Given this week is the 250th fun fact, I wanted to do something extra special. Like we've had on some of the "milestone" fun facts in the past, this week, a very special guest writer has written the fun fact.
Here to celebrate the 250th fun fact is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated producer and director, Victor Cook.
As you probably know, Harlan Ellison was a guest-voice actor who voiced himself in both "The Shrieking Madness" and the very end of "Come Undone." However, you probably don't know that Harlan Ellison made a very interesting request when reading his lines during the production of "The Shrieking Madness."
"At the record, he demanded to re-write one of his lines." Victor Cook shares. "The head writer and the crew felt honored by this because we admire Harlan so much."
Thanks so much to Victor Cook for collaborating with me on this week's fun fact. I wish him the best of luck in whatever future projects he decides to pursue!
That's it for this week, but y'all should make sure to come back next week, and every Monday for that matter, for a new fun fact of the week on ScoobySnax.com.
Today, the trailer was just released for the upcoming film Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. The film will be released digitally on September 3 and on DVD October 1. Check it out above!
I was just sent this official press release by a contact I have in WB marketing.
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS VIEWERS AN ALL-NEW ORIGINAL ANIMATED FILM WITH THE RELEASE OF “SCOOBY-DOO! RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND” AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 AND DVD OCTOBER 1, 2019
BURBANK, CA (July 11, 2019) – Pack your Scooby Snacks and join the Mystery Inc. gang as the teen sleuths embark on a wild and spooky vacation with zombies and cat people on Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, an all-new, original film. A follow-up to the classic, best-selling Scooby-Doo! film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, this new animated adventure finds Scooby-Doo and his pals taking a much-deserved vacation to a tropical island. Instead of getting rest and relaxation, however, they find themselves wrapped up in one of their biggest mysteries yet! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting September 3, 2019 and on DVD October 1, 2019.
Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be available on Digital ($14.99 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP).
On Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and his pals win an all-expense paid vacation and embark on a trip of a lifetime to a tropical paradise. Their destination however, turns out to be Zombie Island. As soon as they arrive, they realize the place looks strangely familiar and is reminiscent of a trip they took years ago, in which they became wrapped up in a mystery involving zombies. The gang soon learns that their trip to paradise comes with a price when the zombies re-emerge and attack their hotel. Will Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang finally solve the mystery behind Zombie Island?
“Zombies are a very popular theme in entertainment now and we wanted to create a fun, family-friendly version of this genre for Scooby-Doo! fans. So we brought back a Scooby-Doo! classic and continued the original story but created a captivating new plotline,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island is an entertaining, original film that will appeal to a wide audience. It’s classic Scooby-Doo! with a contemporary look and feel, a fun storyline and engaging characters. This release is a must for your home entertainment library.”
Scooby-Doo Return to Zombie Island features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley.
On September 3, 2019, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On September 3, 2019, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming
More images from the film can be viewed at this link: spaces.hightail.com/space/MzjEulsFLZ/files
I was really excited about this episode when I first heard about it! Being a Funky Phantom fan when I was younger, I was excited to see a full-length crossover with the Funky Phantom after we got that one in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
As much I wanted to like this one, in honesty, I really didn't. The gang arguing with the Funky Phantom Crew was very out-of-character for the latter. The Funky Phantom gang, particularly Skip and April, act competitively almost to the point of being arrogant jerks. I don't generally mind when small aspects are changed within shows I like, but I felt they changed the Funky Phantom Crew so much that they almost weren't the same characters anymore. They were very unnecessarily mean to the gang, in my opinion. This also took away from the main plot of the episode, as 90% of the dialogue was just the two gangs arguing for each other. Because of this, the episode wasted the opportunity to further develop the mystery and have the villains appear, in my opinion. The gang only sees the ghost once before setting the trap, making it feel a bit rushed.
The dialogue also seemed a bit off in places. Augie instantly believing in Abraham Lincoln's ghost within one second seemed a bit odd. He knows Mudsy is real, obviously, but Augie has also run into many fake ghosts before, so it seemed odd that he seemed to trust Lincoln within a few seconds for no particular reason. Abraham Lincoln's line right before they captured the ghost seemed very random and not really related to anything that was going on. "You must take responsibility for tomorrow!" just felt like the writers put "insert old timey saying here that sounds good to the kids!" in the script.
Despite this, there were some positives to the episode. Augie and Mudsy stayed relatively in character, though the latter's voice sounded slightly off from the original. The twist at the end where Mudsy was dressed up as Abraham Lincoln was pretty clever, and the Speed Buggy cameo was an interesting touch.
Sorry to be so negative kids (especially to those that enjoyed it), but I really disliked this episode. I felt like ultimately, they cut too many corners for the scenes of the gangs arguing, which made many parts of it overly rushed. The characters also were completely opposite of how they were in the original series, which I didn't like personally.
Here's hoping I enjoy the next one more!
Thanks to the Comic Con website, we now know the release date for Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. After its world premiere at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) on July 21, the film will be released on all digital platforms on Tuesday, September 3. Almost a month later, on Tuesday, October 1, the film will be released on DVD.
Stay tuned for more info!
Before he agreed to guest star in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? as Urkel, Jaleel White was given a very rare animation cel from Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, signed by both William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The cel features Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and the Ghost of Uncle Beauregard. (Must admit I'm super jealous! I'd die of happiness if I was able to get this haha.)
Thanks to TVPassport, we have descriptions and titles for the next three episodes of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (the second episode has also been posted a day earlier than expected, for those who have subscribed to the Boomerang Streaming Service).
A Mystery Solving Gang Divided!
Scooby-Doo and the gang travel to Chambersburg, a battlefield near Gettysburg, to investigate the mysterious appearance of ghost zombie Civil War soldiers and come face to face with a rival mystery solving gang, the Funky Phantom crew.
Peebles’ Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
Scooby and the gang meet Wanda Sykes, who is helping save a bunch of animals up for adoption in a pet supply store. When a monster egg hatches, our heroes and Wanda must not only save the store and the animals, but their own lives!
Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
When Scooby and the gang are taking a tour of London, they run afoul of horrible screaming skulls of English legend! They team up with an eccentric man who claims to be none other than Sherlock Holmes.
During a special world premiere event, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island will be shown for the first time ever on July 21, 2019 at San Diego Comic Con. The film will be shown from 10:15am to 11:45am. Here's the information for this world premiere event:
Pack your Scooby Snacks and join the Mystery Inc. gang as the teen sleuths embark on a wild and spooky vacation with zombies and cat people on Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, an all-new, original film. Be among the first live audience to see this follow-up to the classic, best-selling Scooby-Doo! film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, as this new animated adventure finds Scooby-Doo and his pals taking a much-deserved vacation to a tropical island. Instead of getting rest and relaxation, however, they find themselves wrapped up in one of their biggest mysteries yet! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the film arrives this fall from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
In addition to this (which confirms a fall release date), there will be a 50th anniversary birthday event for Scooby on Saturday, July 20. Here's the information on that:
Saturday, July 20 – 12:30-1:30pm
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) salutes that lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang with a panel spotlighting half a century of crime-solving silliness. For 50 years, the Mystery Inc. gang has entertained Scooby-Doo fans with zany hijinks, action-packed adventures, and engaging mysteries that have captivated viewers of all ages. What started as a Saturday morning cartoon exploded into an enormously successful franchise encompassing multiple spin-off series, original animated and live action films, consumer products and much more. Included in the celebration will be several key showrunners, filmmakers, and stars of the franchise, including Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls, The Loud House) and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates, Unikitty!), the voices of Daphne and Velma, respectively—and a glimpse of the upcoming Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion box set from WBHE (available in stores on September 3, 2019).
And speaking of the 50th anniversary, WB has also released the back cover for the 50 Cartoon Collection: Scooby-Doo DVD coming out August 13, 2019. Unfortunately, no episode listing was revealed, though based on the pictures on the back, "Mystery 101" from Be Cool, "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" from Where Are You, "Wrestle Maniacs" from What's New and "Art of Darkness" from SDMI will be released on the set.
As of his most recent appearance in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, 16th United States president Abraham Lincoln has appeared in the franchise three times, each time as a ghost. Once in "A Night Louse at the White House" from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, another time in an issue of the first Dynomutt comic in 1977 entitled "Close Call," and the third time in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?.
Abraham Lincoln has appeared more times than any US president in the Scooby franchise. George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant all appeared once as ghosts in "A Night Louse at the White House," and Ronald Reagan appeared one time in "It's a Wonderful Scoob" from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
According to Zap2it, the episode he will appear in will be titled "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided!"
Thanks to the Amazon France listing for Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, we now have an official summary of the film. Translating the French description into English, here is what the summary says:
Seeking to leave their investigative career behind them, the Scooby-Doo team leaves for an all-expense paid trip on a mysterious - but strangely familiar - tropical island. Their journey will however take a new turn as soon as they meet the zombies that populate the island.
I'm a bit disappointed they're playing the "leave their career behind them" card again from Curse of the 13th Ghost, but nonetheless, it sounds somewhat interesting given how short the description was. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
What are your thoughts on the summary for this film? Let me know in the comments!