There are a lot of "rare" Scooby-Doo VHS tapes out there, but some are so expensive that they're simply not worth buying anymore given that they have episodes that have already been released on them. So, which Scooby VHS tapes do you need to both have rare yet practical tapes that have never-before released episodes?
The first of these is titled Hanna-Barbera Super Stars: Rompin' Romance. It was released in 1989, and while it does have episodes from other cartoons like The Flintstones and Yogi Bear on it, there is one never-before-released Yabba-Doo short from The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour, "Bride and Gloom," on the VHS tape.
Scooby-Doo's Puppy Dog Tales, also released in 1989, features "Scooby and the Beanstalk" from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour which has not been released on any other piece of Scooby-Doo home media to this date.
Scooby-Doo in Swamp Witch features another Scrappy short that has never made it to DVD, "Scooby at the Center of the World." I remember always wanting this one as a kid, but I could never find it!
These next two were both released in 1996 and have "Wedding Bell Boos" and "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" on them, respectively, which have never been released on DVD. I actually own both of these! The Halloween Hassle one oddly has the back cover mention "Scooby-Dum" instead of Scrappy-Doo, which is probably one of the hugest typos I've ever seen on a piece of Scooby media haha.
And lastly, if you want to get something really rare, this Hanna-Barbera Personal Favorites: Scooby-Doo laserdisc includes four episodes: "What a Night for a Knight," "The Secret of Shark Island," "Scooby Gumbo" and "Wizards and Warlocks," the last of which has shockingly never been released on any other medium except laserdisc. This is nearly impossible to find though, much less to be lucky enough to have a laserdisc player, so you're truly a super Scooby fan if you're ever able to find this one!
Edit: I just realized this laserdisc compilation is also available on VHS!
I hope this brief article was both helpful and interesting for you all, regardless of where you are in Scooby collecting journey! :)
I just added a brand new page to the site, the Novels page! This page is a quick reference guide of Scooby-Doo novels, organized by series and publisher. Due to some bandwith limitations from Weebly, I didn't include pictures or descriptions of every single book, otherwise the page would be a mile long and likely have trouble loading for some people. I've been wanting to do this for a long time now, so I hope this serves as a useful guide to you all! Happy reading!
(Also, thanks to Bradford N. Smith for providing titles of certain novels that were not well documented online, and for making the handy graphic you see above!)
In "Mine Your Own Business," a single frame was accidentally animated where Scooby looks evil when the gang are near the safe.
Let's take a little break this week from the villain polls, and focus on something completely different: LEGO!
Personally, I like Haunted Hollywood the best. It had the most developed plot and I thought they did a nice job incorporating LEGO into that film especially.
Here's last week's results. I will fully admit last week's poll hardly got any votes, so I'm not going to list all the ones that got zero. I'm shocked "Shady Guy" got a vote and the invisible ghosts from "Scooby Ghosts West" got two!
What is your favorite villain from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour?
Sylvester the Vampire - 5
Swamp Witch - 3
Bigfoot - 3
Shaggy Werewolf - 2
Bog Monster - 2
Ice Monster - 2
Merlin - 2
Ghosts (Scooby Ghosts West) - 2
Shady Guy - 1
Flying Monkey - 1
Ghost of Grandpa Scooby - 1
Dinosaur - 1
Lava Monster - 1
Mummy - 1
Plutonian - 1
Madame Olga - 1
Chinese Robber - 1
Rock Monsters - 1
Phantom of the Opera - 1
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who season 2 will already be making its debut in the UK coming up this Saturday. The season premiere, called "Lost Soles of Jungle River!" will have guest-star Jason Sudeikis searching for a treasure with the gang in the Amazon Rainforest.
(Photo credit for the above TV Guide screenshot comes from the Scoobypedia Facebook page.)
In addition to this, a new scene from season 2 was posted in this video by Boomerang Italy. It appears the gang will be at a Swiss mountain lodge, with a female chef as the guest star.
Lastly, in unrelated news (because it didn't even really deserve its own post), Target has revealed a new compilation DVD on September 8, featuring 8 movies and titled "Scooby-Doo: Greatest Mystery Adventures Collection." The movies included are unknown at this time.
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According to Rick Copp, the writer of Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, the Hex Girls were created due to his love of Josie and the Pussycats. Jane Wiedlin, Kimberly Brooks and Jennifer Hale were cast as the girls, though ironically, Hale had formed a cover band when she was 15, and covered many of Wiedlin's songs (as part of the Go-Gos band) before knowing her.
When they first started, the three actresses actually had no idea how to pronounce "eco-goth."
"We actually had to debate how to pronounce it. We were like, “Echo-goth?” “Ee-ko-goth?”" Hale revealed in an interview.
Despite some minor lashback from some religious groups, who attempted to ban Witch's Ghost from being released because they thought it promoted witchcraft, the Hex Girls were an instant success. They were such successful characters, in fact, that Warner Brothers briefly considered a Hex Girls spinoff, though it never got beyond a very early development stage.
"They had found that there was a lot of chatter about the Hex Girls from the movie, and I remember my friend Linda Steiner [then the Vice President of Development at Warner Bros Television Animation] brought me in for a meeting to talk about a spin-off series. You can imagine my excitement! Oh my god, doing a girl band series! And they wanted David and I to develop it. We talked about it, but it just never... it was one of those Hollywood meetings that never really went anywhere." Rick Copp shares.
Though it never went anywhere, all three voice actresses for the Hex Girls said that they are incredibly excited at the idea of having a spin-off series, and would be definitely interested if the series was ever picked up by a network. Here's what all three actresses have said on the matter:
Wiedlin: I absolutely think they could have their own show! Every time they could introduce a new song and they could be the defenders of the planet plus do rock concerts. It’s such an easy sell! If it happened I would be so excited. I live in Mexico, but I would totally fly back every time to LA to do the episodes. Totally, I don’t care.
Hale: I’d be there with bells on! I’d be beating down the door. I’d be 30 minutes early with coffee for everyone.
Brooks: There’s still time, right? I don’t know who to talk to – I need to call my agent, somebody needs to get the ball rolling here! We need strong characters that have their own point of view and their own perspectives, who speak their minds and aren’t stereotypical girls. I love that we’re different and that we represent all types of women, which is just so important right now. I think that definitely played a role in why people identify with them.
Some aspects of this fun fact were taken from the article "The Hex Girls: How a Fictional Scooby-Doo Rock Band Became Cult, Queer, Girl-Power Icons," which is an awesome article you should definitely check out for more info!
Going along with last week's poll, let's do another really unconventional series as I'm curious what people's favorite villains are!
I'd have to say the Flying Monkey from "Scooby's Trip to Ahz" just because he's so dang cute lol. But if we're going with main villains, I'll pick Sylvester the Vampire from "A Fit Night Out for Bats."
Also, since I realize none of these are exactly the most memorable Scooby villains out there, please let me know if you want clarification to what episodes any of these villains are from. All villains are in order by the episode they appeared in, and if it was the same type of villain (i.e. Alien) in multiple episodes, I've listed which episode's villain you're voting for. I honestly have no idea what people will vote for, so I'm excited to see who ends up winning!
Here are your results from last week's poll. I'm shocked the Astronaut Ghost got so many votes, as I didn't really like him as a villain personally. I'm also shocked the living Buster Mcmuttmauler from "Catcher on the Sly" got any votes!
1What is your favorite villain from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo?
Boogedy Bones - 8
Were-Doo - 7
Ice Demon - 6
Chickenstein - 5
Cheese Monster - 5
Astronaut Ghost - 4
Stinkweed - 3
Boogey Biker - 3
Headless Skateboarder - 3
Ghost of Buster Mcmuttmauler - 2
Boobeard's Ghost - 2
Green Ghost - 1
Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core - 1
Dr. Croaker - 1
Babysitter - 1
Totem Monster - 1
Ghost of Chef Pierre Ghoulash - 1
Burger Monster - 1
Zombo - 1
Buster Mcmuttmauler (Living) - 1
Ghost of Mrs. Shusham - 1
Al Cabone - 0
Manny the Mauler - 0
Samurai Ghost - 0
Alien - 0
Ghost of Purvis Parker - 0
Dinkley 3000 - 0
Paula P. Casso - 0
Bigwig - 0
Hooded Heifer - 0
Snail Monster - 0
Waitro - 0
Courtesy of GamesRadar (what appears to be the new name for Newsarama), here are the Scooby-Doo comic solicitations for October 2020. It's also worth noting that with these solicitations, we've finally moved past the "catch-up phase" where DC Comics was trying to catch up on printing the issues that were delayed due to COVID-19.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #106
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by RANDY ELLIOTT
ON SALE 10/20/20
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
Usually, when an artist is readying an exhibit for the public, the biggest fear is a critic's review. That would still be the case…if a ghostly visitor hadn't begun to haunt the Museum of Holographic Art's newest exhibit! Can Scooby and the gang use their renowned sleuthing skills to see through the ghost's plans before the museum is forced to shut down for good?
To continue with our "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" theme this week (which was totally unintentional by the way, just coincidental), I'm reviewing a very special and very rare piece of Scooby media: the only A Pup Named Scooby-Doo comic ever made! This issue was published 1995, and was written by Bill Matheny and drawn by Scott Jeralds, both of whom worked on the original A Pup Named Scooby-Doo television show.
Before I go and further, I want to give a huge thanks to my friend Deandre (aka Scoobyfan4ever) for sending this comic to me so I could read and review it!
We started with "The Pizza Delivery From Beyond," which feels like a lost episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It stays very true to the tone and style of the series, and all the characters are on-point with their younger personalities.
We get the normal assortment of minor characters, including this one random zoo ape lol.
And speaking of minor mentions, we also get O'Greazy to return, who was a recurring character for three episodes of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. I thought it was really cool how we learn his first name is Al.
The comic starts off with Shaggy narrating that him and Scooby are waiting for a pizza delivery, but they get way more than they bargained for when a monster pizza deliveryman attacks them. After a narrow escape, they alert the gang and attempt to solve the mystery.
The plot is very much something that could have happened in the show, even down to the villain design, which is really cool. I was very disappointed however, that Red Herring never appeared, and even more so that Freddy didn't accuse Red Herring!
But overall, it's a great short story and my favorite of the two.
The final story is titled "Daphne Has Risen From The Grave!" and features Daphne going exploring in some caves, and returning as a blood-sucking vampire. After she attacks Shaggy and Scooby and tries to turn them into vampires, they enlist the help of the gang.
I enjoyed this story, but we quickly find out (spoilers) the culprit is just Daphne practicing for the school play and I felt that was a little cheesy.
We do get one inconsistency in this comic, however...the cave Daphne is "turned" in is discovered to be a place where Scooby Snacks are mined, but "Wanted Cheddar Alive" would beg to differ since they are made in the Scooby Snacks Factory in that episode.
This really felt like it could be an episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, though. They captured the tone of the series perfectly once again, even down to Freddy accusing Scooby of being a vampire as one of his crazy conspiracy theories.
It's funny, Daphne turning into a vampire seems to be unintentionally foreshadowed in the beginning of "The Ghost of Mrs. Shusham," when the animators forgot to animate her reflection in the mirror lol. (Actually, now that I'm thinking of it, it's further proof that she was a vampire in that one Scrappy episode, "I Left My Neck in San Francisco," when she was never around when the vampire was and looked similar to the Lady Vampire of the Bay haha.)
Overall, these two stories were a fun nostalgia trip for me! Though the stories were pretty short to be full episodes of the series, I could see them working as good 11-minute shorts like the three they did in the final season of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The one element I would say was off in an otherwise perfect representation of this series is they seemed to s separate Shaggy and Scooby by themselves for about half of each story, which is more of a trope in the series where they are adults, but not in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
Thank you again to Deandre for sending me these stories! This article would not have been possible without him!
Both of Fred's only animated voice actors over the years, Frank Welker and Carl Steven (the latter from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), also played Spock in the film Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock. Carl Steven played 9-year-old Spock, while Frank Welker provided the voice of Spock's screams throughout the film.
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