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This afternoon/evening, I joined my brother for a Halloween party one of his friends was throwing with his mother, at their apartment complex in a special party room. I went as the Big Bad Wolf, of course. Last time they had this party was three years ago, when I was still using the old Don Post-made latex mask of the Wolf, so this was the first time I use my current fursuit head for their party.
We arrived early to help set up, and the friend's mother had my brother and I blow up "ghost" balloons with small glow-sticks placed in them. It's been a long time since I've done so, but after a couple of balloons I began to really get the hang of it; same with my brother (once I showed him how to tie the ends of the balloons).

Of course, since it required blowing, I thought I'd get a photo of me in my Big Bad Wolf fursuit with the mask on, showing the Wolf taking advantage of his huffing and puffing ability!
Yeah, for this party I went with the older hat, as it was easier to transport this way.

You may recall when I went to this friend's party back in 2015, they had a pool table set up in this party room. The Big Bad Wolf can't resist a nice game of pool, being the Disney villain he is!

Also at the party, like the one I went to three years ago, I helped out with the Bingo game by calling out the numbers for the first round. It was a little tricky to do so with the gloves at first, but I then got the hang of it.

Another activity we did at the Halloween party (since we also had some small children take part in it) was design goody bags that we'd take home (and have some appropriate goodies in them, of course.) I went with a wolf theme on my bag, appropriately. I thought I'd also show it off this way, posing for a photo as if I were a trick-or-treater, as I find Halloween to be one time of the year when an adult can wholly feel like a kid again (I can't believe I turn 30 next month!)

Here's a group shot of most of us partygoers in the apartment lobby! We had a pretty good turnout. Most of these guys are part of my brother's basketball league, or from the BAMSI or GROW programs he's helped out with, but I know some of them.

I sure had a lot to eat at this party. We also played some pretty good music. They played some of the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, and I also enjoyed putting on some songs by Prince and Madonna (you should've seen me jam to "Little Red Corvette" and "Material Girl!")

Another shot of the Big Bad Wolf at the pool table, shaping one of the billiard cues with a cue cube, like a real pool pro! But it wasn't just that; a couple of the kids were acting pretty rambunctious and rough-housing, and one of them threw a balloon really hard at the back of my head, and it actually kind of hurt (I think it hit my zipper, striking the back of my neck), and after I went "Ouch!" I turned and yelled at the kid in my intimidating growly Big Bad Wolf voice, really getting into character. (My brother yelled at the boy as well, so it wasn't just me.) I don't think the kid took it too harshly, as when I later apologized as myself for lashing out like that, he was fine. (Usually I'm pretty good with kids, ESPECIALLY when I am K-O the Kangaroo.) But I'm wondering if this Big Bad Wolf fursuit is really starting to change me when I wear it? It feels like something you'd expect with the Haunted Mask from "Goosebumps." You really have to wonder...
Oh well, we'll see how I do with the rest of this Halloween season when I'm dressed as the Big Bad Wolf!
10 October 2018 @ 10:45 pm
Today I bought a brand new book: "Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia" by Benjamin Bird and published by Capstone, officially licensed by Warner Bros and illustrated by one of the Scooby-Doo comic artists. It's very detailed with information on the main characters and their friends and Scooby's relatives, and every villain from the 1969 to 1985 episodes and their true identities, along with a few other trivial bits like what's inside the Mystery Machine, some of the gang's most common locales, and some of Scooby and Shaggy's favorite foods! Of course, being a longtime Scooby-Doo fan, I couldn't resist buying a copy!

I even did a photoshoot relating to this book while in my Scooby-Doo gear!

Another shot if me in my Scooby-Doo gear posing with a bit from the new Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia, showing off Scooby-Doo's most notable relatives. I give it props for having the guts to mention Scrappy-Doo, something Warner Bros. frequently avoids, and in many cases in new animated material if Scrappy is brought up in a way, it's negative (having the gang be afraid of him and not wanting to talk about him, for example.) I also like how it even includes Scooby-Dee and Yabba-Doo!

One part from the new Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia that Scooby enjoys is the list of Scooby and Shaggy's Top 10 Eats! Not surprisingly, Scooby Snacks are at number one, with the Shaggy Snack from "Never Ape an Ape Man" in second. The book even includes a recipe for making Scooby Snacks!

The Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia covers pretty much ALL the villains from the 1969 to 1985 episodes and their true identities. Here's something curious I noticed...

This regards that green werewolf in the classic episode "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf" that turned out to be a sheep rustler in disguise. In the episode, the sheep rustler was unnamed, but in this book, he was referred to as Frank Welker! Of course, any Scooby-Doo fan knows that name, as that's the voice actor that has voiced Fred since 1969, and Scooby-Doo since 2002. In this episode, Frank Welker indeed voiced that "werewolf", along with the guy's real voice (heard when he broke character while hanging for dear life holding onto a branch at a waterfall calling out "Help! Save me!") I wonder if that was the intention?

The villain roster even includes the Chameleon! No, it's not the Chameleon from the Spider-Man universe, but from the 1983 "New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show" episode "Scooby's Gold Medal Gambit;" a master of disguise escaped from prison looking to steal the gold medals from the Olympic games. His weakness is that he really hates Worcestershire sauce, and when he's in disguise he will often break character when confronted with the sauce.
But now this begs the question... is it really Scooby-Doo in the photos? Or is it the Chameleon disguised as Scooby as he did in that episode?
Current Music: "Scooby's Doo Snack Tracks" album
05 October 2018 @ 11:55 pm
There has recently been another death in the animation industry: Will Vinton. He was 70 years old. He was known for bringing the California Raisins to life, and other stop-motion animation projects, largely using Claymation. Here's one of my favorite projects he did...

Classic Claymation edutainment in this short from 1980, where a boy named Phillip gives a report to his rowdy class about dinosaurs, using a combination of Claymation and chalk animation, also with a brief bit of live-action at the start. There's a lot of funny commentary from the classmates, probably middle schoolers or something given the way they act. They often joke about fellow classmate Richard, along with Margaret's mother. I also love when Phillip mentions how the rays from an exploding star may have had a part to play in killing the dinosaurs, as a chalk-animated explosion erupts on the screen, the rest of the kids shout out "Ka-BOOM!" and start acting rowdy as usual until the teacher calms them down.
The first half is mostly comic, while the second half plays dinosaur animation straight, and while the dinosaurs still look rather cartoonish, it's pretty impressive, and the near the end the class's voices kick in again when Phillip erases the image to reveal the blank chalkboard (I'm surprised many schools here are doing away with them, replacing them with whiteboards or Smartboards).
It's amazing how all the voices were done by one woman, Michele Mariana. She did a pretty good job pulling off voicing an entire middle school class!

In 1987, Golden Book Video released this on VHS with some new footage at the start of Phillip getting the idea for his report and researching it at a museum. In this new footage, Phillip is played by Phil Savage (from "The Wonder Years" and "The princess Bride"), and also opened with an awesome 80s rock song, "Mesozoic Mind."

They also did these series of animated cartoons for "Sesame Street" in the early 90s...

A singing animated ball named Ceciele. I seem to recall seeing these on the show when I was little

Will Vinton Studios also did some CGI, in addition to Claymation, sometimes combining both. They did some Chips Ahoy! commercials I remember as a kid, utilizing Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing"...

I especially like the gramophone with a cookie on the turntable here. I also remember when I first heard that song outside of those ads (to be exact, in the Simpsons episode "Lady Bouvier's Lover" from the fifth season) I was like "It's the 'Chips Ahoy' song!" Now it's my all-time favorite swinging big band song. It'd be great for Big Bad Wolf Daddy to dance and jam to! Maybe this Halloween I'll do it...

R.I.P. to another innovative animator...
01 October 2018 @ 10:59 pm
I thought September would never end! Now I can REALLY start getting into the Halloween mood. The Boomerang streaming service is celebrating it, too, with "Scoobtober!" Here's a neat "evolution" pic they posted...

The 1969 picture is the classic Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo design we all grew up on. It was used for a long time, and Warner Bros. Animation currently uses it for the 2010-present direct-to-video movies. The 1988 pic is, of course, "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo." The 2002 pic shows Scooby-Doo as rendered in the typical Warner Bros. Animation "house" style of the time, ala their DC Comics movies and shows, when that cruel Sander Schwartz was running the veteran cartoon studio. Then the 2006 pic shows Scooby-Doo as he appeared in that awful "Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue" series that aired on Kids' WB from 2006 to 2008 (again, the work of that evil Sander Schwartz), redesigned to look more like a stylized rendition of the CGI Scooby from the live-action theatrical movies, albeit with unappealing dots for eyes. The 2010 pic is Scooby as he appeared in the more superior (and more dark and edgy) "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated," appearing more close to the 1969 design (the whole show had an art style that was a slight stylization of the classic Hanna-Barbera style, not unlike "The Flintstones on the Rocks" from 2001.) Then 2015 shows Scooby's ugly redesign from "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo." People say it looks more like Seth MacFarlane's style, but I just can't see it. Especially since when the Scooby gang appeared on "Family Guy," they actually looked closer to their classic selves than they did on "Be Cool"...

They even got Frank Welker to reprise the role of Fred in these appearances!

But anyways, a reason Boomerang posted that on their Twitter is because they now have almost ALL the animated Scooby material out there. "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated" has FINALLY come to the service, the complete series no less! Yippee! "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" has also been put up, but sadly it's only the episodes that were released on that DVD set. But we've also gotten the complete "The Scooby-Doo Show," "Scooby's All Star Laff-a-Lympics," "The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries" from 1984, and "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo" has also been expanded to include ALL the 1980-1982 episodes AND "The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show" episodes! They've also now added all the remaining episodes of "What's New Scooby-Doo" (including "A Scooby-Doo Valentine", where a certain former boy band member disguises himself as Scooby!) and at long last, all the remaining episodes of "Be Cool Scooby-Doo!" And, believe it or not, that terrible "Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!" is now on the service. THIS especially surprised me, given how Warner Bros. has been treating the show as a big mistake they'd like to forget, and Cartoon Network and Boomerang have outright REFUSED to rerun it in North America ever since the show started.
In a nutshell, this series is basically like "Loonatics Unleashed" was to the Looney Tunes franchise. Shaggy and Scooby are now super-wealthy thanks to Shaggy's scientist/inventor uncle, and are using high-tech gadgets and nano-powered Scooby Snacks to save the world from the evil Dr. Phibes and his agents. In a way, it also reminds me a lot of Inspector Gadget, complete with a bumbling automation character that gives out a safety tip at one point in the episode (in the form of Shaggy's annoying robot butler Robi!) And the characters are also designed so weirdly, as I already mentioned. Scott Menville voices Shaggy, and he's terrible at the part! (No offense; Scott Menville's a great voice actor, but he just couldn't do Shaggy.) Oh well, at least Casey voiced Shaggy's scientist uncle in this show.

So of course, Scooby-Doo himself is ashamed that the Boomerang streaming service has also included this old shame in the franchise...

But I'll most likely instead watch more GOOD Scooby-Doo productions this Scoobtober instead, along with cosplaying as him as per usual ;)
*slips into his Scooby-Doo mask*
29 September 2018 @ 11:34 pm
Today was the really big event of Downtown Fest 2018, including the annual reunion marketplace and car show! K-O the Kangaroo of the Brockton Rox had fun, of course. The car show itself was a somewhat smaller affair; they didn't hand out any trophies this year though, like they have for the past few years, and K-O helped out with.

Here he is posing with a cool vintage Cadillac convertible, since we know how much K-O loves classic cars!

Since K-O the Kangaroo usually has to travel in automobile trunks when going to and from events and gigs, he couldn't resist trying to climb into the trunk of a nice classic Chevy!

A few people at Downtown Fest wanted to take a picture of K-O the Kangaroo on the seat of this neat vintage bicycle. I sure couldn't resist!

Not a lot of train stuff at this year's Downtown Fest, but K-O still got to operate a model train set for a little bit! Nice, but not as elaborate as MY railroad layout of course (it's even in HO scale like the one here, and uses the same DCC system from Bachmann!)

At the Downtown Brockton museum, K-O couldn't resist posing with this little Brockton Rox display, including a couple old photos of him! Amazing how K-O's been around for 15 years now...

K-O the Kangaroo decides to try tinkering around with inside the old Chevorlet, as if he were a mechanic!

Then I have an appearance to do on Tuesday afternoon, so stay tuned, blokes!
28 September 2018 @ 10:54 pm
Today was the start of the annual Downtown Fest events here in Brockton! This is something K-O the Kangaroo partakes in every year now, having been doing this for five years straight! This afternoon/evening, at the main public library, K-O made an appearance for a boxing-related open house event that honors the late champion boxer Rocky Marciano.

At one point, K-O decided to visit the library children's room. The staff and many of the kids loved my presence! And I just had to do this again, having K-O read a book about his own species! And hey, I learned a little more about real kangaroos as well!

The owner of the Downtown Brockton Museum has donated this boxing-related display to the library. Nothing like having K-O the Kangaroo help gain publicity, wether it's for the Brockton Rox, the Downtown Brockton Museum, or whoever wants it!

Another boxing display set up just for the open house event.

In the meantime, I have K-O at my place again for the weekend, watching some more kangaroo cartoons...

In this case, it's "Kongo Roo" from 1946, a Columbia Phantasy cartoon produced by Columbia's old animation studio from the 1930s and 1940s. You may remember me posting about Columbia's Color Rhapsody cartoon from 1938 "The Kangaroo Kid," but throughout the studio's existence they were STILL producing cartoons in black-and-white, even well after other animation studios in the American industry had gone all-color for their theatrical shorts and such.
This cartoon involves the very un-PC African hunter Fuzzy-Wuzzy hunting through the Congo on his ostrich, and comes across a very goofy, floppy and cartoony boxing kangaroo. Right away something's amiss, as kangaroos don't live in Africa! This kangaroo, voiced by the late Stan Freberg, doesn't even have an Australian accent, but it's still a fun voice. AND he has a pouch, which in real life only female kangaroos do, but K-O is a more cartoonish type of anthro kangaroo, so he is an exception, but this cartoon kangaroo's pouch even has a zipper, something K-O doesn't have. It's a fun short, and you can watch it HERE for the time being...

Tomorrow is the biggest event of the festival: the Car Show! K-O sure can't wait!
26 September 2018 @ 11:01 pm
The anniversary was last Saturday, but I was busy that day throwing a party with my brother for a good friend of mine who's moving away far to North Carolina. But it marked 20 years since the release of a direct-to-video animated movie that rejuvinated Scooby-Doo. As you may recall, Hanna-Barbera hadn't done anything with Scooby-Doo in it since 1994 with that terrible "Arabian Nights" TV movie (that was basically H-B trying their hardest to be like "Animaniacs" and the Disney cartoons of the time) that Scooby and Shaggy were barely in; not to mention that it pretty much also helped kill off any future appearances of Yogi Bear and Magilla Gorilla from the studio.
But reruns of the old Scooby-Doo shows were going strong on Cartoon Network (back when they showed Scooby-Doo stuff, compared to today where it's pretty much a Scooby-free network) and was starting to get the Great Dane and his human pals somewhat popular again. In October 1996, Time Warner had merged with Turner Broadcasting and got Hanna-Barbera through it. Now that Warner Bros. had the rights to the H-B properties, they decided the time was right to revive Scooby-Doo in an all-new direct-to-video animated movie. Pre-production took place at Hanna-Barbera, but then in early 1998, the studio relocated onto the Warner Bros. Animation lot in Burbank, California, and while H-B was mostly focused on producing new material for Cartoon Network through their Cartoon Network Studios subsidiary (on such shows as "Dexter's Laboratory," "Cow and Chicken," "Johnny Bravo" and "The Powerpuff Girls"), the actual production process of the film was handled by Warner Bros. Animation, and it definitely shows. WBA went on to produce all subsequent animated direct-to-video Scooby-Doo movies. The finished result was... "Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island!"

It was definitley not the Scooby-Doo you grew up with in the 70s and 80s. For one thing, it reunited the whole gang as young adults again and without Scrappy-Doo, but that was minimal compared to the other differences; the animation was now VERY high-quality. Being produced by Warner Bros. Animation in the 90s, this could be expected, given their reputation for high-quality TV cartoons such as "Animaniacs," "Pinky and the Brain," "Tiny Toon Adventures," "Batman: The Animated Series," "The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries," etc.
The animation itself was done in Japan by Mook DLE; an animation studio that had worked with Hanna-Barbera on the later episodes of "SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron" and "The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest," and had previously collaborated with WBA by animating a "Tiny Toon Adventures" episode on behalf of TMS Entertainment: "Test Stressed." There's a lot of detail, and nice action and realistic lighting and shading effects throughout the movie.
The film was musically scored by WBA veteran composer Steve Bransom, and it was decent, but at least it wasn't an "Animaniacs"-soundalike music score like Steven Bernstein came up with for "Arabian Nights." There were also very few Hanna-Barbera sound effects used during this time; this could partly be attributed to how by this time, WBA and H-B were outsourcing the sound editing to other companies; Glenwood Editorial, an editing facility that specializes in realistic-style cartoons and TV shows, worked on this one. Plus, given the more serious and dark setting with this movie, it kind of makes sense.
With that said, this movie is VERY dark compared to previous incarnations. While they could have come pretty creepy moments, they were usually very light-hearted and fun. This one was way more serious and had geniune horror and threats to the gang, feeling like a big-budget horror-fantasy movie. The really big gimmick was that the whole gang was dealing with real supernatural beings!

The tagline for the film was "This time, the monsters are real!"
Yeah, just like how they were real in "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" and the late 1980s made-for-TV movies and a few of the 80s Scooby and Scrappy episodes ("A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle," anyone?) But while those were still light-hearted and fun, like I said, this one was more akin to a then-contemporary horror movie, with real graphic undead zombies and werecat creatures! Definitely not for the little kids.
The only cast member from the original cartoons to reprise his role in this movie was Frank Welker, continuing his long-time role of Fred, whom he still voices to this day. Since Don Messick, the original voice of Scooby-Doo, died a year before this, Scott Innes took over voicing Scooby, and he was a pretty decent replacement, though still not as good as Messick. Casey Kasem refused to participate, since he legally stated he'd only voice Shaggy if the character was portrayed as a vegetarian like Kasem was (such as in "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and "What's New, Scooby-Doo.") So Billy West voiced Shaggy here, and he was a bit mediocre in the role. I mean, Billy West is a great voice actor and all, but I think he wasn't fully suited for Shaggy. (West has told me that he usually prefers to come up with voices for new and original characters instead of taking over previously-established characters, and I can see why.) B.J. Ward voiced Velma here, and the late Mary Kay Bergman took over voicing Daphne. When she tragically killed herself some time afterward, Grey DeLisle-Griffin took over voicing the character in 2001, and still does the role today.
The film opens with them solving another classic-style mystery with a crooked old man in a rubber monster disguise, albeit with a big budget beef-up. But the gang gets bored with it and they go their separate ways; Fred and Daphne run a successful TV talk show "Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake," Velma runs a mystery bookstore, and Shaggy and Scooby are having trouble trying to find and keep a job. For Daphne's birthday, the others surprise her with a roadtrip reunion for her show! Fred has even gotten a new Mystery Machine...

Yeah, it's basically a 90s-style van here. For "What's New Scooby-Doo" and the movies from 2002 onward, they went back to the older style van, although in many cases it would still sound like a much more modern vehicle. (In some of the most recent direct-to-video movies, the design was modernized a little bit, while still retaining classic elements.)
Along the way, they come across numerous fake monster mysteries, until they get to New Orleans and the REAL supernatural elements begin to happen. I won't go into any major details, but I loved how Fred was skeptical on how everything seemed real, thinking they had to be a hoax or a setup. He's proven wrong when he tries to unmask one of the zombies ("It's the gardener! It's the fisherman! It's the ferryman!") only to end up separating his undead head from his body!

It's definitely a fun romp, but still definitely not your usual Scooby-Doo. After this came "Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost," my favorite of the early-style direct-to-video Scooby movies, taking place in Salem Massachusetts with great villains, and introducing the Hex Girls band! Then they did "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders" after this, which was OK, and then "Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase," which was the first movie to be digitally colored, and as I mentioned, was the first time Grey Griffin voiced Daphne. The next two direct-to-video movies after that went back to the whole hoax thing with the monsters being regular people in disguise: "Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire" and "Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico." But these two were done in a fun retro format, bringing back all of the surviving cast members of the original shows and the old sound effects, remaking the original music scores, and animating them in the original Hanna-Barbera style, to the point where they actually did feel like Hanna-Barbera made them instead of Warner Bros. Animation. But unfortunately after that, they went downhill beginning with "Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster," where they basically became 70-minute extended episodes of "What's New Scooby-Doo" with the same hyper-realistic style and voice cast, and still going with fake monsters (except for two unusual titles made in 2008, "Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King" and "Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword," that brought back dealing with real supernatural beings, albeit still being in the same ultra-realistic animation and sound style.) Beginning with "Abracadabra Doo," the art style got darker again, similar to the early movies, but the gang and everyone else was now drawn in the classic Hanna-Barbera style, complete with the humans not having white sclerae, and the gang now wearing the original 1969 outfits again. It's a curious hybrid style that I find quite visually pleasing, even though they still encounter fake ghosts and monsters.

So it's been 20 years now since Warner Bros. Animation has been making direct-to-video Scooby-Doo movies. The most recent one, "Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost," was surprisingly better than I thought it would be, even with those gourmet TV show hosts guest-starring.
Next thing you know, it'll be SCOOBTOBER!
10 September 2018 @ 10:14 pm
Time for me to post about another animation milestone of sorts: the 30th anniversary of the premiere of "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" on ABC's Saturday Morning block! One of my all-time favorite Scooby-Doo animated shows, I've always loved it ever since I first saw the reruns on Cartoon Network as a kid (as when the show was new, I was just a baby and then a really young toddler; I was almost two-and-a-half when the show ended in 1991.) This was perhaps the only Scooby series to get it right in parodying the formula and conventions (I'm looking at YOU, "What's New Scooby-Doo!") Quite a few of the writing and production staff that went on to work for "Tiny Toon Adventures" and "Animaniacs" were involved with the first season, including producer Tom Ruegger. (Here's the series bible he posted from 1988!) It's also where the scatterbrained airhead Fred that Warner Bros. Animation enjoyed using during the 2000s and early this decade originated, along with a much more capable and very wealthy Daphne, but it was more fun on these shows, especially with the way Fred believed in crazy theories and would often blame the mysteries and crimes on neighborhood bully Red Herring. (Get it?) It also had great music and songs by John Debney (I especially love those soulful chase songs about the monster-of-the-week, actually being relevant to the story!) and it also had pretty good animation for Hanna-Barbera, especially in the first season when Glen Kennedy was an animation director, and so it often got pretty fluid and bouncy, very much like his work for "Tiny Toon Adventures" and the Disney Afternoon TV shows, but I enjoy it more in this series. And all those great crazy wild takes (the ones Kennedy did would've sure done Tex Avery and Bob Clampett proud) and the signature kick-dancing cycles. The voice cast was also really good; in addition to Casey Kasem and Don Messick reprising the roles of Shaggy and Scooby (this was unfortunately the last series where Don Messick voiced Scooby before his death), Kellie Martin was also great as Daphne, and Scott Menville as Red Herring! And of course there was Hanna-Barbera's distinctive sound effects, put to very wacky use here.
From what I recall, this show was basically Hanna-Barbera's answer to Ralph Bakshi's "Mighty Mouse: the New Adventures" airing on CBS at the time. ABC also premiered "The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil" on the same block as "Pup" on the same day as well, produced by DiC Enterprises and featuring several of the same crew members (including John Kricfalusi) but that show didn't last very long.

So today I shot a video as a tribute; recreating one of my older Big Bad Wolf videos on my YouTube channel I show over nine years ago, in full high-definition and with my current Big Bad Wolf fursuit. But I also added an appropriate Scooby-Doo -themed dud to the getup...

Yep, another one of the Wolf's famous cheesy disguises, using that Scooby-Doo hoodie sweatshirt made by Rubies (they also make the plushie adult Scooby-Doo costume and latex mask you've often seen me wear.)
But here's the video!

Here I did some Kennedy kick-dancing in my Big Bad Wolf fursuit to ALL the chase songs of the first season!

As I've mentioned, one of my favorite villains from the show is Nasty-Doo, Scooby's supposedly cursed great great great were-doo uncle...

And yes, this is another idea for a fursuit I may make in the future, once I have more skills that is! Rob Paulsen did his voice, and this was one of the much later episodes in the show's original run, aired during the final season, when the animation was starting to get pretty bad. Obviously the budgets were declining, and they began to have their cheaper Filipino animation house Fil-Cartoons do the ink-and-paint/camera work; in most cases Wang Film Productions in Taiwan did the show's actual animation, and in the first season it was digitally colored in-house using H-B's then-revolutionary for its' time computer system! (Yep, Hanna-Barbera managed to beat Disney to the punch in using digital ink and paint!)

Also on this day, "Garfield and Friends" premiered on CBS's Saturday Morning block, but I already talked about that show three months ago when celebrating Garfield's 40th birthday, and yes, it's another cartoon show I grew up watching.

As some of you may recall Tilt Longtail posting, ABC did a few live shows to promote their Saturday morning cartoons, and they also included a mascot/walkaround version of the young Scooby!

Now I'll close this out with a fanfic I wrote crossing over "Tiny Toon Adventures" with "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo," again due to some of the same production staff members working on both shows...

Like, celebrating an animation milestone is easy like this with a pup named...
*spins around and is now in a fursuit of young Scooby*
*the standard "end of episode" music plays as we iris out"
Current Music: The music of "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo!"
22 August 2018 @ 10:42 pm
I'm sure most of you have now heard of the death of Aretha Franklin last week, the Queen of Soul. She was 76 years old. Here's a fun scene from "Tiny Toon Adventures" when Babs Bunny lip-synced to the original recording of Aretha Franklin's "Respect." I especially like how the spelling part was done...

Beautiful animation from Tokyo Movie Shinsha, too!
When I'd read the "Fudge" books by Judy Blume, Fudge sometimes liked to sing "M-A-I-N-E spells Maine." I'd sing it to the tune of the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" Aretha sang.

And last night, we lost Stefan Karl Stefansson to cancer. He was 43, and was famous for playing Robbie Rotten, the hammy villain in that Icelandic kids' show "LazyTown" that has spawned off a meme. He was a self-proclaimed master of disguise, and in memory of him I whipped up this music video showing off Sylvester the Cat's disguises...

You may also recall me mentioning how a couple of times, Robbie Rotten has dressed up in a "Big Bad Wolf" fursuit he made himself...

As I said, not bad, but I still like my Disney Big Bad Wolf fursuit better, especially since I made its' head myself and also took the attached shoecovers and made them into actual footpaws!

At least it seems the media deaths this year aren't as bad as 2016, and I remember there were a few significant ones last year too, like Adam West and June Foray...
Current Music: "Don't You Want Me Baby" by Human League
20 August 2018 @ 10:41 pm
I think one big contributor to my fascination with trains since childhood was this 1994 video released in the "Real Wheels" series: "There Goes a Train!"
A brief background: the "Real Wheels" series, originally entitled "Live-Action Video For Kids," had the host Dave Hood show us how certain vehicles and jobs that use them work. Such other titles included "There Goes a Fire Truck," "There Goes a Bulldozer," "There Goes a Dump Truck," "There Goes a Police Car," "There Goes an Airplane," "There Goes a Race Car," "There Goes a Boat," "There Goes a Helicopter," "There Goes the Mail," etc. They were all made in the 90s, but still hold up very well today.
Naturally, "There Goes a Train" is my favorite...

In this installment, Dave Hood shows us around the Santa Fe railroad yard in Barstow, California (now owned and operated by the BNSF Railway, of course) and gives us an up-close and personal look at a big red-and-silver Santa Fe Warbonnet Superfleet diesel locomotive (a GE Dash 8-40CW) and freight cars, and how a freight yard works. This is probably another reason why I prefer running BNSF freight trains on my model railroad layout. It's pretty cool seeing all the Santa Fe freight locomotives and rolling stock in action a year before the BNSF merger. (Some Santa Fe Superfleet diesels still survive in their original Warbonnet paint scheme, but many have since been repainted in the newer orange BNSF colors, or may have simply had the Santa Fe logo patched over with "BNSF.") Then Dave shows use around Union Station in Los Angeles and aboard an Amtrak Superliner train, complete with F40PH diesel locomotive, and the cars painted in Phase III! And then we see the maintenance yard at Union Station and get an up-close and personal tour of the then-new GE P40 Genesis diesels (he shows us Amtrak 801.) And then Dave shows ups around the San Diego Railroad Museum, showing an old steam locomotive and how they work, an industrial switcher, and a caboose, and then he gets a job as brakeman on the museum's excursion train, hauled by an old U.S. Air Force MRS-1 diesel locomotive that has a GREAT-sounding horn! An exciting action sequence then occurs where Dave has to hurry to the engine to warn the engineer that a car is stalled on a railroad crossing ways up! It's obviously staged, but still fun!
A running gag in these videos is that Dave will often have an imagine spot where he's doing his job very well, only to be snapped back into reality where he would initially goof up the job in some way, most notably a fun part here where he's supposed to be waiting on passengers in the Amtrak Superliner's dining car, leading into a moment very similar to those "Waiter Grover" segments from "Sesame Street."
The video does enforce quite a bit of train safety, including that you shouldn't play or walk around railroad tracks or yards, and watch out at railroad crossings.
There's also some nice 90s footage of the ATSF 3751 steam locomotive pulling an excursion train, including playing under the closing credits, even though at that part they dubbed in the sound of the Southern Pacific 4449 "Daylight" steam locomotive (I know that whistle anywhere!)

Here are some new photos from my model railroad layout showing some sights that may relate to the video...

A BNSF freight train with a "Fakebonnet" diesel (the term for former Santa Fe Warbonnet locomotives updated with the BNSF logo) pulling into a small rail yard to drop off logs in the old TYCO dumping bin.

Here's my HO-scale Amtrak Superliner train! The cars are made by Con-Cor, and I upgraded them with small stick-on lead weights so they track much better; prior to that they had a tendency to derail due to being too light, but I'm glad I have since fixed that issue. Of course I got them in the older colors due to how they were like that in the video.

Just a couple of station stop photos.

The BNSF freight train rolls through the old TYCO crossing gate.

The Amtrak train passes through the TYCO lighted signal crossing.

Both trains pass each other.

And of course, the Skyview Drive-In Theater is still going strong!