Non-Disney | Hanna-Barbera

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I’ve been wanting to write about this for a few months now, as I have been trying to generate new ideas for this specific series, Hanna-Barbera has been at the top of the list! The cartoons that came out of that production studio in the late 1960’s until sometime in the 1990’s, they merged with Warner Brothers, was at the heart of my mom’s childhood. Once Blondie and I were allowed to watch something else than besides Barney (shut up!) she basically showed us a number of animated shows she used to watch a child, and what’s funny is now that we’re much older, we still like watching a couple of those shows!

I had to look up all of the shows I’ve seen since I was about seven years old, and I literally counted up 11 different series! For this post though, I’m only discussing the ones that I currently watch on TV right now, and unfortunately Cartoon Network no longer shows the good stuff, but in light of that, there’s another channel specifically for the older animated shows like the ones below and some that came out in the early 2000’s that are over, and it’s called Boomerang!

Scooby-Doo

I absolutely love Scooby-Doo! I still get excited whenever I see the gang all over stores, on children’s clothing, food, watches. It’s nice to see that it is still alive and well for the newer generations. My mom used to tape the marathons on TV while we were at school, so when we came home, we’d sit in the living room, eating our snack on the floor while watching old school Scooby-Doo! I think she was happy that we were interested in something she loved as a young girl too.

My favorite series are the actual “Where Are You” series, honestly because I like the early 70’s getup, and fake laughing audience in the background. If you’re a true fan, you know Shaggy was a stoner and it wasn’t the name that gave you that realization; between the fact that he and Scooby were ALWAYS hungry but the way he was dressed, he was the definition of a 1970’s world peace, free love, weed loving, dude! Now Fred looked the part with mainly the bright orange scarf or whatever was around his neck, but you could never tell whether or not, he liked to smoke a few blunts too! You just wished that he’d come out and say that he and Daphne were a couple! For anyone who hasn’t watched the most recent remake of the show, apparently they’ve made Velma and Shaggy into a couple. How do you feel about that?

I also enjoy the movies, mostly the ones that came out in late 90’s and early 00’s, so like Scooby-Doo, and The Witch’s Ghost, Scooby-Doo, on Zombie Island and Scooby-Doo, and The Alien Invaders. There is one film that came out in 1988 called Scooby-Doo and The Ghoul School. It is about Shaggy, Scooby and his little (brave) nephew Scrappy-Doo become volleyball coaches at a spooky ghoul school full of young daughters of different and infamous characters, like Dracula, Werewolf, and a Mummy. I love it dearly, but I think my favorite feature about is the fact you can tell that it’s an old film, despite only coming out roughly 29 years ago!

Tom & Jerry

Tom & Jerry is another beloved show by my mother and I, we can still watch certain skits and laugh our butts off! Poor Blondie can’t watch it, and it’s not because she doesn’t have cable TV, it’s because our first cat Oliver, killed her first hamster literally a week after we came home from Florida in 2003.

Boomerang actually plays more Tom & Jerry than any of the other shows. The older series will air like two hours worth of the show in the middle of the afternoon and if you need a good chill out moment, it’s a nice show to kick back and watch for a while. One of the interesting things is that back in 1990, they did a remake but creating the main characters in their younger selves. What was even cuter though was they dressed Tom in overalls and stripped shirt with a little hat, while Jerry only had a medium sized red bow around his neck. They were so adorable, but I’ll be honest I don’t think we ever watched these episodes, because as I’ve been watching them now as an adult, my joy is genuine! What’s even better is that my little nephew Nolan enjoys watching it too.

The Smurfs

They’ve started playing an hour worth of The Smurfs in the mornings, so whenever my mom goes to work, I usually try to stay an hour afterwards to watch the episodes. They began airing the show I think at the beginning of August and either they’re only allowed to play a small selection or they never really created more than 10 episodes, because I’ve seen the same ones more than twice.

I have tried to watch the live-action movies, but I’ve never really been interested in them. They look the same and the adventures seem fun, and using Hank Azaria for the villain, Gargamel was brilliant! I do like the fact that they’re trying to get younger generations into the characters as well! The smurfs themselves are adorable, I love their names and how they all act around each other. I feel bad for Brainy everytime he tries to take center stage on certain things, the rest of the clan just throw him out.

The Flintstones

These last two are also new additions to the channel’s daily schedule. I was very happy to see that they were going to put The Flintstones back on the air, they were also another family favorite for my sister and I. We, like every other child, took the Flintstones vitamins before getting to school in the mornings, and everybody usually wanted a “Dino” or “Wilma” because they tasted the best and didn’t leave a chalky taste afterwards. I feel sort of to the kids that get to have the gummies now and don’t have to endure the grape-y taste of rock pieces throughout their mouth.  Oh, and I enjoy Cocoa Pebbles and milk in the mornings now as an adult…

Since both The Flintstones and The Jetsons are much older than the others on my list, my mom and her siblings, watched the original and a couple of the remakes, especially The Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show. This was the one time I remember watching the squeals and loving it just as the first one. I actually love watching the movies too! I feel like my favorite is The Flintstones (1994) when John Goodman played Fred Flintstone, which I thought was just perfect casting!

The Jetsons

Something that I thought was weird is that the creators at Hanna-Barbera productions obviously had a fascination with both the future and prehistoric times. Both The Flintstones and The Jetsons were aired in the same year so that has always made me giggle in a way because you have to think one is about having flying cars and robots, and cars made out of rocks, logs and animal skin and using dinosaurs to help you do the simplest of things!

I do love the show! And I have enjoyed the crossover episodes and movies. Everybody freaks out when the Arrowerse collides the week before they go on their Christmas break, but as a kid of the 80’s or 90’s, seeing these two shows mixing their realities was very cool!

I know Hanna-Barbera created a few more other shows, one of which was The Adventures Of Popeye and I do remember watching some of those specials but not as much as I would have put them on the list above. Honestly, we were encouraged by everyone in our families to check out something on television that was aired before our time, most of the time we had grown to enjoy them, but I actually took them pretty easily.

If you can think of any others that were made by HB throughout the 60’s to 80’s, let me know I’d like to know what you enjoyed as well.

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NOTM: Which Witch Is Which?

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Happy Halloween!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Nails Of The Month” post and I actually had my nails painted with red recently, but I had my nana take it off so I could try out my new polishes!

I wanted to explain the title of this post and why I wanted to buy these two before we get too into this post!

I grew up on the old school Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episodes on Cartoon Network because they basically came out in my mom’s time (she is not going to like how I worded that!) and I still record episodes of it on my DVR and always look forward to the movies on Boomarang. So when we went to Wal-Mart and I saw these colors I remembered a certain episode called “Which Witch Is Which” (tongue twister) and it’s about the gang meet a spooky witch and her monster haunting a swamp and I remember the colors of green, almost like a mint shade for her face and purple gown on the character and somehow these colors brought me back to that episode so that’s why I got them!

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1250 “It’s All A Bluer”

If you had read my fall nail polishes post, you might remember I had included a lone purple polish and I so wished I had waited until after I bought them before I wrote out that post. Anyways, this purple is a beautiful shade! In a way, it’s not exactly a purple and maybe the title is sort of a give away “bluer” maybe it has a tint of blue to it too!

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1251 “Peas and Quiet”

Let me say, I’m not too into the pastel colors, but I love this polish! Hell, even my nana likes it! Unfortunately, this picture doesn’t give it justice. It looks way paler in this photo, but the best way to describe it is like chocolate chip mint ice cream! It’s the same color as that! I apologize if saying that makes you think of that ice cream, because it didn’t help me out at all either! I thought it would be glow in the dark, but it’s not! That was sort of a let down… but it’s still a great color!

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So what do you think of these polishes? Yay or nay? 

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Top 9 Favorite Vampires!

Okay, technically I should have had this list created and published by now, but I’ve been trying really hard to watch as many vampire related shows or films lately.

I honestly don’t know how it all started but the first time I had ever seen “vampires” that were animated on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and surprisingly I kind of grew to enjoy them. Since then I’ve been interested in The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, The Originals, and Underworld series. Now I’m in the middle of True Blood and recently finished both Queen Of The Damned and Dracula Untold films. So I thought I’d write up a little list of favorites from all of them or at least try to!

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Charles Dance – “Thomas” in Underworld: Awakening (2012-16), “Master Vampire” in Dracula Untold (2014)

So this is going to sound a bit strange, but I have a small crush on Charles Dance. It’s small! And no, he’s not my first “older man” crush I’ve ever had…

I technically put him on this list because he’s managed to play a vampire in two films and found a way to make both roles stand out from each other! Charles as “Thomas” was stern but loved his son David and cared for the other vamps in his coven. His role in Dracula Untold, he’s basically alone. He is definitely more “scary” as the “Master Vampire” in that film!

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Peter Facinelli – “Carlisle Cullen” in Twilight series (2008-12)

I wasn’t really into the whole Twilight hype, at the time I already had given my heart to the Salvatore brothers so I thought that was good enough! I didn’t start watching the series until 3 years later!

I wasn’t into who everybody was crushing over. The whole divide of Team Edward or Team Jacob was not for me. My cousin Kristi and I were more interested in Carlisle.The reason why he’s at the bottom of the list is because even though he’s a favorite, I still think he was too soft. However, the goodness of his heart was a reason why I liked him so much. He didn’t scare me or come across as a regular vampire.

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 Deborah Ann Woll – “Jessica Hamby” in True Blood (2008-14)

I’m stuck on Season 5 of True Blood and considering from the first episode I watched with Jessica in it, I’ve been really into her character!! I’ve seen her grow into her vampire self and it’s been very interesting to see how much she’s changed.

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Paul Wesley – “Stefan Salvatore” in The Vampire Diaries (2009-present)

I know, you’re probably surprised that I’ve added Stefan onto this list and not Damon, Klaus, or hell Katherine! In all honesty, if I really wanted to, I would add all three but I don’t think anybody is as good as Stefan. I mean, he’s learned how to control himself numerous times but I have to say seeing him lose it defines a vampire for me.

I give Paul lots of credit for being able to do so much for this role and when he played “Silas” in season four too!

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Dakota Fanning – “Jane” from Twilight (2009-12)

I had a hard time getting into the whole Twilight scene. I didn’t actually watch the first movie until the franchise was starting the Breaking Dawn films.

Despite the fact I had a couple favorites on the “good” side of vampirism, Jane was my favorite of the Voultri. She was a badass from the very first time she’s introduced in New Moon. I almost felt scared with her fierce command as she walked into a room and then she brought different amounts of pain upon her victims and those red eyes alone could memorize you to obey her. I thought Dakota Fanning was a great choice for this role!

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Julie Benz – “Darla” in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel (1997-2004)

The first time I ever watched anything about vampires as a teenager was from getting up at 5am for Angel, which if you didn’t know was the spin-off of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I feel this show was a good choice for me to really test if I could get through the whole thing of vampires, witches, etc. Not to mention the first show I watch has the characters in full makeup, they do not look like people as vampires they generally look like demons I guess you would say and as I watched this show I grew to love Darla a lot and she scared the living shit out of me at times!

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Alexander Skarsgård – “Eric Northman” in True Blood (2008-2014)

I’ve been watching True Blood lately but as my friends all told me by season five I’ll be addicted to it, I’m at that season and I’ve sort of lost my interest for it unfortunately.

I’ve been on the fence about Mr. Northman though. From the very first episode I thought he was very intimidating and powerful, but as the first season dragged on I didn’t think he had that sort of attachment with me he once had and I feel bad saying that now, but it’s true. Alexander playing Eric though, hot!

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Kate Beckinsale – “Selene” in Underworld series (2003-2016)

I still can’t believe my dad got me interested in the Underworld series. It just seems so weird because it’s always been opposite.

I honestly love the characters of the entire series, each one has their own power and brings something different to the role of a vampire. I really love Kate Beckinsale as “Selene” though, I feel in ways I wish I could be that demanding and respected as a both fighter and survivor. I can’t wait for the new film this fall!

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Sebastian Roché – “Mikael Mikaelson” in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals (2011-15)

Surprisingly, Mikael wasn’t my first choice to lead the pack as the best vampire, but as I started to really think about it. Nobody really made me freak out longer than this man did especially when Davina brought him back to life. She’s gotta stop bringing the Mikaelson boys back to life!

Anyways, from the time we heard about the original vampire family and why Klaus, Elijah, and the whole crew were basically on the run from him. You know this isn’t somebody you want to mess with and the fact he managed to come around in both TVD and TO was pretty interesting! Despite him being such a feared character he’s reaction to see his daughter Freya in previous season of The Originals was very different, we actually saw emotion and him hugging her!! What the hell? Of course, he did end up being killed at the hands of Klaus  in front of Freya, the man still lives on in the mind’s of the remaining originals.

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Birthday + OOTD

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Hi guys!

How was your Halloween? I didn’t do much that day, I went outside late in the afternoon to see the little trick-or-treaters, they were so adorable! I spent some time hanging out with the cats. Tubby and Felix almost jumped onto my lap. After a little bit, I stood out talking to neighbors and family friends. Our weather keeps changing, at the start of the weekend it was rainy, but the sun was out. It was a bit breezy Saturday evening but not that bad. Of course later in the week the temperature would rise back up again. My body is so confused! Am I the only one that is actually losing sleep over this daylight savings crap?? I was really tired Saturday night but I kind of figured I would get up kind of early that next morning, but not three minutes before one in the morning!! Sunday was my birthday and I was so tired!! I don’t know how I managed to stay awake the whole day, but I did.

The first person I saw early that morning was my mom, she and my sister had to work which sucked. However, I did get to see everybody. Around 11am, I got up and went on my Facebook to see that my wall was exploding with everybody’s messages saying “happy birthday” I think about ten minutes later I could hear my dad singing “happy birthday to me (to him)” and he came into my room to give me a hug and Brandon came in next to say “happy birthday” and my dad said “thank you” for me. I had a good birthday lunch, fish and cheesy, broccoli rice. Yum! My mom got home at 3pm and she came in–still in her scrubs–with my birthday card in her hand. For once I actually didn’t destroy it like I usually do to other card envelopes! Apparently my dad was the one who got me a brownie cake and card and my mom was the one who got me the Tower Speaker. It is what it sounds, it’s just one speaker tower that basically plugs into everything and mind you, I’ve been without a lot of bass in the past 11 months… So the bass queen is back!

I spent a couple of hours trying to get used to that and a little bit afterwards, Uncle Russell came in to give me his card which I thought fit me very well! If you can read it down at the bottom (the one on the left!) the inside says “I want to participate.” Around six, Tressa, Sammy and their whole crew came over with their gifts. I got to see Chey and Chevy the night before while they were dressed up in their costumes. They looked so good! They also had a LOT of candy in their bags! If I remember correctly, Chey and Chevy gift to me were my pajama bottoms. They’re a bunch of colors but the main color is pink. They’re fleece which is what i like the most! They are so comfortable! Oh and there’s a black skull on the upper left thigh! Tressa and Rex got me this painting type of thing, i don’t know what to call it. It’s basically a big tree with a skull carved in the middle of it. It also says “knowledge is life” it’s pretty cool honestly! Sammy’s gift though, I was instructed to keep it away from my mom because it’s a Wizard Of Oz picture in a frame. I love it! They came over as I was eating my birthday supper of mac and cheese! I finished my day with a small slice of my brownie cake!

On Monday, day two of celebrations, this time with my grandparents. We got Fish Hut for lunch. I got to have pizza, shhh nobody tell my Uncle David! My nana was so nice she made cinnamon rolls but used something that changed the coloring of the icing. It was yellow, orange and brown. I took two home with me! She also made these “Nana doodles” she put the same icing on top of vanilla wafer cookies. My mom, Blondie and Brandon went to the store for her and did her other errands while I sat out in the kitchen and talked my head off. I bet my papaw enjoys it whenever I leave, he probably gets better naps that way! Before I end this post, I want to share what I wore over there. I wore my flannel button-up shirt I got last Christmas from American Eagle and my leggings are gray and white; they’re faded a bit but that’s all part of their design! They certainly feel like jeans, they squeeze the crap out of my thighs! I don’t remember I bought them from either.

I have to say I really enjoyed my birthday celebration.

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Ketchup With Us: Terrified After All These Years

So it’s the second of the month where I get to do Ketchup With Us. We have two whole weeks until Halloween, and I’m sorry, but why are all of the shows doing Halloween specials two weeks beforehand? I know Last Man Standing is doing their special two weeks in advance? So I take that into consideration that it won’t be on for next week? I would like it to be next week right now. This month is as slow as last year’s. October is always a slow month for me, but that’s only because November is my birthday month. I do love the colors of the leaves changing, loads of candy, and when Disney channel plays the Halloweentown movies throughout the whole month. They make me look forward of the month. I didn’t go to bed until midnight because I stayed up to watch the beginning of Halloweentown. Which I had missed a few hours before. I saw everybody tweet about it on Twitter. I was not happy about that. Now I’m recording them on my DVR. I have no shame either. So I thought I’d incorporate the movies into this week’s KWU. Mel and Michele are asking for us to post a picture and 57 words of us being terrified. Well I’m not doing the picture nor do I want to be in the contest, because I’m not into the prize. I’ll just say this, not a horror movies kind of girl. Lol

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When I was younger, I was watching the middle of Halloweentown: Kalabar’s Revenge. Where he changes the humans into terrifying creatures. Yeah, I freaked so bad that I covered my face with the blanket. I do that with Scooby-Doo and The Witch’s Ghost too. I still do that from time to time. And I’m how old now?

Trifextra: Scooby-Doo Meets The Green Monster

Wasn’t planning on doing this weekend’s Trifextra’s but I’m in another good mood and wanting to create a very short Halloween theme story.  Okay, so here it goes!

Artist credit: Dan Duford
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“What was that?” said Shaggy. “I don’t know.” said Scooby-Doo. “AHHHHHH!” they screamed loudly, and then they fainted “Oh crap! Why do they always do that?” the monster said in a sad voice.

Never Too Old

I definitely didn’t have the “Monday blues” today. After two weeks, I finally got to go to work on Mondays. I slept like a rock last night. Literally, I went to bed around 9pm and didn’t wake up until 7:30am. It was freaking weird, very different from yesterday I didn’t get any sleep hardly. When I got up this morning, I had a lot of energy and I just felt good. Around 9am, I saw Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost was on Cartoon Network and you know my inner child was screaming at me from the inside to watch it, so I caved in and watched it. I like how it doesn’t matter how old I get, the damn movie still creeps me out bits and pieces. Especially the first witch, the one where the towns people created, and when she pops up into the sky scares the crap out of me. The second witch wasn’t so bad. I remember when I was younger I would curl up in my blanket and hide whenever it was on. I loved it but secretly it scared the living shit of me. It doesn’t matter how old I get, I will still curl up into a ball and wrap my blanket around me. Don’t judge me, we all have things that still freaks us out even after we’re kids.

My mom got up around 10am and got my hair washed, fed me, and got me dressed for work. I had some dark chocolate before I went to work and it was amazing. One of the good things that I got to do. Then my favorite driver came to pick me up and once I got there, I talked to some of the staff and residents there. We got to color for Crafty Corner today. Easter and St. Patrick’s Day pages and I got to help one of the residents again. We had a full house and so I had to lend a hand, or a foot I should say. Then after we were done with it, I had her help me with mine. I was doing it for another resident. He said he liked it. Actually, after that I noticed my body felt yucky and I started to get even more tired. It kind of sucked, but at least I wasn’t hungry like I was last Thursday. That was my problem last week. My mom came to get me and we went home and once we were in town, we remembered what my dad told us the other night about one of the cars at a car dealer ship had an actual Transformer Bumblebee edition car. Well my mom was talking to me in the car and she was turning towards me and actually noticed the words, “Transformers” written at the top of the windshield in black. Since she was talking I didn’t even see it so we literally went around the block just so I could see it and of course, once I did see the words, I flipped out! “It does say ‘Transformers'” my mom and I felt like idiots but it was awesome!