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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.

 

Sep 092009
 

Although I had not seen the original Space Ghost cartoon series from the 60’s before, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Vols. 1-3 (1994-2004) is a very clever show with its own brand of humor and talk show setup. I find it interesting when the guest stars respond to Space Ghost’s questions with things out of the ordinary, especially when Space Ghost asks them about their superpowers.

Zorak provides the music with his band, The Original Way-Outs. I don’t know how many times Space Ghost has blasted Zorak. What’s amazing is that Zorak always recovers from it very quickly. I wonder if he likes it, deep down.

Moltar has a good position in the control room as director, where he sometimes has his own private conversations with a guest star or a fellow villain, or if he just wants to sit back and watch ChiPs. I’ll tell ya, Moltar has a great setup there.

Space Ghost's Surf and TurfSpace Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que

Space Ghost’s Musical Bar-B-Que: Featuring 25 Hickory-Smoked Harmonies (Television Soundtrack)and Space Ghost’s Surf & Turf: With 22 Tiki-Torched Tunes are also creative with their brand of humor.  Some of the songs like Put your Sox on Mama, Ramblin’ and Wanderin’, and Highway 40 Revisited are the types of songs you would perform at a picnic or a barbecue for a fun relaxing time.

 

My most memorable highlight was when I got to meet the show’s two stars, George Lowe (voice of Space Ghost) and C. Martin Croker (voice of Zorak and Moltar).

George Lowe

Photo # 1 My sister took the photo in the middle of me blinking

George Lowe2

Photo # 2 George Lowe held my eyes open to prevent furthur blinking

George Lowe was hilarious. When my sister and I met him at FX Convention 2008, hardly anyone stopped by for an autograph. A random guy walks by and coughs a really nasty deep cough.  George Lowe reacted by saying very loudly, “Thank you sir! Yes. Share your phlegm with Space Ghost.”

 

Then he writes several things on the autograph picture. First was, “Moltar wears girls panties with racing stripes.” I asked George if Moltar was still giving him a hard time. He replied, “Moltar sucks.” Next he writes, “Here’s a snack tip. Panty pudding.” After getting my picture(s), George Lowe writes one last thing. “Thank you for not touching me.”  Which is a little ironic because as you can see in the picture above, he’s the one touching me. The second time I met George Lowe was at Mega Con 2008. He remembered me. For this second autograph photo he writes about flavored Doodle cream for a snack tip. I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff, but it always leave you laughing.

C. Martin Croker and me

I met C. Martin Croker at DragonCon 2008.  He didn’t talk as much as George Lowe, but he did a great Space Ghost impersonation.