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Charlie Brown Halloween

I’ve been reading a lot of Peanuts with my son, and when I told him there was a Halloween Charlie Brown animated special, he was super excited to watch. The part that had both of us laughing like crazy was when Charlie Brown and the other neighbourhood kids went out for “tricks or treats” (Is that a regional thing? Or a remnant of the 60s when the special was made?) and all the kids got candy except for poor old Charlie Brown, who got a rock from every single house.

The Crypt Kicker Five

Continuing on my thoughts regarding the Monster Mash, we come to another strange lyric.

The coffin-bangers were about to arrive with their vocal group The Crypt Kicker Five.”

What are coffin-bangers? And why does Bobby “Boris” Pickett think we’ll just implicitly understand what he means by that phrase? Anyways, here’s The Crypt Kicker Five, comprised of various coffin-adjacent monsters.

2019 MLS Best XI

When Major League Soccer reaches out to you to put together a video, you say yes. Used as part of the announcement for the 2019 MLS Best XI, I was asked to put together a video in the style of the classic Neighborhood Soccer games, but with the members of this year’s elite group. Making the little animations for each stat screen was so much fun!

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Dracula and His Son

I’ve listened to The Monster Mash (by Bobby “Boris” Pickett) so many times, that whenever I hear it, I no longer pay attention to the melody, but instead ponder some of the more peculiar lyrics.

For example – who is Dracula’s son? Why was it so important to include him in the song, only to have him never mentioned again? Who is Dracula’s wife? Why couldn’t Dracula get a babysitter? So many questions.