Fun Fact of the Week #177
In addition to voicing Velma from 1998-2001, B.J. Ward also voiced Shaggy's girlfriend Googie in the movie Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf. Additionally, Ward is married to the production director of the Reluctant Werewolf film, Gordon Hunt. Even more interestingly, Ward's husband Hunt was also the person responsible for Nicole Jaffe originally landing the role of Velma, according to an interview with NobleMania.com.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we finally have an official date for when the Scooby-Doo and Supernatural crossover will air! The one-hour episode will air Thursday, March 29 on the CW, in its normal timeslot of 7pm (CST). The episode, titled "Scoobynatural," will also make its world premiere at the Paleyfest event in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, March 20. You can purchase tickets to the special world premiere of the episode via TicketMaster.com.
Zoinks Points, an online program launched in 2009 has been quietly taken offline. The interactive site, previously available at the URL http://www.zoinkspoints.kidswb.com, now simply redirects to the main KidsWB website.
Originally, Zoinks Points had been an interactive site, which allowed fans to purchase various characters, monsters and backgrounds to make their own fan art. Members of the site could purchase items by earning points, through entering codes found on the back of Scooby-Doo merchandise. However, in 2013, Zoinks Points completely redesigned their site and eliminated the fan art option from the site. Instead, members now could use their points to gain access to Scooby-Doo games and downloads. After early 2016, the site stopped being updated with new content, though users were still able to purchase various games and downloads with their accumulated points.
While most of the games on the site are now unavailable, there are still a few which were moved to the main KidsWB site. As an aside, there is also a brand new game that has been added to the KidsWB site, entitled "Scooby-Doo and the Haunted House." The game entails collecting various clues and keys in order to defeat the four villains haunting the house, including the Green Ghost, the Wolfman, The Ghost of Elias Kingston (referred to in the game as simply "The Kingston," which is actually quite amusing) and The Black Knight. You can play the new game here.
It should be noted, however, that the site is still partially accessible if you type in this URL, though you'll notice that the top of the page says "Moved permanently: This document has moved" which leads me to believe that this is simply a glitch, and will likely soon be redirected as well.
May 2018 Comic Solicitations
Here are the solicitations from Newsarama for the Scooby comics that will be released in May 2018!
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #25
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by RON WAGNER, ANDY OWENS and others
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
Variant cover by BRYAN HITCH
After nearly fifty years of Scooby-Doo, the unthinkable occurs! This month death claims one of the most beloved figures in pop-culture history: Fred Jones! This stunning turn of events will have repercussions that you won’t want to miss!
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #93
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by SCOTT JERALDS
Off on a long-overdue vacation, Scooby and the gang travel to a photographic safari park, where their only plan is to get up close with nature. But nature gets a whole lot more up close than they planned when their safari’s interrupted by the ancient Spirit of the Land! Thrust into the midst of lions, leopards and rhinos, the gang will have to unmask the bogus spirit...assuming they can escape the all-too-real savage beasts long enough to do it!
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #38 f/Blue Falcon & Dynomutt
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
Why has the Blue Falcon suddenly transformed from a bright, sunny superhero into a dark and gritty vigilante who sends his most monstrous villains fleeing for safety? Dynomutt wonders: could the Blue Falcon be…possessed? Scooby and the gang will have to join forces with the Dog Wonder to crack the mystery when the dark kite returns!
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Note: This solicitation has been edited to correctly reflect the issue number. The official DC Solicitation says this is #36, however, the correct number is #38.
Fun Fact of the Week #176
Being a Scooby fan himself, Freddie Prinze Jr. was initially reluctant to join the cast of the live action Scooby-Doo movie, because he felt it wouldn't live up to the rest of the franchise. He only decided to officially join the cast after Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was also his real-life girlfriend, talked him into it.
Source: Clipd Pop Culture
Fun Fact of the Week #175
In "A Scooby-Doo Valentine," when the Evil Mystery Inc. imposters are unmasked, the culprits look almost identical to the appearances of each of their respective real-life voice actors (Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Mindy Cohn and Casey Kasem).
A few weeks ago, Daphne Blake's voice actress Grey Griffin posted a video on her Twitter account, which has Scooby fans wondering if Bill Nye, The Science Guy will guest star in the upcoming series, which is rumored to be titled "Scooby-Doo! Guess Who?" The video features Griffin swing dancing with Nye, though what's interesting about this is that both Frank Welker and Kate Micucci, who voice Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley respectively, also appear in the video together. Currently, the only shared project which Grey, Frank and Kate work on is "Scooby-Doo."
For those who aren't aware, Bill Nye was the star of the hit children's science television show entitled "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," which aired from 1993-1998. The series ran for five seasons, and achieved critical acclaim, winning 19 Emmy Awards. The show was best known for its witty take on science, and of course, its catchy theme song. The series theme, if you haven't heard it, can be listened to here. Please note that I am not responsible for the annoyingly catchy song becoming stuck in your head for the rest of the day. :D
Additionally, Matthew Lillard posted something on Instagram back in July 2017 about Kevin Conroy guest-starring as Batman in an episode of the upcoming series. Some fans have speculated because of this, that the new series will be a reboot of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, which featured famous guest stars such as Don Knotts, The Harlem Globetrotters, Batman and Robin, along with many other famed TV personalities. No details other than Lillard's post have been confirmed, and it is currently unknown whether the video with Bill Nye is related to this new series or not. Stay tuned for more info!
Fun Fact of the Week #174
Over the years, the Scooby-Doo franchise was only nominated for two major awards so far. In 1990, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo nearly won an Daytime Emmy, but lost to The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. In 2003, Mindy Cohn was nominated for another Daytime Emmy, for her role as Velma, in the category Outstanding Performance in an Animated Series, but lost to Gregory Hines for his role of Big Bill in the animated series Little Bill.
At a recent Television Critics Association Panel, Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale, who are creating the "Daphne & Velma" film due for release later this year, revealed more about the upcoming live-action movie.
Though it seems the film has not finished production yet, Jennifer Tisdale was able to tell us a general idea of how long the film will be, while also confirming that will be a DTV release. “Ours have been coming in around 70 to 90 [minutes],” Jennifer said. “It’s a feature. Daphne & Velma is a partnership with Blue Ribbon and Warner Home Entertainment, so this project, in particular, will also have a DVD release. So you will be able to find it outside just your computer.”
Ashley Tisdale also gave us some insight on what audience and age range this film is aimed at. "I would say the millennial audience,” Ashley said. “We took the two characters from the Scooby-Doo movie, and we made it a little bit more grounded and contemporary for this audience today."
Ashley's sister, Jennifer, elaborated on this point further. “I would say it is [for] almost all ages,” Jennifer said. “I have an eight-year-old, and she’s really excited to watch it, and I think it’s appropriate for her to watch. But also, I’m 36, and I’m super excited to watch it as a fan of the franchise. I think that a lot of people that watched Scooby-Doo in their youth have just really wanted to see more of Daphne and Velma and get to know their stories. So I think it will really appeal to a wide range.”
For those still skeptical about the film, the Tisdales reveal that a "Daphne & Velma" film idea has been thrown around for a long time at Warner Brothers, even before their involvement. “Looking at the IP that they had and looking for strong female characters that really haven’t been recognized, they had already been talking about the idea of Daphne & Velma,” Jennifer said. “When we sat down together, we were just like, ‘This really makes so much sense, and why haven’t we done this sooner?’"
Additionally, us die-hard Scooby fans will get some references to previous Scooby episodes and films thrown into the film. "There’s still some really fun, little winks and nods," Ashley confirms, "I’m so excited for people to get to see it because it really gives these girls their time to shine."
Quotes and some additional information found at SlashFilm.com.
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