For Halloween, at least! Can you sense my excitement?!
Oh yeah, Yummy Mummy is coming back too. Meh.
Frankly, I'm not sure why Yummy Mummy was a fruity cereal. Why not just bring back Fruit Brute and make Yummy Mummy a different flavor all together? Maybe Honey Mummy or something. That's one of a handful of ideas I came up with many years ago, when I was writing articles and doing a different werewolf themed comic for a werewolf website I used to frequent called the Werewolf Cafe. In fact, I was recently shocked to find that one of the fake images I created (in my EARLY days of messing with photo manips and cheap paint programs), a cereal combining the two (and adding one Invisiberry Man) called "Fruity Freaks" has since taken on a life of its own! It seems that people these days don't know if Fruity Freaks was a real Monster Cereal or not. There are even published letters on websites from General Mills clarifying they never made such a cereal! I was shocked to see that my little joke from MANY years ago has been having such an impact with cereal fans! I even noticed this guy on Ebay who makes cereal box magnets and sells them has started including a Fruity Freaks magnet among his offerings! Fruity Freaks! A cereal I totally made up in the early 2000's. Who'da thunk it!
But, how come no one remembers Baron Von PeanutButterWolf or Yummy Honey Mummy?
Was it because I half-assed the text on that crappy paint program I was using? I don't know, but I still think they were good ideas to get the ol' boys back in business alongside the more successful monster trio that is still working today. Well, Frankenberry and Count Chocula are still working today. Not sure if Boo Berry ever comes out beyond the Halloween season anymore. Anyway, look at how much better Yummy Mummy looks with his honey-colored rags? And Fruit Bruit makes more sense as a peanut butter loving monster with "wolf" in his name so there's no more having to explain that he's the werewolf of the group. He's not a brute, he's a noble man-beast. Why would a werewolf love fruit anyway? And why would he dress like he should be the fifth Banana Split?
Anyway, on the subject of Monster Cereals that only come around on the Halloween season, hey, that's what this is all about! This year, 2013, on Halloween, it has been announced (in articles you probably have already read *sigh*) that the huge quantities of monster cereals that invade Target and other stores each year will now include the lost 4th and 5th members of the gang, Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute (redubbed Frute Brute), not seen on shelves since 1993 and '88 respectively.
Man, I am jazzed! Let me tell ya, as you might have guessed, ever since I was small, I was a huge fan of anything werewolf related, especially cartoon werewolves. Some of my earliest influences go back to the 70's and early 80's with my childhood hero and role model, Howler from The Drak Pack, and of course, Fruit Brute cereal! You can bet that this Halloween I'll be sitting on the floor in my pajamas with my woof woof and a big bowl of Fruit Brute, watching my Drak Pack DVDs and reliving my kindergarten days! Man, I wish they'd finally release Teen Wolf the animated series and Big Wolf on Campus to DVD too! But, those were later years anyway. Drak Pack and Fruit Brute, yeah, they go together like B.J. and the Bear!
Oh, I'm sorry, do I have you jonesin' for a picture of B.J. and the Bear all of a sudden? Okay...
Don't say I never gave ya nothin'.
Anyways, now for the REALLY important news!
At Target stores, the Monster Cereals will all be available in their original, or as we say in this era, retro or vintage packaging! This means that, if you're as cool as me, you're probably going to buy each one and save the boxes to frame and hang on your bedroom wall! At least, that's what I'm gonna do if they don't ruin them with a big "Exclusive Retro Packaging" label right on the front of each one, ha. Man, I can't wait! I wish I'd bought and saved the vintage Lucky Charms and Captain Crunch boxes I believe they've released in previous years. Throw in Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles and Cookie Crisp, and you have all my faves! I wonder if Fruit Brute will taste exactly as I've remembered it all these years! I certainly don't remember it being around all the way to '88! I wonder if Yummy Mummy will taste exactly the same as Fruit Brute! I don't think it did when it came out. It will certainly be an interesting experience to try them both again after all these years, and I always enjoy the other three. By the way, fair warning, Boo-Berry will turn your poo a scary green color. Don't freak out. Do you think he's really the ghost of Peter Lorre? Or do they just want us to think he is? Anyway, Halloween 2013! I can't wait! I'll be on a monster cereal diet all that month! Grab your boxes and milk, and sit your butt on the floor for some Drak Pack, some Scooby-Doo, some Hocus Pocus, some Worst Witch, some Rocky Horror, some Charlie Brown, some Garfield, some Addams Family, some Halloween That Almost Wasn't, some Midnight Hour, some Casper, and all the versions of Sleepy Hollow you can get your grubby little hands on! The big month is almost here! I've got no money and no friends this year, and worst of all, no girl, but I'll have DVDs and cereal out the yin-yang!