Scooby-Doo and Guess Who Reviews
Since many of y'all are seeing Guess Who episodes 19-25 now that they're airing in Poland, I'm pinning my reviews of those here for easy access/commenting.
Episode 19: Fear of the Fire Beast!
Episode 20: Too Many Dummies!
Episode 21: Dance Matron of Mayhem!
Episode 22: The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
Episode 23: A Run Cycle Through Time!
Episode 24: I Put A Hex On You!
Episode 25: The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
Fun Fact of the Week #292
Daphne's surname was not revealed as Blake until 1983, in "No Thanks, Masked Manx." This last name was retconned from Daphne's uncle Matt, who appeared seven years earlier in The Scooby-Doo Show episode "A Bum Steer for Scooby."
Weekly Poll #22
If the Skull Ghost would have stayed consistent in design with his first appearance, that may have made him my favorite. However, mid-way through the film, he suddenly changes designs and now is clearly a guy in a skeleton suit, so that brings him down quite a bit for me. I'd say my favorite is Beauregard's ghost, because of his creepy voice and amazing design! It's really cool too to have the ghost be someone related to Shaggy, because that adds a little extra creep factor IMO.
Let's check out the results from last week:
Which version of Fred do you like better?
Serious Fred - 40
Dimwitted Fred - 23
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak that is still resulting in most states and countries to be locked down, it was announced today by Deadline that SCOOB! will no longer be a theatrical film. Instead, the film has become a direct-to-video film that will be released digitally for 48-hour rentals for $19.99, and purchases for $24.99 on all major streaming platforms on its original theatrical date, May 15, 2020. This will be a digital-only release for now in the US and Canada only. Currently, no DVD or Blu-ray release date has been announced for the direct-to-video film, as most places are still under stay-at-home orders where people are unable to leave their homes to purchase DVDs. According to Tony Cervone, the film was already in the final stages of animating, and the last few finishing touches were actually done by the animators from their homes.
How do you feel about the fact that SCOOB! has been made a direct-to-video film? Are you happy that we get to see the film earlier, or disappointed that they didn't wait for theaters to reopen?
*Note: This post has been edited to fix a major typo that said the film would only be available for rental. The film is available for both rental and purchase. Apologies for the mistake!
ArgosUK shows that some new SCOOB! toys have unexpectedly dropped in the UK now, and are available for purchase immediately. These new toys include an action figure pack, a haunted mansion playset, and a toy Mystery Machine. Thanks so much to Prime 1986 for letting me know about these!
Check out pics of the new toys below:
Fun Fact of the Week #291
Rachel Kimsey, who voiced Wonder Woman in the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode "The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!", also played Daphne in the Scooby-Doo! Stagefright stage production in 2003!
Thank you so much to Bradford N. Smith for sharing this fun fact!
Weekly Poll #21
Personally, I think I enjoy Fred when he's more dimwitted. I certainly also enjoy serious Fred, but I feel his more dimwitted appearances liven his character up!
Here are the results from last week:
Who is your favorite Hex Girl?
Thorn - 36
Luna - 3
Dusk - 3
In case you need some good news after the last two pieces of sad news I just posted, Hallmark has just announced that this holiday season, they will be releasing Scooby-Doo Christmas ornaments! Both ornaments will be released on October 3, 2020 exclusively to Hallmark stores. The ornaments each cost $19.99 (for the above picture) and $24.99 (below picture). You can already save both ornaments here (ornament 1 & ornament 2).
Update: The cancellation period has been extended through May 23.
Due to the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19, the Scooby-Doo live tour Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold has announced today that they are postponing the majority of dates. Those who have already bought their tickets are being asked to contact the main ticket office for their venue for a full refund. Here is the official statement that the tour company has made:
"The safety of our patrons, staff, and community is something we take very seriously. Taking into consideration the direction of government and public health officials, "Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold" is making adjustments to the current tour schedule. Please visit the individual city pages for performance schedule updates and additional information. For any questions regarding tickets, please contact your point of purchase.
Thank you for your understanding as we adapt to this ever-changing situation. We look forward to bringing Scooby-Doo to your city soon!"
All tour dates through May 16 have been postponed.
That being said, many theaters have cancelled the performances for dates in May and June as well. The following performances have also been cancelled:
May 19 7pm: Sioux Falls, SD
May 21 7pm: Denver, CO
May 23 6pm: Colorado Springs, CO
May 30 2pm & May 31 1pm: Austin, TX
June 4 7pm: Dallas, TX
June 5 7pm: Sugar Land, TX
June 6 6pm: New Orleans, LA
June 7 6pm: Mobile, AL
June 12 6pm: Durham, NC
June 14 5pm: Atlanta, GA
June 20 2pm & 6pm, June 21 2pm - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Update 4/15: No digital comics of Scooby-Doo Where Are You? are being published during this time either. One can presume from this that the series has been temporarily been put on hiatus until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With many US states enacting shelter-in-place orders which do not allow individuals to leave their homes except for essential duties, Diamond Comics, the distributor of DC Comics, has announced that they are completely halting shipping new comics until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. This is partially due to many comic book stores having to shut down during this time, and travel restrictions being placed on those who ship comics to local grocery stores. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #104 and #105 were scheduled for April 15, 2020 and June 17, 2020, respectively. Given Diamond Comics' announcement to stop shipping comics "until at least July," this means that no physical copies of these comics will be available for the foreseeable future.
In addition, DC Comics has announced that in light of this, they will be going fully digital. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #104 and #105 have not specifically come up in any official communications, but it can be presumed that digital copies will still be released on April 15 and June 17, respectively.
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