Given last week's poll results, I've compiled a definitive list of how all the Hex Girls appearances stack up between everyone who voted.
1. Witch's Ghost (50)
2. I Put A Hex On You! (10)
3. THREE WAY TIE: Legend of the Vampire (5), The Vampire Strikes Back (5) & Dance of the Undead (5)
4. In Fear of the Phantom (1)
Even with the second book, The Dark Deception, still yet to come out on July 7, Amazon has already posted a listing confirming that Daphne & Velma will be releasing the third novel in the series on February 2, 2021. No cover image has been released yet, but here is the description provided. Seems a bit vague, but we'll just have to wait and see.
The third in this dark new series that's a spine-tingling twist on the classic girl detectives from Scooby-Doo. This third book in the series will delve into the dark secrets of Daphne and Velma's hometown.
There are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest case of all still remains unsolved... why did the town's original settlers all disappear? What happened to them? Velma is determined to find out... especially because her family's ancestors were among the disappeared. And now that she and Daphne have started to get a reputation for solving mysteries, everyone in town is looking to them for answers. But digging up the past can be dangerous... especially when some people in town have profited from the mystery for so long. Can these two intrepid teen detectives crack the case... and escape with their lives?
The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
For those wondering all these years if Velma and Marcie (Hot Dog Water) in SDMI were a couple, I'm happy to announce that the official answer is yes! Tony Cervone confirmed through an Instagram message that the two are indeed a couple and were intended as such, and even explained why Velma and Shaggy's relationship was such a disaster in the first season (in his opinion).
Thanks to Scoobylover for publicly sharing this message with Tony (with Tony saying that this wasn't a secret).
Though most shows had already been cancelled due to COVID-19, Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold officially cancelled the last few performances today. The tour will reschedule most cancelled performances, with some already being rescheduled as early as September and into the fall and winter months. More information to come once the show makes an official rescheduling announcement!
The Scooby-Doo Show episode "A Creepy Tangle in the Bermuda Triangle" was heavily inspired by the best-selling book "The Bermuda Triangle," which came out in 1974. The book, by Charles Berlitz, hypothesized that the strange ship disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle were caused by extraterrestrials. This was directly referenced in the main plot for "A Creepy Tangle in the Bermuda Triangle," which revolved around planes disappearing in a UFO. In 1978, the same year this episode was released, the book was made into a movie, likely inspiring the Hanna-Barbera writers to create this episode.
My definitive ranking of Hex Girls episodes. If you don't like it, fight me lol.
1. Witch's Ghost
2. I Put A Hex On You!
3. The Vampire Strikes Back
4. Legend of the Vampire
5. In Fear of the Phantom
6. Dance of the Undead
Here are the results for last week's poll, and it seems like there is an overwhelming win for one particular option:
Who is your favorite Boo Brother?
Shreako - 22
Freako - 7
Uncle Hide and Seeko - 5
Meeko - 4
There are a lot of Scooby-Doo villains that have appeared throughout various intros over the years. While many of them are taken directly from episodes of the respective series, you'd be surprised how many of really cool villains appear in the Scooby-Doo intros that never actually appear in the series. In this post, I want to give those "lost" Scooby-Doo villains the spotlight and also analyze if I think they would be decent villains that should have had their own episodes.
All villains from the original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, were properly utilized in the show, so let's begin with The New Scooby-Doo Movies intro.
Perhaps an odd villain to start with, but we never do see this ape in an episode, who is chasing the gang with an adorable smile on his face. Just purely due to the smile, I would have loved to see him appear in an episode. There are rumors out there that supposedly, some of The New Scooby-Doo Movies episodes have short scenes cut from a few of the episodes in syndication, due to things which the gang mention that happen in-episode that we never see. While I am more inclined to believe that these things simply happened off-screen, it is possible that this ape is King Kong, who Shaggy mentions attacked him and Scooby on Sandy Duncan's movie set in "Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hydes" despite us never seeing it.
While not a villain, it's worth mentioning the Globetrotters' dog appears in the original intro, despite him not appearing in any of the three episodes they guest starred in.
And now let's get to the mummies! The most common villain to appear in a Scooby-Doo intro that doesn't appear in the actual show are mummies! These include a mummy chasing Laurel and Hardy in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, a mummy in The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show intro, a mummy in the What's New Scooby-Doo? intro (different from the one that actually appears in the show) and a mummy in the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo intro! I'm always down for a good spooky mummy, none of these seem particularly special (and the mummy from What's New Scooby-Doo? seems to be similar to the Mummy of Ankha from Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?
The Scooby-Doo Show includes one particularly cool villain that was never used. I'm uncertain if this is supposed to be a close-up of an early character design of Merlin, but Merlin also appears in an earlier shot in the intro a few seconds earlier, and this one looks different to me! This is probably my favorite of the unused villains in any intro, and I'd love to see this cool looking ghost wizard get his episode!
And speaking of redesigns, an early design of Mamba Wamba makes an appearance at the very end of the intro!
Lastly, we get a very generic ghost, which I'm glad they didn't put in an episode. The Scooby-Doo Show had some really cool villains and I'm glad that they didn't go with something so basic.
Speaking of basic, thus begins the tri-series era where the animators just included random, basic villains in the intro rather than ones that actually appear in episodes. All of these are so basic that I really have nothing to say about them, and wouldn't want them to appear in their own episodes. All of these villains were done better in other series, in my opinion. Let's start with The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show.
Here are the unused villains from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show.
We also get one villain in The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo / Puppy Hour intro, which is just a mad scientist (sorry for the horrible picture quality, this is the best I could get since the intro isn't on DVD).
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show includes some recolored Where Are You villains as seen above, though two other villains are featured. It's not something I'd want to see get their own episode, as clearly the animators were going the "ooh, scary thing!" route rather than creating actual decent villains for the intro.
We do get one decent villain in that intro, however. This vampire is pretty creepy looking and I'd definitely be down for him getting his own episode!
Ah, the catchy New Scooby-Doo Mysteries intro remains one of my favorites of any Scooby intro, because of the super catchy song, why else! In addition, we also get some actually decent villains in this! The first of which is a somewhat generic ghost, but it's so gigantic that it's actually menacing, and the odd design of its head is enough to intrigue me and want it to get its own episode, especially if it had a decent enough back story!
We also get another creepy looking old man ghost on a showboat. Makes me sort of wonder if this was the intended villain for "Showboat Scooby" in an early draft! This ghost should totally get his own episode someday!
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo ending before the overarching plot was concluded made us have to wonder what the 13th ghost (or 12th, depending on your opinion on Captain Ferguson) looked like, before Curse of the 13th Ghost anyway. Besides Maldor and Zomba being in the intro, we get a couple of extra ghosts that appear in the intro that do not appear in the series. The first batch of three look like they could be part of Morbidia's monsters or SAPS, but I will acknowledge they all look pretty cool!
You know who I think should really be the 13th ghost? This guy! He looks so creepy with multiple eyes and a giant mouth. I think they really could have created an interesting storyline around this monster as the 13th ghost.
We now go from a terrifying, nightmarish creature to the more silly A Pup Named Scooby-Doo intro. Like this creature that appears in Scooby's dog bowl...he's pretty neat and could have made a good villain in Pup, I think!
Ah, gotta love that Simple Plan-sung What's New, Scooby-Doo? intro! There was some really good pop-punk bands in that day and age, and Simple Plan was certainly one of them...but that's not what we're talking about! What's New, Scooby-Doo? goes back to the Scrappy age of all random villains appearing in the intro, but these are actually pretty decent! We start off with a headless waiter that is so cool and totally should have been in his own episode!
Next is this cave-dwelling creature that looks sort of dinosaurish...he's colored the same as the Gigantosaurus. The notion of a cave-dwelling creature is definitely intriguing and draws upon the "mysterious, unknown" angle of horror, and I would have loved to have an episode centered around a creature like that.
Robots are always cool, and this one is definitely no exception. I think this would have been a cool villain for the "Space Ape at the Cape" episode in place of the Space Ape, or for some other space-centered episode.
And this guy is just a nightmare and a half! I'm always down for a really creepy, horror-focused episode so I'd definitely be interested in seeing what the series could have done with him.
No new villains in the Get A Clue or Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated intros, so let's move on to Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! where we get a giant spider! I like how its eyes are glowing, and the two small circles at the top and multiple big circles at the bottom almost makes it look like a creepy smile! I bet Jon Colton Barry would have made this into a neat episode.
Thanks for reading everyone, and I hope you enjoyed this article! :) I'd be interested to know if anyone else would have wanted some of these "lost" villains to get their own episodes!
UPDATE: Check out these new designs that Jordan just released!
Original post 11/25/2019
If you enjoyed Jordan Farrell's first fan film, Scooby-Doo! The Backstage Rage, you'll be excited to know that he's making another fan film set for release in 2021. This sequel, called "The Waters of Atlantis," will feature Daphne in a more prominent role and will also include the inclusion of the Teen Angels from Captain Caveman.
Here's Jordan's description of the film:
In the 2nd Installment of The Meddling Saga, The Mystery Five go to Malibu on a Summer Vacation with their school, until Daphne Blake encounters a Mermaid Princess named Marina who seeks her help to regain back her Kingdom of Atlantis from the clutches of the evil young millionaire, Max McGregor, and his henchmen, The Ghost Surfer, and Captain Redbeard and his Army of Goblin Soldiers who seek to take the Trident of Atlantis which could destroy the balance of nature that we know of. Join The Mystery Five and The Teen Angels in this epic adventure of Fantasy and Legend!
In addition to a new film, we also have some new character designs as well! Here they are:
Note the scar still on Shaggy's nose from the last film, to promote a sense of continuity.
You can also check out Jordan's trailer for the next film, which was just released!
New character designs were just released by Jordan a few days ago! I thought all of them looked really cool and I'm looking forward to seeing how each of the villains works into the film. Here they are:
The first image is Mr. Shmidlap, an evil investor on Max Mcgregor's expedition of Atlantis and Shmidlap hopes to gain profit off a mermaid zoo or oil and possible treasure from Atlantis.
THE MAIN VILLAIN, Max McGregor an evil young millionaire who wants the trident of Atlantis that rumor has it can control the oceans of the world.
A Goblin Soldier from The Goblin Army led by Captain Redbeard.
The Ghost Surfer, I thought his design in particular was really creepy!
Captain Redbeard who leads his Goblin Army and works under Max McGregor.
Given how enjoyable the first film was for me, I'm really excited to see the second one! The trailer and character designs look interesting, so it will be fascinating to see how this one compares to the first. Until this comes out, I wish Jordan and his crew the best of luck in creating this fan film sequel!
With nearly 300 weeks of fun facts, it was admittedly getting difficult to remember if I had already posted a fun fact about something or not. Because of this, I decided to organize the fun facts in a Google Drive document by the episode or film that they are about, so I could easily reference that document if I ever was wondering if a certain fact was already used or not.
Though it was mainly for my own purposes, I thought maybe some of you might be interested as well, if you hadn't read all the fun facts or were wondering if there were any about a particular episode or film. Here's a link to this document for those who are interested. Any fun fact that did not fit under a particular film, comic or episode was placed under "misc" or "pop culture references". I also made a category separate for the annual Fangtastic Facts, so the Ghoul School section didn't get overly cluttered. I removed any commentary I may have had about each fun fact as well. If a fun fact mentioned multiple episodes, I put it under all of those episodes for easier reference. I also have a general notes category under some series, for fun facts that were just talking about a series in a general sense rather than a specific episode.
I hope this is useful for some people! I will continue updating this regularly (when I say regularly, I don't mean the second I post a new fun fact, but often enough where I don't have to worry about forgetting what I posted and double-post the same fact twice).
Happy Monday everyone!
Or at least, let's pretend it's Monday! When creating my document organizing the fun facts by episode and film, I realized that I had inadvertently posted the same fun fact twice as both #61 and #85, as if they were different fun facts. So nonetheless, so we don't skip over #85, let's pretend it's the simpler times of May 23, 2016 and have a re-do fun fact! Better four years late than never, right?
In the original Gunn draft of the Scooby-Doo live action film, Don Knotts was supposed to be the villain. You can see the hilarious reveal above, and hopefully you all agree with me that this should have been the ending haha. In addition, Scooby is the one made into the Rex monster, not Scrappy.
You can read the entirety of the first draft of this script here.