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Today in Nerd History | June 7

From treasure hunts and teenage spies to a chilling dystopian vision, today we’re celebrating a trio of pop culture milestones that have left indelible marks on their respective genres. On June 7, let’s take a dive into the adventurous world of “The Goonies,” released in 1985, the action-packed “Kim Possible” that debuted on the Disney Channel in 2002, and the unsettling societal experiment of “The Purge” which premiered in theaters in 2013. Here are some “Nerdy Facts” about these iconic pieces of pop culture.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.

© Warner Bros.

1985: The Goonies (Theaters)

“The Goonies,” a film about a group of kids who embark on a wild adventure to find a pirate treasure, became a beloved classic with its mix of humor, peril, and camaraderie.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Celebrity Script Doctor: The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, but it also had input from an uncredited rewriter – none other than J.J. Abrams, who was early in his career at the time.
  • Culturally Iconic Lines: The film gave us many memorable lines, including Mikey’s inspiring speech about their last chance to save their homes, culminating in the rallying cry, “Goonies never say die!”
  • Treasure Map Authenticity: The treasure map used in the film was carefully aged by production designers to look authentically old and intriguing, adding a real sense of mystery and history to the kids’ treasure hunt.

© Disney

2002: Kim Possible (Disney Channel)

“Kim Possible,” a show about a high school girl who juggles typical teenage life with fighting crime, stood out for its strong female lead and witty, engaging content.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Breaking Stereotypes: Kim Possible was groundbreaking as a character, providing a new kind of female role model who was both a cheerleader and a fearless action hero, challenging traditional gender roles in children’s programming.
  • Fan-Led Renewal: Originally intended to end after its third season, the show was renewed for a fourth season due to popular demand and a fan-led petition, highlighting its significant impact and the strong connection it made with viewers.
  • Impactful Legacy: The show was so popular that it inspired merchandise, video games, and two made-for-TV movies, cementing its status as a key part of early 2000s kid culture.

© Blumhouse Productions

2013: The Purge (Theaters)

“The Purge” introduced audiences to a terrifying dystopian concept: for one night each year, all crime, including murder, is legal, exploring the depths of human morality and societal breakdown.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Low Budget, High Returns: Made on a modest budget of $3 million, “The Purge” grossed over $89 million worldwide, proving that high-concept horror films could achieve significant commercial success.
  • Expansive Universe: The success of the original film spawned a multi-film franchise and a television series, each exploring different aspects and stories within the same unsettling universe.
  • Societal Commentary: The film is often interpreted as a commentary on class inequality and the desensitization of society to violence, adding a layer of social critique to its horror elements.

June 7 is a day to appreciate the thrill of adventure, the power of breaking barriers, and the exploration of societal extremes. Whether it’s chasing pirate gold, saving the world before homework, or surviving a night of legalized chaos, these stories continue to thrill and provoke thought in audiences around the world. Happy Nerd History Day to all who cherish these diverse tales of courage, challenge, and adventure!

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