Are We Actually Okay with Pete & Pete’s Return?
News first, nostalgia second: Pete & Pete are back in the form of a podcast.
Obviously the instant I learned about this I went to YouTube and searched for “Hey Sandy” by Polaris — the theme song from The Adventures of Pete & Pete. “My youth started and finished with this song,” wrote one commenter. So did mine, I realized. Was I ready for it to be sling-shotted back in the form of a Pete & Pete reprise, updated for the 21st century by way of podcast?
Telling their stories through radio show is actually something the two of them would have probably done back in the original version. I imagine Little Pete (played by Danny Tamberelli) convincing Big Pete (Michael Maronna) to find a way to tap into the local radio station’s airwaves via their mom’s metal brain plate.
Since I grew up, it’s only natural that the actors did too. But childhood memories usually stay firmly in place should one ever need to revisit them — Goodnight Moon is always Goodnight Moon. The same bed, the same rabbit, the same striped bed sheets. Those don’t change.
But Pete & Pete have changed. No one forced me to listen to their podcast but for nostalgia’s sake, I had to, and there was something unsettling about hearing Little Pete call himself Danny (oh right, his real name) while he talked about the thrill of drinking at an airport Irish pub pre-adventure. “But he can’t possibly be old enough to drink,” I thought to myself. “Wasn’t he five on that show?” I feel like the owner of a golden retriever puppy who wants it to stay tiny and fluffy forever.
Little Pete, why can’t you stay a puppy?
Though I prefer to keep my childhood memories exactly as I left them, it is kind of hard not to wonder about the actors who played them. Where is Ferguson from Clarissa Explains it All? Alex Mack? ANYONE from Salute Your Shorts? (Actually fun fact: one of the actors from Shorts was my 9th grade French tutor, so that’s something).
Sometimes the truth is soothing, like when Alex Mack’s Laris Oleynik appeared in a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars, or just knowing that the actor who played Ferguson hasn’t yet appeared on a Buzzfeed mugshot roundup. But this Pete & Pete-as-Danny & Michael reunion might be overstepping its bounds for me. It’s too soon!
Or maybe I’ve spoken too soon and it will be the best thing to happen to the realm of podcasts. You’ll have to tell us. I am clearly a stage five clinger.
How do you feel about Pete & Pete? Which child stars do you wonder about? Brandon Walsh and Dylan Mckay, anyone? It’s Wednesday, let’s get our brain juice flowing like we’ve transported back to the time of Slime.
For old time’s sake:
– Written by Charlotte Fassler, edited by Amelia Diamond