Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Calling All Scooby-Doo Fan Artists!!

I wouldn't call myself an artist, and I haven't done any fan art. I've drawn a few Scooby pictures, but I can't draw him without looking at a picture of Scooby and recreating it. I don't really have any talent in drawing Scooby! Here is one of the pictures I drew.

I've looked at a lot of fan art online and there is so much talent out there! Some people have an amazing ability to add their own spin on the characters, give them a new personality through their drawings, and bring them to life. 

I want to showcase these amazing artists! So every Friday, I am going to post someone's fan art with the hashtag #FanArtFriday. All you have to do to be a part of it is send me your fan art or a link to it! You can send it to me on Facebook, Twitter or email me

I look forward to seeing your artwork and displaying it on my social media accounts so everyone can see your amazing work! 

Moms and dad, if you have a youngster that likes drawing Scooby and the gang, send their drawings over. I want to include artwork from all ages and all abilities.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Update: Scooby Costume

The Scooby-Doo costume I ordered from eBay was never delivered. Sadly, I have no full mascot Scooby costume. I'll have to find another one at some point.

I got lucky in a way. The seller on eBay was very nice and, without any issues, gave me my money back. I didn't have to fight them on it. I wish I had the costume though.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood


LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood is a direct to DVD and Blu-Ray original movie that was released May 10, 2016. I know that was quite a while ago, but I received the DVD as a Christmas gift and I finally was able to sit down and focus on it 100% last night.

In the beginning of the movie, Shaggy and Scooby were used as bait to catch a monster. As they were running, they decided to swear off Scooby Snacks so they no longer had to be bait. They ran up the steps of the LEGO Lighthouse and as the sea creature reached the top, Scooby used a fishing pole to create a zip line for him and Shaggy to go down. The sea creature kept chasing them and eventually they ended up in the trap, which then fell on top of the sea creature.

Of course, catching monsters always makes Scooby and Shaggy hungry! So they headed to the local hamburger shop where they came upon a huge pile of hamburgers. After Scooby and Shaggy devoured them, they were told the burgers were for a hamburger eating contest, which they now won! Their prize was an all expense paid trip to Hollywood!

This started the opening credits, which I thought were done well! I liked how they made everyone's names out of LEGOs and then the LEGOs broke apart. It was fun and it made sense for a LEGO movie!

The gang makes it to Hollywood and their first stop is Brickton Studios, the home to the worlds scariest monsters. They get a tour of the studio, where classic scary movies are made. One of the funniest lines was when Velma said "the only thing to fear at a movie studio is their sequels." It was also kind of funny that the same guy, Junior, was the security guard, the valet, the tour guide, the janitor, the night watchman, and the page. 

A Scooby movie wouldn't be complete without the gang being chased by a monster. This movie has 3 monsters that chase them - The Headless Horseman, Zombie and Mummy. Daphne was really excited to be chased by The Headless Horseman in Hollywood! 

This movie has destruction (of LEGOs), fire, 3 monsters, Shaggy and Scooby dressing up in costumes (including Shaggy as Batman, Godzilla and a hot dog that Scooby chases), and a ton of food for them to eat. They definitely didn't skimp on the food in this movie. It seemed like Scoob and Shag were trying to save food through most of it. 

I enjoyed this movie. It went with the typical Scooby format, which is always good in my opinion. It was nice to see all of the Scooby-Doo LEGO sets in the movie...the Lighthouse, Mansion, Airplane and The Mystery Machine. It made me want to finish putting all of my sets together! The one thing I felt was missing from the movie was more use of the LEGOs. There were times their hair fell off and Velma accidentally removed someone's head, but I felt like they could have done so much more. One of the things I did like was the LEGO blueprint for the giant sandwich Shaggy and Scooby made. 

In case anyone was wondering, Scooby jumped into Shaggy's arms 6 times in the movie. "Zoinks" was said once, "Jinkies" was said once and "Jeepers" was said twice. 

I would recommend watching this movie. I think the kids will enjoy it and it's a fun movie to watch with the whole family. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Raising Money for a Mystery Machine

I have loved Scooby-Doo ever since I was a kid! I've dreamed for years about owning a Mystery Machine to help raise money for people in need, food for the hungry, help animal shelters and make people happy.

My goal is to do just that! I want to buy or have a custom made Mystery Machine that I can use for fundraising purposes. I have so many ideas of things I could do to help people. I enjoy helping people! It makes me happy to help someone else.

I started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds so that I can make this dream a reality. Every dollar donated will bring me closer to my goal and allow me to help others in so many ways. For anyone that donates $5.00 or more, I will send you a ScoobyAddicts,com sticker. It's my little way to say thank you. You just have to send me your address, as I won't get that when your donation is made.

I would love to roll this out in 2018 and I have a ton of ideas for 2019 to celebrate Scooby's 50th birthday!

I appreciate any donation and thank you for your support in making this dream come true!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Last Hours of Casey Kasem

Last night, I watched Autopsy: The Last Hours of Casey Kasem. I had read the articles, seen the press videos (like when Jean threw meat at Kerri...yes, meat!) and followed Kerry Kasem on Twitter as everything unfolded in 2014. Watching this show just broke my heart.

I can somewhat relate to Kerri Kasem. I lost my dad almost 12 years ago to cancer. There was no elder abuse involved with my dad. My mom, siblings and I all had to make the horrible decision to remove him from life support and because he wasn't able to breathe on his own, he passed on.  Losing a parent is horribly painful. I think of my dad every single day and wish he was still here.

While watching this show on Casey Kasem, it made me sick to think that he went through so much abuse in the months before his death. I grew up with Casey Kasem's American Top 40 and his voice as Shaggy. I never met him in person, but I admired him for making his life what he wanted it to be. He worked hard through his life and he deserved to live out the rest of his life in peace with his family.

Instead, Casey was treated like a prisoner, not allowed to see his own kids, his brother and his friends. His wife, Jean Kasem, took his care into her own hands and, not having the proper equipment or experience to care for him, she caused him to be in immense pain and his life to be shortened. She caused Casey to die and then she moved his body, buried him in an unmarked grave in Norway so his older kids cannot find him and an autopsy cannot be performed. Why would she feel the need to hide his body if she didn't think she did anything wrong? Hmmm...

On June 15, 2014, Casey Kasem passed away. Thankfully, his kids - Kerri, Julie and Mike - were by his side. As sad as it was for him to pass on, they got to be by his side.

Sadly, the elder abuse case against Jean Kasem was dismissed because there was insufficient evidence. There is a civil case against Jean Kasem still pending.

I can only imagine how horrible this nightmare has been for Casey's older children. Losing a parent is not easy, but knowing your father is not getting proper care, is being hidden from you and basically held captive is just awful. I wish the courts could have done more to help Kerri Kasem and her family. I would like to see the court force Jean to return his body to Kerri Kasem so an autopsy can be done and Casey can be buried where he truly wanted to rest. I hope someday the family can find peace and Casey can rest in peace.

You should watch the show if you ever get a chance. It's sad, but very informative. You can also check out this article, which details the last weeks of his life.

Want to learn more about how you can help in the fight against elder care? Check out Kasem Cares.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scooby Costume on the Way!

On November 24, 2016, I placed an order on eBay for a Scooby-Doo costume. The one I purchased, at least based on the picture, looks really good. Here is the picture from the item listing.
This costume is coming from China, of course, so the shipping is taking forever! According to the listing, it should be here no later than January 26th! Once I get the costume, I'll do an unboxing video so everyone can see my excitement! Or disappointment! I have up to 9 days to wait, and the excitement is building! I hope it looks like the picture!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Scooby-Doo in the new Halifax Commercial

Scooby, Shaggy and the gang are featured in the most recent Halifax commercial, which first aired on January 8, 2017. The ad, which was created by Jonathan John and David Mackersey at Adam & Eve/DDB, was filmed in Halifax's London Hanover branch and included the bank employees as extras. 

The commercial is done in the typical Scooby-Doo fashion...Scooby and Shaggy are chased by the villain, they eat pizza, they run away from the villain and then they catch and unmask the villain. All of this is done in 1 minute, and I think they did a great job with the ad. 

Catherine Kehoe, managing director , group brands and marketing at Halifax, said: "Scooby-Doo is such an iconic character and universally loved - the perfect character to demonstrate how we reward customers who bank with us."

Halifax has also used Top Cat and The Flintstones in previous ads. 

Shaggy and Scooby are voiced by Scott Innes and Velma is voiced by Mindy Cohn.