Fun Fact of the Week #443
You may remember from Fun Fact #354 in June 2021 that Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire and Big Top Scooby-Doo were originally one movie called Scooby-Doo and the Circus of Vampires in an early stage of production. ScoobyDooUK found a cool storyboard from Big Top Scooby-Doo! for sale that confirms Big Top, Scooby-Doo! actually went through another name change before it was named what we know it to be today. A storyboard for the film refers to it as Scooby-Doo and the Circus of Werewolves, meaning it must have gone through a second name change before Big Top Scooby-Doo! was decided upon.
You can see an image of the storyboard below:
Scooby-Doo and the Haunted High Rise Background and Storyboard Leaked on Twitter
To continue the leaking spree from the past couple weeks, a Twitter account named ScoobyGossip posted two backgrounds from the canceled Scooby-Doo and the Haunted High Rise movie. Given the Twitter account is following nobody and nobody follows it, presumably this was another internal leak from an anonymous person working at WB. One of them is a background of a record store, reading "Oakhaven Records," confirming that at least part of the movie would have taken place in Oakhaven. The other is a rough draft of a storyboard, although presumably the animation style used in that storyboard would not have been in the final product.
Mezco Toys has just announced they will be releasing a Scooby-Doo "Friends and Foes" box set of action figures! The sets are planned for a release in late 2023. No concrete date has been set, but the Mezco website lists the sets will begin shipping sometime between October and December 2023. The set will include a Mansion playset with unique interiors, the Ghost of Elias Kingston, the Space Kook, the Green Ghosts, the Mystery Machine, and of course, all five members of the gang. In addition, the set will include the following accessories:
Thanks to Mr. Neither for sharing this info!
Weekly Poll #170
We have a comparatively small list this week compared to the massive list of 40 we had last week (although next week's list will be even larger).
Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats - 11
High Rise Hair Raiser - 6
The Harum Scarum Sanitarium - 6
The Diabolical Disc Demon - 3
Scooby-Doo, Where's the Crew? - 3
The Ozark Switch Witch - 2
Watt a Shocking Ghost - 2
The Headless Horseman of Halloween - 2
Scared a Lot in Camelot - 2
The Spirits of '76 - 2
The Creepy Heap from the Deep - 2
A Menace in Venice - 2
Don't Go Near the Fortress of Fear - 2
The Gruesome Game of the Gator Ghoul - 1
A Frightened Hound Meets Demons Underground - 1
There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark - 1
Ghost of the Bad Humor Man - 1
The Curse of Viking Lake - 1
The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller - 1
Creepy Cruise - 1
A Creepy Tangle in the Bermuda Triangle - 1
A Scary Night with a Snow Beast Fright - 1
A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing - 1
The Creepy Case of Old Iron Face - 1
Jeepers, It's the Jaguaro! - 1
Who Was That Cat Creature I Saw You with Last Night? - 1
The Beast Is Awake in Bottomless Lake - 1
0 votes: The Fiesta Host is an Aztec Ghost, The No Faced Zombie Chase Case, Mamba Wamba and the Voodoo Hoodoo, A Bum Steer for Scooby, The Ghost That Sacked the Quarterback, Hang in There Scooby-Doo, The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race, Watch Out! The Williwaw!, To Switch a Witch, Tar Monster, Creepy Creature of Vulture's Claw, Scooby's Chinese Fortune Kooky Caper, and The Warlock of Wimbledon
June 2023 Comic Solicitations
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Courtesy of GamesRadar+, despite it only being March, we just got the full comic solicitations for June 2023.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #122
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by RANDY ELLIOTT
Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
$2.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 6/6/23
After years of private lessons, Daphne is ready to perform at her piano recital held at the Coolsville Civic Auditorium. But her practice turns petrifying when the puckish Pan makes his appearance. Can the gang catch the mythological creature before Daphne’s concert debut becomes her final performance?
THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #9
Written by MATTHEW CODY
Art and cover by SCOTT JERALDS
$2.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 6/13/23
Crystal Cove is proud of their tenacious teens and wants to be able to call upon Mystery Inc. at a moment’s notice—you never know when a real estate developer in a mask will cause trouble. Inspired by Gotham’s most famous method of communication, they invite Commissioner Gordon and Batman to the unveiling of the town’s new Scooby Signal
Top 10 Scooby-Doo Villains
There have been so many amazing Scooby-Doo villains over the years that it was genuinely difficult to pick favorites when I came up with the idea for this article. Nonetheless, I narrowed it down to ten of my all-time favorites. We'll be starting off with an honorable mention that is probably an extremely unpopular opinion that will surprise everybody.
Honorable Mention: Banshee
Likely either you're shocked right now, or you're saying "what episode was this from?" The banshee is a very forgotten villain from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour episode "Scooby's Luck of the Irish," and it only appears for a brief minute of the episode. This banshee's design is so terrifying that it's a huge shame that it was wasted on a one-minute appearance, in my opinion. The jagged teeth, huge mouth, skeletal hands, and soulless eyes make this one of the best Scooby-Doo villains of the franchise. I wish this would have been used in a full-length episode, because I imagine the tone of the episode would have been super dark.
10. The Mummy of Friar Sera
Perhaps this is another surprise, since I don't think the Mummy from "Theater of Doom" (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) is a particularly popular villain. In the past, mummies had just been the same bandaged-looking prototype (with the exception of "Mummy Scares Best," but I thought the eerie green mist, his glowing yellow eyes, and his decomposing corpse was amazingly creepy. The raspy voice is also super creepy!
9. The Ghost of Uncle Beauregard
I have a huge soft spot for Boo Brothers and all the villains from in it in general, but Uncle Beauregard particularly stands out. His design is absolutely incredible, and I love the uncertainty around whether he is a real or a fake ghost throughout the movie. Even though the audience is kind of left unsure about the Skull Ghost at the end of the film too, Uncle Beauregard is the only villain in the film that we're left completely unsure about. The sheriff never admits to dressing up as Shaggy's uncle, but the ghost seems to have conflicting purposes throughout the film - sometimes he just wants to warn Shaggy away, and other times, it seems like he wants to kill Shaggy. The mystery surrounding if this ghost is real or not, as well as the amazing design, makes this a top-tier villain for me.
I think it's well established for those who know me that Zomba is my favorite 13th ghost, but she's also one of my favorite villains of the franchise. One of the features of villains that freaks me out the most is bugged-out eyes, so Zomba's huge looking eyes are super creepy looking to me. The raspiness of her voice is also incredibly sinister-sounding! In the one scene where she's mis-animated (pictured above), she looks absolutely terrifying!
7. The Ghost of Mother
It's safe to say that this villain is one scary mother lol. (That joke was perhaps more frightening than any of the villains that made this list haha) "Doo Not Disturb" is one of my favorite episodes from Be Cool, and a lot of that is how amazing this villain is. The concept of the villain just being somebody's mother is hilarious, but at the same time, it's executed in such a creepy way.
6. The Freak of Crystal Cove
This guy's design alone is what gets him ranked so high. He looks like something out of an R-rated horror movie, and the fact he only speaks in creepy riddles in "Pawn of Shadows" is so creepy. Not to mention the giant knife he holds! What brings him down just a little bit for me is that in "All Fear the Freak," there's a weird inconsistency where he starts speaking in broken English and no longer holds the knife. This makes him less creepy, but only a little bit. He's still one of the most incredible and terrifying villains of the franchise IMO.
5. The Ghost of Sarah Ravencroft
Although the fake ghost was very good too, I'm talking about the real ghost of Sarah Ravencroft here. She's arguably one of the most evil villains in the entirety of the franchise, as her plan is quite literally to destroy the entire world just for the fun of it lol. The twist at the end of Witch's Ghost where she's actually real is one of my favorite moments in the franchise.
4. Revolutionary Ghosts
It should come as no surprise to anyone that these guys from "The Loch Ness Mess" are here lol. I don't feel these are particularly terrifying like most of my other choices, but they just feel like such classic Scooby-Doo villains to me. The scene involving the ghost with the lantern disappearing into the night feels so inherently Scooby-ish to me. I wish we would have gotten to see the Redcoat Ghost more than just those two times, as he's my favorite of the three. He looks super creepy with his soulless and vacant eyes.
3. The Ghost of Dr. Coffin
"The Harum Scarum Sanitarium" is in general one of the spookiest Scooby episodes of all time, but a big part of that is the ghost of Dr. Coffin. His design is so creepy and he genuinely looks like he is insane. The creepy glow around his body really amplifies the spook-factor for me.
2. Gramps the Vamp
This vampire from "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats" is my favorite vampire villain in the franchise, but a lot of that is his behavior rather than his design. Him calling Lisa in the middle of the night from the pitch black room is one of the scariest scenes of the franchise in my opinion. However, he's not only here because of his menacing looks; he's also here for having one of the most despicable motives of any culprit in the franchise. (Spoilers ahead) The fact that Uncle Leon betrayed his niece like that is beyond cold and scarring, especially considering he literally traumatized an 18-year-old girl just so he could steal her money.
1. Morgan Moonscar
You could call me basic for making this my pick, but Morgan Moonscar is easily the creepiest villain of the franchise. Even though he's not seen more than a couple times in Zombie Island, his introduction of literally being a bag of bones crawling out of his own grave is absolutely terrifying. His design is so creepy looking, particularly his dried-out face and the huge scar around his eye.
That about does it for my rankings, but if you'd like to share, I'd love to see your top 10 list of favorite villains in the comments! I hope you enjoyed reading my list!
Fun Fact of the Week #442
In reruns on Cartoon Network, the scene in "The Ghost of the Red Baron" where the Three Stooges get locked in the barn is cut. Typically, when scenes are cut by programmers for commercials, the general rule of thumb is to edit out scenes that are not important to the overall plot. In this case, the cut scene leads to confusion and a massive plot hole, as the viewer is never shown the Three Stooges getting locked in the barn in the first place.
Weekly Poll #169
We had a really well-rounded assortment of votes this time! Every single episode got at least one vote other than three ("A Good Medium Is Rare," "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall" and "The Spirit Spooked Sports Show"). Even though it wasn't my vote setting-wise, my favorite episode of the franchise took the win this week (with my vote taking second place)!
The Loch Ness Mess - 8
Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner? - 7
The Secret of Shark Island - 6
The Mystery of Haunted Island - 6
Wednesday Is Missing - 5
The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair - 4
Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hydes - 4
The Exterminator - 4
The Frickert Fracas - 3
The Ghostly Creep from the Deep - 3
The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall - 3
The Haunted Showboat - 3
Ghastly Ghost Town - 2
The Ghost of the Red Baron - 2
The Spooky Fog - 1
The Ghost of Bigfoot - 1
The Caped Crusader Caper - 1
Mystery in Persia - 1
Weird Winds of Winona - 1
The Haunted Candy Factory - 1
The Haunted Carnival - 1
I'm excited to announce that the final chapter of my fanfic, Return of the Reluctant Werewolf, has just been posted today! The story is now available to read in its entirety.
The fanfic is set immediately after the events of Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf when Dracula and the Hunch Bunch returns, and is an essentially a "cinematic universe" tying together all Scooby-Doo shows and films from the 1980s. The 1980s is definitely a standout era for how experimental it was, and I've always appreciated the films in particular, which is what inspired me to write this fanfic. The story begins with Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy and Googie seeking refuge from Dracula's vengeance, but it slowly branches off into them returning to Vincent Van Ghoul's castle, the Beauregard Plantation and Miss Grimwood's Finishing School to hide. This fanfic took a bit more of an experimental direction for me, because a lot of my previous fanfics have been more episodic with an overarching plot, rather than just one big overarching plot. In all, there are 10 chapters.
One of my favorite parts of writing is sprinkling in references from previous Scooby-Doo content, so it was really fun to take it to the next level and specifically reference things from the Scooby shows/films from the 1980s and tie them into the plot itself. I feel like it helped me grow as a writer to experiment with intentionally picking out references to past Scooby media that could be important to the overarching story, since the references in most of my previous fanfics were just random Easter Eggs tied to smaller plot points sprinkled in here and there.
In general, it was such a fun creative exercise to try to tie all the 1980s media together. I enjoyed writing for Vincent Van Ghoul and Flim-Flam, who appear as recurring characters in the fanfic. What I liked the most about writing this story was tying in the Scrappy shorts from a realistic standpoint the most. When you think about it, it's pretty ridiculous that Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy were constantly driving regular people into a state of murderous rage during that Scrappy era, so it was fun to explore than from a more realistic standpoint. It was particularly enjoyable writing my own Scrappy short based around Shaggy's misadventures cashing a check at the bank.
I enjoyed delving into Shaggy's character development and explore his quick tendency to fear. We don't really get any explanation of that in the franchise beyond "he's a coward, lol," so it was an interesting experiment to have Shaggy grapple with the fact that his anxiety often leads to him getting the ones he loves in trouble.
The fanfic is now fully available on Fanfiction.net and AO3. If you're interested in checking out any other fanfiction I've written, you can check out my author page. If you're unaware, I've also written other Scooby-Doo fanfics that tie into previous Scooby media. My other stories include a spin-off exploring Daphne's TV show from Zombie Island, Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake; a "coming of age" series for the Grimwood Girls from Ghoul School involving the return of Revolta; a story of how the Hex Girls rose to fame; an alternate ending to the 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo that's more in line with the original series than Curse of the 13th Ghost; and a series about Velma becoming a teacher at her sister Madelyn's school, Whirlen Merlin's Academy of Magic from Abracadabra Doo. (I've also written a one-off Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode, for anyone that happens to be a fan of that franchise) If you're looking for more fanfiction on top of that, I highly recommend checking out the Scooby Fanfiction page on this site, which includes a collection of my personal favorite Scooby-Doo fanfiction that I've read from other authors.
It seems the sudden leaks of cancelled projects are continuing as today, full storyboard animatic issues showing entire scenes and a song animatic for Mystery Pups were leaked online. The images leaked on 4chan by another anonymous person working at WB, also posting a message "This didn't deserve to be cancelled!" right as they leaked the materials. Someone in the comments of this thread also gave some sad insight that morale is at an all-time low at WB, and that mental health has not been the best for those who are writing and creating projects for WB.
The leaker posted storyboard animatics from episodes 1, 7 and 13, as well as a song from episode 7. The leaked images reveal the puppies' names as Daisy, Zelda, Mac, Gemma, Piper, Duke and Kristi. A character named Dr. Dancy, who appears to be the head camp counselor, are also revealed in the storyboards. The storyboards also reveal that the mysteries were not monster-focused, and were more kiddish mysteries. One storyboard shows that the conclusion to one of the "mysteries" is that a mysterious voice was actually one of the puppies, Duke, singing through a walkie talkie that he forgot he turned on. The song mentions that the camp has something to do with Moose, which may confirm the rumor circulating around the Internet that they were reviving Camp Little Moose from Camp Scare.
~ WildwindVampire ~