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Easy Show Projector
by Kenner
Easy Show Projector

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This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

Does anyone remember Kenner's "Real Sound" projector? I remember asking for it for Christmas in 1968. I couldn't wait until Christmas. My mom told me she didn't know if Santa could afford it. I would constantly re-read the description in the Sear's catalogue. I remember my excitement when I opened it on Christmas morning. My dad had to make some adjustments, but we finally got it to work great. The film had an actual soundtrack on it like professional film. Great memories!


This memory was added on: July 6, 2008

Hours of fun sitting in my bed with the lights out watching stuff projected on to the wall. I was so excited for it to get dark out so I could use the Easy Show Projector! My mother didn’t have to tell me to go to bed – I couldn’t wait.


This memory was added on: May 18, 2008

My Dad's income when I was young was not high enough to get some of these fancy type toys. Like some others I've made up for it now on ebay buying these things, and showing them to my Grandkids who just love them all. I just got a Motorized Easy Show Projector on ebay, and can't wait to play some movies for my Grankids. Some other toys I've gotten for them recently are the Talking Viewmaster Projector and tons of reels, Show 'N Tell Phono Viewer & Record Sets, Fisher Price Movie Projector & movie cartiridges, Disney 4 Speed Record Player, a bunch of Disney Readlong Record Sets, and a tabletop pinball game.


This memory was added on: May 18, 2008

This was one of my favorite Christmas presents. I had the Munsters movie where the stairs in their house opens up and Fred Munster comes out. My sister and I would sit in the dark in my room and after we watched it once, we would turn the handle backwards and watch the whole movie really fast going backwards. We thought that was the funniest thing we ever saw!

Sue M

This memory was added on: March 19, 2008

I remember getting this for Christmas one year. If memory serves me correctly, I had two movies, the Flintstones and Scooby Doo. The neatest thing is that I remember my father emptying our a hall closet (one of the double-sliding door types), putting in a pillow and a crate for the movie projector to sit on. He then popped up some corn, and let me and my brother sit inside of our own personal "movie theatre"!

Great memories from a great era!!


This memory was added on: February 1, 2008

My little brother and I spent countless hours in our bunk beds with the blankets drawn over the sides like curtains. Our favorite was watching reels of the old Mr. Ed TV series with subtitles.

How I wish I could do two things now:

The first would be to thank my Mom and Dad for giving us this wonderful toy which provided so much joy to us a children as well as all of this nostalgia that I am feeling right now.

And secondly, that I could find a similar toy for my children. A toy that inspires and requires imagination, without the use of computer chips or an electrical outlet.


This memory was added on: May 16, 2007

My sister got one for Christmas ,It was around 1965. I was 3 years old and SOOOO upset because I wanted one too!. She wouldn't let me touch it. So in a fit I remember taring it apart a few days after Xmas. To this day she will bring up how I was such a horrible child for breaking her projector..lol!


This memory was added on: March 20,2007

I do recall that the very first Easy Show Projectors put on the markrt had an engineering flaw. When you thread the film, it had to be placed behind some tight springs. The film would very easily get caught behind the springs, and would often get tangled, making the film impossible to project. If you kept trying to project, the film would snap. It did not take Kenner long to learn that they had errred, and a "new improved" version came out in no time. Physically from the outside it was identical. Inside those springs were replaced by some very loose plastic clips, allowing the film to project much more easily. Does anyone remember Kenner's follow up product to this; The Change A Channel TV Set.


This memory was added on: March 20,2007

I am so happy I found this!! This projector is one of my favorite memories from childhood. I would watch the scooby doo cartoon over and over again and rewind when they were sliding down the slopes trying to get away from the snow monster!


This memory was added on: February 7,2007

I got one when I was 7 and played with it till all the films broke and the bulb finally blew. I used to shine on the celling, walls or anywhere else that had a flat light coloured surface. I used to like the Bugs Bunny cartoon the best.

Irving A. Briscoe

This memory was added on: August 24,2006

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know how to thread the movie into the projector?? I am having problems!!!


This memory was added on: July 6,2006

When i was a kid "born 1956" because of our parents income this and other cool toys ask for during the holidays were never under the tree Christmas morning. Wow...seems like yesterday! Now when i find these retro toys they are mine and i share them with my two boys. I just wish they appreciated them like i do.

Michael Brown

This memory was added on: March 17,2006

I remember this toy. Actually I was kind of haunted by it.

It was fascinating. About the age of 8 (borne 1958) the best xmass ever recalled.

My brother tore it up in a jealous fit a few days later. My Dad wouldn't bother to fix it, so it got tossed in the trash.

I remember going to bed with it, shining it on the ceiling and running it forward and backwards. Quite a trip back in those days.

I think my kids would like it. If for nothing else but to have something to play with waiting for the sand man.



This memory was added on: March 15,2006

Does anybody remember the projecter that you put the plastic discs in that were filled with colored water and oils and they would show the colors and bubbles from the discs on the wall?

Thank God for Ebay!! You can regain parts of your childhood, and who doesn't need that!!


This memory was added on: February 1,2006

My dad did advertising artwork and design for Kenner for years. As a result, depending on the look they were after, I got to model some of the stuff whether it went commercial or not.

That's me on the box with next door neighbor Diane.

Steve in Cincinnati


This memory was added on: December 25,2005

If anyone has the tv network BOOMERANG from Cartoon network , check out sometimes between cartoons they show the Easy Show projector.. I duno if its a computer animation of one but thats where I got the idea about gettin one.. I was born in the early 70s so I think I was a lil late although I think I remeber seeing one of them in a store when I was about 3 or so. Anyway , I guess I'm not the only one who wants to bring back their past and relive it again.


This memory was added on: October 27,2005

Leslie Siegel had the Easy Show Projector and would take pictures of the Apache Indians, Geronimo and Cochise and even Chief Joseph and would compile a slide show with the projector that my aunt got me! My father and I got a chance to be closer because of that... He liked how I used the photos and made the slide and was so excited about photography in general. One day my sister and I were in the park playing and I saw a bum dumping garbage all over the park so I snapped a few polaroids of him. A police car came by and I showed the cops and they arrested the bum, but when I got home, I turned those photos into a slide show on crime in a good neighorhood! It was so creative that my teacher asked if I'd like to give a presentation with my Easy Show Projector about my photos! So we set it up in the classroom and different classes came in and sat down and watched and were amazed! The Easy Show Projector was my first attempt at photograpy and news journalism! I still have the slides of Geronimo, the Apache Chief!

Leslie Siegel

This memory was added on: October 11,2005

This was THE TOY, if i would see one in a shop i would buy it.

The memories, well way back in the early '70 I was known in my neirbohood to be the movie kid. I used to set up a 9 feet screen in my parent's garage, and show movies to all the kids around. The easy-show projector had a flash light bulb in it so 9 feet was the maximum for a screen.

It became so popular that some dad who was working at Radio-Canada (CBC)at the time brought a 16mm projector with the Snow White print and did the same. Of course it was way off my capabilities and lost a bit of popularity.

Howerver today I work for video production and became a editor working on Avid. I have a 16mm sound projector ,some super 8 sound projectors, a 57' wide screen Toshiba, 700 dvds, a lovely wife and I am happy. Still a kid......

francois Joly
20 november 1962

This memory was added on: September 27,2005

My sister and I LOVED this! we had a huge bedroom, and loved sleepovers just so we could have a reason to stay up and watch the cartoons! I am glad I still have mine, and it still works!


This memory was added on: September 15,2005

This toy was how parents got the kids out of the kitchens and into the dark bedrooms to put on a show. How cool was this and how low tech to things today. Amazing!


This memory was added on: August 15,2005

I used to have the Fisher-Price viewer & film cartridges also 8 mm film cartridges. I now have a Revere S-16 sound/silent projector & six 35 mm Simplex theatre projectors.

Mathew Bailey
May 21,1972

This memory was added on: August 9,2005

This was my favorite Christmas gift ever! I remember having cartoons of The Archies,Moby Dick, and i think Spiderman and other Marvel Superheroes like Thor. I would give anything to find one of these today! They just don't make toys like that today.........


This memory was added on: July 20,2005

I remember my brother and I would spend hours making the Mighty Thor smash his mighty hammer, and then backwards, over and over again... I wish I could share this with my own children. They would love it! So would I!


This memory was added on: June 9,2005

My gosh, where did the time go?! I will never forget the year my big brother bought me this toy for Christmas. I sat for hours at a time in my bedroom closet viewing the included movies over and over, backwards and forward. I'm pretty sure I must have worn the darn thing out because being the "retro pack-rat" that I am - I would have still had it in storage. What a great time and what a great toy. Just thinking of it puts a grin on my face from ear to ear!

Kathryn Petrie

This memory was added on: May 4,2005

This was one of my favorite toys. In 2004, I purchased a vintage duplicate of the unit I had as a child on ebay, for about $15. It's in great shape - only I remember the box as being huge, and this box is the size of a shoebox. Things seem so big when you're a child.

I used to watch the movies that came with this projector over and over. Mine included some Bugs Bunny cartoons, a 1950s Superman episode, and some TV cartoons. I watched them one frame at a time, for hours. I eventually tried to duplicate the animation effects as flip movies, drawn in the page margins of encyclopedias and other large books found around the house.

The film in the reels was standard 8mm, a defunct home movie format. The film was looped in the same manner as the tape in the 1970s 8-track audio format. After my projector wore out, I unreeled the film from the toy reels, placed them on standard 8mm reels, and showed them on a regular home movie projector. They were printed at half speed, so they played twice as fast as you would expect.

I credit this toy, in large part, with leading to my current job as an animater.

Fritz Panache

This memory was added on: April 9,2005

I remember my foster sister got one of these for Xmas one year. I remember being secretly jealous b/c I thought it was such a cool toy! The only bad part was neither one of us could figure out how to load the film in, so my older brother always had to do it. We had Josie & The Pussycats, The Harlem Globetrotters cartoon and The Archies. When my foster sister went back to Africa, she left all of her toys behind. I only played w/ it a few times after that, b/c my brother was sick of helping me load it.

Sharry A.

This memory was added on: March 6,2005

Hi- I remember this toy very fondly, but I also remember that the films would always get tangled and/or break. The projector was very delicate, also...I think I had two of them over the years...when the second one broke, I seem to remember my mother refusing to buy me a third. Does anyone remember if there was a viewer for those same films...it looked like a little TV with a screen, but it used the same films. You would watch the images on the screen instead of projecting them on the wall. George GeoMBx@AOL.com


This memory was added on: December 27,2004

I had forgotten about this toy until I saw it on this web site. I got it for Christmas in 68" or 69", not sure. I do remember that the projector came with 3 cartoon reels. One was a Marvel Comics cartoon, I think the other was a Dick Tracy cartoon.....I can't remember the other cartoon reel. I would entertain myself by turning the crank very slow or very fast to see the images in slow motion or fast motion. Sometimes, I would turn the crank backwards just to see the images go backwards.


This memory was added on: December 26,2004

I loved these toys would like to find one to buy. The memories of these toys is unforgetable.

Jackie W Going

This memory was added on: August 29,2004

it was one of my favorite christmas gifts, i was 12 when i got one, i loved it!


This memory was added on: July 26,2004

Paul Secrest

This memory was added on: July 26,2004

Wow!I remember these!I was born in Cinn.so the Kenner toys were really plentiful.I had the Easy Show and Give A Shows.I wished(like most of us)I would have kept them.I'm trying to collect them now(along with Popeye items,I Love Popeye!).Any info or anybody selling any of these,let me know!

Paul Secrest

This memory was added on: July 7,2004

I liked this toy. I remember shining it on the ceiling in my bedroom when I couldn't sleep.


This memory was added on: February 27,2004

Wow! I'd forgotten about this one. I remember the Christmas my brother got the Easy Show Projector...you know how after the first few days of Christmas vacation, you and your siblings are at each others' throats? On a blustery december day, nothing kept the peace better than a show in her darkened bedroom and a huge bowl of homemade popcorn!


This memory was added on: February 18,2004

I remember this toy. I used those slides so many times I can still remember the words to one of them I think: "here's how we bears do it" - said by Yogi Bear.


This memory was added on: December 4,2003

It was in hiding, but I found it before Christmas. It was a nice light blue color. I watched Atom Ant, Mr. Magoo, and a couple of other cartoons I can't remember. 1966. It was almost worn out before Christmas. It was my favorite toy ever!

Jim C.

This memory was added on: November 21,2003

o.k.- but can it play daddy's stag films?

1969 (of course)

This memory was added on: November 19,2003

This was one of my favorite toys, I loved turning out all the lights in my room and having a "show". The slides that came with it were of long-defunct Saturday morning cartoons, like Charlie Chan & the Chan Clan and Roman Holliday (I think that was the name of it...there was a ghost...)


This memory was added on: November 19,2003

better than the see-a-show slide projector. just. but still messy when operated by an excited 6 year old (me) who spills the film all over the floor.


This memory was added on: August 6,2003

it was in 1967 i were back home after surgery to my throat i could not speak,it was couple of days before christmas i ask my older brother by sing if my parents by me that new projector i saw in the sears christmas catalog. first he looked at me and look sad then he saw my face and said it,s under the bed i scream and it was painfull....but after i make money charge my friends to see mr.magoo tree stooges popeye and more .xcuse my english im french thank you

andré bellemare
dédé montréal 2000

This memory was added on: June 12,2003

I never had one, but my sister and I had a friend who used to bring hers over and we'd pretend that we were in the movie theater. We'd watch Scooby Doo and Speed Buggy. That was the coolest! Some of these newer toys suck big time.