So I'm admittedly a little late on this, since I didn't know about it, but I thought I may as well still post it! This past weekend, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Scooby-Doo live-action film, Matthew Lillard hosted Scooby fans in the Mystery Machine that appeared in the 2002 film for $20 per night. The Mystery Machine was decked out in tons of 2000s nostalgia and Scooby-Doo related decorations. Those who stayed were offered free Wi-Fi, a TV, and an ocean and mountain view. Here's the full description, straight from Matthew Lillard's AirBnB profile (you should really read it if you haven't, it's very amusing):
Guests will be immersed in Y2K nostalgia and get to live like Shaggy (TM) and Scooby Doo (TM) in the Mystery Machine, including:
- A virtual greeting from yours truly upon arrival – I may even share some of my favorite memories with the meddling kids
- Plenty of throwbacks to 2002, including listening to the latest Sugar Ray album on a portable CD player, basking in the glow of a lava lamp and donning Shaggy’s signature puka shell necklace
- All-you-can-eat snacks and a selection to choose from for dinner, featuring all of Shaggy & Scooby’s favorite foods (like hot dogs and eggplant burgers)
- Mystery games galore so you can put your own whodunit-solving skills to the test
- A late-night re-watch of Scooby-Doo, complete with popcorn, candy and all the Scooby Snacks that your heart can desire
- An outdoor setup with enough lounge seating and hammock space for you to vibe out, free from any monsters that might be lurking about
This seems like such a cool opportunity and I'm so glad those few fans got to have what looks to be the time of their lives during this once-in-a-lifetime AirBnB stay!
Fun Fact of the Week #407
Happy Monday everyone! It's time for another piece of random useless information that you will Knott want to miss haha.
When Don Knotts passed away, his voice role of Deputy Sniffer in the Buddies franchise was ironically passed on to another New Scooby-Doo Movies guest star, Tim Conway.
Weekly Poll #135
Hope everybody's having a great weekend! Back in December and January, I did a number of different polls asking what people's favorite season finales and premieres were. Since we just did a "winner's circle" poll with the sports polls and the villains-by-season polls, I thought it might be fun to go back and do a poll like that with the season premiere and finale polls as well. These options are the winners from the season 1 finale, season 2 finale and season 3 finale polls.
We've been doing these villains-by-season polls since January 30, 2022, and after an exciting five months of doing these polls, here's what you all chose for the best season for villains in the entire Scooby-Doo franchise! Starting from last place, What's New, Scooby-Doo? season 1, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo season 1 all got one vote each. The New Scooby-Doo Movies season 1 and What's New, Scooby-Doo? season 2 both tied for sixth place, with two votes each. The season I voted for based on the calculated averages, Be Cool Scooby-Doo season 2, got fifth place with six votes. In fourth place, we had The Scooby-Doo Show season 1 with 11 votes. Guess Who season 2 got third with 12 votes. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated season 1 was up near the top in second place with 18 votes. Finally, our winner for this poll series was none other than the classic Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? season 1 with 28 votes! I hope you enjoyed this poll series, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of this poll!
MultiVersus Sneak Preview
A few months ago, a select group of people got to beta test Multiversus, but not many details of gameplay have been revealed to the general public. However, for the first time today, a "Pro Player Showcase" video has been released to give the general public their first sneak preview of this game. The video includes a famous gamer named Spooky playing as Shaggy (and his variant Uncle Shagworthy) and another gamer named Leviathan as Velma. Playing against them is ApologyMan as Superman and Brokkr as Tom and Jerry. This video provides us with a first look of the Multiversus gameplay. At the end of the video, it is announced that the first open beta test of Multiversus will take place in July. The sign-up is open to everyone with a WBGames account, and if interested, you can sign up in advance to play in the open beta at Multiversus.com (if you do not have a WBGames account, you will need to set one up first so you can register).
Fun Fact of the Week #406
Before voicing Shaggy on Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, it's well known that Scott Menville voiced Red Herring on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. However, this was not his only role he had in the franchise during this year. When Scott was 17, he provided the voice of Tug Roper in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.
Weekly Poll #134
We've been doing these polls about which seasons collectively have the best villains since January 30, and now, it's finally time to compile all the winning options from each series poll and pitting them against each other! Note that the What's New, Scooby-Doo? poll ended in a tie, thus why both season 1 and 2 are included here. I hadn't noticed it when we were doing the polls, but up until Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, season 1 was always the winning option.
I've really had a lot of fun with this poll series and will definitely miss it! Although it was time consuming, I grew to really enjoy doing my villain rankings and calculating out the averages with you all in the comment section. I honestly have no idea what's going to win here, so I can't wait to see the results for this!
Iain Armitage is our winner for favorite young voice actor from SCOOB! with 20 votes. Despite that everyone in the comments expected Iain Armitage to win by a huge margin, Mckenna Grace was only a vote away, with 19 votes. Ariana Greenblatt placed in third with 11 votes, and Pierce Gagnon came in last with only 4 votes.
A Ranking of Scooby's Portayals
We've finally come to the end of our voice talent rankings, and the last character I'll be ranking is none other than Scooby himself! Since there's only five actors we're ranking, these were the easiest rankings to write up as they are either iconic or completely unmemorable in my opinion.
5. Neil Fanning
Neil's voice isn't bad, it's just not really memorable in any way. I will admit that, like Hadley Kay, he was sandwiched between two of the biggest icons in voice acting history (that being Don Messick and Frank Welker), so it would have been extremely difficult for him to beat those two.
4. Hadley Kay
Yeah, not much to say here. It's fine, but completely unmemorable given Hadley appeared in two short Johnny Bravo episodes and a commercial that wasn't even technically from the Scooby-Doo franchise. He does a fine enough job, but admittedly he was placed in the nearly impossible shadow of following Don Messick.
3. Scott Innes
For someone who was sandwiched between Frank and Don, Scott did an incredible job voicing Scooby. His voice feels a lot more natural as Scooby than Neil's or Hadley's did, and I really enjoyed hearing his Scooby voice in the four films he was in. I think it's really cool he continued to do the voice of Shaggy and Scooby in commercials even after they replaced him with Frank Welker. I'm a big fan of his Scooby voice, and if (God forbid) Frank ever retires, I would be satisfied if Scott replaced him.
2. Frank Welker
This is where it gets really tough, because Frank and Don are such icons. Frank did such an incredible job taking over the role of Scooby after Don passed away, and I think his Scooby voice sounds very close to Don's. However, although Frank is one of my favorite voice actors in animation history, I have to go with the original voice of Scooby on this one, that being...
1. Don Messick
For as much as I love Frank, Don will always define the original Scooby to me. He fits the role perfectly and really brings Scooby to life as a character.
Today concludes our Voice Talent Appreciation Week! I hope you've enjoyed this week appreciating the voice talents and live-action portrayers of the gang! This week has been a lot of fun, and I've really been enjoying reading everybody's rankings and hearing others' perspectives on the voices in the comments! I always love doing these themed weeks, and I can't wait to do more of them in the future!
A Ranking of Scrappy's Portayals
Surprise! I wasn't going to write up rankings for Scrappy's voice actors initially, but I've been having so much fun seeing everybody's rankings throughout this week that I thought I'd do Scrappy's as well, given he was a main character across multiple series for ten years of the franchise.
3. Lennie Weinrib
I wouldn't say I hate Lennie's Scrappy portrayal, but the voice definitely can be a little obnoxious at times. I don't feel Lennie's voice in general is annoying, because fun fact, if you weren't aware, he also voices Uncle Nat from "The Loch Ness Mess" and I loved him there. I suppose it could have just been Lennie's personality though, as I have read some things about how he was a very "in your face" type of person to work with. If you didn't know, he was one of the few voice actors who didn't willingly step down from a voice role on this series. He was fired from the role after the first Scrappy series after demanding his salary to be raised to an outrageous amount. I don't have anything particularly against Lennie, I just found the other two portrayals better and with this one, it could be just a little bit annoying at times.
2. Scott Innes
Although Scott kinda catered more to Lennie's Scrappy voice than Don's, somehow I didn't have that same "this is a little annoying at times" feeling that I did with Lennie's portrayal. Maybe it's because Scott was kind of trying to be annoying with the voice, since that's the characterization they were going for in the live-action film, but I would say I liked his voice just a little bit better than Lennie's.
1. Don Messick
Don's Scrappy voice fits the best for me, and is miles above the other two. I feel like Don's voice almost shifts his characterization to be overeager but in a sweet, misunderstood way, whereas Lennie's voice made him feel a little bit more in-your-face at times. This is interesting because I like The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show better than The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show which is when Don started voicing him, but I would say that's mainly because the mysteries were obviously far more solid in the former. Even if Don's portrayal still had Scrappy be kind of a scrapper (a pun may or may not have been intended there haha), I felt Don's voice allowed for a little bit gentler side of the character to come out. It allowed his character to evolve and become more toned-down in 13 Ghosts and the movies he was in, whereas I don't think that would have been as easy if Lennie was still the voice, in my opinion.
That about does it for my rankings of Scrappy! I hope you enjoyed this little surprise post, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of your rankings as well!
A very surprising addition has been made to the lineup for WB's Multiversus game today. It seems Uncle Shagworthy from "Scared a Lot in Camelot" will be one of the characters you can play and fight as. He will be a variant of the Shaggy character, and will be voiced by Daniel Ross.
A Ranking of Fred's Portrayals
This ranking of Fred's portrayals notably includes whom I consider to be the worst portrayal of any main character in the franchise. My favorite is already pretty clear from the beginning, and I would be very surprised if somebody picked somebody other than him, but nonetheless here are my rankings!
6. Freddie Prinze Jr.
While I don't want to come off overly negative, Freddie Prinze Jr. is hands down the worst portrayal of any main character in the history of the franchise in my opinion. He comes off like a narcissist who thinks he is the coolest man to ever exist, and admittedly, people who are full of themselves is one of my least favorite personality traits. I feel Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! pulled off something similar so much better. In that series, Fred is a bit of a control freak. However, it's executed in a funny way in that series, whereas here he just comes off like an unlikable jerk. This goes below Marla Frumkin levels of bad in my opinion, and is truly the bottom of the barrel for portrayals.
5. Pierce Gagnon
Like I said when I talked about Ariana in Velma's rankings, I hope this ranking improves when I see Scoob! Holiday Haunt. I really have no quips against this portrayal of Fred, other than it's just kind of unmemorable compared to the other four.
4. Zac Efron
Similar to his younger counterpart, the only real issue I had with Zac's Fred portrayal is it comes off a little flat. Granted, this is miles above Freddie Prinze Jr.'s portayal of him and I did really enjoy him in SCOOB!. However, compared to the other three SCOOB! voices, Zac's was probably my least favorite. Guess he just needed to get his head a little more in the game (bonus points to anybody who got that reference haha).
3. Robbie Amell
I think this was a much better execution of Fred, even if it still wasn't amazing. Having Fred be a macho jock feels at least like a more natural characterization for Fred than making him into a complete jerk like they did in the first two live-action films. I also recently saw Robbie in another show, Upload. I really enjoyed him in that series and would highly recommend it.
2. Carl Steven
Guess it just goes to show iconic #1 is when Carl Steven makes it to #2. I love Carl's portrayal of the more zany, wacky Fred. He gets the voice down perfectly and is my second favorite of the child actors in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. However, I do always feel bad now when I see his name, since he had such a sad life after this show ended and died alone in prison in 2011.
1. Frank Welker
Those two words are all that needs to be said. He is Fred and I'm going to be really sad when he retires, which hopefully is a long way away.
If anyone else wants to share their rankings for Fred's portrayals over the years, feel free to do so in the comments!
~ WildwindVampire ~