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Youtube Short starring Joe Dammann

28 Feb

“Drink Machine” w/ Joe Dammann from McGee & Me (1999)

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Live from… somewhere in Oklahoma? … it’s Fire by Nite!

22 Aug

I never saw Fire by Nite during it’s heyday, but I discovered it via my favorite local Christian-run thrift store. I picked up every glorious VHS they had.

Maybe you watched the show and know what the deal is with them. But I was totally new to it, and what a treat 😛
Fire by Nite was produced by Willie George Ministries, out of Tulsa Oklahoma.

Big Willie G

Big Willie G

Willie also brought us the fun ol’ time known as The Gospel Bill Show.


 

Clip Show

Fire by Nite brought so many Christian gems.. Here are a few I’ve uploaded:

Family First, Fire by Nite’s take on a Christian family sitcom. This is a blooper reel.


 

Here’s a premise! What if Rocky was actually called Chunky, and…and…um.. yeah not exactly sure why this is funny.

 
or Miami vice, if Miami was actually in Oklahoma

 

Musical Artists!

That’s right. Fire by Nite would always have a special musical guest, just like SNL. Michael W. Smith, Petra (twice), DC Talk, ect…

Then there is this guy, Kenny Marks, who is just ridiculous. I remixed him for your pleasure.

 
And how do you explain rap, to a white Canadian living in Oklahoma in the early 90’s? Watch Stephen Wiley do just that (sorry for the shitty dub):


 
DC Talk was my first introduction to Christian “rap”. I’m still in therapy.
Now let’s take a Bible Break!

 
That’s right, I was a teen in the 90’s. I hung out with kids like these Fire by Nite teens:

 

Where are they Now?

A lot of the..uh… actors?…  I couldn’t find through my research (Google). But I did find a couple.

Blaine Bartel, the youth pastor himself, ran headfirst into scandal two years ago. He admitted to an affair, and resigned as pastor of Northstar Church (in Texas) after it became public.

He has a couple of videos uploaded on Youtube, helping people with Church marketing tips. Which end with the message “Please hire me!!”. Well, maybe not in so many words, but it’s there.

 

John and Viccijo (“Vickie Joe”) Witty
 

 
These two are all OVER the internets. Facebook and facebook, twitter, and of course, YOU TUBE!!


 
Oh, I get it. This video wasn’t meant to be funny. They are really big on ending slavery in Oklahoma. Yeah, that’s right, apparently human trafficking is a huge problem in Oklahoma. Not sure that was a topic on Fire by Nite.. too bad. And on that light note!

When Canada and Oklahoma come together to put together a Christian clip show, I have to say, it has interesting consequences. Where are the current day Christian ripoffs? I have to assume they are out there somewhere, right?

David’s Rocks

27 Jan

FOUND:

David, God’s Champion (VHS)

Another Wiser Family video to add to my thrift store finds collection. This time the Wiser puppets delight us with the story of David.  We hear stories of how he was able to take on Lions and Giants, despite being a small guy. So many Bible stories read like old Roman mythologies.


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Wiser family wants us all to know that God still talks to you today, every day! If you don’t hear God (and I hope they don’t mean audible voices), then you aren’t listening. This means kids will either believe they hear something, or they will make themselves hear something. Otherwise, they aren’t real Christians. That can lead to some really dangerous, or at the very least, confusing thinking.

God Will Talk to You


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The David & Goliath story is fun. I found it funny that the Wiser family chose to tell the story from the point of view of David’s sling rocks. Haha, really?  They teach that no matter how small and seemingly pointless you are, you should let God use you. Well, that’s certainly a unique interpretation.

But when God doles out purpose filled lives,  you can’t all be hard blunt objects to bash a man’s brains in. ewwww.

God wants to Use You too!


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The David and Jonathan story is one of the great love stories in the Bible. Naomi and Ruth would be the other one. Mary and Joseph to some extent, but not nearly as romantic. David and Jonathan obviously loved each other, and the Wiser video helps illuminate that.

“Davathan”


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To end their video, the Wiser Family Puppet Band gives us a lively rap. I can’t get enough of Christian rap. Whether it’s homophobic DC Talk,  side hugs, or born-again puppets, I’m all about it.

Set Us Free


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Am I feeling some Sugarhill Gang influence in there?… Hotel! Motel! Holiday Inn!


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A Little Wiser Family Trivia

The Wiser Family videos were written and directed by Peter Enns. Not the Peter Enns, who was recently suspended from Westminster, after causing some controversy.

But the Canadian Peter Enns.

He’s a Poet, and a media producer among other things. He even wrote President G.W. Bush to tell him about a dream he once had…


THE MAJESTIC EAGLE! CD WAS BIRTHED BY A DREAM AND A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT G.W. BUSH.
Writer/Producer Peter Enns says, “On June 18, 2002, I had a dream. In the dream, President G.W. Bush visited Tulsa, Oklahoma. Going down the receiving line, when I met the President, he said, “Peter, I like what you write”. In my dream, at the President’s invitation, I rode with him in his motorcade.
Sitting in the back of that big black limousine, I wanted to share a Good Word For America! with the President. I was embarrassed, when I forgot the lines, so I offered to send him some of the prints from my Good Word For America!  writings. The next day, as I was thinking about this most unusual dream, I decided to write a letter to the President. In the letter, I shared my dream and enclosed the prints I had promised to send to him.
Two months later, August 24, 2002 on a Saturday morning, I sensed an urgency to produce a Patriotic CD featuring my Good Word For America! That morning I wrote the title cut, The Majestic Eagle! Sunday afternoon, August 25, I was reminded of my earlier dream of the President. I prayed, “Lord if I have a letter and a photo from President George W. Bush & The First Lady in the mail tomorrow, I will produce the Majestic Eagle! CD.”
When I checked the mail on Monday, my heart skipped a beat!  I saw a large envelope from the White House, post marked Crawford Texas.  As I opened it, there was a letter from President Bush, dated August 16, 2002, with an autographed photo of the President and First Lady Laura Bush.
At this point, I felt I had no alternative. With studio musicians and back up vocalists I recorded my Majestic Eagle! CD, With a Good Word For America! The Majestic Eagle! CD is now available through radio and television interviews, bookstores, online and by calling a toll free number.
 

Now I’m not saying that this guy needs a reality check… but, okay maybe I am.  If a signed form letter and a picture from the White house is a message from the ultimate power of the Universe, well, color me surprised. Just my opinion of course. Some people hear God and see God every day, and think God plans for them to defeat Giants.

The other big player in the Wiser Family Videos is the animator. The animation sequences were done by Lock Wolverton. He is/was? an animator for Disney, and was even part of the Disney Institute Animation Events that ran from 1998-2003.  The brochure from the 1998 event said of Lock:

Lock is a graduate of Ringling school of art and design in Sarasota, FL and Famous Artists Schools. His experience as an independent animator spans more than eighteen years. Lock taught animation at the college level as an adjunct professor at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK. Lock has received numerous awards for animated productions, including eight regional Addy’s, three Telly Awards, the Golden Ring and the Silver Spur to name a few.
http://i-animate.org/event/1998/pdf/1998%20Information%20Packet.pdf

I’m actually a little surprised that the animation was done by somebody who worked for Disney. The animation isn’t horrible, but not particularly good either. Maybe the equipment he was working with wasn’t very sophisticated, or more likely, he wasn’t being paid much.

What was the Disney Institute Event about?  Here’s a video if you’re interested (sorry about the bad VHS quality):


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“David, God’s Champion” was your typical Wiser Family Video. Now go out there and fight lions, fight giants, love your brother, and follow your dreams!

You can send the President your dreams at:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20501

McGee and me! Joe Dammann is okay, Shaylisa is nice, but Whit Hertford is awesome

14 Aug

I claim to be a child of the “christian 90’s”. So what kind of blogger would I be without a post about McGee and Me?  It was just a matter of time really…

FOUND:

The New Adventures McGee and me!

In the Nick of Time (ep. 10) (1992)



Joe Dammann will always just be Nick to me. I remember watching the “New Adventures” for the first time, as a pre-teen, and wondering..”Oh no, is that what turning into a teenager looks like?!”

Thanks to McGee and me I truly feared God and puberty.  Joe seems to be doing more behind the scene work, voice over, and smaller part stuff, but still in the biz.

joe dammann

Far too many M's and N's in your name Sir

Joe’s Facebook – maybe he will be your friend. I’m sure he won’t find it weird or anything.

Whit Hertford plays nerdy little Philip. He was always my favorite. Plus, I was a big Full House fan as a kid (don’t judge), so I knew him as ‘duck face’ as well. He’s a ‘unique’ looking fella, and a Mormon to boot. Well, occurding to the LDS website they claimed him as a LDS celebrity. I guess they define celebrity loosely. Heck, I guess I know who he is.

I hadn’t heard of him in years, then all of a sudden I was watching Glee (which I never watch), and the choreographer for the episode looked awfully familiar. Then I realized, Hey! That’s Whitby!

He’s using the internet like a madman, making videos (Funny or Die), being on late night, and having several websites full of funny stuff. Check out his tumblr.

Shaylisa Hurte starred as Renee, Nick’s only girl friend. She was okay I guess. I didn’t find her all that interesting, but her parents were divorced (shocking!).

Nowadays she can help you sell your house.

New Adventures McGee and me Intro

McGee and me  – edited the way I want

Of all the Christian videos for kids, I found McGee and Me to be the least annoying, and more professionally done. I didn’t realize until now that they were produced by Focus on the Family. I can’t stand Focus on the Family, so it kinda sucks to know I actually enjoyed something they had a hand in.

McGee and Me had a bunch of awkward kids, that made even me seem cool at the time. There are a lot of Bible verses, and a moral lesson to learn in every video of course. They aren’t so bad, for a Christian kid series anyways.

And actually had some talented kid actors that went on to do other things.

Next…  More SuperKids

Kirk or Picard? Janeway or Kellie?

14 Jul

My local Christian thrift store came through again, and I found a couple of Superkids videos. Below is the first one..


FOUND:

Commander Kellie & the Superkids

The Intruder (VHS) (1992)

kellie and superkidsKellie Copeland as Commander Kellie
Ryan Brockington as Paul   
Elizabeth Stewart as Missy
Jenny Van Wagner as Valerie
Stephen Glenn as Rapper
Joel Davis as Alex
Cory Edwards as NME Agent  
Carman as Mario

Commander Kellie and her super kids are part of the Superkids Academy. They fight the evil NME Corporation (Notoriously Malicious Enterprises), a media company that spreads evil programming (FOX?).

Intro

They believe if they can control the children, they can control the future. Hmm… Christians should know a little something about that. Get the kids to church, and they stay in church. And the parents follow, right Christians, right?  I didn’t have the privilege of watching this show as a kid, but I’m pretty sure I would have liked it. The sci-fi theme, combined with militaristic uniforms and dance choreography is a guaranteed winner.

I love how these shows make it seem like unbelievers = evil bad-guys who believe in God, but fight against him despite the fact that you have to be a complete idiot to think you’ll win. Hey Kids! Join the SuperKids Academy, and you too will defeat every straw man that comes your way!

Carman guest stars in this video. During the second song, they keep shooting to him staring and nodding, like he’s checking them all out. Creepy.

Carman approves

Commander Kellie reminds me of Captain Janeway. Well, only because she’s in uniform, has boobs, and if you squint your eyes she kinda looks like her. Oh, and she touches people waaay too much.

it's called personal space Commander

It being 1992, there is of course a rapping kid, who goes by the original name of “The Rapper“.  He wears his hat backwards and says “Yo” alot.

Alex (Joel Davis)  is the token nerd, and token minority. And he’s adorable. I’m pretty sure I found him online, still in the ministry. And still flashing that smile.

maybe Alex, what do you think?

Every children’s show has the “Leader Kid”, and in this show it would be Paul (Ryan Brockington). He has done some work here and there since then.

Paul/Ryan Brockington

Finally there’s the evil NME agent. He makes funny faces and I think he’s supposed to be the comic relief.

Cory Edwards

He’s also done some impressive work since then as the writer/director of Hoodwinked!  A funny movie by the way 🙂

Commander Kellie is the real star of course. She’s played by Kellie Copeland Swisher, the daughter of big time televangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. She’s still in the ministry but gets flack for being a 3 time divorcee. Hey, you can’t expect Commander Kellie to stay tied down when she’s got a whole crew of kids stuck in the Delta Quadrant, and the Borg on her ass!

Below are the two featured songs, which include ALL of the dance moves invented in the early 90’s.

Superkid Academy Song

The “Truth in the Word” song has the best choreography EVER. It reminds me of the dance scene from Romy & Michelle. But you may compare them yourself and see.

Superkids “Truth in the Word” song featuring Creepy Carman

Romy & Michelle dance. Same choreographer?

Next…  Lost in Silver Canyon
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