Update 2: Fun House (1989)


Some more pics of the 1989 UK show (although I prefer the 1988 US show and I recently paid more attention to that).

As said, the yellow shorts are lighter than in the US show which don’t appear that shiny.

Girls also wore black skirts (at least in 1997).

Pics 1+3 from s2e5, pic 2 from s1e12.

Also updated on my bib overalls blog.

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Fun House (1988)


US Kids game show. Fox’s Fun House
Year: 1988-1991
Year in film: 1980s, 1990s
Country: USA
Who in shorts: boys
Who in shorts 2: girls
Available on DVD: no
I own: no
Clothing occurence: very often
Rating:  7/10 ?
Rating: *******
Comment: Boys and girls almost always in red and dark yellow shorts. Also wet and muddy scenes and few sitting scenes.

Unlike the 1989 UK series, I haven’t found any bib overalls. And the yellow shorts are darker and maybe not or not that shiny.

There were 375 episodes but I only found some very few on YouTube.

Pic 1 from May 11, 1989. Pic 2 from s1e7 (season 1?) with a pool. Pic 3 from s1e6 with Leonardo DiCaprio in yellow and Danny Pintauro in red. Pic 4 showing muddy scenes in s1e22. On the left a girl. Mud is eggs. Good close-up scenes in s2e5.

Rating 7-8 for now.




Natsu no niwa


Drama. Aka The Friends
Year: 1994
Year in film: 1990s ?
Country: Japan
Who in shorts: boys ~8-12 ?
Who in shorts 2:
Available on DVD: yes
I own: no
Clothing occurence: low ?
Rating:  3/10
Rating: ***
Comment: Some boys in black shorts (goalkeepers in medium blue and a fat boy in black shorts). Probably shiny. Also wet and dirty shorts as it rains. (Finally another entry tagged muddy). Also other boys in cotton and jeans shorts with a belt.

Also a fat boy in bib overalls (other blog, rating 5, soon again updated).

I think rather few shorts scenes.

Rating 3-4 for this.

Japanese title of this awarded movie:”夏の庭 The Friends”. 1992 novel by Kazumi Yumoto. The plot seems also interesting and is about the holiday of 3 boys and the death.



Biography starring Sina Tkotsch
Year: 2011
Year in film: ~1978 ?
Country: Germany
Who in shorts: boy ~8 ?
Who in shorts 2:
Available on DVD: yes
I own: yes, partly TV recording
Clothing occurence: low+
Rating:  3/10 *
Rating: ***
Comment: One black boy shirtless in shiny, light blue shorts, also a white boy and girl in tight shorts and speedo, but not shiny. Also wet/muddy scenes (sliding down a hill). But in these scenes the shorts are very briefly shown.

As announced, this has been aired yesterday. Very interesting movie and plot (novel by Sabine Krueger). The main character is a girl (pictured).

I missed few parts of the beginning and also the end when the girl is older and is played by Sina Tkotsch.

The blonde girl pictured looks almost like a boy, and there’s another similar looking kid, who is a boy.

Good movie, but I prefer other movies. 2h11 minutes. English title: Jungle Child.

Rating 2-3 for the shorts. Movie rating ~4-5.


Poletje v skoljki


Comedy film
Year: 1985
Year in film: 1980s
Country: Yugoslavia
Who in shorts: boys ~8-13
Who in shorts 2: girls
Available on DVD: yes
I own: no
Clothing occurence: often- ?
Rating:  8/10 ?
Rating: ********
Comment: Several boys (and younger teens) and also some girls in different shiny shorts including Adidas and others in swim shorts and speedos, some shirtless.

One boy in black Adidas (with inner briefs), a fat boy sitting in blue Adidas (with inner briefs), a boy in white Adidas (blue stripes, no inner briefs), another boy or girl in white Adidas with red stripes (no inner briefs).

Other shiny shorts include black, dark blue, light blue, red and white. Swimshorts or board shorts also in white/colorful. Also muddy scenes. But I think few or no wet scenes except speedos.

Interesting movie with many shorts scenes, but I prefer US movies.

There’s also a 1988 sequel but obviously less of interest.

Rating 7-8. English title: A Summer in a Sea Shell. Correct title: Poletje v školjki.



Family series, 12 ep
Year: 1990
Year in film: ~1990 ?
Country: Australia
Who in shorts: Mark ~11 ?
Who in shorts 2:
Available on DVD: no
I own: no, partly TV recording
Clothing occurence: low ?
Rating:  7/10 ?
Rating: *******
Comment: At least Daren Kelly as neighbor boy Mark Carmichael outside shirtless and wet/ muddy in short black swim shorts with a light blue and white patch on the rear. Maybe the young brother as well but I don’t think so?

Rare series, no entry on IMDb (again a shame). I don’t remember all episodes and don’t have the complete series. But I liked these boy and swim shorts. Funny series and farm setting. Main character is an older girl (Denise Vose as Rebecca Simmons). More infos on my bib overalls blog (young girl, rating 5).

Rating 7-8 for now. I’m not sure if I would buy it on DVD nowadays if it was available. Probably very few scenes of interest. Currently I prefer 70s and 80s US movies.


Shvidi patara motkhroba pirvel sikvarulze


“Seven Short Stories About First Love”
Year: 1981
Year in film: 1980s ?
Country: Georgia, Soviet Union
Who in shorts: boys ~10-13 ?
Who in shorts 2:
Available on DVD: yes ?
I own: no, partly TV recording
Clothing occurence: low+
Rating:  5/10
Rating: *****
Comment: Some boys in tight shorts in movie #1 or #2 playing Handball or similar. At least 3 in white shorts (I think shiny shorts) and others in black and blue shorts (maybe not or not all shiny). Also shirtless scenes including muddy but not in shiny shorts but speedos or underwear in movie #4.

I’m still searching for my unknown assumed Italian coming-of-age movie and so I have rechecked this one.

Russian title: Семь маленьких рассказов о первой любви.

Rather few good shorts scenes. Quite interesting and unusual TV movie though.

So rating 5 only.

Szeleburdi vakáció


Family film
Year: 1987
Year in film: 1980s
Country: Hungary
Who in shorts: boys ~6-12
Who in shorts 2: girl ~5
Available on DVD: yes
I own: yes, partly TV recordings
Clothing occurence: medium
Rating:  7/10
Rating: *******
Comment: Around 5 boys in shorts and speedos and some few more boys and a little girl at the beginning in shorts. Several shirtless scenes. Mainly of interest a boy in light yellow or almost white short (not sure if shiny, pic 2, mostly shirtless) and one boy in dark blue shiny shorts with a yellow big stripe (pic 1), also sitting. Later also an older teen boy in black shorts fighting on the ground with the boy in the dark blue shorts. Getting dirty/muddy but I think rather few or no wet scenes.

On a playground one boy in dark blue shorts and one younger boy in medium blue shorts. And at least one young girl in longer dark blue shorts.

Interesting and funny movie, and some years ago I liked it very much. Nowaydays I prefer US movies and even earlier settings.

However, still rating 7 for this.


Fußballfieber (2000)


Kids soccer documentary, 13 ep.
Year: 2000
Year in film: ~2000
Country: Germany
Who in shorts: boys ~12, 17
Who in shorts 2:
Available on DVD: no *
I own: no, partly TV recordings
Clothing occurence: medium ?
Rating:  10/10
Rating: **********
Comment: 6 Soccer boys, most around 12 yo in shiny shorts and also shirtless in swim shorts and less, are portayed in this documentary before the 2000 EM championship. Also shower scenes (with towels). Some more supporting actors. Scenes include wet and muddy.

Soccer clubs include SV Planegg (Olli, Bavaria), Lobenstein (Marc), Stuttgart (Stephan), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Fabian “Knipser” ~12, Tom ~18 yo), FC Carl Zeiss Jena (Stephan 17 yo). Not sure of the boy pictured.

There are several documentaries about Soccer (or similar, partly docus about boarding schools or boy choirs also playing Soccer). But I like this one very much. Not all boys are that handsome. One boy has longer hair (not the one pictured, but I think Marc). Maybe one of my first recordings with boys wearing compression shorts underneath. I’m not a Soccer fan and mainly knew this from Rugby. Wearing longer pants under shorts is or was very uncommon in Germany at least in the 90s, 80s and earlier and rarely shown in movies (see tag).

I don’t know all colors of the shorts. My favourite are this dark blue ones with medium blue compression shorts (also sitting). I think also white shorts and maybe red, maybe partly (longer) Adidas. Swim shorts dark blue and black. Indoor pool, hotel (?).

Also good bedroom scenes (partly at home, partly at a hotel, shirtless) both showing bunk beds. Bedroom blog rating 6.

There are some parts on a DVD (Fußballfieber – Aus dem Lebensalltag des Fußballnachwuchses) , 36 min. in total, but only for rent, mediendienste.info. Not to be confused with other DVDs with the same title. I hope for a rebroadcasting as I only have few VHS clips in very bad quality.

More infos on my other blog. Rating 9-10.

Don Camillo (1984)


Comedy film. Terence Hill
Year: 1984
Year in film: 1980s
Country: Italy
Who in shorts: boys 11-17
Who in shorts 2: girls
Available on DVD: yes
I own: yes, partly TV recording
Clothing occurence: low+
Rating:  7/10
Rating: *******
Comment: Two Soccer teams of mainly older teen boys. One in light red the other in blue Adidas shiny shorts. Dark or black stripes on the red ones (what is quite unusual). Also girls and teen girls in white Adidas shorts. Also some in black and colorful shorts. Probably all with inner briefs.

I have finally found this other Bud Spencer similar Italian movie with the muddy scenes.

Not bad, but only 2 longer scenes. And most teens are quite old.

So rating 7-8 only. Funny and unusual movie, but I mainly remember this soccer scenes.

Needs to be rechecked at slow speed and for sitting, shirtless and other scenes. At least the trainer in sweat pants and shorts over them.

Aka The World of Don Camillo. Short and long versions available. Not sure what I have.