Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feedback Request


I really mean it.


So I know that some of you have bought the book by now. I’d love to get some feedback.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly stats and announcements


I don't usually post weekly stats here, but I do post them every Friday in the TVCU discussion group.  But since we hadn't posted pretty much anything of late, I felt I should post something.  Incidentally, since I posted this exactly one month ago, our numbers have come back to normal.  The anniversary has brought people back.  


Weekly stats and announcements: Our numbers are way down. I guess it's understandable. We haven't posted much new stuff or even updated much lately, as we are working on the first tvcu book. James Bojaciuk did update the Holmes tulpa post, and I highly recommend it. Ivan Ronald Schablotski also recently updated his biography. We're still interested in new material from new writers, and also, anyone who is a blog admin can update any of my blogs if you feel motivated. If you add new material to one of my previous posts, don't forget to credit yourself. I'm also thinking of bringing back the quickies and Crew Reviews, but I don't have to be the only one generating those. Any current admin can do it, and if you aren't an admin but would like to do some quickies or Crew Reviews, let me know. Finally, this past week's top viewed were: 1) 90210; 2) Crazy Ivan; 3) the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia release announcement; 4) Offspring of Zed; and 5) My Little Pony.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia is here!!!


Updates:  The link to Smashwords is here.  The publisher is working on a February release.  18thWall is a small but busy company.  Their success means several books are soon to be released, and some minor delays in production have resulted.  As an author, I appreciate their hard work and attention to detail, and realize I am nothe only author in the 18thWall family.  I hope you, the readers, can share in my patience and understand thathe product will be worth the wait.


The book I've been talking about is finally here. That's right. It's the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, the first in a series of books spun off from this very blog. Written by me, Robert E. Wronski, Jr., it also includes a bonus story and preface by James Bojaciuk, and and a foreword by "Crazy" Ivan Ronald Schablotski! It also features and amazing cover by Axel Medellin.

The e-book is currently available at Amazon and Goodreads, and tonight will become available on Smashwords as well. A print copy will become available in three weeks. Though not in stores, 18thWall Productions has informed me that if you request it at your local bookstore, they should be able to order a copy for you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Call-Out for Writers



Writers wanted for TVCU Crew: The Next Generation. As the TVCU enters its fourth year, many of us have moved onto other projects, while still trying to hold on dearly to our roots in the TVCU. I never want to stop doing the TVCU, despite the books, nor do I want it to become one of those stagnant, dead sites like has happened to so many of my other favorite fan sites. So as I put the call out in 2011 for guest writers and TVCU Crew members, I now do so again. If you are a fan of the TVCU, and why are you reading this if you aren't, if you have any topic you'd like to tackle, please do so. For those who are already admins on the blog, you of course need no further permission to post, but for anyone else, feel free to submit to me if you have a guest post you'd like to submit. Just make sure that you keep to the rules, precedents, and format as established from previous posts, while remembering not to worry so much about the rules, precedents, and format as established from previous posts. What does that mean? It should be clearly a blog that is easily recognizable as a TVCU blog, and sticks to the core canon, but you should feel free to express yourself in your own writing style. For an example of how you can do your own thing while sticking to the TVCU way, I suggest taking a look at my posts on A Nightmare on Elm Street and Offspring of Zed, James Bojaciuk's posts on Wonderland and My Little Pony, and Gordon Long's posts on Rankin-Bass and Groundhogs' Day. Each of those are very different, and yet stick to the same basics for formatting and stick to the core rules of the TVCU. The most important thing is have fun. I have not yet ever turned down a post submitted to me, nor even told the writer to make changes before submission. Our blog gets about 10,000 views a month when we actively post new stuff and updates, and about 9,00 monthly views when we do absolutely nothing. So it's a good opportunity if you want to be a professional writer to get some exposure. Though James and I own the site, anything you write is your intellectual property. We may reuse excerpts in other posts (when a crossover from one post affects your subject). And we are currently working on TVCU books that will offer reprinted posts with new material. If we should select your post for inclusion, we would not do so without your permission, and you would be properly compensated for its use, just as if you were contributing to an anthology. So please, start watching and start writing.

James adds, " I'll also note, for anyone interested in taking part (and you should! This is fantastic fun!), that this is my all-time favorite TVCU article of all the ones I've written:"

James Bojaciuk also raises a good point. The TVCU isn't just about TV, though most of my focus goes there because it's the medium I know best that seems to get the least exposure when talking about crossovers. Literary works and video games are two areas that are perfectly acceptable, for instance, that have not really been explored much. James is the brave soul who tackles the literary aspects of the TVCU, and does so extremely well. Also, note, that even with our "observe and report" methodology, we do from time to time, come up with some great theories, like the Holmes tulpa, the Zed Anomaly, Armand Tesla, ect. If you've read the blog for a while, you probably understand it. Don't hold back for fear of rejection. Have fun with it. Remember, this is a world where Creed from the Office was the 1960s Joker, where Abed is now Batman, and where Cleveland and Charlie Brown are related.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

An Interview with 18thWall Productions


Mary-Helen Norris, who handles the press releases for 18thWall, interviewed me back in November in anticipation of the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  Some of my answers dove into discussing the TVCU, so I thought it was worth reprinting the interview here.


A representative from the publisher interviewed me today, and I thought the questions were so good, that for marketing purposes, I should post here my answers.

18thWall:  Let's get started with the fact that you've been working on this for two years? James mentioned to me something about the TVCU and how that was the foundation of your book. Tell me a little bit about how you got started with the project.

Robert E Wronski Jr.:   I first started noticing crossover connections in 1978, first starting keeping track of them in 1980.  In 1984, I first coined the term TV Crossover Universe.  In 2007, I started turning those notes into a MySpace blog, which I later turned into it's own website, in January 2011.  I started writing the book, which is THE HORROR CROSSOVER ENCYCLOPEDIA, in April 2012 and wrapped it up and submitted it to 18thWAll on September 7, 2014.  By the way, it is HORROR CROSSOVER ENCYCLOPEDIA.  If you leave out "Crossover", it would be a misleading title.

18thWall:  Playing off of that, what made you want to do it in the first place?

Robert:  As I said, I've been fascinated with crossovers since I was a kid.  In 1978, my parents gave me an issue of Marvel's adaption of Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lypmics, my first crossover.  Immediately, I was hooked on the idea of different characters from different series interacting and existing in the same reality.  Soon, I started noticing that certain TV shows shared realities.  Happy Days, Lavern and Shirley and Mork and Mindy.  All in the Family, the Jeffersons, and Good Times.  I started keeping track of the groups that were connected in a notebook.  I did this for years.  Years later, when I discovered the internet, I learned that there were others who shared an interest in fictional crossovers.  I thought I was the only one.  I had found a few websites and joined a discussion group.  The discussion group had a lot of crossover enthusiasts but crossovers were not the main focus of that group, so I created my own Crossovers Forum on Facebook, which became really popular really fast, which I wasn't expecting.  Those other websites, and the popularity of the Crossovers Forum, prompted me a few months later to turn my years of notes into a website.  That too became really popular, more than I had expected.  Going back in time, I started writing my own fiction when I was five, though mostly orally in the early days.  When I was 10, a teacher really noticed I had a knack for writing, and I dreamed of being a writer, but my parents convinced me that safety and security in my career path were more important, so I left the writing behind me.  However, in my late 30s, it turned out safety and security still led me to poverty, unable to find a job with my degree.  So I figured, if I was going to be poor anyways, I might as well do what I love.  Knowing fiction writing wasn't my forte, but having a real knack for research and observational writing, I decided to take a risk and become a full-time writer, turning the blog into a book (and hopefully a series of books, each on a different specific genre relating to crossovers).

18thWall:  Why horror?

Robert:   I am a geek, and I love all things geek.  I knew I wanted to write about specific genres for each book, but I wasn't sure which one to start with.  So I posted a poll in the Facebook forum, listing several of my favorite genres, asking everyone to pick which one they'd like me to tackle first.  Horror was the top choice of the majority.  I'd been a fan of horror since I was a kid.  Though my parents didn't let me watch R rated movies, I was still able to watch the Creature Double Feature every Saturday afternoon with my father, getting exposed to the Universal and Hammer horror, as well as 1950s B sci-fi and Godzilla.  I was also big into horror comics, like House of Mystery.  Back then, any comic you bought at a news stand was safe for kids. Later, as I got older, I was able to get into other horror.  I read my first Poe and King in fifth grade.  When my family got HBO in the 1980s, I got a lot of exposure to 1970s and 1980s horror.  I'm a big fan of slashers and anything paranormal.  I actually grew up in a haunted house, so ghost stories were of particular interest to me.  I also loved magic. As a teen, I turned away for a time from my Catholic upbringing when I started heavily getting into reading about witches.  And vampires.  Something about the lore of vampires has always held a special interest for me.  Despite my love of horror, my greatest horror love, which would be H.P. Lovecraft, wouldn't be discovered until about 15 years ago.  As a now, sort of Christian, sometimes my Christian fellows will ask me how I can be a fan of horror and maintain Christian values.  I explain, most horror is about good triumphing over evil.  A great evil comes and usually, the meekest and purest find the strength to overcome the evil when no one else could.  Horror forces ordinary people to face their nightmares, and those with courage and conviction will overcome.  Unless it's Lovecraft, then you'll just go mad or die.

18thWall:  What can readers expect when they pick it up?

Robert:  This book was written to demonstrate that many horror series share the same reality.  To do this, I started with one story as the center of this Horror Universe.  That story was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.  This film has the Universal versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the Invisible Man.  From there, I then expanded the universe by finding all other horror series that have had crossovers with those four.  And those ones brought in made up the second layer.  Then, I sought out crossover connections with the second layer, to create the third layer.  And so on and so forth.  Though I include crossovers between horror series and non-horror series, non-horror series do not get used to connect to more crossovers.  Otherwise, it would soon lose its focus on horror.  So every single series mentioned in my book can be traced back to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein using a "Six Degrees" methodology.  All the entries are posted in the order in which they were released.  Thus, 19th century literature like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein starts us off and we end with stories from 2014!  Each entry lists the title of the story, and who produced it.  It lists the release date, and the in-story setting.  It then lists all the horror crosses that can be found in the story, and then separately, all the non-horror crosses.  I then give the reader a summary of the story, followed by my notes on the story.  The notes give more details on the crossovers, and how the story fits into the overall canon of the Horror Universe.  In some cases, when warranted, I will through in some little known bits of trivia or my personal observations on the quality of the story.  This is not a fictional book.  As the title implies, this is a reference guide to fictional crossovers within the horror genre.  I take an "observe and report" approach.  I include each story based on the what you see in the film or read in the story.  Only when there is contradicting evidence do I try to create a theory using in-story references to reconcile the contradictions.  And every inclusion is based on the "six degrees" methodology.  I do not include things just because I like them, nor keep things out that I don't like.  I've very objective.  And though this is a reference guide, don't expect this to be a boring textbook.  If you love horror and/or fictional crossovers, this is a must have.  This is jam packed with fun information.  And because of my style of writing, my snarky, satirical commentary finds its way in.  This is anything but a dry read.

18thWall:  This one isn't really a question, it's more of a do you want to add anything spot. Add things, and when you send me your answers, I might send you a few more questions.

Robert:  I can't think of anything to add.  However, some of these questions have much lengthier answers, sort of, to these questions that I posted some time ago on my blog.  I'll provide the links.  (Some of this is also in the introduction to the book.)

Why Crossovers?

Why Horror?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shermer, the town that John Hughes built


Yes, this is actually a crossover chronology, posted as recently as two months ago.  We're still posting new stuff here.  It's just not coming as fast as it used to.  



I previously did a quickie on this subject, and then a full separate blog post for the Vacation series, but here I will be doing a full, new blog post covering Shermer, Illinios 60062, the fictional setting of John Hughes films.  John Hughes once stated that everything he wrote took place in the same reality, and most of his stories either take place in Chicago, or its fictional suburb, Shermer.

I will include Weird Science the TV series here, and there will be a bit of Vacation overlap.  Of course, as always, I expect to miss something. Feel free to let me know, and I'll add it in a future update.  It's just good to be writing about something other than horror...though there will be a bit of that in this post as well.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Wilden Hughes, Jr.[1] (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed or scripted some of the most successful films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's VacationFerris Bueller's Day OffWeird ScienceThe Breakfast ClubSome Kind of WonderfulSixteen CandlesPretty in PinkPlanes, Trains and AutomobilesUncle BuckHome Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
He is known as the king of teen movies as well as helping launch the careers of actors including Michael KeatonMolly RingwaldAnthony Michael HallBill PaxtonMatthew BroderickMacaulay CulkinJohn Candy, and the up-and-coming actors collectively nicknamed the Brat Pack.

From me:

Shermer, Illinois is in the America of the TVCU, despite the fact that Jay and Silent Bob couldn't find it.  John Hughes once said that all of his projects were meant to exist in the same shared reality, and since I honor writer's intent here in the TVCU, anything with Hughes' name in the credits as writer, director, or producer automatically makes it in.  Not that Hughes didn't help us out, by placing most of his works in the same fictional Shermer, a suburb of Chicago.  This includes the Brat Pack films, the Vacation films, the Home Alone films, and others.  

quote form this interview with John Hughes John Hughes: When I started making movies, I thought I would just invent a town where everything happened. Everybody, in all of my movies, is from Shermer, Illinois. Del Griffith from Planes, Trains & Automobiles lives two doors down from John Bender. Ferris Bueller knew Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles. For 15 years I've written my Shermer stories in prose, collecting its history.

Mid-1800s--NATE AND HAYES--A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.  [Written by John Hughes.]

July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943--Tajna Nikole Tesle--Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.  John Hughes was a co-writer.  


World War II--INGLORIOUS BASTERDS--Donny's line "Two hits. I hit you, you hit the ground!" is taken from a heated exchange between Judd Nelson's and Emilio Estevez's characters.  Since the films take place chronologically in a different order than when they were released in the real world, it's doubtful these soldiers heard the phrase from the Breakfast Club.  It makes more sense that perhaps Andy's dad or grandfather had served in the war, and heard the phrase originating from Donny.

1962--DELTA HOUSE--The raucous exploits of Faber College's Delta House Fraternity in 1962.  John Hughes was a writer on this series that followed Animal House.  I will go more into Animal House connections when I do an Animal House post (forthcoming).

Fall 1982--CLASS REUNION--Lizzie Borden High's class of '72 are going through the motions at their tenth-year reunion, until deranged alum Walter Baylor, driven insane by a sadistic senior-year prank, escapes from the mental institution and crashes the party. When guests start getting bumped off, the other alumni, including snooty yacht salesman Bob Spinnaker, class tease Bunny Packard, and class zero Gary Nash, spring into action to uncover the culprit. Chuck Berry makes an onstage appearance.  [Written by John Hughes.]  A Dracula soul clone, similar to Armand Tesla, the Universal Dracula, appears, and a girl seems to be possessed by the same demon from the Exorcist.

December 1982--DO OVER--Joel turns fifteen for the second time - but he would much rather celebrate his thirty-fifth birthday with a more grown-up birthday. Inspired by the future movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", he skips school along with a willing Pat and an unwilling Isabelle. But the sudden grown-up wish eventually drives Pat and Isabelle nuts.  This episode parodies the film. Ben Stein parodies his role as the boring teacher from film.


Summer 1983--NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION--The Griswalds, a family who live in the Chicago suburb of Shermer, take a cross country road trip to Wally World in southern California.  The actor playing Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) was 15 and Audrey (Dana Barron) was 17.  This Rusty and Audrey will later appear in the Old Navy commercials.  This version of Audrey will also reappear in Christmas Vacation 2.    The Griswald family is the creation of John Hughes, for the National Lampoon magazine.  They appeared in two stories:  Vacation and Christmas Vacation.  The stories were set in the 1950s and based on Hughes's own family vacations. Click here for the full Vacation chronology.

1983--MR. MOM--After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce and he becomes a stay-at-home dad - a job he has no clue how to do.  [Written by John Hughes.]

1983--AT EASE--One episode failed pilot for a series created by John Hughes.

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March 24, 1984--THE BREAKFAST CLUB--Five very different teens spend a Saturday in detention. 

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May 1984--SIXTEEN CANDLES--Everyone has forgotten Samantha's birthday!!!

May 1984--21 JUMP STREET--"Two for the Road"--The city that 21 Jump Street took place in was never named, not even in the recent films that are part of the same canon.  The films were shot in Louisiana, but they intentionally kept the fictional locale vague.  This episode aired in 1987, but part of this episode reuses footage from Jake's party, from Sixteen Candles, which makes this episode as set in Shermer three years earlier, which means the entire series might have taken place a few years earlier than when set.

1984--SPACEBALLS:  THE ANIMATED SERIES--"The Skroobinator"--On arriving in 1984, Scroob and Helmet meet Ferris Beuller and beat him up

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Spring 1985--WEIRD SCIENCE--In Shermer, Illinois, two teens create a computer genie who makes major alterations in time and space in order to help those teens get girls and be popular.  Could this have someone had an effect in which time and space were caught in a constant state of flux, especially in Shermer?  I'm not saying it's possible, but yes, I am saying that.  

Summer 1985--NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION--The Griswalds win the Pig in a Poke game show and get a free vacation in Europe.  Note here they show the spelling is Griswald, the same as in the original John Hughes stories from National Lampoon.  Rusty says that he is 15.  The actor playing Rusty, Jason Lively, was 17 and the actress playing Audrey, Dana Hill, was 21!  Audrey was still a teenager in high school, subject to her parents rules.  "Euro Rusty" will reappear in the Old Navy commercials.  See the Vacation blog post for more connections.

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Circa February 28, 1986--PRETTY IN PINK--A poor girl is wooed by a nerd and a rich guy.  This film features the fictional character often portrayed by Andrew Dice Clay, based on his stand up.  In this film, he is called 'Dice-man' - Bouncer at CATS.  This fictional character has also appeared in MAKING THE GRADE and ENTOURAGE.  Arguably, though, Clay plays the same role in all of his films, so perhaps he was the unnamed tough kid in Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment or the unnamed plumber in Rugrats.  And perhaps in some of his other roles, he used aliases, or they were all identical cousins.  Here is a list of all of Clay's acting roles from IMDB.

The poster shows a young man smiling with his hands behind his head with the tagline, "Leisure Rules" being on the top of the poster. The film's title, the rating and production credits appear at the bottom of the poster.

Secretary's Day, April 24, 1986--FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF--See this link for how I came about this date.  I can't use the baseball game for identification.  Wrigley Field is featured in two interwoven and consecutive scenes. In the first scene, Rooney is looking for Ferris at a pizza joint while the voice of Harry Caray announces the action of a ballgame that is being shown on TV. From the play-by-play descriptions, the uniforms, and the player numbers, this game has been identified as the June 5, 1985 game between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs.[15] A foul ball is ripped into the left field stands, and as Rooney looks away from the TV briefly, there is a close up of Ferris a moment after catching it. The scene in the pizza joint continues as Rooney tries to banter about the game with the guy behind the counter.
In the next scene, Sloane, Cameron, and Ferris are in the left field stands inside Wrigley. Ferris flexes his hand in pain after supposedly catching the foul ball. During this scene, the characters enjoy the game and joke about what they would be doing if they had played by the rules. All these "in the park" shots, including the one from the previous scene where Ferris catches the foul ball on TV, were filmed on September 24, 1985 at a game between the Montreal Expos and the Cubs. During the 1985 season, the Braves and the Expos both wore powder blue uniforms during their road games. And so, with seamless editing by Hughes, it is difficult to distinguish that the game being seen and described in the pizza joint is not only a different game but also a different Cubs' opponent than the one filmed inside the stadium.[35]  There are a few connections to Blues Brothers.  Ferris and Cameron throw shrimp into each other's mouths. When they realize what has happened to the odometer, the same thinking statues are shown as when the Bluesmobile is destroyed.

A white house with blue shutters is picturedA brown modernist squarish house and garage is picturedA red sports car is picturedA pointillist painting with people in the park gazing out at a river

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Circa February 27, 1987--SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL--Another teen drama.

1987--IRON MAN # 217--The Griswolds (note spelling is the same as in Christmas Vacation!) go to Disney Land to find it had been closed for the day by Tony Stark.  So in my Hulk/Avengers blog, I have currently placed the Iron Man movies in the TVCU while the comics are in a divergent timeline.  And that could work here, placing this in that divergent timeline.  However, after nearly four years of this blog, James and I, along with input from other members of the TVCU Crew, have discussed fine tuning some of the mythos, and I'm in the process of doing so.  Not coincidentally, James is working on a post regarding the Crisis, inspired by DC Comics' 1985 attempt to refine their continuity, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year.  In the revised mythos, the Horror Universe take on super-heroes is being adapted, in which the original Marvel Universe characters of the silver age operated from the 1960s to around 1984, then retired, only occasionally returning to duty in dire emergencies.  That would place this story as one of those isolated incidents involving Iron Man after retirement.  So what of the Iron Man movies, which had been included in the main TVCU? In our new view on alternate realities, the TVCU is part of a Television Crossover Multiverse.  The TVCM is a series of divergent timelines (called Hypertime) that all stem from one singular reality, but likely due to time travel interference, splintered off into parallel universes.  Since Ash Williams is in the TVCU, and Marvel places Ash's world as Earth-818993, that means that the TVCU is Earth-818993, and the divergent timelines are part of a Hypertime that is also Earth-818993 in the larger Marvel Multiverse.  This theory is arrived at in the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, and in the Horror Encyclopedia, it's also demonstrated that the Hypertime of the Horror Universe (aka the TVCU) is likely the same Hypertime of the DC Universe in its post-Crisis era.  That was written at a time before I knew that DC had plans to return the pre-Flashpoint DCU in their 30th anniversary Crisis event. So I'm holding off for now on defining that. But back to Iron Man, if the TVCU is part of the Marvel Multiverse, then the Iron Man movies take place in the same multiverse as the TVCU, in a separate universe designated by Marvel as Earth-199999, or simply the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  This means that the Captain America film that references Indiana Jones and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie that references Slither are on Earth-199999.  I'm tentatively planning out a new schematic for placement of crossovers involving DC and Marvel with characters from television, film, and traditional literature.  I'm trying to hold off until next year's Crisis unfolds (both ours and theirs), as well as next year's Secret Wars from Marvel.  But I think many of the alternate TV/film versions of DC and Marvel characters will no longer be considered divergent timelines of the TVCU.  I believe the TVCM to be a multiverse within a larger megaverse of multiverses which are all part of a larger omniverse.  Thus, the DC Megaverse likely contains all previous and current versions of the DC Multiverse and the Marvel Megaverse likely contains all previous and current versions of the Marvel Mutliverse, including on-screen versions.  And if Marvel ever figures it out, they could still use this to do a Secret Wars movie containing the Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man.  Two final notes.  One is that for the TVCU, super-heroes operated in secret, more in line with shows like Buffy, Heroes, or Charmed.  Second, previously, I had operated under the premise that everything happens somewhere, only only happens in one reality, but on working on both the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia and the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia, both meant as parts of the Television Crossover Multiverse, I realized, with a little help from Scooby-Doo, that sometimes it makes more sense for the same stories to possibly have happened in multiple realities.  So in the instance of this Iron Man tale, while this singular story takes place in the TVCU without bringing in the entire Iron Man series, it also happens in the Marvel Universe (designated Earth-616) as part of the Iron Man series.  OK, back to Shermer.


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Late November 1987--PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES--Two travelers who don't get along must work together to get home for the holidays.  The airplane, from AIRPLANE!, appears at the airport in this film.

1988--THE GREAT OUTDOORS--A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

1988--SHE'S HAVING A BABY--Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? Things certainly aren't helped by Jake's friend Davis, who always seems to turn up just in time to put a spanner in the works.  Ferris Bueller appears in this film, played again by Matthew Broderick.  Cast members from Cheers and The Great Outdoors also appear.  This film also seems to follow a theme that would imply it a sequel to the Ben Casey television series.

1988--LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN--"1988, America"--When war-hero-turned-handyman Kesuke Miyagi is found drained of blood, it becomes clear that the occult gang known as the Lost Boys are targeting the only individuals that can stop them from complete domination of America. It's the perfect case for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen--except that their government contact, Oscar Goldman, disbanded the team in 1979 after they defeated Mr. Han's army of the living dead.

Now, disgraced scientist Emmet Brown has to put together a new team to combat the growing threat of the Lost Boys and their leader, a newly resurrected vampire kingpin Tony Montana: Transportation specialist Jack Burton, ex-commando B.A. Baracus, tech wizard Angus MacGyver and the mysteriously powerful femme fatale known only as "Lisa." But will Brown be able to stop the Lost Boys before time runs out?

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This was a April Fool's Day joke that got lots of us very excited when we thought it was real.  However, it is real enough for the TVCU.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a graphic novel which appears in Crossovers.  Note only the first two volumes (and this) are in the TVCU.  Kesuke Miyagi is from THE KARATE KID.  Thus this brings in the whole film series.  THE LOST BOYS is from a series of films, which are now brought in.  (Some have suggested the town of those films is really Sunnydale.)  Oscar Goldman is from CHARLIE'S ANGELS, which is already in.  Mr. Han is from FAST TIMES AS RIDGEMONT HIGH, bringing that film in.  Emmet Brown is from BACK TO THE FUTURE, which is already in.  Tony Montana is from SCARFACE, bringing that film in.  Jack Burton is from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, which is in Crossovers.  Angus MacGyver is from MACGYVER, which bring in this series, and MACGRUBER.  We know where B.A. Baracus is from, I hope by now.  Lisa is from WEIRD SCIENCE.  This is the film version, which confirms Shermer, IL in the TVCU (thus confirming that Jay and Silent Bob are not good at navigation.)  The TV Lisa is also in the TVCU.  Eventually, I will do a Shermer blog, and straighten out how both versions coexist.  Likely the show is in the TVCU2.

Pictures of former League members....Top Left is Jill Monroe from CHARLIE'S ANGELS.  I think the top center guy is SERPICO.  Can someone verify that for me?  Top right is Rocky Balboa from  the ROCKY FILMS.  Bottom left is John Shaft from SHAFT.  Bottom middle is the Bandit from SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT.  Bottom right is Steve Austin from the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.

1988--TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT--opening credits mentions Shermer High School Class of 1984

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1989--UNCLE BUCK--A family recently moved to the Chicago suburb Shermer rely on Uncle Buck to babysit.

December 1989--CHRISTMAS VACATION--In Christmas vacation, the pamphlet for the swimming pool has the umbrella corporation logo on it.  See the Vacation blog post for more connections.

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1990--HOME ALONE--When a man dressed as Santa Claus gets a traffic ticket, he says "What's next?  Rabies shots for the Easter Bunny?"  There is also two Home Alone video games, set as the same events as the film, so I conflate both the film and games as the same events from different perspectives.

  1. September 2, 1990 - June 13, 1993--PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE--Parker Lewis refers to John Hughes movies, but he also refers a few times to Ferris Bueller as if he may be a real person who was a high school legend and an inspiration to Lewis. Of course, many considered Parker Lewis a rip off of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which is ironic if you consider the same year that Parker Lewis debuted, a TV version of Ferris Bueller also debuted, with Parker Lewis getting much higher ratings and being the much superior show.

1990 - 1991--UNCLE BUCK--Buck, a slob who drinks beer, smokes cigars, etc., becomes the guardian of his brother's three kids when his brother and wife are called out of town. Mrs. Hogoboom is the kids grandmother and Skank and Rafer are Buck's poker-playing buddies.

1991--CAREER OPPORTUNITIES--Josie, the daughter of the town's wealthiest businessman, faces problems at home and wishes to leave home, but is disorientated. Her decision is finalized after she falls asleep in a Target dressing room, and awakes to find that she is locked in the store overnight with the janitor, Jim, the town "no hoper" and liar. A decision to go to L.A. is established, but first they must get through the night. A relationship develops, only to be interrupted by a break in by two petty criminals.

1991--DUTCH--To get to know his girlfriend's son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school....only to learn that her son's not the nicest kid.

1991--CURLY SUE--A homeless man and his young companion who survive by conning people meet a woman who may need them even more than they need her.

**APOCRYPHA**1991 - The Schablotskis move from Orlando FL to Shermer, a suburb of Chicago IL (where Ivan nearly purchases an older model, modified cop car, but it instead is sold to a police officer assigned to Chicago's Special Unit 2) for seven months, and later to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, as per Ivan's military assignments. A daughter, Anastasia "Tasia" Katrina Schablotski, is born to the couple in December. 
Shermer, Illinois is a fictional suburb of Chicago created by John Hughes and first seen in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). The modified cop car formerly belonged to Jake and Elwood Blues, as shown in THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980). Special Unit 2 handles the policing of Chicago's monster population in the tv series Special Unit 2 (2001-2002).**APOCRYPHA**

1991--ONLY THE LONELY--A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

1992--BEETHOVEN--A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but its veterinarian secretly wants to kill him.

December 1992--HOME ALONE 2--Kevin gets on the wrong plane, and ends up alone in New York City, only to be hunted by the same criminals from the last film.   There is also a Home Alone 2 video game, set as the same events as the film, so I conflate both the film and game as the same events from different perspectives.

December 1992--ANIMANIACS--"Hiccup"--This episode takes place during the events of Home Alone 2.  In one scene, we see the moment when Kevin is being chased through Central Park by the Wet Bandits.

1993--BEETHOVEN'S 2ND--Beethoven the St. Bernard dog becomes a father, but his girlfriend Missy is dog-napped, and his puppies are in danger of the same fate.

March 1994 to July 1998--WEIRD SCIENCE--The events of Weird Science the movie have been rebooted, and this television series has quite a few links of its own to the proper TVCU timeline, which will be discussed in a later blog.  So, could the events of the film mixed with the Crisis have caused some kind of wibbly wobbly temporal anomaly in Shermer?

March 1994--WEIRD SCIENCE--"She's Alive"--When creating the computer genie Lisa in the pilot, some footage from the film version is reused.  My belief, which helps support my skipping over the TVCU2 in the alternate realities section, is that somehow in Shermer, the TVCU and TVCU2 kind of merged, making it an anomalous amalgamation of original and reboot versions.  Perhaps the "Threebootiverse" version could be merged as well, at least in the case of the upcoming film remake of Weird Science.  Note the surrealism here too, as Gary says he learned how to make Lisa because he saw it in a John Hughes movie!

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1994--BABY'S DAY OUT--A rich couple in Shermer, IL want their picture in the paper, so they hire the Three Stooges to kidnap their baby, but the baby gets away and roams around Chicago avoiding capture without even trying.  

1994--BEETHOVEN--Animated series continuing the adventures of the big, lovable dog and the family father who tolerates him.

1995—Weird Science—“Community Property”--This episode of Weird Science is the first appearance of Gary Bullock in the role of Abraham Lincoln, a role he would reprise in twice each in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Teen Angel. I am treating all of Bullock’s appearances as the president as crossovers; Weird Science and Sabrina are already in the TVCU, thus only Teen Angel is brought into the TVCU by Bullock’s Lincoln.--James Bojaciuk

January 1996--DUCKMAN:  PRIVATE DICK/FAMILY MAN--"Color of Naught"--This episode is a crossover with Weird Science:  The Series, but I know very little of the details other than that characters from Weird Science appear in this episode.  Duckman is currently part of the "Offspring of Zed" Anomaly, the Bongo Universe, but once the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia is completed, I will reexamine this crossover.

1996--101 DALMATIANS--A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.  The animated Disney version of this film takes place in the Cartoon Universe.  There is also a Once Upon a Time version.  Pongo was in Storybrooke, and in an upcoming episode, Cruella appears.  Once I see that, I will determine how it relates to the John Hughes remake.  

Winter 1997--FLUBBER--An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.  This may seem like a remake of the Absent Minded Professor, but in fact it's a remake.  Note the lead of this film has the same last name but a different first name than in the first film series, implying a relation, most likely father and son.

December 1997--HOME ALONE 3--Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fend off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

1998--REACH THE ROCK--Two school kids who are best friends are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and drowns halfway towards the rock. The entire town blames the the kid for his friends death, he runs away never to be seen again. He eventually comes back to his home town of Shermerville and goes crazy, and starts to trash the town (i.e. breaking store-front windows, stealing a police car). He also meets up with his old high school girlfriend. The majority of the movie takes place in one night.

November 1998--MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID--Duckie from Pretty in Pink (played by Jon Cryer) appears.

1999--DOGMA--Jay and Silent Bob went looking for Shermer, and couldn't find it.  They conclude it doesn't exist.  Jay and Silent Bob have links to the TVCU as do Shermer.  Perhaps they couldn't find it because they are idiots, but perhaps the town is in some strange temporal anomaly that sometimes causes it to shift in and out of existence. Rufus later reveals a secret from Bethany's past about a boy named Brian Johnson, which is the same name as a character from the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club (1985) set in Shermer

2000--BEETHOVEN'S 3RD--The Newton family from the original Beethoven movies are on vacation in Europe but do plan to join a Newton family reunion and to make sure one of their family members definitely makes it, they ship him to travel to the reunion with George Newton's brother Richard. Guess which family member it was? That's right, Beethoven! The giant mutt follows Richard Newton and his family of a nagging wife and two bratty kids as they hit the road to California in a huge, shiny - and expensive RV, equipped with a DVD player. Following them are two bumbling crooks who have hidden some secret codes on a DVD that they figure no one in the world will buy, but someone does: Richard. So now they've got a DVD holding top secret information and the crooks must get it back...

2000-AMERICAN ADVENTURE--Written by John Hughes.  IMDB says this is a spin-off of National Lampoon's Vacation.

Release Date: November 28, 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Vacation
The Story: An alien arrives in a meteorite that crashes outside Sunnydale.
Notes: Buffy’s mom, Joyce Summers, says that when she gets out of the hospital, she is taking her kids to Wally World. Wally World is the amusement park that is the destination of the Griswald family in National Lampoon’s Vacation.

2001--JUST VISITING--A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th century to the year 2000. There the knight meets some of his family and slowly learns what this new century is like. However, he still needs to get back to the 12th century to deal with the witch, so he starts looking for a wizard.

2001--BEETHOVEN'S 4TH--The family is pleasantly surprised and puzzled when Beethoven suddenly becomes obedient. Turns out it's a prince and the pauper scenario, with the real Beethoven now living with a pompous rich family.

2001--NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE--This spoof movie actually has links placing it as part of the very Shermer universe that it spoofs.  In the film, an entire school year takes place in one week.  It's an odd movie that shouldn't exist in the proper TVCU, unless it took place in a town caught in some sort of odd space-time anomaly where the timeline is constantly in flux.  One of the sections in the library is labeled "Weird Science". Richard Vernon appears in this film, apparently still in charge of detention at Shermer High.  His role is again played by Paul Gleason from Breakfast Club.

2001--NEW PORT SOUTH--A group of teenagers wish to rebel against the administrators and teachers (the system) in their suburban Chicago high school called New Port South.

2002--MAID IN MANHATTAN--A senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

December 2002--HOME ALONE 4--Kevin McCallister's parents have split up. Now living with his mom, he decides to spend Christmas with his dad at the mansion of his father's rich girlfriend, Natalie. Meanwhile robber Marv Merchants, one of the villains from the first two movies, partners up with a new criminal named Vera to hit Natalie's mansion.  Thought of placing this in the TVCU2.  New actors, characters who don't age...  But considering the Shermer situation as explained in more detail in the Vacation blog, I'm willing to explain away the Home Alone sequels in a similar fashion.

2003--BEETHOVEN'S 5TH--Sara Newton and Beethoven spends summer with Freddy Kablinski in Quicksilver, a weird town.

2005--ALIBI PHONE NETWORK--the restaurant mentioned during lunch is Chez Quis from FBDO and the alibi given their involves Abe Froman, a character Ferris Bueller pretends to be.

2005--BREAKFAST OF IMBECILES--Director Colin Burrowes makes a cameo as the character Farmer Ted named after Anothy Michael Hall's character in sixteen candles.

November 2005--FAMILY GUY--"PTV"--The entire opening sequence, from the unmasking of Stewie through the opening credit sequence (which is not the usual Family Guy credits) to the start of the episode is a direct parody of the opening sequence of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, when Leslie Nielsen’s character Frank Drebin battles the world’s terrorist leaders hand-to-hand, including the Ira Newborn music used in the movie series. During Stewie’s sword/rubber chicken fight with bin Laden, the choreography mirrors the Yoda vs. Count Dooku lightsaber fight from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The orchestral fanfare during the fight scene is “Drebin—Hero!” from the second film in the Naked Gun series, Naked Gun 2½. When Stewie falls onto his bike, it resembles Captain Jack Sparrow (from Pirates of the Caribbean) falling down a cliff after saying his name. Also, the opening credits similarly duplicate those of Police Squad! (the TV show which launched Frank Drebin) and the Naked Gun movies, and uses the Police Squad!/Naked Gun theme music. Stewie rides his tricycle over a cat and though a gay pride parade, then through scenes from The Wizard of Oz, The Shining, Ben-Hur, Doom, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and The Sound of Music; the sequence ends with Homer Simpson being chased into his garage as in the opening sequence to The Simpsons, with Homer being flattened by the bike. Peter then opens the door to the garage and remarks, “Hey, Stewie!...Who the hell is that?” (originally, Peter was supposed to imitate Homer Simpson running a la the opening sequence to The Simpsons, but the crew thought it was funnier if they used Homer instead as Seth MacFarlane is a Simpsons fan, despite the supposed rivalry between Seth MacFarlane and Matt Groening). When Stewie rides the bike trough the intro he have many likenesses similar to the show "Bobbys World" which aired on "Fox Kids", the sister channel of FOX, the network of both that program and The Simpsons.  The head of the FCC is Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe.  Apache Chief from the Super Friends helps Peter with his satellite dish.  When Peter fails to be able to successfully watch the Emmys at Meg’s play, he mentions that it’s worse than his 16th birthday, followed by a sequence where Peter is raped by Jake Ryan, the main love interest in the film Sixteen Candles.  When Peter is told to start his own TV station by Tom Tucker, he mentions that he hasn’t had a business since a mail-order operation. Wile E. Coyote is seen waiting to return a large Acme slingshot.  Also, in the cutaway where Peter gets raped on his 16th birthday (in a parody of the end of the film Sixteen Candles), it originally had Jake Ryan undoing the belt to his pants but FOX objected.  Ralph Kramden (Ollu) also appears on Family Guy.

February 2006--AMERICAN DAD!--"It's Good to be the Queen"--The maitre d' of the restaurant is modeled after the maitre d' in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  Francine's high school friend "Quackie" is a reference to the character of a similar name in the 1986 film Pretty in Pink, in the 1986 film Duckie is infamous for acting effeminate, and in this episode he reveals to Francine that he is gay. Both are played by actor Jon Cryer.

September 2006--FAMILY GUY--"Mother Tucker"--Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles appears.

February 2007--ONE TREE HILL--"Pictures of You"--John Kapelos plays the teacher who gives the class assignment. He played Carl the Janitor in Breakfast Club. Bevan refers to the teacher at one point as Carl.

2007--KICKIN' IT OLD SKOOL--Alan Ruck plays a character named Dr. Fry. In Ferris Bueller, Alan Ruck played a character named Cameron Frye. He also mentions that he's "still making payments on that Ferrari", and he destroyed a Ferrari in the earlier film.

March 2008--DRILLBIT TAYLOR--Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

2008--THE BED AND BREAKFAST CLUB--This one season television series allegedly was a sequel to the Breakfast Club, but I found very little information to confirm it.

2008--BEETHOVEN'S BIG BREAK--Eddie, a struggling animal trainer and single dad suddenly finds himself the personal wrangler for a large and lovable St. Bernard whose fabulous movie "audition" catapults the dog to stardom. However, a trio of unscrupulous ne'er-do-wells have plans to kidnap the famous dog and hold him for ransom

August 17, 2009--WWE RAW--Matt Hickman
So at the End of this Macaulay Culkin shows up after Chavo Guerrero is hit by a paint Can home alone style But i realized they never actually say s Macaulay's name so I'm gonna assume it's actually Kevin McCallister

August 2009--PSYCH--"The Devi is in the Details...and the Upstairs Bedroom"--Shawn says that "Pretty in Pink" is "more of a docu-drama."

February 2010--HOTEL HELL VACATION--This ran during the Super Bowl, and again on USA.  Prior to the visit, the Clark Griswold Facebook page would update as if Clark were on Facebook, updating his page and talking about the upcoming visit.  Since I got to comment on Clark's status updates, this is another connection placing me in the Television Crossover Universe.  Audrey does not appear.  Rusty is now married with kids of his own, and lives some distance away from Shermer and Chicago.  Rusty is played by Travis Greer.  The actor's age is unknown.  He seems to be one of those actors who hides his age from all online sites, but he's clearly an adult here.  The original Rusty, Anthony Michael Hall, was 42 at the time of this film.    See my Vacation blog post for more information on connections.

Release Date: July 19, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes above)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo, Where are You!; Buford and the Galloping Ghost
Non-Horror Crosses: Vacation
The Story: The gang is sent to Gatorsburg by its mysterious benefactor, Mr. E, to solve a mystery.

Notes: Fred mentions past cases where he trapped Carlotta the Gypsy and the Phantom of the Vazquez Castle. Those cases happened on Scooby-Doo, Where are You! In a Gatorsburg flashback, one of the panners seen is a character from Buford and the Galloping Ghost, bringing that series into the Horror Universe under the rules for divergent timeline links. Clark Griswald and family are also seen in the family Truckster, providing a link to the Vacation films.

August 2010--SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TEENAGER--"Sweet and Sour"--In her role as Anne Juergens, Molly Ringwald talks about her parents forgetting her sixteenth birthday and says she has never gotten over it. In Sixteen Candles (1984) Ringwald played a girl whose parents forgot her sixteenth birthday.  OMG!  Let's wrap our heads around this.  We know that Juergens is that name she took when she married, the name of her husband.  Her maiden name isn't known. Could her maiden name be Baker?  And could perhaps Anne be her middle name?  Did she perhaps hate the name her neglectful parents gave her and start using her middle name?  Kind of like Buffy did when she ran away?  Perhaps the lead character of Sixteen Candles was Samantha Anne Baker, who later married and became Samantha Anne Baker Juergens, or simply going by Anne Juergens.  OMG!

September 17, 2010 - April 9, 2011--Symbionic Titan--
Cruising around TV tropes provided me with a fun link. It's marred by the fact that it uses a real town's name, but it's still fun. The town off ShermerIllinois features heavily in the scripts off John Hughes. If you don't know, he wrote films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
It is also the chosen setting of the Mecha action cartoon Symbionic Titan, only to pay homage to such films.
There's also a cameo by Hans Gruber (the villain from Die Hard) in one episode (visual design), a character named Solomon Kane (He's very mysterious, so speculation is rampant), and, according to TV tropes at least, connections to Kim Possible and Dexter's Lab amongst the cheerleaders featured in the background (visual design and voice).
There's others (a "The Spirit" Cameo, other homages/visual nods to Dexter's Lab, others to Metalocalypse, Archie, the Macross/Robotech series, Some Super Sentai/Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets visual nods) but I'd rather confirm them myself to see if they're useful in a crossover sense.

December 2010--PSYCH--"Yang 3 in 2D"--A student at the school distributes "Save Ferris" fliers.

September 2011--BROWS HELD HIGH--"Sebastiane"--"This guy apparently learned his oratory skills from Ferris Bulleray of Illinoius."

September 2011--THE PLAYBOY CLUB--"The Scarlet Bunny"--Sean's father mentions Abe Froman after showing his own Playboy Club member's key

October 1, 2011--Wrigley Field celebrated the 25th anniversary of the film by showing it on three giant screens on the infield.[36]

Wrigley Field at night lit up to say 'Save Ferris'

October 2011--THE SIMPSONS--"Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts"--Superintendant Chalmers has a flashback to the "breakfast club"
Release Date: October 18, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Howling
Non-Horror Crosses: Everything John Hughes has ever written
The Story: A teen is being harassed by his werewolf mother.

Notes: The story is set in Shermer, Illinois. Shermer is the setting for several John Hughes films from the 1980s, mostly teen comedy/dramas. John Hughes stated in an interview before his death that everything he’s ever written takes place in the same universe. This film follows Howling: New Moon Rising and is the final in the series at this writing.

December 2011--BEETHOVEN'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE--A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa's sleigh, crash lands in a small town, and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks, and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas.

December 31, 2011--NEW YEAR'S EVE--Matthew Brodericks characters name is "Mr. Buellerton"

March 2012--BREAKING IN--"Who's the Boss?"--The character Abe Frohman, an internet millionaire, is named after the "Sausage King of Chicago" from Ferris Beuller.

2012--SUPER 35--According to IMDB, Ferris Bueller, Cameron and Sloan are in the film, but not played by Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara.  That's all I know.

2012--SATURDAY MORNING RPG--Players can fight bandits named Harry and Marv.

December 2012--HOME ALONE:  THE HOLIDAY HEIST--Finn Baxter and his family move from California to Maine to their new house. Finn is terrified and believes the house is haunted. While he sets up traps to catch the "ghost", his parents get stranded across town and Finn is home alone with his sister. Their house is targeted by 3 thieves.

Christmas 2012--OLD NAVY VACATION--See the Vacation blog for more on this.

May 2014--WTFiWWY--"The Great Toilet Robbery"--"...they were trying to be the Wet Bandits."

2014--THE GREATEST 80S MOVIES--This is a surreal documentary as it features real people talking about the movies as well as fictional characters.  John Bender and Carl the janitor from Breakfast Club appear.  Other fictional characters to appear (not in archived footage, but in new material) are the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (from Ghostbusters), Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street), Edgar Frog (from the Lost Boys), Teddy Duchamp (from Stand by Me), Pete (from Gremlins), Mouth (from the Goonies), Hilary Van Doren (from Fame), Billy Peltzer (from Gremlins), Crocodile Dundee, Judge Doom (from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Alec (from St. Elmo's Fire), Barry (from Risky Business), Serge (from Beverly Hills Cop), Sylvia (from 3 Men and a Baby), and Mary (from E.T.).  All the the characters were played by the original actors, which means some actors played more than one character.  Corey Feldman played four!!!  All of them also appeared as themselves as well as returning to their classic roles to talk about the "documentaries" about their lives.

2014--BEETHOVEN'S TREASURE TAIL--Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America's favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven! After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven's Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bretton Manley (Ted), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), it's a heartwarming "tail" about finding fun wherever your nose leads you.


BLUE HARVEST--This is the amalgamated universe that combines Family Guy with Star Wars. John Bender has a counterpart in this reality. John Bender is from Breakfast Club.

Indian Universe--This is the universe where Indian versions of everything takes place, because they don't seem to have intellectual property laws and other countries can't enforce them there. So in this world, Uncle Buck is Uncle Bun.

NATIONAL LAMPOON UNIVERSE--This is the timeline of the original stories from National Lampoon Magazine, featuring the Griswalds.  These stories were written by John Hughes.  They were Vacation and Christmas Vacation.  They were set in the 1950s and based on John Hughes' own childhood.  

NOT ANOTHER SPOOF MOVIE UNIVERSE--Spy Hard has a character parodying Kevin from Home Alone.  Robin Hood:  Men in Tights does also, but I place Robin Hood:  Men in Tights as taking place in the the 12th century, so perhaps that parody version of Kevin is an ancestor or past incarnation, or their similarity could be chalked up as coincidence.

REAL WORLD--The films Vacation and Christmas Vacation were based on the stories from National Lampoon.  Those stories were based on the real life childhood memories of John Hughes.  John Hughes is the Real World counterpart of Rusty Griswald.   


ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--Designated as an alternate reality in Family Guy's Road to the Multiverse.   Macaulay Culkin reprises his role of Kevin McCallister in a Home Alone parody.  Harry Lime (originally played by Joe Pesci) is voiced by Seth Green in two episodes.

SKITLANDIA--Michael Ian Black plays Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles in Soundtracks Live.

SMOSH--Marv from Home Alone is played by Ian Hecox in a parody titled "If Movies Were Real".

TVCU3 (THE THREEBOOTIVERSE)--Since the original Miracle on 34th Street is in the TVCU, and the 1970s version is thus in the TVCU2, this version written by John Hughes would be in the "Threebootiverse", aka the West Wing Dimension, most notably known as the setting for the Smallville series.  This is a divergent timeline that is part of the Hypertime of the Television Crossover Multiverse.  Also, I'm placing the Dennis the Menace film written by John Hughes here.  The comics and cartoons take place in the Cartoon Universe, and the classic television series takes place in the TVCU, so logically, I should place this in the TVCU2.  But since I already placed one Hughes remake here, why not both?  I'm also placing the TV Movie version of Mr. Mom here, written by Hughes, which was probably a failed pilot for a series.  A remake of Weird Science is in development and will likely fit here as well.  I'm also placing the short lived "prequel" Ferris Bueller series here, where Ferris, who is only a Sophmore rather than a senior, states that there was a movie about him that was fictional...which is weird since the movie in question is the movie about him in the future as a senior, but also taking place about five years earlier.  Yeah.  

WHAT IF IVAN RAN HOLLYWOOD?--Ivan Ronald Schablotski
Ghostbusters 3. Will it happen? I dunno; there's a lot of talk. But there's STILL talk about Beetlejuice 2, Goonies 2, Gremlins 3, Back to the Future 4, etc. and nobody wants what happened to poor Indiana Jones to happen to their favorite franchise hero.
Someone (probably Disney) needs to go balls to the wall and make THE 80s: THE SEQUEL! combining every sci-fi, horror, action, fantasy, and John Hughes movie to be released between 1980 and 1989... but have it set in 2015 when everyone and everything is well passed its prime. It will either be the most awesomest thing ever created, or it will once and for all end the infatuation that everyone (including me) seems to be stuck on... or both!
If you think about it, it's not even THAT insane an idea. Look at how WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? and WRECK-IT RALPH brought in characters from across their respective genres. And READY PLAYER ONE is proof that 80s nostalgia itself, not just the franchises that came from the 80s, can sell and sell big.
Audiences have already shown that they get the concept of the crossover, as long as its done by Joss Whedon. CABIN IN THE WOODS and MARVEL'S AVENGERS are not flukes; people enjoy seeing how things tie together even more than they like 80s revivals (and way more than they like reboots). Even ALIEN VS PREDATOR did well enough to warrant a sequel, though neither movie was that great. If Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the Thirteenth can be in the same franchise, and all the superheroes you actually want to see on the big screen can be in the same franchise (to be fair, Batman is not in the Avengers, but I'm sure the Justice league movies will do well too), then just imagine the fangasms when everyone and everything from the 80s (yes, that includes Freddy, Jason, Alien, and Predator) turns out to be in the same cinematic universe. And they don't even need to be in the same genre to be fun together; THE LEGO MOVIE made that crystal clear.
Plot? I'm sure there are dozens of scripts already written that could be adapted to this idea, but I see it involving a malfunctioning phone booth linking the present and the past somehow, and I see the hero being that most reviled of 80s action characters; Howard the Duck! You see, this is why I should NOT be the one to worry about writing the movie; I'm really more of an idea man anyway.
Now, it could be done like LAST ACTION HERO, or even pure parody, as NOT ANOTHER 80S REVIVAL MOVIE, and still potentially be good. But put some true love for the 80s and the expense account of the Disney Corporation (or possibly the national budget of Japan) into it (and a much better plot than the one I'm conceiving), and you have a movie that, for good or for ill, will fill theaters, give the people what they want, and allow Hollywood to move on, maybe even make something new.
Just remember it was my idea. I don't want much, just my name in the credits thanking me for the concept, and 1% of all merchandising sales.