Fun Fact of the Week #221
Looking ahead to 2019, Scooby's 50th anniversary will ironically occur on Friday the 13th, a day which is very commonly considered spooky and mysterious across Westernized culture since the 19th century. Superstition has it that unlucky and supernatural things generally occur on Friday the 13th, which ironically fits perfectly with the theme of the Scooby-Doo franchise.
Thank you guys for an awesome 2018! It's been really fun getting to talk to everyone and get to you all better this year! Hope everyone has an amazing 2019!!!
We've already had a lot of exciting announcements for what's to come for Scooby's 50th anniversary next year. Sometime next year, there will be a brand new series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, as well as a Zombie Island revival film, and another DTV film which will conclude The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
In connection with this, the following are five things I would like to see happen next year for Scooby's 50th.
1. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
As mentioned above, this new series will be airing sometime in 2019. The series will essentially be a revival of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and will feature the gang solving a mystery with a new guest star in every episode. While the series has obviously been confirmed to be happening, I hope that the series actually takes us in a somewhat new direction instead of just regurgitating what we've already seen in the recent crossovers like the WWE and KISS films. While I don't hate those films, I feel like the plots are a bit shallow and focus overly much on the guest stars, at the expense of focusing on Fred, Velma and Daphne.
I did, however, really enjoy this most recent Gourmet Ghost film with the Celebrity Chefs. In this particular film, I thought they did a nice job balancing the guest stars and working them into the plot so they weren't obtrusive. Additionally, I love how they worked the history aspect into the mystery. If they could do this series like the Gourmet Ghost, I think I would be at least moderately happy with it.
2. Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
After over 33 years, Curse of the 13th Ghost will finally give us a conclusion to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. This film appears to have pulled out all the stops, and will feature both Flim Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul from the original series. It is unknown if the film will feature Scrappy. I hope, however, if he does appear, that he's not made into some huge joke. I don't mind Scrappy in the least, and I think we've pretty much tired out the "Scrappy is evil!" punchline by now. It would be nice if Scrappy was in the film to mirror the original series, but I'd honestly prefer if he were left out if he's going to be the butt of every joke again, like he has been in almost every cameo appearance since 1988's Reluctant Werewolf.
I also hope that the film lives up to the original show. I enjoyed the silly-yet-dark tone of 13 Ghosts, and I would be a bit frustrated if they tried to conclude the series in a tone that was totally off from what the rest of 13 Ghosts was like. The biggest concern with sequels for me has always been that a lot of them don't tend to live up to the original, so hopefully the writers will take this into consideration and try to create a final product that is at least somewhat in the tone of the series fans originally fell in love with.
3. More Substantial DVD Releases
Back in the mid-2000s, WB was practically cranking out the new Scooby-Doo releases, and releasing full season and series sets regularly. Lately, it's been the norm to see barely any new episodes released on DVD at all in a year. We still get some new releases, but at this point, it's hypocritical to even call them "new" because they're all simply re-releases that occasionally will include a single unreleased Scrappy short.
I was incredibly happy back in 2015 when Scooby and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1 was released on DVD. For the 50th anniversary, I'd love to see another set of this style released. Maybe The Scooby-Doo Show Season 2 could finally make a full-length appearance on DVD, or The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries could get a full season set.
While I'd love to say "they should release a complete series set of every episode of the franchise!", I also don't want to be unreasonable. It would be awesome if they did this, but it's pretty unlikely IMO and there are some copyright issues with The New Scooby-Doo Movies that would probably prevent a true full franchise set.
I really miss the days where they would release multiple full season/series sets in a year, and I'd personally be very satisfied if we could just simply get one more of those for the 50th anniversary with one of the unreleased series, instead of these little "an episode here and there" releases that we've been getting these past few years.
4. A Full Series Marathon
In the past few years, full series marathons have become increasingly popular on television; for example how FXX aired an "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon back in 2014 that featured every episode of The Simpsons shown in order over a period of 10 days. I would love to see something similar done with Scooby, where maybe Cartoon Network or Boomerang could air every single episode and movie of Scooby in chronological order on the week of Scooby's 50th. Who knows, maybe they could even make a new special like "The Scooby-Doo Project" or the Behind the Scenes interviews to air during the marathon!
5. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
I am so, so pumped for this film! It's amazing that they're making a sequel to one of the most loved Scooby films of all time after so many years. My one concern for this, like with Curse of the 13th Ghost, is that it will be totally off-tone and be nothing like the original film. Zombie Island was all kinds of amazing, which hold this film to a pretty high standard. I hope the writers will consider how high the stakes are here, and how many fans are counting on a legitimately good sequel to one of their favorite Scooby films. The dark tone of Scoobynatural, however, gives me a bit of hope for this film. If they can create a final product which is similar to the tone of Scoobynatural, I think this will turn out to be a really good film!
What are your thoughts on what you'd like to see happen in 2019? Do you agree with my list, or do you think something else should be added? Let me know in the comments!
Fun Fact of the Week #220
Despite the plethora of Winter-themed episodes, there are only five episodes in the franchise that are directly related to Christmas. These are "The Nutcracker Scoob" (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries), "A Scooby-Doo Christmas" (What's New, Scooby-Doo?), "Scary Christmas" (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!), "Scroogey Doo" (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!) and Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays.
Hope all of your holidays are fantastic!!! :)
2018 Year In Review
2018 has been quite an interesting year for Scooby-Doo. From a brand new live-action movie to several crossover films, Scooby has definitely prospered and flourished 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.
10. Eight New Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Comics
It looked like the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You comic series was going to make its 100th issue milestone this year. However, in April, the comic series was demoted to a bimonthly slot, which brought the total up to only 96 issues. If the current trend continues, the series would reach its 100th issue in August 2019, right before the franchise's 50th anniversary.
9. Eleven New Scooby-Doo! Team Up Comics
This year, eleven new issues of Scooby-Doo! Team Up were released, bringing the total number of comics up to #44. One less issue than normal was released this year, due to the December issue landing too close to Christmas. This year's team ups included Birds of Prey, Yogi & Boo Boo Bear with Ranger Smith, Angel Ape with the Inferior Five and Stanley and His Monster, Supergirl, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, The Justice Society of America, Swamp Thing, Penelope Pitstop, Congorilla with Sam Simeon and Detective Chimp, Doom Patrol and Dastardly & Muttley with Yankee Doodle Pigeon.
8. Twelve New Scooby Apocalypse Comics
Scooby Apocalypse played a daring move this year when they chose to kill off one of the series' major characters, Fred. 12 new comics were released this year, bringing the T-rated series up to a grand total of 32 issues.
7. The Girl Ghouls Return in OK K.O. Crossover
While this might not be a huge event for some, I personally was almost in a state of shock when I saw the announcement that the girl ghouls from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School were making a reappearance on television for the first time in 30 years. The girl ghouls are such underappreciated characters in my opinion, and for another television series to take a group of one-off characters from a movie 30 years ago is huge. Though I honestly didn't like the crossover overly much, I was still incredibly happy that they made it. That's why this takes the #7 spot on this list.
6. Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold
On January 9, 2018, Batman crossed over with Scooby-Doo for the fourth time in the franchise history in a feature-length DTV movie. Batman had previously crossed over with the series in "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" and "The Caped Crusader Caper" of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, as well as once in "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases" of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Several other DC superheroes and Batman villains also appeared in the film.
5. Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost
In the second crossover of the year, Scooby teamed up with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis and Marcus Samuelsson in Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost. In my opinion, this turned out to be one of the best crossovers in recent franchise history. I love how they worked the history from the American Revolution into the story, and the guest stars didn't overshadow Fred, Daphne and Velma at all unlike some previous crossover films had done.
4. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Concludes in the US
After a nearly 3 year run, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! finally concluded in the US after almost every country had already finished airing the series in 2017. Episodes 42-52 (American Goth - Professor Huh Part 6 3/4) aired in an overnight slot on the Boomerang television network on March 8 - March 18, 2018. To make matters even more difficult, the timeslots were continuously changed even in the overnight slot, with episodes having no consistent day-to-day time of airing even overnight.
3. Almost Every Episode Added to the Boomerang Streaming Service
Going off of #4, the remaining Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episodes were added to the service on September 26, 2018. Even more exciting, almost every episode from the entire franchise was added to the Boomerang streaming service that same day. Every episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The Scooby-Doo Show, Laff-a-Lympics, Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated was added to the service on this same day. The only episodes not added were nine of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, due to copyright issues. These are the same nine episodes which are not available on "The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies" DVD. Hopefully, at some point, these copyright issues will be resolved!
Nonetheless, this is a huge event for Scooby fans. Never before have fans had access to nearly every episode of Scooby-Doo all in a single place. Now, if we could just get them to add some of the missing DTV movies and specials, we'd be set! :D
2. Daphne & Velma
I'm sure this is probably a hugely unpopular opinion, but I absolutely adored this summer's release of Daphne & Velma. This was a really fun, quirky little film that was just an all around feel-good movie. Though there were some feminist undertones, they weren't obtrusive to the plot at all IMO. The film also arguably had a central message related to optimism and empowerment, which is an awesome message for anyone to take away from something. I'm really hoping we'll see a sequel to this someday!
While my #2 was probably somewhat more controversial, this crossover was probably at the top of everyone's lists! Scoobynatural was such a neat crossover that was probably one of the few dark and mature things we've seen from the franchise since Zombie Island. Even as someone who had never watched the show before the crossover, I felt there was a genuine connection between the two shows in this episode. Sam, Dean and Castiel being zapped into such a classic episode ("A Night of Fright is No Delight") was such a perfect idea for a crossover, and I'm so glad we got to see this happen. Now here's hoping that next year's 13 Ghosts and Zombie Island revival films are just as good!
March 2019 Comic Solicitations
Courtesy of Newsarama, here are the March 2019 comic solicitations for Scooby-Doo! Also, you may have noticed that these are coming three days later than the typical third Monday of the month. You can read more on why this happened in this article. I'm not sure if this is a permanent change, or if it's just this month that the solicits were pushed back three days, but I will be sure to keep you guys updated!
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #35
written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
backup story written by HEATH CORSON
art and cover by PAT OLLIFFE and TOM PALMER
backup story art by GUS VAZQUEZ
variant cover by RILEY ROSSMO
With the mall in ruins and the forces of the Nanite King advancing on them, it looks like the end for the Scooby Gang! But an unlikely ally appears to give them hope. Will the resurrected Fred Jones be the savior humanity needs? Plus, Atom Ant heads to Gotham City to face his most difficult trial yet: an evening with Batman!
ON SALE 03.13.19
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #47 (feat. Magilla Gorilla, Ogee & Mr. Peebles)
written by SHOLLY FISCH
art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
“How much is that gorilla in the window?” For years, Mr. Peebles has wanted nothing more than to finally sell Magilla Gorilla and get the big ape out of his pet shop. But when a mad scientist buys Magilla to use him as the test subject for some monstrous experiments, it’s up to Scooby and the gang—and Ogee, Magilla’s best friend—to get him back before it’s too late!
ON SALE 03.27.19
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED E
Here's the official back cover art for the upcoming film, Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, which will be released on February 5, 2019. The series premiere, "To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before," and the series finale, "Horror Scope Scoob," will both be bonus episodes on the DVD. The film will be 82 minutes long, which is one of the longer movies in recent Scooby-Doo film history.
Fun Fact of the Week #219
Iwao Takamoto, who created Scooby's character, consulted with a dog breeder before designing the character. This is because he was trying to get the dog's features similar to what an actual Great Dane would look like, while also making the decision to give the dog some features that made him unique.
Fun Fact of the Week #218
In "Scooby in Kwackyland" (from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo), the Platypus Duck song bears a striking similarity to the theme song for The Great Grape Ape Show from 1975.
Fun Fact of the Week #217
Wow, I think this is the first time I've had to actually write the fun fact on the day it was posted in like, a year. I feel so unprepared lol.
In "The Loch Ness Mess" (from The New Scooby-Doo Movies), Shaggy drives the Mystery Machine for the very first time. In all 40 previous episodes, Fred had driven the Mystery Machine.
Yep folks, you read that right!
According to producer Chris Bailey, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? has already begun recording its second season despite that the show won't be released until sometime next year on the Boomerang streaming service.
Here's Chris Bailey's official Facebook post about it from September. Thanks so much to Scoobylover on the ScoobyAddicts forum for this great find!
Stay tuned for more updates!
~ WildwindVampire ~