As per tradition, here's a Ghoul School-themed fun fact on the Monday before Halloween!
Winnie the Werewolf's name is a potential reference to the original 1941 horror film The Wolfman, where one of the characters' names was Guinevere (Gwen) Conliffe. Guinevere was a name that was often shortened to Winnie back in the the early 1900s.
Additionally, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School did not air until several months after Winnie's voice actress, Marilyn Schreffler, has already died of cancer.
Hope you all have a fangtastic Halloween!!! :)
Several real-life celebrities who had fond memories of Scooby-Doo dressed up as one of the gang members for costume parties. These include:
The cast of Girl Meets World all coordinated their Halloween costumes and dressed up as Scooby-Doo characters for Halloween in 2014. The below picture features (left to right) Peyton Meyer as Fred, Corey Fogelmanis as Shaggy, Sabrina Carpenter as Velma, Rowan Blanchard as Daphne and Auggie Maturo as Scooby-Doo.
Pop singer Gwen Stefani and her husband, country musician Blake Shelton dressed up as Daphne and Shaggy for their son's 4th birthday party.
Though not "celebrities," several now-famous high school students at Marist Catholic High School in Oregon decided to come to school dressed as Scooby-Doo characters for their school ID pictures.
Nothing too much to share here, but I thought I'd let you all know that this week, I've finally completed a project I've been wanting to do for years now. Like the movie guide has, I decided to add trivia and observations to each episode in the episode guide this week. These include cultural references, animation glitches and other fun facts which you may not be aware of. I've also attached the storyboard art sheets when I could find them (which wasn't for very many episodes) for Where Are You and the New Scooby-Doo Movies.
I've added these for every series now, though please note that I am aware some episodes are missing the trivia. I haven't forgotten about them, rather, that just means those particular episodes didn't have anything noteworthy. However, this is definitely a list which I'll continually update, so if I notice anything new as I watch those episodes again, I'll be sure to add it! I also added these observations to the Scooby in Other TV Shows guide. Be sure to check all of these out, and who knows, you might even learn something! ;)
Yesterday, Variety announced that Chris Colombus was officially named creative producer of the upcoming Scooby-Doo theatrical movie (formerly known as S.C.O.O.B.) currently slated for a May 15, 2020 release date. Colombus became interesting in producing the film while he was in the process of creating Gremlins. Tony Cervone is still directing the film. However, the article made no mention of Dax Shepard (who was previously announced to be Cervone's co-director), so it is possible that he is no longer working on the project. WB Animation has disclosed that Colombus has a great affection for Scooby-Doo, and cares very much about the future of the franchise. Kelly Fremon Craig is writing the screenplay, amended from Derek Elliott and Jack Donaldson's original draft. Matt Lieberman wrote the original draft, which has since been discarded and completely rewritten. Though the article did not explicitly state this, it is very likely that this is the reason from the movie's postponement from the original September 21, 2018 date.
Colombus is most famous for his work on the Harry Potter, Home Alone and Percy Jackson films.
Why are we already talking about 2019 at ScoobySnax.com? Because the January 2019 comic solicitations have just been released, direct from CBR! Also, remember that there are two Team Up issues this month, because the last one was pushed back from its normal fourth-Wednesday-of-the-month date due to it being too close to Christmas.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #33
written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
art and cover by PAT OLLIFFE and TOM PALMER
backup story art by GUS VAZQUEZ
variant cover by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Lost, alone and confused, the gang struggles to regroup as Fred and his monster horde slowly close in on them. Is the end of the world finally here? Plus, the JLA trials of Atom Ant continue!
ON SALE 01.16.19 | $3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #45 (feat. Mister Miracle and Big Barda)
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
Scooby and Shaggy can escape from trouble faster than anyone…except the greatest super-escape artist in the universe, Mister Miracle! But can even Mister Miracle and his super-strong wife Big Barda help the gang—and the Earth—escape an invasion of monsters from Apokolips? And free their teammates from the clutches of the merciless Granny Goodness before Daphne and Velma are transformed into Granny’s latest Female Furies?
ON SALE 01.02.19 | $2.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | RATED E
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SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #46 (feat. Black Lightning)
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
High school principal Jefferson Pierce is used to teenagers acting like monsters—but not when they start turning into actual monsters! Even Scooby and the gang might have their hands full with an entire horrifying homecoming, but fortunately, they’re not alone—because Jefferson Pierce is secretly the electrifying hero Black Lightning! Is it all a plot by Tobias Whale and his ruthless gang, the 100? Or is Garfield High doomed to become the Ghoul School?
ON SALE 01.30.19 | $2.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | RATED E
As a little side note, this one sounds a lot like the plot of Daphne & Velma...even down to (spoilers!) the name of the villain!
Shaggy's Uncle Beauregard from Scooby-Doo and the Boo Brothers is almost positively a reference to P.G.T. Beauregard, who was also allegiant to the Confederates as it can be inferred in the film about Shaggy's uncle. The real-life Beauregard was the very first prominent general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
I really debated whether to post about this or not, since it's not entirely Scooby related, but I figured given we're all Scooby fans here that some people might find it interesting.
Long story short, I inherited a cabin from my recently deceased grandparents. I had never been up there much while they were alive, but they would occasionally tell me stories of very peculiar things happening there. One such story involved my grandpa closing a window, as he did every night, with my grandma watching him. The next morning, both of them could feel a chill in the air because this same window was left wide open. My grandpa asked my grandma why she had opened the window after he closed it, to which she responded that she didn't and she said that she watched him close it. Neither of them went downstairs the entire night, and no one else was in the house, which of course begs the question of how the window could have possibly been opened when neither of them did it. There were a few other stories like that over the years, which I unfortunately don't remember in as vivid of detail as the aforementioned one.
For those that don't know, I'm currently writing a fanfiction story called "Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake," which is set after Zombie Island and highlights Daphne's adventures on her haunted attraction show of the same name. For a long time now, I've thought it would be really cool to actually write a chapter about a haunted cabin in my very own haunted cabin which I inherited. This past weekend, I finally went up and stayed in my haunted cabin for four nights. (As an aside, this was also my reasoning for visiting Banning Junction for the 209th fun fact).
While I wish I could say something paranormal happened while staying there, unfortunately it did not. I did, however, see quite possibly the biggest spider I've ever seen in my life lol (its body was literally as big as my thumb!) as well as hearing some wolves outside make an otherworldly howling noise. There was also a mouse that managed to get into the cabin, though luckily I slept upstairs and thus he didn't bother me.
I must say, however, it definitely fulfilled one of my dreams as a Scooby fan! Staying in the haunted cabin for four nights definitely had that Scooby episode-ish vibe and I'll admit I was incredibly jumpy at night, expecting something paranormal to happen at any moment.
Anyways, sorry I couldn't share anything more exciting with you guys...though I do have something exciting to share (and/or shamelessly promote) with you guys in a literary sense. I managed to write not one, but two chapters of my fanfic up there! In the first chapter, which is set in a haunted cabin, I embedded a lot of my own experiences in the cabin into the fanfic, which was quite fun to do admittedly. The second chapter was just an "extra" since I finished the first one quicker than I thought I would, though I will say that anyone who's a Shaphne fan will love this chapter! If you're interested, you can check out chapters 16 and 17 over at Fanfiction.net!
On October 1, 2018, the very first-ever Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia officially licensed by WB was published by Benjamin Bird and Tim Levin. While this may seem like just another run-of-the-mill generic product that Warner Brothers has cranked out for some extra cash, this encyclopedia is actually incredibly detailed and it looks like a lot of hard work was put into it. The encyclopedia compiles every single episode, series and character from 1969-1985. There are also several fun trivia bits in the book, such as Scooby and Shaggy's favorite foods, the haunted locations the gang has visited, and a map of the Mystery Machine. While I haven't had a chance to pick up my copy yet, I've heard from a few friends that the encyclopedia is absolutely amazing, and you can tell that this was written by a Scooby fan. You can order your copy today from Amazon.
Thanks so much to ScoobyFan for sending me an email to let me know about this awesome book!
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I'm so excited to be writing this fun fact live from the real-life Banning Junction, from "A Scooby-Doo Halloween"! Yes, Banning Junction is actually a real-life city in Central Minnesota. And though it's not the "Halloween Capital of the World" as the episode boasts, a neighboring city is! Anoka, MN has been deemed the official Halloween Capital of the World, due to its extravagant Halloween celebration. During October, Anoka is full of haunted houses, scarecrows, spooky decorations and even a Halloween antique museum!
Throughout the month, there are three parades and over 30 events celebrating the hallowed holiday. Over 30,000 people yearly show up for the special events, and the city hall is fully decorated with Halloween decor and a gigantic pumpkin on the top of the building.
How did Anoka get declared Halloween Capital of the World, you ask? In 1937, Harold Blair petitioned the US Congress to officially make Anoka the Halloween capital, which was made official by Congress's signing of the petition.
I know what you're probably all wondering...so when's the "spooky" 100th anniversary? It's actually relatively soon...2020 will be the town's 100th Halloween celebration! As for if there's any undead mayors coming back to haunt the town...we'll just have to wait and see!
Now off to go check out the beautiful Banning Junction and Anoka scenery! :)
Do the kids today still say that their wig has been "snatched" when something really shocking/cool happens?
Regardless, I'm a bit shook at the moment. Those of you who have followed the blog for a while now know how much I love Ghoul School, and just in time for the 30th anniversary of the film this year...the girl ghouls are coming back!
In the most recent Halloween special of O.K. K.O., Let's Be Heroes! (another cartoon currently running on Cartoon Network), the main character Enid meets back up with her old friends, who just happen to be the girls from Grimwood's! In the episode, Enid tries to come to terms with the fact that she has been lying to the Grimwood girls about being a witch. During a showcase of their powers, Enid must reveal that she is actually a ninja.
As even better news for the US fans, you do not have to wait at all to watch the new episode, titled "Monster Party." The episode has been made available on Cartoon Network's website as a special preview. You do, however, have to log in with your TV provider to be able to watch the episode (in other words, if you don't get Cartoon Network on cable, you won't be able to watch the episode here either). The episode officially airs on TV in the US on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
The episode managed to pull out all the stops for this episode, and got three of the original voice actors for the Girl Ghouls to reprise their roles. Pat Musick voices Elsa, Russi Taylor voices Phantasma and Susan Blu voices Sybella. Two new voice talents, Natalie Palamides and Kristin Le voice Winnie and Tanis, respectively.
As for my review, I'm still conflicted. I've just watched the episode and it's...uh...strange? I was really disappointed in Sybella. She seemed quite out-of-character to me and nothing like she did in the original film. The others seemed pretty in-character honestly, other than maybe Tanis, who lost the "sweet and innocent" part of her personality other than in the flashback when she was sucking her thumb.
As a quick side node, you'll notice that it's spelled "Sibella" rather than "Sybella" as I'm spelling it in the episode - but I'm still not convinced lol! The characters were quite off, and Scooby-Doo didn't have the hyphen in it in the credits. It's possible Susan Blu, Sybella's actress maybe forgot the spelling as well - it's not like it's a super popular film or anything, and she must have had hundreds of voice roles. So I'm going to be stubborn and stick to my "Sybella" spelling lol.
Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy aren't really mentioned other than the brief joke about "the guy with his great dane" being weird.
I'm incredibly glad they made at least something to follow-up to Ghoul School (I'm still really shook at the fact that they even did it, regardless of how good or bad it was lol). However, it was a bit underwhelming for my taste. There didn't seem to be much of a storyline other than fanservicing those of us who remember the original film. The animation was a bit rough, and the horrible attempt at rapping near the end was almost painful to listen to. I may have also lost a few brain cells listening to the intro song lol.
Overall, I can't deny that I'm happy they made the episode. The Girl Ghouls are such underappreciated characters, and it's fangtastic to know that at least some people still remember them. However, the execution was a bit poor and lacked an actual plot. I'll also admit that a "what the hell am I watching?!?" thought came into my head several times throughout the episode (particularly the tree breakdancing part). The one joke I laughed at was Enid reading the "hot ninjas" magazine, it's just so amusingly random!