There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by conjuring up a spooktacular cocktail! So, are you ready to encounter a ghost in the graveyard?
There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by conjuring up a spooktacular cocktail! So, are you ready to encounter a ghost in the graveyard?
Music producer and DJ Garrett Falls Lockhart, better known as i_o, died today at age 30.Lockhart’s social media team confirmed the news with a note posted Wednesday afternoon that said “This extremely talented spirit taught us that even if nothing matters, you can still lead with love. Garrett’s truth and soul lives on through the music he shared.”Lockhart’s cause of death was not immediately known. He was very active in the electronic music scene and signed to Deadmaus’ label Mau5trap. Lockhart was born in Washington, D.C. and began his burgeoning music career in Los Angeles’ dance music scene in 2017.His body of work consists mainly of EPs — and Lockhart was a prolific producer and put out five EPs this year so far. His most well-known project to date is Grimes’ track “Violence,” which he helped produce and write for Grimes’ newest album “Miss Anthropocene.”More to come… Read original story i_o, Music Producer Who Worked With Grimes and Lights, Dies at 30 At TheWrap
A gay urbanite travels home to visit a family that does not know about their loved one’s sexual orientation; it’s a situation that’s played for comedy in “Happiest Season,” but in “Uncle Frank,” writer-director Alan Ball mines the situation mostly for drama, although not without his signature wit.Those moments that land, whether funny or moving, occur when Ball isn’t getting in his own way and instead trusts in the characters he’s written and the actors who are performing them. Overall, the film works, but there are times during this road-trip saga where one wishes Ball would apply the brakes.It’s the fall of 1972, and Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis, “It”) is entering NYU as a freshman. Her uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) teaches there; on a trip home four years earlier, he encouraged young Beth not to follow the set paths laid out for her by their small town, but to make her own decisions and to craft her own life. When Beth’s parents Kitty (Judy Greer) and Mike (Steve Zahn) bring her to New York, Frank has them over for dinner so they can meet his girlfriend Charlotte (Britt Rentschler, “Lodge 49”), who says Frank has never mentioned her to the family because she didn’t think they’d accept him having a Jewish girlfriend.Watch Video: Alan Ball Found His 'Inner Tennessee Williams' to Write 'Uncle Frank'Except he doesn’t: Crashing a party at his apartment one night, Beth learns that Frank is gay, and his partner of ten years is Walid (Peter Macdissi, “Here and Now”). She’s barely begun to process all this new information when Frank gets a call that his father, and Beth’s grandfather, Daddy Mac (Stephen Root) has died. Frank and Beth make their way south for the funeral — not realizing until well into the trip that Walid is following along in another car — where Frank will be forced to face long-buried secrets of the past that continue to haunt him.Ball’s screenplay is structured to reveal much of Frank’s history toward the end, which would be fine if it didn’t make earlier conversations so baffling. When Walid insists on being there with him for the funeral — even though it’s been established that they agreed Frank should be nowhere near the funeral of Walid’s Saudi father years earlier — that insistence doesn’t make sense for the film’s time and place until we understand the full ramifications of what Frank’s going to have to face in the wake of Daddy Mac’s passing.Also Read: Eddie Murphy's 'Coming 2 America' Will Premiere on Amazon Prime in MarchIt’s one of several moments where the film’s dramatic structure feels like it’s awkwardly in service of an end result; the road trip itself, for example, is obviously more cinematically interesting than two people taking a flight, but rather than establish its function organically, we get a few tossed-off lines about it having something to do with Kitty’s fear of flying.On the other side of these bumps in the road lie a plethora of grace notes, from Bettany’s slow and subtle disintegration as the long-buried trauma that underlies his self-loathing comes up to the surface to the spot-on casting (by Avy Kaufman, “Let Him Go”) that slots just the right actors for Frank’s relatives, who are both exasperating and deeper than they might at first appear. (In addition to Greer, Zahn, and Root, we get Margo Martindale as Frank’s mother and Lois Smith as his busybody aunt.)Watch Video: Kristen Stewart on How LGBTQ Holiday Film 'Happiest Season' Shows 'Love Really Does Look the Same on Everyone'Also deserving of a shout-out is whichever member of the art department designed the 1972 casseroles brought by neighbors to Daddy Mac’s wake; they will trigger a Proustian rush to anyone who lived in the South during the Nixon administration.While Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, and Harper Lee get name-checks here, it’s a pity that Ball’s Southern saga reduces Beth to a glorified by-stander once Frank comes on the scene. The film is ostensibly from her point of view, and she gets the last word in the narration, but she’s shoved to the sidelines in a way that the protagonists of “The Member of the Wedding” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” never do. What “Uncle Frank” does do is provide a spotlight to the kind of men that this country, and the south in particular, forced into the shadows for far too long.Read original story ‘Uncle Frank’ Film Review: Alan Ball’s 1970s Gay Road Trip Saga Meanders, But Finds Its Path At TheWrap
Jon Skogmo, founder and co-CEO of Culver City-based Jukin Media, once described his company to the Wall Street Journal as “the Getty Images of viral videos.” Founded in 2009, Jukin provides an avenue for amateur video makers to go pro by licensing their content to media companies and advertisers. The Jukin library contains more than 65,000 videos, including the infamous Pizza Rat dragging a slice down the steps of the New York subway. The collection also includes the original video of Dallas housewife Candace Payne, the “Chewbacca Mom” who laughs hysterically in her car while modeling a “Star Wars” mask of the winsome Wookiee. The video went viral in 2016 and garnered more than 170 million views on Facebook in its first year, launching Payne as a media celebrity. Jukin has paid more than $25 million in royalties to video owners, Skogmo said, noting that shelter-at-home orders at the beginning of the pandemic in March and April fueled a boom in user generated content (UGC) from frustrated stay-at-homes around the world — allowing Jukin to accumulate enough content to produce its own TV shows using library content. Also Read: Jukin Media Names Lee Essner Co-Chief Executive Officer Jukin Media CEO...Read original story Jukin Media’s Jon Skogmo Breaks Down the Pandemic Boom in User Generated Video At TheWrap
Mads Mikkelsen is officially set to play evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald replacing previous actor Johnny Depp in “Fantastic Beasts 3,” the studio announced on Wednesday.Johnny Depp quit the film after being asked to resign by Warner Bros.The latest installment in the series is currently in production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside of London. What’s more, no scenes need to be reshot, despite Depp leaving the film and his role being recast, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The film has however been delayed to the summer of 2022 after most recently being slated for release in November 2021.Also Read: Johnny Depp Forced to Quit 'Fantastic Beasts 3'Depp portrayed the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the first two “Fantastic Beasts” films and was meant to reprise his role in the third film. The film co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller and is directed by David Yates from a script by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.Eddie Redmayne stars in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise as wizard Newt Scamander alongside Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Jude Law and Ezra Miller. David Yates is returning to direct the third film based on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s screenplay inspired by her own book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”“Fantastic Beasts 3” will now open in theaters on July 15, 2022, one week after “Captain Marvel 2,” which is currently slated to open July 8. The last film in the franchise, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” opened in October 2018 and made $654.8 million worldwide.Mads Mikkelsen most recently wrapped production on “Chaos Walking” directed by Doug Liman.Mads Mikkelsen is repped by UTA and Art Management in Denmark.Read original story Mads Mikkelsen Will Play Gellert Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ At TheWrap
Bytedance, the parent company of TikTok, was granted another 7-day extension from the U.S. Treasury on Wednesday afternoon to divest from its American assets.TikTok was given a two-week extension earlier this month to have its divestment plan approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), but that was set to expire on Friday.“The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has granted ByteDance a one-week extension, from November 27, 2020 to December 4, 2020 to allow time to review a revised submission that the Committee recently received,” a Treasury spokesperson told TheWrap.President Trump signed an executive order in August banning TikTok unless it offloaded its U.S. operations, citing national security concerns tied to the app’s data collection and close ties to China’s communist government.In September, TikTok reached a deal for Oracle to become its “trusted technology provider” in the U.S. Walmart, as part of the deal, would also receive a minority stake in TikTok Global, a new American offshoot of the company. President Trump gave his informal “blessing” on the Oracle-TikTok deal soon after it was announced, but the bid has been stuck in regulatory limbo for two months ever since. One sticking point seemed to be federal regulators wanting ByteDance to offload a bigger share of its American business than the 20% initially outlined in Oracle’s bid.Leading up to its initial November 12 deadline, it was unclear what, if any, ramifications there would be for ByteDance not divesting in time. The president’s executive order did not outline penalties for TikTok or ByteDance if an agreement wasn’t reached by November 12, but it did grant Attorney General William Barr the authority to “take any steps necessary” to enforce divestiture.Read original story TikTok’s Divestment Plan Gets Another 7-Day Extension From US Treasury At TheWrap
Slack, the popular work messaging platform, could be sold to Salesforce as early as next week, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news, and CNBC followed up afterwards. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the WSJ said the deal would likely be worth more than $17 billion.The news sent Slack’s stock price rocketing 31% higher to nearly $39 per share. Those gains pushed Slack to a market cap of $22.1 billion. Salesforce’s investors didn’t appear as excited about the news, however, with the San Francisco-based company’s share price dropping 5% after the news came out. Even with the drop, Salesforce is still up 47% on the year and is worth about $225 billion.Wedbush analyst Dan Ives told CNBC the deal would be a “game-changer” for Salesforce and CEO Marc Benioff because it would “further build out its collaboration engine and product footprint as cloud spending ramps up across the enterprise.”Also Read: Slack 'Confidentially' Files for Its IPOSalesforce was founded 21 years ago and has established itself as a powerhouse in the business world via its cloud-based work software. The company has been spending big bucks in recent years, including acquiring data-analytics company Tableau Software for $15 billion last year. Its potential Slack acquisition would be the most expensive in the company’s history, based on Slack’s market cap.Read original story Slack’s Stock Soars 31% on Potential Acquisition by Salesforce At TheWrap
President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.He made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russian ambassadors.Also Read: Joe Scarborough: Trump Calling FBI 'Scum' is 'Low Point' in US Politics (Video)Flynn later claimed he was entrapped into the guilty plea and the investigation has continued, despite Trump’s public urging for it to stop.The president has long defended Flynn, saying on Twitter in 2017, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”After pleading guilty to lying, Flynn promised full cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller, who was overseeing the Russia investigation at the time.Flynn has not spoken publicly since Trump’s pardon announcement, but the president was reported to be considering it Tuesday night. Wednesday afternoon, Flynn did tweet a reference to a Bible verse that says, “‘They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.”Read original story Trump Pardons Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn At TheWrap
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The movie “Stardust,” a David Bowie “origin story” of sorts that was finally released seven months after its scheduled premiere at the canceled Tribeca Film Festival, raises several intriguing questions:Can a movie about a really famous person work if the actor playing that person doesn’t really look like him?Can a movie about a famous musician work if it doesn’t actually include any of the music that made them famous?And can a movie get to some kind of truth about its subject if it begins with the disclaimer, “What follows is (mostly) fiction?”Also Read: See Johnny Flynn as David Bowie in First Look at Unauthorized Biopic 'Stardust'For better and for worse, “Stardust” grapples with those issues as it follows a 24-year-old Bowie on a promotional tour through the United States in 1971, accompanied by a long-suffering Mercury Records publicist named Ron Oberman.Johnny Flynn plays Bowie, Marc Maron plays Oberman, and the point of director and cowriter Gabriel Range’s film is to trace the seeds of Bowie’s breakthrough character, Ziggy Stardust, on a desultory tour of the States. The publicist searched for any rock journalists or radio stations who might be interested, and the would-be star tried to figure out how to present himself without alienating or boring people.It’s a coming-of-age story, you might say, except that the guy who comes of age starts as a shy British singer and ends up as a rock star space alien.Did it really happen this way? Of course it did, and of course it didn’t. The Ziggy Stardust character came from a multitude of sources — Anthony Newley, British rockabilly star Vince Taylor, hapless American country singer the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, Japanese theater and design, Andy Warhol’s theories of plastic superstardom – that were no doubt percolating in Bowie’s mind in the early 1970s. To place them all in the context of one short road trip with a bedraggled publicist is awfully convenient and not terribly persuasive, though it’s hard to argue with its utility as a dramatic device.Also Read: 11 of David Bowie's Most Iconic Film and TV Roles (Videos)Then again, I come at the film from a distinct perspective. In my days as a rock ‘n’ roll journalist, I saw Bowie in concert often and crossed paths and had conversations with him a number of times. I also knew Ron Oberman both on business and personal terms for many years, starting a few years after the events depicted in “Stardust.”So when I say I never bought Johnny Flynn as Bowie or Marc Maron as Oberman, that’s not necessarily a complaint that others will have. Flynn does a good job with Bowie’s voice, both when he’s speaking and singing, and he’s got Bowie’s hair circa 1971, Bowie’s teeth (courtesy of prosthetics) and Bowie’s wardrobe. But he’s never really looks like Bowie to a convincing degree, which gets in the way of the fervor with which he throws himself into the role.I won’t harp on the degree to which Maron doesn’t seem like Oberman, since that’s irrelevant to the vast majority of people who’ll see the movie, except to say that the actor is more than twice as old as Oberman was when he took Bowie on the road, 56 v. 27, and that in the couple of decades I knew him, Ron was never anywhere near as flustered or disorganized as he is in the film.Also Read: Tribeca Film Festival to Debut Select Programming OnlineThe matter of music is another tricky area for “Stardust,” which was made without the rights to use Bowie’s songs. It’s possible to succeed under those terms: John Ridley made a terrific movie about Jimi Hendrix, 2013’s “All Is by My Side,” that only showed the guitarist playing cover versions of other people’s songs, while Todd Haynes fictionalized the Bowie/Iggy Pop story in “Velvet Goldmine” by enlisting current musicians to write new Bowie-style songs.“Stardust” uses both of those techniques, with Flynn performing some cover songs that Bowie did perform, and also doing new songs that are meant to sound like old ones. But if you see Bowie pick up a guitar on a tour where he’s promoting his new album, “The Man Who Sold the World,” you sort of want to see him perform a song from that album rather than a Jacques Brel or faux-Velvet Underground cover – and if you see him take the stage for the first time as the Ziggy Stardust character, you really want to hear him rip into a song from the “Ziggy” album.Range catches a break by depicting a promo tour on which Bowie was forbidden from performing because of a visa problem, but it’s still disconcerting to watch the genesis of an artist when you can’t hear the art he’s making.And that leads to the big question: Can “Stardust,” which comes at the rock icon via impersonation and fiction, still pull off a compelling origin story? Maybe it can – just as the much bigger, grander and more biopic-y “Rocketman” was all the better for making stuff up about Elton John, “Stardust” should probably get a pass for using its inventions to tell the story of a guy who specialized in his own reinvention.The Bowie in “Stardust” isn’t the real Bowie, of course – but then, neither was Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane or the Thin White Duke.So Gabriel Range and Johnny Flynn’s version of “David Bowie” – a guy drawing from everything around him to find a way to present himself without revealing the fear of madness that really lurks in every one of his songs – is a Bowie we can accept and be entertained by in the context of this particular story. And Flynn’s ferocious commitment to the role is something to admire, even if we’re not completely convinced.And by the way, this isn’t the first time that Ziggy Stardust’s last name has been borrowed for a rock ‘n’ roll movie: In 1974, Michael Apted made a rock drama called “Stardust,” which didn’t have much to do with Bowie (though it starred his glam-rock colleague David Essex) but was a better movie.Read original story ‘Stardust’ Film Review: Does This Story of the Young David Bowie Ring True? At TheWrap
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One of ESPN’s longtime faces is leaving the network. Trey Wingo, who hosted “SportsCenter” and the network’s NFL Draft coverage over a two-decade tenure, is exiting the network after his contract was not renewed.The decision not to re-up Wingo’s contract came as part of ESPN’s massive job cuts, the New York Post reported earlier this month (the NY Post also reported back in September that Wingo was being let go). The host’s departure was not confirmed until today, which is also his last day at the network.“I can barely remember a day which didn’t involve working side by side with this guy. @wingoz has been an incredible teammate & friend for more than 2 decades. On today, his last day at ESPN, I along with many others, salute him and wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Seth Markman, ESPN’s vice president of production and lead producer on NFL telecasts.Also Read: Top ESPN Documentary Executive Libby Geist to ExitThe Disney-owned network is in the midst of laying off 300 staffers and scrapping 200 open positions in an effort to shift more resources toward ESPN’s direct-to-consumer business strategy, digital content and “continued innovative television experiences.” Wingo’s exit follows the departures of top documentary executives Connor Schell and Libby Geist, though neither of those were related to the job cuts. Wingo becomes the most high-profile ESPN personality to lose his job during the restructuring.Wingo began at ESPN in 1997 as a play-by-play broadcaster for the Arena Football League. Along with “SportsCenter,” he hosted the network’s NFL coverage, which included the Draft and the studio shows “NFL Primetime” and “NFL Live.” He also replaced Mike Greenberg as Mike Golic’s ESPN radio cohost, after Greenberg moved into TV with the morning show “Get Up!” Wingo left the radio show earlier this year.I can barely remember a day which didn’t involve working side by side with this guy. @wingoz has been an incredible teammate & friend for more than 2 decades. On today, his last day at ESPN, I along with many others, salute him and wish him all the best in his next chapter pic.twitter.com/cEfbNffBgI— Seth Markman (@tunasweasel) November 25, 2020Read original story Longtime ‘SportsCenter’ Host Trey Wingo Leaves ESPN At TheWrap
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was able to have an antitrust suit filed by Norwegian journalist Kjersti Flaa, who accused the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards of antitrust violations and a “culture of corruption” that unlawfully denied her membership despite fulfilling all the requirements for admission, thrown out.The defendants, which include members Aud Berggren Morisse, Tina Johnk Christensen, Aniko Skorka Navai and Meher Tatna, filed a motion to dismiss the original August filing by Flaa, which the court granted on Nov. 20, according to filings obtained by TheWrap.“Plaintiff’s right of fair procedure claim and declaratory relief claim are DISMISSED without leave to amend,” Judge Stanley Blumenfeld wrote in the dismissal. “Plaintiff’s antitrust claims are DISMISSED with leave to amend. Plaintiff may file an amended complaint within fourteen (14) days of this order.”Also Read: Golden Globes Organization Slapped With Antitrust Suit by Norwegian Journalist Rejected for MembershipFlaa, an L.A.-based Norwegian journalist who has represented Norwegian outlets like TV2 and Dagbladet for more than a decade, applied for membership in 2018 and 2019 and was rejected both times.“The HFPA is so focused on protecting its monopoly position and taxfree benefits that it has adopted Bylaw provisions that exclude from membership all objectively qualified applicants who might possibly compete with an existing member,” according to the original suit. “There are no standards or guidelines for satisfying the subjective portions of the applications process and rejected applicants have no right to demand either that the applications procedure be fair or that they be allowed to appeal an adverse decision made for obviously improper and unlawful reasons.”In a statement, HFPA called Flaa’s complaint an attempted “shake down,” and disputed the accusations. “While the HFPA has not yet been served with this complaint, it seems consistent with Ms. Flaa’s ongoing attempts to shake down the HFPA, demanding that the HFPA pay her off and immediately admit her prior to the conclusion of the usual annual election process applied to every other HFPA applicant. The HFPA has refused to pay ransom, telling Ms. Flaa that membership was not gained through intimidation. Ms. Flaa and her attorney are now asking a court to order her into the organization and pay her,” the statement said.Also Read: HFPA Vice President Ali Sar Named President After Lorenzo Soria's DeathIn her suit, Flaa claimed that applicants are “virtually always rejected because the majority of its 87 members are unwilling to share or dilute the enormous economic benefits they receive as members. Because the HFPA’s members will not admit anyone who might possibly compete with an existing member, either by selling to the same publications or to competing publications, the average age of HFPA members has steadily increased.”She also claimed that she had been denied access to industry screenings and events, exclusive interviews with talent, as well as all-expenses-paid trips to film festivals and junkets around the world. Plus, every member save one is on the company’s payroll, and 20 of the 87 members serve on the chair committees for which each member is a paid a four-figure monthly salary, the lawsuit said.As TheWrap exclusively reported, the HFPA rejected all five applicants for membership, all of whom met the HFPA criteria including two support letters from existing members, four clippings of their work from the last year.TheWrap reached out to Flaa for comment. A spokesperson for the HFPA has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.Read original story Golden Globes Group Wins Antitrust Lawsuit Filed by Norwegian Journalist Rejected for Membership At TheWrap
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Since McDonald's introduced the Happy Meal in 1979, it has captivated millions of children's hearts (and tummies). What could make a kid smile wider than a fun carton box filled with a cheeseburger, French fries, a cookie, a drink, and one of the signature free Happy Meal toys?Today's Happy Meal toys are a far cry from the ones you might have gotten when you were growing up. The chain has moved on from Ronald McDonald dolls to toys like Barbies and Hot Wheels cars.While other fast-food chains like Sonic, Chick-fil-A, and Burger King have included toys in their kid's meals, the Happy Meal has a special place in every American child's knickknack collection. Some have even become popular antique collector's items. From Berenstain Bears to Beanie Babies, here's a jog down the golden arches' memory lane of the most popular vintage Happy Meal toys.And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback. Happy Meal Toys from the '70s 1 Ronald McDonald Doll Through a modern lens, this Ronald McDonald doll commercial might be the stuff of nightmares. But when this toy was released in the '70s, it was a must-have. In fact, it was so popular that it became a Happy Meal toy in the '80s, according to MeTV.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! 2 Star Trek Toys This promotion was more than just the Happy Meal toys—even the boxes were rebranded in partnership with Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. The Star Trek Happy Meal toys included games, comics, and plastic rings.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! 3 McWrist Wallet These plastic bands look like watches, but they're really compartments to hold loose change. You can still shop them on eBay, though their "wallet" functionality is questionable.And for more throwbacks, don't miss these 30 McDonald's Facts All '80s Kids Remember. 4 Diener Keshi Figures Some of the earliest Happy Meal toys included Diener Keshi figures shaped like race cars, animals, and more. There are plenty of options available on eBay if you're really feeling nostalgic. 5 McDonaldland Cookies OK, this isn't technically a toy. But when the Happy Meal was first introduced in 1979, it came with a bag of mini cookies. Today's Happy Meals don't include a dessert, but you can always add a McFlurry or cookie onto your order.Feeling nostalgic? Here's What McDonald's Served When You Were Born. Happy Meal Toys from the '80s 1 McNugget Buddies Various iterations of McNugget Buddies have been offered at McDonald's over the years, but they first came around in the '80s. In addition to the commercials about the Happy Meal toys, there were also McNugget Buddies mini-episodes, like this one where the McNuggets were detectives. 2 Berenstain Bears In 1986, McDonald's offered Happy Meal toys based on the iconic children's book series. (And yes, it really was spelled Berenstain and not Berenstein.) 3 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers The Disney chipmunks got the Happy Meal treatment in 1989. But we don't blame you if you think the catchy Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers theme song is more memorable than the plastic toys. 4 Muppet Babies Could these toys be any cuter? Baby Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and Miss Piggy all came to play in this Happy Meal set. The best part was that you could switch the different figurines to ride each others' vehicles, too. 5 Mickey's Birthdayland Racers In honor of Mickey Mouse's birthday, these Disney-themed racecars featured the "fab five": Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. There were special Happy Meal boxes decorated with the cartoon characters, too. 6 Bambi Figurines In 1988, McDonald's offered poseable toys based on the Bambi characters, including fan favorites like Thumper and Flower in addition to the titular deer. 7 DuckTales Figurines Released in 1988, these DuckTales toys featured characters from the cartoon series with the famous theme song. Happy Meal Toys from the '90s 1 Ty Teenie Beanie Babies When Beanie Babies hit the shelves in 1993, McDonald's was not far behind with the creation of Ty Teenie Babies Happy Meal toys. Chocolate the moose, Chip the cat, Goldie the goldfish, and Speedy the turtle were some of the Ty furry friends kids found in their red boxes. The teenie Beanie Babies became so popular that McDonald's sold more than 100 million in 1997 alone, and commotions broke out at several McDonald's locations as customers fought for the toys, resulting in injury, police calls, and even criminal charges. 2 Nature's Watch This irresistibly cute nature set included a double shovel-rake, a hose cup, a mini-greenhouse, and even a little bird feeder. Pretty cool for the free toys that come with your McNuggets. 3 Tiny Toons Flip Cars For a limited time, characters like Elmyra Duff and Plucky Duck were racing for spots in kids' Happy Meals—literally. The toys included the characters and their cars, but each character was switched out every week, so if you wanted one Tiny Toon over the other, you had to act fast. 4 Happy Birthday Happy Meal For the 15th anniversary of the Mickey D's Happy Meal, the fast-food joint launched a medley of its most popular toys, including favorites like the Berenstain Bears and Muppet Babies characters. All 11 of the Happy Meal toys connected to form a birthday train! 5 Tamagotchi You know you wish you still had one. While you actually couldn't feed and bathe your McDonald's pet, these keychains are relics of the Japanese, egg-shaped digital toy.RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods. 6 Michael Jordan Fitness Fun McDonald's promoting health and fitness? Only when it comes to Michael Jordan, who was at the pinnacle of his NBA career in the '90s. The basketball phenom sealed the 1992 championship win for the Chicago Bulls against the Portland Trail Blazers. That same year, MJ was named MVP for the second time in a row. Each fitness set came with a mini basketball, football, soccer ball, jump rope, and toy stopwatch. 7 Power Rangers These action figurines debuted during the same time as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie, which was based on the popular television series. Whether you were rooting for the green ranger or the pink ranger, these toys brought their superhero skills off the screen and onto your table.Whatever decade you grew up during, there were probably some fun Happy Meal toys going around at the time. And today, Happy Meals still reign supreme among fast-food kids' meals.And for more, here's What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Smoothie Every Day.