Dandy comics in the UK)

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Lightning & Meathead

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Linus the Lionhearted

(the Crispy Critters Cereal lion mascot)

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Lippy The Lion

(from Lippy The Lion & Hardy Har Har)

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Lucifer

(from Cinderella)

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Luna

(from Sailor Moon)

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M.A.D. Cat (aka Furball)

(antagonist of Inspector Gadget)

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Marie

(from The Aristocats)

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Meowth

(from Pokemon)

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Mittens

(from Bolt The Movie)

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Mr. Jinks

(from Pixie & Dixie)

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Mr. Kitty

(from South Park)

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Mufasa & Nala

(from Lion King)

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Nermal

(from Garfield)

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Oliver

(from Oliver & Company)

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Overcat

(from Underdog)

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Peg-Leg Pete

(from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)

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Penelope Pussycat

(from Pepe Le Pew)

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Pink Panther

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Punkin Puss

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Puss in Boots

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Pussyfoot

(from Marc Antony & Pussyfoot)

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Rags The Tiger

(from Crusader Rabbit)

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Rajah

(from Aladdin)

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Ruff

(from Ruff & Reddy)

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Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat

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Scat Cat

(from The Aristocats)

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Scratchy

(Itchy & Scratchy from The Simpsons)

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Sebastian

(from Josie & The Pussy Cats)

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Shere Khan

(from Jungle Book)

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Si & Am (The Twin Siamese Cats)

(from Lady & The Tramp)

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Simba

(from Lion King)

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Simon’s Cat

(from the British comic & book series)

Simon Tofield Simon's Cat for Magazine interview. 24 October 2009

Snagglepuss

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Snooper

(from Snooper & Blabber)

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Snowball

(from The Simpsons)

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Sour-Puss

(from Pac Man the cartoon)

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Stimpy

(from Ren & Stimpy)

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Sylvester The Cat

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Thomas O’Malley

(full name: Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley, the Alley Cat)

(from The Aristocats)

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Thundercats

(Lion-O, Jaga, Tygra, Cheetara & Panthro)

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Tibbs (Sgt. Tibbs)

(from 101 Dalmations)

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Tigger

(from Winnie The Pooh)

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Tigress

(from Kung Fu Panda)

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Tom  (aka Thomas “Tom” Cat)

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Tony The Tiger

(the iconic mascot from Kelloggs Frosted Flakes cereal)

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Top Cat

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Top Cat (with friends)

(TC, Benny The Ball, Choo-Choo, Brain, Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Officer Dibble)

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Topsy

(from Tom & Jerry)

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Waffles & Chainsaw

(from Goof Troop)

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Songs About Home

there-is-no-place-like-home-signThe thought of home conjures up so many fond memories for many of us as we get older and travel down the road of what life has offered. Some of us have moved many many miles from where we grew up at while others have remained relatively close to their roots. There’s no feeling like being home after a period of time away. Whichever is your particular circumstance, here are are some of the best songs out there about coming back after being away for sometime, returning home to the place where you grew up, or maybe even fondness for the place you’ve called home your entire life. It may even be about reminiscing or dreaming about home even though you may be miles and miles away and not able to return home at this time for one reason or another. Maybe a loved one has recently passed away and is returning home one last time for his/her final resting place. Whatever your situation might be, please enjoy this playlist and pick out the ones that feel right for you 🙂

Some of these songs may even make you feel ‘right at home’….. so to speak  😛 back-home-again

PLEASE NOTE: The one component I was looking for in creating this list is the fact that each of these songs have in common is that that word home or a form of the word home or house is part of the title.

SONGS ABOUT HOME

    1. A House Is A Home – Ben Harper
    2. Ain’t Got No Home – Woody Guthrie
    3. All The Way Home – Frank Sinatra
     
    4. Almost Home – Mariah Carey
     
    5. Back Home Again – John Denver
    6. Bring It On Home – Little Big Town
    7. Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
    8. Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
    9. Carry You Home – James Blunt
    10. Come Home – One Republic
    11. Comin’ Home – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    12. Coming Home – P Diddy featuring Skylar Grey
    13. Darlin Be Home Soon – The Lovin Spoonful
    14. Down Home – Alabama
    15. Down Home – Dean Martin
    16. Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk
    17. Far From Home – Five Finger Death Punch
    18. Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church
    19. Green Green Grass of Home – Bobby Bare
    20. Green Green Grass of Home – Tom Jones
    21. Home – Alan Jackson
    22. Home – Blake Shelton
    23. Home – Dan Croll
    24. Home – Daughtry
    25. Home – Dierks Bentley
    26. Home – Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeroes
    27. Home – Foo Fighters
    28. Home – Gaither Vocal Band (Gospel)
    29. Home – Goo Goo Dolls
    30. Home – Jack Johnson
    31. Home – Joe Diffie

32. Home – Marc Broussard

33. Home – Michael Buble

    34. Home – Mumford & Sons
    35. Home – Phillip Phillips
    36. Home – Three Days Grace
    37. Home – Tim McGraw
    38. Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka
    39. Home Again In My Heart – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    40.. Home Is A Fire – Death Cab For Cutie
    41. Home Is Where The Heart Is – Lady Antebellum
    42. Home (Michael Jackson Tribute) – LaToya Jackson
    43. Home On The Range – Pete Seeger
    44. Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
    45. Home To You – John Michael Montgomery
    46. Homegrown – Zac Brown Band
    47. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
    48. House of The Rising Sun – The Animals
    49. House Where Nobody Lives – Tom Waits
    50. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby
    51. I’m Comin’ Home – Robert Earl Keen
    52. Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
    53. Long Long Way From Home – Foreigner
    54. Long Way Home – Steven Curtis Chapman
    55. Mama I’m Comin Home – Ozzy Osbourne
    56. More Than One Way Home – Keb’ Mo’
    57. My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
    58. My Town – Montgomery Gentry
    59. No Place Like Home – Randy Travis
    60. Nobody Home – Pink Floyd
    61. Nobody’s Home – Avril Lavigne
    62. Our House – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
    63. Our House – Madness
    64. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
    65. Sing Me Back Home – Merle Haggard
    66. Song of Home – Van Morrison
    67. Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin
    68. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    69. Take Me Home – Phil Collins
    70. Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver
    71. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
    72. Take The Long Way Home – Supertramp
    73. Temporary Home – Carrie Underwood
    74. The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert
    75. (There’s No Place Like Home) For The Holidays – Perry Como
    76. This Is Home – Switchfoot
    77. To Build A Home – The Cinematic Orchestra
    78. Turning Home – David Nail
    79. Welcome Home – Bachman Turner Overdrive
    80. Welcome Home – Dave Dobbyn
    81. Welcome Home – Radical Face
    82. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Metallica
    83. Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettle
    84. Will I Ever Make It Home? – Ingram Hill
    85. Won’t Go Home Without You – Maroon 5

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HERE ARE A FEW HONORABLE MENTION:

 

* 17 – Cross Canadian Ragweed

    * Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
    * Cotton Fields – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    * Heartland – George Strait
    * High Cotton – Alabama
    * I’m Already There – Lonestar
    * Mother & Child Reunion – Paul Simon
    * Sloop John B (I Wanna Go Home) – Beach Boys
    * Where Corn Don’t Grow – Travis Tritt

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Gone But Not Forgotten… Lost Roadside Attractions

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     As time marches on and progress continues to physically change the shape of ourlandscape around us, we’re losing so many of the places that are embedded in our memory of years past. Places we so vividly recall visiting or spending time at… happy places of our youth or our children’s younger yearsfamily-vacation-stacked-car-clipart. Some were a wonderful escape from day-to-day life, like a fantasy world, when things were much more ‘carefree’. Others were places we passed or stopped at on those long family road trips when life was moved at a much slower pace than today. Take a journey back with me into time and let’s revisit some of those places.

royer-park-train-rosevilleI started this list about 10 years ago with maybe a few dozen listings of attractions that have since closed down, due to whatever reasons, or have been abandoned, some have suffered from fires, floods, earthquakes, recession, finances, lack of funding to keep open or lack of interest from the ever-changing demographics of visitors causing loss of interest. The places listed here cover several generations, time-wise, from our parents, grandparents or great grandparents era of the late 1800’s all the way up to those that have gone out of business since the millenium. Lots and lots of pictures and links for you to enjoy & learn more about on your own.

Roadside attractions, amusement parks, theme parks, water parks, unusual city parks,
family fun parks, aquariums, zoos, petting zoos, aviaries, monterey-carousel-inside-the-edgewater-packing-company2museums, military bases with special features, themed restaurants, exotic floral gardens, strange oddities, bizarre structures & statues, and the like are all included. Some of the most difficult to keep up were all of the miniature golf courses, larger video arcades, bowling alleys, dance halls, concert venues, luxurious theaters, large recreation centers, malibu-grand-prix-redwood-citythemed campgrounds, public pools, etc. I’ve tried to include those that stood out among the rest for one reason or another. But I’m well aware there are tons more out there that you remember from growing up at.

There are now over 400 listings focussing predominantly in California, Arizona, Nevada,dinosaur-park-sun-valley-az Oregon, Washington & British Columbia, Canada. As one would imagine, the list will never be complete as that would be virtually impossible to keep up with, but I’m constantly finding more places through research that I had either forgotten about, never knew existed, discovered recently or have been referred by readers like you.  Updates, accidental omissions and additional closures will continue being added on this list on and ongoing basis as time permits for me. Please feel free to give me your input and alert me of places you know about that I have not included.

route-66-hwy-signWith all that said, please sit back and revisit, learn about and enjoy the following post.Please bookmark it or ‘follow’ so you can come back here from time to time to see what’s new. Once again los and lots of pictures and links for you to check out more in-depth are included within.

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Remembering Lost and Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions and Amusement Parks on the West Coast

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Songs About Toys

Time to take a brief stress break in the middle of your hectic day and think back to your childhood… of the simple little things in life that made you happy….. or made you smile….. that made everything right in your world….. if  only for that moment in time. The theme here is toys, usually meaning the toys of the past or “yesteryear”. Some of these songs look back on a particular toy with great fondness while others use the theme of toys to shed light on something completely different….. if you know what I mean. The only requirement here is that there is a toy mentioned by name or referred/suggested to in the title of the song….. even if it happens to have a ‘double’ or ‘alternative’ meaning. You’ll find a few of these to be real obscure but there are some fun ones here in the mix. Enjoy!

Songs About Toys

  1. A Broken Doll – Al Jolson (1916) 
  2. Baby Be My Toy – Teresa Brewer 
  3. Barbie Girl – Aqua 
  4. Big Boy Toys – Aaron Tippin 
  5. Brand New Key – Melanie 
  6. Come & Buy My Toys – David Bowie 
  7. Cuddly Toy – Nilsson 
  8. Doll House – Priscilla Renea 
  9. Dreidel – Don McLean 
  10. I Like My Toys – Idle Race 
  11. I’m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle – Napoleon XIV 
  12. I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify 
  13. Jack In The Box – Jackpots 
  14. Kite – U2 
  15. Kites Are Fun – The Free Design 
  16. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – from the Disney classic, Mary Poppins 
  17. Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem 
  18. Little Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco 
  19. Little Toy Trains – Glen Campbell 
  20. Master of Puppets – Metallica 
  21. My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry 
  22. New Toy – Lene Lovich 
  23. Old Toy Trains – Roger Miller 
  24. One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste, Coven 
  25. Parade of The Wooden Soldiers – Harry Connick Jr. (A Disney Classic
  26. Puppet Man – The Fifth Dimension 
  27. Rag Doll – Aerosmith 
  28. Rag Doll – Four Seasons 
  29. Real Toys – Altered Images 
  30. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle 
  31. Rubber Duckie Song – Ernie from Sesame Street (voiced by Jim Henson
  32. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill 
  33. Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley 
  34. The Dreidel Song – various artists 
  35. The Hula Hoop Song – Teresa Brewer 
  36. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys 
  37. The Marvelous Toy – Chad Mitchell Trio (however the well done animated video shown below is John Denver as the vocal – who actually was former member of the Chad Mitchell Trio long before he went solo in his career) 
  38. The Teddy Bear Song – Barbara Fairchild 
  39. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall & His Orchestra (1932) An All-time children’s classic 
  40. Toy Balloons – Russ Conway 
  41. Toy Boy – Mika 
  42. Toy Soldiers – Martika 
  43. Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith 
  44. Yellow Balloon – The Yellow Balloon 
  45. Yo-Yo – Billy Joe Royal 
  46.  Yo-Yo – The Osmond Brothers 

BONUS #1:

SONGS ABOUT GAMES & OTHER RELATED PLAY THINGS

  1. 19 Something – Mark Wills 
  2. Do The Donkey Kong – Buckner & Garcia 
  3. House At Pooh Corner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
  4. March of The Toy Soldiers – from the Nutcracker Suite – originally by Tchaikovsky 
  5. Merry Go Round – The Replacements
  6. Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills 
  7. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake 
  8. Pac-Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia 
  9. Penny Arcade – Roy Orbison 
  10. Pinball Wizard – The Who 
  11. Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes 
  12. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter Paul & Mary 
  13. Return To Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins 
  14. Simon Says – 1910 Fruit Gum Company 
  15. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris 

SPECIAL BONUS #2:

CLASSIC TOY TV COMMERCIAL JINGLES

1960’s Cracker Jacks Commercial with Famous Theme Song (This is a classic embedded in deep within the memories of those of us who grew up in this era) 

1960’s Slink Commercial with Famous Theme Song (same can be said here for an iconic tune from my childhood) 

1980’s G.I. Joe Theme Song from the TV cartoon series of the 80’s

Extra Special Bonus #3:

YouTube Sensations

“The Gummy Bear Song” (English version) – Gummibar (includes sing-along lyrics) 

“Transformers Song – I Am Optimus Prime” – Parody of “The Time” (Black Eyed Peas)  by Angie Griffin & Chad Nikolaus 

“The Toy Song” – Destorm 

Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

Over the years we can all relate to good times and bad times in our lives. Some are rewarding  experiences that seem to make that moment in time stand still while others are unpleasant or emotional events that leave a lasting impression or hurt in our heads, hearts and souls. There are a few songs  out there that specifically mention these events or people or objects that bring back these times to those of us who have lived through them. These particular songs can attest to a particular time in our past that evoke memories of that particular era.

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So here I present to you a few songs with videos that reference, reflect, mention or list specific people, places, things, events and dates of the past. Some of the videos presented here also include song lyrics of vivid childhood images and  memories of what it was like growing up with favorite past times, celebrities, heroes, fads, games, toys, pop culture (music, movies and TV), etc. Some of the recollections also include unpleasant or sad events such as deaths of famous people, destruction, tragedies, war and so forth.

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So sit back and enjoy the following videos of songs that evoke memories and/or pay homage to specific and/or real people, places or things of our past. If you can think of others please feel free to let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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2017 UPDATE – Just did a major update & overhaul of this post – lots of new additions, a few corrections & a few changes. Please let me know in the comments below what I may have missed……….thanks

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SONGS ABOUT NOSTALGIA

THAT MENTION SPECIFIC

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS OR EVENTS OF THE PAST

1. 1985 – Bowling For Soup

2. 19 Something – Mark Wills

3. A Different World – Bucky Covington

4. A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission) – Paul Simon

5. Abraham, Martin & John – Dion

6. AM Radio – Everclear

7. Back To The 80’s – Aqua

8. Big Bang Theory Theme Song (History of Everything) – Barenaked Ladies

9. Buddy Holly – Weezer

10. Class of ’57 – The Statler Brothers

11. Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us) – Lonestar

12. Cleaning Windows – Van Morrison

13. Club At The End Of The Street – Elton John

14. Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

15. Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio – The Ramones

16. Do You Remember These – The Statler Brothers

17. Done Too Soon – Neil Diamond

18. Extra Ordinary – Better Than Ezra

19. Garden Party – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

20. Heart Songs – Weezer

21. I Do The Rock – Tim Curry

22. I Feel Like Buddy Holly – Alvin Stardust

23. I Watched It (All On My Radio) – Lionel Cartwright

24. In The Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll – Van Morrison

25. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban

26. Kids of The Baby Boom – The Bellamy Brothers

27. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

28. Life in a Northern Town – The Dream Academy

29. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

30. Liquid Dreams – O-Town

31. Man On The Moon – REM

32. Nightshift – The Commodores

33. No News – Lonestar

34. Old Days – Chicago

35. Old Hippie – The Bellamy Brothers

36. Old Hippie (The Sequel) – The Bellamy Brothers

37. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

38. Post World War II Blues – Al Stewart

39. Put That Record On – Hinder

40. Raised On Radio – Journey

41. Rock & Roll Heaven – The Righteous Brothers

“Rock & Roll Heaven” – A music video tribute to the rock music heroes who have passed away. The soundtrack is “Rock and Roll Heaven” (Stevenson/O’day) is a new demo recording, sung by Ronnie Kimball, with reworked lyrics from the 1970’s Righteous Brothers hit. Artists featured in this video include John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Don McLean, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, George Harrison, Bon Scott, Buddy Holly, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Cash, Denny Martin, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Wendy O Williams, Robert Palmer, Kurt Cobain

42. Rocket – Def Leppard

43. Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams

44. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

45. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

46. The Intro & The Outro – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

47. The Miracle – Queen

48. The Movies – The Statler Brothers

49. The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

50. Three Stars – Tommy Dee

This song is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The three entertainers died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, in what became known as the “Day the music died” thanks to the Don McLean song “American Pie.” Tommy Dee (Tommy Donaldson) was a disc jockey at KFXM in San Bernadino. After the plane crash, he got the idea for this song and took it to Crest Records, where he recorded it with Carol Kay And The Teen-Aires. Tommy performed the narration on the song. This was the only hit for Tommy Dee, who died in 2007 after a long career producing and promoting Country music. Eddie Cochran, who was good friends with Ritchie Valens, was the first to record this song, but his version was not released until 1966. Cochran died the year after he recorded this, when on April 17, 1960 he was killed in a car accident.

51. Titles – Barclay James Harvest

52. Tribute (Right On) – The Pasadenas

53. Twenty Years Ago – Kenny Rogers

54. Vogue – Madonna

55. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

56. When Smokey Sings – ABC

57. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? – George Jones

58. You’re My Song – A Rocket To The Moon

59. You’re The Top – Cole Porter

And last, but definitely not least, here’s probably the ultimate nostalgic reminiscing song of our lifetime…….at least for those of us between 40 and 70 ………. 🙂

60. American Pie – Don McLean

This song has various interpretations, no doubt, over the years and has been the source of many arguments, opinions and disagreements but the writer, as well as singer, Don McLean has kept pretty silent about the whole “meaning” of his song….therefore leaving it to any and all who want to try to interpret it’s meaning and or significance. For those under 40 and to the rest of us that might want a few questions answered, you gotta check out this LINK HERE

Here’s the original song again with a video interpretation of it by another person…. with some ‘food for thought’…..

and one more…

and here’s yet another explanation with quite a few facts thrown in to bolster what the song means….

HONORABLE MENTION

As an update I should give an honorable mention to the following songs for their ‘nostalgia’ theme, even though specific names have not necessarily been mentioned within the lyrics, but none-the-less are reflections of how much simpler, carefree, or better life once was, many years ago…..

These are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to ‘nostalgic’ or ‘throw-back’ songs – as I’m sure this list can grow much larger with your input… what do YOU think?

Can you name others that reflect the past? 

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • All Those Years Ago – George Harrison
  • Autumn of My Life – Bobby Goldsboro
  • Back When My Hair Was Short – Gunhill Road
  • Beach Baby – First Class
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Goin’ Back – Byrds
  • Dog-End of A Day Gone By – Love & Rockets
  • Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Powers
  • Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  • December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  • Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days) – The Judds
  • In My Life – Beatles
  • Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel
  • Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  • Looking Back – Nat “King” Cole
  • Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen
  • Moments to Remember – The Four Lads
  • My Back Pages – The Byrds
  • My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
  • My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • My Old School – Steely Dan
  • Nostalgia – David Sylvian
  • Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
  • Photograph – Nickelback
  • (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard – Cat Stevens
  • Remember Then – The Earls
  • Remember When – Alan Jackson
  • Reminiscing – Little River Band
  • Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
  • Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
  • The Days of Sand & Shovels – Bobby Vinton
  • The Old Songs – Barry Manilow
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • There Used To Be A Ballpark – Frank Sinatra
  • This Used to Be My Playground – Madonna
  • Those Oldies But Goodies – Little Caesar & The Romans
  • Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
  • Try To Remember/The Way We Were – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Turn Around – Dick & DeeDee
  • When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – Beach Boys
  • When I Was Young – Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
  • Yesterday – Beatles
  • Yesterday Once More – Carpenters
  • Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy
  • You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory – Johnny Thunder

1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?

They’ve been there for us when we’re bored…

They’ve made us laugh…

Sometimes, they’ve shown us their faults or weaknesses…

They’ve come to the rescue in times of need…

They’ve taught us lessons or values in life …

They’ve shown us nurturing and support…

We’ve spent some QUALITY time with their families…

We’ve even looked forward to our weekly visit with them…

I’m talking about our favorite dads from our favorite television shows over the years. Of course, this will vary with individuals  according to your age and what shows you grew up with as well as what you watch currently on TV. But the main focus will be on the TV dads from 50’s TV, 60’s TV, 70’s TV, 80’s TV, 90’s TV and just a little bit into the new millennium (2000’s TV).

With Father’s Day here this weekend, this kind of prompted me to take a look at TV dads over the years, so….. Let’s take a trip back through time and see how many of these TV series you watched faithfully each week anticipating a new adventure with each and every episode. Ironically you’ll find majority of these as “family shows” that the entire family could enjoy together regardless of age. Also a large  majority of these were “sitcoms’ (situation comedies). It’s amazing just how much TV has evolved and changed by today’s standards. I truly miss many of these shows from a bye-gone era. Today is predominately riddled with “reality TV’ with sexual appeal or situations being the dominate factor.

Anyways… I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Enjoy the Journey Back Through Time!

1950’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1950-1959

Ozzie Nelson as himself from "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952-1966)

Danny Thomas as Danny Williams from "Make Room For Daddy" (1953-1964)

Robert Young as Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960)

Gene Evans as Rob McLaughlin from "My Friend Flicka" (1956-1957)

John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg from Bachelor Father (1957-1962)

Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy from "The Real McCoys" (1957-1963)

Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver from "Leave It To Beaver" (1957-1963)

Hugh Reilly as Paul Martin from "Lassie" (1958-1964) Although this series aired from 1954-1973 with several cast changes, my favorite years were the "Timmy & Lassie" years that features the Martin Family as Hugh Reilly, June Lockhart & Jon Provost

Carl Betz as Alex Stone from "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966)

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain from "The Rifleman" (1958-1963)

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza" (1959-1973)

Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell from "Dennis The Menace" (1959-1963)

1960’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1960-1969

 

Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas from "My Three Sons" (1960-1972)

Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)

Fred Flintstone as himself in "The Flintstones" (1960-1966)

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie from" The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)

Don DeFore as George Baxter from "Hazel" (1961-1966)

George Jetson as himself in "The Jetsons" (1962-1963)

William Schallert as Martin Lane from "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-1966)

Brian Kelly as Porter Ricks from "Flipper" (1964-1967)

John Astin as Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family" (1964-1966)

Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster from "The Munsters" (1964-1966)

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson from "Lost In Space" (1965-1968)

Mark Miller as Jim Nash from "Please Don't Eat The Daisies" (1965-1967)

Brian Keith as Bill Davis (Uncle Bill) in "Family Affair" (1966-1971)

Dennis Weaver as Tom Wedloe from "Gentle Ben" (1967-1969)

Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett from "The Courtship of Eddie’s Father" (1969-1972)

Robert Reed as Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)

1970’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1970-1979

Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker from "All In The Family" (1971-1979)

Henry Fonda as Chad Smith from "The Smith Family" (1971-1972)

Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford from "Sanford & Son" (1972-1977)

Ralph Waite as John Walton Sr. from "The Waltons" (1972-1981)

Ronny Cox as George Apple from "Apple's Way" (1974-1975)

Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham (Mr. 'C') from "Happy Days" (1974-1984)

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls from "Little House On The Prairie" (1974-1982)

John Amos as James Evans Sr. from "Good Times" (1974-1979)

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson from "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985)

James Broderick as Doug Lawrence from "Family" (1976-1980)

Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford from "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981)

Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond from "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1985)

1980’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1980-1989

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III from "Silver Spoons" (1982-1987)

George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont from "Punky Brewster" (1984-1986)

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable from" The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

Tony Danza as Tony Micelli from "Who’s The Boss" (1984-1992)

Alan Thicke as Jason Seaver from "Growing Pains" (1985-1992)

Bob Saget as Danny Tanner and John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis from "Full House" (1987-1995)

Paul Reiser as Michael Taylor & Greg Evigan as Joey Harris from "My Two Dads" (1987-1990)

Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy from "Married With Children" (1987-1997)

John Goodman as Dan Conner from "Rosanne" (1988-1997)

Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" (1989-1998)

Homer Simpson as himself in "The Simpsons" (1989-present)

1990’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1990-1999

James Avery as Phillip Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (1990-1996)

Tim Allen as Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement" (1991-1999)

William Russ as Alan Matthews from "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)

Jeff Foxworthy as himself from "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (1995-1997)

John Lithgow as Dick Solomon from "3rd Rock From The Sun" (1996-2001)

Stephen Collins as Eric Camden from "7th Heaven" (1996-2007)

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone & Ray Ramano as Ray Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005)

Hank Hill as himself in "King of The Hill" (1997-2009)

Kurtwood Smith as Red Foreman from "That 70’s Show" (1998-2006)

Peter Griffin as himself in "Family Guy" (1999-present)

2000’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 2000-2010

Bryan Cranston as Hal from "Malcolm In The Middle" (2000-2006)

Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle from "My Wife & Kids"" (2001-2005)

George Lopez as himself from "George Lopez" (2002-2007)

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper & Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper from "Two & A Half Men" (2003-present)

Neil Flynn as Mike Heck from "The Middle" (2009-present)

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett from "Modern Family" (2009-present)

Now it’s Your Turn…..

Who are/were your favorite TV Dads?

I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Famous Movie Quotes We’ve Often Repeated

It’s interesting to think about how much of an affect or influence the “big screen” has been in our lives from childhood well into our adult years — and not just on action scenes — but we’ve listened intently to conversations between characters in movies and find ourselves consciously or subconsciously picking up on quotes, sometimes serious, often amusing, but the lines stick in our heads long after we leave the theater or turn off the television. They’ve basically become part of our “pop culture” terminology that we often use, when the situation is just right. Scan the list and see just how many of these you remember — and then how many of them you’ve repeated to your family, friends, work associates, or people you come across in your day-to-day activities.

So — with all that said —behold the list of the most endearing of those quotes:

  • “May the Force be with you.” — Star Wars (1977)
  • “There’s no place like home.” — The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” — Network (1976)
  • “Houston, we have a problem.” — Apollo 13 (1995)
  • “To Infinity and beyond!” — Toy Story (1995)
  • “Elementary, my dear Watson.” — The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  • “You had me at ‘hello'” — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • “I’m the king of the world.” — Titanic (1997)
  • “I’ll be back.” — The Terminator (1984)
  • “E.T. phone home.” — E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
  • “Bond. James Bond.” — Dr. No (1962)
  • “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” — Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — The Godfather (1972)
  • “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” — Dirty Harry (1971)
  • “Hasta la vista, baby.” — Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Casablanca (1942)
  • “Go ahead, make my day” — Sudden Impact (1983)
  • “You talkin’ to me?” — Taxi Driver (1976)
  • “Show me the money!” — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • “If you build it, he will come.” — Field of Dreams (1989)
  • “Here’s Johnny!” — The Shining (1980)
  • “They’re here!” — Poltergeist (1982)
  • “Is it safe?” — Marathon Man (1976)
  • “Game over, man! Game Over!” — Aliens (1986)
  • “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.” — Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
  • “I’ll have what she’s having.” — When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — The Godfather – Part II (1974)
  • “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump (1994)
  • “Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” — The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
  • “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” — Sons of The Desert (1933)
  • “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” — All About Eve (1950)
  • “It’s alive! It’s alive!” — Frankenstein (1931)
  • “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. — Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” — Planet of The Apes (1968)
  • “I love the smell of napalm in the morning!” — Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Love Story (1970)
  • “We all go a little mad sometimes” — Psycho (1960)
  • “The stuff that dreams are made of. — The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” — Scarface (1983)
  • “What a dump.” — Beyond The Forest (1949)
  • “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” — She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” — Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • “You can’t handle the truth!” — A Few Good Men (1992)
  • “I see dead people.” — The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • “Well, nobody’s perfect.” — Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” — The Shining (1980)
  • “Hello gorgeous.” — Funny Girl (1968)
  • “Toga! Toga!” — National Lampoon’s Animal House (1968)
  • “After all, tomorrow is another day!” — Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • “Round up the usual suspects.” — Casablanca (1942)
  • “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” — The Pride of The Yankees (1942)
  • “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” — Animal Crackers (1930)
  • “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” — Wall Street (1987)
  • “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” — The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious!” Rumack: “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” — Airplane (1980)
  • “My precious.” — Lord of The Rings:  Two Towers (2002)
  • “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” — Goldfinger (1964)
  • “Nobody puts ‘Baby’ in a corner.” — Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • “Who’s on First?” — The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  • “I feel the need—the need for speed!” — Top Gun (1986)
  • “Snap out of it!” — Moonstruck (1987)
  • “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.” — Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)