Documentary Review: Funhouse (1997)

Release Date: 1997

Discovery Channel, 44 Minutes

Review:

I remember seeing this on the Discovery Channel when it was new. It always stuck with me and after becoming a fan of the YouTube channels Defunctland and Yesterworld, I wanted to try and track this down to revisit.

Sadly, there is no information about it online. There isn’t even an IMDb page. As I like to list the credits for everything I review, it sucks that I can’t give the proper people the credit they deserve for this cool little documentary that has stuck with me for 22 years.

Seeing it now, it was still a lot of fun and the real high point is where it showcases local, lesser known theme parks throughout the country. The two main ones that we get a peek at here are Bushkill Park and Kennywood, both from Pennsylvania.

What’s extra special about seeing this now, is that since this documentary, Bushkill Park has fallen into disrepair and doesn’t function as a full park anymore. There have been attempts at fixing it but the iconic rides of the past no longer function and have been wrecked by flooding and vandalism. But at the time of this documentary’s production, we got to see a lot of the old attractions in their mostly full glory.

This also goes into the technological advances that Universal Studios and Disney World were bringing into the theme park industry at the time. Some of the “new” rides featured here no longer exist or have evolved but this was a cool time capsule that looks into what was cutting edge in the ’90s.

If you like theme parks and their history, this is a fun watch. I put the whole documentary below and it even has the commercials left in, so its like a real ’90s TV time capsule.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: the YouTube channels Defunctland and Yesterworld.

Vids I Dig 073: Yesterworld: The Troubled History of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride closed at the Magic Kingdom in 1998, despite a media frenzy and protests, so here we explore the story of how it came to be, the Disneyland original version of Mr. Toad before New Fantasyland, and more Disney history.

Vids I Dig 072: Comic Tropes: X-Statix: Superhero Celebrity Satire

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: In 2001, writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred teamed up with a completely new take on X-Force which would go on to be retitled X-Statix. It was a look at a team of mutants who were also celebrities. This episode looks at how that works and some of the common techniques of Milligan and Allred.

Vids I Dig 069: Cartoonist Kayfabe: Image Comics ‘Grand Design’, The Pitch Proposal

The Cartoonist Kayfabe guys (Ed Piskor & Jim Rugg) discuss what the Grand Design treatment could look like for the original Image Comics titles.

Vids I Dig 068: Literature Devil: Is Comicsgate Wrong? (In 4 Parts)

From Literature Devil’s YouTube description (Part 1): ComicsGate claims that modern Marvel’s diversity-focused comics are far inferior to the works of the past. Are they blinded by hate and nostalgia or do they have a point?

From Literature Devil’s YouTube description (Part 2): So maybe Diversity Marvel isn’t about superhero battles or heroes fighting villains. Maybe it’s about character development. Let’s try tackling this question from a different angle.

From Literature Devil’s YouTube description (Part 3): Before we get into the grand finale of Is Comicsgate Wrong? I went ahead and addressed the most interesting counter-arguments sent my way. Watch to the end… I’ve tossed in a little hint on what the FINAL BATTLE will cover.

From Literature Devil’s YouTube description (Part 4): All things come to an end. One last battle to see which side is right and which side is wrong. Also, special announcements at the end.