Star Trek goes back in time to 1986 and goes West in The Voyage Home while Moonlighting quotes Shakespeare. 1996 slings ahead with Billy Bob Thorton’s breakout role, live-action Dalmatians, and Milhouse’s parents divorcing. To round things out, 2006 farts out Assy McGee and fills Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons with hot air.
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Everything is officially unsuave forever because Cary Grant dies, age 82.
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture, Mosquito Coast, Solarbabies and Eye of the Tiger (a Gary Busey action movie that includes the song from Rocky III) hit theaters.
The Cheers episode “Thanksgiving Orphans” airs, Disney Channel begins to air 24 hours a day, and the premiere of “The Cavanaughs”. The series revolved around Francis “Pop” Cavanaugh, a 71-year-old, blue-collar Irish Catholic man living in South Boston. One guess what network it aired.
The 60th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New balloons included Baby Shamu, Humpty Dumpty (a redesign of a Weeble balloon), and a redesign of Olive Oyl that included Swee’Pea. This was Pat Sajak’s last year as a host.
ABC airs the pilot “Fluppy Dogs,” a Disney creation about dimension-jumping dogs who can talk
The Disney Sunday Movie “Sunday Drive” airs, starring Carrie Fisher and Tony Randall.
Rolling Thunder from Namco hits arcades.
Albums out include Hot Together (the 10th Pointer Sisters album) Power (the 10th Kansas album), and Live Magic – a Queen live album, noted as a huge disappointment due to song edits
New albums; The Aeroplanes Fly High – a Smashing Pumpkins box set, lots of Mellon Collie, 1979, Bullet with Butterfly Wings. Staind’s debut album Tormented, which included Mudshovel, and Le Roi est Mort, Vive le Roi – Enigma’s third overall album, and the first since Return to Innocence killed it in 1993
101 Dalmatians releases, is #1 for two weeks.
MISSED ON 11/17/96 – The Rock (then known as Rocky Miavia, now known as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) debuts at Survivor Series, winning his first-ever televised match at Madison Square Garden. Then he wrestled some more and made a few movies you may have heard of.
70th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs. New balloons included Peter Rabbit and an update for Rocky and Bullwinkle. Woody Woodpecker’s left hand was ripped off by a tree
Family Channel debuts the “25 Days of Christmas” programming block that still continues to this day. It started with Christmas Every Day, a Groundhog-day like TV movie about a boy who relives a disastrous Christmas over and over.
The first-ever Homestar Runner animated cartoon is made by the brothers Chaps in Mario Paint. They made a children’s book before the 1996 Olympics and the site wouldn’t add new cartoons until late 1999.
One of the few canon-changing episodes of The Simpsons airs, “A Milhouse Divided,” a classic where Milhouse’s parents get divorced. This change would be undone in a season 19 episode where they remarry.
New games: PS1/Saturn ports of Area 51, the game literally everyone has seen or played. If a pizza joint or bar has ONE game, it’s this circa 1998-2008. Also out is Contra Legacy of War (the series’ clumsy transition to 3D) Legend of Oasis (the follow-up to Beyond Oasis, or The Story of Thor, which was criticized at the time because of the 2D overhead perspective) and Virtua Cop 2, where Michael “Rage” Hardy and James “Smarty” Cools shut down the E.V.I.L Inc. criminal empire.
The biggest release is Killer Instinct Gold on Nintendo 64. It was an Enhanced port of KI2, finally made good on 1994 arcade callouts. Simplified combo breakers, new characters, looked really nice at the time but that controller SUCKS for 2D fighting games
Albums include Incubus’ 6th album, Light Grenades and Fergalicious by Fergie, but the #1 song is Smack That by Akon, feat. Eminem
In news, George Clooney is named People magazine’s sexiest man alive for the second time – the first was in 1997.
In theaters are the movies The Nativity Story, Turistas (where Olivia Wilde is caught in a Brazilian organ harvesting ring), and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder – The Rise of Taj, which features no Van Wilder but plenty of Kal Penn (who would join the Obama administration in three years).
The 80th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs. A new measure was added to keep the balloons closer to the ground during windy conditions.and removed from the parade if winds exceeded 35 MPH. The Pikachu and Flying Ace Snoopy balloons were updated and at this point, the NBC programming also showed off live performances from Broadway musicals. This year’s batch was A Chorus Line, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Color Purple, and Spamalot
Two mildly successful shows premiered on cable TV. 10 Items or Less premiered on TBS and Assy McGee debuted on Adult Swim
Burger King Trilogy releases on various platforms, as does Rainbow Six: Vegas
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