Fun Fact of the Week #151
Despite William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's longevity with the Scooby-Doo franchise, they did not have any part in creating any of the music for the show, other than two songs. These songs were "Boo Brothers" (the intro for Boo Brothers) and "Scrappy's Rap" (Ghoul School).
November 2017 Comic Announcements
Newsarama has just released the November 2017 comic solicitations for DC Comics, so per usual here are the three Scooby ones which will come out that month.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #19
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by RON WAGNER and RICK LEONARDI
Cover by CARLOS D’ANDA
Variant cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
Note: This issue will ship with two covers.
Tensions begin to rise when the Scooby gang takes refuge in a seemingly safe town. As the gang tries to hold together, a looming new threat completely unlike the monsters they’ve faced before reveals itself. The gang now faces being torn apart by two enemies: the monsters…and themselves. Meanwhile, Secret Squirrel must face the consequences of his disastrous actions.
On sale NOVEMBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #87
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
Conservationists and lumberjacks square off over the fate of a forest…until both sides are under attack by the Wraith of the Redwoods! Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. are called in to figure out who’s behind this woodland warrior—and just what it is he wants!
On sale NOVEMBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #32 (f/ Atom Ant)
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by SCOTT JERALDS
Atom Ant knows that good things come in small packages. But Scooby and the gang know that “ghoul” things come in big packages—and they’ll prove it when they join forces with the minuscule marvel to tackle a mad scientist’s giant monsters!
On sale NOVEMBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
In addition, according to the Newsarama post, the date for the Scooby-Doo! Team Up TP Vol. 4 has been moved up one week from the date previously listed by Barnes and Noble (though B&N has still not updated their site to include the new date). The TP volume will now be released Wednesday, December 20, instead of Tuesday, December 26.
Fun Fact of the Week #150
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another Fun Fact of the Week! In the same vein as the 100th fun fact which featured Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer Jon Colton Barry, I've got a little something special for the 150th fun fact this week. Tom Ruegger, who is the developer, story editor, and writer of "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" and creator and producer of "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" joins us to give this week's fun fact.
"The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" is quite a different direction for Scooby-Doo, as it featured Scooby, Shaggy, Scrappy, Daphne and newcomers Vincent Van Ghoul and Flim Flam chasing real demons which emerged from a chest so evil that it housed "13 of the most terrifying ghosts upon the face of the Earth." So, how exactly was the concept of this interesting new show thought up? Tom Ruegger gives us some insight into this.
"The concept for this show was conceived by Mitch Schauer who sold it to the powers that be at Hanna-Barbera and ABC. Mitch is a genius artist and producer who boarded and directed many of the episodes. The Zomba episode included many elements from some of Mitch's favorite horror films. I worked with Mitch later in the first season of Freakazoid which Mitch and I produced."
Besides Scrappy, Flim Flam is possibly the most controversial character in the Scooby-Doo franchise to date, as many fans feel he was not essential for the show to succeed. If this is the case, why exactly was Flim Flam added in the first place?
"I love Sue Blu, who did the voice for Flim Flam. The network requested that we add a kid to the mix, to help draw in the kid audience. We may not have needed an extra character. I have always loved "Sgt. Bilko"/Phil Silvers, so we fashioned Flim-Flam's personality after that sort of Phil Silvers con-man. Didn't quite work."
Besides "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo," Tom also wrote several episodes for the 11 minute Scrappy shorts which aired in 1983 and 1984. He also came up with the concept for "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and created the town name Coolsville, which has been used ever since, in both the DTVs and some of the other subsequent series. His favorite episode to write was the very first episode of "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, which was entitled "A Bicycle Built For Boo!"
I want to thank Tom for his time and his wonderful contributions and work with the Scooby-Doo franchise! Check back next Monday for another interesting Fun Fact of the Week, a little thing that's been happening on ScoobySnax.com every Monday since January 5, 2015!
Important update: Gaby Falcone has deleted her tweet stating this, meaning the info was possibly incorrect or simply an Internet rumor which was passed along. This means the new series may not be called "Scooby-Doo! Guess Who?" and the picture above could be an unrelated project. Stay tuned for more updates as they come, and apologies for the mistake!
Despite the fact that "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!" still has its entire Season 2 unaired in the US, it seems that we already have the title for the next Scooby-Doo series thanks to a tweet by Gaby Falcone. Though it is very tough to see, Scooby-Doom did some great detective work and found a script below Frank Welker, which clearly reads "Scooby-Doo! Guess Who?" A close-up of the script is shown below.
The new series will feature regulars Matthew Lillard, Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, and Kate Micucci, who is in her second series as Velma. Candi Milo, Josh Keaton, Billy West and previously announced guest Kevin Conroy are also in the photo, meaning it is possible they may appear in the series as well.
Thanks to @TheScoobyDoom for letting us know about this!
ScoobySnax Forum Shutting Down
Though I'm sure no one noticed this, I wanted to let you all know that a few days ago, I made the decision to permanently shut down the site's forum, which has been essentially completely inactive (other than occasional log-ons from me) since May 2016. On Monday, I deleted all the forum's posts and made the forum no longer accessible by completely erasing it from the ProBoards database.
Admittedly, I've been contemplating deleting it for a while now as basically since late 2015, the only one regularly active on there was me, and towards spring of 2016 even I barely checked the forum. While the forum didn't succeed, I still remain very proud of this site and have no plans to shut this site down. Despite its poor traffic and only 16 members (including me) joined in its nearly 3 years of being online, I still am very glad I decided to experiment and try out creating my own forum.
Lastly, I'd like to take this time to thank the 15 members who joined the forum. In addition, I'd like to give a special thanks to both GroovyScooby and Scoob16 for offering to help out with the forum and becoming part of the forum staff, even if it was short-lived! You both made fantastic admins, and I am so thankful to both of you for being such a great help on the forum!
Fun Fact of the Week #149
Before I present you with this week's fun fact, a few little side notes. First, apologies if anyone is offended by this one. It certainly wasn't my intention and my reason for writing this is to present you with something surprising that happened in a Scooby-Doo episode. So apologies to anyone who is offended by that this fun fact is a bit raunchier than usual. Second, I am aware that it unfortunately has become a far too common trend to create photoshopped art and/or YouTube videos with edited content which makes otherwise innocent cartoon characters appear as if they are "swearing" or doing something that otherwise wouldn't normally be in a cartoon. I guarantee that the fun fact I present to you today is actually in a Scooby-Doo episode (surprising as that is) and is not in any way fabricated or photoshopped.
So I was rewatching "The Haunted Carnival" from "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" the other day, and imagine my surprise to see one of the background buildings appears to be a "24 hour, non-stop" strip club. Seriously, look closely at around the 29:50 mark next time you watch the episode, which is where the above screencap was taken. I'm shocked that this would have slipped past the censors, especially as their target audience is children!
Not to mention Dick Van Dyke is also in, let's just say, a very unfortunate position in this scene. (If you haven't seen the episode, no, he's not doing what you think he's doing on that pole! lol)
Fun Fact of the Week #148
Velma and Fred's last names weren't revealed in the show until "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo" of the New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, and Daphne's last name was left unrevealed until the episode "No Sharking Zone" of the New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show.
As Scooby fans, I think we can all agree that Scooby has affected our lives in some way or another, whether its your childhood, your identity, or maybe even your career path. In my opinion, part of being a Scooby fan is realizing the impact which watching and appreciating Scooby-Doo has on your life.
For Tore, the impact that Scooby has had on her life started when she was little. In fact, her first memory of watching a television program is watching reruns of Scooby-Doo after school with her mom. "What always appealed to me was the aspect of being scared of the monsters, but finding comfort in Scooby Doo and the gang solving the mystery!" Tore reflects. "I was very vocal about my love of Scooby and it became part of my identity growing up. I guess that's why in high school it was a no brainer to discuss Scooby, because everyone already knew that was just 'my thing'."
Throughout high school, Tore continued expressing herself through her love of Scooby. For various high school projects, Tore used her passion for Scooby-Doo to succeed by centering many of her assignments around Scooby, including several essays and even an informative speech on Scooby's family tree!
As college drew closer, Tore began taking college prep courses to help get her ready for various college exams and the college entrance essay prompts. "I remember in high school during our college prep courses, they told us the most common prompt was who inspired us/who was our biggest influence, and they told us to think outside the box (don't give the typical parent, grandparent, teacher answer). I had already written some other things about Scooby Doo to cure my boredom for other classes, so I decided I might as well write about the impact of Scooby Doo on my life for that assignment too." So Tore decided to take a chance and write her entrance essay, which would determine whether she got into college or not, on our favorite cartoon dog, Scooby-Doo. Because of her essay, which looked at Scooby in a very mature and insightful manner, Tore was accepted to The University of Texas, St. Edward's University and Angelo State University.
This is the essay which got her accepted into college:
When I think about attending college, the wise words of the most influential person of my life comes to mind: “Ruh-Roh!” Yes, you’re reading that right. The most influential person who shaped the woman I am today is not in fact a person at all, but a beloved fictional dog known all around the world as Scooby Doo. While unconventional, Scooby Doo taught me multiple life lessons including perseverance, the value of friendship, and integrity.
How did a cowardly dog teach a young girl perseverance? Almost anyone who has watched the multiple shows Scooby Doo has starred in knows that Scooby has a hard time facing all those ghosts and ghouls. With all of life’s challenges comes fear; the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, and the fear of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. These fears are especially evident when it comes to starting a new chapter in my life by attending college. However, what I learned from watching Scooby Doo was that although he was definitely afraid to face the many monsters, Scooby persevered. With a Scooby snack and some encouragement from friends, Scooby Doo was often crucial in capturing the creepers, and finding out that those ghosts weren’t ever as scary as they seemed.
What would Scooby Doo do without his friends? As mentioned before, the support of the fellow members of Mystery Inc. often provided Scooby with the courage to solve the mystery and nab the bad guys. While attending college, I know that it is important to rely on my support system to help me face my fears as well. Being a good friend was essential to the success of Mystery Inc., and I look forward to finding new lifelong friends to help me achieve great things at school, and beyond.
Most importantly, Scooby showed me the significance of integrity. At his core, Scooby Doo is a dog on a mission to do the right thing. Scooby Doo and his gang took it upon themselves to investigate and solve mysteries, but in actuality, many of these mysteries hinged upon helping others solely because it was the right thing to do. The Mystery Inc. didn’t receive cash rewards for their many solved cases, but instead their own integrity pushed them to continually take on the scariest of situations. Scooby faced his fears almost every day to lock away the men in the masks often because nobody else in Coolsville would, or could. I know while in college I will have to face many situations that could question my integrity, but thankfully I found a role model in Scooby Doo who taught me that I must always do what is right.
To some, Scooby Doo is a just a character in an old kids' show. We all love Scooby Doo, but no one gives him a second thought once they grow up. This isn’t the case for me. I will never forget how Scooby taught me to face my fears, along with a group of great supporting people behind me, because it is the right thing to do. I will continue to keep the essence of Scooby Doo alive as I start this new chapter in my life. My only question is: Are Scooby Snacks on the meal plan?
After being accepted into all three colleges, Tore originally decided to go to St. Edward's University, and later transfered to Texas University and eventually Angelo State. And in all three colleges, she succeeded, with the help of her passion for Scooby, of course! In fact, today, Tore still uses various things which she learned from her love for everyone's favorite cartoon dog in her daily life and job in a museum, which is ironically rumored to be haunted. "Working in the museum I feel like I'm part of the gang! Every item in our collection has its own history and mystery to solve. And also, we recently had paranormal investigators come to see if it's really haunted or not, so that was definitely spooky! You would think What a Night for a Knight would've inspired my career more, but I still mainly attribute it to Which Witch is Which and To Switch a Witch from The Scooby Doo Show! I also accredit my obsession with Scooby Doo as to why I loved learning about witches as a kid (the first episode I ever saw was Which Witch is Which) and my love of horror movies today."
Even if the impact Scooby has had on your life isn't as large as the impact it has had on Tore's life, it just goes to show how much Scooby can really have an impact on people's lives. "I honestly can't imagine how I would view the world if I wasn't exposed to Scooby Doo at such a young age. It's crazy when you get older and realize how much loving Scooby Doo actually impacts how you view the world, people, friendships, and the scary monsters we face on a day to day basis!"
~ WildwindVampire ~