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19 February 2017 @ 11:22 pm
Well, some more pics and video footage of Anthro New England 2017 from last month is now up, including the professional photo room pics by Doktor the Husky! Here's a couple photos I had taken with me as the Big Bad Wolf, relating to the con's science theme...

I'm bigger than the world!

I'm playing with a chemistry set. What could go wrong? ;)

And here's a video of the Fursuit Games! Watch my charades antics, and my epic Musical Chairs fail...

Pretty fun stuff! But now I am waiting for when Anime Boston comes, so the Big Bad Wolf can appear there!
Current Music: "Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum" from Mousercise!
18 February 2017 @ 11:59 pm
When browsing on YouTube this week, I came across an interesting old cartoon featuring kangaroos I've never seen before: "The Kangaroo Kid" from 1938!

I wasn't even aware of it until this week. It was one of those "Color Rhapsody" shorts produced by Columbia Pictures's old animation studio Screen Gems. (And this was before Screen Gems became the name of Columbia's television arm, famous for their creepy 60s-70s closing logo.) They had some interesting shorts, but they aren't as well-known as Disney or Warner Bros., or MGM or Fleischer/Famous/Paramount Cartoon Studios, or even Walter Lantz Productions or the Terrytoons! Some of their recurring characters included a flanderized Krazy Kat, a small boy named Scrappy, and the Fox and Crow duo.

So with this cartoon, all of the characters in it are kangaroos.

We get little Elmer, the titular kangaroo kid, who enjoys playing his violin. It's obvious he is some kind of musical genius.

Naturally, his father is into boxing, but he's also got those typical cartoon "tough guy" traits, with the turtleneck sweater, derby hat and cigar (the censor police wouldn't allow anything like that today!) Most of the kangaroos that have dialogue in this have some kind of Australian accent (most notably the dad), though Elmer doesn't. His dad isn't keen on how Elmer doesn't want to be a champion boxer someday; he wants to be a great violinist. Then during a playful fight, Elmer manages to give his dad a good one with his tail. This inspires him to take his son to a boxing contest, claiming to him that it's a concert he can play in.

The Champ is a big rather goofy-looking kangaroo. But don't let his expression and such fool you; he packs a mean punch! Initially Elmer is able to avoid him and make the best of him while still literally fiddling away. Things go well, until the Champ decides to cheat, and thanks to some heavy objects in his gloves and a skyrocket, he manages to pummel Elmer. But once Elmer comes to and sees his violin is broken, he's hopping mad and begins to fight back! Elmer's mother hears all of this on the radio, and so she comes to his aid and helps him defeat the Champ!

Pretty fun toon to watch if you're into cartoon kangaroos like me, especially boxing ones! 
16 February 2017 @ 10:39 pm
Today DC Comics released a press about some Looney Tunes/DCU crossovers (hopefully one-shot comics), which will be darker, grittier, and more realistic. I mean, look at this!

There's been a recent trend where DC Comics has been updating classic cartoon characters they own, either as new realistic reboots, or crossing over with other franchises.
First this happens to the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo...

(And you thought "What's New Scooby-Doo" was super-realistic and "Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated" was super-edgy!)

Then Snagglepuss...

And now THIS!

Wile E. Coyote is barely recognizable now!

The Looney Tunes as themselves would fit fine with realistically-drawn characters, in my opinion. Look at that "Superman and Bugs Bunny" comic from early this millenium, or the Looney Tunes Show episode "Super Rabbit," or even the Road Runner and Wile E.'s cameo on "What's New Scooby-Doo!" (Most of the humans on the show except Shaggy were drawn very realistically.)

I just hope these Looney Tunes/DC crossovers will indeed just be one-shot deals. I can take them messing with Scooby-Doo and Snagglepuss like that, but the Looney Tunes is a cherished classic! Warner Bros. has been treating Looney Tunes like crap for a while, but this is just too far.

I've got another cartoon post coming up soon, so stay tuned to see!
14 February 2017 @ 11:32 pm
Today is Valentine's Day, but it's all snowy and freezing outside (the way it SHOULD'VE been at Christmas instead of mild and with no snow). Since "A Scooby-Doo Valentine" was in Coolsville where it was warm and spring-like on Valentine's Day (they must be in California), the evil Scooby-Doo clone is not used to Massachusetts February weather!

(Though it may take a while for him to warm up in that rubber Scooby mask...)
Yup, I touched up the pic in Photoshop and added the effects. But is the evil Scooby here REALLY J.C. Chasez of N'SYNC this time? (winks)
As I said, this cheesy 2005 "What's New Scooby-Doo" special episode pretty much makes the only reason to dress up/fursuit on Valentine's Day, and when the winter holiday weather is backwards here in Massachusetts, that makes it a bit more difficult. Though yesterday I brought the Big Bad Wolf out in the snow for a pic...

Also, today I watched "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," as the special involves the kids building Frosty a snow-wife and they get married; perfect for Valentine's Day! And it helps the special does not mention Christmas or any other December holidays, too. As I said, being produced by Rankin-Bass like the original Frosty special, it does have a bit more in common with the original than that weird 1992 "Frosty Returns" special I talked about here in the last post. I just hope the snow doesn't stick around until March or April, like that awful winter of 2015 that started AND ended late!
09 February 2017 @ 11:04 pm
Today, due to our area getting hit with a snowstorm (and as a result, my math class tomorrow has been cancelled!) I decided to watch the 1992 animated TV special "Frosty Returns!"

CBS airs this every year, after the original 1969 Rankin-Bass special "Frosty the Snowman," and they claim this is the original sequel to the special. However, that's a lot of malarkey. The REAL original sequel to the 1969 special is "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," from 1976...

It was also by Rankin-Bass, and had Frosty's original voice actor, the late Jackie Vernon, reprise his role, and was narrated by Andy Griffith. But CBS seems unaware it exists, as this sequel special originally aired on ABC, and is now buried on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) during the holiday season with other obscure/minor Rankin-Bass specials. So CBS decided to create their own unofficial sequel, which was "Frosty Returns." The animation was produced by Bill Melendez, so it has kind of a "Peanuts" vibe to it (it makes sense, as CBS was still airing the Peanuts specials at the time). But the music score isn't very Peanuts-like. It was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO, and since he was apparently so used to scoring "Rugrats" at the time, he ended up scoring this special in the same style as "Rugrats," complete with "buh buh" effects! Now if only the animation for this special was done by Klasky-Csupo instead of Bill Melendez, then the resemblance to "Rugrats" would be complete, instead of this odd mish-mash of "Peanuts" animation and "Rugrats" music.

Following the tradition of the previous specials having a celebrity narrate it, here they had the late Jonathan Winters narrate the special as this magical small guy who likes to ride cheesy CGI snowflakes. It does kind of give the special an old-school flavor.

The "Frosty" in this special is voiced by John Goodman; obviously as Jackie Vernon was dead by this time. Frosty can stay alive even without the hat on, unlike in the original. The role of a plucky young girl here is filled by Holly, whom is rather shy and aspires to be a magician.

Holly's only friend at the time is a nerdy little boy named Charles, whom looks a lot like a male version of Marcie from "Peanuts" (again, this was due to Bill Melendez doing the animation production.)

Another interesting character in the special is their grumpy teacher Miss Carbuncle. She and the other adults in this special do not like the snow. She gives a pretty good cause-and-effect thing about the show: "This darn snow turns to slush, and where there's slush there's ice, and where there's ice there's broken hips, and where there's broken hips there's SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS!"
With that said, the adults do not like the snow, as they consider it a real hassle, and they are tired of having to shovel it and go through the slush and stuff like that. I can totally relate to it; I only like snow around Christmas, but that almost never happens now; the winter season seems to start later and later now.

So the villain of the special, Mr. Twitchell, has invented "Summer Wheeze," an aresol can product that you spray at snow, instantly dissolving it and making it disappear! It gets massively popular, and this worries Frosty, Holly and Marc-er, Charles. I actually wouldn't mind a product like Summer Wheeze, but only used wisely, like to clear paths and driveways and such, unlike here where they want to use the Summer Wheeze to get rid of ALL the snow.

But where's Christmas in all of this? NOWHERE. No mention of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice, either. And just forget about Valentine's Day (which has become the real winter holiday in my area, unlike in the media.) They just have this generic "Winter Carnival" that everyone is gearing up for, and Mr. Twitchell hopes his plugging the Summer Wheeze there will make him king of the carnival. Thus, this is one reason why I can watch this in February and it wouldn't be too out of place. But it's also kind of annoying how it has to be totally politically correct that way, so they don't offend someone's religion or something. And it also doesn't make sense to air it around Christmastime if it doesn't even mention Christmas or some of those other December holidays!
I think if CBS is going to keep airing it, it would be neat if Freeform decided to air "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" opposite of it at the same time, as that would make an interesting competition in the ratings!

You can see this strange special here for the time being:

Behold, Frosty the Snowman's unofficial sequel, with Peanuts-style animation and "Rugrats" music.
And there's your unusual animation post for tonight!
08 February 2017 @ 11:07 pm
Yes, I know it's national news, but I felt like sharing how the New England Patriots won the 2017 Super Bowl! It sure was an exciting game, with a sensational comeback by the team near the end. I didn't care much for the Lady Gaga half-time show, but the game was indeed the big TV event of the year in my house! As I said, K-O the Kangaroo of the Brockton Rox is a fan of the Patriots, too...
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And another victory, while not national news, is that "Zootopia" won the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature! I was happy to hear that, as normally the Annie Awards tend to praise Pixar and DreamWorks more, but Walt Disney Feature Animation has been making quite a comeback this decade, and their "Wreck-It Ralph," "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6" won the Annies for the past few years. Heck, the very first Annie Award for Best Animated Feature went to Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" back in 1992! Though given how "Zootopia" was such a big hit (and I'm not surprised it was, given how Disney Feature Animation is top game again), this seems to make sense. It was a pretty smart movie, compared to some other films like "Norm of the North," "Kung Fu Panda 3," "The Secret Life of Pets" or "Finding Dory." And hey, Nick Wilde was at this year's Anthro New England 2017, if you recall...
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Now it's on to the Oscars for "Zootopia!"
29 January 2017 @ 10:13 pm
Well, it's been almost a year and a half now since "Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production" premiered here in America (and Cartoon Network and Boomerang have already been treating it like crap), and while I haven't seen all the episodes of the first season yet (it's not that great, but at least it's a bit better than "The Looney Tunes Show"), I found out that they're going to change the show's name for its' second season, to something basic: "NEW Looney Tunes." This is because they've started to often focus on Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, instead of just Bugs Bunny.

You may recall me complaining about how some of the characters were redesigned (though at least not as bad as its' sister show "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!") But what's interesting is how Porky Pig and Daffy Duck appear in this show...

Their designs are based off their early versions from the 1930s! I guess Warner wanted to "go back" with these two characters. Porky is still in his usual straight man personality, while Daffy Duck has reverted back to his original self, where he is acting all, well, daffy! It's nice to see the early crazy Daffy again, especially after that jerky naive incarnation from "The Looney Tunes Show." I do remember how in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," Daffy had the habit of switching from his cynical/greedy personality Chuck Jones developed in the early 50s, to the zany original version, often bouncing around and going "Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo!" One of my favorite cartoons featuring the early Daffy would have to be "Daffy Duck in Hollywood," directed by Tex Avery in 1938. (And Daffy Duck pretty much helped make way for the world's first YouTube Poop, almost 70 years before YouTube even existed!)

Also note the new logo for the series...

The way "LOONEY TUNES" is colored reminds me a lot of the 1960s "Abstract WB" Looney Tunes opening sequence, as seen here...

I wonder if that was intentional? It's also kind of odd, given how Warner Bros. has usually been disregarding that era of WB animation (as I said, this logo sequence is infamous for appearing on many of those crappy Speedy Gonzales vs. Daffy Duck cartoons of the mid-1960s, along with Rudy Larriva's cheap (and ominous) Road Runner cartoons.) Though to be fair, "Wabbit" has reminded me of the Looney Tunes cartoons of the late 1960s (the ones featuring new characters like Cool Cat, Merlin the Magic Mouse, and gangster rabbits Bunny and Claude), what with the similar animation, character designs, and using some of Hanna-Barbera's sound effects over and over (particularly one "tube take" sound the show's fond of using over and over, which ironically didn't show up in any of the real Warner cartoons of that era!) Though the real late-1960s cartoons used an updated variant of that logo, which was modified to mention Warner Bros.'s short-lived merger with Seven Arts...

What's next? Are they going to bring back Porky's obscure 1930s co-stars Beans the Cat, or Gabby Goat? Will Cool Cat or Bunny and Claude make a comeback? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
To be honest, I think for the past five years, Warner Bros. Animation has been going through a third dork age. Their first was the late 1960s, and their second was when Sander Schwartz ran and changed the studio from 2002 to 2008, redirecting the studio to make more serious action and drama shows, and we were treated to such terrible classic franchise reboots as "Baby Looney Tunes," "Loonatics Unleashed," "What's New Scooby-Doo?" and "Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue." I still hope things will turn around soon for the 87-year-old cartoon studio...
22 January 2017 @ 11:08 pm
Today was the final day of Anthro New England 2017, but in the end I had a great time. Turns out, we're now the 13th largest furry convention in the world, as this year, we've had 1,384 attendees, including around 600 from Massachusetts, and others from 40 other states and even some other countries around the world! It's amazing how huge the con is growing, and I am glad to be a part of it. Next year, they're doing a nautical theme, so maybe I'll get a yacht captain's hat for the Big Bad Wolf to wear!

This morning, it mostly started out uneventful when I arrived. But we did have a couple of fun little fursuit activities, and then there was the Masquerade, where I performed this little number from "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!"

For my first masquerade sketch with the new Big Bad Wolf head, I decided to go a little basic with this one.
We had other fine acts and performers too, such as my friends Beeton's singing and Hamilton Pennywise's electric guitar-playing! I think it was a really successful show.

Here's me with Erin Kitsune, whom I've met at the past two ANE cons, and a couple other furs, still showing off my new head...

Me with Beeton again, with him wearing his Sly Cooper T-shirt!

Another new fur I met, Keke the Fruit Bat, takes me under his wing...

I also attended a professional fursuit photoshoot and did a couple of fun shots, relating to the con's science theme. Watch for them!

Like I have for the past two years, I did my record player bit, going around the con spinning some vinyl! This time I use my new portable Crosley Revolution record player (which I bought specifically to use at cons or record-shopping excursions or other certain events), and here I am playing the "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" track from the "Cartoon Disco"/"Saturday Morning Fever" LP album (naturally.)

Due to certain events/spaces in the con being on upper floors of the hotel, I had to do a lot of elevator travel. Sometimes I'd have to wait quite a while for one of the elevators to arrive, as they were being used quite frequently. It reminded me of the sea cruise to Canada my family and I went on back in 2008, as taking the ship's elevators was REALLY hectic and crazy.

Well, the con is over now, and tomorrow I have to go back to my college for a couple of classes during the spring semester. But hey, now I can start looking forward to Anime Boston in early spring, where I'll also be wearing my Big Bad Wolf fursuit with the new head!
Current Music: The ending theme to "Bon Voyage Charlie Brown!"
21 January 2017 @ 11:27 pm
Once again I woke up early in the morning, had breakfast, and then was dropped off at the local train station to ride into Boston for my second day at Anthro New England 2017! The difference this time was, I put on my Big Bad Wolf fursuit on the train!

Here's a photo I just had to do of me looking out the window, referencing the train ride scene in "Bon Voyage Charlie Brown," when that beautiful vocal song "I Want to Remember This" accompanied it. (Try listening to the song as you view the photo!)
Another furry rode on the train with me, getting into her partial fursuit as well (named "Pretty"), so we didn't look too odd together, especially considering there were lots of people on board the train this morning for a protest march in Boston about you-know-who becoming President of the United States. (I try to avoid the political talk here.)

Here's a funny photo me and Kyle from Maine had to take, where office Nick Wilde arrests the Big Bad Wolf!

And here is me with another friend, Novar Lynx! It's worth noting that earlier around 2 AM at the hotel (by which time I was already home asleep), the fire alarm went off on the seventh, eighth and ninth floors! (The way modern high-rise voice-evacuation fire alarm systems are set up is so there's a "zone" of two or three floors, and if an alarm is pulled or tripped on one of those floors, then the alarms will only sound on said floors.) I heard that it was caused by someone pulling the alarm as a dumb joke. I hope whoever did it got in trouble for doing so! Though the hotel was built in the late 70s or early 80s, they have a very modern Simplex voice-evacuation fire alarm system. Someone on YouTube also filmed some footage of the alarms sounding on those floors (don't worry, due to it being a voice-evacuation system, it's not that loud.)
A coincidence there is how Novar also works as a fire alarm technician.

Here I am before the fursuit group photo and video shoot, with another Nick Wilde fursuiter as I give his giant pawpsicle a lick!
Then at the end of the video shoot they played "Try Everything" from "Zootopia," to complete the motif!

Here I am after showing Fibre Kitty my new Big Bad Wolf fursuit head (just like how he got a new head last year), and of course we gave each other a big hug!

Even though he's the Big Bad Wolf, sometimes he still has to wait for the "walk" signal! I thought I'd get a shot of me in my fursuit posing with this vintage pedestrian crossing signal that actually uses the old worded indications, lit by incandescent bulbs! I rarely see them nowadays; most of Boston and Cambridge's pedestrian crossing signals are LED and use the hand/man symbols, often with countdown timers.
I took this photo while I was on my way to...

 ...the "In Your Ear!" record store that's not too far from the con, in my fursuit! The owner and the other customers liked it a lot. Here's me going through some children's LP albums (lookin' for Disney records!) And I bought a few 45s and listened to one of them on my portable Crosley Revolution record player!

Would you believe I finally came across a pig fursuiter at Anthro New England? So of course, the Big Bad Wolf got pretty hungry...

Before we could take snapshots of wild Pokemon with our mobile devices in "Pokemon Go," we did so with Nintendo 64s in "Pokemon Snap!" This was the first Nintendo 64 game I ever played when I was younger, and it's actually pretty fun and addictive!

Then I hung out at the Saturday night rave dance for a bit, and then left for the night. Now I just arrived home (I wrote most of this entry on the train), and am going to rest up for tomorrow, the last day of the con...
20 January 2017 @ 11:56 pm
I was looking forward to today all month: my first day at Anthro New England 2017, where I would finally be showing my new Big Bad Wolf head there! Just yesterday, I installed a longer tongue into the mouth, and as a result it looks more like the theme park version or my old rubber mask of the wolf. I went in the usual way, riding an MBTA commuter train into South Station, and then the Green Line to Boston University, and walked to the Hyatt Regency hotel in Cambridge MA. I got my con badge, and put on my Big Bad Wolf fursuit just in time for the opening ceremonies!

Here's me after the opening ceremonies with a Nick Wilde cosplayer from Maine! Pardon the colors, it was due to the funky lighting when kicking off the convention...

This year, Anthro New England got a new hangout space on the top floor's secondary ballroom, with an AMAZING view of Cambridge and Boston! So the Big Bad Wolf is checking it out here!

Here's me with my good raccoon friend Beeton, whom I befriended at last year's Anthro New England.

Here I am with another furry friend, Hamilton Pennywise, jamming on his electric guitar as I break into the Kennedy Cartoons kick-dance at the Masquerade rehearsal! The event isn't until Sunday, but I do have an act planned, but I'm not telling what it is until I do it!

Here's the Big Bad Wolf getting hit on the head with a cartoon mallet by Jonas Goat! Being a cartoon character can have its' advantages!

Here I am showing my new head to my friend Elbi, one of the first fursuiter friends I made outside of the Internet over two years ago...

Here's me posing again with my newer Big Bad Wolf head, with a couple of other fursuiters including Hamilton and a German Shepherd I forget the name of already :P

Yeah, the Big Bad Wolf plays Pokemon Go, and here he's come across a Charizard! (a.k.a. my friend Chronis Wolf in his cool Charizard partial suit!)

I've heard of someone catching Pokemon, but I've never heard of a Pokemon catching someone! I just had to get this funny shot, and it also makes for a bit of variety instead of just being pics of me :P

Here's me in the video game room, playing all the mini-games on Pokemon Stadium from 2000 on the Nintendo 64! (I didn't win in this pic due to me wearing the gloves, but I won on the second attempt, and won all the other mini-games on my first try!)

I also attended a seminar about editing convention videos, with the host showing how to do so using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which is a video editor I sometimes use on my Mac Mini for certain elaborate projects. I had a few interesting points to give out.
And then that evening came the fursuit games!

Here's me and my new Big Bad Wolf head with my kangaroo friend Danruk Rooface, both of us on the Green team for the games!
We started with a relay race involving hockey pucks and toy rubber balls...

Not the best shot, but here's me as the Big Bad Wolf during the Anthro New England 2017 Fursuit Games, when we were playing Charades, and I was to imitate a penguin and see who got it, so I did the "penguin walk" Snoopy did in "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and they got it rather quickly. Compare that to a bit earlier when I did "butterfly" and it took a little bit before they got it (I was flitting my hands like wings and forming invisible antennas on top of my head.) That one was rather fitting, given how last summer I raised those three Monarch butterflies from eggs I found on the milkweed in one of our gardens.
Then we did this crazy game with matching certain ball pit-style colored balls into baskets, and after that was of course, Musical Chairs! After the first round, another fursuiter and I got into a little scuffle (where I ended up falling on my back on the ground!) Needless to say, we both ended up out.

The Green team didn't win the fursuit games this year (the Red team claimed victory, just like at ANE 2015 when I was on their team for the games!) But we still had lots of fun, and I will admit I enjoyed how crazy it got at times!

Now here's me doing some dancing at tonight's rave, before I remove the suit, pack up and head for home for the night.

Overall, I'm glad my friends and a lot of other furs were impressed with my new Big Bad Wolf head. I think it stands out a lot more than the old rubber mask did, and my voice comes out clearer when I talk, so that's a plus. Now to get some shuteye for my second day at the con! (I'm not staying at the hotel because it filled up quickly before I could reserve a room.)