Be Cool Scooby-Doo Season 2 Finally Premieres On Boomerang Streaming Service During "Scoobtober" Event
Those of us who have been waiting for new content on the Boomerang streaming service and app have finally gotten our wishes. Last night, the service unveiled a new special event to celebrate the Halloween season, entitled "Scoobtober." To go with the Halloween theme of the event, the Be Cool Scooby-Doo second-season episode entitled "Halloween" was released onto the service, which marked the first time any second season episode has been released in the US. However, no other season 2 episodes are available to watch on the service, despite the fact that most other countries have aired some, if not almost all, of the season two episodes.
In addition to the premiere of Be Cool Scooby-Doo's second season, Boomerang has also added numerous other episodes onto their VOD service and app to celebrate the season. These episodes include the entire 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo series, "Haunted House Hang-Up" (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?), "A Scooby-Doo Halloween" (What's New, Scooby-Doo?) as well as three new movies and specials, including "Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Scarecrow," "Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire" and "Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown." It is worth noting as well that "Shaggy's Showdown" is listed on the site as being the "world premiere" of the movie, despite that it was released on DVD nearly a full year ago. The only explanation I can think of regarding this, is that rather than airing the movie on Cartoon Network, CN/Boomerang are choosing to air the movie on the streaming service (however, I am only guessing on Boomerang's odd choice of presentation of the movie here, so the movie certainly could still premiere on CN at some point). The Scoobtober event also included the addition of several other Halloween episodes from other series, including "The Jetsons" and several movies and episodes from "The Flintstones." (A full list of the episodes from other series which have been added can be found here).
If you choose to subscribe to the service, you can watch the new episodes and all the other content at Boomerang.com. Stay tuned for more updates on the second season of Be Cool Scooby-Doo, as well as any more surprises which may occur during the month-long Scoobtober event!
Due to contract reasons, the Laff-A-Lympics did not include several cartoon characters who were originally intended to be in the show. These characters include Jeannie (whose character rights were owned by Sidney Sheldon of the original "I Dream of Jeannie" television series), Dick Dastardly and Muttley. However, HB was able to skirt around the last two names mentioned, slightly redesigning their characters and altering their names just enough to avoid issues with copyright law. Dick Dastardly was renamed "Dread Baron" and Muttley was renamed "Mumbly" for this reason.
More info regarding this can be found here.
Direct from Newsarama, here are the three Scooby-Doo comics which will be released in December of this year.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #20
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by RON WAGNER
Cover by CARLOS D’ANDA
Variant cover by BILQUIS EVELY
’Tis the season in the apocalypse! The Scooby gang finds a moment to recover after narrowly escaping a harrowing battle, but when they wake up on Christmas morning, they find two members of their gang are no longer with them! With tensions having reached their breaking point, the gang is forced to face the consequences of their actions and try to once again find a glimmer of hope in this monstrous apocalypse. And in our backup story, Secret Squirrel’s mission to save the world continues as he meets his enemy face to face!
On sale DECEMBER 13 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #88
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by RANDY ELLIOTT
Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Mystery for sale! When Fred decides to trade the Mystery Machine in for a new ride, the gang heads to Earnest Eddie’s Emporium of used cars. But the scary Slimmer Man that haunts the lot will do anything to make sure that for this sale to happen, everything must go…away! If you scream it, you drive it. Quality ghouls guaranteed.
On sale DECEMBER 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US• RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #33 (f/The Legion of Super Heroes)
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
The Legion of Super Heroes’ clubhouse is haunted—and the only one who can crack the case is that so-called “legendary ghost-hunter from history,” Scooby-Doo. It’s up to Scooby and the gang when the 31st Century heroes whisk them back to the future to solve the mystery of “The Ghost of Ferro Lad!”
On sale DECEMBER 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Only 51 (likely 52, once the last episode of Be Cool Scooby-Doo is released) out of the 103 Scooby-Doo episodes released in the past seven years (both from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo) have had proper airings on Cartoon Network in the US. The other 52 episodes have been leaked online months, sometimes even years, before their airdates on Cartoon Network.
The second season of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You" had one line ("That's a fact!") cut from the original first season intro.
Some of you may remember that VideoETA, a DVD and Blu-Ray announcement site, had months ago originally listed the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1, Part 2 set for release on March 28, 2017. In early March, VideoETA removed the March 28th date from their site, listing an updated December 12th release date for the set. It seems the DVD set has been delayed once again, as VideoETA has now completely deleted the original listing from their site. At one point, Amazon also listed "2017" as the set's release date on their site, which has now been removed and replaced with a "Currently unavailable: We don't know when or if this item will be in stock" message. It is unknown why the set was delayed once again, however, one possible reason is that WB wants to promote the show only on the Boomerang app and VOD service, rather than having the show available on multiple platforms for people to watch.
Even though it was previously announced that the remaining six episodes of Be Cool Scooby-Doo's first season would be exclusively available on the Boomerang streaming service and app, it appears Amazon and iTunes now have both added all 26 episodes to their services. Each respective episode is available for $1.99 in SD, or you could also pay (an admittedly rather expensive amount of) $29.99 to purchase the full first season. However, none of the second season episodes have been made available yet on the Boomerang service or Amazon and iTunes.
While it is very well known that Casey Kasem retired from the role of voicing Shaggy in 2009, it is lesser known that Kasem also retired from his other famous role, as the host of American Top 40 at the same time.
Kasem had been doing AT40 since its original broadcast premiere on radio stations July 3, 1970, where the radio show aired live across 7 different stations. By the early 80's, that number jumped from a respectable 7 to a worldwide sensation of being aired live on over 1,000 radio stations in several countries at the same time. Due to contract concerns, Kasem signed off from American Top 40 silently without making any announcement to his fans, handing the role briefly over to Shadoe Stevens. Still having a passion for radio, Kasem decided to make his own independent radio countdown show entitled "Casey's Top 40." This caused American Top 40 a significant ratings drop, yet also cemented Casey's role as "the golden voice" of top 40 countdowns in radio history.
Due to Casey's phenomenal success and the signing off of his replacement Shadoe Stevens (leaving American Top 40 essentially hostless for a brief period of time), Kasem received a generous offer from iHeartRadio in 1998 to resume being the official host of AT40, in addition to hosting other alternative chart countdowns and shortened versions of the American Top 40 for them (such as American Top 10 and American Top 20). Kasem stayed in this role until 2004, when he voluntarily stepped down to pursue other projects, one of them being voicing Shaggy in "What's New Scooby-Doo" and the DTV movies. Because Kasem wanted to stay in his passion of radio, Kasem offered to continue hosting the American Top 10 and American Top 20, but offered the role to his friend and former AT40 guest host Ryan Seacrest, who still continues to host American Top 40 every Sunday to this date, in addition to his other radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest along with co-host Sisanie.
After Kasem's retirement, he was approached by several different radio outlets and was asked for the syndication rights to re-air old shows of the American Top 40. Kasem signed the legal contract to have his shows syndicated and re-aired in 2006. Due to the extreme popularity of Kasem's voice and countdown, the classic American Top 40 is still re-aired on radio stations around the world every Sunday (to keep with the spirit and tradition of Kasem's countdown, which also aired every Sunday morning).
According to Foxtel, Boomerang Australia will be airing the final few episodes of "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo" on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15. The episodes are entitled "Professor Huh? Part 1" and "Professor Huh? Part 2," and will be about Fred competing against an old childhood friend to solve the case of the mysterious Professor Huh?.
However, you may have noticed something a bit odd (besides the bizarre mistitling of Part 2 by Foxtel as "Part 6 3/4"). This still leaves one episode unaccounted for, which according to head writer Jon Colton Barry, will be comprised of two 11 minute shorts. It is still unknown what this episode will be about or when it will air, but stay tuned for more updates!
Thanks to ScrappyTV for bringing this to our attention!
Wow, it's hard to believe it's already been three years that the site has been up!
Since last September, the site stats have nearly doubled! Looking at the site stats, on average, the site gets about 800 views per day with an average of a little over 4,000 views per week. Though I don't really have anything to compare the site's views to, some sites probably get thousands, even tens of thousands of views per day from people all around the world. While ScoobySnax.com certainly doesn't have that sort of traffic, I still continue to be proud of the site, and of course, the site visitors every day. It's amazing to me that nearly 1,000 different people view the site every day and I want to say thank you to everyone who's ever read, commented or even briefly viewed the site.
For those of you who are new to the site or haven't read last year's year-in-review post, generally I try to sum up the highlights of the site from the past year, and there certainly were a lot of highlights this year!
Ironically, only a few weeks after the last site year-in-review was posted, the site unfortunately was down for nearly a month due to some coding glitches which I couldn't figure out how to fix. However, the site being down gave me time to finish up the episode guide, which now has in-depth info on every single Scooby-Doo episode in the franchise. It was a monumental project, as I wrote every single bit of information by hand and took screenshots of every single villain in the Scooby universe myself. But it feels great having that finally available for people to use for reference and information, admittedly I even occasionally refer to the guide if I need to know an airdate lol.
As the History of the Site page now says, "2017 was the year for ScoobySnax.com." And that it was, on January 23, 2017, I put the finishing touches on the Internet Games page and posted it a few days later. The page features a list of the best and most popular Scooby-Doo games, and where to play them, so if you're ever bored sometime, definitely check those games out! They are fun for both kid and adult fans alike, and hey, I've even caught myself playing them on occasion! I also created a subpage in May on Crystal Cove Online, a game which was a companion to the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series. In my opinion, that is the best Scooby-Doo game ever made. It's both challenging and fun, and really does a good job mirroring the episodes! Though I've been told Night of 100 Frights is also one of the best Scooby games (as it has several references to the classic series, including iconic villains such as the Black Knight and the Ghost of Redbeard) so I'll definitely have to play that one sometime and compare them! It was actually a bit of a blast from the past to create the Crystal Cove Online page, since I replayed the entire Crystal Cove Online game to get my information for that page!
And of course, next was amusingly the character guide. Why is that amusing you ask? Because I've been saying ever since I did the "What's coming this month on ScoobySnax?" posts for a brief time way back in March 2015 that I would finish the character guide, and in February, the character guide was finally posted nearly two years later than I had intended. Hey, I guess better late than never, right? Lol
Lastly, there was the List of Releases guide. This list, which took a surprisingly short amount of time compared to what I was expecting, compiles every season set, compilation set, volume and movie ever released on DVD, Blu-Ray and VHS and gives a brief bit of info on them. In my opinion, the How to Have a Complete Scooby Collection is far more helpful in finding missing episodes which you may want, though if you prefer the home media releases being organized by DVD rather than by episode, this is definitely a good way to figure out which DVD you want to purchase if you have a limited amount of money and/or only want DVDs with a lot of episodes on them (as unfortunately WB doesn't always do a great job of making the amount of episodes they put on a DVD/Blu-Ray worth your money).
Combined, these updates are a big landmark for the site! After the List of Releases and Crystal Cove Online pages were created, I had finally added everything I had originally envisioned adding when the site was first published. "Are you still going to update on Scooby-Doo news?" was one particularly memorable comment I got right after posting something to the affect of the previous sentence. Admittedly, I probably worded that poorly and looking back, I can easily see how someone would interpret what I wrote as I'm somehow finished up with updating the site completely. Of course as I think up new page ideas and new Scooby content comes out, I will definitely create more pages on the site!
What would a year-in-review post be without talking about the fun facts? Starting on October 13, 2014, on a whim, I decided to start a weekly blog series called "Fun Fact of the Week," where each Monday, I present a new little-known or interesting fact about Scooby. I honestly wasn't sure if it was going to be a week, a month, a year, or forever, but as soon as I began writing them, I quickly knew it was going to be forever. Though originally the posts were more casually published on random days, on January 5, 2015, the posts were made every single Monday, and still continue to be nearly 3 years later today. Why Mondays, you ask? Honestly, no particular reason other than people tend to hate Mondays and I wanted to give people something to look forward (heck, I even look forward to writing them every Monday!) As of currently, 151 weeks of fun facts have been posted on the site with several guest writers, including the 100th fun fact written by Be Cool Scooby-Doo head writer Jon Colton Barry, and the 150th fun fact, written by the creator of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and writer of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Tom Ruegger.
And I suppose that leads me to my next point. One of my favorite parts of the site is definitely getting to interact with everyone, those who have worked on the show and fans alike. It was a blast working with Jon Colton Barry and Tom Ruegger, so I want to thank them again for taking time out of their very busy schedule to write the fun facts! Besides writers and show crew members, I equally love getting to talk to fellow Scooby fans, whether its interviews or just in the comments. Speaking of which, one of my favorite articles of the year to write was the Scooby college entrance essay one - it was super fun chatting with Tore and getting to meet her! I want to thank her once again for her time, and wish her the best in getting her master's degree!
One of my other favorite projects this year was working with Dallas Kinard on the Scooby continuity timeline. I was glad to help out with such an ambitious project, and it's been great seeing how many people the timeline has already helped! Lastly, although this didn't happen, if anyone remembers the Scooby-Doo typecast which I did with TS-D/JA Productions, we were talking about doing another one at some point, though it didn't end up happening this year, since Scooby-Doom has temporarily abandoned the site to work with a friend on his new podcast, Nerd Blitz. The podcast is a hodgepodge of various pop culture topics, but there is quite a bit of Scooby-related content, so be sure to listen to it if you enjoy Scooby and listening to podcasts! A big thank you as well to Scooby-Doom and I wish him the best of luck in his podcast and whatever future projects he decides to pursue!
Though this isn't related to the site, I'd like to mention my fanfic as well. It's been a blast writing it this year and developing new characters and story arcs for it. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I'm currently writing an ongoing fanfiction story entitled "Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake" about what would happen if Daphne didn't get back together with the gang after Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and continued with her show. If you haven't read it yet, be sure to check it out!
Before I move on, I'd also like to talk about the site's Twitter account quickly. It's been amazing to see the followers slowly climb for the site, and now the site has over 500 people following it, including several people who currently work or have worked on Scooby! My second alternate (non-site) account also now has nearly 100 followers. I truly enjoy talking with everyone every time I come on Twitter, and it's truly a pleasure getting to chat with old and new fans alike. I appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for the great conversations!
I could go on for a while, but before this becomes a 50-page long post, let's get to my hopes for the site in the upcoming year!
1. Of course, I'd like to continue creating more content for the site, including new pages and articles. Since I promised to make more articles early on this year, I admittedly haven't been very good about following through with that. In the upcoming year, I'd like to write more, interesting articles for all of you to read! In addition, I'd like people to continue being helped by the site - it's great seeing all of the emails from people that the site has helped them in some way!
2. I hope that ScoobySnax continues to be a comfortable, enjoyable environment for Scooby fans to use for reference, get updated on the latest Scooby news, or even just chat with one another. As I've mentioned before, I think the Scooby community is fantastic in that sense...almost everyone in the fandom tries to make people feel welcome and part of the community, which you don't necessarily see in a lot of fandoms. I feel like, in some fandoms, there's a perception that being a site owner makes you "above" everyone. I sometimes get the vibe that people may think of me that way, particularly as an admin on the ScoobyAddicts forum. In reality, I don't think of myself as "above" anyone, I honestly just feel like another fan who wants to chat and have fun discussions with people who I see as my equals, not people who I'm above or below. Like I brought up last year, I feel like we as Scooby fans can all benefit from talking and discussing things with each other! It's truly a pleasure for me to be a part of this wonderful fandom.
Thank you all once again for a fantastic three years, and I hope you have enjoyed visiting the site and reading the blog (hopefully I've entertained you at least somewhat!) :) . And of course, thank you for reading this very long post, and hopefully you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it! Here's to another fantastic year of ScoobySnax.com!