Thanks to iTunes, we now have an extended 4 minute version of the trailer for the upcoming film, as well as a small gallery of some of the scenes from the film. You can check out the trailer by going to the movie page and downloading iTunes.
Here are some stills (no spoilers!) from the film, which will be released digitally on August 28 and on DVD on September 11.
The cat creature costume which Lorne Chumley wore in "The Exterminator" (The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode which featured Don Adams) was actually a recycled character design. The design is nearly identical to Bigfoot from The Funky Phantom (ironically a Scooby-Doo clone show), in the episode "The Forest's Prime Evil". The Funky Phantom episode originally aired December 11, 1971, whereas "The Exterminator" aired on October 13, 1973.
It's hard to believe it's been 200 weeks in a row now! For the 200th fun fact, I decided to keep with our little tradition of having a special guest on the milestone fun facts, which included Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! head writer Jon Colton Barry with #100 and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo / A Pup Named Scooby-Doo creator Tom Ruegger for #150. Today, another Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer, Tom Konkle is joining us to celebrate the 200th Fun Fact of the Week.
You may remember the Q&A that Jon Colton Barry and I did back in March to celebrate the finale of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. In that Q&A, Jon mentioned if the show were have continued, a dream of his was to create more episodes like "Scroogey Doo," which comedically parodied classic literature. Here's his quote from the Q&A:
"We started to stretch out and experiment more in second season and I would have liked to have done more episodes like “Scroogey Doo” where we insert the BCSD gang into classic horror/mystery literature and then destroy it. “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” etc. – making those monsters turn out to be guys in masks and ruining these classic books seemed like a lot of fun."
In talking with Tom Konkle for the interview we did together back in June, Tom mentioned he also had several ideas he would have liked to pitch. If Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! would have been renewed for a third season, it's very likely that there would have been several more episodes which parodied classic literature.
Tom elaborates on this a bit more here:
"Given our druthers we would have had fun doing wonderfully silly twisted stories based on classic literature. It comes naturally to me as it does to Jon, so we had quite a comic war-chest of literary ideas."
Personally, I've always wanted to see an episode which parodied classics like "A Christmas Carol," so it was wonderful that Jon and Tom were able to make that come to life with Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. It's really a shame the show was never renewed for a third season, as it would have been great to see more literary classics be parodied - or in Jon's words, "destroyed" haha.
Thanks so much to Tom Konkle again, for taking time out of his schedule to discuss this, and joining us to celebrate the 200th fun fact on the site. Be sure to check next Monday for another interesting Scooby-Doo fun fact, which happens every Monday on ScoobySnax.com!
Recently, Cartoon Network has done a full redesign of their official site, to give viewers more content, features and functionality. However, this redesign has unfortunately also prompted Cartoon Network to completely remove nearly all Scooby-Doo games on their site.
While Cartoon Network's site used to be home to nearly 25 different interactive Scooby-Doo games, now all of these games have been removed but four. The four games that were not removed include Scooby Trap, Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Castle, Attack of the Vampire Pumpkinheads and Ask Swami Shaggy. It should be noted that the Instamatic Monsters game still appears on the page, however, clicking on it will simply lead you to a "This game is no longer found" error page. You can check out what's left of the games at the new Scooby-Doo page here.
In other video game news, however, the Doo Good environmental initiative has also put out a new Scooby-Doo game on the Kids WB site. The game, entitled "Recycle Round-Up," involves the Mystery Machine picking up litter scattered across the road, and also teaches kids how to sort the litter into the correct recyclable bins. You can check out the new game here.
Several new Be Cool, Scooby-Doo games have also been added the Boomerang UK official site. These games include "Scooby Slide", "Spooked Out Scooby" "Spooky Snack Search" and "Mystery Puzzle".
While this isn't strictly a Scooby-Doo fun fact, I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it. It's always bugged me that Thorn mentions she's "1/16 Wiccan on my mother's side," as religion is a belief system and not something related to your family heritage or body chemistry. Apparently, the reason for her comment is that just like Christianity, where you "drink" the blood of Christ, the spirit of Wicca is considered to be in the blood of true believers. However, if the person chose to change their religion, they would no longer have the spirit of Wicca in their bloods. In this case, the "blood" is considered a non-physical concept, like many people believe their souls are in Christianity and other religions. However, this wouldn't completely explain that she only has 1/16 Wiccan blood. One possible explanation that I discovered is that Thorn could be questioning whether she is a Wiccan or not, in which case it is occasionally said that you have a fraction of Wicca blood, because you are basing your beliefs off of what family members told you and are not fully committed to the religion yet. A bit of a stretch, I know, but it certainly could be one possible explanation.
So, to sum it up, Thorn's comment that has bugged a lot of us actually is a valid belief of Wicca, and not just something a lazy writer threw in. It's really cool that WB took the time to research Wicca for this movie!
If you're anything like me, then there's nothing better than cuddling up to a good fanfiction after a long day. However, it's really difficult to find good fanfiction, as there's a lot of bizarre, off-character, and just plain poorly done stories (this is the Internet, after all). Over the years, I've tried to compile all the best fanfiction stories on the site's fanfiction page. Some of you are aware that I've written some Scooby-Doo fanfiction, but in this article, I wanted to share some of my favorite Scooby fanfics that I've read over the years. Some of them are the same ones that are on the site's fanfiction page, but many are ones which I've newly discovered.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc and Marge! by Wileyk209
If you're a fan of the long-running sitcom The Simpsons, then this fanfic is definitely for you! Spoofing the classic Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy and Marge," Marge Simpson prevents her children from watching Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated because of the violent scenes, such as large explosions and high-stakes situations.
Being a Simpsons fan, what I like about this fanfic is how well Wileyk209 incorporates aspects from both shows. While staying true to the original episode, the fanfic also gives the situation a Scooby-Doo twist. This story also provides a new interpretation on the now-classic episode, but does so without changing the original episode too much. I would definitely recommend this to any Scooby or Simpsons fan!
The fanfic isn't completed yet, but you can read the first part here! This fanfic is appropriate for all audiences.
It's a Hex Life by Grumpydrawer
By far my favorite Hex Girls-centric fanfic, this story focuses on how the girls first met and became a band due to a high school project. The first six chapters focus on the girls' beginning to become acquainted with each other and forming the now-famous band, then in chapters 7-9, the events of Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost are retold from the Hex Girls' perspectives. Chapter 10 and 11 focus on the girls getting their band manager and roadie, whom fans of SDMI and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo should find familiar.
I really like this fanfic because it keeps the girls very in-character, and how it uniquely focuses on Luna. There's also some great detail and descriptions of the setting, which is sadly pretty rare in many fanfics (I'll admit even I sometimes have trouble providing enough details). The girls' strong personalities are also really fun, and he does a terrific job creating believable interactions between the girls.
This is a really terrific fanfic which you should definitely read if you ever get the chance. You can check it out here. Please note, however, that there is some mature language and some brief sexual references in this fanfic, thus the T (teen) rating.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Road Trip Rampage by Scoob16 / Maybeth
This joint fanfic by Scoob16 and Maybeth continues the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series and highlights what happens when the gang travels to Miskatonic University. Being a huge fan of SDMI, naturally I loved the idea of continuing the show. Both Scoob16 and Maybeth did a wonderful job of keeping the tone of the series and developing the characters a bit further on their little adventure to Miskatonic University. Maybeth additionally created some really cool fan art, including the promo art you see above. You can check out more of her amazing art here.
The fanfic was originally intended to be a full third season continuation of SDMI, which ended after two seasons. However, due to real-life busyness (I can certainly relate to that myself), the fanfic ended up only being one chapter. Regardless, this is still a terrific fanfic and I would highly recommend you all check out this all-ages fanfic here.
The Gang by Bananagoose
This fanfic provides an alternate way that the gang first met in high school. Shaggy is a burnout high school student, who begins dating another social outcast named Daphne Blake. However, someone close to Daphne is unexpectedly kidnapped, causing her to have to enlist the help of her boyfriend Shaggy and his dog Scooby-Doo. They also receive some unexpected help from two other students, Fred and Velma...or actually make that Vee, as that's what she likes to be called in this particular fanfic.
Bananagoose provides very feisty, three-dimensional characters along with genuinely high-stakes situations in this great fanfic. My favorite thing about this story is seeing the characters evolve, as well as reading the snappy, witty interactions between them. Even though this fanfic does allude to Shaggy being a stoner ("I'm way too high for this!"), he still does a really good job keeping it subtle and working it into the fanfic's mature theme. That being said, this fanfic is rated T due to this and some other minor language. You can read his fanfic here.
The Wolfman of Grimwood by Mr. Spinner
Ever wonder what Ghoul School would be like if it were mixed with Reluctant Werewolf? Then this is definitely the fanfic for you! Shaggy turns back into a werewolf and goes back to Grimwood's School for Girl Ghouls to get his old job back. An old enemy also lurks in the shadows, waiting for a chance to strike.
What I really love about this fanfic is the terrific description and attention to detail. Mr. Spinner creates a very believable, vivid universe which incorporates elements from all the '80s Scooby-Doo films and even some of the classic Universal Monster movies. There's only one chapter out at the moment, but I have done some proofreading of the story for up to chapter 6 and the story gets better and better! This fanfic makes my dreamy-eyed inner child super excited lol.
So, why are you still reading this? Just go read the fanfic already, which you can do right here! Rated T for minor language.
If you're looking for a good Scooby-Doo fanfic, I hope this post has helped you find one...or two...or five!
Back in the 90s and 2000s, Cartoon Network used to air shorts between 30 seconds and a minute in length in between commercials. Each short, called a bumper, would involve various Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters embarking on a short adventure, and featured the same voice actors as in the regular cartoons. Many of these bumpers include Scooby-Doo and the gang. In this article, I wanted to share some the best classic Scooby-Doo bumpers which aired on Cartoon Network between commercials.
Locker Room Promo
This video features various Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters in a locker room talking about Scooby-Doo. Scrappy also makes an appearance in this bumper. This bumper was an advertisement for Scooby Month on Cartoon Network in Latin America. I thought this one was a little sad, with how mean they were to poor Scooby!
This bumper is strictly about Scooby-Doo, but it features him at the end so I thought I'd include it here. Fred Flintstone tries to find a parking spot, but ends up having to race Scooby-Doo and Speed Racer for it. I like how true they stayed to all the characters in these, and especially how many characters they incorporated into this bumper!
Sheep in the Big Cafeteria
This was one of my favorite promos, just because of the implications it has on real-life. After a huge fight between various Cartoon Network characters, Velma stands up and reinforces a message of being yourself. She reminds everyone that they're all weirdos, and that's why they belong on this network. You go girl, it's cool to be weird! haha
Scrappy Loses It
In this bumper, Scrappy loses control after he becomes fed up with the other Cartoon Network characters not knowing who he is. This bumper is also from 2002, so it's possible that this is intended to somehow tie into the 2002 live action film, where Scrappy was also evil.
Mystery Machine vs. Megas
Fred drag races the Mystery Machine against the Megas after he becomes jealous that Daphne is impressed with them. In the end, the Megas end up losing after their vehicle explodes.
Scooby-Doo Scream Parody
I really liked this one! This commercial is a promo for The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and parodies the classic horror film Scream. Daphne receives a call from a mysterious person (Casey Kasem doing a spooky version of his radio voice), which turns out to be Shaggy. I must say I totally agree with the uploader's comment in the description. "Gawd I feel old." lol I can't believe this is from 2001!
There also is a second short version of the Scream parody, which can be watched here.
Toon Dates - Ed and Daphne
The next several bumpers are from a series called "Toon Dates," where two unlikely cartoon characters are set up with one another. In this bumper, Ed (from Ed, Edd and Eddy) and Daphne go out on a date, and Daphne is horrified to see Ed's immaturity while they are out.
Toon Dates: Johnny's Love
Someone had sent me this previously, and admittedly I had thought it was an actual special. However, I was unaware of the Toon Dates series prior to this weekend, so I thought this was just a stand-alone special. In this bumper, Johnny Bravo and Velma go out on a date at the malt shop.
Toon Dates: Dexter's Lab Interstitial
In this bumper, Dexter thinks that Velma is romantically interested in him. This follows on from the previous one, where Johnny Bravo is still dating Velma, who ends up disappointing Dexter.
These next few bumpers are promos for Courage the Cowardly Dog and Scooby-Doo month on Cartoon Network Latin America.
These were pretty good, although I'm not familiar with Courage the Cowardly Dog. The villain taking his mask off and asking "is he always like this?" is pretty amusing.
For the final promo, here's a really sweet and wholesome one.
Okay, I may have lied just a little bit there haha. This is quite possibly my favorite Scooby-Doo bumper, just it was so unexpected! The best part of course being the end, "Remember, always express your true self and fashion first!" after the constant swearing, lol.
A big thanks to Thomas for sharing these bumpers with me! It was really fun getting to watch many of these for the first time, and I hope you all enjoyed seeing them as well!
Here are the Scooby-Doo comics solicitations for October 2018, courtesy of Newsarama.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #30
written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
art and cover by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM PALMER
variant cover by JAMES HARREN
This Daphne-centric issue focuses on the history of our favorite monster-killing mistress, from her relationship with her unforgiving father to the tragic death of Fred Jones. But the past has come back to haunt Daphne in the form of a savage new monster that’s hunting her. How can she survive a creature that feeds on her sorrow and guilt?
ON SALE 10.10.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #95
written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
art by SCOTT JERALDS
cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Sunday! Sunday! SUNDAY! And Scooby and the gang are spectators at the local monster truck mash-up! But when the Diesel Dragon invades the track driven by the barbaric Black Knightmare, can anyone stop them? A certain Machine is here to solve that Mystery!
ON SALE 10.17.18
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #43 (f Doom Patrol)
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
Scooby and the gang have teamed up with dozens of superheroes to face some of the world’s weirdest menaces. But the shoe’s on the other robotic foot when they have to team up with the world’s strangest heroes, the Doom Patrol! And if the heroes make Scooby and Shaggy nervous, just wait until they meet the Doom Patrol’s enemies…
ON SALE 10.24.18
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED E
Nicole Jaffe, the original voice actor of Velma, was responsible for Heather North getting the role of Daphne in the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. Heather North and Nicole Jaffe were currently roommates at the time the show began airing. Jaffe was aware that Indira Stefanniana Christopherson had planned to leave the show due to her marriage. Knowing North was an aspiring voice actress, Jaffe recommended her to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera to fill the role of Daphne which Christopherson left. Heather North would go on to be the voice of Daphne for the next 15 years (as well as her brief return in 2003 for the two cast reunion films), while Jaffe would leave three short years later due to her marriage.
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! :)