Thanks to Scoobydoobus, we have another exclusive clip in English from Boomerang Africa. This video is a sneak peek clip from the upcoming eighth episode of Be Cool Scooby-Doo's second season and gives a back-story on the villain, which is a crab monster named Kaniaku. You can watch the clip on the embedded YouTube video above.
Trudy from Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare is likely based off of Raven from the original Teen Titans series. In addition, both Raven and Trudy are voiced by the same person, Tara Strong.
I think I can safely say without exaggeration that Crystal Cove Online is truly the best Scooby-Doo game ever made so far. Not to offend anyone, but if you think about it, a lot of the other Scooby games are quite simple as they are meant to be easy enough for children to play. However, this game really goes above and beyond to make it interesting for both the young and adult player. How you ask? Even having to abide by the rules of the episode (as the game was meant to mirror each episode that aired that week), the game creators still did a great job making the game their own - a fun, challenging companion to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
In my opinion, though the entire game was fun, some of the side-villains were ingenious creations.
I still don't know what this thing is (I've always just called them "Boxing Zombies" lol), but whatever it is has a really awesome design. For those who don't remember or haven't played the game, these were the side-villains you had to defeat in the Que Horrifico mystery. Most of the other side-villains were somehow related to the monster (i.e. The Man-Crab had crabs, The Gator People had toy gators, etc.) but this one I thought was truly created. I'll admit, when the game first came out I did wonder why the game creators didn't just use the zombified children. But when you think about it, I'm sure it would be pretty scandalous for Cartoon Network to say "Hey, you want to play our new Scooby game? Yeah, you have to beat up children in it!" Well I'm sure they wouldn't say that, but hopefully you get the point that some parents would probably strongly disapprove of a game where you had to beat up vulnerable kids.
This one is pretty creative too if you think about it. The evil roses went with the Aphrodite mystery (which I suppose makes sense with the Valentine's Day theme), but you've got to wonder what was going on in the writers' minds when they thought up a mutated, walking rose that wants to kill you. The concept is just both interesting and amusing to me. But that aside, the design (particularly the mangled feet) is quite intriguing.
I apologize for that picture being kind of blurry, but it was the best screenshot I could get as the shrunken head was trying to kill me lol! This side-villain I find both interesting and creepy. If you think about it, a decapitated head trying to whip you to death with its chain is pretty unsettling! I also was surprised the Cartoon Network censor let that one through. It's just such a creepy design (even creepier than in the episode!) and beating up a shrunken head just doesn't sound like something you'd put in a kids game.
I suppose I'll talk about these two together as they were put together in the game. These side-villains (and yes, the chair is a side-villain that attempts to bonk you over the head until you're knocked out lol), particularly the bear rug, I always found really cool. The one thing I do wish though is that the bear rug would actually make a bear noise in the game, instead of just being silent! Either way, the chair trying to bonk you over the head will always be both memorable and humorous to me.
This punky monkey will always be my favorite side-villain ever in this game. This is another one of those "how did the writers come up with this?" type villains. Though I profess that I'm not a super creative person when it comes to coming up with designs, I do wonder how someone thought of putting spikey hair on a monkey and having it slap you to death with its drumsticks. It's just such an abstract concept! The one complaint I do have about this particular mystery is that only Thorn appeared, and Luna and Dusk were absent from the game. However, what one fellow Scooby fan called "The Evil Robot Drummer Monkey of Doom!" [if said person is reading this, you know who you are! :) ] makes up for Dusk and Luna's absence!
This side-villain was less amusing or abstract, but just plain creepy! If you don't recognize the design, this is the shadow of the Freak, which the main boss villain (The Freak of Crystal Cove himself) is able to summon at will. What makes this mystery particularly tough to complete is that you have to defeat the Freak twice rather than one time (well actually, you have to defeat him three times if you count the Bonus Mystery!) and the Freak can summon shadows to fight you, so essentially you have to beat both him and whatever shadows he summons. He also can summon shadows of you to turn against you, which is super cool! The one amusing part about the Freak mystery is that during the second boss fight, The Freak does this odd jumping thing that looks almost like a leap of joy! lol
I suppose that's it for the side-villains, other than the Fish Freaks which, instead of looking creepy as they did in the episode, they actually look kind of cute! (don't ask me why, they just do!)
The game was removed unfortunately from the Cartoon Network website, however I did find another website (that's completely safe) that you can play it on! You can play the game here. I should warn you though that there are a few glitches from when they were on the CN site, some of them which severely affect gameplay. Firstly, the biggest glitch is that during the Man Crab boss fight, occasionally a second Man-Crab will appear making the challenge nearly impossible. Unfortunately (though I somehow was able to defeat both of them once), generally the best thing for you to do is to just let them both pinch you to death and retry the boss fight. Secondly, in the "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" mystery, when you enter the school gym, sometimes no one will be there despite the fact the game tells you that you are suppose to talk to the gang in the gym. I was able to fix this glitch by continuously going into the gym door at different angles. Lastly, sometimes during the Freak boss fight, the Freak will appear after he has dimmed the lights. If he appears, you be completely unable to touch him and he becomes immortal. Though I wish I knew a way to fix this, if this happens you're essentially screwed because there's no way you can defeat him, yet he is able to defeat you. Although there are those three glitches, the game is generally very reliable and I don't know of any other major glitches that affect gameplay besides those three.
In light of finding the game again, I've been working on a Crystal Cove Online page which is now completed and gives in-depth info on the game. I'm admittedly quite excited about completing this page for two reasons. Firstly, because of course because I love the way it turned out and I think it gives some really good info about the game. However, secondly I'm excited about doing this because this marks the end of my site update list, which I've had since the site first went live. This doesn't mean that I'm completely done with working on the site in anyway, in fact someday I plan to add lots more to the site as new content in the franchise comes out and I think of more cool things I'd like to have on here. But, for now, I feel the site is up-to-date and how I want it to be, which is a really cool feeling.
I do realize that it is impossible to have every single thing Scooby-related on the site, because quite frankly it would take a lifetime to document everything Scooby that's ever made. Since I've reached the end of the things I want to add to the site, I'd like to open the invitation (well, actually the invitation's always open, I just wanted to verbalize it again) for suggestions. If you feel there's something that is not on the site that you feel should be on the site, I'm definitely open to suggestions, so just let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and I'll be happy to discuss!
This past weekend, in order to finish the new Compilation Sets page (I'll get more to that in a minute), I got the great pleasure of getting to look up old Scooby VHS tapes on eBay and Amazon, and ended up finding a lot of interesting ones that I didn't even know existed!
So hopefully this post won't be too boring for the much younger fans who may not remember the land of VHS tapes, but I quite enjoyed the trip down memory lane and wanted to show you guys all my findings. It was really cool to find all those VHS sets, especially since most people now days seem to think that VHS's are only for 80-year-olds (for the record I'm in my 20's and still own several VHS tapes lol).
But here's what I found over the weekend:
This VHS tape was when Scooby was first beginning to air on Cartoon Network, and includes "The Ghoul, The Bat and the Ugly" and "To Switch A Witch." Apparently, the tape is incredibly rare now and is going for $50+ on eBay. I don't personally own the tape, but I find those two episodes an odd combination to release. One has Scrappy and one doesn't, and not to mention the fact that the episodes really don't have similar plot or villains whatsoever. I suppose this VHS tape would only be for the nostalgia at this point, as both episodes have been released on DVD now, but I still thought this was quite a fun find.
Though this one includes episodes that have all been released a million times (Watt a Shocking Ghost!, The Headless Horseman of Halloween, Scared a Lot in Camelot and The No-Face Zombie Chase Case are the episodes included), this one stood out to me as I had never seen it before and this was apparently one of the first Scooby episodes ever released on VHS, in 1987.
This VHS tape is one I have in my own personal collection, but I decided to look it up anyways on eBay and Amazon just to see what it's current price was. Interesting thing is, it's not on Amazon or eBay at this point and I can't find any record of it on the Internet. In fact, the picture you see above was one I took of my own copy (most of the other pictures are from online). It only features one episode "The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear" (which has been released). Now, I'm not mentioning this because I'm going to sell it at some extravagant price, but I thought it was really cool that I had such an apparently rare VHS in my collection.
This is the fourth volume of the VHS I just talked about above (and I don't own this one), and apparently this one is incredibly rare as well. It's currently going for $10 on eBay and includes the episodes "Twenty Thousand Screams Under The Sea" and "I Left My Neck in San Francisco." This was the only other "Scooby and Scrappy-Doo" volume I could find, though for logic's sake I did leave blank listings without pictures in the new Compilations page (as obviously if there was a volume 1 and 4 there would have to be a 2 and 3). However, I did find the episode listing for Volume 2 on a site, and it includes the first three 1979 Scrappy episodes.
This is apparently the second in a series of VHS tapes that Cartoon Network released back in 1996 (the first one being The Ghoul, The Bat and the Ugly & To Switch a Witch). It includes both "The Nutcracker Scoob" (oddly, the VHS tape is called "A Nutcracker Scoob" - not sure why they'd change the title) and "Alaskan King Coward."
If you're looking for a rare VHS and never-released-on-DVD episodes, this is the one to buy. This VHS includes both "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" and "The Tar Monster." Though "The Tar Monster" has already been released, the title episode "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" has never been released on DVD and even to this day only available on this VHS tape. I'm a bit lacking in the rare VHS area of my collection, but I did purchase this one a long time ago and it is still part of my collection. I believe someone has it up right now for a not too bad price on eBay, so if you're looking to buy this, now would be the time!
This is the other rare VHS you should buy if you're looking for never-before-released. This tape features "Wedding Bell Boos" and "To Switch a Witch," with the first one of those never being released on any other DVD or VHS set. This is the only other Scooby VHS I have in my collection, and it was certainly a good buy!
I suppose that's all the interesting VHS's I found besides the Classic Scooby-Doo ones and the Laff a Lympics ones which are (from my understanding) pretty common knowledge in the Scooby fandom.
The reason I looked for these old VHS sets is because I was completing the Compilation Set page in the List of Releases section of the site. Be sure to check the page out if you're looking to buy, checking to see what Scooby sets are out there or just for fun!
Hopefully this post was enjoyable to read! I know I certainly had fun writing it, so I guess I'll just end with I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. :)
Here are the comics that are scheduled to be released in August 2017:
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #16
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM and HOWARD PORTER
Cover by CARLOS D’ANDA
Variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Note: This issue will ship with two covers.
It’s life or death! Faced with the choice between the two, the warring groups led by Scrappy and Scooby must join forces in order to survive the menacing mega monster! Will they survive the fight? Or will they be absorbed into the belly of the beast forever?! Then, in a special bonus story…international mammal of mystery, Secret Squirrel, is back in action!
On sale AUGUST 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #84
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by RANDY ELLIOTT
Medieval theme restaurant Joust in Thyme has it all: minstrels wandering between tables, live jousting tournaments…and the terrifying ghost of an 800-year-old knight! There’s only one way Sir Scooby and Sir Shaggy can uncover the face beneath the mysterious knight’s helmet: by raising swords and lances to take on the ghost in a tournament themselves!
On sale AUGUST 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #29 Feat Top Cat
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DAVE ALVAREZ
Hoagy’s Alley—haunted?! Scooby will have to form an unlikely cat-and-dog alliance with Top Cat’s gang of con-artist felines to unmask the freeloading phantom—unless, of course, the ghost is real!
On sale AUGUST 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Thanks to Boomerang Africa, we have a sneak preview (in English) of "How to Train Your Coward" from Season 2, which has been posted on their official YouTube channel.
In addition, WB also released the trailer for "Blowout Beach Bash" on Friday afternoon. The DVD will be released on July 25, 2017 and will also be available digitally, and on Blu-Ray.
Watch the 2-minute trailer below:
While it's commonly known that The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries intro (more specifically the monsters dancing) was based off of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", it's less known that "Thriller" included uncredited vocals by Vincent Price, who would less than a year later join the Scooby-Doo franchise to voice Vincent Van Ghoul in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
According to Walmart.com, the next LEGO Scooby-Doo movie, Blowout Beach Bash, will be released on Tuesday, July 25. In addition, Amazon lists that the digital release date will once again be two weeks prior, on July 11. You can already pre-order the movie at both the links provided above. Nothing else about the DVD is known at the moment, though I imagine we will soon be finding out what the special features and/or bonus episodes will be.
Though this is unrelated, since this is such a short post and it doesn't really warrant it's own post, according to Variety Insight, S.C.O.O.B. is now simply being referred to as "Untitled Animated Scooby-Doo Film," meaning that S.C.O.O.B. will no longer be the title for this film. It's also probably safe to presume the reason for the release date delay is due to the film either being partially or completely retooled.
After a long period of absolutely no news with Be Cool Scooby-Doo, we finally have some idea of what's to come in Season 2 of Be Cool. Though those of us in the US still don't know when the episodes will appear on the Boomerang streaming service, some new pictures of some of the upcoming Season 2 villains were found.
Thanks so much to Antonio for finding these pics and sharing them with me!
The medicine man's website from Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico is actually a real-life site owned by WB.
Credit: Arkmabat (from the ScoobyAddicts forum)