Fun Fact of the Week #311
"Stand and Deliver" and "Gates of Gloom" from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated were entered into IMDb in 2012, a full year before anyone knew about them. It is likely they were entered by a writer or crewmember of the show, given it is impossible for anyone else to have guessed the titles over a year before they were aired. Here is a link from WebArchive (which unfortunately only shows "Stand and Deliver," but I am positive that "Gates of Gloom" was posted shortly after even though WebArchive only took that one screenshot of the IMDb page in 2012).
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? season 2 will be premiering in Canada on October 18, according to Animation Magazine. The show will be premiering at noon ET that day on the Teletoon television network. It's unknown if the same episode that served as the premiere in the UK, "Lost Soles of Jungle River!" with Jason Sudeikis will be the one to air first or not.
Thanks Peralaan for the bringing this article to my attention!
Joseph Ruby Passes Away at 87
The co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Joseph Ruby, has tragically passed away today at 87 of natural causes in his home. With Ken Spears, Ruby co-wrote all but four episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. The world has truly suffered a tragic loss today with Joe Ruby gone. May he rest in peace, and may his memory live on!
Fun Fact of the Week #310
Over the course of more than fifty years, the Scooby-Doo franchise has produced nearly 500 separate mysteries, spread across over a dozen animated series, as well as over 30 animated films and specials. However, despite the plethora of content, there have only been 150 mysteries with women represented in a villainous role, 68 of which still include at least one man sharing that role.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! currently holds the record for containing the most women in a villainous role, with a total of 27, as well as the most episodes with ONLY a woman in the villain’s role, with a total of 11.
As there are some mysteries in which multiple women appear, the series break down as follows:
2 women in 2 episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
2 in 2 episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies
7 in 7 episodes of The Scooby-Doo Show
2 in 2 episodes of Scooby-Doo & Scrappy Doo (first series)
4 in 4 episodes of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
8 in 6 episodes of The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour
1 in 1 episode of Scrappy & Yabba-Doo
4 in 3 episodes The New Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Show
12 in 11 episodes The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
11 in 6 episodes of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
6 in 6 episodes of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
25 in 21 episodes of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?
3 in 2 episodes of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
23 in 22 episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated*
27 in 22 episodes of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
8 (so far) in 8 episodes of Scooby-Doo & Guess Who?
48 in 24 animated films
1 in 1 animated special
Additionally, upon a closer examination of these 194 women, a surprising 41 are disguised as a specifically male character (21%), while only 37 wear the disguise of a specifically female character (19%). The remaining women are either in a non-gendered disguise (12%), an animal disguise/working with animals (9%) or are a real monster/not in a mask (38%).
*this counts both Alice May and Marcie Fleach twice for their dual appearances as Ghost Girl/Obliteratrix and the Manticore/Dark Lilith respectively.
Thanks so much, B, for writing today's fun fact! If you want to download the full chart of a list of the female villains that make up those percentages, you may do so below:
Weekly Poll #39
I'm very curious about this week's question, given the inconsistency there's been throughout the franchise.
As an added announcement, this poll will be done a little differently than typical. For Scooby's anniversary month, a new poll will be posted every single day. To accommodate this, the first question for Week #40 of polls will be posted on Tuesday, September 1. There will be no new poll posted next Sunday. This means you will have nine days to vote for this poll, rather than just seven. The results to this poll will be revealed on September 1.
Here are the results for last week's question:
Who do you most ship within the gang?
Fred and Daphne (Fraphne) - 42
I don't care much for shipping - 23
Shaggy and Daphne (Shaphne) - 11
Shaggy and Velma (Shelma) - 5
Fred and Velma (Frelma) - 1
Scooby-Doo: 51st Anniversary Month
Some of you may remember that last year, I did several special things on the blog to celebrate Scooby's 50th anniversary. While Scooby's 51st anniversary this year isn't quite as momentous of an occasion, I still think it's worth celebrating!
To celebrate, I have a few different things planned on the blog for this month. Last year, one of things I started was the weekly polls, which have now become a regular thing. That's why, for this month, I'm turning the weekly polls into daily polls! A new question will be asked every single day, and the results to each poll will be tallied up the next day with the next question. This will be leading up to a little surprise at the end of the month :) The polls start Tuesday, September 1, and continue daily through Wednesday, September 30.
Given what a great success they were, I'm also bringing back the fan spotlights this month! The Scooby franchise has such an amazing fanbase and there are so many cool Scooby fans out there. Instead of doing one every day this month though, I'm going to do it a bit differently this year. Each day leading up to the anniversary on the 13th, beginning September 1, the spotlight will be placed on a different Scooby fan and they will answer some questions in an interview-style profile. Same questions I asked the spotlights last year, but a whole different group of 13 awesome Scooby fans to meet! Once again, I tried to pick out a very diverse group of fans! While there may be a few people you recognize as regular commenters on the blog, I chose a broad range of Scooby fans from the ScoobyAddicts forum, the Scooby Instagram and Twitter fandom, hosts of Scooby podcasts, as well as a few other really cool friends I've met over the years! I'm super excited for you to meet these 13 people who all have a broad range of perspectives on the franchise.
You can also look forward to a few regular traditions on the site, all of which will still be happening: a fun fact every Monday, an article on the evolution of ScoobySnax on the six-year anniversary of this site and blog (Thursday, September 3), and a special editorial article the very next day on September 4.
I hope you all are looking forward to all the content in September! :)
Fun Fact of the Week #309
"The Mystery of Haunted Island" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies is the longest Scooby-Doo episode in history to date, clocking in at 43 minutes, 34 seconds. The shortest episode in Scooby-Doo history is A Pup Named Scooby-Doo's "Catcher on the Sly," clocking in at only 3 minutes and 4 seconds.
Weekly Poll #38
Here are the results from last week:
Who is your favorite villain from the first Scooby and Scrappy series?
Shadow Creature - 10
Star Creature - 9
Neon Phantom - 6
Blue Scarab - 6
Devil Bear - 4
Snake Demon - 4
Night Ghoul - 4
Lady Vampire of the Bay - 4
Ghost of Jeremiah Pratt - 3
Dragon Beast - 3
Alien - 2
Sea Beast - 2
Minotaur - 2
Carl and Tony - 2
Ghost of the Great Haldane - 1
Sky Skeleton - 1
Thanks to Luis, we've now found the back cover for the "Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo" UK DVD. Unfortunately, it only lists that there will be "three bonus episodes" without saying what they'll be. My guess is "The Headless Horseman of Halloween," "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle" and "Halloween" (from Be Cool, Scooby-Doo). What are all of your guesses for the three bonus episodes?
Fun Fact of the Week #308
In 1980, The Flintstones also introduced a Scrappy-Doo-like character in the spin-off series, The Flintstone Comedy Show. The character was introduced as Dino's second cousin Pow-Pow, a young dinosaur who was eager to fight. His catchphrase was "pow-pow-pow!", which he would say while air-punching in anticipation for a conflict. He also always called Dino "Second Cousin Dino," much like Scrappy's tendency to call Scooby-Doo "Uncle Scooby." Pow-Pow only appeared in a single episode of the show.
~ WildwindVampire ~