So I know I said that the Year In Review post would be the final post of 2016, but I've recieved some breaking news on new episodes of Be Cool Scooby-Doo. Of course, I'll preface what I'm about to say with the fact that we are talking about CN so nothing is 100% certain here as many of us already know.
According to Zap2it, Be Cool Scooby-Doo's second season will begin on February 13 with "Some Fred Time" and "There Wolf." The new episodes will continue on February 14 with "Renn Scare" and "How to Train Your Coward," and "Worst In Show" will air on February 15.
However, it does beg the question, when will the final six episodes of Season 1 air? As you may have noticed, Zap2it provides the wrong dates for the final six episodes Season 1 (no new episodes aired in September of 2016, and the March and April airings were cancelled). Right now, no information has been provided on when the final six episodes will air, but I would presume it would be sometime before February 13 when Season 2 begins.
You also may have noticed the other six titles in the Be Cool episode guide which were added last night. Unfortunately, I can't link to these as they were confirmed via PM on ScoobyAddicts, but head writer Jon Colton Barry has confirmed the following episode titles which will be in Season 2: "In Space," "Mysteries on the Disorient Express," "Night of the Upsetting Shorts," "There's a Witch," "Scrooget Scroogey Scrooge" and "Naughty or Ice." There will also be an episode were the gang visits Japan and another that involves goths. Some of these titles are also listed on SDMI Knowledge, another great fan site. My apologies about not having a concrete link to those episode titles, but know that they are indeed confirmed and will air in Season 2.
I hope 2017 will be a great year for Be Cool Scooby-Doo and we will finally get to see some new episodes!
Although this was a lighter year for new Scooby content, quite a bit still happened in 2016 for the Scooby franchise. From two new feature-length DTV films to a new comic book series centered around the Apocalypse, Scooby was taken in several new, interesting directions this year. In this article, I'll break down the top 10 biggest things (in my opinion) that happened in the Scooby franchise this year, and afterwards, list five things I would like to see happen in 2017.
10. Twelve New Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Comics
As per usual, each month, a new Scooby-Doo, Where Are You comic was released, making for a total of twelve comics this year. Comics #65-76 were released this year. If this trend would continue, the series will reach the milestone of its 100th comic in 2018.
9. Cartoon Network Finally Catches Up Airing The Scooby Movies
Although CN has been doing a very pathetic job of airing new episodes of Be Cool Scooby-Doo (more on that, later), they did finally get one thing right this year. Cartoon Network has finally caught up with premiering the DTV movies and specials this year. Currently, every movie and special has premiered on the network and has aired at least once, something that hasn't happened since 2012. The network caught up on November 20, 2016 when they aired the TV premiere of Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon. Now, if we can only get them to air the rest of the Be Cool Scooby-Doo season 1 episodes, we'll be set!
8. Scooby-Doo! Team Up Becomes A Monthly Comic
Previously, Team Up was a bi-monthly comic and new issues were only released every two months. Beginning in September, a new comic was released every month, making for a total of 21 issues, 8 of which were released this year. In addition, this year's team ups included Aquaman, The Flash, The Shazam family, Hawkman & Hawkgirl, Wonder Dog, G'Nort, Ace the Bat Hound, Krypto the Superdog, The Space Patrol Canine Agents, Zatanna & Zatara, Space Ghost, The Joker and Harley Quinn.
7. Scrappy-Doo Makes A Return To The Franchise
For the first time in fourteen years (since the 2002 live action movie), Scrappy-Doo made an appearance in the franchise in the comic book series Scooby Apocalypse, and has now appeared in three of the current eight issues. However, the character is still evil as he was in the 2002 film.
6. Scooby-Doo Pop Vinyls & Dorbz
Earlier this year, we got to see Scooby Pop Vinyls and Dorbz being released, which includes figurines of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, Scooby, The Mystery Machine, The Werewolf Ghost and The Witch Doctor. They are currently for sale in stores.
5. LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Back in May, we got to see Scooby in action as we've never seen him before: in LEGO form! The 75 minute movie featured classic villains, such as the Headless Horseman, the Mummy, the Sea Beast and of course, the Zombie. The movie also made its TV premiere on Cartoon Network on October 22, 2016, serving as a follow-up of sorts to the 1-minute YouTube LEGO Scooby-Doo shorts.
4. Be Cool Scooby-Doo Season 1, Part 1: Spooky Kooky Fun DVD
The recent trend seems to be a new season set every year (last year's being Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Season 1), and this year's set was Be Cool Scooby-Doo Season 1, Part 1, which included the first 13 episodes of the series. The set was released on February 23, 2016.
3. Scooby-Doo & WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
This year, the follow-up movie to Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery was released on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD on August 9, 2016. Kate Micucci also voiced Velma instead of Mindy Cohn for the first time in the regular animation, which I was somewhat disappointed about. Although I like Kate's voice, I feel it fits better with Be Cool and Mindy should have been used. It made me happy though to see that Mindy posted on Instagram that she would be returning at some point in the future, even if it is only for one movie.
2. Scooby Apocalypse
This series has had very mixed reactions since it first was announced, but I think you can agree even if you dislike the series that it was a pretty darn big leap for the franchise to take. For those who haven't read it, the premise is this: Scooby and the gang are set in an apocalyptic future, where they all must escape dastardly villains attempting to do them harm. This is also the first series rated Teen. I'll admit I've been pretty busy and have only had a chance to read the first issue, and I thought it was pretty good. My only complaint was that they changed Daphne's character too much, her punching people out is NOT what I want to see for her character. So far, eight issues have been released.
1. Be Cool Scooby-Doo: 6 New Episodes
This year, six new episodes of the new show aired on Cartoon Network, including "If You Can't Scooby-Doo The Time, Don't Scooby-Doo The Crime," "Gremlin on a Plane," "Sorcerer Snacks Scare," "Saga of the Swamp Beast," "Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!" and "Giant Problems." iTunes and Amazon users were also treated to a seventh episode, "Eating Crow," which was mistakenly added to both services because CN did not communicate to them that they were not airing the episode.
That about wraps up this year, so here's what I would like to see next year:
1. Three new DTV movies
Luckily for me, this one has been confirmed already, with Shaggy's Showdown releasing on February 14, 2017, and according to TCM, two other movies (one of them another LEGO-animation DTV) will be released sometime next year.
2. More Comic Releases
One of my personal new years resolutions related to Scooby is to read more of the comics! I haven't had a chance to read many lately, and the plotlines seem really good. Ten more comics have already been announced for release in January-April, so I'd say we're definitely going to see an increase in the number released this comic year, especially with the new series Scooby Apocalypse and the now-monthly Team Up.
3. More Be Cool Scooby-Doo
I think I can speak for all of the Scooby fans when I say CN did a pathetic job airing the series this year. While I was happy we got more new episodes, I was very disappointed that more episodes didn't air. I mean, how hard is it to schedule a simple three hours into CN's schedule and just get the episodes aired? Next year, I would like to see at minimum the rest of Season 1 aired, and hopefully some of Season 2.
4. The Return of 13 Spooky Tales
I for one was incredibly disappointed not to see any 13 Spooky Tales this year, in fact the only new non-movie DVD this year was Be Cool Season 1 Part 1. The rest were all re-releases of old episodes and movies. Personally, I loved how the 13 Spooky Tales got some of the unreleased episodes finally available on DVD and gave us a new special, and it was disappointing not to get that this year. I'd like to see at least one new 13 Spooky Tales sets released, but two or more would be even better.
5. Season Sets
I was super happy about the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 DVD being released last year! I'm really hoping that we will get a Season 2 release this year, of either Scooby & Scrappy-Doo or Laff a Lympics, both of which only have Season 1 released.
What are your thoughts on what you'd like to see happen in 2017? Do you agree with my list, or do you think something else should be added? Let me know in the comments!
Scooby Snax 2016 Year-End Post
Happy Friday and hope everyone who celebrated or are currently celebrating had a good holiday!
Unlike most of my other posts, this post doesn't really have a central focus, it's more of a hodgepodge of things I wanted to say before the year ended.
As promised, I'll reveal the results to the poll. "More Articles" won by a huge amount, 20 people voted that they wanted to see more articles. 4 voted for Another Weekly Blog Series, and only one person voted for a List of Home Media Releases.
Before go into my plans related to the poll results and the site overall for 2017, I'd like to take a moment to briefly mention something. I am aware that two people attempted to rig the poll by voting multiple times, one of those people voting over twenty different times for the same option. I can assure everyone that these extra votes were not included in the final results. For your information and for future polls, I have set up all of my polls to only count one vote from each IP address. Although it may appear to take your vote if you do attempt to vote multiple times, the system will delete any additional votes after the first one when it is adding up the final results. While you certainly can vote multiple times, it's not really worth your time or effort as the site is able to detect when you are voting multiple times by your IP address. Thank you for voting honestly in the future.
For the rest of this post, I'd like to quick talk about my favorite parts of the site in 2016 and my plans for 2017.
Of course, one of my favorite parts of the site is and always will be hearing how the site has helped people. On a guess, I'd say I recieved about 15 emails throughout the year saying how much the How To Have A Complete Scooby Collection guide has helped people, which is really awesome and makes me feel good that it is so helpful to people.
Another thing I love is hearing suggestions about how I could make the site and blog better. It's always nice to know what I'm doing right and things I could be doing better, as it helps make the site better as a whole.
I love getting to talk with everyone and meet new people. In my opinion, typing out pages of information and adding pictures is all well and good, but it's the fans that really matter. I'd say this is definitely my favorite part of the site, period. I've met and talked to tons of new awesome Scooby fans this year, from a fan who's new to the franchise trying to start his own podcast to a paleontologist and his goth wife living in Russia, and many, many more. I'm so thankful for all of you, and I look forward to chatting more with you all in the new year. You guys are awesome!
Although this was a TON of work, I enjoyed making the episode guides and finally finishing them this year! I spent countless hours throughout the year trying to make sure they looked perfect, and I love how they turned out!
Last but not least, of course I love writing the fun facts! They are a lot of fun to research and write, and I've loved posting them every week for going on two and a half years now. I've never mentioned why I post them Mondays simply because it's never come up, but this seems like a good time to do it. Personally, I've never been a Monday person at all and I know a lot of people feel the same way, so I wanted to add something special to the day to make it a bit more exciting, and to give people something to look forward to, rather than dread, on Monday mornings. It's a simple reason really, but I hope it's given you all something to look forward to on Mondays as well.
Lastly, I'd like to take a moment to talk about what my New Years' Resolutions are related to the site are:
1. This isn't something I'm necessarily proud of, but I'll admit there have been a few Mondays where I've had to quick pull something together for the fun facts instead of writing them in advance like I would prefer to do. In the coming year, my goal is to write the fun facts in advance always so I have time to research what I'm writing about and give you all a more in-depth, exciting fun fact. I've already written six in advance for 2017 and they've all turned out fantastic. I can't wait for you all to see them!
2. The character page is something that's been on my list for far too long, and it's something I'd finally like to take care of in 2017. Once it's complete, there will be in-depth descriptions of each and every recurring and main character along with a picture of each of them.
3. Another thing I'd like to do is make the site more suggestion-focused. I have had a few people email me suggestions for what they'd like to see on the site that have unfortunately not had a chance to be implemented yet and I've had to tell those people that it would be put on my list of things to do. And to clarify, I'm not one of those people who's "list" is simply a mental list that I remember for a brief time and then forget about. I actually do have a physical list saved on my computer of all the things I have left to do on my computer (which is unfortunately getting quite lengthy now).
So if you do have any suggestions, whether it's praise, criticism, or whatever else, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another thing I'd like to mention, please don't feel bad about giving me constructive criticism or pointing out a typo! I'd say 90% of the criticism/typo emails I get begin with "I'm so sorry if I sound rude" or something along those lines. I enjoy getting constructive criticism and/or typo fix notes so I know what I should be doing better or fixing. So, please don't be shy about letting me know whatever you want to let me know or suggest, as it won't make me feel bad at all.
4. This is a more broad resolution that expands to this site, ScoobyAddicts and social media, but I'd like to keep up more of a presence in the fandom. I feel really bad saying I'm constantly busy all the time, especially now with the holidays. Honestly, as those of you who I talk to on a regular basis know, I've been super reclusive online lately and I barely check anything other than this site anymore (which for the record feels super weird not talking to anyone!). My goal in 2017 is to come up with a better balance and keep up a regular presence in the online Scooby fandom.
5. Finally, as I mentioned earlier I'd like to do more with the blog. I definitely will be writing more articles that will hopefully create more discussion on the blog. Even though this option didn't win, I'd also like to possibly create another weekly blog series on here (although I'm not sure what it would be at the moment) at some point in the year. I'm really looking forward to writing more articles for the blog and I think 2017 will be a great year for ScoobySnax.com!
Fun Fact of the Week #116
The 1990's aired the least amount of new Scooby material of any decade. Only 9 episodes and 3 movies, and 3 specials premiered in the entire decade.
Those episodes and movies are:
Night of the Boogey Biker (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Dawn of the Spooky Shuttle Scare (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Wrestle Maniacs (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Horror of the Haunted Hairpiece (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Mayhem of the Moving Mollusk (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
The Were-Doo of Doo Manor (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Catcher on the Sly (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
The Ghost of Mrs. Shusham (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
The Wrath of Waitro (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Scooby-Doo in: Arabian Nights
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost
Bravo Dooby Doo
Scooby-Doo: Behind the Scenes Interviews (8 one-minute shorts)
The Scooby-Doo Project
Whether you're using the Winter weather as an excuse to be a recluse or you simply like watching holiday specials around this time of year, I think most of us enjoy watching a Scooby special or two (or ten) around the holidays. But unfortunately, I know all too well the busyness and time constraints that come with this time of year for many people, and it's tough to watch all 21 of the Scooby-Doo holiday specials even if we'd like to. That's why I wanted to put together this special holiday article of my reviews and recommendations for which Scooby-Doo holiday specials to watch. In this article, I'll break down each of the holiday specials with abbreviated reviews (just so the article doesn't get too long) and suggest which ones are the best ones to watch.
That's Snow Ghost (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
I think it's pretty safe to say that this episode is a classic for all Scooby fans, as it's of course one of the originals and the first holiday special. Although not directly about the holidays, the episode is as follows: On a trip to a ski resort, the gang encounters a vengeful Snow Ghost at their hotel. When they investigate, they find an old Tibetan man who explains that the monster is actually the ghost of the Yeti...and is out for revenge. Besides having an interesting premise, the ghost himself (pictured above) is awesome and creepy looking. This episode is definitely a strong start to the next Scooby-Doo holiday specials and definitely one I would recommend watching. 9/10
The Ghost of Bigfoot (The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
Although it's maybe an unpopular opinion I think this one is the second-best Winter episode hands down. Between Laurel and Hardy guest starring, the creepy villain and the great action in this one, I think it makes for a perfect Winter episode. Daphne's introduction to Winter in the beginning of this episode really gets me in the Christmas-y mood and some of this episode is genuinely spooky. Think about it, the gang is all alone in an isolated hotel that's snowed in, with Bigfoot running around the mostly abandoned hotel, it's a bit spooky sounding, in a good way of course. I love Daphne's line "I think last night was the scariest in my whole life!," that really solidifies the spookiness for me. I'm not going to lie the one thing that bugs me about this episode is how Fred tells Daphne and Velma to stay behind because it's "too dangerous" for them. I won't go into an annoying, feminist-like rant here but I'll just forewarn those who haven't seen it. All I'll say is I've just never understood why that was put in the series, and more than once! At one point in another episode of the series (Ghastly Ghost Town) Fred makes an oddly sexist statement towards women that the desert is like a woman because it "goes on and on and on" (and while Daphne is standing RIGHT THERE!) But overall fantastic episode and one I'd definitely recommend you put on your list. 10/10
Watt A Shocking Ghost (The Scooby-Doo Show)
This is included on the "13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills" and unfortunately listed as "Whatta Shocking Ghost" and let me just say there is no and will never be such a word as Whatta, Warner Brothers. Okay, mini-rant over, I promise lol. It just really bugs me. So this is a pretty average episode and one I might skip if you're short on time. Here's the summary for this episode: When the Mystery Machine runs out of gas, the gang must spend the night in the town of Winterhaven. While staying with the mayor of the town, they discover the 10,000 volt ghost, a vengeful electrical spirit out for revenge against the town who wronged him. Now this sounds a bit exciting but the episode is a bit blah in my opinion. Everything feels really rushed and the 10,000 Volt Ghost is a bit anti-climatic, even if my summary makes him seem exciting. He has quite an odd groan and is basically just the sizzling outline of a normal person. While I'd say it's pretty good as a normal episode, for a Winter-themed episode it was a bit lacking (which I'll be honest, I have higher expectations when I'm watching holiday specials). 6/10
A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright (The Scooby-Doo Show)
This is a pretty good episode in my opinion. The gang must help their friend Professor Krueger after he is captured by a snow beast. I think the Snow Beast (picture above) is a really great villain who deserves to be way more popular than he is among the fans. The scene at the end (with Scooby falling in love with the girl dog) is adorable as well. This one is definitely a classic that you should watch. 8/10
Rocky Mountain Yiiiii! (Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show)
For the Scrappy haters out there, you'd best avoid this one as it is heavy with Scrappy action. However, I find it quite an enjoyable Winter episode. The plot is pretty good, the twist at the end (which I won't ruin) is fantastic along with the creepy ski lodge, and voila you've got yourself a great Winter episode. I can't help but wonder though if Jeremiah Pratt's laugh was recycled from the ghost of Mr. Hyde (you have to admit, the grunts/laughing sound a bit similar). However, it still doesn't live up to the original Winter episodes, likely because I find Lennie's Scrappy voice a bit annoying/irritating. Just my opinion though. This is another fun one to watch. 7/10
Scooby's Swiss Miss (The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show)
Although some may not consider this a wintery episode, I personally do with all the snow and the gang wearing their winter outfits in the episode. I for one though, didn't really like this one very much. The plot felt a bit thin and I felt, as with many of the Scrappy shorts, wrapped up too easily. Unlike several people, I don't hate the Scrappy shorts, but the ones without monsters I feel are a bit too formulaic and Tom-and-Jerry-ish for my taste. Guys find bully, guys run away, bully finds them, the gang takes care of bully once and for all. Don't get me wrong, but I think there should be a little more to the plot than that, otherwise things get a bit old after rewatching. This is one I'd definitely skip. 4/10
Alaskan King Coward (The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show)
This one is definitely better than the previous "Scooby's Swiss Miss" but still lacks a bit in certain areas. This may be me simply overthinking things, but the solution to the episode was way too simple and not really permanent. The guys freeze the Ice Monster/Claim Jumper (as Scrappy calls him), but who's to say he wouldn't just get out again? The same thing that happened to Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy could just happen again, leaving the plot a little lacking. Plus there's always the argument that they should have just frozen him right away instead of waiting so long and letting him chase them. But overall, the episode does have its moments and the monster is really cool/different looking. This one is another one I might skip if you are short on holiday special watching time this year. 5/10
Snow Job Too Small (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
This is one of my favorite holiday episodes and my favorite episode of this particular series, mainly because of how deep it goes for a short. Plus you factor in the fact that I LOVE inheritance / spooky castle types of plotlines, so I'm completely in love with this particular episode. My only real complaint here is that it should have been longer, this is a common complaint of mine with the Scrappy shorts, but the story wasn't really fleshed out enough and it felt rushed. They could have gone so many different ways with this, but the time constraint of 7 minutes ruined the chances. However, this is a fabulous episode otherwise and one I'd definitely recommend you watch. 9/10
The Night Of The Living Toys (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
Quite honestly I haven't seen this episode in a looong time (I wanted to watch it again when I wrote this, but KissCartoon is down :( ). I'll have to improvise a bit with this review and the next, as both these episodes are only available on KissCartoon, so bear with me here. Overall I remember it being a relatively good episode, besides the fact that it's not actually Winter-themed, but more toy-themed and Santa's workshop-like. The elf was a bit creepy and the living toys were a cool touch to the episode. I would recommend you watch this one, if KissCartoon is back up (it appears they're undergoing site maintenance at the moment). 8/10
South Pole Vault (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
This one is an odd episode featuring an insane sea lion as the villain, but surprisingly, it works! Again, I can't give a very well-thought out review for this mainly because KissCartoon is down, but this was a really good and different episode that had an interesting choice for a villain. This is one I would reccomend, however since KissCartoon is down at the moment I'll say skip it for now, unless of course it's back up when you're reading this. 8/10
The Nutcracker Scoob (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
This is for sure my favorite Scooby-Doo holiday special. In my opinion, the whole thing is really well-written plus a cool villain and some really heartwarming moments. You have to admit Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy dressing up as elves is adorable, and Snowball (Mr. Nickleby's cat) dancing with everyone at the end is soooo cute! Those of you who know me from ScoobyAddicts probably remember my post last year (I think, or maybe it was the previous year?) about wanting to see A Scooby Christmas Carol, and I think this comes pretty darn close. I still would like to see it more in the "A Christmas Carol" formula (where there are three ghosts and following the plotline more closely) or similar to what The Flintstones did in A Flintstone Christmas Carol (which btw if you haven't watched, do it because it's sooo good), but this is still a wonderful episode and one I would definitely reccommend. The only minor complaint is it would have been nice to see Velma, but I think the episode went pretty smoothly without her. 10/10
Snow Place Like Home (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
This one, as with most of the series, is a bit more kiddy and one I'd suggest you skip if you're short on time this year. Don't get me wrong, it has its moments and all the silliness is cute, but this one is definitely not at the top of my list. The "greedy developer trying to buy the land" storyline is alright, but it gets a bit old as it's been done in both Scooby and other HB cartoons so many times. And I'm not saying I hate or even dislike the episode, the others are just a bit better in my opinion. 6/10
There's No Creature Like Snow Creature (What's New Scooby-Doo?)
This is a really good episode with a really good villain, and one I'd definitely reccommend watching. The NATLAS joke is funny (as it's actually quite true of some GPS's, I know mine's told me to "turn right" into a river a few times lol) plus we get some really good moments with the gang. I didn't really pay attention to/notice this the first time I watched this, but upon rewatching it several times I found it interesting to see how the gang interacted/functioned without Fred there. If you think about it, we don't really get to see that much and it really made for a good story in my opinion. 8/10
A Scooby-Doo Christmas (What's New Scooby-Doo)
This is another must-watch episode in my opinion. The headless snowman is an awesome and genuinely spooky villain. The "Wizard Of Oz" reference at the end is great as well! Something about this episode just always puts me in the Christmasy mood. And you'd have to be the Grinch himself to not love Shaggy and Scooby exchanging the gifts at the very end! 10/10
More Fondue For Scooby-Doo (Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue)
For those of you who cringed when you saw "Get A Clue" feel free to skip over this part and move on. This one is a bit tougher to give a review on. It certainly is a fun episode to watch, but for me personally, it's tough not to watch the whole series. In my opinion, this series is better binge-watched because you are able to get into it more. The way the series is written, it's tough to get back into it after not watching for a while unless you watch multiple episodes. All of the episodes of "Get A Clue" are interconnected in a way, plus the characters are a little tougher to get into. I will admit I found Carla (Misty Swiss's attack dog, who is pictured above) adorable! So, while this is a good episode, it's not a fabulous one to watch by itself so I'd recommend skipping it, especially if you dislike Get A Clue. 5/10
Night Terrors (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
Now I'm sure I'm one of the select few who considers this one a Christmas episode, but I think this episode is a bit underappreciated. I'll admit, when I first saw this one, I didn't like it. As someone who's never seen "The Shining" (although I really must watch it someday based on how good this episode is), the elements of this were a bit too fantastical and weird for my taste. Even now that I do like it, I still think this episode moves super fast and is not one to just have on in the background while doing something else. After rewatching this episode several times, I've really grown to like it and I'd even go so far as to say it's one of my favorites of the series. All the villains are perfect and something about the gang stuck in a creepy library with several supernatural beings lurking about really gives me the chills, in a good way of course. Although winter isn't the main focus of the episode, I'd definitely recommend putting this one on your list. 10/10
Wrath of the Krampus (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
This is another fantastic episode, although if you're looking for pure wintery episodes I'd avoid this one. For those who don't know what the Krampus is, basically it's like the anti-Santa who punishes bad children. For a more in-depth explanation (this article is long enough as it is), I'd go look at Krampus's Wikipedia article for more information. This one's super tough to give a review on without spoiling anything, but I'll just leave it at there are some epic moments in this episode! So if you're into the offbeat holiday type of thing or you have time to watch a lot of holiday specials, this is one I'd personally recommend highly. But, if you want a heartwarming Christmasy story to snuggle up with some hot cocoa, this isn't your episode. 8/10
Scary Christmas (Be Cool Scooby-Doo)
This is personally one of my favorite Be Cool episodes, just because there are so many great jokes in here. Back a few weeks ago in my fun fact (on December 5) I mentioned that Daphne is the only gang member that we know the exact date of her birthday, and this is the episode we find it out in. If you're not familiar with Be Cool, Daphne has a "Daphneism" (or "Daphne Du Jour" as Jon Colton Barry, the show's head writer said it was referred to in production) in each episode, which basically means she just has a new quirk of sorts that is the focus in each episode. This episode's Daphneism is that her birthday falls on Christmas, so she attempts to turn the Christmas holiday into a birthday celebration, which makes for a lot of laughs. Fred's obsession with the Big Sad Eyes Orphanage cracks me up too, in fact it's best joke of the episode in my opinion (I realize that probably sounds really weird if you haven't seen the episode). The pterodactyl as a villain is a great twist as well. This is one I'd definitely recommend. 9/10
Be Cold, Scooby-Doo (Be Cool Scooby-Doo)
Even though an episode where the villain is quite literally named Mr. Roundy may sound silly or unappealing, it's actually quite the good episode. There are a few things that bugged me though. At one point, the gang is in a snowstorm, and the next minute it's sunny, which is a bit jarring and annoying. Then there's the gang falling on the ice bit, and that gets REALLY old really fast. While I certainly understand the point of the joke, it seemed really unnecessary to have the gang repeatedly fall on the ice. It doesn't help that I don't like what I call repeated slapstick humor, basically just meaning I do enjoy slapstick jokes quite a bit on the first go around, but after the second or third time it becomes annoying rather than funny. This episode does have some good moments though, and the snowman's design is really cool looking. While it's certainly a good episode, I would recommend skipping this one if you're short on time. 6/10
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
This is another great episode! The snowman's morphing ability is cool, the mystery is really solid and interesting and it certainly does the job of getting you in the Christmasy mood. My only real complaint is how easily Fred, Velma and Daphne were able to get out of the snowman's ice, it just seemed a bit too simplistic and unrealistic in my opinion. However, this is a fantastic episode and one you should definitely have on your list this holiday season. 9/10
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
The last stop on the holiday episode review train is "Chill Out, Scooby-Doo." Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I really enjoy when Shaggy and Scooby go off on their own and solve the mystery somewhat by themselves. I personally feel like the "Shaggy and Scooby like to eat and are cowards" thing has been leaned on a little too much lately in the recent DTV films. Someone on the ScoobyAddicts forum the other day (unfortunately I can't remember who) mentioned that it seems to be almost the writer's go-to filler moment to extend the movie time, which I find a bit annoying. Of course, I think overeating and cowardice are a part of their personality, but I think there's such a thing as focusing too much. Anyways, I got a bit off track there but this is a really great wintery film with some great Shaggy-Scooby solo action, and I definitely recommend this for any Scooby lover's holiday/winter marathon. 9/10
I realize I just spouted out a lot of information at once there, so here's a detailed rundown of my recommendation list for a Scooby-Doo holiday marathon:
1. That's Snow Ghost (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You)
2. The Ghost of Bigfoot (The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
3. A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright (The Scooby-Doo Show)
4. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii! (The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show)
5. Snow Job Too Small (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
6. The Nutcracker Scoob (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
7. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
8. A Scooby-Doo Christmas (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
9. Night Terrors (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
10. Scary Christmas (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo)
11. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
12. Chill Out Scooby-Doo!
So, first of all, thanks for reading this incredibly long article and hope it was useful and enjoyable to read! I'll admit it was a bit tough trying to come up with abbreviated reviews for each episode, as I had so much to say for a lot of them, but I wanted to keep the article's length down a bit so it wasn't so long. Next week, be sure to check back here Monday for the final fun fact of 2016, plus two year-end posts to wrap up the year, one being a Year-In-Review post for the Scooby franchise and the other with the results of the "What would you like to see in 2017?" poll.
My question to you readers now is, do you agree with my choices/list, and if not, what are some of your favorite episodes to watch around the holidays? Be sure to let me know if you have an opinion, whether you agree or disagree with my choices, in the comments!
March 2017 Comic Announcements
Here are the official solicitations from DC for the Scooby-Doo comics being released in March 2017.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #11
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Note: This issue will ship with two covers. This story was previously scheduled to run in issue #10 (no info has been provided on what the correct story for #10 is, however).
Jinkies! Velma is gone! Can the gang put their feelings about her aside long enough to rescue her from the apocalyptic wasteland that she helped create? They better do so quickly, because a powerful puppy is right on their tail!
On sale MARCH 8 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #79
Written by IVAN COHEN
Art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
Mystic Mansion will reveal all of its secrets when the gang heads to the world’s premier destination for magic and illusions. After arriving at the cryptic castle they find themselves part of a magician’s hot new act—and terrorized by a mysterious vampire! Will they be able to solve this trick before it’s too late?
On sale MARCH 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #24 featuring Martian Manhunter
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
An unknown warlord calls for all aliens to rise up against the Earthlings, which means bad news for dozens of heroes. It’s up to the Martian Manhunter, Scooby and the gang to expose the truth before every alien hero on Earth is rounded up by the mysterious Men in Plaid!
On sale MARCH 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
In addition, we also have a sneak peak of April's releases with the solicitation for a volume of Scooby-Doo Team Up, which will combine #13-18.
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP VOL. 3 TP
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
From the depths of the ocean to the heart of Africa, Scooby and the gang must investigate the deadliest threats imaginable! That is, with a little help from DC’s Greatest Super Heroes. The team is ready to take some action, and they get a little help from Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam and more! Collects SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #13-18.
On sale APRIL 12 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US
Fun Fact of the Week #115
"A Scooby-Doo Christmas" was originally aired under the alternative title of "Ho Ho Horrors!" in some Cartoon Network airings.
First of all let me apologize for the lack of posts and updates lately. As with many people I am currently incredibly busy and overwhelmed with the holidays approaching, as well as recently returning from a week-long Thanksgiving family reunion and having several birthday celebrations with friends and family last week. Admittedly I've even written several of the fun facts in advance (due to not having time to write them on Sunday nights/Monday mornings as I usually do) and using the site's autotimer feature to post the fun facts automatically. One of my new year's resolutions for 2017 is definitely to keep up a better presence on both the site and in the online Scooby fandom in general.
So my question to you guys is what would you like to see on the site next year? I have several ideas myself, but if you have an idea, please let me know in the comment section and I'd love to hear it!
Here are my ideas:
More articles - I know I write a lot of news articles, but I was thinking about writing more non-news articles, including reviews and other fun articles discussing about aspects of the series and asking more critical/opinion-based questions that are a bit more interactive and discussion-provoking.
Another weekly blog series - In addition to the fun facts, I was considering creating another weekly blog series of sorts which would include a weekly post. I'm not sure what it would be yet (as you can probably tell by my vague wording lol), but I'd love to hear your ideas if this is something you'd like to see in the comments.
Home media release page - This would be a huge amount of work, but it's something I think would be really cool. I was considering creating a page with information on each and every DVD, Blu-Ray and VHS release. It would probably take a while, but it would be an extension of sorts of the How to Have a Complete Scooby Collection Guide which I know has helped tons of people.
Fan art page - My fourth and final idea is to have people to submit fan art for a new Fan Art page on the site. However, for this one, I'd like to have at least a few people interested in submitting some fan art before I create the page. If you are interested in this idea in addition to voting for it, could you send me an email via the contact form?
If you have another idea in addition to the options in the poll or if you want to explain why you picked what you picked/why you like that option best, please let me know in the comments!
Also, be sure to look for a special holiday article coming next week, plus a 2016 year-in-review post!
Thank you so much for your input guys!
Fun Fact of the Week #114
In the online game based on SDMI, Crystal Cove Online, the drummer monkey and the mechanical spider are the fastest side-villains in the game.
February 2017 Comic Announcements
Here are the official announcements for every Scooby-Doo comic that will be released in February of this coming year.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #78
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by RANDY ELLIOTT
Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Sci-fi turns into sci-fright! Outer space camp goes scary when an angry alien tries to stop Fred and the gang from becoming astronauts, but this Unidentified Freaky Object may prove that in space (camp) someone can hear you scream!
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #10
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DEMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Note: This issue will ship with two covers.
Jinkies! Velma is gone! Can the gang put their feelings about her aside long enough to rescue her from the apocalyptic wasteland that she helped create? They better do so quickly, because a powerful puppy is right on their tail!
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #23 featuring El Kabong (aka Quick Draw McGraw)
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by SCOTT JERALDS
Quick Draw McGraw may be the high-falutin’est, fastest-shootin’est lawman on the lone prairie, but he needs help from Scooby and the gang when faced with that rustlin’ wraith, the Fastest Ghost in the West! Of course, if the ghost is too much for even this team-up to handle, they can ask for help from El Kabong.
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
~ WildwindVampire ~