Warner cable channels.
"My mom thought it would be fun for us to come here and dance and have
fun," Krysten said. "We were dancing with Donkey Kong."
"Yeah, he's groovy," Rebecca, also a Newport Beach resident, added.
About 750 children and their families took part in the filming,
karaoke, bounce houses, face painting, educational tables and exhibits at
Triangle Square. Fox Family Channel cartoon characters Digimon, Bad Dog,
Angela Anaconda and, of course, Donkey Kong, were also on hand for
dancing and pictures.
"We wanted to create an event with all the characters for a promotion
spot," said Dina Giacobone, Time Warner Communications promotions
coordinator. "It worked out that Triangle Square already advertises with
us, so we got it all organized with Fox Family. We knew this would be a
good place to do it."
Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Abba songs were the artists of
choice for the afternoon, as mostly girls ages six to 11 took to the
stage for karaoke. Nine-year-old Costa Mesa residents Makenna Brown and
Jamie Wisdom sang "I Want to Love You Forever" by Simpson and said they
weren't nervous at all about performing for the crowd of hundreds.
"We did this in front of our class [last year] in second grade,"
Makenna said. "We know all the words by heart now so we didn't need to
look at the screen. It's fun to be here and sing and dance."
Angela Anaconda, a character from a show of the same name, was
definitely one highlight of the afternoon. Try thinking of a person
dressed in an almost six foot tall little girl costume, with a giant head
and red jumper dress. Then picture her bouncing around to "Dancing
"We've really blown this day up [from just being exhibits]. Especially
Angela [Anaconda's] head," said Jamia Bigalow, director of marketing for
the Fox Family Channel, as Angela clapped her hands to the beat of yet
another Britney Spears song.
Krysten said she has never seen Angela Anaconda's show, but has
watched commercials and danced with her. She said she thinks she's funny.
Well, more like funny-looking.
"Kinda weird. Kinda funny. Big head," Krysten said with a laugh.