Wednesday, 24 October 2018

19 Halloween Movies That Are Family-Friendly

Boo! 👻

If over-the-top jump scares, terrifying specters and gory bloodbaths aren't your Halloween scene, then check out these 19 family-friendly, mostly PG classics, enjoyed by many, year after year...

CGI Fan Favorites

Cute Monsters

Ghouls Rule touches on Halloween itself, but any Monster High film is appropriate.

Goosebumps (2 is still in theatres)

Halloween Classics through generations

Hotel Transylvania franchise

"Spoopy" Ghosts

Tim Burton Classics

Other Great Stop-Motion Films

So, there you have it. Whether you're renting them on Netflix, Shaw on Demand, or happen to have a copy on DVD, these 19 films are sure to give you happy chills without nightmares!

👾👻 👾👻 👾👻 👾👻 👾👻

Friday, 19 October 2018

Five Nights At Freddy's Review on Chica

It is no secret by now that, although Five Nights at Freddy's is popular with children, it is an undeniably terrifying game! If you haven't yet played it, you play the role of an overnight security guard in a kid's pizza place, similar to Chuck E. Cheese. You think, "what could go wrong in a cheesy place like this? Easy job, right?" Not so much.

When I started playing it (which wasn't often), I had to do it with the sound down, since to me, more than half the fear of a jump-scare is the sudden noise! The guard (you don't see him, but you see the restaurant from his perspective, in the semi-darkness and emptiness) is new to the job, and at the beginning, he listens to a recorded message with instructions, from a previous guard. You are in a small office, with some doors on either side to protect you - only, the thing is that only one door can be closed at a time, and you have to choose, based on what you see on each CCTV camera. The highlight of this game, is the giant animatronic puppets. They are deadly... but to me, one stands out as more terrifying than the others...

Freddy is the main character and the game's namesake. 

Bonnie is the guitar-playing bunny, during their musical performances. 

Foxy is a pirate character, with a hook. Believe it or not, he is not the one I find the most terrifying (though I see that he should be!)

'The Puppet' appears in later versions of the game. The only way to stop the attack is to keep the wind-up music playing and don't let it stop.

This character (Balloon Boy), although creepy, is only able to disable some of your protection.

And now... I'm going to share with you...

The FNAF character that I find to be the most disturbing...

Are you ready?

It's Chica! 

Okay, now before you laugh at me... let me explain the reasoning. Though she is actually the least 'horrific' of all the animatronic characters, she has other things that are downright scary!

  1. She is based on a baby chick. The fact that Chica is so huge, makes her totally out-of-proportion and surreal. She's supposed to be tiny & cute!
  2. In the same vein, being a bird with a beak, Chica shouldn't have teeth - but she does! It doesn't even matter that they're flat, they could still do damage with a bite!
If you look at her bib, the "Let's Eat!!!" has a double meaning, and is not just about the pizza and cake. 

She also wants to eat YOU!!! 

3. If this stuff isn't terrifying enough, in later versions of the game, she is seen with missing arms and that takes the terror to a whole new level!!

So, if you've played this game, which character is your scariest??

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Balance in Japanese Culture

With Halloween around the corner, I have become more aware of the sheer terror of Japanese horror movies. Not sure if you've watched any yourself, but if you haven't yet, see this blog post for some recommendations.

I apologize if this in any way sounds like cultural appropriation, when I gush about how over-the-top frightening the movies are, from this particular culture! To be honest, I truly don't know why or how they sort of 'kick the stuffing' out of Western horror flicks, but they sure do!

My guess is, it could be the more 'spiritual' aspect of the films, where more is left to the imagination, as less stuff is as linear as we see in Western films (which over time, can become predictable).

Another guess I have, is that these kinds of movies focus less on the traditional jump-scares and blood baths, and have more eerie and 'odd' scenes, such as the crawling girl in The Ring, or the hair scene in Apartment 1303. I suppose it could be the intensity of the novelty of these scenes.


Now this is where I believe that Japanese culture is a true enigma. The largest cultural enigma that I know of, in fact. For the deep, dark intensity of their scary stuff, they are on the extreme opposite end of the light, fun, colorful, cute and cartoonish stuff!

How can the same country, with the same humans and institutions, export such extremely opposite entertainment? 

Well, though I live in Canada, from what I've studied about Japan and the culture, the people are very hard-working and that leads to very high levels of stress. On the one hand, some people handle stress by giving into darker interests... and others handle stress by turning to the opposite and lighten themselves up with gentle stuff. Personally, I've done both.

This seems like a sort of Yin and Yang culture, and I really appreciate the balance!



This is a Japanese tire commercial, which drives home my point about their talent for inducing sheer terror. It features the dashcam of some men, driving presumably home from work during a snowstorm. Suddenly, they stop when they see a ghostly woman in the middle of the road. Before they have time to study her, she flies forth at supernatural speed, and lands on their windshield, showing she is a ghost or demon of some sort. To showcase the quality of the company's tires, these men reverse immediately and are able to escape at high speed on the snowy road!

Anyhow, as you may know, since our recent trip to Las Vegas (and having taken a really cool, interactive ghost tour) Rob & I started a paranormal blog, called Ghosts Live in Our World

Have a Happy Halloween!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Vistaprint Business Cards

Hi there!

As you know, I operate out of Red Deer, AB. So you may have already gotten one of these cards from me - either in person, or found on a table in a restaurant (that's how I've made some of my best connections!)

The original design, expanded to show the words.

If you are wondering what this website is (and don't feel like typing in the URL above), then here it is for you:

Daryl Januszewski Art

So if you are here specifically for the kawaii aspect, that's awesome!! Thank you, and enjoy!

And... if you already know that outside of the cute cartoons, I do other styles of art as well, then that's great! In fact, I've been a cartoonist since I was a toddler... they weren't great yet, but since age 2, art has been my life!

I grew up watching Bob Ross, and for Christmas and birthdays, my mum got me art kits (yay!)

In elementary school, I was making comic characters already (like Reena the Witch, and Kitty, Kitty, Kitten). By junior high, I was taking art classes and in high school, various friends would request art from me - that felt so awesome!! 

Between 2007-2009, I earned my Art Diploma from SCI (Quebec), and in 2016 I began this cute art project, which eventually led to me being included in Alberta Culture Days, as well as Art Battle International.

In 2014, I opened my Etsy shop (Darylart Digital), and in 2016 I opened both my RedBubble and Zazzle shops (KawaiiNMore). The style is 'cute cartoons', coloring pages, accessories & apparel. 

And, in the summer of 2018, I took the Art of Cartooning course, instructed by Gerry Rasmussen of Betty, at the college here in Red Deer 😊

Why am I sharing this with you?

Because, if you're here for the art aspect, then there's something quick & easy you can do to keep me producing more art for you to enjoy!

You'll notice that, on the above business card (from Vistaprint), I mentioned something called Patreon. What is that?

Patreon is a funding platform for creators such as visual artists, game developers, YouTubers, musicians, authors, and more!

For $1/month, you'll get a monthly coloring page to download and print, and enjoy coloring in.

For $5/month, you'll still get the coloring page; you'll also get a custom illustration of yourself in any cartoon (2D, hand-drawn) style you'd like me to do.

So without further ado, here it is for you:

Daryl's Patreon Page

Friday, 7 September 2018

Feature Friday for ShanShan Mato

Hi everyone 😄

Okay so, first a little back story here. I know it's been a long time since I've done a Feature Friday for y'all. 

The reason I am doing one now, is because of a super-kawaii YouTube channel I came across, while doing research on a project for a special someone's birthday...

In researching how to make an exploding gift box (don't worry - the fun, non-violent paper craft), I found this amazing young lady's channel, called:

More specifically, after a family member/in-law showed me that she'd made one of these, filled like a scrapbook with 'animated' pictures (small photo albums with moving parts), I became intrigued with learning how to do this.

And even more specifically, I want to turn printed photos into 'waterfall cards', so this video was very educational, as well as entertaining to watch:

And now, as for what makes this video/channel so kawaii? I don't even know where to start! It's the perfect embodiment of 'innocent and girly'. 

There's the hearts in the box she made (out of special paper stock), and the gentle rainbows, all the pink stuff, the cute cartoon girl at the beginning, and the charming lullaby that plays like a music box.


So I must say, that watching someone make so much out of thick paper, reminds me of last year's #OrigamiChallenge that ran on this blog.  Though I am not overly adept at making much more than a paper plane or kid's fortune teller, it is still an art form I respect. And if you're a paper-crafter, by all means, share photos of your work on social media with the tags #kawaii365 and #OrigamiChallenge (works best when you share directly to the fb group Kawaii365). Chances are high that you'll even get your awesome work featured in a future blog post!

Remember to check out the latest post from Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends! 

That's all for now, Have a great weekend!
Daryl J.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Follow Hello Kitty on Instagram

Hi everyone, 

today I'd like to share the Instagram feed of @hello_sweet_kitty. Firstly, I'd like to say I tried to get the entire feed here for you, but after an hour of research, I learned that only wordpress blogs seem to get that privilege (and I prefer Blogger). 

So here is one of the more popular posts of the sweet kitty's account, for you to enjoy:

The above kitty is Mimi, one of several of my personal plushie collection, where they are all friends and all have their distinct personalities 😍😎😇😆😘😁😏

Friday, 17 August 2018

Let's Laugh At A Terrible Video

So right now, there's this video on YouTube, about using fabric markers to put kawaii characters on clothes. Well, it's more about updating their brightness... and the camera angle is so painfully awkward, that the video is kind of hard to watch. Actually, the comments section is disabled!

Oh yeah... this is also a video of me, LOL. 

You can watch it here:

So, because I had the webcam attached to a hair accessary (I can't afford a Go-Pro camera, unless of course, you'd like to pledge at this video didn't show as much of the coloring-in job as initially hoped. Therefore, please enjoy the images below (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

This shirt is available at RedBubble

Okay, thanks for stopping laughing long enough to read this - muah!