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January 16, 2008
DirecTV, Scooby-Doo to the Rescue
Bound to a chair, a man is tormented by a bunch of teenagers and their dog. Who'll have your sympathies? DirecTV is betting you'll side with the kids and dog as you watch this new spot via Deutsch/LA. And it's probably right, even if parents in the viewing audience (regularly tormented by their own kids) might be inclined at first to side with the man in the chair.

In this case, the kids and dog are familiar animated characters from Scooby-Doo, a TV cartoon that has aired in various permutations for nearly 40 years. And when one of the kids literally unmasks the man, he turns out to be "the cable guy," i.e., a person consumers are conditioned to dislike, given their exasperating experience with cable companies.

Having revealed the man's true identity, one of the kids explains the situation: "Well, now that DirecTV has more of the best channels in HD, no wonder the cable guy tried to stop everyone from switching to DirecTV." Embracing his assigned role as bad guy, the man snarls, "And I could of got away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids and your dog." Note that his use of the grammatically incorrect "if it wasn't," rather than "if it weren't," adds to his aura of uncouth villainy. A voiceover then urges viewers to "Hook up your new flat-screen to over 85 of the best HD channels," and concludes with an 800-phone number for DirecTV.

Viewers who grew up as fans of Scooby-Doo will appreciate the dose of nostalgia DirecTV has provided. What about those whose pop-culture literacy doesn't include the Scooby oeuvre? They'll be so grateful to hear the narrator's normal adult voice, after the grating cartoony voices, that they may take its sales pitch to heart as well.
http://www.adweek.com/aw/creative/ad_of_the_day/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003697124

January 15, 2008
Bon Bon Buddies unveils Easter Egg kits and Christmas 2008 NPD
Featuring Winnie the Pooh, Disney Princess and Spongebob Squarepants, the Easter Egg Decorating Kits contain six milk chocolate eggs, a carry handle and materials to create and decorate a 3D scene, making them ideal for children of all ages.

The Christmas 2008 range will include a number of unique and exciting products which feature both new characters, including Disney's Pixar Wall-E and In The Night Garden, plus established names such as High School Musical, Scooby-Doo, Dora the Explorer and Bratz.

Scooby-Doo Jammeroos are the latest addition to the company's biscuit range, and a collection of Fun Buddies Activity Bags will lead a raft of new all year-round confectionary that will be displayed.

Bon Bon Buddies, based in Crumlin, Gwent, is Europe's leading supplier of licensed confectionery and novelty biscuits, including seasonal and year-round product lines. Further examples of its product range will also feature prominently on stand.

The company recently announced record results for the financial year ending April 2007, with sales rising from 17.9 million to 26.1 million. The company supplies leading retailers across Europe including Tesco, Asda, Wilkinson, Auchan and Carrefour.
http://www.talkingretail.com/products/8184/Bon-Bon-Buddies-unveils-Easter.ehtml

December 12, 2007
Pup Named Scooby Doo Coming to DVD in March
The littlest detectives solve the biggest mysteries on the hit animated series Pup Named Scooby-Doo, whose entire first season comes to DVD March 18, 2008 from Warner Home Video (WHV). Titled Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete First Season, the DVD will feature 13, 22-minute episodes from the show's first season on two discs and will retail for $19.98 SRP.

Geared towards pre-schoolers and kids, Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete First Season follows the young adventures of the lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, along with pint-sized versions of his pals Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred, as they solve mysteries and embark on exciting adventures.

On Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete First Season, the gang encounters all sorts of spooks and monsters including a Cheese Monster, a Headless Skateboarder and even the ghost of mobster, Al Kabone. Their mysteries take them to the creepiest of destinations, including a spine-chilling mountain ski resort, a spooky Indian burial ground and even a haunted comic book convention. Episodes include A Bicycle Built for Boo!, The Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core, Wanted Cheddar Alive, Snow Place Like Home, Scooby Dude, Robopup and several others.
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Pup-Named-Scooby-Doo-Season-1-Press-Release/8618

December 3, 2007
Simple Plan
Simple Plan are aiming big. They may already have sold out shows in Mexico, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Malaysia. And, yes, they may have already flogged seven million records worldwide, but they haven't finished yet. They now have little ol' blighty in their sights and they're coming to take over the UK in 2008. Following in Green Day and Blink 182's pop-punk footsteps, they're making a dash for the top of our charts and record collections. They've teamed up with Timbaland's buddy Danja to add some groove to their punk thudding and have a new album and single heading our way in February. We caught up with lead guitarist Jeff Stinco to chat about the band's new material and ask why they are obsessed with Scooby Doo. We also found out that Celine Dion isn't that bad after all.

The band have a strong connection with the Scooby Doo franchise. How did that come about?
"We were approached by the company that do all the Scooby Doo stuff and they asked us to do the theme, which was cool, because we were all fans of the show when we were younger. It led to us appearing in an episode of Scooby Doo, which was amazing. We got to be animated and do our own voices for an episode. It was a really cool achievement. Then for the movie we did an original track, shot a video and it was a good tie-in. It was a relationship that just grew with those people."

To read the entire interview, click here.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a80890/simple-plan.html

October 25, 2007
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Hour said to be getting Mid-2008 DVD Release
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Hour Season 1 is rumored to be released in late spring/early summer of 2008. Each episode of the series contained a Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo cartoon, and a Richie Rich cartoon. The DVD is said to be a 2-disc set for under $30.
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Richie-Rich-Scooby-Doo-Hour-Rumors/8327
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