Scooby-Doo was parodied on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live for their Halloween episode in October 2016. The sketch was entitled "The Hunch Bunch," which is a parody of Crunch and Brunch from Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf. You can watch the clip below:
*Important note:* Due to the nature of Saturday Night Live being an edgy comedy show intended for adults, please be advised that there is some brief PG-13 language used for the purpose of humor in the clip.
In the song which plays during end credits for Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, entitled "The Witch's Ghost," Jennifer Hale, Jane Wiedlin and Kimberly Brooks did not provide the vocals for this song, even though the credits confirm that the song is sung by The Hex Girls. The Hex Girls' vocals are provided by Terry Wood, Angie Jaree, and Gigi Worth during "The Witch's Ghost" song only.
Vanna Pira from Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is a reference to game show host Vanna White, who hosted Wheel of Fortune in a similar fashion to the way Vanna Pira hosted the Monster Road Rally. In addition, Vanna Pira is voiced by Pat Musick, the same person who provided the voice of Elsa Frankenteen in the previous film, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.
Due to contract reasons, the Laff-A-Lympics did not include several cartoon characters who were originally intended to be in the show. These characters include Jeannie (whose character rights were owned by Sidney Sheldon of the original "I Dream of Jeannie" television series), Dick Dastardly and Muttley. However, HB was able to skirt around the last two names mentioned, slightly redesigning their characters and altering their names just enough to avoid issues with copyright law. Dick Dastardly was renamed "Dread Baron" and Muttley was renamed "Mumbly" for this reason.
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Only 51 (likely 52, once the last episode of Be Cool Scooby-Doo is released) out of the 103 Scooby-Doo episodes released in the past seven years (both from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo) have had proper airings on Cartoon Network in the US. The other 52 episodes have been leaked online months, sometimes even years, before their airdates on Cartoon Network.
The second season of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You" had one line ("That's a fact!") cut from the original first season intro.
While it is very well known that Casey Kasem retired from the role of voicing Shaggy in 2009, it is lesser known that Kasem also retired from his other famous role, as the host of American Top 40 at the same time.
Kasem had been doing AT40 since its original broadcast premiere on radio stations July 3, 1970, where the radio show aired live across 7 different stations. By the early 80's, that number jumped from a respectable 7 to a worldwide sensation of being aired live on over 1,000 radio stations in several countries at the same time. Due to contract concerns, Kasem signed off from American Top 40 silently without making any announcement to his fans, handing the role briefly over to Shadoe Stevens. Still having a passion for radio, Kasem decided to make his own independent radio countdown show entitled "Casey's Top 40." This caused American Top 40 a signficant ratings drop, yet also cemented Casey's role as "the golden voice" of top 40 countdowns in radio history.
Due to Casey's phenomenal success and the signing off of his replacement Shadoe Stevens (leaving American Top 40 essentially hostless for a brief period of time), Kasem recieved a generous offer from iHeartRadio in 1998 to resume being the official host of AT40, in addition to hosting other alternative chart countdowns and shortened versions of the American Top 40 for them (such as American Top 10 and American Top 20). Kasem stayed in this role until 2004, when he voluntarily stepped down to pursue other projects, one of them being voicing Shaggy in "What's New Scooby-Doo" and the DTV movies. Because Kasem wanted to stay in his passion of radio, Kasem offered to continue hosting the American Top 10 and American Top 20, but offered the role to his friend and former AT40 guest host Ryan Seacrest, who still continues to host American Top 40 every Sunday to this date, in addition to his other radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest along with co-host Sisanie.
After Kasem's retirement, he was approached by several different radio outlets and was asked for the syndication rights to re-air old shows of the American Top 40. Kasem signed the legal contract to have his shows syndicated and re-aired in 2006. Due to the extreme popularity of Kasem's voice and countdown, the classic American Top 40 is still re-aired on radio stations around the world every Sunday (to keep with the spirit and tradition of Kasem's countdown, which also aired every Sunday morning).
Despite William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's longevity with the Scooby-Doo franchise, they did not have any part in creating any of the music for the show, other than two songs. These songs were "Boo Brothers" (the intro for Boo Brothers) and "Scrappy's Rap" (Ghoul School).
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another Fun Fact of the Week! In the same vein as the 100th fun fact which featured Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer Jon Colton Barry, I've got a little something special for the 150th fun fact this week. Tom Ruegger, who is the developer, story editor, and writer of "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" and creator and producer of "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" joins us to give this week's fun fact.
"The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" is quite a different direction for Scooby-Doo, as it featured Scooby, Shaggy, Scrappy, Daphne and newcomers Vincent Van Ghoul and Flim Flam chasing real demons which emerged from a chest so evil that it housed "13 of the most terrifying ghosts upon the face of the Earth." So, how exactly was the concept of this interesting new show thought up? Tom Ruegger gives us some insight into this.
"The concept for this show was conceived by Mitch Schauer who sold it to the powers that be at Hanna-Barbera and ABC. Mitch is a genius artist and producer who boarded and directed many of the episodes. The Zomba episode included many elements from some of Mitch's favorite horror films. I worked with Mitch later in the first season of Freakazoid which Mitch and I produced."
Besides Scrappy, Flim Flam is possibly the most controversial character in the Scooby-Doo franchise to date, as many fans feel he was not essential for the show to succeed. If this is the case, why exactly was Flim Flam added in the first place?
"I love Sue Blu, who did the voice for Flim Flam. The network requested that we add a kid to the mix, to help draw in the kid audience. We may not have needed an extra character. I have always loved "Sgt. Bilko"/Phil Silvers, so we fashioned Flim-Flam's personality after that sort of Phil Silvers con-man. Didn't quite work."
Besides "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo," Tom also wrote several episodes for the 11 minute Scrappy shorts which aired in 1983 and 1984. He also came up with the concept for "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and created the town name Coolsville, which has been used ever since, in both the DTVs and some of the other subsequent series. His favorite episode to write was the very first episode of "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, which was entitled "A Bicycle Built For Boo!"
I want to thank Tom for his time and his wonderful contributions and work with the Scooby-Doo franchise! Check back next Monday for another interesting Fun Fact of the Week, a little thing that's been happening on ScoobySnax.com every Monday since January 5, 2015!
Before I present you with this week's fun fact, a few little side notes. First, apologies if anyone is offended by this one. It certainly wasn't my intention and my reason for writing this is to present you with something surprising that happened in a Scooby-Doo episode. So apologies to anyone who is offended by that this fun fact is a bit raunchier than usual. Second, I am aware that it unfortunately has become a far too common trend to create photoshopped art and/or YouTube videos with edited content which makes otherwise innocent cartoon characters appear as if they are "swearing" or doing something that otherwise wouldn't normally be in a cartoon. I guarantee that the fun fact I present to you today is actually in a Scooby-Doo episode (surprising as that is) and is not in any way fabricated or photoshopped.
So I was rewatching "The Haunted Carnival" from "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" the other day, and imagine my surprise to see one of the background buildings appears to be a "24 hour, non-stop" strip club. Seriously, look closely at around the 29:50 mark next time you watch the episode, which is where the above screencap was taken. I'm shocked that this would have slipped past the censors, especially as their target audience is children!
Not to mention Dick Van Dyke is also in, let's just say, a very unfortunate position in this scene. (If you haven't seen the episode, no, he's not doing what you think he's doing on that pole! lol)