Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Magic Of Magic Slates

Whoever came up with the Magic Slate must have been a genius - or a witch.
Remember the thrilling sound it made when you ripped your drawings into oblivion?
Somewhere behind a black hole at the center of the universe are a billion drawings made by children around the world. I hear their ghastly moans in my dreams.


Do you think it's odd that the largest Christian civilization in history encourages their offspring to dabble in the occult?
I wonder what magic crayons do? Do they steal your souls? Maybe they plant tiny demons in young brains.

25 comments:

Damiano D said...

Oh to be a kid again! I think I remember these for some reason...

Steven M. said...

I remember playing with something very similar to those. They're tons of fun.

J C Roberts said...

The cover of that last one should have come with the ability to wipe that neckless Bugs off and draw a better one.

Maybe they got the idea for those boards from the studios' practice of often washing their cells off and reusing them.

J.R. said...

I remember my grandma catching me drawing a naked woman on one of those when I was a kid. I was eating 'Freakies' and 'H.R. Puffenstuff' was on the tube. Memories...

Erik B said...

yeah i think the crayons plant demons in your head and show you lots of crazy cartoony stuff. Witch is totally unacceptable by hippie standards!

Chip Butty said...

I haven't thought about these in years. The most recent corporate licensed incarnation I can find from a quick googling was a Toy Story 2 one. They're probably on their way out of the market entirely because they require pure imagination and nothing else.

"I hear their ghastly moans" tee-hee

Those billion erasures from all the children who ever had these live on the island of unconstructed drawings

Trevor Thompson said...

Speaking of ghastly, that Bugs drawing should've been ripped into oblivion, too.

I love the way it's painted, but damn.

I had these as a youngster and would always try to draw the characters that surrounded it, but whenever I made a 'good' one my sister would erase it so she could make squiggles of nothing.

Ah, childhood.

HemlockMan said...

The moans of the children or of the drawings?

Man, I would love to have that one with THE IMPOSSIBLES!! Fantastic!

Devon Wells said...

Jimminy Cricket really has a handle on that shnozz.

stefiecakes said...

Baw, I remember always wanting one of these & I never got it! I could've contributed to that space mass of forgotten doodles! ):

Elana Pritchard said...

???

Mak said...

Haha, I don't know what y'all are talking about, that Bugs is hilarious. He's got this bug-eyed expression; it looks like he took some Vicodin right before he got on those skis.

Aaaaa I remember these. Except the ones I grew up with were these crazy bright neon orange things. What's up with that?

Then again, everything in the 80s and early 90s was crazy dayglo colors just for the sake of it. Maybe that's why there's an arms race to make cartoons with the brightest colors possible.

Elana Pritchard said...

of course followed up by this

drawingtherightway said...

Magic slates would eventually become frustrating to draw on after you had them for awhile. As you were drawing, it would erase a part you already drew when the film started getting crinkled. That's why I liked when Magnadoodles came out... though even they would break eventually!

Anthony Moscuzza said...

Hey John,

So I love animation and i love the stuff that came out in the past full of character, personality and great cartoony animation. Anyways, I want to work for you if I have to work for anyone in the industry because at least you bring something different and true. I can't work for Disney....and the stuff in other studios is way too commercial and for profit but not good stuff...not creative or artistic in any way. I want to bring new cartoons out and bring pure good cartoons to the world and i think working for you for a while would help me to get there. So what do I have to do to work for you? I'll do what it takes...it might not seem like I can but I can do it and i will if you tell me what I have to do. Just please, let me know. I don't want to work for a corporate studio that doesn't actually want to give us time to make good stuff and creative stuff. Please.

Anthony.

Robert G. Schaad said...

So...Winky Dink controls the universe by means of the TV magic screen??

becurt said...

oooo the sound it makes when you erase the drawing give me chills.

David Nethery said...

Magic slates: the CTRL+Z (Undo) of their time. (but with no Redo or restore button!)

I saw that someone made a custom iPad case that made the iPad look like an Etch-A-Sketch . Probably do the same to make an iPad look like Magic Slate. Imagine the ghastly moans of all the digital drawings that have been undone/deleted.

Trevor G. said...

Believe it or not, I just tried my first one.. two or three days ago when I was babysitting my friends girls.

I was amazed. lol

But when the real paper was broken out,they forced me to draw mermaids, bears, and dolphins for an entire week. I especially hate drawing dolphins now, because honestly, I've never been asked to draw something so boring in all my life.

First they demanded I draw all their portraits. So I deliberated on how to tell three roughly six-year-old girls how horribly taxing and what an inordinate amount of work it is to actually draw anything realistic but I didn't want to hurt my pride by showing them how terrible I was at caricatures. So we settled for cartoons. It was a happy decision. We had reached a compromise.

BlakeJ said...

My parents are Christian, and they never let me dabble in demonic things such as magic slates and Power Rangers! They knew it would poison my mind, and lead me to punch other kids and more!

Pokey said...

Too bad some of them, Atom Ant, and the Impossibles, aren't well liked by some of the administrators exactly if at all, but those are fun drawings and Etch a Sketches..

Tom said...

I think the jetsons one should have been called 'sufficiantly advanced technology slates'.

Oscar Grillo said...

A good idea is to draw in one of them with an indelible marker.

Stich said...

Back in the 80s the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was discovered to be thoroughly bugged with so many devices that they were unsure how to have any discussions without the Commies listening in. So the diplomats took matters into their own hands and began using magic writing tablets like these. The Congressional committee where they told this story was shown a "My Little Pony" magic tablet.

Plc said...

Does anyone know where I could buy these without the backing?