20th anniversary of the Y2K Problem

I never knew about this when I was growing up in the year of our millennium, 2000.

In late 1999, computer scientists feared that on New Years Eve on December 31st, 1999, if computers weren’t fixed by getting rid of those computer bugs, then they would malfunction every machinery on Earth. Especially when machines can hurt you, affect you, destroy all wildlife, or anything worse that we do not want to lose on.

So far, nothing happened. And we were glad to be in the year 2000. Cause while most of us were addicted to anime tv shows and anime movies such as “Digimon”, “Pokémon”, “Sailor Moon”, and more in such breakthroughs, scientists feared on that but we were glad that it didn’t happen.

Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons”, thanks to him, he did one of those segments in one of their Halloween episodes, before that happened. Otherwise, like for what he animated on, rather than Seth McFarlane did on an episode in “Family Guy”, while the Earth can be destroyed by the Y2K problem. we would have to evacuate the Earth and set on a new life on one of the planets our of solar system. While a rocket would head to a planet, Homer and Bart accidentally took one that was heading to the fiery hot sun.

Politician Ross Perot, radio psychologist Dr. Laura, film director Spike Lee, former vice president Dan Quayle, grunge rock singer Courtney Love, champion skater Tonya Harding, civil rights activist Al Sharpton, actors Tom Arnold with Paula Shore, and actress Rosie O’Donnell were with them on that grey rocket. But Homer and Bart decided to accept their fate on something else besides a sing along song with Rosie O’Donnell…

Thus, 20 years have passed by. And as we are entering a new mirai (or future in Japanese), we want to make sure it’s remarkable. We have been addicted to Apple technology since Steve Jobs died, as how we need to be aware of the weather before Mother Nature strikes again. D. Trump is the most grouchy man on Earth, that we definitely dislike on, but we definitely need a new U.S. President much kinder and remarkable as how George H. W. Bush and Barack Obama were. And therefore, not, repeat NOT make a big steel wall that keeps away the Mexicans in Mexico on the border that leads from the United States.

What about the media that entertains us? They shouldn’t mess up movie franchises as how we do not want too much reboots, remakes, spin-off’s, sequels, as long lasting TV shows since the 90’s should be brought to a successful conclusion. The same to the rest that are still ongoing.

Yes, we do need to save our animals from becoming an endangered species. Such as the polar bears, orcas, pandas, sharks, lions, penguins, otters, or any of the rest from extinction. And we must never let that happen. We must save them immediately as of this very moment.

What about the ice caps? They definitely need to stop melting, cause we do not want to end up like Kevin Costner from “Waterworld”, when everything is all flooded across the Earth. With absolute no land in sight. It was thanks to the opening ceremony in the summer olympics in Rio de Janerio in 2016 that has mentioned about this.

We’ve had a few bugs with our computers like the Y2K bugs, but not a lot. Especially in IPhones, IPads, IPods, and more. But we must never let something like this to ever happen again. And we definitely need a bright and better future. Also, we cannot forget anniversaries of our favourite films and tv shows since 1969, 1979, 1989, and 1999. Cartoons too. Soon, they’ll be a few since 2000.

Some of us maybe old, but we’ll need to make sure to give the youth something better in life. And maybe show for what we loved on, that we cannot forget, but always remember.

As 2019 ends, our hope for our ‘Mirai’ will soon begin. And hopefully make it remarkable and better than ever before.

Europe- The Final Countdown (2000 remix)

They had this during the whole Y2K crisis as nothing bad occurred. But it was the best to rock on to this remix version on December 31st, 1999 before the ball dropped as we entered the early 2000’s. It was a night to remember for sure.

Since Europe did ‘The Final Countdown’ as the theatrical version, this remix version is much shorter. No countdown from 10 to 1 unfortunately. Just from 4 to 1 in this remix video. They did it only twice. And I admire both versions really. The original and the remix version.

Every Europe fan had enjoyed this and the original version, as all over the Earth, the real final countdown had begun. In every major city in the USA, and famous cities across the entire Earth. Already, some women were in hospitals, checking their unborn babies before they could be born before or after midnight at the last seconds.

Besides, both Dick Clark and Donald Trump were at that time celebrating. And I’ve never seen them very happy at that time. (Way before D. Trump became the next U.S. President almost 15 years later).

Both songs are equally great; especially if you want to rock on before its time.

Europe- The Final Countdown (original version)

This can be the theme for the launch of a V2 rocket. Just like for what you see in that PS3 video game, “Sniper Elite V2”. Inspired by David Bowie’s song, “Space Oddity”, written by Joey Tempest, as how they used 1980’s keyboards, this was number 8# in 1986. In their music video for the first time, that everyone enjoyed on, they almost had video footage of a launch site while some of the audience members used lighters as light. And just when they went ‘liftoff!’, they cheered as they loved their mullets.

Almost 14 years later, they did a remix version in December of 1999 for New Years Eve. So while some scientists were facing the Y2K problem, the remix version was shorter and different as how people would rock on before the ball dropped on December 31st, as we headed to the year 2000.

I do both love this version and the remix version. Besides, this is inspirational like if you’re ready activate a launch of a V2 rocket. As how you would rock down to the New Year before it’s time.

Invictus (2009)

*Dedicated to JR Watson who loves rugby and Clint Eastwood movies*.

Morgan Freeman was Nelson Mandela in this famous historical movie from actor/director Clint Eastwood. He in fact during the process of the movie, met Nelson Mandela when he was alive.

His performance as that historical person was excellent, superb and grand as Blu Mankuma….

…since he was a transforming robot….

…in the form of a white tiger.

Nominated for two Oscar awards and three Golden Globe Awards, I felt sorry for Morgan Freeman when he was left out nominated no thanks to Jeff Bridges. However, besides Matt Damon who was with him, Christoph Waltz deserved both awards for Best Supporting Actor. Cause for his performance as SS Col. Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s Nazi killing film, “Inglorious Basterds”.

Along with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood’s son Scott is in this also as one of the rugby players. Just before he got into other movies that made him excellent. Such as “Pacific Rim: Uprising”, “Snowden”, and one of my favourites, “Fury” with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.

February 11th, 1990 was when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after spending 27 years. Then in 1994, he became the first black President in South Africa. Everyone in all of South Africa, had loved him for how he cared a lot to the country.

Right after politics, the people and more, they were to get ready for a sport that they loved on. Rugby. And Mandela supported the whole team until game time.

I was almost 3 months old when the 1995 Rugby World Cup was held in South Africa. From May 25th to June 24th. Nelson Mandela was there as he befriended a South African rugby union player named François Pienaar. They won the whole game, as Mandela was glad to see everything.

Film critic Roger Ebert gave this 3 and half stars, and this is what he wrote:

It is a very good film. It has moments evoking great emotion, as when the black and white members of the presidential security detail (hard-line ANC activists and Afrikaner cops) agree with excruciating difficulty to serve together. And when Damon’s character—François Pienaar, as the team captain—is shown the cell where Mandela was held for those long years on Robben Island. My wife, Chaz, and I were taken to the island early one morning by Ahmed Kathrada, one of Mandela’s fellow prisoners, and yes, the movie shows his very cell, with the thin blankets on the floor. You regard that cell and you think, here a great man waited in faith for his rendezvous with history.

Several years later, the South Africa Rugby team did another successful victory that they deserved on as I didn’t mind on really. At the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo, Japan that I saw everything on TV with my own eyes at age 24. I wanted Japan to win, but South Africa deserved it to win the gold medals. They did it not for just their country and the people. They did it for Nelson Mandela after he and Roger Ebert passed away in 2013. Both were very wise as Hokusai, the famous painter.

Recommended for adults only, who love rugby and Clint Eastwood drama movies, I give this 8.9 out of 10 stars. Really great.

And in conclusion, as a wise friend once said…

Let the trails lead where they may. I will follow…

-Blu Mankuma as the white tiger robot, Tigatron.

Mia and the White Lion (2018)

Since I heard the news on orcas and belugas being free from Russia, that’s a good sign. As they must breed and live on. The polar bears who live up north, let’s say close to Churchill, Manitoba in Canada is different. Especially if a mother polar bear and its two cubs were eating a pregnant dog alive. What about the lions and tigers in Africa?

They definitely need to bred and live on. Which was why I saw this on DVD as a rental from the library after hearing the news. And this relates to what we are facing in the future.

Mélanie Laurent is the only French actress I know of, that is in this movie. No one had seen her in almost 10 years since she was Shosanna Dreyfus in the 2009 blockbuster from Quentin Tarantino movie, “Inglorious Basterds”. She and her friend Marcel (portrayed by Jacky Ido) were the ones that locked the movie theatre doors tight, and had it burnt down by nitrate film prints while two of the Basterds (Eli Roth & Omar Doom) took two submachine guns, assassinated Hitler, and killed many Nazi’s members of the high command. Until they set of explosives, as no one survived.

What about Brad Pitt and B.J. Novak? They were in Allied territory as they shot a radio operator and had Christoph Waltz’s character as Col. Hans Landa as their P.O.W. It ended as Brad Pitt gave a swastika crave on his forehead. Kevin Dillon from “Platoon” would love that scene if he saw it.

So in this movie, she is a member of the Owen family. For Miss Alice Owen with her husband John Owen, their 10 year old daughter Mia Owen, and younger brother Mick Owen live in Africa. John Owen worked with lions as he protects them, until they had a miracle on Christmas Day. A white lion born on their farm. Much adorable than ever before. They named him Charlie.

Like “Beethoven”, he did grew a lot as Mia grew fond of him like the 1994 movie, “Lassie”. This does have dramatic scenes of how he was getting older. But on the other hand, as she had to set him free like “Free Willy”, it also said a valuable speech in the very end about how lions are endangered species. And they must be saved. I mean every single one of them.

250,000 wild lions reigned over Africa 100 years ago. Their population has fallen 90% and last year, according to experts. There are less than 20,000 left.

Lions aren’t considered an “endangered species” but if their numbers continue to fall at the same rate, they will have completely disappeared in the wild in 20 years time.

In South Africa, in the past 10 years, over 10,000 lions have been trophy hunted in ‘canned lion’ hunts, a legal industry. They are coming to breeding farms. Most of those farms are not sanctuaries, but places where lion cubs are bred for slaughter, volunteers are duped and tourists are lied to.

Support the Kevin Richardson Foundation to help bring an end to ‘canned lion hunting’.

I believe in every word that they say in the very end. This movie has passed the test indeed. Success. ‘B+’ is what I give.

In fact, the kids in this music video had did this amazing song that we know of. Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Nicholson would love this song indeed since both “Ace Ventura” movies and “The Bucket List” too.

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

From Warner Bros, and from the director who was gonna do “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, it’s an Christmas airport adventure.

Divorces can be a drag, as how they have to live in separate ways. Which was why no thanks to a mom with mental health problems, an older brother and young sister had to go from California to Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with their dad. The crazy mom had to spend the holidays with Auntie Judy who was addicted to Christmas too much.

After their arrival, a snowstorm struck. They were to spend the night at the airport on Christmas Eve. With a few more kids including Tyler James Williams from “Everybody Hates Chris” on YTV. So with all flights were cancelled, and how security can be worse, they wanted fun and adventure. In which they did.

It was like “Arthur Christmas” before that occurred in 2011, in which the older brother promised her a gift from St. Nick if he exists or not. No offence to the kids really. So they had to hatch a plan to make things better before Christmas morning.

Things did went well. Successfully. And as for a success, I give this 7.9/10 stars. In fact, that kid from “Everybody Hates Chris” was hilarious in this.

Coming Home for Christmas (2013)

*This blog post is dedicated to two Canadian voice actress sisters. The McKillip’s. Carly McKillip and Britt McKillip*.

I’ve been a fan of the McKillip Sisters, Carly and Britt since I saw their anime tv shows and cartoons that were mostly on Teletoon.

Carly McKillip has been known for portraying Sakura Avalon in “Cardcaptors” that I loved on mostly from Nelvana. She and Moneca Stori are my actual favourites. Oh, and she was in a tv episode of “The X-Files” a long time ago.

Britt McKillip however didn’t get into any anime tv shows unfortunately. She was known for portraying portraying baby Lola from “Baby Looney Tunes” and one of the talking animated ponies from “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”.

In this live action movie since the Fanning Sisters, Dakota and Elle on their sister act in “My Neighbor Totoro” from GKIDS and Studio Ghibli, they together did a sister act.

Divorces can be a drag in life, as we all know. But in this Christmas movie, when a couple decided to break apart, two sisters acted together to reunite and celebrate Christmas after a long time. Therefore, the divorce didn’t occur after this. In which was really interesting. And I can tell you this: the other Canadian voice actors/actresses that they previously worked with would be proud of them. Richard Ian Cox, Samuel Vincent, Matt Hill, Maggie Blue O’Hara, Nicole Oliver, and more.

So for a success, 10/10 stars is what I give. ‘A++’. Remarkably beautiful.

As of 2019, Britt McKillip had been ongoing with her career in voice acting. Carly McKillip however, ended up like Macaulay Culkin as she never got into another tv show or movie. She became a singer like for how Macaulay Culkin did instead. And married a singer named Darren Savard on May 9th, 2015. (Just when I was turning 20 years of age).

They may look like a fabulous couple, but Hollywood does need actors and actresses like them and Matt Frewer also, to get into the film business big time. No matter if they’re Canadian or American, or how popular they are. Cause after losing Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert, Peter Fonda, Michael Lindsay, Denis Akiyama, Doris Day, Tim Conway, Michael J. Pollard, Isao Takahata, Ernest Borgnine and more, we do need new stars in Hollywood to be famous on. No matter how old or young he/she really is. But not weird as how Stephen Hillenburg was.

The Nutcracker (1995)

*I saw this on tv channel YTV twice on actual TV with my own eyes*

With the voice talents of Kathleen Barr, Scott McNeill, Terry Klassen, and etc, this was the very first anime adaption of the classic Christmas story. In fact, this was the very last bit of anime on TV before this disappeared. Just before YTV became bullshitty and made joined the dark side of movies and tv shows. Same thing to Teletoon.

During the Christmas holidays, a seven year old girl received a nutcracker in the form of a wooden soldier. At nighttime, he and his battalion of toy soldiers were to battle an army of mice, including a seven headed mouse king. By facing this, she found out the story behind this nutcracker when he was a human a long time ago.

She thought if it might be just a story, but everything became real to her since her grandfather told her the truth.

This is suitable for kids, a thumbs up, as I give this 10/10 stars. A straight ‘A’. In fact, this is from GoodTimes Entertainment. The same video company that did “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie” in 1998, and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys” in 2001. 4 years before it went out of business by bankruptcy.

Although I felt sorry for that going bankrupt, but like the Japanese, we cannot forget what have entertained us. This is the real deal for example.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (song + 2000 Christmas special)

I have been keeping an open mind on movies, like for what my dad tells me. However, I have found this. For this remains a Christmas classic to those that love animated movies. In fact, both this Christmas song and an animated movie that is inspired by this is indeed, great for kids who love this.

I remember watching the promos of this on VHS whenever I look at Pokémon videotapes. Until 19 years later, I have found it on TV after almost 20 years. After seeing it, the morale is that we do not want to drug our grandparents, and always watch out for something on a clear night.

So in the song, it has been said that a Christmas Eve party long ago, a grandmother was celebrating while off her medication until she got drunk on spiked eggnog. So she had to go to the store on that very night until she saw Kris Kringle and his reindeer. Rudolph too. They were flying so low, that they accidentally ran over her. She was found trampled on Christmas Day, as the family mourned her. The morale is that whenever we go out on Christmas Eve, always watch out for “a man who drives a sleigh, plays with elves and cares for reindeer”. Cause we do not want to end up like that port granny.

After that came out in 1979, it wasn’t that long until the animated TV Christmas special came out in 2000. Inspired by the song. Rudolph wasn’t in this unfortunately, cause he was already in the 1998 classic. In that Christmas TV special, someone was accused of drugging her, and then having her got run over by the reindeers. But after she got run over, she was suffering from amnesia so her grandson had to find her for a whole year until he found out the truth.

It was no thanks to a cousin (portrayed by Michele Lee) who looks like Daphne from “Scooby Doo”. She drugged the eggnog first, have a chemical in her fruitcake that she ate by making her have amnesia, and a special reindeer nip. So when the reindeer smelt the nip on her fruitcake, they plunged downward so fast, they couldn’t resist it.

They had their grandmother back, with her memory recovered, while the cousin who looked like Daphne can face the wrath of prison. (Even if she were with those tough inmates from “The Longest Yard”. Both the 1970 classic and the 2005 remake).

So I give both the song and animated Christmas special, a ‘B+’. Although Nostalgia Critic on YouTube wasn’t so sure about it, but it’s still good. Besides, it has the voice talents of Maggie Blue O’Hara, Scott McNeil, Alex Doduk, Elmo Shropshire, and Kathleen Barr. Some of them I recognize their voices as characters from my favourites on YTV and Teletoon.

Olive the Other Reindeer (1999)

Two years after Drew Barrymore was in “The Wedding Singer”, and a year before she was with Don Bluth and Gary Goldman in “Titan A.E.”, she was really talented as I saw this several times as a kid. And like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie” and the first two “Home Alone” movies, this was on YTV twice during Christmas. I saw the promos first, and then this with my own eyes.

Based on the book by Vivian Walsh, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier heard the news that from up north, one of Kris Kringle’s reindeer got injured during an early practise flight. Just before 11 pm on Christmas Eve, he with a con artist penguin had to travel all the way up north. By taking two buses, avoiding the guards and electric fences, and a nasty postman as the villain, Olive made it to Father Christmas just in time.

To the word, ‘all of the other reindeer’ from the song, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, it almost rhymes with the word, ‘Olive the other reindeer’. Which was interesting, as the dog didn’t feel like a regular. But instead became a reindeer who saved Christmas. And you should’ve seen the songs.

While travelling the world after defeating that postman, they did it one night as they met characters we knew. Ultraman and Godzilla from Tokyo, Japan, a famous pope from Rome, Italy, and Quasimodo from Victor Hugo’s famous story.

Along with Drew Barrymore, are Edward Asner as Father Christmas, Joe Pantoliano as the con artist penguin, Tim Meadows as a greyhound bus driver, and Jay Mohr as Olive’s owner, Tim. In which he was so glad, for Olive be home with him after one of Kris Kringle’s reindeer dropped him off. Just after the journey was over.

For a success, I give this 8.5 out of 10 stars.