Carl Steven, Fred's voice actor in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, sadly left voice acting for a life of crime. He was caught by police in 2010 after committing violent crimes to support his addiction to pain pills, which he had strangely acquired after a minor tonsillectomy. In 2011, Steven died in prison after an inmate had somehow smuggled drugs into prison for him, which caused him to suffer a severe overdose.
Check back next week (same time, same place!) for a totally-not-depressing lovely and sunshiney Fun Fact of the Week! :)
10 years ago today, I officially became a part of the Scooby-Doo online fandom. This may seem insignificant to some, and many may not even remember the day they became online fans. (I have a very strange memory, like I'll forget some things yet remember exact dates I did things from years ago!) However, I still feel this particular date is incredibly significant to my memories of being a Scooby fan, and how I've grown personally over the years.
In this article, I wanted to share how I became a Scooby fan, and how I got into the online fandom along with my adventures with it over the years. I personally find learning about how people became Scooby fans very interesting, so hopefully I don't bore you to death. I'm probably not super interesting, but there are a few fun little stories from my experience as a fan that you all may find interesting and/or amusing.
I first became a Scooby fan back in the 1990's, when my parents introduced me to the show. I wish I could remember how old I was, but I know I was about 7 or 8. At that time, reruns of Scooby episodes were airing on a network called USA. The very first episode I ever saw was "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. Throughout my childhood, I began getting more and more into Scooby, though somewhat selectively. The USA Network only ever aired Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and The Scooby-Doo Show, so I didn't necessarily ever see the other series until I was older. I still remember my parents recording some of the episodes on VHS tapes, which I believe I actually may still have today in storage. I also played some of the older Scooby video games, though I can't really remember which ones unfortunately.
When I was about 12 or 13, sadly puberty hit, and as you all know that can be a very confusing and challenging time. I wasn't ever super popular (honestly, most of the popular people at my school were jerks and I didn't want to be anything like them), but I was semi-popular and had a lot of friends. Around that time, I started getting really self-conscious about myself, and was determined to eliminate any characteristic or interest that might be perceived as "immature." This unfortunately also included Scooby, because I believed it wasn't "mature" to like a cartoon with a target audience of children. For many years, I pretended I no longer liked Scooby-Doo at all. After a few months, the interest completely faded and I didn't have to pretend I didn't like Scooby anymore, because I actually didn't like it.
I still regret doing that a bit today, as I should have just been myself and not cared what others thought of me. At that time, I was in a "I'm too mature for you" phase (as most teenagers are), and liking Scooby wasn't compatible with most of my teenage phases and angst. When I was about 18 and just beginning college in 2008, I started realizing it didn't actually matter what people thought of me, and I didn't need to apologize for what I liked and disliked, as long as I was happy with myself. I finally accepted that liking Scooby was one of my (many!) personality quirks, started watching a few of the early What's New, Scooby-Doo? episodes.
Around this time, I started exploring the online Scoobyverse, which was pretty small at that time. I had certainly gone online before obviously, but I had never really had any experience with being on a forum or talking with others beyond email, as the Internet was just becoming big around that time. I'm pretty sure it was July 7, 2008 that I discovered ScoobyAddicts.com. I explored the site, and remember finding it incredibly helpful and interesting, given I hadn't seen much of the Scrappy-Doo or A Pup Named Scooby-Doo years. I was also beginning to collect Scooby DVDs again, so I remember finding that the site had the release date of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue Volume 2 incredibly helpful. (The release date was the next day, July 8, for those curious).
A few days later, on July 10, I visited the ScoobyAddicts forum for the very first time. There were only 7 members on there at the time, since ScoobyAddict had just started the forum in April. At 9:25am (is it weird I remember the exact time? I actually didn't even have to look it up lol), I officially signed up for an account on the ScoobyAddicts forum as the 8th member. As an aside, just because I'm a huge nerd, this post was officially published at 9:25am, the exact time I was making an account for the ScoobyAddicts forum 10 years ago.
People always ask me how I came up with the name "Doo" (if you're not familiar with that name, it's the username I'm known under on the ScoobyAddicts forum), and if it's secretly some super interesting name. As I said, this was my first time ever coming up with a username for an online forum. I struggled to think of one, so I thought "oh, Scooby's last name is Doo, I'll just pick that." I thought I could change it later if I thought up something more interesting within the next few weeks. Little did I know, I would still be going by that username 10 years later haha!
So I had joined the ScoobyAddicts forum, and much of the next few hours was just spent looking around the forum and experimenting with the different features. I finally made my first post, which I believe was posting an announcement for the release of Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King. Embarassingly, I really had no idea about the reliablility of Scooby sites back then, so I actually interadvertently posted a fake summary! I would look back to see if that was actually my first post, but admittedly I'm still a little embarassed about it lol.
Within the next few days, I started posting a bit and interacting with the other seven members. The funny part about this is that we were all teenagers, which I would presume was our first experience on a forum, so we were all soooo awkward. If you ever want to see something amusing, go back and read my posts from 2008. They were all a sentence or less, sometimes just two or three words. (Don't judge me, I had absolutely no idea how to Internet back then! haha)
Over the years, I got less awkward (as did everyone else) and started making posts that were more than a sentence. It's amusing to see the difference between how I talked to people online then and how I do now. At least half of my posts are like a paragraph, sometimes multiple paragraphs. I believe one of my private messages with someone right now is nearly 20 paragraphs long (per message)...for those who haven't messaged me/emailed me privately I can be really talkative sometimes haha.
That brings us to 2010, as quite frankly nothing really interesting happened in 2009. Back before ProBoards updated things in 2013, the private messages were absolutely awful to navigate. I remember when I joined, in the place where the banner ad is on ScoobyAddicts now (for those of you familiar with it), there would be a flashing icon with a picture of a letter which said "You have 1 new message!" It was horribly set up, and in honesty I thought it was just an ad! So between 2008 and 2010, I did not check my personal messages at all because I thought it was just a fake advertisement.
The Scooby gods must have been smiling down on me, because on March 7, 2010, I finally decided to click on the "ad" just to see if it was actually something legitimate. Sure enough, on February 27 (I think?), ScoobyAddict had sent me a message. The message said that she loved how passionate I was about the forum, as well as how friendly and mature I seemed. She asked if I was interested in co-adminning the site with her, as she needed some extra help. I felt incredibly honored that she would ask me to undertake such an important position. I gladly accepted, and many of you know I still am a co-admin there today.
I still am in awe of that amazing coincidence, to be honest. How weird is that, that I would not check my messages for years, and the week I happened to finally take a risk was the week ScoobyAddict asked me to be an admin. There was also another message from July 2008, which asked me to "Join the Yahoo Scooby Fan Group!" I never ended responding to it, since I felt so embarrassed it took two years to reply. If you're reading this ScoobyObsessed, I would have loved to join your Yahoo Scooby Fan Group if it were still active, lol.
My first day as an admin was a bit interesting. We rarely ever get spammers on ScoobyAddicts, and we had even less so back then. I believe we had only had one spammer before I became an admin. But the day I became an admin, a spammer came on and was asking for people to go to the store for him and send him Scooby DVDs. While this was pretty sketchy already, he also made it very clear he had no intention of paying anyone back. Obviously, SpiderScooby (another person ScoobyAddict asked to be an admin, who currently runs the amazing ScoobyFan.net, in addition to still co-adminning the site with ScoobyAddict and myself) and I had to deal with the issue. It wasn't a hard issue to deal with, and I believe the person was just a young kid who didn't really have a concept of money yet.
And in case you were entertained by that last spam story, I'll share my favorite instance of spam just because it's so old and I doubt the person is reading this post. Back in 2010, someone spammed eight different threads with requests to make him bootleg DVDs of the missing Scooby-Doo Show episodes. I remember messaging him, requesting he not ask for people to do illegal things for him that could get them in serious trouble. He refused and responded very inappropriately, so unfortunately we ended up having to ban him. 6 months later, after I had already forgotten about the issue, he came back under a nearly identical username, and didn't post any more spam. Rather, he privately messaged me apologizing for spamming eight threads, but said he would pay me "a fair wage" if I allowed him to spam four threads instead of eight. I mean seriously, what were you expecting my response to be? "Well, if it's only four...sure!" lol. Most amusing spam story to date, other than the famous "rappers" (P. Diddy, Jay-Z and Kanye West to be precise) who emailed me through my contact form, claiming they were selling insurance and wanted to cut me in on some of their profits. They were very nice though, they gave me "a week to respond, or else we gon' call up Snoop Dogg instead". Ah trolls and spammers can be so amusing lol.
In 2014, as you all know, I started this site. I won't go much into that, as I've already explained how I decided to create it on other posts, and you can read about it on the History of the Site page. I decided to go by the username "WildwindVampire" on here, which to be honest, was because I wanted a slightly cooler username than Doo. I've always loved the Legend of the Vampire movie, and liked the name "Wildwind" (which interestingly has now unintentionally become a nickname a lot of people call me by - I love it though! <3), so I decided to add the word "Vampire" onto it and call myself "WildwindVampire." I'm super indecisive with usernames, like I could change to a different username every week. I think up a cool username, and then two seconds later I'm like, "oh, this new username would be so much cooler than the one I just picked!" lol.
This site has been such an important part of my ten years in the online Scooby fandom. It's been awesome seeing the site grow and develop (partially due to you all!), since after all I've taken care of the site since it was just a pup haha! :) I still love writing the fun facts every week, and continue to be amazed that I've been doing this for nearly 200 weeks now. It continues to be a lot of fun researching and writing the fun facts every week, and I hope it's brought as much happiness into your Mondays as it has into mine.
I personally hate when people pretend like things haven't happened just because it didn't go well or "it's behind them." Even though this site's forum is a thing of the past, I still am so grateful to GroovyScooby and Scoob16 for helping me start out. They were both such an important part of the site coming to be what it is now, and I definitely will never forget the contributions and support they gave me!
I also want to give a special thank you to ScoobyAddict and SpiderScooby, my fellow admins over at the ScoobyAddicts forum. I have loved working with you both, and I really appreciate all the support you've given me and the kindness you've showed me over the years. It has been an amazing experience working with you both these past several years. Much love and hugs to both of you! I also want to say thank you to former admin j3h, who had to step down for personal reasons. It was a pleasure working with you as well and I miss having you around the forum. I love the forum (and this site!) with all my heart, and genuinely miss checking it and talking to people when I'm having a busy streak or am not able to log on much.
There are SO many amazing Scooby fans I've met over the years, and I wish I could give a shout-out to each and every one of them. The kindness and compassion you've all shown me has been amazing, and I truly feel like Scooby-Doo one of the most wonderful fandoms out there. I feel so lucky to be able to talk and interact to such friendly, respectful, and amazing fans! I've felt so accepted, loved and supported with every decision I've made, from becoming an admin to starting my own site and blog, and I appreciate you all so much. The ScoobyAddicts forum and the blog have been great places to express myself and how I feel as a fan, whether it's discussing, brainstorming ideas or just being silly.
Thanks to all the Scooby fans for making these past 10 years so wonderful for me, and here's to another fantastic 10 years! Scooby fans are the best around as far as I'm concerned! I've learned so much from you all the past 10 years and have grown a lot as a fan. Thank you for reading this far, and hopefully you found this post interesting (and hopefully I didn't sound too corny, though I genuinely feel that way about everything I wrote in this post!). It was really fun getting to write this post! Reliving all those great memories hit me right in the feels! <3
All of Shaggy's voice actors except Scott Innes and Scott Menville were born in the exact same state in the US. Casey Kasem, Matthew Lillard and Billy West were all born in Michigan. Additionally, Kasem and West were both born in Detroit, Michigan.
It feels like forever since we've had any previously unreleased episode on a DVD! According to Amazon, a brand new compilation DVD entitled Scooby-Doo and the Skeletons will be released on October 2, 2018! The set will include "The Loch Ness Mess" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies, as well as two never-before-released episodes from The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, "Who's Minding the Monster?" and "Scooby A-La Mode." Oddly, none of the episodes actually have anything to do with skeletons, but I guess I'll take what I can get! The set has been previously released in 2012 in some parts of Europe, but was never released in the United States until now. The DVD will be 68 minutes in running time, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon now.
Additionally, two more DVDs which include all previously released episodes will be released on the same date. Scooby-Doo and the Haunted House will feature "What the Hex is Going On?," "A Night of Fright is No Delight," and "Haunted House Hang-Up" from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. The set is 66 minutes in running time and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.
The other DVD, Scooby-Doo! Carnival Capers, will be a rerelease of several previous circus-themed compilations including Big Top Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo and the Circus Monsters and Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Carnival. Episodes included are "Bedlam in the Big Top" (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?), "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" (What's New, Scooby-Doo?), "High Tech House of Horrors" (What's New, Scooby-Doo?), "The Ghouliest Show on Earth" (The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo), "Scooby's Fun Zone" (The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show) and "The Creepy Carnival Caper" (The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show) in addition to the feature-length film Big Top Scooby-Doo. The DVD is 187 minutes in running time and is available for pre-order at Amazon.
Here are the front covers for the DVDs.
Micah Lewis on Vimeo has given us our very first look at the upcoming series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?! The video is an incomplete storyboard animatic, which has some obviously awkward/unfinished dialogue, but there is movement and sound and it looks just like a regular episode without the coloring. The video features a scene from an episode which guest stars Penn and Teller, who are famous magicians. The episode seems to take place in a haunted magic mansion-esque building, which the gang has to stay in for one night in order to get one million dollars.
You can check out the three-minute storyboard animatic here!
Thanks to Ruben MG on the ScoobyAddicts forum for finding this video!
Sonny Bono, who appeared along with Cher in "The Secret of Shark Island" (The New Scooby-Doo Movies), was a well-known pop singer who achieved international fame. A lesser-known fact, is that Sonny dropped his music career later in life to become a politician in the United States. Sonny was the mayor of Malibu Springs, California for four years from 1988-1992. Sonny later pursued a seat the U.S. Senate, though he ended up not getting the nomination. To this date, Sonny Bono is also the only U.S. Congressman to also have a number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
You most likely are also aware that Sonny and Cher did not allow their episode to be released in the US on The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies DVD set. Intriguingly, Sonny Bono's biggest contribution to the U.S. policy is the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Though Sonny Bono was not elected to Congress to help pass this act, he was the initial one to suggest it as a campaign promise when he was running for Congress. Because of his suggestion, the act was passed on and eventually passed by Congress in 1998 due to Bono's suggestion.
This act somewhat directly prevented the missing nine The New Scooby-Doo Movies episodes from being released on DVD. Affectionately nicknamed, the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act," this act disallowed the release of entertainment content into the public domain for without explicit consent from all involved parties for 75 years. Before the act was passed, the guidelines regarding "all parties" were much looser, and content was allowed to be released into the public domain after 28 years if the content was released before 1978.
Put in simpler terms, it appears that since The New Scooby-Doo Movies was released in 1972 and 1973, the episodes would have been fair game for Hanna-Barbera to release as early as 2000 and 2001 (28 years from the original air date). Because of Sonny Bono's Copyright Extension Act, Hanna-Barbera will most likely (unless any of the guest stars change their minds) be unable to release the episodes until 2047, 75 years after the initial air date. (Is that a crazy coincidence or what?)
You can read more about Sonny's political contributions and the Act on the Wikipedia article.
Thanks to Amazon, the DVD back cover art for Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost is now available! Note that the runtime has changed from 72 to 77 minutes. You can also now pre-order the movie on Amazon.
A few weeks ago, I decided to start writing a spin-off fanfic about Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. Quite frankly, there really aren't that many good Ghoul School fanfics out there. Personally, Ghoul School is my favorite Scooby-Doo movie of all time, so I've always wanted to write a fanfic about it.
Though the story doesn't feature the gang beyond brief mentions, it does follow on from the movie and takes place a few years later. The basic premise is that Miss Grimwood has decided to remodel Grimwood's School for Girl Ghouls, after the school receives some bad publicity in the media regarding the Revolta incident. As Sybella puts it, "Even monster parents didn't want to send their kids to a school where children were kidnapped by a homicidal witch!" The school is renovated into a famous monster boarding school, with about 70 new students (whom are ghouls from around the world). With the new changes, the girls have to learn to cope with the new order of things, as well as coping with the fact that they're teenagers now...because we all know how awesome going through puberty is, right? ;)
A lot of Ghoul School fanfics I've read are unfortunately very off-character and nothing like the film, so I wanted to try my hand and writing a fanfic which followed on from the movie in a realistic way. Currently, I've only written the first chapter, though if you've read anything from me in the past, you'll know that I enjoy sticking little references and Easter Eggs from other Scooby episodes/movies.
Brief content warning: This fanfic is rated T, due to some mild language using sparingly throughout the fanfic. Plus the girls are teenagers in this fanfic, so it just made the most sense to rate it that. There are also some brief PG-13-esque discussions regarding female adolescence, though it's nothing vivid and mainly just vague references to certain puberty-related things that are normal at that age.
You can give the first chapter a read here. I hope you enjoy it, and comments and reviews are always appreciated either on here or Fanfiction.net. In addition, if you're looking for other cool Scooby fanfics, you can check out the site's fanfiction page for other fang-tastic fanfics written by authors like myself, Scoob16, Maybeth, Grumpydrawer and Wileyk209!
I realize I put this page up last Thursday, but I haven't had a chance to write a post for it until now. If you haven't checked it out already, be sure to read the site's new History of the Series page! The new page gives a detailed account of the airing and production history of the entire franchise, as well as some cool behind-the-scenes stuff from various series and films.
You can check out the new page here, and I hope you all enjoy it. Stay tuned for more new updates, hopefully coming soon! :)
*Update 6/27*: According to the official WB site, the film will be released on digital on August 28, not September 11 as originally announced. The DVD will still be released as originally planned on September 11.
Thanks to AnimationMagazine.net, we now have the exact release date for Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost! The feature-length film will be released on DVD September 11. The DVD set will also feature three bonus food-related episodes, which include "Recipe for Disaster" (What's New, Scooby-Doo?), "The Devouring" (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) and "Wanted Cheddar Alive (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo).''
Additionally, here's a slightly more detailed description of the film, according to Amazon.com (which also confirms the film is 72 minutes):
Pull up a chair, tuck in that napkin, and get ready for a 5-star meal of mystery with Scooby-Doo and the gang, as we hit the road to visit the Rocky Harbor Culinary Resort to meet Fred’s uncle, world-famous chef Bobby Flay. Mystery Inc. quickly learns that this state-of-the-art cooking resort isn’t all steak and potatoes after they find out about the legend of the Red Ghost, and the unsolved disappearance of Bobby Flay’s great ancestor chef. When the mysterious Red Ghost returns in disastrous fashion to haunt the inn, the gang teams up with Bobby and his culinary pal Giada De Laurentiis, to dig in for clues and serve up justice. Will history repeat itself and find another world-famous chef missing? Get ready to take a bite out of this gourmet mystery filled with loads of good eating, tasty laughs and even better twists and turns!
The DVD back cover isn't available yet, though according to the post, the film was written by Tim Sheridan, produced by Sam Register and directed by Doug Murphy.