Fun Fact of the Week #216
Looking back at Fun Fact #25, if you took the franchise in a chronological sense (including movies and specials), the "milestone" episodes would look like this:
100. Africa & San Francisco (Laff-a-Lympics)
200. Movie Monster Menace (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
300. The Story Stick (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
400. Inside Job (Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!)
500. If You Can't Scooby-Doo the Time, Don't Scooby-Doo the Crime (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
Fun Fact of the Week #215
I'm really excited to share this fun fact, as it's one I've been wanting to write something about since I first started writing the weekly fun facts in 2014.
In The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Spooky Fog," a restaurant in the background is named El Taco. I've have always been incredibly bothered by this ever since I was a kid, because "El Taco" literally just translates from Spanish into "the taco," which is a very lame and uncreative name for a Mexican restaurant. I've been trying to write something about this now for years in a fun fact, but couldn't think of anything other than "there's this restaurant named El Taco in an episode and it's really annoying" (which is obviously not noteworthy enough for a fun fact).
However, I just recently learned from a friend visiting from Arizona that "El Taco" is actually a huge restaurant chain in Tucson (Arizona) comprised of nearly 20 restaurants. Currently, there is only one left open.
I couldn't find a date for when El Taco first opened, but this article says that the restaurant was around long before Taco Bell was a thing, which makes me wonder if "El Taco" was a legitimate restaurant that the Hanna-Barbera writers were referencing back then.
Anywho, thanks for reading my little jumbled thought process that I've called this week's "fun fact." I'm sure I'm far more excited about this than anyone else lol.
February 2019 Comic Solicitations
Here are the solicitations for the Scooby-Doo comics released in February 2019, courtesy of Newsarama!
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #34
written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
art and cover by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM PALMER
backup story art by GUS VAZQUEZ
variant cover by DAN MORA
The final war with Fred and his nanite-powered monster army begins! Is this the end for the Scooby gang, and perhaps all of humanity, or will Daphne’s love for her resurrected boyfriend win out in the end? Plus, more super-heroic lunacy with Atom Ant and the Justice League!
ON SALE 02.13.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.
Please see the order form for details.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #97
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by WALTER CARZON
and HORACIO OTTOLINI
When Scooby and the gang went to the bank, they never expected to find themselves stuck in the middle of a bank robbery...especially by ghostly gangsters with pinstripe suits and tommy guns! How can the gang stop the wraithlike robbers with their hands in the air?
ON SALE 02.20.19
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED E
Note that I'm not sure what happened to Scooby-Doo! Team Up or why it's absent from the solicitations again this month, but I'll be sure to keep you all updated as soon as I know anything!
Scooby-Doo Franchise Timeline
The recent announcement of Scooby-Doo! Curse of the 13th Ghost has caused a little spark in the Scooby fandom. I've noticed that now in several places, including in the comments here, fans have begun questioning how exactly one would properly categorize the Scooby franchise into timelines.
Personally, the following is how I view the Scooby-Doo timeline.
The following series fall under the "main" timeline. The main timeline encompasses all Scooby series, and are a part of the general fandom continuity. The following three series are pretty much compatible with every single timeline.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Arguably, the original series falls in the main timeline and chronology of the franchise. The gang is just a group of normal teenagers solving mysteries in this particular series.
The Scooby-Doo Show
While this show is a bit darker, it still falls under the general premise of the gang being normal teens capturing masked criminals. No real monsters appear in this series. Generally speaking, it's basically an extension of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?.
The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show
While this show introduces Scooby's nephew, Scrappy, the show still takes on the same premise as the previously listed two, and there is no supernatural beings in this particular show. I should also note that I'm referring to only the original 1979-1980 series here, which included the gang.
#1: Fame and Fortune!
From this point on, everything connects to the main timeline, but the continuity branches off in a different direction for each extended timeline. If it's less confusing, think of the main timeline as the starting point for all the extended timelines. From there, each extended timeline branches off on its own.
I think it was my friend Dallas, whom I worked on the Scooby-Doo Chronological Viewing Order with, that came up with the "Fame and Fortune" era idea. After talking with some people about this topic this afternoon, I'm minded to agree that it's a bit unlikely that Scooby and the gang would be suddenly best friends with famous celebrities in certain series.
So, just for fun, let's say this timeline is the "Fame and Fortune" era.
Reader's note: To avoid confusion, that project is completely separate from this post. That timeline is just for the purposes of if you wanted to watch the franchise in the least confusing order.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The gang meets several celebrities in this series, and regularly solves mysteries with them. This seems rather unlikely for the main timeline, so it's been grouped accordingly. Scooby also met the supernatural for the very first time in this particular timeline. In "Mystery in Persia," Scooby and the gang meets Jeannie, who is able to teleport them to Persia where they run into the evil djinn Jadall.
By networking with some of these above celebrities, Scooby got some media attention that allowed him to compete in various sporting events.
Mask of the Blue Falcon, WWE Films, KISS, Gourmet Ghost
The crossovers are included in with The New Scooby-Doo Movies for the same unlikelihood reason explained above. It's probable that Guess Who will be in this timeline when it's released, as well.
Behind the Scenes Interviews
The gang becomes famous enough to be interviewed about their adventures.
Night of the Living Doo
The gang meets several celebrities in this parody special while on their way to a spooky zombie-filled mansion.
#2: Scrappy's in the Picture!
The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show
Branching off directly from where the main timeline left off, Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy split off from the rest of the gang and begin traveling the world for a while (if you wanted to be imaginative, you could say to "find themselves" or some angsty teen concept like that). Fred decides to pursue his dream to be a mystery novelist and Velma applies for an internship at NASA during college (this is from "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo!" in The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries). Daphne goes off to pursue something else, maybe going to college to major in Communication/journalism, since she was a reporter in at least one episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. In this series, Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy run into real monsters for the very first time.
The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour
This series is pretty much the exact same dynamic as the previous one, except that Scrappy occasionally goes to visit his uncle Yabba out in the desert.
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
Daphne rejoins Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy while Fred and Velma remain busy with their careers. Daphne is still in college (possibly), and they continue encountering a mix of guys in masks and the supernatural. The career thing could be confirmed by the fact that in "The Crazy Carnival Caper," the gang comments that they've graduated high school.
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
Fred and Velma remain busy with career stuff, but occasionally come back to visit Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy. The gang continues to meet a mix of real and fake monsters.
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
Fred and Velma become consumed in their careers again. Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy go on with their lives. Shaggy and Daphne may or may not be dating (purposely leaving that vague to avoid a ship war here, lol), but they travel together. They open a chest containing "13 of the most terrifying ghosts upon the face of the Earth" and have to recapture them all. I imagine Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost will conclude this explanation for us! :)
Boo Brothers / Ghoul School / Reluctant Werewolf
Daphne begins focusing on her career again, while Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy go off adventures meeting the supernatural by themselves. I suppose, begrudgingly, I could (sigh) put Arabian Nights in this timeline too, as Shaggy and Scooby being on their own is consistent with the rest of the gang's "splitting up" era.
#3: A New Hope?
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
The gang is shown as kids and they solve mysteries in their detective agency. There are no real monsters in this timeline, or at least not known to the gang. Arguably, the Mystery Map film from 2013 could be lumped into this grouping as well. The reason for including Pup here is because of the flashback to Velma's birthday party in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" (from What's New, Scooby-Doo?) where the gang is pictured together as kids, almost exactly how they look and act in Pup.
What's New, Scooby-Doo?
The gang is older now, and goes off solving mysteries meeting occasional celebrities. This is grouped separately from the "main" timeline only because of the unlikelihood of the gang meeting celebrities on a regular basis. However, this excludes "The Vampire Strikes Back," which is not in this timeline for reasons I'll explain later.
Loch Ness Monster - Samurai Sword
These movies go hand in hand with What's New, Scooby-Doo? There is indeed a real monster in Goblin King, though Velma, Fred and Daphne don't remember it due to the Goblin King's spell.
Abracadabra Doo - Big Top, Stage Fright, FrankenCreepy, Moon Monster Madness, Shaggy's Showdown and post-2012 specials
Though there's different animation, these assorted films still fit with this timeline and have the same general premise (even if it's a bit darker at times). The post 2012 direct-to-DVD specials also feature this same tone and plot type.
#4: Shags to Riches
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!
I really debated putting this in the "fame and fortune" timeline with The New Scooby-Doo Movies, but I didn't want everyone to hate me! ;) In this series, Shaggy and Scooby split off from the gang after they inherit their uncle's fortune and have to try to rescue him from Dr. Phibes.
#5: Mystery Incorporated
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Pretty self-explanatory. The gang lives in Crystal Cove, and tries to solve the mystery of the Curse of Crystal Cove. It's sort of a combination of all the other timelines, besides #4 (Get A Clue). There are real monsters in this universe.
#6: Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
This is pre-Where Are You, though it still fits with the main timeline. Shaggy has never seen snow before (until "Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!"), and Daphne is much more quirky. There are no real monsters in this universe.
Haunted Hollywood, Blowout Beach Bash and Knight Time Terror
LEGO films exist in their own timeline due to living beings and places being made entirely of bricks, and the fact that these beings have the ability to magically reconstruct these bricks with one's hands.
#8: Breaking the Fourth Wall
Scooby Goes Hollywood
Scooby Goes Hollywood exists in its own timeline because the characters are all just actors in a television show, which is comedically based on the franchise.
#9: A More Mature Era
Zombie Island - Cyber Chase
This timeline features more mature versions of the gang, where they decide to go their separate ways temporarily in Zombie Island before getting back together sometime between that film and Witch's Ghost. There are real ghosts and monsters in this timeline.
Legend of the Vampire and Monster of Mexico
This would have been part of the "main" timeline, but the gang already knows The Hex Girls in Legend of the Vampire, and there's no explanation as to why if its not in the same timeline as Witch's Ghost. It also seemed wrong to separate Monster of Mexico from Legend of the Vampire, so I moved this film into this timeline as well.
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: 3-D Struction and The Vampire Strikes Back
I had to separate these episodes out from the other WNSD episodes, since there's no explanation otherwise for how the gang would know The Hex Girls. 3-D Struction does not include The Hex Girls, but it includes J.J. Hakimoto who also appears in "The Vampire Strikes Back." Thus, these episodes needed to be taken out for the timeline to properly work.
#10: Live-Action Round 1
Scooby-Doo 1 & 2
I wanted to fit the live-action films into their own timeline as well, though they don't particularly fit neatly into any previously created one. Arguably, I'd say the first two films encompass the main timeline, as well as branch off from #1 (Fame and Fortune) and #3 (A New Hope?).
#11: Live Action Round 2
Scooby-Doo 3 & 4
The first two prequel films, Mystery Begins and Curse of the Lake Monster fit into their own timeline. This timeline has the gang meeting each other in detention at high school. In between the two films, there is an alternate reality version of "The Frickert Fracas" from the Fame and Fortune timeline, which doesn't include meeting Jonathan Winters.
#12: The Scooby-Doo Project
The Scooby-Doo Project
The gang gets lost in the woods and is killed. End of timeline. Haha
#13: Feminist Fun!
Daphne & Velma
Couldn't resist the title there lol. In this film, the girls meet for the first time online and go to Ridge Valley High together, where they solve their first mystery. After solving their first mystery, they receive a second mystery on their computer screen, when a mysterious voice tells them to stay away from the incriminating files they just found. Let's hope we someday find out how this timeline ends by means of a sequel! :D
Phew, I think I covered everything! Hope you all enjoyed reading my timeline. I would love to hear your thoughts on this, especially if you have a different way of grouping them that you think is more fitting! :)
Zombie Island is Getting a Sequel!
I can't even describe how much my heart is geeking out right now!!!
After some rumors last week from a LinkedIn page, it's been confirmed that we will at last be getting a sequel to 1998's Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Zombie Island is considered the darkest and most mature movie of the entire Scooby franchise, and has gained a large cult following among the fandom due to this. The film will come out some time during 2019 during the franchise's 50th anniversary.
This news was first "released" on a LinkedIn page last week, though it was uncertain if this was a hoax or not. Two days after this LinkedIn page was found, which listed a follow-up movie to 13 Ghosts, Curse of the 13th Ghost was announced which confirmed the reliability of this page. As of today, two more LinkedIn pages of people who work at WB have been updated to reflect the new film, tentatively titled Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island.
Here are the links to Joonki Park and David Karoll's LinkedIn pages. However, you must have a LinkedIn account to view these pages. For any of you who might not have an account, I've taken screenshots logged in from my LinkedIn.
I should additionally note that the LinkedIn page that confirmed this also lists an upcoming Scooby film about King Arthur (link to this is pending, still in the process asking the original poster on ScoobyAddicts about this).
I am so incredibly excited for this, and I think I can now die a happy Scooby fan! :) I hope the movie will stay true to the original darker, mature tone and will pave the way for some future Scooby films in the vein of the 1998-2001 films!
What do you guys think? What would you like to see in the film? And most importantly, are you fanboying/fangirling about this as hard as I am?
Fun Fact of the Week #214
In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated's "Dance of the Undead," a zombie ska band called Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics haunts Crystal Cove. The band's lead singer, Rude Boy, is actually a subtle reference to Jamaican street culture. "Rude boy" was a term for a subculture for people who liked ska music, and also desired to challenge the status quo and societal norms. As an analogy, the term is essentially the ska equivalent of the socially deviant "punk" subculture emerging from people who like punk rock or alternative music.
Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost Finally Concludes The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
Fans of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo were thoroughly disappointed when the series was cancelled after only 13 episodes, leaving one of the ghosts from the Chest of Demons uncaptured. But finally, after 33 years, the series will be concluded properly with an all-new original movie. Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost will be released on digital and DVD February 5, 2019. The gang's normal voice actors, Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffin and Kate Micucci will reprise their roles, as well as Maurice LaMarche reprising his role as Vincent Van Ghoul, which he played in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
Here's the sypnosis:
After the Mystery Inc. gang goofed up a case and nabbed an innocent man, they’re forced into early retirement from crime solving. It’s not long however, before their old friend Vincent Van Ghoul needs help and pulls the team right back into action. The gang has unfinished business they must tend to, which involves catching a ghost that previously got away. It all happened one summer while Velma and Freddy where away at camp. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Daphne secretly hunted down 12 of the world’s spookiest ghosts but failed to catch the most evil one of them all…the 13th ghost.
Now the elusive spook is wreaking havoc. Vincent needs help having him captured and confined to the chest of demons, a box that contains the other 12 captured ghosts. With the 13th ghost still on the loose, the gang will have to come out of retirement and finish the job once and for all. The chest however, is now located somewhere in a remote village in the Himalayas. Determined to help Vincent, the gang sets out on one of their most thrilling adventures yet! Bundle up and get ready for the icy slopes of the Himalayan mountains, chilling car chases, crystal balls and spine-tingling spells in this terrifyingly fun original movie!
The official trailer is now available on Collider.com.
This makes me incredibly happy as a Scooby fan that they are finally finishing this series from so long ago. I'm guessing a lot of younger kids won't remember this series, so clearly WB is choosing to target a more adult Scooby fan audience for this film. This also finally resolves the question of if the Ghost Captain from "Ship of Ghouls" was a ghost or not, as clearly if they're saying they captured 13 ghosts then he most likely was. It's great to see that they are recreating this classic series and I can't wait to see how they bring it to an end.
Fun Fact of the Week #213
I know I missed the Halloween boat a little bit on this one, but I heard this on the radio actually on the day of Halloween and thought it was an interesting extension of a previous fun fact.
If you read Fun Fact #137, you know that Vincent Price (who voiced Vincent Van Ghoul in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo) recorded uncredited vocals on Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which was parodied in the intro for the The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries.
What you may not know is that Vincent Price recorded his part in only two takes and received $1,000 for recording these lines. According to Mental Floss, Price later became very frustrated after he learned the music video cost $500,000 to make, and argued that his paycheck was grossly unfair given the large budget used to make the "Thriller" video. Michael Jackson later completely stopped talking to Price and ignored his calls because of this incident.
~ WildwindVampire ~