Fred Silverman Passes Away at 82
Some sad news today as we've just received word that Fred Silverman has died at 82 from natural causes. Fred Silverman was the man who came up with the idea for the concept of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? in 1968, after Hanna-Barbera had received some pushback due to violence in their cartoons. Silverman also made the original pitch of the show to the CBS network.
Silverman is survived by his wife Cathy, his two children Melissa and Billy, as well as his daughter in law Anna. RIP to Fred Silverman, and my condolences to his family!
More info about his other non-Scooby work can be found in this article.
Fun Fact of the Week #279
The Goblin King's face from Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King looks similar to the design from a mask that Iggy and Ziggy Moriarty (from "Sherlock Doo" of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries) used to scare the gang.
Weekly Poll #9
Just a little note on this one, while most of these are self-explanatory, the following is what I was envisioning for the content on these sets (though I guess you can interpret it how you want!). The New Scooby-Doo Movies Complete Collection would essentially feature all the episodes on the "Almost" Complete Collection, though this set would include the unreleased Addams Family too. This poll is purely a fun, opinion-based question, so you don't need to avoid this option just because WB doesn't currently own the rights to the Addams Family episode. Laff-A-Lympics: The Complete Collection #2 would feature all the season 2 episodes. WB renamed Spooky Games to the "Complete Collection #1" on their site, which is where I got this name. I guess you could go either way on whether to include those 4 that weren't on Spooky Games (but released on the original two volumes). The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour Volume 2 would feature the remaining 13 episodes of the series that weren't released on volume 1, so episodes 8-20. Guess Who Season 1 would just feature the first 13 episodes of season 1, even though it's a bit unclear as to whether episodes 14-26 are part of season 1 or 2 at the moment (though I'm minded to believe the former). Scooby-Doo: The Complete Cartoon Network Specials Collection would feature the 8 "Those Meddling Kids" behind-the-scenes interviews, The Scooby-Doo Project, and Night of the Living Doo. I guess I wouldn't count Bravo Dooby Doo, which is a crossover that officially belongs to the Johnny Bravo series, as an episode on this set, but you could if you wanted.
Here are the results from last week's poll, and we seem to have a tie!
What is your favorite 1980s Scooby-Doo film?
Boo Brothers - 23
Ghoul School - 23
Reluctant Werewolf - 7
On February 4, 2020, WB is releasing a compilation DVD entitled Saga of the 13th Ghost. The 2-disc DVD set will feature the entire 13 Ghosts series, as well as the Curse of the 13th Ghost movie. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
Thanks to Scoobyfan4ever for sharing this with me!
Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out the cool new forum that ScoobyDooUK (who is a frequent commenter on this site!) has created, scoobydoo.boards.net!
Fun Fact of the Week #278
In "South Pole Vault" of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, Dr. Carlin's voice is just Tony Pope, his voice actor, doing an impression of Carl Sagan. Dr. Carlin also makes various references to Carl Sagan, including his constant repetition of the phrase "millions and billions" throughout the episode.
April 2020 Comic Solicitations
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #104
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by SCOTT JERALDS
Usually, when skateboarders talk about a “gremlin,” they mean a skateboarding newbie. But not when the death-defying extreme sports of the Z-Games are sabotaged by a gremlin that seems all too real! Who’s really behind the boarding bogeyman? To solve the mystery, Scooby and the gang will have to trade in the Mystery Machine for kickflipping, nosegrinding skateboards of their own. Can their sick tricks help the gang unmask the gremlin...before Scooby and Shaggy wipe out once and for all?
ON SALE 04.15.20
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | DC
You can view the full DC Comics solicitations for April on Newsarama. As an additional side note, there will be no Scooby-Doo comics coming out in March 2020.
Note: The release date has been postponed due to shipping restrictions because of COVID-19. See more info here.
Weekly Poll #8
Given the intriguing results from last week's poll, which also included Ghoul School and Reluctant Werewolf, I thought it would be interesting to find out people's favorites of that era.
Now, onto the results from last week's poll!
A lot of Scooby episodes over the years have used groups of the classic Universal movie monsters together, like Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, etc. Which one did it best?
A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts - 11
A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle - 10
Ghoul School - 8
Reluctant Werewolf - 5
Super Scary Movie Night - 2
The Ghoul, The Bat & The Ugly - 1
Who's Minding the Monster? - 0
I was admittedly a bit surprised that "Who's Minding the Monster?" got no votes. It's a quirky episode, but I still think it's a lot of fun. If I were to have voted, I honestly would have chose "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle." This will probably surprise those who know me and my love of Ghoul School. While I love Ghoul School, I feel like it's kind of it's own thing and the parents barely show up. If you're going for "classic," I love how "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle" took a spin on the classic monsters and made them the ones that needed help from the gang. This is besides the fact that I'm a sucker for any episodes to do with spooky castles! The lore behind The Ghost of Dr. Van Helsing was also a really interesting choice on the writers' part, since Van Helsing was Dracula's age-old enemy. I would love to see a movie-length episode of this, honestly.
Fun Fact of the Week #277
A commonly unacknowledged trope from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries was that many episodes parodied classic literature and/or pop culture. Not only this, but often little Easter Eggs were included in the episodes, including every minor character being named after characters or elements of the parodied work.
The most prominent examples of this would be in "Scoo-Be or Not Scoo-Be?", in which the gang visits the Castle Hamlet Hotel. Besides the villain being the ghost of Hamlet, every minor character was named after a character from Hamlet, including Rosie Crans (Rosencrantz), Gilly Stern (Guildenstern) and Yorick (Old Man Yorick).
"Sherlock Doo" parodies Sherlock Holmes, but also has this same trope of naming all characters after characters from Sherlock Holmes. These include: Iggy and Ziggy Moriarty (Sherlock's rival Inspector Moriarty), Mr. Lestrade (Inspector Lestrade), Mrs. Adler (Irene Adler), and Mr. Stapleton (Jack and Beryl Stapleton from The Hound of the Baskervilles). 221B Baker Street is the address utilized in this episode, which is in continuity with the Sherlock Holmes franchise.
A Christmas Carol is parodied in "The Nutcracker Scoob," where the gang has to help an old miser wanting to tear down a children's home find the true meaning of Christmas. A performance of The Nutcracker was also thrown in as part of the gang's theatrical performance.
Besides literature, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries also parodied pop culture. "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo!" is essentially an episode-long parody of 'This is Your Life' hosted by Mark Winkendale, who is caricatured in this episode as "Wink Martindale."
"Mission Un-Doo-Able" parodies Mission Impossible with a high-stakes government threat narrative perpetrated by a supervillain, in this case, Mastermind. The "self-destruct" message that was used in this episode was a common trope in the Mission Impossible films of the 1960s.
Other episodes like "The Bee Team," "A Code in the Nose" and "Doom Service" also parody pop culture icons like The A-Team (along with Mr. T as 'Mr. BLT'), Goldfinger, and The Shining, respectively.
Finally, in "Scooby's Peep-Hole Pandemonium," the whole episode is a sort-of parody of a classic monster movie, even parodying Norma Desmond, a creepy actress character from the film Sunset Boulevard made in 1950. Even the journalist, Orson Kane, is a parody of Orson Welles from the film Citizen Kane.
Though The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries isn't exactly the most critically beloved series of Scooby-Doo, it's very interesting to see how much of a pop culture aspect they went for this particular series, especially in the episodes where they named the entire cast of minor characters after the parodied media.
Weekly Poll #7
Last week's poll results have a somewhat surprising winner! The 1980-1989 option also notably got no votes from anyone.
Given we just finished up a decade, what is your favorite decade of Scooby so far?
1. 2010-2019: 19
2. 1970-1979: 17
3. 2000-2009: 12
4. 1990-1999: 8
5. 1969: 7
6. 1980-1989: 0
According to Amazon, the SCOOB! film will have several novelizations released, including "Those Meddling Kids" (w/free card deck), "A Dog's Best Friend," and another TBA novelization, all coming April 7, 2020. A "Best Friends" Activity Book will also be released that same date. Another unrelated book, Scooby-Doo and the Pirate's Treasure will be released by Golden Books, also on April 7. Thanks so much to ScoobyAddict for the info!
Below are the covers to each of these:
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