So this may sound stupid, but I think I may have a few cases of lost “media”.
Let’s start with a show.
When I was young, I remember finding a Lion King VHS tape in a random bag in my home. Now, I presume it was some sort of bootleg, as I remember it not having a case or a label. It looked beaten up on one of the corners too. I remember that one of my parents let me watch it. I watched them put the tape into the TV (The TV was an old samsung crt with the ability to play VHS Tapes), and I remember that it would instantly jump to the scene where Zazu would be “behind bars”, “singing” the first song he sings.
No matter what my parents would do, it would not rewind past this scene. They gave up, and mention about getting a DVD version instead. They left the room, and I just sat there watching LK from this point. It was that day I noticed something. My Bob The Builder tapes (I was young don’t forget) would show static when the tape would finish. The Lion King one, however, would just show black, skipping the credits. Out of curiousity, I let it run, and then this other kids show (Was not in any way related to Lion King) started playing.
All I can remember about it is one of the main characters were a bear, and the second main character was some sort of small animal. An odd thing is that one of the main backgrounds/sets looked a lot like the “Home” wallpaper in Windows XP. This one:
Of course, i highly doubt this was the exact same image used, but everytime I see this one image, I always end up being reminded of whatever that show was.
On a phone I once had, I saw an image in the DCIM\Camera folder, despite the phone not even being out of the box for an hour, I saw this low quality graphic of a house on a hill. I have it in this list because even with reverse images searches, and my extensive looking, I can not find any copies of this image, or any explanation of the image. While yes, it could be a simple stock photo, the camera quality and the fact I can’t find it anywhere else has caught my attention.
Around 2010-ish, I remember having this Transformers handheld, stylised after Optimus Prime’s torso (which i remember it made it uncomfortable to hold). It was a standard basic handheld. It featured a Game Boy-like screen, and the game I remember it playing was some sort of transformers game with a top-down view and controls similar to the pre-GTA III titles.
I remember owning a deck of Star Wars trading cards. The back was red and futuristic themed with the starwars logo. That’s the best description I can give, it’s only here as my family (not even the members of the family who had them too) can remember them even the smallest bit about them.
On TV years ago, I remember watching this vibrant-coloured cereal ad. From what I remember, it starts on a quiet hill, that then shows a 3-Wheeler driving along the road. It then turns to go to a house, and it cuts to some guy being given cereal by this yellow monster thing. They talk about something, and that’s all I remember. Can’t find it anywhere either.