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It's Thanksgiving week, or as I like to think of it, that big speed bump on the highway between Halloween and the December Holidays. It's a time when things slow down, and part of that is simply because of all the eating - a lot of eating. Actually, Halloween is probably the true kick-off to the Holiday season, because October-December are all linked by an unseen evil that lurks with every meal, sweet and treat - the potential for cavities. For Halloween I tried to balance things out by staying "cavity-neutral," giving kids both candy and toothpaste... the naturally-friendly kind from Hello Products. If there's a sugar rush, kids should also feel a need to rush to brush to protect those pearly whites - even if they're not "grownup teeth" just yet. Knock on wood, neither of The Rock Daughters™ have yet to have a cavity! But now, Thanksgiving... Gobble, Gobble!
If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed.
12 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!
With Halloween just three days away, and some towns doing Trick-or-Treating this weekend (ours included), time is running out to get your Halloween costumes in-order. For those undecided kids that might be fans of Activision's massively-successful SKYLANDERS games, there's several fan-favorite characters readily-available to suit-up for adventure. Spyro, Kaos, Crusher, Jetvac, Snapshot, Chop Chop, Wallop and more - available through Amazon, Party City, Walmart and more. Aside from costumes, what's really cool for a Skylanders-themed Halloween is that there's a variant figure that's been released for the new cross-platform SKYLANDERS: IMAGINATORS line - Halloween Candy Coated Chopscotch!
Sara Lovell's new family music album, YOU'VE GOT ME, has a few songs on it that could be considered worthy of a Halloween playlist, but in the midst of a record that tackles monsters, alligators, and rabbits is one song that really stands out for the season. "The Skeleton Band" is that track, perfectly fitting the spooky seasonal bill, and just in-time for Halloween, there's an animated music video to go along with it. Check it out below as part of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine...
The third season of DreamWorks Animation's Dinotrux made its debut on Netflix this month, and as more families discover the adventures of Ty Rux and the crew, the demand for off-screen activities is growning. With Halloween weekend almost here, lots of families will be carving pumpkins, and those looking to put a Mechazoic spin on things need look no further than a set of FREE PRINTABLE Pumpkin Stencils that the crew over at DreamWorks have whipped-up! How about some Dinotrux and Reptools on your porch to greet the Trick-or-Treaters this weekend?
There isn't much that's mightier than five robotic lions that come together to form an even bigger robot. That said, VOLTRON is timeless, and VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER is bringing that goodness to Netflix with a second season kicking off this coming January. I've been championing the series since getting an early preview on a visit to DreamWorks Animation back in May, ans something that came up during that visit is that I once was VOLTRON... for Halloween back in 1985. ""You were like a cross between KUNG FU PANDA and VOLTRON!" declared actor Tyler Labine as he and castmate Josh Keaton checked out a picture from the archives of my homemade costume. Funny enough, here we are 31 years past the night when I hit the streets ready to fight off evildoers with my blazing sword, and VOLTRON is big again... and now you can get some FREE Printable VOLTRON Pumpkin Stencils to deck out your mighty gourd as your favorite member of the team.