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As stated, the only thing that I knew about The Call of Cthulhu is that it’s a short story from the 1920’s by H.P. Lovecraft. The only reason I knew H.P. Lovecraft is from the countless cons that I’ve been to. There has always been some one there with a really cool shirt with his name or an image of Cthulhu. Even if you think you don’t know what Cthulhu looks like you do and considering that his images are almost 90 years old; thus predating almost all modern monsters and horror it’s fair to say that this is legendary stuff. Similar to H.R. Giger’s work with Alien, the monster in The Call of Cthulhu is one that leaves an immediate impression. Cthulhu is a massive octopus head with arms as long as a football field. But The Call of Cthulhu is more than a big octopus story. At its core this is a story about pagans all over the world that worship a demon who is truly the Big Bad. It’s stronger than time and space and occasionally pops up around the world in art or folklore.
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Super ego here, driving the bus. Have you parents seen the introduction to Music and Lyrics, Pop Goes My Heart? Do you know that video montage where Hugh Grant cheesily runs with his girlfriend while a series of intentionally camp backgrounds flash behind him? This is mindless, benign fodder that is the equivalent of a candy bar laced with tryptophan. It’s a trite ploy that lazy film makers use to lull adults into thinking that the kid’s film that they’re watching will actually be entertaining for them. This is what you’ll think of Hotel Transylvania 3. What a buffoon. I couldn’t stand listening to their nonsense. That film was great! My friends in third grade have wanted to see this since January. I hope we have Mrs. Smith for our teacher this year. Can you believe school starts soon? And that finale!? With the octopus creature rising from the deep that Super Ego said was a Kraken! Awesome ending that I did not see coming! To older viewers the Hotel Transylvania series will seem a bit long in the tooth and Hotel Transylvania 3 doesn’t do anything to assuage their beliefs.
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We all were fans of the film. It had more heart than some of its contemporaries that targeted the same demographic. There were still some sight gags, but it wasn’t all potty humor and toilet puns, which is quite ironic considering the titular character. In its place, just as it is in the books, lie George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two best friends that any kid in elementary school can relate to. They’re goofy, like to draw, have fun and also have a wide variety of friends to interact with. If there was one thing that the film did not contain that our kids noticed, it was its lack of supporting characters. Other than Melvin Sneedly, Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants and Professor Poopypants it was the George and Harold show. Fans of the books know that there are several characters that interact with them and help spice up the universe of Jerome Horowitz Elementary.
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Similar to how IDW and some of their Disney titles publish previous stories that were in another language. American Mythology Productions has brought many of the Harvey Comics characters back so that new audiences can discover them. As a kid I still remember my neighbor who only collected Harvey Comics. We took a trip to the beach one summer and the two of us just read and traded all manner of Wendy, friends and more. My favorite title that I remember was Casper and Hot Stuff. I liked the earnestness of Casper, but I also liked the kid friendly maliciousness of Hot Stuff. They’re back in an all story, Casper and Hot Stuff #1. This is one of those all age comic books that kids 5 and up can jump into and easily enjoy. Even their slightly surly older sibling who is 9 will enjoy this comic book.
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From the title Ghoul Scouts to the setting of this mini-series, Camp Lake Crystal, older readers know that their tongue should be fully in cheek. However, younger readers will be fully enthralled in this just-scary-enough mini-series from Action Lab Entertainment. Ghoul Scouts features five teens as they fight zombies and monsters, all the while navigating the difficult task of being a teenager and being in their home town. This is fun stuff that ages 8 and up will enjoy and parents can rest easy knowing that the content is OK too.
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Perfectly Norman really understands children, the questions and confusion that they’re going through. It’s teaching by metaphor and it’s our favorite theme for a great children’s book. Much like Giraffe’s Ruin Everything (another book we loved!), this book tells kids what’s going on, without actually telling them. You can see the a-ha moment when kids realize that the wings are just a device and that everyone, yes everyone has some form of ‘wings’ that make them different.
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The thing about We Don’t Eat Our Classmates is that the book is 100% relatable to children between the ages of 4-8. In any child’s class there’s a kid who is ‘eating their classmates’. One of the great things about books like this is that kids realize that even though they make mistakes or may not behave like little angels it’s always possible to turn it around. In Penelope’s case she gets a taste of her own medicine with the class pet, a goldfish named Walter. Once she realizes what it’s like to be treated that way or to have that done to you she quickly changes her behavior.
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Hotel Transylvania 3 comes out in movie theaters on July 13. This giveaway is for a 4-pack of tickets to the Atlanta sneak preview on 11:00 AM. It’s at a theater in Roswell, about 15 minutes north of Atlanta. The winners will be emailed links to the tickets so that they can claim them, as well as, more specific information.
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When Hotel Transylvania came out in theaters I wasn’t impressed. However, at the time I saw it by myself as the boys were too young to sit through a complete movie. By the time the second one came out our oldest was screaming at me to go see it and we did. He laughed hysterically […]
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Catch the train, the Sonic the Hedgehog train that Dr. Eggman is desperately trying to hijack. This comic book is great and produces sold out issues, which then require second or even third printings. The magic of Tracy Yardley is in full effect here and is one of those all age comic books with action, humor and a built in audience that kids 5 and up will enjoy.
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