So this Sunday's poll didn't turn out to be particularly exciting, as everyone seemed to vote for one particular option with the exception of a few people. One of the comments in that particular thread sums it up quite well haha.
Given this, I thought it might be more fun and allow for a bit more variety in answers to simply redo the poll with all the Scooby and Scrappy shows. The results for this poll will still be posted on Sunday. For those who are curious about the final results of the other one, here they are:
Which season of The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour collectively had the best villains?
Neither - 28
Season 2 - 7
Season 1 - 9
While it is common knowledge that Pat Stevens left the role of Velma midway through The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show due to health issues, it is far less publicized that after Pat was able to get her health issues to a manageable level, she decided to pursue a completely different career: becoming a teacher. Patricia taught acting and directing, and also briefly taught science and history. Throughout her teaching career, she worked in both elementary schools and secondary schools. This information was found in her obituary.
I added a "neither" option to this particular poll since this series is so disliked. I'll do my villain rankings by season in the comments as per usual. Spoilers, I really don't like many of them, so stay tuned for that if you want to see the creative categories I have to come up with in order to rank how bad they are lol. Anyway, here are the results for last week's poll! I was quite surprised how low the skeleton was, and how the high the Burger Monster was! A few more votes and he would have started to ketchup to the Sheet Ghost! (I'll see myself out lol)
What is the most ridiculously silly/bad villain in the franchise?
Sheet Ghost - 22
Burger Monster - 10
Cactus - 9
Ghost of Juan Carlos - 6
Angry Doctor - 5
Bulldog - 5
Big Bob Oakley - 4 (thanks LetMeBeFranken for making an excellent argument for the inclusion of this option!)
Carl and Tony - 4
30 Foot Mouse - 3
McGurk Brothers - 2
Angry Carnival Owner - 2
Skeleton - 1
Cheese Monster - 1
Angry Chef - 1
So these came out a week ago now, and I apologize for not posting them sooner. Life has felt super busy all the time for me lately, and I totally forgot these had come out last Friday! As always, the solicitations are coming from GamesRadar+, and this time, we have the solicitations for not one, but two months: June and July 2022!
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #116
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by RANDY ELLIOTT
Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
$2.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 6/21/22
Velma is off to the optometrist to get a new pair of glasses, and her appointment is being haunted by a giant cyclops crashing through the office! While Velma struggles to believe her eyes, the rest of Mystery Inc. sets its sights on solving the mystery of this one-eyed monstrosity.
THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES VOL. 2
Written by IVAN COHEN and SHOLLY FISCH
Art by DARIO BRIZUELA, RANDY ELLIOTT, and SCOTT JERALDS
Cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
$12.99 US | 128 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" | Softcover
ON SALE 7/19/22
Batman is the DC Universe's greatest detective, but he still needs help! The teen sleuths of Mystery Inc. and their faithful hound Scooby-Doo are always willing to lend a hand…mostly to pull off various miscreants' masks! Their adventures continue as the Caped Crusader and the curious canine tackle dognappers, Riddlers, Creepers, and villains galore! Collects The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #7-12.
I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm not sure how you all spent it, but I personally spent a lot of this weekend binge watching the new season of Jellystone! It wasn't my intention, but it's such an entertaining show that I couldn't stop watching it haha. Particularly, the episode "Business" is quite possibly the best social commentary on the free market/capitalism I've ever seen in any show, ranging from talking about the balance between government and corporate special interests to how everything has become commercialized and sometimes overly profit-driven...but in a funny, tongue-in-cheek way. Regardless of your political standings, I would absolutely recommend checking out this episode in particular as it's AMAZING and I literally cannot say enough good things about this episode (and the show in general). Anyway, I was thrilled that there were tons of Scooby references in Jellystone season 2, and wanted to make today's fun fact about the series given the new season just came out Thursday.
In the episode "Bleep," Cindy Bear has a milk carton which has a picture of Scrappy as a missing person on the side. Moreover, an animatic in this tweet reveals that an early draft of the episode "Cats Don't Dance" had a missing person poster featuring Scrappy, but it wasn't in the final version of episode, possibly because they put it in this episode instead.
In the episode "Jailcation" (which is another one of my favorite episodes for how hilarious it is), the cop at the Santo Paino Maximum Security Prison is The Creeper.
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy also watch 5,069 episodes of Scooby-Doo together in the episode "The Big Stink" (although there aren't that many episodes lol).
While it's not directly Scooby related, the episode "Heroes and Capes" sort of indirectly continues the SCOOB! continuity with Blue Falcon having a very similar personality to how he behaved in that film.
Another episode, "Uh Oh! It's a Burglar," has a whodunnit, person-in-a-mask element to it featuring Jabberjaw and Loopy De Loop. As a side note for those who have seen the episode, the weird Gruesomes movie that's shown for a few seconds is amazing. I would absolutely love to see the full-length movie of Fred sitting on a haunted toilet in the Gruesomes' house, while Mr. Gruesome makes scary food puns haha. I never expected to see The Gruesomes back again, and it was done in such a ridiculous way that it was amazing lol. Easily the most hilarious scene of the series for me.
If you have HBO Max, I would highly recommend checking out Jellystone!, especially if you liked Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Despite the different animation, it's such a funny show and is right up my alley when it comes to humor style.
Thanks so much to James for sending me the link to the tweet with the storyboard (as well as providing the Creeper image below before I'd seen the episode).
If anyone's seen the new season of Jellystone! and wants to discuss it, I'd be happy to do so in the comments as if you can't tell I'm super excited about this new season and thought it was incredible lol.
So we're taking a little break from the sports/best villain poll for something different this week. This was admittedly a challenging poll to make, as I couldn't include every possible option people might have as you'd be scrolling forever lol. I sort of picked and chose the most common ridiculously bad costumes there have been throughout the franchise. However, if there are any you feel should be in the running that I missed, please tell me in the comments so I can add it as an option! I will include pictures of each villain below as I realize some of these are from obscure Scrappy shorts that people may not remember. I didn't include any villains that were intentionally comedic (Piranha Goat, the Vampire Mummy Werewolf from Outer Space, etc.).
Also, here are the results from our March Madness poll - which is a tie for first and last place!
What is your favorite basketball episode?
The Loch Ness Mess - 23
The Mystery of Haunted Island - 23
The Ghostly Creep from the Deep - 19
Basketball Bumblers - 4
All of the basketball episodes are awful, basketball in general is awful, in fact, all sports are just plain awful - 4
I mentioned in a comment on here recently that the skeleton's movements from "The Spooky Fog" was not creepy in the slightest, because it looks like he's just taking his nightly stroll. I have made a GIF so you can share in my enjoyment lol.
Recently, to comply with Apple's terms of service, the social network Tumblr banned a bunch of tags. One such tag included #Alice May, probably meaning the Scooby-Doo character. It is unknown why this tag was banned, but it was likely a mistake. Other silly ones that were banned include #crying, #bald, #single, #tony the tiger, #sad, #me and #i love you. There will be no saying I love you on Tumblr lol. #Alice May seems to still be banned on Tumblr to this day.
This fun fact was inspired by this YouTube video from one of my favorite YouTubers, ColeyDoesThings, highlighting the Tumblr tags that were banned (I linked it to the spot in the video where she directly mentions Alice May, and I'd recommend checking out the whole video if you have the time as some of the banned tags are quite funny - although there are some PG-13 concepts that may not be appropriate for all audiences)
Just for fun and to celebrate March Madness with a poll given we've been doing a lot of sports polls lately, this week's poll focuses on the best basketball episode in the franchise. A similar poll was done around March Madness back in 2020, though the poll specifically asked people's Globetrotters episodes. I don't think "Basketball Bumblers" will win, but I thought it might be fun to re-do a similar poll to see how the results change years later. Those who know me will already know my answer haha. Also, I wanted to note that I didn't include "Revenge of the Swamp Monster!" as even though Chris Paul is a basketball player, the episode centered around a golf tournament.
Here are the final results for last week's poll. The results definitely surprised me as season 2 had a strong lead to begin with (and so many people chose season 2 in the comments!), but ultimately ended up barely getting passed by season 1!
Which season of The Scooby-Doo Show collectively had the best villains overall?
Season 1 - 28
Season 2 - 24
Season 3 - 9
We're already three months into the year, and we still haven't heard anything about the next DTV. We also don't know anything about when Velma is coming out, or what's coming after that. I've talked to a number of people about my theories about what we'll see happen this year, and a few people have emailed asking my thoughts on this, so I thought it might be fun to write up an article detailing what I think is going to happen. Please note that this is not official news and my predictions very well may end up being wrong.
The most prominent question on everyone's mind is when we are getting our first DTV of the year. With the exception of 2020 (due to SCOOB! becoming a DTV because of COVID-19), there has traditionally been a movie released in the first few months of the year during these past several years. Thus far, we have heard nothing about the next DTV. Since we know it's in production, I am pretty sure Scooby-Doo and Krypto Too! will be our first DTV of the year. Some of you may also be aware that WB is releasing a DC Super Pets film on May 20, 2022, which includes Krypto the Superdog. I believe the reason we've heard nothing on this first DTV is because they are trying to align the release date of Scooby-Doo and Krypto Too! and DC Super Pets, in order to promote the latter film. Since Scooby-Doo is such a popular franchise, it makes sense that they would want to align the release dates of those two films, as seeing Krypto team up with Scooby might encourage more people to go and see the film in theaters at a time when people are skeptical about going to see a movie, due to the pandemic's progression with all the different variants.
Thinking about this logistically, the past two films (Sword and the Scoob and Straight Outta Nowhere) have had their trailers released 11-12 weeks before the film's release date. The Sword and the Scoob trailer was released December 8, 2020, and the film was released on February 23, 2021. Straight Outta Nowhere had its trailer released on June 22, 2021 and had a September 14, 2021 release date. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo's trailer was also released 12 weeks before the release date. If they are planning to align Krypto Too's release date with the DC Super Pets film, I would assume they're planning to do so in the month of May. Since Scooby films are always released on Tuesdays, the last Tuesday in May is May 31. 11 weeks before that would mean we're getting the trailer next Tuesday, March 15.
All of that being said, that is a very logical way of looking at it. It's certainly possible they'll release it in June, since that's still somewhat close to the release date of DC Super Pets. It's also worth noting that the 11-12 weeks rule is more of a recent thing. The trailer for Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island was released July 23, 2019, six weeks before the film came out and two days after it had already premiered at San Diego Comic Con. If we don't get the trailer next week, I don't think that completely precludes the film being released in May. Logically, it makes most sense for us to get the trailer in March, but I'm more confident about my May release date guess than us getting the trailer in March.
Edit: Apparently it's just been confirmed that the Super Pets release date has been delayed to July 29, 2022. I believe we will now get the trailer for Krypto around late April or early May, and the movie around mid to late July.
Of course, we know we're getting Scoob! Holiday Haunt on HBO Max around Christmastime. I imagine that will come out around mid-November when people are beginning to think about the holidays.
I also believe we'll get the Velma series sometime this year, but more likely towards the very end. We haven't heard anything on it for a while, so I think it is unlikely that it's coming out this spring or summer. If we do see Velma this coming fall or winter, I'm guessing we will probably get the next Scooby series in late 2023 or early 2024. I don't think the Velma series format is going to stick, so I assume it's going to be another all-gang series. Unless Velma does amazing, which I very much doubt it will, I think it's logical to presume that they are probably going to make a series that plays it very "safe," and stays close to the franchise's roots like Guess Who. There's likely going to be a lot of backlash to Velma, because people are often very judgmental of change when it comes to shows they have a lot of nostalgia around. I'd honestly love to see a series that combines the dark tone of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and the style of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! I feel Maxwell Atoms did a great job with this in Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo, and if they choose to play it "safe," this is the way I would most like to see them execute it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found it useful!
A big thanks to James for suggesting this week's fun fact!
In Space Ghost Coast to Coast, the beginning of the episode "Piledriver" shows a scene from "Jeepers, It's the Creeper." However, Shaggy and Velma speak with the voices of Space Ghost and Moltar, while Scooby speaks with Lokar's voice. This scene appears again in the episode "Joshua," but it flashes by incredibly quickly.