Tonight's marathon is all about the transporting into alternate universes, whether inside a library, a submarine, golf course hole, toon town, or inside an Arnold Schwarzeneggar movie. It's about going into these worlds with all these animated lively characters and living the lifestyles that they go about in their fictional lively. The tragic part is how little do they know what we do about their predicaments. We have on tonight's glorious roaster of movies:
The Pagemaster 1993, Space Jam 1996, Last Action Hero 1993, Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1986
Now that's a great nostalgic marathon. My childhood lives again with this evenings lineup as I watch innocent bystanders such as the little kid in the library played by Macaulay Culkin, Michael Jordon retiring from basketball and getting sucked down a golf course, a lonely moviegoer getting sucked into a movie starring his favorite movie star of all time, and Bob Hoskin's traveling to Toon town to find the persons who framed Roger Rabbit, all coming together to battle the forces of evil. Growing up as a young boy who had an intense fascination with movies, this marathon has a special place in my heart. I grew up on all of these movies, and invested so many hours with these characters, even playing their video games on Sega Genesis. The way this marathon is designed is by starting at the lowest point of quality in the films with Pagemaster. Pagemaster is a classic but it also provides an opportunity for the scope to get bigger with each film and the stakes to get higher. Pagemaster begins the mystical adventure of a young boy being sent by his father on an errand to buy some nails from the local Ace Hardware store. Little does he know, a storm emerges and soon he ends up finding himself trapped in a library where he gets sucked into the universe hidden deep within the foundations of the millions of books stored inside. The Pagemaster is followed up by Space Jam where an older civilian played by then basketball star Michael Jordan, getting sucked into a hole in a golf course and helping the Looney Toon's battle a group of aliens for their freedom in a basketball tournament. The third film Last Action Hero has a young boy named Danny whose entire existence is focused around movies, and while watching the premiere of the next installment in a popular franchise involving hero Jack Slater, he ends up becoming apart of the film himself with Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Last Action Hero is the prelude to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a mystery thriller and adventure starring Bob Hoskin's, who is forced to protect Roger Rabbit after being framed for a murder he did not commit. A plus to this marathon is that Christopher Lloyd plays the librarian in Pagemaster who hands Culkin's character a library ticket and gets him sucked into the universe, as well as playing the main villain judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A great parallel between the marathon is Pagemaster focusing around a library card, and Last Action Hero centering around a movie ticket.
The nostalgia of this marathon is amazing, and brings me back to my childhood roots before entering the days of young adulthood. It is true that memories can last a lifetime. Here's to tonight's fantastic marathon of great childhood memories.