Fun Fact of the Week #103
It's pretty common knowledge among Scooby fans that Arabian Nights is the most hated Scooby movie of any of the movies, due to Shaggy and Scooby barely appearing. In my eight years of being in the online Scooby fandom, I've certainly heard how much people hate the movie, but when people explain the reason why (the fact that Shaggy and Scooby barely appear), I've heard anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes for the time that Shaggy and Scooby were present in the movie. For this week's fun fact, I watched Arabian Nights with a stopwatch, and timed the exact amount of time Shaggy and Scooby were in the movie, accurate to the second.
Shaggy and Scooby appear for exactly 13 minutes and 24 seconds of the overall 69 minutes and 17 seconds in Arabian Nights, which is only 19% of the movie.
Fun Fact of the Week #102
Scooby-Doo! Where's My Mummy is the only Scooby-Doo movie to premiere on TV on a major holiday. The movie originally premiered on Thanksgiving 2005 on Cartoon Network.
Seven years ago today for the 40th anniversary of Scooby's premiere, fans were treated to a third live action prequel movie, which aired the night of the anniversary on Cartoon Network. Since then, the actors, who were just starting out their careers, are now taking their careers into different and interesting directions. For the 47th anniversary of the premiere of the very first episode of Scooby-Doo, ScoobySnax.com gives you an in-depth look at where these four talented actors are now.
Since 2009, Nick has appeared in several other TV shows, such as Destroy Build Destroy (which included him as Shaggy), True Jackson VP and School of Thrones. Currently, Nick is now 28 and still occasionally acts. However, his brother, Cameron Palatas has had an extremely successful career and is now a famous actor. Cameron has appeared on several hit Disney shows recently such as iCarly, I Didn't Do It, The Haunted Hathaways and A.N.T. Farm. He also was hired by Canadian rapper Drake (who has had nine Top 10 hits worldwide) to help create the music video for his song "Furthest Thing."
Just by comparing the two pictures above this paragraph you can tell that Hayley has changed a lot since 2009! Almost right after The Mystery Begins and Curse of the Lake Monster, Hayley began getting very serious about her acting career and began appearing in several famous Disney shows, such as Zeke and Luther and got a four-episode recurring role as wizard Stevie Nichols onWizards of Waverly Place. In 2011, Hayley got to star in her first big Disney movie along Bridgit Mendler, entitled Lemonade Mouth (where ironically she also played a shy, nerdy girl like she did with Velma). In 2012, Hayley decided she wanted to move on from children's television, and featured in her first adult movie, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, which made its television premiere in June 2016. Although Blue Lagoon was a huge hit, Hayley decided in 2013 that she wanted to take a short break from acting in order to further her musical career. On March 12, 2013, Hayley released her debut EP, A Belle to Remember which had very successful sales. 2014 was also another big year for Hayley Kiyoko. Almost right as the year began, Hayley was asked to be on ABC's "The Fosters" for a five-episode recurring role, which was so successful that Hayley gained a main role on the cast in the web reboot of the series.
In addition her previous successes, Hayley had her big breakthrough in 2015, when she was asked to be on CSI: Cyber, and starred in several famous movies, including "Insidious Chapter 3" and "Jem & The Holograms." In addition to television, Hayley released another EP entitled "This Side of Paradise," where her two singles "Girls Like Girls" and "Gravel to Tempo" reached the top 150 downloaded songs in the world on the iTunes Pop charts. Even more impressive, Hayley revealed shortly after the EP's release that the whole album was recorded in her parents' garage! More recently, Hayley has starred in the Netflix exclusive "Xoxo," which was released August 26, 2016.
Besides Hayley, Robbie has probably had the next most successful career. After the two live-action Scooby movies, Robbie went on to get leading roles in True Jackson, VP and The Tomorrow People. He also has a recurring role in CBS's hit show "The Flash." In addition, Robbie also has main roles in two upcoming films, "ARQ" and "When We First Met." "ARQ" will be making its Netflix debut this Friday, and "When We First Met" will be in theaters in 2017. He also starred this past year in FOX's revival of the Flash. His cousin, Stephen Amell, is also the main character in the show "Arrow" on CW, which has been on the air since 2012.
Since 2008, Robbie has been dating actress Italia Ricci. Recently, the couple have become engaged, but have yet to set a wedding date.
Kaitlyn Melton, better known as Kate, is the only actor in the two movies that has not continued to act, at least not for a while after 2010's Curse of the Lake Monster. Kate took a break from acting afterwards, and did not have any documented roles until 2015 in "McMann and Bernstein." She starred in two episodes as Christy. Kate is also a very avid animal lover, and has adopted several rescue dogs.
Thank you guys for reading this very long post. I hope you enjoyed it, and happy 47th anniversary to our favorite cartoon canine, Scooby-Doo!!!!
According to Variety, Dax Shepard will now be the co-director of S.C.O.O.B., along with Tony Cervone, one of the head writers for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. In addition to Shepard and Cervone, Matt Lieberman and Dan Povenmire (who is most famous for his work on the hit TV series "Family Guy") will be producing the film, while Jesse Ahrman will be overseeing the film's production and directing.
While unfortunately there will be no new Scooby episodes being released for this Halloween, WB will be releasing several themed compilation sets of already released episodes and movies this October for the holiday. Here is what is being released, including pics and episode listings for all three sets:
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster / Scooby-Doo and the Sea Monsters (Sea Monster Themed Set)
Release Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster
She Sees Sea Monsters By The Sea Shore
Uncle Scooby and Antarctica
Aloha, Scooby-Doo / Scooby-Doo and the Pirates (Water-Themed)
Release Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Hassle in the Castle
Go Away Ghost Ship
The Ghostly Creep from the Deep
Scooby-Doo! FrankenCreepy / Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness / Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! (Triple Feature)
Release Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Fun Fact of the Week #101
In the very first episode of Scooby-Doo, "What a Night for a Knight," Fred was still named Ronnie in the storyboards for the episode. Ronnie was changed to Fred in the very end stages of animating the first episode.
Fun Fact of the Week #100
So I wanted to do something special for the 100th week of doing fun facts, something that's been happening every week on Scooby Snax since October 13, 2014. This week, I did not write the fun fact. It was written by a special guest, Be Cool Scooby-Doo head writer Jon Colton Barry, explaining what his favorite episode of Be Cool Scooby-Doo is, from a writing point of view, of the episodes that have aired so far. Here's this week's fact:
From the writing point of view, my favorite episode that has aired so far is "Party Like It's 1899." It was the second episode I wrote and we were still finding the show. I loved the idea of the gang at a Murder Mystery Party. Forcing them to stay in their role playing characters the whole time (which went against their natures) and having Shaggy and Scooby discover that without real danger involved, they actually have absorbed a lot of mystery solving skills and are pretty good at it. I liked playing with Fred's conflict of wanting to win the game and solve the mystery but being forced to play a "bumbling detective" so he COULDN'T be good at solving mysteries. I also loved the moment when Bradford says to Daphne, "You look stunning," and she jokes sarcastically, "Yeah, that's me - set for stun. Pew! Pew!" It helped define, for me, how Daphne can't be won over by flattery and doesn't care what people think about her (superficially). And poor Velma can't break rules and is locked into being a lowly scullery maid, but, like most servants in those old, Victorian households, is the only one who really, objectively sees what's going on in the house. It was a good character story. As it was still a really early episode, the whole crew had not yet found it's stride and we were not all on the same page yet and hadn't all figured out how to make the same show, so the execution of the script was not quite what it would have been had we done it, say, in season two, but I always loved the episode, personally, and I'm glad to see a lot of fans feel the same way about it. It's a very character-centric episode and has a certain charm to it that appeals to me.
Thank you to Jon Colton Barry for taking the time out of his busy schedule to write this week's Fun Fact of the Week! Check back next Monday for another interesting Scooby-Doo fun fact, which happens every Monday on ScoobySnax.com!
So, I realize I didn't do one of these for the site's one-year anniversary, but I thought the idea up shortly after, and wanted to do it for sure this year. You readers read my blog posts and get info from the site, but you never really hear about the behind-the-scenes stuff that I do to work on the site, the changes that the site has gone through, and most importantly, my hopes and dreams for the site. I try to make most of my site posts formal, but on this post I'm just going to write from the heart and say what I'm feeling.
My first thought here is just...wow. I can't believe it's been a full two years already. For those of you who don't know, September 3, 2014 is the day I published the site. As the site went live for the world to see, I went through a big emotional rollercoaster of overwhelming feelings. Happiness, that I was helping people get information. Nervousness, about what would happen with the site, and how long it would last. Excitement, that I was opening a whole new community in the Scooby fandom. Hope, that people would love the site and it would succeed. And even a bit of relief, that I could finally get my site out there for people to see.
The site flourished and succeeded more than I could have imagined. Right now, the current site stats show an average of 500 viewers a day, and around 3000 viewers a week, with 700 of those viewers being new (meaning they have never visited the site prior to that view). To some, that may not seem very big, but to me, I feel like it is a huge success. Even if I only help or entertain one person, I think that is definitely success, at least in my opinion.
That first month was mainly work on adding to the site info, and it wasn't until after that when I started blogging. Writing the fun facts for the blog every week has been one of the funnest things for me to do for the site, especially as sometimes even I learn something new! I'll admit, I didn't know how the fun fact thing would really work when I started it on October 13, 2014. For those of you that have been here since the beginning, you'll remember that at the beginning, I was asking people to email me fun fact ideas. I quickly abandoned that, and started finding it easy and fun to write them, and it became a weekly thing. I've personally always loved when sites do weekly things, which is why I started the fun facts in the first place. Thinking back now to myself writing Fun Fact of the Week #1, I think I would be shocked about how successful they became, and the amazing thing I did for Fun Fact #100. I won't say anything about it now, all I'll say is I'm super proud of it and can't wait for you guys to see it on Monday!
I would be lying if I didn't say that the site has changed me a lot, because it has. Firstly, the site has opened a door to many opportunities that I never would have had. The biggest thing is what I jokingly call my "freelance" Scooby work, since I do sooo much for the Scooby community and this site, that I've just started calling separate projects not related to ScoobyAddicts or the site "freelance projects." My first one was the typecast with TS-D/JA Productions, which was a really enjoyable and relaxing first one to do. It really was very little pressure and it was a ton of fun talking about Scooby in-depth with another Scooby fan. Quick shout-out to Scooby-Doom, who runs TS-D/JA Productions, thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity!
The other big thing that has changed is Twitter. I'll be completely honest here, when I first created my site Twitter account, it was intended to be only news, site promotion and answering whatever few questions people tweeted me. Almost immediately, I found out that I was completely wrong about what my Twitter experience would be. Through Twitter, I have gotten to meet tons of great Scooby fans, and talk to more people than I would have ever imagined I would have. It still amazes me that over 300 people follow the site! Still, through my site account, I didn't really get to talk to people as much I wanted to and felt distant. So, those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I decided to create a separate account to talk to fans, hoping that I would have at least a few people to talk with. Creating that second account was perhaps one of the best decisions I've ever made, as I've felt closer to Scooby fans than I ever have, and even gained somewhat of a following. For those who follow me on Twitter, I love talking to you all! Whether we've just talked once or if we've had marathon-long conversations (which have been become more and more common now, which I love), I appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for the great conversations!
Well, besides the obvious updates and additions of all the different pages, I think I've pretty much covered everything that's changed in the two years. I really enjoyed writing this, so I'll definitely try to make it a tradition to do this "year-in-review" type of post every year.
So, what are my plans, hopes and dreams that I have for the site in the next year?
1. I've been saying since I used to do those "What's coming up for this month" posts back in early 2015 that I would finish the character page, and this is something that (somewhat pathetically) I've not gotten to yet. My goal is to try to have the character page completely finished by the end of 2016.
2. Another major goal of mine is to create a "VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray Releases" page, which will be a complete guide of all Scooby Home Media Releases.
3. I'd also like to finally complete the site's episode guide. I'm very close now, right now the only series that does not have a guide is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and I'm happy to say I've already started work on it!
My goal is to try to have all of this on the site by the end of December, but of course I have to factor in real-life busyness (I'm an incredibly busy person!), so although these are goals that I'd love to happen, I unfortunately can't guarantee that I will meet that goal.
Hopes - I could sit here all day listing my hopes for the site, as I've really grown attached to it, but just for the sake of not having this post be 30 pages long I'll just list my biggest ones.
1. Of course, this is and always has been my biggest hope since the day ScoobySnax.com was published. I want people to get knowledge and learn new information from the site, I hope that the site helps people with things they're looking for (I've been really happy to get the emails from people saying that the site has helped them in some way!), and most of all, I hope people get enjoyment out of coming to the site. I know a lot of people, whether it's a site about Scooby or something completely different, just want to get "as many people as they can visit their site" but my main goal has always been to help and entertain people.
2. I want to get a bit better at time management and meeting my own deadlines with the site (and my post from March 2015 saying "my plan is to have the character page completely finished by April 2015!" is a great example of that lol). While I don't feel procrastinate-y (I don't care that it's not a real word, I'm inventing it lol) with the site, I often let real-life stuff overwhelm me too much and I don't really have a good balance between real-life stuff and working on the site. I tend to just sporadically add stuff and then disappear for a while. Especially in terms of Twitter, I'll be super active on there one week and then fall off the face of the Internet the next week due to busyness (which I still feel really sucky about, sorry Twitter followers!). I got a bit off topic there, but I'm working on finding a good balance and being able to be more regularly active on both the site and social media.
3. This last one is kind of a hope mixed with something that's already happened, I hope that ScoobySnax.com becomes a popular resource that Scooby fans know about, and feel like they can trust and rely on. I'll explain this a little more in-depth as it sounds a bit contradictory to my above statement about how I'm not about getting as many people to the site as possible. While I don't care about the number of site views or promotion I get, my hope is that it does become popular so that people can benefit from the info on here. As I believe I've mentioned once before, I think people mistake Scooby site owners for trying to "compete against the other sites" but we're really not about that at all. At least from my experience, I feel like all the Scooby site owners are very kind and generous and want to be friends (or at least friendly) with one another. In my opinion, whether it's the pioneer Scooby sites like ScoobyAddicts or ScoobyFan.net, the newer sites in the last couple of years, such as SDMI Knowledge and this site, or even the upcoming Scooby sites like ScoobyGuru's site or the Scooby-Doo podcast that are coming out soon (looking forward to it, guys!), I feel like we can all benefit from collaborating and talking with each other, as in the end we all have the same goal. Sorry, I got a bit off-track there, but my main point is that I feel that ScoobySnax.com is already pretty popular and people have definitely benefited from it, which I'm super happy about!
Dreams - Maybe this is just my imagination, but I feel like all of us die-hard Scooby fans have a "dream" of something big they want to achieve or add to the fandom. While I'm going to be very vague with this part (sorry, don't want to ruin any surprises for you guys!), I do have several bigger "dreams" that I'd love to do, some of them related to the site and some of them separate. Just so you guys know, I do have several really cool things planned (which will hopefully happen in the coming year) that I think you all will love!
That's about it for this year's "year-in-review" post, a few quick last things I want to mention:
~ WildwindVampire ~