Okay, so I get really bored when I take lunch during work because I have an hour to kill with nothing to do. So I tend to drive out to the local mega-marts and just look around. Once a week I hit Wal-Mart just so I can pass the time digging though the $5.50 DVD bin looking for nostalgia treasures. Lately there have been quite a few, some that were on my wish list for years, I’ve just never wanted to pay the asking price. For instance, *Batteries Not Included is a fun flick, but I don’t think I’ll ever be so in love with it that I’d be willing to plunk down $13 or more for it. I mean its basically just Cocoon junior with cute little robots instead of helpful glowing pod people. Hell, I can’t bring myself to spend $10 on Cocoon. But $4.88? That’s a price that’ll make me bite.
Anyway, on these trips to the $5.50 bin I keep seeing all these copies of flicks from the 80’s that I feel should be in someone’s DVD collection instead of lying under ten copies of Left Behind II or the Martial Arts Masters 5 Movie Set. So I’ve decided to do something about it. Potentially.
I’m going to try starting a contest, one a month for at least the next four months (because that’s about how much I was willing to invest in this concept.) The winner of the contest will receive a brand new DVD of a movie from the 80’s (always widescreen if I can help it and region 1 because that’s where I live) postage paid and everything.
What is the contest you ask? Well I was trying to think of something fun and interactive I could do that wasn’t just a matter of sending in an e-mail or answering a question (how can you stump someone who has the internet without asking a question like "What do I have in my pocket?") So I decided it would be fun to have a Coloring Contest! Yup that’s right, break out your Crayola’s, stick your tongue out the corner of your mouth and try to stay in the lines folks! I’ve decided to make a coloring book page from a book that never existed, the Little Shop of Horrors Coloring & Activity Book! (At least I don’t think it ever existed, I don’t remember it and I couldn’t find one when I googled it.)
This month’s DVD prize is of course Little Shop of Horrors starring Rick Moranis in the part he was born to play, Seymour Krelborn, the vivacious Ellen Greene as Audrey (oh to hear her say Doctor again and again), and Vincent Gardenia as an adequate Mr. Mushnik. Directed by the man who stuck his hand up Yoda’s ass and made him talk, Frank Oz, not to mention the 6 million cameos by the likes of Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, John Candy, James "No, I’m not my brother" Belushi, as well as my favorite Steve Martin role as the Dentist with a penchant for shooting puppies with a B.B. gun.
So, what do you have to do to get your hands on this copy of Little Shop of Horrors? Click on the below coloring book page image to get a full size scan of my drawing, slap some color on it (crayons, markers, colored pencils, misc. food items, Photoshop, whatever) and either email me your masterpiece of coloring skills or post it online and send me a link to it (either in e-mail or in the comments section) with your name and address (so I can send the DVD if you win silly.)
The deadline for entries is Monday, October 30th, 2006 and a panel of judges including myself, my lovely fiancee, my beagle puppy, and the loudest cat in the greater Atlanta area will pick a winner. I’ll post the winning entry on the blog on Halloween (hell, I’ll probably post all the entries seeing as there will probably be like two.) Here’s to hoping this idea works.