Fangtastic Fact of the Week #160
Some of you may remember that last year on Halloween, I wrote a fun fact of the week themed around Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School's Sybella Dracula. This year, I thought I'd continue the tradition of the 'Fangtastic Facts' to celebrate the Halloween season. Well either that or maybe I just really enjoy Sybella's fangtastic puns (in my defense, how can you not find those cheesy bat puns adorable?). As Sybella is a bit of a lesser known and appreciated character in the Scooby-Doo franchise, there isn't really one fact that stuck out to me to share, so as with last year, I present you with a hodgepodge of some fun little facts which make up this year's "fangtastic" fact of the week:
During the scene where Shaggy and the dogs take the girl ghouls for a run, Sybella is seen without a headband, however, when she stops to eat the rotten crabapple, a headband suddenly appears on her head. A few seconds later, the headband disappears again when the girls are eating the crabapples while resuming their jog.
Towards the end of the movie when everyone is trying to escape from Revolta's castle, Sybella asserts "I'll fly us out, but I can only take one at a time!" This doesn't really make any sense, as Sybella was able to pick up Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy all at one time when she rescued them from the alligators in Barren Bog earlier in the movie.
I also managed to find this quite odd fun fact when searching for other possibly relevant information about Sybella's character. Apparently, due to the Ghoul School movie, Sybella has become a somewhat popular name on baby naming sites for parents. In searching for info, numerous baby naming sites came up which suggested Sybella (using the *cough* incorrect *cough* spelling of "Sibella" for the character) for being used as a baby name. A few examples (I won't post all of the ones I found here as these probably give you the idea):
And finally, as some of of you are aware, I somewhat dislike the Americanized spelling of Sybella's name (though I am mostly joking). If you believe the correct spelling is Sibella, or if you're not clear on what exactly I mean by "Americanized" spelling, here's an interesting fun fact about the origins of the Sybella name in history.
Sybella is of Greek origin, and means "prophetess or oracle," while according to BehindTheName.com, Sibella is an Americanized spelling of the Greek word Sybella.
So hopefully you enjoyed reading these fun little facts from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. I certainly enjoyed writing them! But before I wrap this post up, I thought I'd quick share something really cool I inadvertently discovered writing this post. While trying to screencapture the picture you see above this paragraph of Sybella, I mistakenly bumped the 'capture' button on the screencap software I use about one second too early. In the process of doing so, I managed to screencapture an image which only appears on screen for probably less than a millisecond and would likely be almost impossible to find again in the film even if I tried. What I ended up capturing is a scene of Sybella changing from a bat to a vampire, which in my opinion is a super beautiful representation of both sides of Sybella - her "vampire" self and her "bat" self. Here's what I ended up capturing, and hope you all have a fangtastic Halloween! :)
According to TVGuide UK, new episodes of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo will begin to air on Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00pm on Boomerang UK, starting with "American Goth." New episodes will continue to air every weekday at 5:00pm. However, these episodes are all available online at the moment, so thus the episodes are not technically "new" other than the fact that they have not aired yet in the UK.
I generally try to keep speculation out of news posts, as they are supposed to (hopefully!) be informative, but I found this quite interesting so I suppose I'll mention it here. Zap2it lists the missing episode(s) "Pizza O'Possum's" and "The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty" for November 13, though generally they haven't been reliable with any dates (in fact, all of the their season 2 airdates are incorrect). In this case however, the November 13 date they list would actually be perfectly aligned with the way the UK is airing them, if they choose to air the episode. In example, "American Goth," episode 16 is airing on Wednesday, November 1, so "Omelettes Are Forever" and "Ghost in the Mystery Machine," episodes 17 and 18 of season 2 are airing Thursday, November 2, and Friday, November 3, respectively. The next week, presumably, "Naughty or Ice" - "World of Witchcraft" (episodes 19-23) would air November 6-10. The only episode left to air would be the missing episode, which, if the new episodes are not airing weekends, would sync up with the November 13 date Zap2it lists. Nothing concrete or confirmed there, but I thought it was quite an intriguing (and hopefully true!) coincidence.
Here is the current schedule for the new episodes:
November 1 - American Goth
November 2 - Omelettes Are Forever
November 3 - Ghost in the Mystery Machine
November 6 - Naughty or Ice
November 7 - Night of the Upsetting Shorts
November 8 - Junkyard Dogs
November 9 - Protein Titans 2
November 10 - World of Witchcraft
(Check back often for new titles!)
Fun Fact of the Week #159
In "Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King," the following villains from previous series are featured in the monster tavern.
1. Mummy (Scooby-Doo and a Mummy Too! - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
2. Green Ghost (A Night of Fright is No Delight - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
3. Snow Ghost (That's Snow Ghost - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
4. The Ghost of Hyde (Nowhere to Hyde - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
5. The Creeper (Jeepers, It's the Creeper! - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
6. Werewolf (Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf? - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
7. Scarecrow (The Frickert Fracas - The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
8. Troll (The Caped Crusader Caper - The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
9. The Spectre of Ebeneezer Crabbe (High Rise Hair Raiser - The Scooby-Doo Show)
10. The No-Face Zombie (The No-Face Zombie Chase Case - The Scooby-Doo Show)
11. Kelp Monster (Scooby-Doo, Where's the Crew? - The Scooby-Doo Show)
12. Witch McCoy (The Ozark Switch Witch - The Scooby-Doo Show)
13. The Ghost of the Great Haldane (The Sorcerer's a Menace)
14. Roller Ghoster [though the color was changed from green to a lightish purple] (Roller Ghoster Ride - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
15. Swamp Monster (from the intro of A Scooby-Doo Halloween - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
16. The Creepy Keeper (Fright House of a Lighthouse - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
Beginning at 9:00am (CST) on Halloween, Boomerang US will be airing a marathon of Scooby-Doo movies all morning and afternoon to celebrate the holiday. The marathon kicks off at 9:00am with "Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery," and continues on with "Scooby-Doo! FrankenCreepy," "Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness," "Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery," "Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright," and closing with "Scooby-Doo 3: The Mystery Begins."
Here's the full schedule of when each movie will be airing (all times listed in the US central time zone):
9:00am - Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery
11:00am - Scooby-Doo! FrankenCreepy
1:00pm - Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
3:00pm - Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
5:00pm - Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
7:00pm - Scooby-Doo 3: The Mystery Begins
In addition to the marathon, two Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episodes will also air that day on Boomerang. "Stand and Deliver" and "The Man in the Mirror" will be shown back-to-back at 4:00am and 4:30am, respectively.
A full schedule of all the other non-Scooby Halloween episodes which are being shown that day can be found on Zap2it.
According to TVGuide UK, 3 new Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episodes will finally be premiering on Boomerang UK for the Halloween season. On Saturday, October 21, the two-part finale, "Professor Huh? Part 1 and 6 3/4" will air on the network at 8:30 - 9:30am, with a repeat airing at 3:30 - 4:30pm, and "Halloween" will air the very next day, on Sunday, October 22 at 8:30 - 9:00am, with another repeat at 3:30 - 4:00pm.
As of currently, here is still no scheduled air date for the 16th through 24th episodes ("American Goth" - "Pizza O'Possum's" / "The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty") of BCSD. However, the moderator who posted the first 14 episodes on ShareMania, has mentioned that they saw an ad that new episodes would begin November 1 in the UK, so presumably the rest of the episodes (other than the missing episode 24, which I'm not sure when it will air) will aired then. Thanks Dfrazzer for the info!
January 2018 Comic Solicitations
Direct from Newsarama, here are the comic solicitations for January 2018!
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #21
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM and PHIL JIMENEZ
Cover by CARLOS D’ANDA
Variant cover by PHILIP TAN
The gang finally reaches the underground base, only to discover that their nightmare is just beginning. Plus, the fate of Scrappy-Doo—revealed at last! Plus, the daring adventures continue as Secret Squirrel goes where many men have gone before…!
On sale JANUARY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #89
Written by ROB WORLEY
Art and cover by SCOTT GROSS
Is there such a thing as bad pizza?! According to the ghost of Gerolamo, there is! Can the gang solve this mystery before Shaggy and Scooby go through pizza withdrawals?
On sale JANUARY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #34 feat. Birds of Prey
Written by SHOLLY FISCH • Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
Batgirl, Black Canary and their teammates call themselves “Birds of Prey,” but they may become prey themselves when Gotham City’s besieged by mythical birds. Still, they might be able to unravel the mystery with the help of the two newest Birds of Prey team members: Daphne and Velma!
On sale JANUARY 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Fun Fact of the Week #158
Scooby-Doo was parodied on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live for their Halloween episode in October 2016. The sketch was entitled "The Hunch Bunch," which is a parody of Crunch and Brunch from Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf. You can watch the clip below:
*Important note:* Due to the nature of Saturday Night Live being an edgy comedy show intended for adults, please be advised that there is some brief PG-13 language used for the purpose of humor in the clip.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo "Halloween" Is Now Free On The Boomerang Streaming Service
Following yesterday's new of the final episode title reveal, today, Boomerang has made "Halloween" completely free to watch on their streaming service without any subscription. This is currently the only episode on the entire service which can be viewed without a monthly or yearly subscription. In addition, five more Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episodes, "That's Snow Ghost," "Nowhere to Hyde" "Mystery Mask Mix Up," "Jeepers, It's The Creeper" and "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright" are now available on the service (though those require a subscription to watch). The free "Halloween" episode can be watched here, however, the episode can only be watched at this link which is from the "Scoobtober Premieres" section of the service. Oddly, the service has created two different versions of the episode, with no differences in content, other than the fact that one is titled "Halloween" and the other is titled "Halloween Special," the latter of which being the only version which is available to watch for free. So, if you haven't seen the episode yet and don't have a subscription to the service, be sure to check it out while it's still free!
Breaking News: Final Titles Of Both Be Cool Scooby-Doo 11 Minute Shorts Revealed
Thanks to Zap2it, we finally have the title of the final missing episode, which will be comprised of two 11-minute shorts. Zap2it lists "Pizza O'Possum's" and "The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty" as the final unreleased episode, which is actually intended to be the third-to-last episode according to head writer Jon Colton Barry, with "Professor Huh? Parts 1 and 6 3/4" being the intended two-part series finale. Zap2it also gives us a description for this episode, "Shaggy drags the gang to a childhood arcade where he's determined to finally collect enough tickets to win the prize he's wanted since he was a boy." However, the description is vague enough that it could be for either one of the 11-minute shorts.
One thing which is probably important that I note, however, is that the head writer, Jon Colton Barry, has revealed that "The characters and comedy are nothing like what we had established for two years." That being said, Jon has also stated that he had "nothing to do with the first 11 min and barely anything to do with the second." This, and some other comments he has made on the ScoobyAddicts forum, allude to the fact that the episodes are simply experimental and have quite a different feel than we are used to for the show.
In addition, you may notice in the Zap2it page which I linked to, that an airdate of November 13th is given. Unfortunately, Zap2it has been very poorly reporting on the dates that the episodes air, to the point where in fact none of the season 2 airdates they listed are factually correct, and it's essentially become a completely free-for-all as to if the dates they list are for other countries, or completely made up. While everyone is welcome to their own opinions and interpretations of what this date means, my personal thoughts are to take the November 13 date with a grain of salt, seeing as none of Season 2 dates listed are correct, and many of the season 1 dates aren't correct either. However, it is possible that the November 13 date could be for Australia, which has aired every episode other than this one.
I'll try to keep you guys up to date on any info regarding when this final unreleased episode will air. In the meantime, I'll be checking my international TV guide sources on a regular basis to see if the episodes are airing there at all. But in case you all want to do a bit of investigating yourselves, these are the sources I've been getting most of my information at regarding the international air dates. TV Guide UK lists the entire Boomerang schedule for seven days out, and this Foxtel spreadsheet (which I had to do quite a bit of searching to find!) lists every single Be Cool, Scooby-Doo episode airing for the next two weeks in the entire country of Australia.
Stay tuned for more info! :)
Fun Fact of the Week #157
In the song which plays during end credits for Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, entitled "The Witch's Ghost," Jennifer Hale, Jane Wiedlin and Kimberly Brooks did not provide the vocals for this song, even though the credits confirm that the song is sung by The Hex Girls. The Hex Girls' vocals are provided by Terry Wood, Angie Jaree, and Gigi Worth during "The Witch's Ghost" song only.
~ WildwindVampire ~