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Feb 172016
 

In Legend of Korra: Book Three – Change, the results of Korra’s last major battle now allows people and creatures from the spirit world to coexist. This also automatically unlocks air bending powers from certain individuals, starting with Bumi. In hopes of rebuilding the Air Nation, Team Avatar is on the search for the air benders so Tenzin can train them as Air Nomads.

Unfortunately one of those air benders is Zaheer, the new villain for this season. He is the leader of a group of dangerous criminals called the Red Lotus. This is a group that believes that the way to maintain world peace is to take out all of the world leaders, including the Avatar.

Unlike the previous two seasons, there are more colorful henchmen that work along side Zaheer. First there’s Ghazan an earth bender that can also bend lava.

P'Li

P’Li is a fire bender with a third eye and is Zaheer’s girlfriend.

The third member is Ming-Hua a freaky water bender. It took me a while for me to discover that she has no arms.

I met Grey Delisle, who was the voice of Ming-Hua, at Anime Festival Orlando 2012.

This season also introduces an entire city of metal benders called Zaofu that’s run by Lin’s sister Suyin. And to think, Zaofu would not be possible without their mother Toph Beifong who discovered metal bending for the first time in the Last Airbender series.

It’s also revealed that Lord Zuko is still around and can still kick butt as a fire bender.

Korra and her friends have grown a lot since the series began, but it’s not over yet. Check my blog for Part 4 to see what happens in the final season.

Aug 132014
 

The Scooby-Doo franchise has certainly evolved over the years. Scooby-Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon actually goes back to its roots by including the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt. That used to be an old cartoon series from the 70s and the two of them were on the Scooby Doobies team in Laff-A-Lympics, but in this feature Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are portrayed as old comic book characters that also had a TV series.

The Mystery Inc. gang travels to the city of San de Pedro to attend a comic book convention. Shaggy and Scooby are very excited since they are such huge fans of Blue Falcon and Dynomutt. They even made costumes out of string cheese and food coloring. Now that’s just weird.

I go to comic book conventions all the time. They always provide a great atmosphere with posters, pictures, displays, backdrops, and wall hangings of classic characters randomly placed all around. This one has that too and the characters displayed are all from classic Hanna-Barbera franchises. Ones like Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr., The Jetsons, Atom Ant, Herculoids, Mightor, Yogi Bear, The Impossibles, The Flintstones, Magilla Gorilla, and others. So these characters were really all just fictional in the Scooby-Doo universe, even though some of them did coexist in Laff-A-Lympics with Shaggy and Scooby?

One of the celebrity guests there is Owen Garrison, who played the original Blue Falcon. Now that’s clever because in the actual Dynomutt cartoon series, Laugh In star Gary Owens voiced the Blue Falcon.

The main event Fred looks forward to is the premiere of the new Blue Falcon movie that’s darker and edgier. The leading actor is Brad Adams, who never really watched the original Blue Falcon TV show in order to prepare for the role. Instead he wanted to give the character a clean slate and only sees the Blue Falcon as an enigma. Somehow this reminds me of the comparison between the old Batman series from the 60s and the Batman movies of today.

Meanwhile, Daphne’s desire is to complete her collection of cute stuffed dolls called Littlest Fuzzies. Man, I have never seen her get so obsessed over anything.

I met Grey Delisle, who was the voice of Daphne, at AFO 2012.

However, Velma isn’t thrilled to be at the convention at all. Her only interest is the mystery going on about a monster terrorizing the place. This is no ordinary monster though. It’s the Blue Falcon’s archenemy Mr. Hyde, who is a creature of chaos. Mr. Hyde wasn’t in the new movie, but he was in the old TV series. That’s why Shaggy and Scooby know about him so well.

As the Mystery Inc. gang gets on the case, Shaggy and Scooby are the most knowledgeable and take the mystery more seriously than they usually do. However, the number one suspect is Owen Garrison because he tried to revive the Blue Falcon and every studio turned him down. And with the new movie version out, Mr. Garrison’s fan base has disappeared. He keeps going on and on about it. It seems obvious, but Shaggy and Scooby refuse to accept that because they still believe in the original Blue Falcon. They even found other suspects, yet Fred, Daphne, and Velma still think Mr. Garrison is Mr. Hyde. Can you believe it?

Meanwhile, Jennifer Severin the writer/producer/director of the new Blue Falcon movie takes advantage of all the publicity involving the Mr. Hyde attacks. What I couldn’t help but notice is that she believes that her movies should have less story line and be more about blowing things up since that’s where the money is.

This was a great movie with a modernized collaboration of Hanna-Barbera nostalgia. Even the opening credits feature some of the ghosts from the classic Scooby-Doo series. If you’re a fan of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, be sure to observe the backgrounds and cosplayers closely.

 

Aug 152012
 

Scooby-Doo and the gang face their most treacherous mystery yet in Scooby Doo: Camp Scare. In this adventure, Mystery Inc. heads over to Fred’s old summer camp, Camp Little Moose, to serve as camp counselors. Fred is more excited than anyone.

After arriving, they meet Burt the head counselor and Forest Ranger Knudsen, who tell then that an axe maniac called the Woodsman haunts the camp. With everyone scared off, Camp Little Moose will have to be closed down. However, Fred convinces Burt to keep the camp open in order for Mystery Inc. to find out what’s going on.

 

Just then, three campers arrive. They are Luke an enthusiastic young man, Trudy a shy computer genius, and Deacon a kid with asthma. While Fred, Daphne, and Velma do activities with the kids, Shaggy and Scooby prepare supper. I can’t help but feel sorry for Fred because he tries so hard to be a good counselor, but no one takes him seriously.

As it turns out, the Woodsman isn’t the only monster running loose. There’s also a sea creature called the Fish Man, who haunts a lake over at the neighboring camp, Camp Big Moose. The main difference between the two camps is that Camp Big Moose is more refined and Camp Little Moose is run down. Much to Fred’s dismay, the gang goes to Big Moose Lake and has a large time. That is until the Fish Man comes for them.

After escaping, the mystery becomes even stranger when some equipment from Camp Big Moose goes missing, which includes an RV. Velma finds out that it’s in Shadow Canyon, which is haunted by another monster called the Specter of Shadow Canyon. This one is as creepy as a banshee. Now this is the first time Mystery Inc. faces three completely different haunts in one feature.

This was a really adventurous movie. You can only imagine what kind of spooky mysteries Mystery Inc. will encounter next, considering how many they have had over the years.

One last note: I recently met two voice actors from this feature at Anime Festival Orlando 2012, Grey Delisle (Daphne) and Tara Strong (Trudy).

Aug 132012
 

My next Actor Spotlight is on Grey Delisle, who I met at Anime Festival Orlando 2012. These are some of my favorite characters she voiced.

Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo franchise (2001-present): This classic character is the fashionable member of Mystery Inc. She has really evolved as a character over the years. Unlike the original versions, Daphne has learned martial arts and becomes Fred’s potential love interest. The reason I say “potential” is because whenever Fred falls for another girl, Daphne becomes jealous and vice versa. Although Daphne and Fred always pair up during a clue search, they never admit their feelings toward one another.

Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F. Puppy: She is Dudley’s partner and the #1 secret agent at T.U.F.F.. As the more level-headed half of the duo, she has to constantly put up with Dudley’s hilarious shenanigans, whether it’s during a case or at T.U.F.F. headquarters. Could Dudley Puppy have a better partner?

Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender: This fire bender princess is vicious with her ability to bend lightning and she always uses fear to control others. I thought Prince Zuko was a tough adversary, but his sister Azula is even worse. She’s practically psychotic.

Tomoe from Afro Samurai Resurrection: As one of Sio’s trio of assassins, this young woman was rebuilt into a cyborg. She has rocket feet and a sharp weapon made from her shamisen, which makes her a smooth fighter.

Are there any favorite Grey Delisle characters you would like to share?