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Scooby-Doo Hits The Stage In Theatrical Production, “Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold”

Celebrating 50 years of mystery-solving fun this year, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Monlove announce today a partnership to begin production of Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, a completely original live entertainment spectacular. The show will be presented in large scale theaters and will be the first of its kind to combine cutting edge technology with exceptional music, puppetry, magic, singing, dance, interactive audience response video, aerial arts and video mapping. 

Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold will take audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with a brand-new story based on one of the top-grossing international franchises of all time. The production is slated to premiere in March 2020 and continue on a global, five-year tour visiting more than 30 countries around the world.

Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold is being created and directed by some of the biggest names in live entertainment and produced by the Montreal based production company Monlove. The show’s Original Concept, Book, Music & Lyrics will be created by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson the powerhouse behind many hit shows including Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure which toured 48 countries, was translated in 12 languages and grossed over $100 million.

Monlove is also the mastermind behind The Nut Job Live & FriendsHoliday on Ice Energia and as Music Producers and Composers for several Cirque du Soleil shows including Zed, and Mystère, Alegria (Arena) & Saltimbanco (Arena). The show will be directed by Pierre Boileau (Queen Elizabeth’s JubileeThe Nut Job Live & Friends, Cirque Eloize), with technical design innovations and revolutionary sets being handled by superstar veteran Guy-St-Amour (Cirque du Soleil’s MystèreLoveViva ElvisMichael Jackson, and Wagner the Ring Cycle at the MET Opera).

“Working with Warner to celebrate the legacy of an icon is a dream come true. As we have done previously with Ice Age Live! and The Nut Job Live, working on Scooby-Doo allows us to produce high-quality theater that is entertaining for children while offering elevated winks and nods for adults…’’ said Ella Louise Allaire, CEO and founder of Monlove.

“On the heels of Scooby-Doo’s 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to partner with Monlove to introduce an immersive, world-class experience that brings the meddling antics of the Mystery Inc. Gang to life in a way fans, young and old, have never seen before,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. 

For nearly five decades, Scooby-Doo has created a world of spooky, mysterious fun where playful spirits of all ages find the courage to seek adventure, solve problems and do good. The universally celebrated franchise will continue to attract and entertain fans in the years ahead with new experiences and content, including the highly-anticipated animated film “SCOOB!” that is slated to premiere in theaters on May 15, 2020.

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Mezco Announces “5 Points” Action Figure Line – Toy Fair 2019

Mezco Toyz has been teasing us for weeks with NY Toy Fair 2019 reveals, and today is no different. With the event only a few days away, this announcement might be the biggest, as the NYC-based toymaker has unveiled an entirely new line – 5 Points!

The company made their announcement (and posted two teaser photos) last night on their official blog:

Toy Fair is less than a week away and it’s time for another Toy Fair 2019 product reveal! Here’s a sneak peak at a brand new line we will be debuting at Toy Fair: 5 Points.

So, why the name 5 Points? Because these figures being done in the same vein as Super7’s ReAction figures and other retro-style toys, with five points of articulation. Those points are a rotating head, and arms and legs that can move up and down, and that’s it.

For now, it appears they only have the Hanna-Barbera license, but that’s still quite a large universe to get through. The two figures seen above are Birdman and The Ghost of Elias Kingston from “Scooby-Doo, where are you?”, which can only mean the entire Scooby Squad is not far behind (and more figures of Velma from Scooby-Doo is fine by me).

It’s quite a big change from their One: 12 line, which has brought Mezco a ton of attention from figure collectors since it debuted a few years ago. However, if there is one company who can do this retro figure and make it awesome, it’s Mezco.

This is an exciting announcement, but it’s highly doubtful that any of these products will be in display at Toy Fair since the images say “Sculpt in Progress”, and it may be too early in production to show anything more concrete, as licensors still need to give their final seal of approval.

There have been a lot of reveals leading up to NY Toy Fair. Some of the highlights so far have included Hasbro’s “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” figures, McFarlane Toys picking up the Wizarding World of Harry Potter license, Mezco’s new One:12 Captain Marvel figureMego announced new 14″ Star Trek figures, and a new line based on characters from Stan Lee’s vault, and Neca debuted a great looking Shredder and Karate Kid set.

Stay tuned this weekend as our exclusive NY Toy Fair 2019 coverage begins on Saturday! 

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First Look at DC Comic’s ‘Snagglepuss’

In the March Annuals released on 3/29, DC Comics will be showcasing some new ideas for their Hanna-Barbera comics line with 8-page samplers of the new stories. Get ready for RUFF AND REDDY by writer/artist Howard Chaykin, THE JETSONS by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with art by Pier Brito, TOP CAT by writer Dan DiDio with art by Phil Winslade, and the already highly anticipated series SNAGGLEPUSS by writer Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter.

Mark Russell recently revealed in an interview with HiLoBrow that his concept for Snagglepuss is as a Southern gothic playwright working with an ensemble cast of cultural figures, exploring an intensely creative time in the New York City theater scene of the 1950s. In Russell’s eight-pager, Snagglepuss faces the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Stay tuned for the complete sampler, but enjoy a first look at SNAGGLEPUSS!

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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Jazwares” debuts new “Adventure Time” and “Regular Show” toys

“Jazwares” brought plenty of new toys with them to NY Toy Fair 2013, but unfortunately not too many of the new items were allowed to be photographed. Lucky for you, I have pics of everything else and can at least tell you about some of the new exciting figures scheduled for this year.

The company had plenty of new tech items being shown off, including new earbuds and spy gear with Star Wars characters, WWE and Power Rangers alarm clocks, and a few other items in the novelty tech line. The big thing for me was the new figures from “Adventure Time” and “Regular Show”. Fans of both shows will be excited to hear that there will be figures of all the major characters from Regular Show in scale with Mordecai and Rigby (yes, Skips will tower over the others), and Fiona and Cake will also be coming out this year along with a few other surprises.

Their popular Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog lines will also continue, along with their classic Hanna Barbera and Nicktoons figures, which will be getting a few new figures to join the current line-up. “Plants VS Zombies” will also have a ton of new figures later this year, so check out the gallery below to see what is old and what is new from Jazwares!

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Stop-Motion “Johnny Quest” Video Blows Up Nostalgia

Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

Here is something for you fans of retro animation – an amazing stop-motion video that captures the opening credits of the cult-classic “Johnny Quest” cartoon show.

Here is the explanation from the man responsible for this video, Roger Evans:

In 1964, “Johnny Quest” aired to rave reviews as the first, adult action/adventure cartoon in prime time. It had cool jazz music by Hoyt Curtin and terrific, high contrast pen and ink design work by Doug Wildey. As an animator and long time JQ junkie, I had always wanted a set of Jonny Quest action figures but, due to high production costs, the show only lasted one season; not long enough to spawn any kind of serious toys or other merchandising tie-ins. So, almost 50 years later, I made my own. Here is my Valentine to one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, cartoons ever to spin up the imagination of a 53 year old man now going on six. Enjoy!

You can see the behind-the-scenes video on how this short was made at this link here.

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