Fun Fact of the Week #328
As mentioned in several previous fun facts, the TV show Young Sheldon has made Scooby-Doo references on numerous occasions. Ironically, Iain Armitage, the show's main actor also voiced young Shaggy in SCOOB!. In addition, Sheldon's arch-rival on the show, Paige, is played by McKenna Grace, who voiced young Daphne in SCOOB!.
Weekly Poll #57
Here are the results to last week's poll:
What is your favorite Scooby-Doo Christmas episode?
A Scooby-Doo Christmas - 24
The Nutcracker Scoob - 18
Haunted Holidays - 17
Wrath of the Krampus - 8
Scary Christmas - 5
Scroogey Doo - 4
2020 Year In Review
Scooby aside, I think most of us can agree this has been a pretty crappy year with the pandemic. With the pandemic, my typical year-end list isn't going to be as long as it usually is, since not as much content could be put out. This year, let's break down the top 7 things have happened within the Scooby-Doo franchise.
7. Playmobil Scooby-Doo
This year, Playmobil released 9 new Scooby-Doo sets and bunch of figures, including figures of all the gang and 12 villain figures. While I haven't personally purchased these, I'm really glad that they've been so popular!
6. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Comics
While I haven't really been keeping up-to-date with these as much due to the overuse of stock art, there were five new issues of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comics released this year (#103-#107). This is considerably less than normal, due to the pandemic delaying several of the comics.
5. Funko Pops
A bunch of new Funko Pop! figures were released this year as collectibles, including ones from the movie SCOOB! I really like these; they're so cute!
4. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! was released on DVD at Wal-Mart on September 15, and everywhere else (including digital platforms) on October 6. Despite this being yet another crossover film, I thought this was one of the best DTVs we've gotten in years. It had a very unique vibe to it and truly felt like a Halloween movie. As I said in my review of the film, it felt like SDMI and Be Cool Scooby-Doo had a baby and this was the result. It truly took the best elements of both series and combined them into one great movie.
3. Scooby-Doo & Guess Who: 28 New Episodes
Compared to other years where we haven't gotten much Scooby content at all, we were pretty blessed when it came to new episodes of Guess Who this year. 28 new episodes of Guess Who aired in 2020. The second half of season 1 aired between February and May in most countries, and we finally got it in the US on July 2, 2020. On October 1, Boomerang surprised us all for Scoobtober and posted the first 13 episodes of season 2. On November 13, to honor Alex Trebek after his sudden death, Boomerang posted a fourteenth season 2 episode, "Total Jeopardy!" featuring Trebek as a guest star. Finally, the UK and Poland also aired "Lost Soles of Jungle River!" featuring Jason Sudeikis, which many of us have gotten to see.
2. Daphne & Velma Novels
I know these novels get a lot of hate from fans because Scooby can't talk in them, or people think it's somehow connected to the Daphne & Velma movie (which it's not), but these novels have been amazing in my opinion. We got the first two of them this year (one on March 3 and the other on July 7), with a third already announced for release next year. These novels follow Daphne and Velma trying to solve mysteries in the town of Crystal Cove, and feature tons of fun references to prior Scooby content. These novels have a more mature tone than the series, and are marketed towards young adults rather than the typical G-rated audience of the franchise. If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend these books and I feel like it's exactly what those of us who have wanted a more mature take on Scooby have been looking for. I can't wait for #3 next year!
Sadly, this movie got a lot of hate. Fans were pretty devastated when it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatrical release of the film on May 15 was cancelled. However, the film was not held back, and was turned into a direct-to-video film so it could still release as planned on May 15. I loved SCOOB! personally and found it to be a very sweet, entertaining origin story for the gang. Though it didn't really have the gang chasing monsters, I liked the direction they took it in. I thought all the voice actors did a very good job as well. This was a very feel-good movie, and it was fun to finally watch what we had been hearing about since August 2013!
Looking ahead to 2021, I'm hoping it will be a better year in general as we all are, but I'm hoping it will be especially good for Scooby-Doo content. Here are a couple things I'm looking forward to in the upcoming year:
1. Scooby-Doo DTVs: Sword and the Scoob & Courage the Cowardly Dog Crossover
I can't wait to see these two DTVs, especially the rumored Courage crossover! I know a lot of people are worried about it staying true to the tone of Courage, so I hope they've learned their lesson from Return to Zombie Island and Curse of the 13th Ghost. The Sword and the Scoob seems like it will be a lot of fun as well, especially since we'll get to learn a bit more about Shaggy's relatives.
2. Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold
While this play was supposed to happen this year, very few shows were able to happen due to COVID-19. I feel bad for the actors as I'm sure they all worked super hard on this, so I'm really hoping they'll be able to make up the majority of those shows that were cancelled!
3. The Final 11 Guess Who Episodes
It's hard to believe we're already down to the final 11 episodes of Guess Who. I'm really excited to see the rest of these and I hope they're as good as many of the recent episodes have been! So far, we know 7 of the 11 guest stars - Dynomutt & Blue Falcon, Lucy Liu, Sean Astin, Jessica Biel, KISS, Cher and the voice actors themselves. We also know a football episode will happen sometime in these 11 episodes.
I hope everyone has a wonderful start to 2021, and let's all hope it's a better year than 2020 has been!
Fun Fact of the Week #327
At the end of "Snow Place Like Home" when Mr. Forester is captured by the police, for a brief moment, his handcuffs somehow disappear and the police stop holding his arms as he angrily antagonizes Scooby. In the very next scene, he is seen wearing handcuffs again, meaning it was likely a very long animation error. Scooby's tongue, as seen in the picture, is also erroneously brown for the duration of this scene.
Weekly Poll #56
For those of you wondering where the winter episodes like "That's Snow Ghost" are, that will be coming in next week's poll!
Here are the results from last week's poll:
Which of these crossovers was your favorite?
Scoobynatural - 39
Bravo Dooby Doo - 29
Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases - 4
Everybody Hyde - 3
Shaggy Busted - 2
Cartoon Feud - 2
What Now, Lowbrow? - 1
The Wizard of Ooze - 1
Monster Party - 1
The Best Scooby-Doo Score Music
When it comes to Scooby, there's a lot of great scores (otherwise known as background music for those not familiar with the term) within the various series and films over the years. To me, there have always been five that have stand out and I'd like to break them down in this article.
The score for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is top notch, in my opinion. It creates such a creepy vibe for the episodes, and supplements the mysteries by setting the mood. I personally love the reveal music when the gang is breaking down the villains' plans each episode. Clearly, WB liked it too, as they continued using it in several DTVs to explain the villain's plan, even as recently as 2017's LEGO Scooby-Doo: Blowout Beach Bash, four years after the finale of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island's score has always stood out to me as very cinematic. It feels super mature and like it could be included in a regular non-Scooby live-action film, and really sets that creepy mood. Though Zombie Island stands out as the best of the four films of that era to me, there's no denying that Witch's Ghost, Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase also have amazing scores and would have been next on the list if it would have continued beyond the top 5.
For me, a good score is always able to set the mood by supplementing whatever's going on in the scene. You may be saying to yourself, "well duh, when doesn't that happen?" In discussing my third favorite Scooby score, I'll share an example of where I feel a good score just didn't work.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?'s score is such a classic that I can't imagine anyone not liking it. It sets a creepy, yet sometimes upbeat mood that fits perfectly with the tone of the episode and adds to it. While all the different background music in Where Are You seems very tailored to fit the scene, I feel like The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo's use of the Where Are You score highlights just how well the score fit in the original series. 13 Ghosts did have its own score, but they also incorporated some of the Where Are You score within some of the episodes. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I feel like the Where Are You score just didn't fit in 13 Ghosts and shouldn't have been included. 13 Ghosts should have stayed with the darker score, because the more whimsical upbeatness of some of the Where Are You background music doesn't fit with Scooby trying to escape Maldor the Malevolent's castle or the gang running away from Zomba. I feel like this demonstrates how much Where Are You's score was created to match the scenes in the show, because it being repurposed in a different show has always felt off to me.
In comparison, I do like the updated version of the Where Are You music worked in the two 2003 DTVs (Legend of the Vampire and Monster of Mexico) where the old cast returned to voice their characters. It was updated in a way that was tasteful and consistent with the original, but it also felt like was updated enough where it didn't feel like they were trying to force the Where Are You tone on those films.
Ghoul School has a wonderful score that is super fitting for the atmosphere of Grimwood's. It's always been one of my favorites because of it being spooky, but kind of a playful spooky, which works so well with the plot point of Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy discovering that despite that the students are all ghouls, they're still friendly and not a threat that needs running away from.
My favorite Scooby-Doo score is hands down Boo Brothers, no competition. It creates such a fun spooky environment for the film to take place in, but also isn't afraid to get really dark when something frightening happens. This type of fluid score is exactly what I want in Scooby-Doo background music, and is arguably part of what makes this film so amazing (in my opinion). I wish they'd publicly release the full scores for this one (and maybe Ghoul School) on a CD or digitally, because it's so amazing that I'd honestly listen to it on its own!
I wrote about this article topic for a reason. I've got a little surprise for you all...I've been working these past few weeks on a "Music of Scooby-Doo" page that provides a listing of all the soundtracks, as well as a reference list of all the songs that have appeared in Scooby episodes and films. I thought this reference list would be helpful for if people are watching Scooby episodes/films and want to know the name of a certain song that appears. There were quite a few songs not credited, however (especially the chase songs for Pup and Be Cool), and I didn't want to guess on the names and get it wrong, so those are not included in the list. You can check out the new page here.
Amazon UK lists three bonus episodes for the upcoming DTV, The Sword and the Scoob!:
Not the episodes I would have wanted, especially not "Hassle in the Castle" for the 24th time (not an exaggeration, it actually has been released that many times exactly), but I guess at least they fit the theme!
Fun Fact of the Week #326
The house that Velma and Daphne are living in shown in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "A Scooby-Doo Valentine" is nearly identical to the one the gang picks Daphne up from in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.
Thanks so much to Ben for noticing this comparison and suggesting it as a fun fact!
Weekly Poll #55
And now, here are the long-awaited results to see which Scooby-Doo movie you picked as your favorite:
Zombie Island - 36
Camp Scare - 14
Boo Brothers - 9
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed - 9
Loch Ness Monster - 9
Happy Halloween - 7
Ghoul School - 6
Scooby Goes Hollywood - 3
Curse of the 13th Ghost - 1
*Update* Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob! (King Arthur's Court) Description
Important update: The new press release has confirmed that the film will be directed and produced by Maxwell Atoms, but not written by him. Jeremy Adams, who wrote Return to Zombie Island, will be writing this film. There goes the idea of the time travel being real lol.
Amazon France has just added a listing for the anticipated King Arthur's Court DTV, which now seems to be retitled "Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob!" The new film will be written once again by Maxwell Atoms, and will be 1 hour and 12 minutes long. There's no listing on Amazon US yet, but since the France release date is February 24, I imagine we'll be getting a trailer very soon! I translated the description listed, which is a bit clunky. Sounds like this will definitely be a very different type of film than we are used to.
Find Scooby's gang as they are cursed by the ghost of Morgan Le Frey and sent back to the time of King Arthur, who is under the control of an evil witch. Wanting to cut himself a piece of cheese, Shaggy involuntarily pulls Excalibur from his stone which sows doubt on who is the legitimate sovereign! Merlin, the legendary wizard, appears and declares that the throne of Camelot must be played out in a duel! Our heroes then make every effort to try to win the tournament, break the spell under which King Arthur is and find the way to the present!
Thanks so much to Gross108 for sharing this link with me!
~ WildwindVampire ~