Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Happy Birthday Rocketeer
Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of my all time favorite movies, Joe Johnston's The Rocketeer. In my opinion it's the most faithful superhero adaptation of all time. It's remarkably like the comics. I remember seeing it in 70mm at the Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park, KS when it first came out.
I then later saw it at the Plaza Theatre in Kansas City, which dated back to the 1920's. It was fantastic seeing this gorgeous period piece there. I felt like I had gone back in time. Despite the promotional push of Disney, it didn't do very well in theaters but there were some cool promotional stuff like these toys and other various stuff.
Pizza Hut also had a cool promotion with cool drink containers and personal pan pizza boxes.
My favorite piece of Rocketeer memoribilia is this cool sweatshirt that Disney sent to video retailers when the movie came out on VHS later that fall. I wore it all the time in college. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit anymore. That would be a good excuse to go on a diet, so I could wear this beauty again.
I can't believe it's been 20 years. Hopefully Joe Johnston's next superhero period piece, Captain America The First Avenger, will be as good as The Rocketeer. If that's the case, I'll be one happy camper.