The third episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? was definitely an improvement over the last. This was a pretty enjoyable one, in terms of having a pretty neat villain, and some good character development. One minor thing that bugged me about Scooby was how he seemed to be an amalgamation of the classic Scooby and the witty one from BCSD. His lines felt a bit off to me, particularly the "that's cray-cray" one and his manic freak-out over not having any Scooby Snacks.
I enjoyed Wanda Sykes as a guest. They worked her in well by having her know Scooby from a dog show. I admittedly could have done without her repeating "that's nasty!" so much at the end of the episode, however.
One thing I really liked about this episode was how nostalgic it felt, to the point where I felt it could be an updated Where Are You episode. It was cool that they brought Magilla Gorilla into the episode, but I do hope they're not going to bring in a classic Hanna-Barbera character at the end of every single episode. I feel like that would make it a bit less special if this was done overly often. I also hope they don't overuse the "Shaggy and Scooby trick the monster" trope. While this was certainly done in the original show occasionally, it wasn't nearly every episode like they're doing it here, and it makes it seem like they're just copying what Jon Colton Barry's started back up in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!.
Despite my minor criticisms, this was a much more enjoyable episode to me than the last. I would say the Chris Paul episode still tops this one for me, however. I'm excited to watch the next one!
In real life, Banning Junction from "A Scooby-Doo Halloween" is not technically a city, but rather just a small town in Minnesota which consists of only a stoplight, gas station, grocery store and hotel with very few houses.
At today's Scooby-Doo 50th Birthday Bash event at Comic Con, WB surprised fans with an announcement that some brand new villain action figures would be produced by Figures Toy Company. These include all four villains from the classic episode "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?: The gypsy, Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein.
A release date has not been announced yet. This info was found on MailChimp.com.
iTunes has given us an episode listing for the soon-to-be-released "Scooby-Doo 50 Cartoon Collection." The following is a listing of the episodes that will be on the DVD. I've noted when episodes are new to DVD (spoilers, there's unfortunately only 3!)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
1. What a Night for a Knight
2. A Clue for Scooby-Doo
3. Hassle in the Castle
4. Mine Your Own Business
5. A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts
6. Spooky Space Kook
7. That's Snow Ghost
8. Nowhere to Hyde
9. Jeepers, It's the Creeper!
10. A Tiki Scare is No Fair
The Scooby-Doo Show
11. High Rise Hair Raiser
12. The Headless Horseman of Halloween
13. The Harum Scarum Sanitarium
14. The No-Faced Zombie Chase Case
15. The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man
16. Vampire Bats & Scaredy Cats
17. The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller *New to DVD!*
18. To Switch a Witch
The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
19. The Scarab Lives
20. The Ransom of Scooby Chief
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
21. Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo!
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
22. For Letter or Worse
23. The Babysitter from Beyond
24. Now Museum, Now You Don't
25. Ghost Who's Coming to Dinner?
26. Night of the Living Burger
What's New, Scooby-Doo?
27. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature
28. Big Scare in the Big Easy
29. Riva Ras Regas
30. Lights! Camera! Mayhem!
31. Large Dragon at Large
32. Fright House of a Lighthouse
33. Wrestle Maniacs
34. Farmed and Dangerous
35. Camp Comeoniwannascareya
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!
36. Chefs of Steel *New to DVD!*
37. Almost Ghosts *New to DVD!*
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
38. The Shrieking Madness
39. Mystery Solvers Club State Finals
40. Menace of the Manticore
41. Pawn of Shadows
42. All Fear the Freak
43. House of the Nightmare Witch
44. Art of Darkness
45. Night Terrors
46. Wrath of the Krampus
47. Nightmare in Red
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
48. Party Like It's 1899
49. I Scooby Dooby Do
50. El Bandito
Thanks so much to The Cop for pointing this out to me!
Given this week is the 250th fun fact, I wanted to do something extra special. Like we've had on some of the "milestone" fun facts in the past, this week, a very special guest writer has written the fun fact.
Here to celebrate the 250th fun fact is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated producer and director, Victor Cook.
As you probably know, Harlan Ellison was a guest-voice actor who voiced himself in both "The Shrieking Madness" and the very end of "Come Undone." However, you probably don't know that Harlan Ellison made a very interesting request when reading his lines during the production of "The Shrieking Madness."
"At the record, he demanded to re-write one of his lines." Victor Cook shares. "The head writer and the crew felt honored by this because we admire Harlan so much."
Thanks so much to Victor Cook for collaborating with me on this week's fun fact. I wish him the best of luck in whatever future projects he decides to pursue!
That's it for this week, but y'all should make sure to come back next week, and every Monday for that matter, for a new fun fact of the week on ScoobySnax.com.
Today, the trailer was just released for the upcoming film Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. The film will be released digitally on September 3 and on DVD October 1. Check it out above!
I was just sent this official press release by a contact I have in WB marketing.
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS VIEWERS AN ALL-NEW ORIGINAL ANIMATED FILM WITH THE RELEASE OF “SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND” AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 AND DVD OCTOBER 1, 2019
BURBANK, CA (July 11, 2019) – Pack your Scooby Snacks and join the Mystery Inc. gang as the teen sleuths embark on a wild and spooky vacation with zombies and cat people on Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, an all-new, original film. A follow-up to the classic, best-selling Scooby-Doo! film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, this new animated adventure finds Scooby-Doo and his pals taking a much-deserved vacation to a tropical island. Instead of getting rest and relaxation, however, they find themselves wrapped up in one of their biggest mysteries yet! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting September 3, 2019 and on DVD October 1, 2019.
Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be available on Digital ($14.99 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP).
On Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and his pals win an all-expense paid vacation and embark on a trip of a lifetime to a tropical paradise. Their destination however, turns out to be Zombie Island. As soon as they arrive, they realize the place looks strangely familiar and is reminiscent of a trip they took years ago, in which they became wrapped up in a mystery involving zombies. The gang soon learns that their trip to paradise comes with a price when the zombies re-emerge and attack their hotel. Will Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang finally solve the mystery behind Zombie Island?
“Zombies are a very popular theme in entertainment now and we wanted to create a fun, family-friendly version of this genre for Scooby-Doo! fans. So we brought back a Scooby-Doo! classic and continued the original story but created a captivating new plotline,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island is an entertaining, original film that will appeal to a wide audience. It’s classic Scooby-Doo! with a contemporary look and feel, a fun storyline and engaging characters. This release is a must for your home entertainment library.”
Scooby-Doo Return to Zombie Island features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley.
On September 3, 2019, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On September 3, 2019, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming
More images from the film can be viewed at this link: spaces.hightail.com/space/MzjEulsFLZ/files
I was really excited about this episode when I first heard about it! Being a Funky Phantom fan when I was younger, I was excited to see a full-length crossover with the Funky Phantom after we got that one in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
As much I wanted to like this one, in honesty, I really didn't. The gang arguing with the Funky Phantom Crew was very out-of-character for the latter. The Funky Phantom gang, particularly Skip and April, act competitively almost to the point of being arrogant jerks. I don't generally mind when small aspects are changed within shows I like, but I felt they changed the Funky Phantom Crew so much that they almost weren't the same characters anymore. They were very unnecessarily mean to the gang, in my opinion. This also took away from the main plot of the episode, as 90% of the dialogue was just the two gangs arguing for each other. Because of this, the episode wasted the opportunity to further develop the mystery and have the villains appear, in my opinion. The gang only sees the ghost once before setting the trap, making it feel a bit rushed.
The dialogue also seemed a bit off in places. Augie instantly believing in Abraham Lincoln's ghost within one second seemed a bit odd. He knows Mudsy is real, obviously, but Augie has also run into many fake ghosts before, so it seemed odd that he seemed to trust Lincoln within a few seconds for no particular reason. Abraham Lincoln's line right before they captured the ghost seemed very random and not really related to anything that was going on. "You must take responsibility for tomorrow!" just felt like the writers put "insert old timey saying here that sounds good to the kids!" in the script.
Despite this, there were some positives to the episode. Augie and Mudsy stayed relatively in character, though the latter's voice sounded slightly off from the original. The twist at the end where Mudsy was dressed up as Abraham Lincoln was pretty clever, and the Speed Buggy cameo was an interesting touch.
Sorry to be so negative kids (especially to those that enjoyed it), but I really disliked this episode. I felt like ultimately, they cut too many corners for the scenes of the gangs arguing, which made many parts of it overly rushed. The characters also were completely opposite of how they were in the original series, which I didn't like personally.
Here's hoping I enjoy the next one more!
Thanks to the Comic Con website, we now know the release date for Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. After its world premiere at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) on July 21, the film will be released on all digital platforms on Tuesday, September 3. Almost a month later, on Tuesday, October 1, the film will be released on DVD.
Stay tuned for more info!
Before he agreed to guest star in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? as Urkel, Jaleel White was given a very rare animation cel from Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, signed by both William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The cel features Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and the Ghost of Uncle Beauregard. (Must admit I'm super jealous! I'd die of happiness if I was able to get this haha.)
~ WildwindVampire ~