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)
Velma and Fred's last names weren't revealed in the show until "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo" of the New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, and Daphne's last name was left unrevealed until the episode "No Sharking Zone" of the New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show.
In The New Scooby-Doo Movies, the only living (non-fictional) guest stars who did not provide the voice for themselves in the series were the Three Stooges and the Harlem Globetrotters. Laurel and Hardy also did not voice themselves, though they were already deceased at the time of the episode airing.
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King was originally going to be titled "Scooby-Doo and the Shadow Goblins," as shown by the original storyboard art below.
Both the creator of the original Scooby-Doo character, Iwao Takamoto, and Joseph Barbera, the co-owner of Hanna-Barbera Productions died during Chill Out Scooby-Doo's final stages of production. However, the movie was only dedicated to Takamoto, while Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, was dedicated to Barbera instead.
After a large disagreement regarding Casey Kasem reading a line as Shaggy for a Burger King hamburger commercial, Kasem quit the role for seven years (1995-2001) due to him being a very strict vegetarian. In 2002, Kasem agreed to come back for "What's New, Scooby-Doo?," on the condition that he could edit any of Shaggy's lines that involved food. In many cases, Kasem edited Shaggy's lines to include him eating vegetarian meals like veggie burgers and meat substitutes such as tofu, presumably to introduce children to an alternative of eating meat.
In the first minute (excluding the intro) of "Guess Who's Knott Coming To Dinner" (from The New Scooby-Doo Movies) there are 2 animation glitches. The first glitch is the first line of the episode, where Velma's voice comes out of Daphne's mouth. Less than a minute later, Fred's mouth disappears in the Mystery Machine and then suddenly reappears.
I suppose this is both a fun fact and Scooby "news," as this was just revealed last week.
The original cut of the Scooby-Doo live action movie was far different than what the final version of the movie ended up being. In a shocking Facebook post by movie director James Gunn, the writer revealed on the movie's 15th anniversary that the first Scooby-Doo live action film was originally to be rated R with several edgy scenes, including some featuring the female stars (Linda Cardellini and Sarah Michelle Gellar) wearing very low-cut outfits. In addition, through a bit more digging around on this, it seems Velma's character was going to completely redone so she was a completely
different character than the brainy, nerdy girl we know and love today. One of these character revisions included Velma lusting over Daphne and a make-out scene between the two characters. Another scene would have had Daphne being frightened and convincing Fred to have her stay in his hotel room, which led to the two of them having sex. In the end, the MPAA board denied all of these controversial scenes and essentially told the filmmakers they would have to drop the aforementioned controversies unless they wanted an R-rated movie. Before the movie's release, James Gunn wrote a new script which edited out all the sexually promiscuous content, which is the version we all know today.
Check out James Gunn's entire Facebook post here. All other information on the movie taken from this article.