Retro 80's Style: Slim Goodbody and 3-2-1 Contact

Posted 5 years ago by Evan Tishuk

Slim Goodbody

Looking for a retro blast from the early 80's? PBS delivers in a big way with the first 26 seconds of the Slim Goodbody show. It nails 6 identifiable details on my 80's retro checklist:

  1. pseudo-futuristic typography
  2. cosmic glows and lens flares
  3. kaleidoscope of burnt primary colors
  4. a sunburst
  5. low-budget Rankin-Bass animation style
  6. trumpet music
  7. glowing extrusions
  8. warped synthesizer sounds
  9. outer space

Similarly, the intro for 3-2-1 Contact has all those features except for the low-budget animation.

Can anyone point me towards some more 80's inspiration so we can establish the definitive style checklist?

4 Comments

Lord ~ 5 years ago

3-2-1 Contact is like some left over mathematician/hippie from the seventies had a crazy acid flashback and thought, "shit I can teach kids with this crap." And PBS was all like, "hey we lack reasonable funding, what the hell, let's do it!" And my parents sat me down in front of it and all I had to say was, "WTF, I wanted to watch G.I.Joes!"

Patrick ~ 5 years ago

The first thing that popped into my mind was the Colin Baker era Doctor Who Intro --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0sXmKbWbBY&feature=related

The Doctor Who incarnations surrounding him had similar openings but his particular incarnation also exuded 80's excess.

Evan Tishuk ~ 5 years ago

Oh. That is a good one. I'll add glowing extrusions to the list.

Evan Tishuk ~ 5 years ago

You know, now that I've rewatched all of these videos, there is outer space imagery in all of them. If you'll notice, Slim Goodbody flies in on a space-carrot at the beginning.

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