NEW SCOOBY DOO DVD
Just wanted to let everyone know that there’s a new Scooby Doo DVD that’s flying off the virtual shelves of Amazon.com. It was ranked #556 as of 9:20 AM (which is pretty good for an 8-disc set of a show from the 70′s!). It’s enough sales to beat Tom Selleck’s “Jesse Stone: Night Passage” at # 2,899 but still not enough to beat “Jesse Stone: No Remorse” at #399. Well played Mr. Selleck. Well played.
Besides being a big fan of Scooby Doo, I’m mentioning it because I did an on-camera interview for the DVD featurette, “Scooby-Doo The Whole World Loves You” which, according to Amazon.com, “focuses on Scooby’s continued popularity and fans continued love of the character. Features interviews with various writers, directors and actors who have worked on Scooby TV and Movie projects over the last 40 years. (20 mins)” For me, it was a tremendous honor to be a part of it because I’m such a huge fan. I can’t really say I’m the “ultimate” fan because I don’t dress like anybody from the show and I haven’t named my kids Velma or Fred. But I have been known to say “Jinkies!” so I got that going for me.
For the DVD, I mostly talked about my work on our “Bravo Dooby Doo” episode and Mr. Barbera’s involvement in the show. The most random anecdote about my interview is that I wore a shirt with green stripes for the interview. Why is that interesting, you ask? Well, whenever they do these interviews, they do them in front of a green screen so they can lay down whatever images they want to in the background by altering anything that’s green on camera. (I don’t want to go into too much technical details when we have Wikipedia for that.) Anyhow, I ended up changing shirts with one of the crew members who happened to be my size. It was just another reminder of why it’s important to shower before you leave the house. So, if you’re watching the featurette and thinking, “Man, that Van sure is a fancy dresser,” then I apologize for misleading you into thinking I’m so fancy.
That was really the only anecdote I have from the recording session. Besides the fact that they put some man makeup on me before the shoot. At least that’s what they said it was.Read More