In an interview with Maxwell Atoms, who wrote Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, he explains that the idea of the Mystery Machine being destroyed in Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island was just thrown at him at the last minute by WB, and he decided for creative purposes not to address it in the film. Thus, the storyline of how the gang recovered or rebuilt the Mystery Machine will likely never be addressed.
I have actually known about this interview for quite a while, as I was actually invited to participate in it but unfortunately couldn't make it. I wasn't sure whether I could share this or not, but given it's been uploaded to YouTube, I imagine it's okay. Note that you may see a familiar face in the interview - the host of the Unmasked History of Scooby-Doo Podcast, Alexa!
It was a bit challenging to pick musical themed episodes as many of them could be subjective (i.e. I could have included "Riva Ras Regas" because Lindsay Pagano is a singer), but I tried to only pick ones that centered purely around music. If I've made any glaring omissions, please let me know!
Here are the results from last week:
What is your favorite vehicle that the gang has drove?
Classic Mystery Machine - 70
Be Cool Mystery Machine - 18
Mystery Machine (First two live-action films)
Red Van (13 Ghosts & Ghoul School) - 4
Velma's Scooter (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo) - 2
Get A Clue Mystery Machine - 2
Double Dyno Turbo Blaster - 1
LEGO Mystery Machine - 1
Green Jeep - 0
In this article, I wanted to do something a little different and analyze Scoobynatural from the aspect of how it lines up with "A Night of Fright is No Delight." While you can read my review here, I'm going to analyze how well crossover syncs up with the original episode.
Surprisingly, upon my rewatch of the two side by side, Scoobynatural definitely takes a lot more creative liberties than I remember! Until about the 10 minute mark, pretty much nothing that happens was utilized in the original episode. In fact, the episode utilized a lot of more of the various Scooby tropes that did not occur in "A Night of Fright is No Delight," such as the door scene and the gang being at the malt shop. While the malt shop appeared in almost every episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, ironically the malt shop did not appear in "A Night of Fright is No Delight."
After Sam and Dean race the gang in the Mystery Machine, this is when actual content from the original episode began to be utilized. The reading of the will scene was copied verbatim from "A Night of Fright is No Delight" (except Sam and Dean's lines, of course). The atmosphere was a bit redesigned, but it felt more like an updated version of the original setting. Following the will reading, the scene in the bedroom with Fred, Shaggy and Scooby is copied, but slightly abridged. The scene with Scooby trying to feed the fish was not present. When the gang hears Cousin Slicker cry out for help and attempts to go to his rescue, everything changed. No other scene is copied or reused, and everything is rewritten, which is honestly pretty great symbolism for how the events of the episode is altered by the presence of a real ghost. Various other scenes from the episode are reimagined with different outcomes, such as Shaggy and Scooby going in the wine cellar, Shaggy hanging on the drain pipe (Scooby was also on the drain pipe in the original episode, but not in Scoobynatural), and the trap with the washing machine was used. While Sam, Dean and Castiel eventually did convince the gang that Cosgoode Creeps was the villain (even though it was a trick), Mr. Crawls never makes an appearance in the episode.
Honestly, when I was rewatching this episode to write this article, I expected there to be a plethora of scenes from the original episode reused or perhaps slightly abridged, but I was surprised to discover upon my second watch that there was a huge difference from the scenes in the original episode to what we see in the crossover. I, and I'm sure a lot of other people, kind of had the perception that the episode was just an updated version of the original episode, but intentionally looking for all the similarities and differences demonstrated that there was a lot of creative freedom throughout the episode. The writers completely reimagined this episode and created something new from it, which I think is super cool and very symbolic, given pretty much every aspect of the original mystery was changed when the gang discovers that Cousin Slicker was actually murdered rather than kidnapped. Oh, except Dean exclaiming "Son of a bitch!" when all the gang said their catchphrases. That was totally part of the original episode haha. :P
As I mentioned in my review a few years ago, I really appreciated how well they integrated the two shows here. Even if they didn't use a lot of elements from "A Night of Fright is No Delight," the fact that the two separate writing teams of Scoobynatural and Scooby-Doo could completely integrate themselves to create a flawless representation of both shows is incredibly unique and not something that a lot of shows could do. This crossover truly felt like it was "A Night of Fright is No Delight" with the tone of Zombie Island, and I hope we see more like it someday!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, even if it was a little different and shorter than I originally thought it would be when I originally decided to write about this idea. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this subject, or just your reviews of Scoobynatural in general!
Also, apologies if anyone has been having trouble with getting the site to load recently. From what I've heard, Weebly (the domain that hosts this site) has been attempting to upgrade all of the sites they host recently, which may be causing some loading errors. Hopefully it will be taken care of soon, and sorry for any issues people may have in the meantime.
This is a bit of an unorthodox post, but it's an important one that I wanted to make sure to do, as it's my friend Peter's birthday today! Unfortunately, he's been going through a bit of a hard time lately with the recent loss of a close family member, so given it's his birthday, I wanted to take the opportunity to show off a cool side project he has been doing to cheer him up!
Peter has been making some unofficial "Monsters of Scooby-Doo" trading cards of some of the villains from various comics, films and series. Personally, I think this is such a cool idea and I think a lot of people would totally buy Scooby-Doo monster trading cards if WB were to sell them! Here are some of the coolest ones that he's made:
According to TVPassport, the remaining five episodes of Guess Who will be airing in Canada on the Teletoon network beginning this Sunday, May 9 with "Falling Star Man!", followed by "A Haunt of a Thousand Voices!" on May 16, "Scooby-Doo, Dog Wonder!" on May 23, and "The Legend of the Gold Microphone!' on May 30. Presumably, "The Movieland Monsters!" will air somewhere in there too, presumably June 6.
In "Scooby-Doo, Dog Wonder!" from Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, Blue Falcon is animated to have gloves in an original version of the title card that Tracy Mark Lee posted on Instagram. However, this was removed in the final version of the title card, as seen by the Turkish airing.
Thanks to Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Fan for inspiring this week's fun fact!
Thanks so much to super genius B for suggesting this amazing question! This is such a cool idea that I had never even thought about asking as a poll before! Note that I did include the Be Cool Mystery Machine as a separate vehicle, since it is was so aesthetically different in terms of all the various things it could do. To keep this poll at a manageable abmount of options, I did not include every vehicle one of the gang members has ever driven, just the ones that had major roles in the episode/film.
Here are the results from last week's poll:
What is your favorite What's New, Scooby-Doo? chase song?
I'd Do Anything - 13
Man with the Hex - 9
It's a Rad, Rad World - 7
Santa Claus, Santa Claus - 6
Petrified Bride - 6
You Don't Mean Anything - 5
Shout It Out Loud - 5
Walk on the Wire - 4
The Ghosts of Me and You - 4
Hong Kong Holiday - 3
Scooby, Scooby-Doo - 3
Saying Goodbye - 2
Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy - 2
Ça Plane Pour Moi - 2
New Planet - 2
Time Running - 1
Stronger - 1
Rockaway Beach - 1
Pressing On - 1
Something Special - 1
High Five - 1
Doing Time - 1
Here I Come Vegas - 1
0 votes: Music of America, Gue Gue Guepa!, Hatari Safari, I Don't Want to Walk Around With You, Hal Capito, Play My Game, Urei, Punk Rock y Subversion, Sabre Dance, Southbound, No Control, Sahara, Haven't Been Myself in a While, All Twisted, Nonchalant, I'll Search Forever, Hot and Holiday
A few months ago, I wrote an editorial article about another 90s show, Gravedale High, and its similarities to the 1988 film Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, arguing that the show was basically like Ghoul School would be like if it was spun off into a TV show. While I usually don't ever plug my own work, I thought it might be worth mentioning that for those interested, I decided to challenge myself and do just what I was arguing in that article: I just published a fanfiction story that crosses over Gravedale High and Ghoul School, set in the future when the Grimwood girls are trying to decide their post-graduation plans by attending a college fair. I know fanfiction has a reputation for being "totally out-of-character" and not at all true to the source material, but I attempted to keep everything as close to the source material as I could for both franchises to create a more authentic story. Note that though this is a part of my typical Fangs for the Memories fanfic that I publish weekly, this crossover is intended as stand-alone and you do not need to read any of the previous chapters of my fanfic to understand it. Here is a link to the story for those interested in checking it out!
Anyway, I'm sure most people aren't interested in this, but I thought I'd just mention it here in case anyone was!
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is the first series to not technically feature any relatives of the gang. It's explained in "What a Night, for a Dark Knight!" that Alfred Pennyworth was actually Daphne's family's butler that they affectionately referred to as an uncle, but he is not actually a member of their family.
Thanks to my friend Deandre (aka Scoobyfan4ever) for coming up with this week's fun fact!
I know the What's New, Scooby-Doo? songs aren't really as popular by name as the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? ones, so I listed the title of the episode after each song title. For those curious, I'm not planning to do a poll for any of the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! or A Pup Named Scooby-Doo chase songs, as not many of those (just a few of the Be Cool ones) have credited names, so either the poll options would just be me guessing the titles, or I could list each of the episode titles and people would have to try to remember which song came from which episode. I don't feel like that would really make for a very fun poll.
Here are the results from last week. There seems to be a very clear consensus this week!
Which of Velma's relatives is your favorite?
Madelyn - 45
Marcie - 12
Uncle John - 6
Angie Dinkley - 6
Dale Dinkley - 4
Uncle Cosmo - 4
Dave Walton - 2
Mrs. Dinkley (from Pup) - 2
Baron Von Dinkenstein - 2
Uncle Evan - 1
Aunt Meg - 0
Uncle Elmo - 0
Mr. Dinkley (from Pup) - 0
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