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Ep. 021 – TFFP: The Great Outdoors (1988)

Ad - The Great OutdoorsIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we head for The Great Outdoors (1988). Written by John Hughes and starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd, this is a movie that both of us loved growing up.

However, will this comedy “classic” turn out to be all we remembered it to be, or a really bad case of CND (Cinematic Nostalgia Disorder)? Tune in to find out! .

We also give you some great (and seriously questionable) movie recommendations with this week’s 6 Flix Picks: Comedies that take place in the great outdoors.

So, check it out and let us know what you think! You can send your feedback to or leave a voice mail message at 206.203.0491. And be sure to leave us a review on iTunes! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

Check us out next week when we’ll be going on vacation… National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) that is!


11 comments for “Ep. 021 – TFFP: The Great Outdoors (1988)

  1. June 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Hey guys!

    As usual, very entertaining show. I caught THE GREAT OUTDOORS with some friends back in the summer of 1988, which proved to be a very memorable summer (we also caught, among other films, MIDNIGHT RUN and DIE HARD). I remember finding it funny enough, but haven’t seen it since that day in ’88, so who knows what I’ll think re-visiting it now?

    Also, an interesting 6-picks list. Back in ’86, I took the Universal Studios tour, and the guide gave us a rundown of the films the studio had in production at the time. One of them was HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS. I remember that, and I also remember everywhere you turned you saw a billboard, poster or caricature promoting HOWARD THE DUCK. Gee, wonder how THAT worked out for them?

    Also, there was a pretty interesting fact I learned from one of the featurettes on the new CADDYSHACK Blu-Ray (which, I believe, is also on the Special Edition DVD). As a result of the success of MEATBALLS, Bill Murray was in-demand, so they brought him in to CADDYSHACK with the intention of having him make a cameo appearance as a groundskeeper. Obviously, they expanded the role, but because it was supposed to be a cameo, he had no lines in the script. So, according to this featurette, Bill Murray himself created the character, and came up with all of his lines in CADDYSHACK. I think they might have even said most of them were ad-libbd right on the spot. I thought that was pretty cool.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the show. it’s become part of my weekly ‘routine’, so keep ’em coming!

  2. June 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Hi Dave– Thanks man! I love stories like that! I remember going on Universal Orlando’s Tour back in the very early ’90s when SeaQuest DSV was there. Also, their backstage tour had the areas where they shot part of the Swamp Thing and Superboy TV shows. Also, I remember the Flight of the Navigator “ship”.

    And very cool info about CADDYSHACK and Murray, proving yet again why he’s one of the greatest, most talented comedic actors to EVER grace the silver screen!

    Thanks again for supporting the show. It means so much to me (and Jason too!). You keep listening and we’ll keep ’em coming! šŸ™‚

  3. Ben Wyatte
    June 25, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I do like vegemite sandwiches but vegemite on toast is way better šŸ™‚
    Is there any chance of guys adding a forum to the site?

  4. June 25, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Hi Ben! Good to know about the veg. and toast. Thanks for the heads up. šŸ˜‰

    And as for a forum, I’ve def. thought about it. What would you be looking for in a forum, if we had one? If you want to email me your thoughts (or you can post him here), I’d really like to get your feedback. Thanks!

    • Ben Wyatte
      June 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      I’ve been a part of a couple different forums and by far the easiest one to find your way around is this one it has a very simple layout.
      I think if you have a section for podcast discussion, movies, television and an introductions page thats pretty much all you need. The most important thing is to have a “show new replies to your posts” button though.

  5. June 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Dave – I love Bill Murray and have no doubt he came up with those lines. I particularly love his story of meeting the Dahli Llama “So I got that going for me, which is nice.”

    I also recently rewatched Howard the Duck and had forgotten how ‘adult’ that movie actually was. And yah…Way to put all of your eggs into one basket Universal, or should I say one frying pan? Awful.

    Ben – Joel and I are going to have to have a vegemite and toast night while recording one night. I love trying new foods and have been curios about vegemite for years but always thought it was like jelly but with vegetables. šŸ˜›

    • Ben Wyatte
      June 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Jelly here is what you guys call jello and what you call jelly we call jam, can be confusing sometimes.. let’s not mention fanny packs though.

      If you can’t find any vegemite I’ll send you some

  6. June 29, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Hi Ben, I’d be up for some vegemite! šŸ™‚

  7. Mckenzie Vanorsdol
    July 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I always admire Dan Aykroyd because he has a very funny way of doing comedy. He is also a very talented actor. ;,'”, Kindest regards“>

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