Those of you who have a good memory will remember I said there was a special Valentine's Day article coming at the beginning of February, but unfortunately, I didn't have the time to finish it...until now that is! (Hey, it's still February, isn't it? :D)
Obviously Fred and Daphne are the most well-known couple in Scooby. I'll admit they do make a very cute couple and would work well together...however, I've disliked the way it's been handled in recent DTVs (especially Stage Fright). It feels like we just start from square one every DTV now, and there's no continuity or forwards movement anymore. I think this is what makes people go to the "not another pretty-girl-and-dumb-jock dating!" perspective. Though I agree that the relationship is very stereotypical, I think if it went somewhere, I wouldn't mind it. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I think Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated handled their relationship best. Though a lot of Season 1 was Fred obsessed with traps and saying "Why must I feel?" (btw I love that quote! lol), there was some nice forward movement and relationship development towards the end of Season 1 when they kissed and almost got married, plus in Season 2 where Fred had to gain Daphne's trust again after he left her, and so on. Again, it's a very stereotypical relationship, but IMO it's the characters and their interactions that matter, not how stereotypical it is. To sum things up here, I like Fraphne (Fred/Daphne), but only in the case of SDMI, or if it would be done in a non-stale way in the future.
So I suppose the next most logical pairing to talk about is Shaphne (Shaggy / Daphne). Now I'll be honest here and say I find Shaphne fans quite intriguing. It seems like the general opinion is most fans either dislike them or obsessively ship the heck out of them. I've joked to a few people about the more extreme theories like "Shaggy and Daphne looked in each other's eyes for 0.2 seconds...that means they MUST be in love!" Though it may sound mean, some fans are actually like that...where they notice a quick look that either Shaggy or Daphne looked in the other one's direction and assume it means they have some sort of secret "thing" for each other, or even make huge assumptions, the best example of this being Shaggy and Daphne adopting Flim Flam as a son. But don't get me wrong here - I'm not bashing the assumptions or theories at all - they actually intrigue me quite a bit. And in fact, some of my favorite people to talk to are Shaphne fans just because they have such interesting perspectives on the relationship. Enough about other people's thoughts though.
I've been more "meh" on this pairing just simply because there is no real evidence of the two other than in "Night Terrors" (pictured above)...and even that was a hallucination technically. Would I like to see them together? Sure, I'm totally open-minded on the matter. It would be cool to see the two together, and (sorry for the brief semi-self-promotion here) I've written a fanfic that unintentionally brought the two in a relationship together, which is actually quite interesting to write as the characters take the relationship in a direction of their own.
Controversy ahoy! This pairing is one of the most disliked and controversial pairings in the fandom, but some still ship it intensely. Not to offend anyone, but honestly, I hated this pairing for one reason: Velma was a total controlling big meanie. (Another word beginning with "B" came to mind first, but let's just say I forgot what word that was ;) ) Analyzing this on a non-cartoon-world, real-life relationship level, you should NEVER try to change the person entirely! That's what Velma did here, which IMO shows she didn't actually love Shaggy for who he was, but only on a skin-deep level, likely for his looks. Maybe my comparison with real-life relationship etiquette doesn't hold up here as you don't find yourself often having to choose between a person and a dog...but you get my point :)
Though there's no evidence for this pairing other than a totally out-of-context picture here, I'm still going to analyze it on a hypothetical level. I really think this pairing could work out in an interesting way, especially as in the earlier series, Velma and Fred showed a lot of similarities in solving mysteries. Velma was the brains of the operation, while Fred also had some great teamwork skills and used his own brains to lead the gang in the right direction towards solving the mystery. Is my logic a bit shallow here? Maybe, but I think it would be interesting to see it tried out if it was done right.
What kind of relationship article would this be if I didn't include Marcie and Velma? Though this is another controversial relationship in more ways than one, I'd love to see the two of them together honestly. I'm totally open-minded and would love to see a LGBTQ+ relationship done in Scooby if handled right, IMO it would be revolutionary for something that's technically a children's cartoon (hey, we had Zootopia tackle racism and feminism last year, why can't Scooby have a non-traditional relationship?)
That aside, I think, out of all the relationships, Marcie and Velma genuinely cared for each other the most. Besides the affectionate "V"/"Velm" names, they seemed to be in sync on an emotional level and could confide in each other with secrets and to discuss issues.
Now I probably sound like I just want this to happen so a lesbian relationship will finally occur in Scooby, but IMO a poorly done lesbian relationship is worse than remaining with straight relationships in the show. I'd be genuinely interested to see how it would play out if the two did get in a relationship, but as always, it would depend on how it was done.
Moving on from one the most controversial relationships to one of the cutest relationships! Nova and Scooby make a perfect couple IMO (I don't know how you can be against something that adorable!) and quite visibly love each other. Scooby was always adorable with Nova and Nova...well...she didn't say much...but was regardlessly cute, especially the bell on her collar!
I could go on all day talking about the non-continuous relationships...there was Shaggy/Googie, Shaggy/Crystal, Scooby/Amber, etc., etc. but I think I'll stop before this article gets too long!
I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it, and if you agree or even disagree with something I've said, post in the comments section and let's discuss it! (I'm always happy to talk about Scooby!)
As you may remember from Fun Fact Of The Week #75, "Hassle in the Castle" is the episode that has been released the most on home media (VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray) to date. Here is the list of episodes that have been re-released the most by series.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?: Hassle In The Castle with 13 DVD releases and 3 VHS releases, for a grand total of 16 releases.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: 4-way tie between "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair," "The Caped Crusader Caper," "The Lochness Mess" and "The Mystery of Haunted Island," all with 4 DVD releases and 1 VHS release for a grand total of 5 releases each.
The Scooby-Doo Show: To Switch a Witch with 4 DVD releases, 2 VHS releases, and 2 Blu-Ray releases for a grand total of 8 releases.
Laff-A-Lympics: France & Australia with one VHS release and two DVD releases for a grand total of 3 releases.
The Scooby-Doo & Scrappy-Doo Show: 2-way tie between "Shiver and Shake, That Demon's a Snake!" and "Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!" each with a grand total of 3 DVD releases.
The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show: Alaskan King Coward with 2 VHS releases and 2 DVD releases for a grand total of 4 releases.
The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour: 2-way tie between "Comic Book Caper," with one Blu-Ray release and one DVD release and "Snow Job Too Small," with 2 DVD releases, each with a grand total of two releases.
The New Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Show: The Scooby Coupe with one DVD release and one Blu-Ray release for a grand total of two releases.
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries: The Nutcracker Scoob with 3 DVD releases and 1 VHS release for a grand total of 4 releases.
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Ghouliest Show on Earth with 3 DVD releases and a Blu-Ray release for a grand total of 4 releases.
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Wrestle Maniacs with 3 DVD releases and one Blu-Ray release for a grand total of 4 releases.
What's New Scooby-Doo: 2-way tie between "There's No Creature Like Snow Creature" and "She Sees Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore" each with one VHS release and 5 DVD releases for a grand total of 6 releases.
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!: 8-way tie between the first eight episodes ("Shags to Riches," "More Fondue for Scooby-Doo," "High Society Scooby," "Party Arty," "Smart House," "Lightning Strikes Twice," "Don't Feed the Animals" and "Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers") each with a grand total of 2 DVD releases.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: 3-way tie between "Beware the Beast From Below," "The Secret of the Ghost Rig" and "Menace of the Manticore," each with 3 DVD releases and a Blu-Ray release for a grand total of 4 releases.
Be Cool Scooby-Doo!: Mystery 101 with 2 DVD releases and 1 Blu-Ray release for a grand total of 3 releases.
Special Episodes: 2-way tie between Spooky Games, with two DVD releases and Knight Time Terror, with a DVD release and a Blu-Ray release, each with a grand total of 2 releases.
Movies: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island with 5 DVD releases and one VHS release for a grand total of 6 releases.
Here are the comic solicitations for May 2017.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #13
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
Variant cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Note: This issue will ship with two covers.
After a disastrous meeting with Velma’s evil brother, the gang must battle their way out of his terrifying skyscraper. With danger on every floor, how will they make it out alive?
On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #81
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
Everyone knows trolls live under bridges, and when the Mayor’s grand opening for the city’s newest bridge is cut short because of a huge, fearsome troll who claims the bridge as his new home, it’s up to Scooby and Mystery Inc. to save the day. They’ll have to unravel the mystery, evict the hulking squatter and get the bridge up and running—hopefully before rush hour!
On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #26 feat Hong Kong Phooey & Spot
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by SCOTT JERALDS
Scooby and the gang can handle phony ghosts and goblins, but a gang of high-kicking martial arts dragons? Only one superhero can help them: that Number One Super-Guy, Hong Kong Phooey! By the time the dust clears, will Scooby solve the mystery and earn a black belt around his waist, or just a yellow streak down his back?
On sale MAY 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
It's no secret that CN has been doing an awful job not just airing the series, but spreading the word on what the heck's going on with the series. As Zap2it has given us new info about Season 2, and I realize there is a LOT of different info floating out there right now, I've done my best to piece together what we know so far about Be Cool's return, Season 2, and give a little insight into the Season 1, Part 2 which is supposed to come out in less than a month now.
Firstly and most importantly, Zap2it has given some us new titles for Season 2! Here's what we know about the episodes in Season 2 so far:
Episode 1: Some Fred Time
Fred goes to Daphne's beach house for some much needed relaxing, but a mystery pops up and the gang must solve it while hiding it from Fred.
Episode 2: There Wolf
No info available
Episode 3: Renn Scare
The gang visits a Renaissance fair and solves a mystery.
Episode 4: How to Train Your Coward
No info available
Episode 5: Worst In Show
No info available
Episode 6: Mysteries on the Disorient Express
No info available
Episode 7: Halloween
The gang solves the mystery of a witch on Halloween night.
Episode 8: The Curse of Kaniaku
No info available
Episode 9: Vote Velma
No info available
Episode 10: Scroogey Doo
What if the three ghosts of Christmas didn't visit Scrooge, but visited the gang instead? We find out in this comical episode parodying the Christmas classic "A Christmas Carol."
Episode 11: In Space
No info available
Episode 12: Doo Not Disturb
No info available
Episode 18: Naughty Or Ice
No info available
Unconfirmed order: Night Of The Upsetting Shorts
The gang tries to spend one day not solving mysteries, but can't figure out what to do with themselves.
We're also not sure of the titles for the next two summaries yet, but there will be an episode where the gang visits Japan. There will also be an episode related to the goth culture.
Unfortunately, the return of the show is a big gray area at the moment. According to Zap2it, the show will return on March 25 with "Mysteries on the Disorient Express," but they also still list the first five episodes of Season 2 airing in February (which obviously never happened), so I'm a bit skeptical. If this is true, it also leaves the question of when the last six episodes of Season 1 will air.
The other big question is the Season 1, Part 2 DVD, which was set to release March 28, less than a month from now. Though this hasn't been officially confirmed, I very highly doubt it will be released as scheduled. Firstly, CN hasn't aired six of the episodes that were supposed to be on the set (the set was supposed to include the rest of Season 1), so I doubt they would release episodes that haven't been shown on TV yet. But the big red flag for me is the Amazon listing. The listing doesn't show the date (it just says "currently unavailable") or cover art, something that's pretty much unheard of a month before a DVD is set to be released. And if I remember correct (don't quote me on this though!), the listing used to say "2017" for the release date, yet there is no date provided now. So, unfortunately, it's highly unlikely we'll see that set be released.
It feels like forever since we've gotten any unreleased episodes finally out on DVD. Luckily, the wait is finally over, as WB released details of a new Scooby DVD to Amazon today, which will include one never-before released episode. Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Carnival will be released May 2, 2017 and will include three-carnival themed episodes. The following episodes will be on this compilation set:
1. High Tech House of the Future (What's New Scooby-Doo)
2. Scooby's Fun Zone (The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show)
3. The Creepy Carnival Caper (The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show) *Previously unreleased*
Though I am glad we are getting a new episode on DVD, I was a bit frustrated to see the total runtime of the DVD was only 40 minutes of content, yet they are charging $10 on Amazon. I may end up waiting for this one until the price drops, as I already have the episode on iTunes.
I was also a bit surprised "High Tech House of the Future" was included on the set. Even though the gang is technically at a "fair of the future" in this episode, that seems a little bit of a stretch to categorize it under the carnival theme.
Lastly, you may have been wondering where I found the episode listing, since it is not listed on Amazon. iTunes in Norway already has the set available digitally here, which has the full episode listing (though I don't believe non-residents can purchase the set). Amazon has also made the set available for pre-order, which you can do here.
In "A Scooby-Doo Christmas," the Headless Snowman is looking for Blackjack Brody (a deceased criminal)'s, gold treasure, which turns out to be hidden in the bricks of the oldest houses in town (pictured left). This idea was actually recycled from "Night of the Living Toys" (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries), where an evil Elf King is looking for the gold treasure in a toy store, which also turns out to be hidden in the bricks (pictured right).
Scooby's girlfriend Nova in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated was the only recurring character in the show to be uncredited. She was credited to Jennifer Hale in "The Hodag of Horror," but then was not credited until she was possessed in "Dance of the Undead." From that episode on, Nova's voice was credited to Amy Acker.
In "The Ghost of Bigfoot" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies, the ski lodge the gang stays at is referred to "Mackinar Lodge" throughout the episode, despite that the sign at the beginning of the episode clearly says "Mackinac Lodge."
It turns out that CN is up to their usual tricks again! The February schedule for Cartoon Network (going up through Feb. 17) was just released on Zap2it today, and Be Cool is nowhere on there for February 13th or any of the days that the Zap2it episode guide confirmed back in December.
Sadly, I think our only hope for the show now is Netflix. Cartoon Network obviously doesn't care enough to air the show anymore, and if the rest of Season 1 does not air until after March 28, it will mark two major landmarks for the Scooby franchise: the longest hiatus while a show was still airing and the first time an episode has ever been released on DVD before airing on television.
Happy February everyone! As promised, I've tallied up the results for the Weekly Blog Series Poll and will give a run-down of what they are in this post.
Overall, there were 21 different voters in the past week that the poll has been up. The results were:
Would you prefer a more content-based or interactive-based blog series?
Which of the following ideas for a new blog series is your favorite?
Weekly Articles/Reviews: 13
Question of the Week: 6
Fan Art Fridays: 1
Weekly Trivia Contest: 1
Would you prefer the fun facts to be posted on Fridays (Fun Fact Fridays), rather than Mondays?
So as you can see, the weekly articles won! As I mentioned, the weekly articles may not start *immediately*, but my goal is to start doing them relatively quickly. Unfortunately, my schedule as of currently is already incredibly busy, and I'd like to focus what little time I have for now on finishing work on a few pages, before starting something new (I'll explain more on this in a moment).
It was really fun to see the results this time! I thought it was particularly cool that all the results leaned toward one option, and none of the numbers were tied or close to one another. It was also really cool to see so many people wanting the Fun Facts to continue being posted every Monday! If any of the questions would have had numbers that were tied or very close, I thought it would for sure be that one. But it's an awesome feeling for me, knowing that you guys love our little tradition every Monday. I really enjoy writing those every week, so great to see that you enjoy them too!
Earlier on, I mentioned that the articles may take a while because I'm working on other pages currently. I'm happy to say the Character Page is almost finally done! I just need to take screencaps of each of the characters, and the page will be complete. It's turning out really good so far, and it's exciting for me to finally be finishing what one person called the "elusive character page" (which is quite possibly my new favorite term for it), which has been a working progress since March 2015. I also am already working on an addition to the new Internet Games page, which will specifically highlight the Crystal Cove Online game (which btw, is now available again).
While I can't guarantee an article every single week these next few weeks, I will say that there will be a special Valentine's Day article coming by the 14th! Thank you to everyone who voted and I'm excited to show you guys all I've been working on!