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05 February 2019 @ 11:48 pm

The Chinese New Year has come, and this Lunar year, it's the Year of the Pig! So I thought I'd commemorate this with an appropriate type of post I'd do. I mentioned a year and a half ago that I LOVE parodies of Chuck E. Cheese's. TVTropes has a great list of them, on their appropriately-labeled trope "Suck E. Cheese's." Well, "Rugrats" had a pretty fun one during their fifth season, which was right before Dil was born and the franchise jumped the shark. The episode is titled after the Chuck E. Cheese's parody the characters go to... Piggy's Pizza Palace!

Of course, it's got a barnyard theme to it, since their mascot is a pig. As Stu and Drew Pickles try to find a parking space, they converse how they recently installed a new animatronic stage show and a new Reptar pinball game! Of course, they brought Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Angelica to the place. Tommy calls the barn "Piggy's house," but Chuckie is somewhat nervous.

This Piggy animatronic greets customers entering the restaurant: "*oink* Hey there, folks! I'm your old pal Piggy. Come on in and pig out on pizza! *snort, oink*"

Naturally, inside it's like a Chuck E. Cheese's built in a barn. The characters are greeted by costumed character Ringo the Bull. Unlike in real life, these mascots actually talk to the customers! He gives a friendly reminder to follow the rules; I especially like "No Cow Tipping."

Angelica's been saving up prize tickets so she can exchange them for a Cynthia Driveaway Dream Car to go with her beloved Cynthia doll. So Drew gives Angelica money to get tokens for the arcade games.

The babies (though Chuckie is technically a toddler) are placed in the Piglet Farm, a playpen for very young children with actual hay! Phil likes to eat the hay, seeing it as "cow food!"

And of course, Stu and Drew go off on their own to play the Reptar pinball game and forget about the kids, being the lousy parent manchilds they are.

A scene backstage, where we get a costumed character performer who actually enjoys his job for a change!

The Piggy suit has a mechanical rotating curly pig tail!

The performer says "Okay kiddies, it's showtime!", puts on the Piggy mask and goes out onto the floor...

The Piggy performer enjoys making kids happy, very much like when I am K-O for the Brockton Rox.

But the prize tickets Angelica won at the arcade games get caught on Piggy's curling tail when she swirls them around in glee, and Piggy is oblivious to this. Angelica, being the b**ch she is, yells "Hey you dumb pig, come back here!", runs after him...

...and pounces on Piggy with a "HI-YAH!"

But Ringo the Bull takes Angelica and sentences her to ten minutes in the Pig Pen, a time-out area for misbehaving kids. He reminds Angelica, "Sorry kid, you know the rules. You gotta do ten in the Pig Pen if you get rough with Piggy or his barnyard friends." Angelica cries, "But it wasn't my fault!" as the gate locks.

The babies agree with Angelica on this, with Chuckie saying he knew Piggy was trouble. So they decide to get the ribbon of tickets back for her, and get out of the Piglet Farm playpen easily since Stu and Drew are too occupied with the Reptar pinball game.

The babies attempt to follow the now-limping Piggy through a ballpit that they literally swim in, though Chuckie nearly "drowns" in the plastic balls.

Then the babies go through an employee doorway they saw Piggy disappear into, and find empty animal mascot costumes hanging on hooks.

Naturally, they think the animals are real, even if no one is wearing the suits. Tommy cooly tells the "fluffy guys" that they are looking for Piggy.

When the babies get no response, Tommy figures it's because they're animals and so they can't talk. So Phil cooly says "Woof woof, mooooo" to the dog and cow costumes.

Lik says to the pig suit "Oinkity oinkity!" I'm guessing the franchise has more than one pig character.

Chuckie looks up at the duck costume and uncertainly says "Quack, quack, quackity-quack."

Tommy then says mock Yiddish to the dog suit! When this earns him looks from his friends, Tommy explains that his grandpa Boris always says that to his dog Spike. But it still doesn't work.

The babies find a small door in the wall that leads to underneath the animatronic stage. Chuckie doesn't like how dark it is, so Tommy pushes a random button, thinking it's a light switch, but it ends up also turning on the animatronic show!

The animatronic show in action. Naturally, it involves Piggy and his barnyard buddies playing bluegrass-style music. This puzzles Ringo the bull, as he says to himself the show's not supposed to start for another three minutes.

As a kid I remember finding these bots way more animated than the robots at the real Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant that used to be in my hometown of Brockton MA. Though that could be because our location had animtronics made by Cyberamics, which aren't that fully-animated (for you Chuck E. Cheese fans, it was a 2-stage setup with Munch's Make-Believe Band.) Perhaps the "Rugrats" creative team had the animatronics from the 3-stage Chuck E. Cheese's setups in mind, which were more animated, and were originally the Rockafire Explosion when those locations were Showbiz Pizza, sister store to Chuck E. Cheese's, until legal complications led to those Rockafire Explosion setups being converted into Munch's Make-Believe Band.
The tots under the stage hear Piggy's voice and decide to go up the stairs to the stage. Phil, knowing to save energy, turns off the "light switch" and powers down the stage show, confusing Ringo even more. All the while, Stu and Drew are still totally engrossed in the Reptar pinball game and have completely forgotten about the kids, as usual.

Since Chuckie's the biggest, he's chosen to climb up to get to Piggy's pocket and find the ribbon tickets. But as he does so, Lil leans against an off/on lever and starts up the show all over again, to Chuckie's horror! A father and his daughter watching the show and eating pizza are surpised by it, and the girl initially thinks the babies are animatronics as well, but when noticing they're real, runs off wanting to be on stage too.

But Chuckie ends up accidentally breaking the Piggy animatronic in his scuffle, and Tommy realizes it's not the real Piggy; "it's just a robot!"

Tommy points out the Piggy robot is full of "metal stuff." (Phil says the real Piggy would be full of pizza!) So they set out to find the real Piggy. It's stuff like that that is partly the reason the real Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants are gradually doing away with the animatronics, since they can be suspect to vandalism from rowdy/curious children or punky adolescents, or in stores with a 3-stage setup, disgruntled fans of the Rockafire Explosion still bitter over the "concept unification" I previously mentioned!

The Piggy actor is applying first aid to his foot he hurt in Angelica's attack, still oblivious to the ribbon of tickets on his curly tail. He hears the Piggy animatronic breaking down, says "Sounds like trouble," puts the mask back on and goes back onto the floor, back in character by chuckling and snorting.

Angelica has also ended up getting out of the Pig Pen when it unlocks due to the malfunctioning animatronic show, and sets out to get her tickets back. Ringo says "Oh no, how'd you get out?" and tries to grab her, but misses. I like how the mouth opens a bit when he lunges toward Angelica, as the costumed characters' masks are not expressive here, unlike the "Reptar on Ice" costume and mask!

The babies approach Piggy, and caught up in his job he thinks they want to be hugged and played with, saying "Aww, these kids do love me, don't they?"

But the babies jump up and pounce on Piggy, and his rotating curly tail tears a hole in the wall for the ballpit as he falls backward, causing colored plastic balls to spill everywhere!

Angelica grabs her tickets from Piggy and happily rides on the tsunami of balls, while Piggy rams into Ringo...

And of course, the balls avalanche onto Stu and Drew, finally seeing that the babies had wandered on their own again! The tots ride on the balls, making their happy stock vocal effects except Chuckie.

I like how for once, Angelica gets a happy ending, getting the Dream Car for her Cynthia doll. But Stu and Drew have to help clean up the mess of balls, but the babies are happy to see Angelica happy for a change.

Then the Piggy mascot comes up to the babies, limping and bandaged with his arm in a sling. I admire how dedicated he is to his job, still eager to say godobye to the kids after all that happened to him. He cheerfully says "Bye-bye, kiddies. Come back soon and visit your old pal Piggy!"

Then Piggy leans down close to the camera to do his trademark chuckling and snorting...

...and Chuckie screams, and it zooms into his mouth and goes black, ending the episode. "Rugrats" has had MANY instances of zooming into a character's open mouth, but this one is my favorite, especially because Chuckie's scream sounds pretty funny here (not like how he usually screams.)

And there you have it! Chuck E. Cheese's done up in the Rugrats universe!
Yeah, I had to use the classic post editor for this one, since the new editor doesn't support DropBox functionality yet.

31 January 2019 @ 10:20 pm

To commemorate the series premiere of "Family Guy" on FOX on this day 20 years ago (on a Super Bowl Sunday no less!), here's the original 1998 "Family Guy" pilot pitch!

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15 January 2019 @ 10:21 pm
From yesterday's "Slylock Fox" Comic strip...

Yep, you pretty much have an anthro cartoon animal putting on a fursuit of another animal! I love that kind of stuff. This strip is actually a rerun from ten years ago, but it's still a fun one. I hope at least Slylock manages to hide his paws and feet in some way to complete the illusion...

Another recent strip implies this...

I won't spoil it for you, but Dirty Dog's disguise is SO good you won't suspect a thing!

And then for Halloween...

I was able to easily figure out this one, since I perform as a kangaroo mascot, you know.
Some of the mystery solutions depend on what I know about and such. Another one I easily figured out was one that involved moths!

Yep, just letting you know I'm still active. Not much has been going on since the new year began and I am still on break until the spring semester at my college begins next week.
30 December 2018 @ 11:08 pm
Well, it's that time of year again where I do a quick rundown of how my year went on my journal. So here you go!

I am diagnosed with instigmatism and thus get prescription eyeglasses.
I start the spring 2018 semester at my college, with a really tough algebra class as part of it.
I begin construction on my current model railroad layout; the first one I actually built the benchwork for as well!

Anthro New England 2018!

Anime Boston 2018!

I start to get in some K-O the Kangaroo work, promoting the upcoming Brockton Rox season.
The Big Bad Wolf goes on college radio!
National Record Store Day 2018, and a K-O gig that morning as well!

I finish the spring semester at my college, with two A-minuses and a B. Pretty good!
I celebrate five years of doing record/tape review vlogs on my YouTube channel.
The Brockton Rox season begins, with me as K-O the Kangaroo!

More fun with the Brockton Rox, including the day game where we set a new record with attendance; 5,275 fans!
I celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit!"

I buy that cool Silly Symphony LP album set and do a vlog about it, naturally!
I upload my 1,000th YouTube video on my main channel! It's a combination YouTube Poop and Big Bad Wolf vlog, combining two videos I do best!
I build actual footpaws for my Big Bad Wolf fursuit!

The Rox season ends, and it was a good run this season, even if they didn't win the playoffs.
Fan Expo Boston Comic Con 2018, where I go as Big Bad Wolf Daddy and also get to meet some cool voice actors like Rob Paulsen!

I start the fall 2018 semester at my college.
One of my good friends moves out of my city all the way to North Carolina, but we stay in touch on Facebook.
K-O partakes in Downtown Fest 2018!

Scoobtober and a really fun HOWL-oween, the first one in my current neighborhood!

I turn 30 years old. I actually start to feel old in a couple ways, but in other ways I don't.
K-O partakes in Brockton's annual holiday parade!
My parents and I watch the "This is Life with Lisa Ling" episode about furries.

I finish this college semester, again with all As and Bs.
I get a nice new Numark PT01 Scratch record player for Christmas!

...and that's about it. My most-viewed YouTube video I uploaded this year is... (drumroll, please!)

This mash-up music video I did of the "Arthur" intro set to the "Caillou" theme song! Of course, both shows are two very popular YouTube Poop sources of mine, so it makes sense.

I'm ready to go along with the ride of 2019. I know that year I plan to build a fursuit of my new fursona Zak Wolf!
Can't wait when I finish, and start bringing this guy to cons and such!
Happy new year, everybody!
Current Music: "Keep On Tryin'" from the Mousercise album
Any 80s or 90s kid, or even born in this current generation, is bound to remember D.A.R.E.: the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program ("DARE to resist drugs and violence!") I took the D.A.R.E. program when I was in sixth grade, which was 1999-2000. D.A.R.E. has a cool mascot, a lion named Darren...

But he's not the focus of tonight's post, folks! Tonight I'm talking about the animated D.A.R.E. education video from 1993: "The D.A.R.E. Report: The Land of Decisions and Choices!" I saw it once during the D.A.R.E. class in late 1999, and never in English again... until early this month. That's 19 years! Just thinking about that made me shiver a bit. (I guess when you feel old, you shiver. I was 11 years old when I saw it, and now I'm 30.)
And here it is for all of you to see!

It is WAY weirder than I remember. But look at the designs and artwork! This cartoon is directed by Michael Polcino and Tricia Garcia, both "Simpsons" veterans. Right away you can see some of the "Simpsons" influence in the character designs, largely with the overbites, four-fingered hands, and lack of chins, but otherwise have more realistic flesh colors. Adriana Galves was the art director, and Dominic Polcino and Tricia Garcia did the storyboards. A few other "Simpsons" artists were also involved, but I don't feel like listing all of them here. In a way, this also feels rather Klasky-Csupo -esque, as there were a few "Rugrats"-esque moments with the animation at times.
It teaches how bad drugs are and you should avoid them, yet with the way this is produced, you'd think the production staff was on drugs when they made this! I mean, a giant talking joint similar to Ursula of "The Little Mermaid?" And all those living cigarettes, beer bottles, the heroin needle and such?

And how about that unnamed lead drug dealer that puts on a full rabbit suit at the start and doesn't even take it off (at least the mask) until near the end?

His bumbling kid assistant Benny joins tries to help out dressed as a bee, but he soon realizes how bad the drugs are, and they are affecting the lead drug dealer quite a bit as well!
I do like how expressive the drug dealer's rabbit mask is, and the ears even seem to show emotion! Of course, this is a cartoon utilizing some bizarre animation, so it makes sense here. After a while, it's kind of easy to forget the drug dealer is actually wearing a rabbit costume. Maybe the dealer got so stoned or buzzed he forgot he was wearing a costume in the first place?

We also had these workbooks utilizing the characters from the video, along with other similarly-designed characters. The unnamed drug dealer got featured in this illustration...

Here he seems to be called the Masked DJ, but he certainly doesn't act like one in the video, and he doesn't wear a backwards baseball cap. Also note the rabbit mask he's holding; in the video, the mask is attached to the rest of the suit and pulls over almost like a hood in your typical cartoon fashion.

Seeing how mondo-bizarro and trippy "The D.A.R.E. Report" video was, it gave me an excellent idea for a YouTube Poop! So here you go...

And there's your retro/obscure animation post for tonight!
25 December 2018 @ 09:55 pm
Geez, these years just keep on accelerating in speed as they get older. It only feels like Christmas was a while ago, the first one we had in my current home, and now it's our second here!
It was a rather nontraditional Christmas in a few ways, due to the lack of snow (of course), the roast prime rib for Christmas dinner, and my parents currently trying to put Christmas out of their minds by watching regular movies on TV.
But moving along, this morning I got to sleep in pretty well, to near 9 AM! Not sure what my parents thought about that though, as they were pretty hungry by the time I was woken up for the annual Christmas breakfast, and then we open our presents (I don't mind opening them after breakfast myself, but my brother was eyeing the tree and presents throughout much of the breakfast...) My parents and brother liked the gifts I got them this year (since I had some extra money to toss around, I got my brother two presents!), and as for myself, I got the first season of "Rugrats" on DVD, along with the "Animaniacs" Volume 2 DVD set, the book "Gumby Imagined," a new pair of slippers, a green Gumby T-shirt, a few additional building kits for my model train layout, an LED flashlight, and a little Disney Big Bad Wolf figurine, and my big present this year...

A Numark PT01 Scratch turntable! Basically like the PT01 USB but with this neat "scratch" switch that lets you cut the audio off and on when doing DJ scratching on records (I'm hoping to find an old LP I barely use and has minimal value to use as a scratch record, but I rarely do that though...) My old PT01 USB was beginning to show its' age and not work as well as it used to, so I figured it was time for an upgrade. I even did a little vlog of me in the Big Bad Wolf fursuit unboxing it and giving it a spin...

So far it sounds so much better than the older record player did at its' age, maybe even when it was bought new years ago! It even already has a diamond stylus on the cartridge! (When I got the PT01 USB years ago, it originally had a sapphire stylus I eventually replaced with a diamond one.)

Closing out this Christmas listening to some holiday records on the turntable right now!
Happy holidays, everyone!
Current Music: The groovy soundtrack to "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street!"
03 December 2018 @ 11:28 pm
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of one of my favorite holiday specials: "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street" from 1978!

Take a trip back in time to 1978, when Elmo wasn't on "Sesame Street" yet, Mr. Hooper and David and Olivia were alive, the music was groovy (especially that opening theme!) and all the Muppets in this special had their original performers (especially since Caroll Spinney recently retired).

Note the opening sequence that involves the cast ice-skating, along with full-bodied doubles in costumes for the Muppets ice-skating, from Holiday on Ice, and they do look rather odd...

But at least we get to hear Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson dub in their respective character voices!
Imagine if "A Muppet Family Christmas" nine years lateropened with ice-skaters in costumes of the Muppet Show Muppets, taking up nearly nine minutes of the special? 

A sweet scene has Big Bird ice-skating with this girl, Patty. Big Bird has trouble at first, but once he gets the hang of it and skates with Patty, "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano starts playing! (And I recently bought the song on 45, too.)

Here's a hilarious bit where a game of "Snap the Whip" goes horribly wrong, and Oscar the Grouch goes flying, crashing through walls in his trash can and tumbling down stairs! Oscar isn't hurt though; rather, he enjoyed it!

I also really love this song, "True Blue Miracle."

Ernie and Bert also do their own version of "Gift of the Magi," but with a happy ending involving the late Mr. Hooper...

I also love it when Ernie and Bert sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Interestingly, Jim Henson and Frank Oz performed the song together again nine years later on "A Muppet Family Christmas"...

...but this time as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy!

Yet another way for me to relive my childhood at Christmastime...
Current Music: The groovy opening theme to "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street!"
30 November 2018 @ 11:39 pm
Early last week, CNN aired a "This Is Life with Lisa Ling" episode that talks about furries; the fifth season finale no less! My parents watched it and I watched it with them; they found it pretty informative, being the parents of a furry. Overall, the episode gave a very positive and accurate portrayal of furries, breaking that sexual stereotype many people still associate them with. My parents already knew somewhat about the truth of furries, thanks to sharing my experiences with them, and then this Lisa Ling episode clinched it even more for them.

The show explained about how a lot of these furries often deal with anxiety in real life and may have social problems, and being a furry is a fun way to get away from it all and be more outgoing, especially as a fursuiter. Since I have Asperger's Syndrome, I could totally relate to this. I still do have some anxiety, often from bad memories of when I was in public school, though at least I've had numerous friends during those years and still keep in touch with many of them through FaceBook and such. And when I was working at Sprawlmart I had anxiety relating to the job. So the furry fandom was always a nice gateway for me.

It opens with Lisa saying to think back on your childhood, like if you first met the characters at the Disney theme parks. For me that wasn't until I was almost twelve years old when my family and some relatives went to Disney World, and I remember being very impressed at all the different characters that were there, even fairly obscure ones like Gideon the Cat, Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham!

And she says if you remember watching cartoons as a kid and the happiness it brought you...

Hey look, a clip from "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown!" One of my favorite Peanuts movies since childhood!

And there's Scooby-Doo in the classic episode "Hassle in the Castle!" Only a minute in and it's already taking me back to my childhood.

And look! There's the Disney villain I often cosplay as: the Big Bad Wolf, seen in old Disneyland home movie footage from the 60s! This is when Lisa says that entire industries are built on this (making children happy). She then asks, "What if you never grew out of that feeling? There are people whose affinity for animal characters never went away."
Geez, it's like she's been reading my mind. I mean, I just turned 30 years old three weeks ago and that feeling/affinity never went away. I don't even FEEL 30 years old (I still feel like I'm in my early 20s or something.)

She also mentions how furries have gotten a bad rep over the years, and how the media has given a negative and/or stereotypical portrayal of them, not surprisingly including a clip of that infamous CSI episode...

I finally saw bits and pieces of that episode early this decade, and found it to be a bunch of malarkey. Seriously, a blue cat named "Sexy?"

First, Lisa interviews the furry known as Leila Spaniel. One thing that's always kept her calm from her anxiety is dogs, so she got a job as a veterinarian, and she then got married to a dog lover that also has anxiety problems. Though her husband doesn't really want to be a furry, he doesn't mind Leila's choice and hobby, and is cool with it. That reminds me of how my female friend is about my being a furry.

Here's Captain Boone, who went through a traumatic experience working with the military and lives alone in the woods away from most people. But when he's in his fursona, it's different.

This fursuiter has the lupus disease, and is usually very troubled, but when she and her boyfriend fursuit together, she's more social and outgoing, and it's easy to forget her illness and just have fun with her, and that's what's important.

Now HERE'S a fursuiter I have met in person: Telephone! It was nice to see her featured on the show as well. I met her at Anthro New England 2017, without even knowing at first what a big furry celebrity she is!

We get scenes at Anthro NorthWest 2017. Here's Captain Boone, at his very first furry con, and he has a great time.

Here's a bit when Lisa Ling is talking abotu early furry action. Check out the Wile E. Coyote fursuiter! A very good likeness! Here's his webpage about the Wile E. costume.

She even mentions that there are even children who are furries! That is all too true; at this year's Anthro New England I saw quite a few young fursuiters and I was quite impressed.

The fursuiter couple interviewed earlier goes to a fancy ball at Anthro Northwest, and at one point, the male fursuiter proposes to marry his girlfriend, and she accepts! Isn't that sweet? (It reminded me of when one of my furry friends also proposed in fursuit at Anthrocon 2002; pretty cool stuff!)

As the credits roll, the episode (and season) shows Lisa Ling even getting in on the fursuit action!

So yes, being a furry is NOT all about sexual stuff. It's about art, interests, having fun and being creative. I do have to say, this decade (the 2010s) has been pretty good to the furry fandom, gradually giving it a more positive light, and I couldn't have picked a better time to start going to furry cons!
As I mentioned, I first began to realize I was a furry after reading about them online in 2002-2003, and I had already been into cartoons, cosplay and dressing up. Even when all three are combined into one, like the Ape Man disguising as Scooby-Doo; that had quite the effect on me back then, and now look where I am! Then the clincher for me that I was a furry was Halloween 2004 when I dressed up as Wile E. Coyote and had the most fun I ever did when dressing up as Halloween!

I was almost 16 years old then. It also helps that earlier that year I had befriended a few cosplayers and Halloween/mask buffs online who also turned out to be furry, and was soon instant messaging with them fairly regularly. I'm still in touch with many of them, almost 15 years after. Isn't the Internet amazing?
And speaking of the Internet, for some non-furry friends of mine online who didn't know about my being a furry initially, I made a YouTube video that explained it in a fairly truthful and accurate, albeit silly, manner...

What better way to do so than with a clip of fursuiting as a wolf produced by Warner Bros. Animation in the 40s?

The furries in this episode have all created their own characters. During this decade, I did come up with two of my own fursonas. One is Sydney Kangaroo, that I even have a costume of currently...
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It's a tad primitive, but I hope to at least make an actual fursuit head for him soon and start bringing it to cons!

My other current original fursona, I co-developed with another fellow furry I hit it off with online...

This is Zak Wolf, making his LiveJournal debut! He's based partly off Disney's Big Bad Wolf (Zeke) along with many other classic cartoon Big Bad Wolves, like the ones Friz Freleng came up with for Warner Bros., or those Columbia/Screen Gems Cartoons wolves Billy Bletcher voiced, along with a couple features like the wolf from Disney's "Peter and the Wolf" and Br'er Fox!
Maybe I'll do a fursuit of this guy some day, along with the new head for Sydney.

It'd be fun, but I still enjoy cosplaying as the Big Bad Wolf at furry cons, and at any other cons I go to like Anime Boston and Fan Expo Boston Comic Con, where such a cosplay/fursuit isn't too out of place!

In fact, speaking of the Big Bad Wolf, I bought a neat record of a song I never heard of before during a recent Boston excursion: "The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin." It's by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, as a follow-up to their hit "Li'l Red Riding Hood" (which I also own on 45) but wasn't as successful. It's a fun little song I couldn't resist buying (when I found it I immediately looked up the song on my phone before purchasing the record), and I just had to have the Big Bad Wolf pose for a picture showing the record! Maybe it'll make for a fun future furry convention masquerade sketch...

I hope this was very informative and fun for you all!
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
24 November 2018 @ 11:43 pm
Well, today was Brockton's annual holiday parade that K-O the Kangaroo got to partake in again, after the Rox didn't last year. It was nice to be involved with the parade again! My brother and a few of my friends came to see the parade as well. I had done the holiday parades for 2013-2016, and as I mentioned, the Rox did not get involved with the parade last year, but this year they did. With the new system and management, I brought the suit over to the assigned lot area where my ride would be. I had to change in the nearby YMCA building, but at least they had a nice mens' locker room for me to use! A more athletic type of area for a sports mascot to change in and out of. I was a big hit with the crowds, especially the kids! There were a few tail-pullers and "Guess the Species" types, but I'm used to that by now, as if you didn't already know. But I loved it when kids would run up to hug or high-five me! There's kind of a feeling I get inside when I make the kids happy as K-O, and the Rox knows I enjoy it and am very good at doing so!

In the float going in front of my ride, the church sponsoring it was doing a Noah's Ark kind of theme, and had church members wear those plushie Maskimals of animals two-by-two, including a pair of tigers, llamas, black sheep and wolves! Not bad gear for a chilly November day, if I say so. Of course, I was much warmer being in a full kangaroo fursuit. But it was still cute! (And it's funny there were a couple of llamas, given how I've had quite a few mistake me for a llama, including today.)

For the parade this year, K-O the Kangaroo rode in that cool 1968 Dodge Polara he previously rode in at the 2013 and 2014 holiday parades! It's good that some things don't change. And we know how much K-O loves classic cars!

A couple shots of that "Noah's Ark"-themed float in front of me with the Maskimals.

And here's me in the parade! My brother took this shot. As we got nearer, I knew my brother would be at that spot, as he's usually there with his girlfriend when they watch the holiday parade each year, and I could also hear his voice before I saw him. Of course, my brother and his girlfriend know about my mascot work and they think it's cool. It was fun waving to everyone from the moving convertible, and when the driver would rev the engine for show! (There's often quite a few classic cars in the parade every year!)

After the parade, I hung around downtown a bit to greet and entertain fans and spectators, knowing it'd make them happy. I'm not wearing the Santa hat here, as it was kind of loose (I just slipped it over one of my ears) and so after the parade I just stuffed the hat into my pouch so I wouldn't lose it.
You know how the seasons in the Southern hemisphere, where Australia is, are the opposite from here in the Northern hemisphere? Well, seeing a Christmas tree while there's no snow around reminded K-O the Kangaroo of his summer-like Christmases in his homeland! Except for the fact that it was much cooler out here, but for me that doesn't matter much when in the suit!

Yep, the holiday season is now starting to get underway for us, especially now that Thanksgiving has come and gone (many retailers just see Thanksgiving as "pre-Christmas," ugh.) The guy I know from the downtown Brockton history organization was at the parade as well, though he's currently moving his operations into a space much closer to my college campus. In fact, he and I are getting involved with my college's production of "A Christmas Story," opening next week! He's really into vintage Christmas stuff and likes to get involved with the community, and so I figured he could be a good help. Plus, I enjoy helping bring my all-time favorite Christmas movie to life!
22 November 2018 @ 11:06 pm
Anyone who's familiar with the Brockton Rox baseball team may remember that in 2003, the Rox won the Northeast League Championship and even got a trophy for it! During the off-season of 2003-2004, the Rox did a publicity stunt on their website, claiming that K-O the Kangaroo had stolen the trophy on Halloween night and was taking it back to his homeland of Australia and across the world, to keep the young fans and even older fans entertained. For that Thanksgiving, the Rox had an amusing post that I was able to find again thanks to the Internet Archive...

Greetings Rox fans!
I just finished taking part in the American holiday, "Thanksgiving." I tell you, I'm pretty ThankFULL for a day that gives me occasion to stuff myself! Since this was my very first Thanksgiving, I wanted to do it in style. Luckily for me, the organizers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade contacted me last month about having the Northeast league championship trophy and mascot participate. They wouldn't tell me what part the trophy and I would be performing, but I assumed it would be no less than grand marshal of the entire parade. Turns out the Garfield balloon had a tear in it, and since my body shape was so similar, they had me take his place. After strapping some ropes on me, they tried to pump me full of hot air so I'd float. I assured them that I was already full of it, and managed to levitate by my own will.

(Sorry for the crummy resolution, blokes, but the Internet Archive isn't always reliable with saving images!)
Following the parade, I tried a pumpkin pie, some cranberry surprise, stuffing, a turkey, some brownies, mashed potatoes, another turkey, summer squash, apple pie, a ham, a decorative centerpiece, and yet another turkey. When I go back to Australia, I'm going to petition the parliament to make Thanksgiving a national holiday on Kangaroo Island!
It was a Ton of fun, but I'm off to my next adventure. Until then, remember...never tickle skunks!

Now how about that? Of course, since NBC virtually ignores the balloons and floats in their TV coverage of the Macy's parade nowadays (focusing on all of those lip-synced musical numbers and guests instead), K-O or the Rox probably wouldn't want to do that again. (You'd have to tune to CBS to see it!)
It was a fun little publicity stunt, but of course, the changes in management over the years has also changed how they do publicity in and out of the season with the mascot, but at least I try to make an effort to make it back like the early days. And for the 2004 home game opener, K-O the Kangaroo arrived via helicopter, returning the trophy like he promised!

It was fun stuff. And K-O is going to be in Brockton's holiday parade this Saturday, so stay tuned to see that!
Happy Thanksgiving, mates!