There has been some recent speculation that the Velma series will be cancelled due to WB-Discovery's new CEO David Zaslav's cancellation of Scoob! Holiday Haunt, as well as a trademark site listing that the name had been abandoned. However, a tweet by animation revisionist Fernando Caire seems to hint that the series may be going ahead after all!
"This fall I will be starting my very first animation gig as a revisionist on Velma at Warner Brothers!" Fernando said in the tweet. "It's been a long journey and I'm so thankful to all my mentors and friends who kept pushing me forward!"
It seems we'll have to stay tuned for more info, but looks like we shouldn't count Velma out yet!
Some still images from Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo! have been released, including a close-up shot of the zombified gang, and what appears to possibly be a redesigned version of the Catman from "The Old Cat and Mouse Game" (The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show).
It's just been announced that Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo will be screened at New York Comic Con! The screening will occur on Friday, October 7, although a time has not been released yet. We will presumably know more info in the coming weeks when the schedule is released. The Hollywood Reporter shared this news; however, they oddly refer to it as "the premiere screening" despite that it will be released on digital three days before this, on October 4.
A couple of people working on the film have also posted about it on social media. Voice director Sara Jane Sherman will be working on the film according to a post she made on Twitter, and Mary J. Hoffman posted on Instagram that she worked on some designs for the film.
The Mystery Machine is not present for four episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, three of those times being in the first eight episodes of the series. The van does not appear in "Hassle in the Castle," "Never Ape an Ape Man," "Foul Play in Funland" and "A Night of Fright Is No Delight."
Also, this is just a generic stock image I chose for this post, but looks like we've got another Sassy Fred moment from his facial expression there haha.
Thank you to Shadowscooby for coming up with this poll idea! There are quite a few episodes that have extremely brief beach scenes (i.e. "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright" and "There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark"). However, to try to keep the number of options in this poll manageable, I kept it to episodes that had a beach as the main setting. If for some reason there's any that I missed that you feel should be included, please feel free to let me know in the comments!
With last week's results, we had 29 different options! Since the paragraph would be massive if I had a sentence for each option ("in twenty-second place we have..." lol), I'm just going to break down last week's results for favorite sorcery in list format.
What is your favorite episode featuring a sorcerer as a villain?
Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost - 20
Scared a Lot in Camelot - 9
Which Witch is Which? - 8
To Switch a Witch - 4
The Warlock of Wimbledon - 4
Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob - 4
The Ozark Switch Witch - 3
Wizards & Warlocks - 3
Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery - 3
The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall! - 3
Scoobra Kadoobra - 2
Riva Ras Regas - 2
The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson! - 2
The Sorcerer's a Menace! - 1
Excalibur Scooby - 1
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf - 1
House of the Nightmare Witch - 1
Web of the Dreamweaver - 1
Sorcerer Snacks Scare - 1
Scooby's Desert Dilemma
Scooby's Trip to Ahz
When You Witch Upon a Star
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster
The Dragon's Secret
I'm really excited to announce that I have released another fanfic. Titled Whirlen Merlin's School of Magic (fun fact: this was the original title Abracadabra Doo was going to be released under), the story follows Velma being asked to teach a magical literature course at her sister Madelyn's school. However, Velma has to put her mystery-solving skills to the test when the ghost of Whirlen's ancestor, the original Merlin, begins haunting the school. I like to think of this fanfic as a crossover between Abracadabra Doo and Harry Potter. In fact, a recurring joke throughout the fic is that it's a bit of shameless parody of Harry Potter (since they have very similar premises), to the point of having two characters named Bumbledore (a parody of Dumbledore) and Doris Rumbridge (a parody of Dolores Umbridge). I'm sure that sounds quite silly lol, but honestly this whole fanfic is very tongue-in-cheek and ridiculous in a fun way.
For those that have checked out my other fanfics, the story takes place within the universe of Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake. In fact, there is an entire chapter that crosses over with Coast to Coast, involving Daphne inadvertently going to film an episode of her television show at the school.
I'm super proud of this fanfic and had a lot of fun writing it these past few months. Unlike my other fanfics, all fifteen of the chapters and the epilogue have already been completely written. I wanted to try a different strategy, since all of my fanfics (particularly Coast to Coast) often had months-long hiatuses between chapters due to me getting busy with life and not finding the time to write. I will be publishing one chapter per week every Friday, beginning today through December 16. Unlike my previous fanfics which I've rated T for creative freedom purposes, this fanfic is rated K (for all audiences).
A couple other miscellaneous things I wanted to share: Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and Scooby all make occasional cameos (although they are not a large part of the fanfic). Whirlen, Madelyn and Marlin are regular characters in this fanfic. I did change Whirlen's personality a bit, in the sense that he is now kind of a deadpan character who has very literal interpretations of humor, but I don't think I changed him to the point of being unrecognizable or cringey like fanfiction is often criticized for doing. Those who have read previous fanfiction I've written know that I like to incorporate humor in my stories, and this one is no different haha. The humor style in the story in general is very in-your-face corny and random (think a combination of the puns of Ghoul School and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!) The fanfic even turns into a bit of a workplace comedy for a few chapters when, without ruining anything, Merlin captures some people and makes them work. It's a very experimental fanfic that's a bit different from what I've published before, but I hope you all still enjoy it regardless.
If you're interested, the first chapter of my new fanfic is published on both Fanfiction.net and AO3. I'm really excited to finally share what I've been working on these past few months with you all, and I hope everyone who decides to check it out enjoys it!
We've had pretty much no Scooby content so far this year, but that doesn't mean we can't still celebrate the fact that Scooby-Doo has been on the air for 53 years as of September 13, 2022. As per usual, I've got quite a bit of content planned on the blog to commemorate the occasion. I'm super excited to announce that beginning on September 1, I have another 13 fan spotlights lined up! Each day leading up to the anniversary, I will post a fan spotlight introducing you to a different Scooby fan. I'm excited to share I've almost got the fan spotlights all finished, with the exception of a couple people who I'm still waiting on answers from. In addition to the normal Sunday weekly polls and Monday fun facts, I will also be doing a number of special posts throughout the month. A few of the things you can look forward to are my review of the final Daphne & Velma book, a post that's been requested by a number of people revisiting and updating my series rankings from 2019, a post giving my rankings of all the Scooby-Doo theme songs, plus a project I've been working on putting together recently. I'll leave the details of the project a surprise for now, but it's kind of the same style of project as the post I did in July about Scooby projects that were developed but never released. There's going to be a ton of content coming on the blog in September, and I hope you're as excited as I am to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Scooby-Doo!
Even though Scoob! Holiday Haunt was cancelled due to WB's new CEO David Zaslav's philosophy about streaming films, it appears the finished film did not go unseen by anyone. Iain Armitage, who voiced Shaggy in the film, took to Instagram to say that the film was still screened to the cast and crew, even though the general public did not get to see it. Here's what Iain said about the film:
I got to see a screening of the almost-finished Scoob: Holiday Haunt. I had the honor of playing Shaggy in this, and it has sadly been shelved for complicated reasons having nothing to do with the integrity of the movie. I’m so glad I got to see it and hope one day there is a Christmas miracle and you can see it too! In theatre, the audience is always the final, crucial ingredient, and i think it’s true in film as well. This movie wasn’t created so it can sit on a shelf, it was made to be enjoyed! Whatever happens, I’m so glad I got to meet so many great people who were involved with this wonderful project- and I’m thrilled they let me see what they’ve done so far!
Even though the general public will probably never get to see it, I'm very happy the cast and crew were still able to enjoy the film!
The official press release for Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo has been released, revealing the film will be released digitally on October 4, and released on DVD on October 18 in the US. The cost to buy the film digitally will be $14.99, whereas the cost of the DVD will be $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada). The film will be written by Mike Ryan, and directed/produced by Cecilia Aranovich Sam Register will be the executive producer (although note that this seems to be incorrect, as the writer/director Audie Harrison is listed on other sites but not credited here). In addition to being available on DVD and Digital, the film will air on Cartoon Network and will be put on HBO Max for the annual Scoobtober celebration. The DVD will include three bonus episodes: "El Bandito" (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!), "To Switch a Witch," and "The Headless Horseman of Halloween."
Here is the description for the 72-minute film:
Mystery Inc. has cracked the case to top all cases! They’ve tracked down Coco Diablo, the head of the notorious costume crime syndicate that colludes The Black Knight, Space Kook and the Ghost Diver. With Coco and her kitty in prison, Mystery Inc. thinks that they can finally enjoy a break. Wrong! Suddenly, menacing doppelgänger ghosts of the Scooby crew and favorite classic foes show up in Coolsville to threaten Halloween. Now it’s up to the meddling kids – and their unlikely new partner Coco – to unmask the latest scoundrel and save Halloween! For Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, with trick-or-treating on the line – this time it’s personal!
The full press release can be read at the Screen Connections website.
In addition, Richard Lee has shared he did some of the background drawings on his Instagram account.
Amazon has also posted the back cover for the film, which can be seen below.
The official trailer for Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo! has just been posted on YouTube! The movie features Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? animation, and will be animated by Snipple Animation, the same company who animated Guess Who. No date was given in the trailer, but since it's a Halloween film, I think it's safe to assume this will come out in October. As previously announced, Amazon France has already announced that the release date in France will be October 25.
Trick or Treat is also now listed on both TVGuide and the British Film Broadcasting System site, further confirming its legitimacy. The Australian release date is October 19.