According to A Podcast Named Scooby-Doo's interview with Ryan Fosley, if Jabberjaw would have been in SCOOB!, they were considering having pop singer Lizzo be the voice of Jabberjaw.
In addition, when rewatching the film the other day for the third anniversary, I also noticed that during the scene where the gang is eating fries, the exterior shot shows the gang is in the R&S Coffee Shop. I'm presuming this was a mistake, as coffee shops generally do not serve fries and soft drinks (that would more likely be a diner).
Before I dive into the poll results for Be Cool, since we're on the last series, I wanted to give a preview of all our June polls, which will conclude the "best setting" poll series. I plan to skip Velma (and not just because the majority of people would prefer to forget the series' existence lol). Velma is just the same settings of the school, the gang's houses, and a few places around town in every episode, so it doesn't seem worthwhile to rank those settings since for the most part, the episodes don't have different settings.
That being said, we are also going to be including the non-series Scooby media in this poll series. We'll do the Scooby crossovers that are a part of other shows (i.e. Dynomutt, Johnny Bravo, etc.) on June 4, the specials on June 11, followed by the movies on June 18. On June 25, we will do our Winner's Circle poll! All of the winning options from each of the series will be pitted against each other to determine the best setting in the Scooby-Doo franchise.
Here are the results for last week's poll. While we had a few options close together at the top, we had a very clear winner nearly from the start.
Doo Not Disturb - 14
Mystery 101 - 5
Party Like It's 1899 - 5
Where There's a Will, There's a Wraith - 5
If You Can't Scooby-Doo the Time, Don't Scooby-Doo the Crime - 4
Be Quiet, Scooby-Doo! - 4
Some Fred Time - 3
Night of the Upsetting Shorts - 3
In Space - 3
Area 51 Adjacent - 2
Saga of the Swamp Beast - 2
There Wolf - 2
Pizza O'Possum's - 2
Poodle Justice - 1
Gremlin on a Plane - 1
Sorcerer Snacks Scare - 1
Into the Mouth of Madcap - 1
The People vs. Fred Jones - 1
How to Train Your Coward - 1
Mysteries on the Disorient Express - 1
Scroogey Doo - 1
American Goth - 1
The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty - 1
Professor Huh? Part 6 ¾ - 1
0 votes: Game of Chicken, All Paws on Deck, Grand Scam, Trading Chases, Screama Donna, Kitchen Frightmare, Me Myself and AI, Scary Christmas, Be Cold Scooby-Doo, Giant Problems, Eating Crow, I Scooby Dooby Do, El Bandito, The Norse Case Scenario, Renn Scare, Worst in Show, Halloween, The Curse of Kaniaku, Vote Velma, Silver Scream, Fright of Hand, Greece Is the Word, Omelettes Are Forever, Ghost in the Mystery Machine, Naughty or Ice, Junkyard Dogs, Protein Titans 2, World of Witchcraft, and Professor Huh? Part 1
In some very odd news today, a triple feature film has popped up on Amazon France, featuring none other than Scooby-Doo and Krypto Too! along with Scoob! and the DC Super Pets theatrical film all in one DVD bundle. I don't believe this listing was active previously, as Amazon UK was the only one that had a published listing for Scooby-Doo and Krypto Too. Amazon France lists a release date of September 20, 2023. While it does make me wonder if WB is deciding to release Krypto Too internationally after it leaked, I am unsure what this listing means, or if/when we'll get a US release of this. Regardless, I wanted to share it as I thought it was interesting.
Here's a link to the cover art, further confirming its legitimacy.
Update 5/30/23: The film is now available for pre-order at the Amazon link above.
Update 6/10/23: Amazon UK has added a description for the listing, which would further hint that this is coming out, as they would have no reason to add a description if they weren't thinking about releasing it.
Update 6/16/23: Amazon France has changed the release date to October 4, 2023.
Update 7/10/23: I didn't think there was enough info to make an entire new post for this, but I wanted to share that Amazon Italy and Germany have both added links to this triple feature, further hinting that this may still come out.
Update 7/21/23: DVDFR, as well as Amazon France, has listed an individual DVD for the Krypto film, which will be released October 11, 2023. The movie was also added back on Digital Emation's website.
In a recent interview with Wizards of Waverly Pod, Hayley Kiyoko shared several details about her role playing Velma in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Curse of the Lake Monster. Playing Velma was apparently Hayley's first time ever acting. After she finished with the role, she worried that she wouldn't be able to get other roles due to executives pigeon-holing her for the Velma-like haircut she had at the time. Hayley also mentioned that after playing Velma, she did not want to play any more roles as a high school student. However, she would go on to play roles as a high school student in Wizards of Waverly Place and the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth. You can check out the full interview here (although what I shared above were the only parts specifically related to her role as Velma).
"Night Terrors" won the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated setting poll last week, but two options were pretty close behind.
Night Terrors - 11
Escape from Mystery Manor - 9
Come Undone - 9
All Fear the Freak - 7
Mystery Solvers Club State Finals - 4
Nightmare in Red - 3
Creeping Creatures - 2
The Legend of Alice May - 2
In Fear of the Phantom - 2
Nightfright - 2
Night on Haunted Mountain - 2
Dance of the Undead - 2
The Song of Mystery - 1
When the Cicada Calls - 1
Menace of the Manticore - 1
Dead Justice - 1
The Gathering Gloom - 1
The Midnight Zone - 1
Heart of Evil - 1
The Man in the Mirror - 1
Through the Curtain - 1
0 votes: Beware the Beast from Below, Secret of the Ghost Rig, Revenge of the Man Crab, The Grasp of the Gnome, Battle of the Humungonauts, Howl of the Fright Hound, The Secret Serum, The Shrieking Madness, The Wild Brood, Where Walks Aphrodite, The Dragon's Secret, The Siren's Song, Attack of the Headless Horror, A Haunting in Crystal Cove, Dead Justice, Pawn of Shadows, The Night the Clown Cried, House of the Nightmare Witch, The Night the Clown Cried II: Tears of Doom, Web of the Dreamweaver, The Hodag of Horror, Art of Darkness, Grim Judgement, Scarebear, Wrath of the Krampus, Theater of Doom, Aliens Among Us, The Horrible Herd, The Devouring, Stand and Deliver, Dark Night of the Hunters, and The Gates of Gloom
We've got quite a few comics for once in the August solicitations! Although I guess technically it's just the same number as typical for August specifically, as for some reason, a comic from September was also announced a month early.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #123
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by VALERIO CHIOLA
Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
$2.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 8/1/23
Mystery Inc. is taking in the merriment at Coolsville’s local Swedish Festival when everything turns to chaos as the Drudging Draugr begins pillaging his way through the gathering! Can the gang crack the mystery quickly to save the celebration?
BATMAN AND SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #11
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by ERICH OWEN
$2.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 8/8/23
With Batgirl transforming herself into the online hero Oracle, the Bat-Family has gained a valuable new ally in the battle against crime. But who or what is behind the villainous presence that’s taken over the internet? Batman, Scooby, and the gang will have to plunge into a world of virtual reality to solve the mystery of…the Ghost in the Machine!
BATMAN AND SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES TP VOL. 3
Written and drawn by VARIOUS
$12.99 US | 128 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"| Softcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-290-0
ON SALE 9/19/23
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. team are thrilled to work with Batman and friends solving mysteries. Together they’ll face Ra’s al Ghul in Turkey, Poison Ivy and the Court of Owls in Batman’s hometown of Gotham, go on a beach vacation, and chase down a Rat Pack! But when a mysterious fortune-teller warns the Scooby gang to avoid the Dark Knight Detective, will anyone be safe? Collects issues #1-6 of the second series of The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries, with stories by Sholly Fisch, Ivan Cohen, Matthew Cody, Amanda Deibert, Dario Brizuela, Erich Owen, and Scott Jeralds.
It's no secret that the recent adult Scooby-Doo series, Velma, was generally disliked. Many fans felt the edgy humor majorly detracted from the show, due to being try-hard at times and done mainly for the shock value of it. Moreover, the fact that the characters did not behave much like themselves was also widely criticized. As you likely read in my reviews, I also had these criticisms of the show, and it's not something I would likely ever return to. Ultimately, Velma was kind of a letdown for me.
In the weeks following the show, I was thinking about what I would have liked to have seen in an adult Scooby-Doo show. In contrast, I really enjoyed the recent Addams Family spin-off Wednesday. I thought the show did a wonderful job of giving the franchise a darker, more mature spin without needing to use in-your-face raunchiness and cringey storylines for the shock factor. Wednesday is a great example of how to make a previously G-rated franchise's transition to a mature show feel natural, rather than jarring and out-of-character like Velma did.
This is what inspired the idea for my newest fanfic. I was thinking it would be a fun writing exercise to write a darker, more mature Scooby-Doo story without the excessive raunchiness, to showcase the kind of show I was hoping we were going to get with Velma before it came out. However, please note that this story is not a reimagining of Velma. My dissatisfaction with the tone and writing of Velma was simply the catalyst for coming up with this story idea.
The story, titled A Murder at Crystal Cove High, features Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne all transferring to Crystal Cove High, a prestigious private school. The story is presented each of their perspectives throughout the story (i.e. part of a chapter will be from Shaggy's perspective, then Velma's, then Fred's, etc.). Shortly after they arrive, a student named Elliott Blender is murdered. This prompts roommates Shaggy and Fred to investigate. They are soon joined by Daphne, Dusk, Luna, Thorn and Velma. Throughout the mystery, the reader also gets to follow each of the four core gang members' unique struggles. Being friendless at his old school, Shaggy struggles with anxiety and low self-esteem. Meanwhile, Velma is socially awkward, and finds it challenging to get acquainted with her roommate Thorn. In addition to this, Velma also struggles with comparing herself to the accomplishments of others, due to being an overachiever. Fred searches for substance at his new school, feeling like he is not able to connect with his football teammates beyond a superficial level. Daphne also struggles to get acquainted with two roommates with very different personalities; with Dusk being guarded and a bit brusk, and Luna being the shy and cautious type.
This fanfic is rated T. There is no bad language or raunchy content; the rating is purely due to the dark tone of the fanfic. You likely also noticed from the description that Scooby is not in the story. I wanted to give myself a creative challenge, so like Velma, Scooby will not be in this story. However, there are some recurring characters from the Scooby-Doo franchise that included within this story, including Marcie Fleach, Elliott Blender, Del Chillman, Red Herring, Principal Quinlan, Coach Hayes (from the First Frights video game), Gibby Norton, and Mr. B. (Crissie and the Secret Six do not appear, but are referenced in the first chapter).
This fanfic was experimental for me, as all my previous stories are from the perspective of one character, rather than switching back and forth between multiple. Nonetheless, I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out! The first chapter is now available on Fanfiction.net and AO3, and a new chapter will be posted every Friday. There will be 13 chapters in all, with the final chapter being posted on August 11.
In the hit 1966-1968 sitcom The Monkees (which you may recognize Davy Jones from), each episode had a classic romp in which The Monkees ran away from whomever the villain of the week was. Some episodes even included The Monkees getting into situations that involved monsters, such as "I Was a Teenage Monster" in which they run into a mad scientist who has created a Frankenstein-like monster, and "The Monstrous Monkee Mash" where the Monkees meet the Universal Monsters in a castle. The few episodes that included monsters had a "Scooby Dooby Doors" like romp in which The Monkees got into various antics running away from the monsters, while a chase song played in the background. You can view the romp from "I Was a Teenage Monster" on the YouTube video above. (Note that similarly to a few Scooby-Doo episodes from that era, there is a depiction of an indigenous chief in a way that wouldn't be seen as acceptable today in the chase scene)
Thanks to Tom Holste for inspiring the idea for this fun fact!
We've had ties the previous two polls, but we had one option come out ahead by a huge margin in last week's poll! However, I am very surprised about "Don't Feed the Animals" making second place!
Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers - 15
Super Scary Movie Night - 5
Don't Feed the Animals - 5
Almost Ghosts - 4
Shaggy and Scooby World - 3
Operation Dog and Hippy Boy - 3
Shags to Riches - 2
High Society Scooby - 1
Party Arty - 1
Chefs of Steel - 1
Pole to Pole - 1
Zoinksman - 1
The Many Faces of Evil - 1
Uncle Albert Alert - 1
0 votes: More Fondue for Scooby-Doo, Smart House, Lightning Strikes Twice, Big Trouble, Almost Purr-fect, Inside Job, Cruisin' for a Bruisin', There's a Doctor in the House, Runaway Robi, Don't Get a Big Head, Scooby Dudes, and Zoinks the Wonder Dog
The likenesses of several U.S. presidents have appeared in Scooby-Doo episodes. Ronald Reagan appeared in "It's a Wonderful Scoob" from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. George W. Bush (along with vice president Dick Cheney) appear in the Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! episode "Scooby Dudes," in a brief scene where George Bush gets chili dumped on his head, while Dick Cheney simultaneously has a heart attack. (It was a very odd political commentary to include in the show lol) George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt also appeared as ghosts in "A Night Louse at the White House" from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. Washington also appears at the end of a flashback in Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost, and Lincoln appears in the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided" as a ghost.
Both Reagan and Bush also had their favorite foods appear in their episodes. As mentioned a long time ago in Fun Fact #91 (back from July 2016), Ronald Reagan had a jar of jellybeans on his desk as a reference to his love of jellybeans. According to a cookbook written by one of George W. Bush's cooks at the White House, one of the Bush family's favorite recipes was Texas chili. The episode "Scooby Dudes" takes place in Texas, so presumably, the chili George Bush had dumped on him at the BBQ Cookoff may have been a reference to his love of chili, similar to the jellybean reference they included for Reagan.