For today's fun fact, we have a guest writer! Bradford N. Smith did the research on this and contacted Mark Lewis, and was kind enough to submit it as a fun fact to the site!
According to Mark Lewis, a character clean-up artist, in the original script for “Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost”, Mystery Inc. was shown traveling to multiple places around the globe, including a stop in London where a parade was held and they got to meet the Queen. Unfortunately, as so many crowd scenes weren’t possible on their direct-to-video animation budget, and the scenes weren’t relevant to the film’s main story, they were edited out during the rewrite process and never even made it to the storyboards.
Thanks so much again Bradford for doing the research on this and writing this fun fact!
"Cartoon Feud," the Teen Titans Go! and Scooby-Doo crossover which aired in October, is now available for purchase on DVD as on March 3 (must have missed the memo on that one, sorry!) The episode can be purchased on the Teen Titans Go! Season 5, Part 2: Smells Like Magic DVD. Unfortunately, you will get 25 other Teen Titans Go! episodes along with it, so if you don't like the series I would recommend skipping this release. So far, none of the other crossovers like this have been released on DVD, so if you're a huge purist, it may be worth it for you.
Here's a link to this DVD on Amazon.
At last, some good news after SCOOB! was postponed to an unknown date earlier this week. A brand new international poster for SCOOB! (oddly titled ¡Scooby!" instead) reveals the design for Captain Caveman, which had not been released prior (except for on a toy). What are your thoughts on Captain Caveman's design? Does it stay true to the original, or deviate too far?
Y'all already know fangtastic I think Sybella is, so I won't even go into that haha. Let's just dive straight into the results from last week! It was sort of an unfortunate coincidence that I did a Globetrotters-themed poll the same week that Curly Neal passed, but at the same time, I'm also glad it happened so this poll could honor him!
What is your favorite of the Globetrotters episodes?
The Loch Ness Mess - 23
The Ghostly Creep From The Deep - 14
The Mystery Of Haunted Island - 11
Curly Neal, #22 on the Harlem Globetrotters, has died at 77 in his home according to TMZ. The cause of death has not been announced. Curly guest starred along with the other Globetrotters in three episodes of the New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972 and 1973, including "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep," "The Mystery of Haunted Island," and my favorite Scooby episode of all time, "The Loch Ness Mess."
After 22 years on the Harlem Globetrotters, Curly was one of the only five players in Globetrotter history to have his jersey retired. He joined the team in 1963 and retired in 1985.
My condolences to Curly's family, and RIP to him. We've truly lost a great man today!
In addition, this only leaves four guest stars of The New Scooby-Doo Movies that are still alive today - including Dick Van Dyke, Sandy Duncan, Cher and fellow Harlem Globetrotter Geese Ausbie.
Some unfortunate breaking news today that the May 15 for SCOOB! has been cancelled in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Another release date was not set for the film yet, and it will likely be held back until things get back to normal. You can read more about what other films have been postponed on the Deadline website.
Nick Palatas decided to audition for the role of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins after he inadvertently saw a poster for casting calls while shopping at Wal-Mart.
Thanks to some amazing sleuthing by super Scooby fan Bradford N. Smith, and some commentary by SCOOB! movie production designer Michael Kurinsky, we've got some new info on SCOOB! The funny part is, all of this was in the two trailers all along, but slipped right under our noses!
1. Dee Dee Skyes' Badge
You know that symbol of the T and wings on Dee Dee's suit? It's actually the film's redesign (or rather, creation) of the Teen Angels logo!
2. Dick Dastardly's Robots
Those robots from the trailer? Yep, those are Dick Dastardly's robots!
That code that Velma's deciphering? It's actually got "Kurinsky," as in Michael Kurinsky's, name, in it!
4. Cogswell Billboard
If you zoom in one of the billboards from the trailer, it's a billboard from Cogswell Cogs from The Jetsons!
5. The Munsters Reference
When Shaggy and Scooby trick-or-treating in the trailer, there's a reference to the Munsters' address, 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
6. The Amount of Calories in a Scooby Snack!
Zooming in on the Scooby Snacks box, you can see it is 850 calories and is "high fructose flavor!"
7. The Impossibles
While trick-or-treating, you can see that kids dressed like The Impossibles (from Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles) are in the trailer!
Thanks so much to Bradford for his detailed analysis of the trailer, and to Michael Kurinsky for answering this for the fans!
It's March Madness season, so let's find out what everyone's favorite Globetrotters guest appearance is!
Those who know me will know "The Loch Ness Mess" is not only my favorite Globetrotters episode, but my favorite Scooby episode in the entirety of the franchise to date.
Let's check in as to what everyone's favorite crossover series was!
The New Scooby-Doo Movies - 23
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? - 17
Scooby-Doo! Team Up Comics - 1
Wow, what a crazy episode!
But before I dive into it, I want to make sure everything regarding the next episode is clear since some people still seem to be confused. Unfortunately, Spain is holding back episode 26, "Space Station Scooby!" which guest stars Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for an unexplained reason. This is the last episode that will be posted for now, unfortunately. The episode has aired in Italy, however. I asked a friend on the ScoobyAddicts forum who has seen it (though no, they don't have a link unfortunately), and he said that the monster will be a Tardigrade Monster. A Tardigrade Monster is essentially like a giant moon worm, so I'm imagining it looks similar to the giant worm from What's New, Scooby-Doo?'s "The Fast and the Wormious!"
But let's get into the episode!
This episode is a full-on musical. It was definitely an odd episode that was sort of reminiscent of the Music of the Vampire DTV. I don't know if I can rank one song over the other, as they all sounded pretty similar, but here's the track list if anyone's interested:
1. The Mystery Machine's On Broadway!
2. Do-Over Prom
4. Diners for Dinner, Dinner for Diners
5. Trappin' Man (A Man Called Fred)
6. Beautiful Meddling Kids
Diving deeper into a few of the songs, "The Mystery Machine's On Broadway!" includes a montage of several classic monsters. The following classic monsters appear: The Phantom, Captain Cutler, Miner 49er, Charlie the Robot, Zombie, Space Kook, Ghost of Redbeard, Green Ghost, The Creeper, The 10,000 Volt Ghost and the Headless Horseman. Unfortunately, The Headless Horseman is misidentified as the "Headless Specter" by the gang in the song, even when the design is clearly the Headless Horseman from The Scooby-Doo Show.
Also, during "The Mystery Machine's on Broadway!" numerous clips from previous episodes of season 1 of Guess Who are shown. This sort of makes it seem like this should have been the last episode of season 1 given how it looked back at the season, and that "Space Shuttle Scooby!" should have been earlier in the season.
In "Suspects," we get a very interesting twist on the introduction of suspects. Three suspects are introduced to us during this montage, as well as their potential motives for being the werewolf. I thought this was a really cool plot device and it was well done. And speaking of suspects, Simone returns for the fourth time! It's interesting how the writers seem to have latched onto her. Simone is said to have gone to high school with Christian Slater, but was kicked out for an unexplored reason. The gang also seems to recognize Simone, as they ask Slater in surprise, "You know Simone?"
In "Diners for Dinner, Dinner for Diners," we get an interesting reference that I never would have expected in a million years...Scrappy-Doo! Christian says "I love hearing a dog talk, and you know I don't mean Scrappy!"
Similar to how "Screama Donna" had Velma sing the culprit's motive at the end, this episode also has that. Velma's dancing is...interesting...to say the least, and almost seems like she's having a seizure or something lol.
We do unfortunately get another "Scooby Dooby Doors" scene, as well as a "dress-up to fool the villain" bit. I thought the latter bit was done well this time, and the werewolf was pretty cute practicing a solo. He looked so proud of himself haha! It was kinda of cruel for Shaggy and Scooby to slam the piano down on his paw as they ran away!
I thought a high school was an interesting setting, though I didn't think the redo prom idea was explored very well. It was very lightly touched upon because most of the episode was singing, which was disappointing.
Getting into the gang, we learn that Shaggy failed third grade five times. Velma also seems to have a bit more personality in this episode, which I was glad about given past episodes have made her very two dimensional.
Christian Slater was a decent guest star I thought, but didn't have as much personality as some other guest stars because the songs took up so much energy in the episode.
The villain was good too, and although you can't see it in my picture, I thought it was goofy how the werewolf was wearing pants. It looked silly and made the villain far less scary.
The last bit I wanted to talk about was Timmy, a suspect who was briefly mentioned. It's said he's living out of his car in one song, however, the picture looks like he's in jail! And this guy really hates Christian Slater lol. You have to really hate a person to literally get a gigantic tattoo on your chest that you hate them haha.
I'm ranking this #17, just above the Steve Buscemi episode. By no means was this a bad episode, but the singing took up so much of the episode that there was absolutely no time to develop plot, and the culprit's motive was really cheesy too.
1. I Put a Hex on You!
2. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
3. One Minute Mysteries!
4. Dance Matron of Mayhem!
5. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
6. Too Many Dummies!
7. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
8. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
9. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
10. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
11. A Run Cycle Through Time!
12. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
13. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
14. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
15. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
16. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
17. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
18. The New York Underground!
19. Hollywood Knights!
20. Fear of the Fire Beast!
21. Quit Clowning!
22. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
23. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
24. The Fastest Food Fiend!
25. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided