J-pop band Puffy Amiyumi's song "Urei" was the chase scene song in "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo" from What's New, Scooby-Doo?. In addition, they also performed the Teen Titans Go! theme song in the recent Scooby-Doo / Teen Titans Go! crossover "Cartoon Feud."
Amazon.com has announced another Daphne & Velma novelization, which is the second of the series. Entitled "The Dark Deception," and by Josephine Ruby, the 272-page novel will be released four months after the first one, on July 7, 2020.
Here's a description for the second book:
Move over, Betty and Veronica ― this is Daphne and Velma like you've never seen before! This dark new series of YA novels is a horror-driven twist on the classic girl detectives from Scooby-Doo.
Despite their differences, Daphne and Velma were able to solve the mystery of The Vanishing Girl. But there are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest case of all still remains unsolved... why did the town's original settlers all disappear? What happened to them?
Velma is determined to find out... especially because her family's ancestors were among the disappeared. And now that she and Daphne have started to get a reputation for solving mysteries, everyone in town is looking to them for answers.
But digging up the past can be dangerous... especially when some people in town have profited from the mystery for so long. Can these two intrepid teen detectives crack the case... and escape with their lives?
Here are the comic solicitations of the Scooby-Doo comics being released in February 2020, courtesy of Newsarama.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #103
written by IVAN COHEN
art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
Scooby-Doo and the gang visit the set of a revival of Scooby and Shaggy’s favorite movie franchise, only to discover that the future of a whole movie universe depends on Mystery Inc.! Scooby’s able to lend a paw when robot stunt dog “Andy Circuits” is injured, but how will our heroes figure out who’s under the helmet of the Black Knight trying to bring production to a permanent halt?
ON SALE 02.19.20
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | DC
After the Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold live theatrical show was announced earlier this year, the schedule (which includes the show's first locations/times) has been released, along with the official press release. Tiffany Shipp, a marketing executive for the show was nice enough to share this with me, so a big thanks to her for doing so!
SCOOBY-DOO! AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD FIRST DATES ANNOUNCED; TICKETS FOR THE LIVE STAGE SPECTACULAR ON SALE NOVEMBER 15TH
Theater Tour Combines Puppetry, Aerial Arts, Acrobatics, Magic, Original Music & Story, Dance, and Cutting-Edge Technology
(Burbank, California / Montreal, Quebec – Nov. 12, 2019) – Monlove, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, has announced the first dates for Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold, a live touring stage spectacular kicking off in March 2020 (dates below). One of the most beloved international franchises of all time, Scooby-Doo and his meddling, mystery-solving friends will embark on a new adventure to solve a brand new mystery brought to life with cutting-edge technology, original music, puppetry, magic, singing, dance, interactive video, aerial arts, acrobatics, and video mapping. Ticket presale for all dates in the U.S. are available to Citi cardholders starting Nov. 13 at 10:00am local time; Ticket presale for all Canadian dates are available to AmEx cardholders starting Nov. 13 at 10:00am local time. Public on sale starts Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:00am local time at www.scoobylivetour.com.
Monlove’s Scooby is a 6’4 animatronic & puppeteer-operated Great Dane
created by 12 designers over 1,600 hours – Billboard Magazine’s First Look.
In Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold, fans of music, discovery, and gh-gh-ghosts! won’t need a passport to travel with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Velma to Alta Luz, a fictitious South American town where ghostly sightings of La Dama de Oro (The Lady In Gold) threaten to scare attendees away from the annual music festival and Incan sun god celebration.
Through dialogue, dance, song, and amazing landscapes, audiences will join the journey as the Gang takes the Mystery Machine on its first flight to a land of ancient civilizations, legends, and culture. As they sniff for clues (and snacks), a trail of extinct purple irises leads them through a veritable Nazca lines labyrinth of mystery as the Gang meets friends…or foes?…Miguel the groundskeeper, Luis the llama, botanist Professor Falcone, the Pachacuties, and Ayar Manco (the 13th Century founder of the Incan civilization). Zoinks!
Voice of Scooby, Frank Welker, Will Bring Iconic Canine’s Signature Sound To The Show
Monlove is also proud to announce that Frank Welker, known by ears everywhere as the animated voice of Fred Jones, Scooby-Doo, and others, has signed on as the voice of Monlove’s Scooby-Doo.
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold was created and directed by some of the biggest names in live entertainment and produced by the Montreal-based production company, Monlove. The show’s Original Concept, Book, Music & Lyrics were written by Ella Louise Allaire & Martin Lord Ferguson, the powerhouse behind many hit shows including Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure which toured 48 countries, in 12 languages, and grossed over $100 million.
Monlove is also known as the mastermind behind The Nut Job Live & Friends and as Music Producers and Composers for several Cirque du Soleil shows including KÀ, Zed, Mystere, Alegria, and Saltimbanco (Arena), Holiday on Ice Energia and many more.
The Scooby-Doo show will be directed by Pierre Boileau (Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, The Nut Job Live & Friends, Cirque Eloize), with technical design innovations and revolutionary sets by superstar veteran Guy-St-Amour (Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere, Love, Viva Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Wagner the Ring Cycle at the MET Opera). Costume design will be overseen by Edda Gudmundsdottir who has worked on several celebrity projects such as Bjork, Bebe Rexha, and Imagine Dragons, as well as Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Rambert Ballet.
For more than five decades, Scooby-Doo has created a world of mysterious fun where playful spirits of all ages seek adventure, solve problems, and do good. The Mystery Inc. Gang will continue to entertain fans with new experiences and content for years to come with Monlove’s Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold, WB Picture’s animated film “SCOOB!,” in theaters May 15, 2020, and more.
SCOOBY-DOO! AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD TOUR DATES – LEG 1
March 19, 2020 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Scotiabank Centre
March 21, 2020 - Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada - Avenir Centre
March 24, 2020 - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada - TD Station
March 29, 2020 - Laval, QC, Canada - Place Bell
April 02, 2020 - Madison, WI - Capitol Theater
April 05, 2020 - Rosemont, IL - Rosemont Theatre
April 10, 2020 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
April 11, 2020 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
April 18, 2020 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
April 19, 2020 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
April 21, 2020 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
April 22, 2020 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
April 23, 2020 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Casino - Fox Theater
April 24, 2020 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Casino - Fox Theater
April 25, 2020 - White Plains, NY - Westchester County Center
April 26, 2020 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
April 30, 2019 - Rochester, NY - Kodak Center
May 02, 2020 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
May 05, 2020 - Saginaw, MI - Dow Event Center
May 06, 2020 - Youngstown, OH - Stambaugh Auditorium
May 09, 2020 -Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre Old National Centre
May 10, 2020, Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre Old National Centre
May 12, 2020 - Davenport, IA - Adler Theatre
May 13, 2020 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
May 17, 2020 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Auditorium
May 19, 2020 - Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
May 21, 2020 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
May 23, 2020 - Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center
May 24, 2020 - Fort Collins, CO - The Lincoln Center
May 27, 2020 - El Paso, TX - Plaza Theatre
May 28, 2020 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
May 30, 2020 - Austin, TX - Dell Hall
May 31, 2020 - Austin, TX - Dell Hall
June 02, 2020 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
June 04, 2020 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater
June 05, 2020 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre Sugar Land
June 06, 2020 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater
June 07, 2020 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
June 09, 2020 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
June 10, 2020 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace
June 11, 2020 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House
June 12, 2020 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
June 13, 2020 - N. Charleston, SC - N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
June 14, 2020 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
June 16, 2020 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 17, 2020 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 20, 2020 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Broward Center For The Perf. Arts
June 21, 2020 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center For The Perf. Arts
June 24, 2020 - Orlando, FL- Dr. Phillips Center for the Perf. Arts
June 25, 2020 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Perf. Arts
June 27, 2020- Jacksonville, FL- Times Union Center for the Perf. Arts
June 28, 2020- Jacksonville, FL- Times Union Center for the Perf. Arts
And if memories serves correct, The Grand Ole Opry House where the play is being performed on June 11, 2020 is where the gang was with Jerry Reed in "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies!
Are you buying tickets when they go live on Friday, November 15? Let me know in the comments!
The trailer for SCOOB! is finally here, and I must say, I like all the voice actors! Will Forte sounds like Scott Menville with a hint of Scott Innes. It's an interesting mix, but I definitely like it and I'm sure it will grow on me even more. The trailer kinda gives me a 2000s Pixar movie vibe for whatever reason. Either way, I'm super excited now for the film and can't wait for it to come out 6 months from now!
Additionally, Simon Cowell announced on the X Factor this weekend that he was going to be in the new Scooby-Doo movie. While it's very likely to be this one he's referring to, it is also slightly possible that he could be in the King Arthur's Court DTV coming out next year.
What are all your thoughts on the new trailer?
Hi, this is Troy McClure! You may remember me from such shows like The Simpsons. But what you may not remember is that my voice actor, Phil Hartman (who also played Lionel Hutz on The Simpsons), voiced Igor and the Ghost of Dr. Van Helsing in "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle" and the Vaccu-Spook 2000 salesman from "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye."
(That was a Simpsons reference for those who have never seen it, which is why this fun fact was written so oddly haha)
Thanks to Fandango, we finally have the design for Daphne and the Mystery Machine, as well as several new images of the upcoming film. In addition, a description for the film was also posted on Fandango:
We'll see Scooby and Shaggy meet, join the intrepid young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne in forming Mystery Inc. and close hundreds of cases, sharing previously-untold adventures along the way. Then, they must foil a diabolical plot revolving around a ghost dog known as Cerberus, discovering Scooby's secret legacy and their own epic destiny along the way.
Another site, VitalThrills, has announced that the first trailer for the film will be coming this Monday, November 11.
Here are some newly released stills from the film:
UPDATE 11/8: Tony Cervone has posted on Instagram that the trailer will be premiering on Good Morning America at 8:30am-9:00am EST.
Today's fun fact brings you the best and funniest WB muck-ups in writing Scooby-Doo descriptions on the Boomerang streaming service. For this fun fact, I read every single Scooby-Doo description and title on Boomerang and documented all the glaring errors here. There's a surprising amount!
WHAT THE HEX GOING ON?
When the gang visits the Weatherby estate, they must investigate a mysterious voice and a ghost who demands the family return its fortune to a neighboring clan.
Where did they get "neighboring clan?" What year does WB think this show is taking place in?
MAMBA WAMBA AND THE VOODOO HOOD
"Hoodoo" is misspelled as "Hood" in the title.
WATCH OUT! THE WILLIWAW!
An Indian creates a legendary beast to scare people away from his smuggling operation.
Wow, talk about spoilers? They literally ruined the whole mystery in this one sentence description!
SCOOBY'S SWISS MISS
A Swiss miss wishes to marry Scooby...but Scrappy has other ideas.
Other ideas such as what? This description makes it sound like Scrappy wants to marry Scooby or something lol.
A clever archaeologist plans to steal the ancient silver treasure of Montezuma.
Again, this episode's mystery is completely ruined in the description.
Daphne proves that a creepy house isn't actually haunted.
Umm...no she doesn't? The end of the episode in fact shows that the house is haunted!
SCOOBY-DO AND CYCLOPS TOO
"Scooby-Doo" is misspelled.
NO THANKS MASKED MANX
Shaggy solves the case of a high-society burglar.
The description ruins the episode again. Also, just Shaggy? What about the rest of the gang?
THE STONY GLARE
The title is missing "Stare" as the last word.
Disguised as the Mastermind, an evil tour guide plans to overthrow the world.
Once again, the episode's mystery is ruined by the description.
They investigate a riverboat ghost.
"They?" Who's they? Someone was a bit lazy here lol.
THE GHOULIEST SHOW ON EARTH
Upon Scooby's return to his home town, a demon circus comes to plague Doosberry.
There is no such town as "Doosberry." The name of the town was Dooville.
HORROR OF THE HAUNTED HAIRPIECE
The Scooby-Doo Detectives jump into action when the monster, Big Wig, escapes from a new video game in Daphne's arcade. But the hairy horror turns out to be the baker next door.
This is probably my favorite of the errors. The first sentence describes the episode perfectly, what was the point of adding in the second sentence which spoils everything for no reason? Lol.
WRESTLE MANIACS (WNSD)
When the Coolsville Wrestling Federation seems to be haunted, Carol Colossal calls on Shaggy and company for help. Scooby-Doo and his pals prove they're skills in a ghostly match.
Besides "their" being misspelled, this is for the "What's New Scooby-Doo?" episode, yet the description describes the Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode.
THE MENACE OF MANTICORE
Another typo in the title. "The" is put in the wrong place. The correct title is "Menace of the Manticore."
WHERE STALKS THE SCAREBEAR
I believe the title of the episode is "Scarebear," not "Where Stalks the Scarebear."
THEATER OF DOOM
Life imitates art in Crystal Cove's annual Haunted Historical Pageant.
Uhh...what happened here? It sounds like someone didn't know anything about the episode other than the Historical Pageant was in it.
WB Exec 1: "What happened at the Historical pageant?"
WB Exec 2: "Umm...life...imitates...art?"
DANCE OF THE UNDEAD
When Crystal Cove's favorite southern celebrity chef has a cooking accident, strange incidents ensue.
A famous band, whose members died 30 years ago in a plane crash in Crystal Cove, comes back to haunt the town on the 30th anniversary of their death.
Both of these episode descriptions are switched around. The description for "The Devouring" summarizes "Dance of the Undead," and vice versa.
It's the end of the world! And our heroes must work together to ultimately realize their love for each other is the true Heart of the Jaguar.
The description partially ruins the end of the episode once again.
SCOOBY-DOO GHASTLY GOALS
The Mystery Inc. gang may be made up of champions when it comes to solving mysteries, but how do they fare in sports when the competition is ghoulish and their opponents are monsters literally?
What are they talking about? It sounds like someone just made up a random description that knew nothing about the movie. Nothing about this summary is accurate and just sounds like generic guessing.
SCOOBY-DOO! MUSIC OF THE VAMPIRE
Daphne stars in a vampire movie. But when a real vampire shows up, the Scooby gang must investigate.
This one is actually also on the iTunes and Amazon description, throwback to Fun Fact of the Week #2 from 2014, and this still hasn't been fixed! What movie were they watching? It clearly wasn't this one, since this summary is completely incorrect and the film has nothing to do with Daphne as a vampire film star.
Additionally, though these are not linguistic typos, it's worth noting that three of the thumbnails for episodes ("Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats," "The Bee Team," and "House of the Nightmare Witch") show the culprit being unmasked, thus ruining the episode.
That about wraps up all of Boomerang's typos, and I hope at least some of them amused you!
Here's a brand new promo image for SCOOB!, which will be released May 15, 2020 in theaters. The poster shows Scooby-Doo as a puppy, casting a shadow of his normal adult self.
Credit goes to Scoob16 and Alexander Simmons on Instagram for the info!
This is one of the rarer Scooby-Doo items I have in my collection, and stumbled upon it while cleaning the other day. This Scooby-Doo Plug and Play Game was made by Jakk's Pacific and released in 2005. It includes five games (each of which are five levels), The Race to Fontecastello, River of Frights, Searching the Castle, The Mysterious Doors, and The Dungeons of Fontecastello. Each of these games technically put together a story, but they can also be played individually.
For this review, I'm going to review each game individually.
The Race to Fontecastello
The first game involves you controlling the Mystery Machine and attempting to get to the castle while picking up Shaggy, Scooby and Velma along the way. The first level is pretty simple, you just have to dodge that are coming at you from both sides of the road, and others that are crashed. In the second level, however, it gets a bit more difficult. You have to avoid the Black Knight who is in a car behind you. You can get rid of him by throwing banana peels at his car, though you have to find them along the way, and can only pick up one at a time. If you do not have any banana peels, you are out of luck and have to deal with the Knight ramming The Mystery Machine until you find another banana peel. This is one part I don't like about the game, because there isn't much strategy to it and just is circumstantial. The cars are gone from this level, but you also have to dodge skeletons and rocks. The next level is exactly the same, with the exception of introducing ramps.
The fourth level gets significantly more challenging. You have to avoid both ghosts and cars coming at you, as well as a ghost which is behind you. The only way you can get rid of the ghost is by finding a rocket, which allows you to drive the Mystery Machine at hyper speed. (You can also collect rockets in all other levels of this game) This speed boost is both a curse and a blessing, because it makes the Mystery Machine go so fast that it is very difficult to dodge obstacles. The fifth and final level is the most challenging, because it includes both the Knight's car and the ghost, but never at the same time from as far as I've seen. Ghosts don't come at you, but things that appear to be crawling coffins attempt to attack you from in front. You also must dodge rocks and other obstacles.
One other piece I forgot to mention until now is that you can collect Scooby Snacks along the way. If you collect 25 snacks, you will gain an extra life. You begin with a total of 3 lives, but can increase that number with Scooby Snacks. There is no limit to how many lives you can have.
Overall, this particular game is just okay. While it's very challenging, I feel that the game was a bit poorly made because much of the challenge is due to random circumstance rather than strategy or being good at the game. It's possible to die from the Knight's car ramming you too many times, simply because there were no banana peels to throw at his car.
River of Frights
This is a pretty fun game, and solves the "circumstantial" issue I had with the last game. In this game, you play as Shaggy, and have to jump from log to log on a river to avoid the knight who is right behind you. You also have to avoid alligators and frogs along the way. Amusingly, Scooby throws storks from the shoreline, which you can collect to distract the frogs so they won't lick you and cause you to lose health. You can jump on alligators as logs, but if they snap at you (which can happen at any time, but sometimes you get lucky), you lose 1/3 of your health. There's not really any variation to the levels with this one.
Searching the Castle
While I love the music and setting of this one, this game is incredibly difficult to play due to the poor design of it. Searching the Castle has you play as Shaggy and Scooby, and you have to navigate your way through the castle (somewhat aimlessly, as you don't find anything) while avoiding monsters.
The first level features some sort of skeleton pirate as the villain. To dodge these villains, you have to hide behind objects in the castle until the villain passes you. There's also bats which you have to duck from pushing the joystick forward, and rats you have to pull the joystick backwards to jump into Shaggy's arms. The problem with this is that the joystick is hypersensitive, and even bumping it ever so slightly on accident will cause Scooby to jump into Shaggy's arms. While sometimes this can just be a minor annoyance, it will often happen at horrible times like when you're trying to hide from a villain, which will likely have you shouting at your TV because the joystick isn't responsive haha. There's no strategy whatsoever to this game, and the villains populate throughout the level randomly. I've had levels where there are no villains at all except bats, and others where there are like 10 in one level. Sometimes the villains will even populate on top of each other because of this glitch, so you'll get two ghosts coming at you at once. The second level is the same, but introduces ladders into regular gameplay that you have to climb up. The third level introduces ghosts, but takes away the skeleton pirates and rats. The fourth level reintroduces the skeleton pirates, has ghosts and rats, and also introduces bugs and a giant spider, which always appears at the end of the level. The fifth and final level includes everything and introduces more than one giant spider.
This game is my least favorite even though the setting and music is great. Because of the circumstance and poor programming of the joystick, it makes the game difficult and unenjoyable to play.
The Mysterious Doors
This game is pretty fun! As Scooby, you have to navigate your way through several mysterious doors to find the right door that brings you to the end of the level. You also have to avoid mummies and ghost dogs (which are basically just a dog with a sheet over its head). The mummies can also go through doors, though the ghost dogs cannot. You can collect locks (one at a time) to lock a specific door for a short time so mummies cannot go through them. You can also collect a crystal ball to see where a particular door will lead you. There's a map on the bottom left corner which shows you the different types of doors, to make it easier to see how many doors are on a particular level. There's not much variation to the game from level to level.
The Dungeons of Fontecastello
This is easily my favorite of the games included here. The Dungeons of Fontecastello has you playing as Shaggy, trying to find keys to open the lock to get to the next level. Along the way, you have to avoid ghosts and other villains and traps.
In level 1, all you have to do is find the copper key and avoid ghosts. In level 2, it gets a bit more difficult, and you have to find both a copper and silver key, while avoiding ghosts and moving statues. Level 3 gets even more challenging, because you have to once again find a copper and silver key, while avoiding ghosts and now trap doors. You can control the trap doors, however, by turning the switches next to them on and off. My absolute favorite part of the game is the fact that though it's completely unnecessary for gameplay, you can control the trap doors by turning the switch to "off," then as the ghost is about to come over the trap door to grab you, you can turn the switch on and have them fall down the trap door. The best part about this is that the ghosts make an amusing noise as they're about to fall, it's a very shocked yelp like they were just touched in an unwanted way or something lol. It amuses me so much that the game programmers chose to program in this little aspect that was completely unnecessary to getting through the game, and even made the ghosts have feelings when it happens haha. I'm sure it's much funnier when you hear it in the game rather than my explanation of it.
The fourth level is the most difficult (odd considering there are five levels), because it includes the ghosts, moving statues, and trap doors as well as three keys, copper, silver and gold. The final level includes no keys, and only ghosts and moving statues. The Black Knight is also included, and the whole point of the level is to trap him by turning on the four switches right when he's around the magnet. I've found it's easiest to turn three on, wait until the Knight is right on top of the magnet (sometimes you have to act as bait and lure him there), then turn on the final switch so there's no chance of not catching him.
The last aspect I forgot to mention is that the game does include the option of playing the "easy" or "hard" version, but honestly, I've tried both and it seems all up to circumstance of how many villains you face, and like there's nothing different. This is with the exception of the last game, The Dungeons of Fontecastello, which also includes snakes (completely absent from the easy version) beginning with level 2.
This last one is my favorite, because it seems there's actually some strategy involved with it, and admittedly I just loved that the programmers included that unnecessary aspect. The ghosts in this level look super cool too!
Overall, this is a pretty fun game with the exception of the Race and Castle games, which are completely up to chance and there's really no strategy involved.
If anyone else has this game or remembers it, I'd love to know your thoughts!