On November 29, 2017, fans felt a variety of emotions regarding the announcement of a new live-action movie, focusing solely on the two female members of Mystery Incorporated, Daphne and Velma. Many felt excited, for a new take on the franchise and for a film that had a sharper focus on the women main characters. Others were surprised, to see another live-action movie being put out with a brand new cast. Others were uncertain, about if this film would still be enjoyable even without the franchise's two central characters, Shaggy and Scooby, who have both appeared in every incarnation to date.
Before I continue this article further, I should probably reaffirm that this entire post is simply reflective of my opinions, and I am in no way trying to convince you to agree with me anywhere in this post. You are more than welcome to disagree with my argument here, as the world would be very boring if we all agreed on everything like mindless robots.
Over the last few weeks since the announcement of "Daphne & Velma," I have seen a very wide variety of opinions and feelings surrounding this film. Many are open to it and are looking forward to this potentially unique and different perspective on the franchise. Others, however, have already chosen to dismiss this movie as mere "feminist propaganda" and "preachy nonsense."
This is not to say that anyone's arguments are wrong. We all are entitled to our own likes and dislikes, and in my nearly ten years now in the Scooby fandom, I've never met a Scooby fan that says they like every Scooby-Doo episode and movie ever created. There will always be certain aspects of things we don't like, as thankfully, we all have our own unique personalities, and thus have our own diverse opinions on what makes us enjoy or not enjoy certain things.
I'd like to point out, however, that the widespread dislike which "Daphne & Velma" is already seeing less than two months after its initial announcement, is very similar to that of the dislike which "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo" received in its initial months, right after the original concept art was announced. Many of us, including myself, reacted negatively to our first look at the new series, along the lines of "WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SCOOBY?!?" There are still numerous people who dislike "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!" and find various aspects of it unappealing. What's important for us to remember though, is many of us did end up loving the witty, new take on the franchise which 'Be Cool' gave us. Many people, who initially hated the designs, and had objections to the show when it first was announced, now consider the show one of the funniest incarnations of Scooby-Doo to date. Although, it would be hypocritical not to note that there are some people who dislike 'Be Cool' (whether it was because they found the humor childish, the animation unappealing, etc.), but in my opinion, that is consistent with every show out there. Despite the widespread acclaim for "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated," some people even disliked that show due to their own personal tastes.
"Daphne & Velma" is also seeing a similar type of dislike, and as with 'Be Cool,' the film has not yet been released for people to give it a chance. This reminds me of one particular comment, which I read online before the premiere of "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!" As was consistent around the time before BCSD aired, this particular comment bashed the animation and claimed that the writers had "ruined" Scooby-Doo forever. Another person replied, simply putting in their two cents that they disliked the animation as well, but they still planned to give the show a fair chance. The original commenter replied back a few days before the show premiered, insisting that "I have given this show a chance already!" While I mean no offense to this person (and honestly don't even remember where I found the comment), by definition, it is literally impossible to give something a chance if you have never seen the show. Unfortunately, not everyone will give this film a fair chance, but I think this example does a good job illustrating how we sometimes don't give things a fair chance. If none of us had given "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!" a chance, many of us wouldn't have ever gotten the chance to fall in love with it, and understand the gang in a more three-dimensional way.
While I've highlighted the many similarities in the current dislike of "Daphne & Velma" and the previous concept art dislike of "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!", there is also a big difference as to why "Daphne & Velma" is already so widely dismissed by the Scooby fanbase. This particular issue is a bit tougher to tackle, as it has unfortunately become a somewhat charged political issue in our current world. However, as this blog is not a political debate forum, I will do my absolute best to make what I am writing as objective and non-biased as possible.
It's somewhat interesting, to see how much the phrase "feminist-focused" has become synonymous with this movie. For those of you who aren't aware, that particular phrase actually originated from my original blog post about the film's announcement. I actually had intended to type "feminism-focused" here, as "feminist-focused" would mean the movie was entirely focused around feminists (which it's not). "Feminism-focused" is more representative of what the movie probably will be, as Blondie Girl Studios' previous filmmaking history (from what I've researched) simply includes films which have an underlying plot which revolves around mainly female characters.
I should probably disclose here that part of the reason I am excited for this movie is because I consider myself a feminist. Before some of you start writing me angry comments about what a horrible person I am to dare to ever use that 'f' word in description of myself, I'd like to calmly and peacefully state something. While the next small piece of this article will discuss feminism in relationship to the dislike of the movie, it is simply to provide context to my argument and not to offend anyone. I have no intention of converting you into "fabulous feminists" like myself, and could really care less if you agree with me or not. I also have no intention of even being remotely preachy or convincing in this brief contextual discussion of feminism in relation to the film, and am only mentioning it as it directly relates to many people's objections to this film.
One of the most common and resonating arguments is that "Daphne & Velma" is written by angry feminists who intend to "teach us a lesson." I've also heard comments claiming the film will be "man-shaming" and that the film will "lecture us" on how to be "good little feminists". While, as I mentioned, most of this article reflects my opinions only, if you take one fact away from this article, let it be this: all of these arguments are simply presumptions. No matter what your opinion on the film, none of these things have actually been confirmed at this point.
This is not to say that inferences are always incorrect, and you can make many educated inferences that are most likely true. For example, the "S.C.O.O.B." movie was probably retitled and moved to 2020 because of a script rewrite or casting change. There are some inferences, however, that can be dangerous ones to make. Unfortunately, many people assume that all feminists actively protest for women's rights, shame men for their "lack of empathy" for women and their rights, and even that feminists seek to take out their personal hatred of males on poor, defenseless men. For sake of argument, here is the definition of feminism, according to the official Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Feminism (n.): The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Many people, unfortunately, confuse feminism for a much more radical form of feminism or even misandry (the hatred or despise of males). Interestingly enough, even radical feminism only has a very small portion of believers who joyfully shame or dislike men. To fulfill my promise to keep this discussion at a minimum, I'll stop here, but if you are interested in further researching the differences between regular feminism and radical feminism, this article from The Guardian does a very nice job doing so and explaining why the two are often confused.
To bring this discussion back to the movie, though it is certainly possible that feminism will be heavily focused on, we can and should not simply presume it will be. Let's also not forget that the only confirmation we've received here is that the film will present the main two female characters, Daphne and Velma, in a more "empowered" light. Hopefully, even if you disagree with what I said above (and that's perfectly okay!), you can at least agree that it is okay if men and women are treated equal in society (hopefully no one here wants to go back to the days before women had the rights to do basically anything). I could spend all day listing all the empowered male characters from films, so, if you agree with my above equality statement, you can probably agree that it should be okay to have empowered women characters in films as well.
This article, admittedly, has dealt with some heavy and politically-charged topics. One realization which may shock you (and I hope, makes at least one person give the film a chance who wasn't going to before) is this is all that's been confirmed so far. Simply that Daphne and Velma will be more three-dimensional, empowered characters. No scary and bloodthirsty ax-wielding feminists out to shame you for life about how oppressed women are. For the sake of argument as well, I'll post the description of the film here. If you'd like a refresher, try to read this summary again, pretending that the information that the movie is 'feminism-focused' hasn't been announced.
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright and optimistic Daphne and whip-smart and analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online — until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High, a tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school’s benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear — only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
In reality, on its surface, how bad does that description sound? Probably not too horrible, most likely. Unfortunately, many of you probably already know how much the media likes to hype certain things up. The whole "everyone's going to be feminist and queer and preaching for a female-dominated world" is simply hyped up by certain articles like this, this, and especially this one, which in fact has a misleading clickbait page title (look at the article name in the top of the page tab) that it's been confirmed that Daphne and Velma are lesbians in the film (which is entirely false). Feminism has nothing to do with forcing everyone to be queer and lesbians, in fact, in my opinion it would be quite hypocritical to do so and these articles miss the point. My personal feminism beliefs are that everyone should simply be themselves and embrace their own unique identities. Forcing everyone to be gay makes no sense, and would be demeaning to those who don't have interest in the same sex.
This entire article is not arguing that you should like the movie when it comes out. I'm simply suggesting that the movie deserves at least a chance, especially considering that we currently know nothing of the "empowered" Daphne and Velma, and don't even know if it will focus very heavily on feminism beyond some potential light undertones in the plot.
If you've made it this far, I really appreciate you reading this article and at least giving me a chance to try to explain things from my perspective. I have been increasingly frustrated reading some of the comments about this film on the Internet, particularly that people are judging it so harshly before it has been released, over presumptions that may or may not even be true. I'm fully aware that "haters gonna hate" is pretty representative of the Internet today, and some people will be always be angry and immature in their criticisms of both films and other people. I hope though, that this article resonates with at least one person that read it, and at least some people realize how important it is to give something a chance. Never judge a book by its cover. Maybe the movie will be horrific and in a year we'll all be saying how terrible of an idea it was, but the film also could be amazing and inspiring. We will never truly know until we actually watch it.
I know how wonderful and amazing you all are, so this maybe goes without saying, but I do have one small request. I love chatting with you all, and having interesting, deep discussions about our shared love of Scooby. You are more than welcome to disagree with me, and believe I am wrong in my opinions outlined in this post. You can even feel free to drop me an angry comment about what a horrible and disgusting person I am for being a feminist. However, while I try to make a point to reply to everyone's comments on here, please realize I will not reply to any comments which are direct personal attacks. You don't have to agree with me, but I simply request that you realize that we all have things which we believe in strongly, and this is something I believe in. And, if it helps anyone, my beliefs simply are that women should not be oppressed and should be equal societally to men, which by definition makes me a feminist. No protesting, no hatred, simply the belief that every human has the right to be respected and loved regardless of gender. Maybe this is a given, but I also would like to say that I immensely appreciate how amazing you all are, and that I even am able to make a post about a controversial issue such as this and feel comfortable doing so. The Internet can be a scary, angry place, but I'm thankful every day that you all make this such an awesome, friendly place to talk about Scooby.
If you have any opinions or thoughts on this, please let me know in the comments! :)
"Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers" is such an amazing movie! From the location to the spooky music, everything about it is such a masterpiece! But, what made the movie so intriguing and wonderful is the multi-faceted and ever-tangled web of mysteries that were prevalent throughout the entire film. Over the years, I've mentioned to some fellow Scooby fans jokingly that I could literally write an entire article on my theories surrounding the mysteries and ghosts in this film...so that's exactly what I'm going to do!
I would imagine that many people view the mysteries in this film as "solved" like the ending of the film presents. What I find so interesting about this film, however, is that there are so many different ways you can interpret all the mysteries!
There's of course the somewhat more simplistic view that the movie's ending alludes to (per Shaggy's comment, "I guess there aren't any real ghosts here at all!) - the Skull Ghost and the Headless Horseman were both the sheriff's witty and devious brother, the ghost in the attic was Farquard trying to steal the treasure, the "ghost" ape was simply a real ape which escaped from the circus, and the glowing-eyed wolf was possibly just a wolf that ran out of the forest coincidentally at the same time Beauregard's ghost appeared. The only ghost that this is unclear with, is Shaggy's Uncle Beauregard. It's certainly probable that the sheriff's brother is the ghost, hence the Beauregard costume in the closet, though his appearance at the end of the movie makes this somewhat unclear.
Ever since I first watched the movie when I was in the third grade and about 8, I've admittedly always thought Uncle Beauregard's ghost was "real" and the sheriff maybe dressed up as him once or twice to take advantage of the legend. There were times where the sheriff undeniably could not have been the ghost, such as the time where he drove his bike through Shaggy's solid wall, which obviously, a human could not have done. He also tells Shaggy to "leave this place!" during this same scene. So by that line, his uncle also wants him to leave, and thus it hypothetically could have been the real ghost or the sheriff's brother any of the times he chased Shaggy and the dogs. However, there is one time where the ghost was almost positively the sheriff in disguise. When Shaggy and the dogs look for the next clue in the cemetery, you may remember that they accidentally drop the headstone hat on the ghost (and cause him to yell "ouch!"). Going by the fact that the ghost was able to pass through a solid wall in the previous bedroom scene, the headstone could not have hurt the real ghost, and would have likely gone through him. So thus, by this hypothesis, some of the appearances were the real ghost trying to scare Shaggy away, though other appearances were most likely the sheriff. However, it is very tough to tell in some scenes, such as the bridge one or some of the house ones, if the Uncle Beauregard which appeared was the real ghost or the sheriff in costume.
The Skull Ghost is a really fun one to talk about, just because most people seem to presume that it was the sheriff's brother in all the appearances. However, if you look and listen closely, there are some differences in the Skull Ghost's physical appearance each time he shows up. The most prominent difference is that sometimes, the Skull Ghost is quite obviously a man in a suit with bones painted on. Other times, he seems to be made completely of real bones, and you can even hear his bones clanking against each other. You can see the side-by-side comparison I did of his appearances here. However, I'm not discounting the fact there that Hanna-Barbera just made an animation glitch here (as it's certainly been known to happen), but what I find particularly interesting about this is that this difference in appearances happens multiple times, but towards the end before they unmask the sheriff's brother, the Skull Ghost always appears in the black skeleton suit, while in the beginning few appearances, he is almost always the real-boned skeleton with a cape (which the sheriff's version of the ghost also doesn't have). My personal belief, because of this significant difference in appearance, which happens multiple times, is that the Skull Ghost was indeed real during the times in the beginning he appears without the black suit and with a cape.
The only ghost which is obviously fake, in my opinion, is the Headless Horseman, who was proven to be a dummy/mannequin on a robot horse. However, if you're more creative and imaginative than me, I'm sure you could probably think up an awesome theory surrounding the Headless Horseman! There are so many cool hidden aspects of the mysteries in this film, it wouldn't surprise me if there was some special "clue" thrown into the movie to hint that horseman was supposedly "real."
While we're talking about the Headless Horseman, let's get into the glowing-eyed wolf, which appeared with him at the beginning of the movie. There's unfortunately not too much to analyze about this particular "ghost"/creature, as it only appears at the very beginning of the film and for a brief 30 seconds, if even that. My opinion, which I'll admit is mainly based on how I think mystery movies should be as spooky, confusing and thought-inspiring as possible, is that the wolf is a "ghost" or some other supernatural creature, though again I have nothing to base that on other than my hopeful inner Scooby/movie nerd lol. What I do find interesting, however, is that no other Scooby sites list or even mention the wolf as a villain, or for that matter, at all, besides this one. I guess it just goes to show how unpopular of a villain he was, though I wish he would have showed up more in the movie! How cool would it have been to have a ghostly wolf running around the house in addition to all the other spirits?
The ghost in the attic is another interesting one to discuss, as it's super ambiguous as to if it was Farquard, the Sheriff, or a real ghost. By real-life logic, it would have had to have been a real ghost, as a person couldn't have lived and dropped the 20+ feet from the attic to the ground floor. However, cartoon logic would obviously allow this, meaning it easily could have been Farquard or the Sheriff (more likely of the two Farquard, as he had the jewel which the ghost stole). But, the ghost didn't look or sound like Farquard, and you once again could hear bones clanking (bringing it back to my Skull Ghost theory), so hypothetically, the ghost in the attic could have been a real ghost who was after the treasure.
The ape, who I believe Farquard called "Beebo" (or something to that affect) at the beginning of the film, is one of my favorite villains in this film! I love how un-self-aware/dimwitted he is, particularly his line "A ghost?" in reference to himself lol. It's never really proven otherwise, but I would claim that the ape was definitely a ghost. Farquard's comment at the beginning of the film that Uncle Beauregard shot the ape and had him stuffed, followed by the fact that the ape looks EXACTLY like the stuffed one Farquard shows everyone. The only argument I've heard against the ape being a ghost is that he is too timid to be a real spirit, as he is afraid of his spooky surroundings and the other ghosts. My only response to that is that ghosts can be quirky too haha! And before I end my discussion of the ape, I have to say that the ape's face when riding the mechanical horse at the end of the movie is soooo cute lol.
This movie is such a cinematic masterpiece with so many amazing plot twists, spooky spirits, and well-developed mysteries which you can interpret in so many different, unique ways. The sophistication and intricacy in this film is what makes it one of my favorite Scooby movies of all-time to this date. If anyone has any thoughts on this film, whether it's in general or related to your perspective of the many unsolved mysteries this film has, please let me know in the comments and I'll be more than happy to discuss thoughts with you!
You may remember last year that I published a post entitled "A Guide to the Scooby-Doo Holiday Specials," which was highlighted the plethora of Scooby-Doo episodes and movies which are classics to watch around the holiday season. Since then, two additional wintery episodes have debuted. Additionally, I received a few comments and an email which suggested other episodes which people enjoyed watching around the holidays which I had not included in the list. For the sake of completeness (and the fact that I want to make sure everyone's ideas are included!), I present you with an updated guide to the Scooby-Doo holiday specials!
Scroogey Doo (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
This first episode is a brand new episode which made its debut in the UK just months ago, on July 7, 2017, and just debuted a few weeks ago in the US on the Boomerang streaming service, on November 30, 2017.
I've been wanting an episode which parodies the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" for years now! The plot of the story works so well with Scooby, the fact that there are three ghosts haunting Scrooge and there's a "mystery" of sorts regarding why the ghosts are there and how Scrooge became the way he is. This episode does a perfect job staying true to the original story while staying true to Scooby as well (with crossovers, you always seem to run the risk of having it work for one story but not the other). It also does wonderfully in keeping with the classic Scooby mystery plot, as well as keeping with the mindless silliness that is Be Cool, Scooby-Doo. The episode has multiple recurring gags throughout, including my personal favorite regarding Fred's sudden grudge against raccoons. I also greatly enjoy the idea of Scrooge getting himself tested for menopause and "what if my lips fall off?" disease lol.
There is one interesting twist, however...in this version, the ghosts aren't solely there to haunt Scrooge, but they also attempt to show Velma that she would be better off not being held back by the gang, and should go pursue her own dreams.
Overall, this is a fantastic holiday episode which you should definitely add to your list. 10/10
Naughty or Ice (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
While this episode isn't strictly Winter-themed, it does relate to an "Ice Hotel" and has several winter-themed jokes throughout it, so I suppose I should include it in this list as well.
The idea of this episode was very interesting, but personally, I didn't really enjoy Daphne's quirk of the episode. In my opinion, Daphne attempting to blow the vault simply to get something back which her mother borrowed from her, neither makes sense or is consistent with her character. She could have just as easily just told her mother how she felt or come up with some elaborate (and funny) scheme to trick her mother, rather than committing several illegal acts just to steal back something that was her's anyway. I also didn't feel like Daphne lying to the gang and sneaking around behind their backs is consistent with the Daphne that had been established in the rest of the series. Normally, Daphne is a very empathetic and caring character who would do anything for her friends, but in this episode she just acts very selfishly and actively deceives her friends for personal gain.
Besides this, as well as some of the lame ice jokes and the repeating of the already-not-funny slippery ice joke from "Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!", I did actually enjoy the episode moderately. I loved the idea of reinventing "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright" from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You series, and many of the other jokes were quite humorous. My favorite part of the episode was definitely when Shaggy and Scooby tried to teach the Ice Man to talk. The Ice Man's triumphant announcement of "My name is Ice Man! My name is Ice Man!" is absolutely hilarious. I genuinely felt a little sad when Shaggy and Scooby ran off and tricked him, the poor Ice Man worked so hard lol!
Overall, this episode certainly had its moments and was a nice reimagining of "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright," but the whole plotline of Daphne blowing the vault and acting off-character somewhat ruined the episode for me. This is one I'd recommend skipping. 5/10
Block-Long Hong Kong Terror (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
This is one that was suggested last year that I add to the list, and quite honestly, I wouldn't have ever thought to watch it, but it's a really great idea and one I might consider adding to my list. Though not Winter-related as the other episodes are, this episode highlights the gang celebrating New Year (technically Chinese New Year, though IMO it's close enough!).
The episode features the gang in China to try to repair Shaggy's broken rubber duck, Duck Guy. While they are there, a giant dragon attacks the Chinese New Year festivities. Personally, I really enjoyed this episode, particularly the Duck Guy plotline, as it provided an interesting explanation and story development as to why the gang was in China, instead of another random "oh hey, we're just visiting China for no reason!" haha. Which brings up the question, how exactly does the gang pay for all the hundreds of countries they've been in? I really wish I could have afforded that with my friends as a teenager lol.
Overall, this was a very interesting episode, so if you celebrate New Year's and want a fun episode to watch, I would definitely recommend this one. 8/10
Laff-A-Lympics: The Swiss Alps & Tokyo, Spain & the Himalayas, The North Pole & Tahiti, Russia & the Caribbean, and Warsaw, Canada & Poland
This was another suggestion I got after I made my post last year. Admittedly, I had never considered watching any of the Laff-A-Lympics episodes that took place in snowy/wintery places around the holidays, but it's definitely a great idea! Five episodes of the series take place in snow-covered locations, including: "The Swiss Alps & Tokyo," "Spain & the Himalayas," "The North Pole & Tahiti," "Russia & the Caribbean" and "Warsaw, Canada & Poland." These episodes are a bit more difficult to review, as they all have basically the same plot, but if you're looking for a less conventional holiday episode which you don't watch every year, I would recommend these for sure! However, if you are short on time or just want to stick to the classics, I'd say maybe avoid these.
If you remember, this post's original point was to highlight the best and most highly recommended holiday episodes. With these new additions, let's briefly recap and add to my choices from last year:
(From last year's post)
1. That's Snow Ghost (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You)
2. The Ghost of Bigfoot (The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
3. A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright (The Scooby-Doo Show)
4. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii! (The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show)
5. Snow Job Too Small (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
6. The Nutcracker Scoob (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
7. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
8. A Scooby-Doo Christmas (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
9. Night Terrors (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
10. Scary Christmas (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo)
11. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
12. Chill Out Scooby-Doo!
(New this year)
13. Scroogey Doo (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
(Recommended New Year's episodes)
1. Block-Long Hong Kong Terror
Thanks so much as always for reading and visiting the blog! If you have any other episodes which you watch around the holidays that I didn't mention, please don't hesitate to suggest one in the comments! Hope you all have a great rest of the year and happy holidays everyone! :)
As Scooby fans, I think we can all agree that Scooby has affected our lives in some way or another, whether its your childhood, your identity, or maybe even your career path. In my opinion, part of being a Scooby fan is realizing the impact which watching and appreciating Scooby-Doo has on your life.
For Tore, the impact that Scooby has had on her life started when she was little. In fact, her first memory of watching a television program is watching reruns of Scooby-Doo after school with her mom. "What always appealed to me was the aspect of being scared of the monsters, but finding comfort in Scooby Doo and the gang solving the mystery!" Tore reflects. "I was very vocal about my love of Scooby and it became part of my identity growing up. I guess that's why in high school it was a no brainer to discuss Scooby, because everyone already knew that was just 'my thing'."
Throughout high school, Tore continued expressing herself through her love of Scooby. For various high school projects, Tore used her passion for Scooby-Doo to succeed by centering many of her assignments around Scooby, including several essays and even an informative speech on Scooby's family tree!
As college drew closer, Tore began taking college prep courses to help get her ready for various college exams and the college entrance essay prompts. "I remember in high school during our college prep courses, they told us the most common prompt was who inspired us/who was our biggest influence, and they told us to think outside the box (don't give the typical parent, grandparent, teacher answer). I had already written some other things about Scooby Doo to cure my boredom for other classes, so I decided I might as well write about the impact of Scooby Doo on my life for that assignment too." So Tore decided to take a chance and write her entrance essay, which would determine whether she got into college or not, on our favorite cartoon dog, Scooby-Doo. Because of her essay, which looked at Scooby in a very mature and insightful manner, Tore was accepted to The University of Texas, St. Edward's University and Angelo State University.
This is the essay which got her accepted into college:
When I think about attending college, the wise words of the most influential person of my life comes to mind: “Ruh-Roh!” Yes, you’re reading that right. The most influential person who shaped the woman I am today is not in fact a person at all, but a beloved fictional dog known all around the world as Scooby Doo. While unconventional, Scooby Doo taught me multiple life lessons including perseverance, the value of friendship, and integrity.
How did a cowardly dog teach a young girl perseverance? Almost anyone who has watched the multiple shows Scooby Doo has starred in knows that Scooby has a hard time facing all those ghosts and ghouls. With all of life’s challenges comes fear; the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, and the fear of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. These fears are especially evident when it comes to starting a new chapter in my life by attending college. However, what I learned from watching Scooby Doo was that although he was definitely afraid to face the many monsters, Scooby persevered. With a Scooby snack and some encouragement from friends, Scooby Doo was often crucial in capturing the creepers, and finding out that those ghosts weren’t ever as scary as they seemed.
What would Scooby Doo do without his friends? As mentioned before, the support of the fellow members of Mystery Inc. often provided Scooby with the courage to solve the mystery and nab the bad guys. While attending college, I know that it is important to rely on my support system to help me face my fears as well. Being a good friend was essential to the success of Mystery Inc., and I look forward to finding new lifelong friends to help me achieve great things at school, and beyond.
Most importantly, Scooby showed me the significance of integrity. At his core, Scooby Doo is a dog on a mission to do the right thing. Scooby Doo and his gang took it upon themselves to investigate and solve mysteries, but in actuality, many of these mysteries hinged upon helping others solely because it was the right thing to do. The Mystery Inc. didn’t receive cash rewards for their many solved cases, but instead their own integrity pushed them to continually take on the scariest of situations. Scooby faced his fears almost every day to lock away the men in the masks often because nobody else in Coolsville would, or could. I know while in college I will have to face many situations that could question my integrity, but thankfully I found a role model in Scooby Doo who taught me that I must always do what is right.
To some, Scooby Doo is a just a character in an old kids' show. We all love Scooby Doo, but no one gives him a second thought once they grow up. This isn’t the case for me. I will never forget how Scooby taught me to face my fears, along with a group of great supporting people behind me, because it is the right thing to do. I will continue to keep the essence of Scooby Doo alive as I start this new chapter in my life. My only question is: Are Scooby Snacks on the meal plan?
After being accepted into all three colleges, Tore originally decided to go to St. Edward's University, and later transfered to Texas University and eventually Angelo State. And in all three colleges, she succeeded, with the help of her passion for Scooby, of course! In fact, today, Tore still uses various things which she learned from her love for everyone's favorite cartoon dog in her daily life and job in a museum, which is ironically rumored to be haunted. "Working in the museum I feel like I'm part of the gang! Every item in our collection has its own history and mystery to solve. And also, we recently had paranormal investigators come to see if it's really haunted or not, so that was definitely spooky! You would think What a Night for a Knight would've inspired my career more, but I still mainly attribute it to Which Witch is Which and To Switch a Witch from The Scooby Doo Show! I also accredit my obsession with Scooby Doo as to why I loved learning about witches as a kid (the first episode I ever saw was Which Witch is Which) and my love of horror movies today."
Even if the impact Scooby has had on your life isn't as large as the impact it has had on Tore's life, it just goes to show how much Scooby can really have an impact on people's lives. "I honestly can't imagine how I would view the world if I wasn't exposed to Scooby Doo at such a young age. It's crazy when you get older and realize how much loving Scooby Doo actually impacts how you view the world, people, friendships, and the scary monsters we face on a day to day basis!"
I think I can safely say without exaggeration that Crystal Cove Online is truly the best Scooby-Doo game ever made so far. Not to offend anyone, but if you think about it, a lot of the other Scooby games are quite simple as they are meant to be easy enough for children to play. However, this game really goes above and beyond to make it interesting for both the young and adult player. How you ask? Even having to abide by the rules of the episode (as the game was meant to mirror each episode that aired that week), the game creators still did a great job making the game their own - a fun, challenging companion to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
In my opinion, though the entire game was fun, some of the side-villains were ingenious creations.
I still don't know what this thing is (I've always just called them "Boxing Zombies" lol), but whatever it is has a really awesome design. For those who don't remember or haven't played the game, these were the side-villains you had to defeat in the Que Horrifico mystery. Most of the other side-villains were somehow related to the monster (i.e. The Man-Crab had crabs, The Gator People had toy gators, etc.) but this one I thought was truly created. I'll admit, when the game first came out I did wonder why the game creators didn't just use the zombified children. But when you think about it, I'm sure it would be pretty scandalous for Cartoon Network to say "Hey, you want to play our new Scooby game? Yeah, you have to beat up children in it!" Well I'm sure they wouldn't say that, but hopefully you get the point that some parents would probably strongly disapprove of a game where you had to beat up vulnerable kids.
This one is pretty creative too if you think about it. The evil roses went with the Aphrodite mystery (which I suppose makes sense with the Valentine's Day theme), but you've got to wonder what was going on in the writers' minds when they thought up a mutated, walking rose that wants to kill you. The concept is just both interesting and amusing to me. But that aside, the design (particularly the mangled feet) is quite intriguing.
I apologize for that picture being kind of blurry, but it was the best screenshot I could get as the shrunken head was trying to kill me lol! This side-villain I find both interesting and creepy. If you think about it, a decapitated head trying to whip you to death with its chain is pretty unsettling! I also was surprised the Cartoon Network censor let that one through. It's just such a creepy design (even creepier than in the episode!) and beating up a shrunken head just doesn't sound like something you'd put in a kids game.
I suppose I'll talk about these two together as they were put together in the game. These side-villains (and yes, the chair is a side-villain that attempts to bonk you over the head until you're knocked out lol), particularly the bear rug, I always found really cool. The one thing I do wish though is that the bear rug would actually make a bear noise in the game, instead of just being silent! Either way, the chair trying to bonk you over the head will always be both memorable and humorous to me.
This punky monkey will always be my favorite side-villain ever in this game. This is another one of those "how did the writers come up with this?" type villains. Though I profess that I'm not a super creative person when it comes to coming up with designs, I do wonder how someone thought of putting spikey hair on a monkey and having it slap you to death with its drumsticks. It's just such an abstract concept! The one complaint I do have about this particular mystery is that only Thorn appeared, and Luna and Dusk were absent from the game. However, what one fellow Scooby fan called "The Evil Robot Drummer Monkey of Doom!" [if said person is reading this, you know who you are! :) ] makes up for Dusk and Luna's absence!
This side-villain was less amusing or abstract, but just plain creepy! If you don't recognize the design, this is the shadow of the Freak, which the main boss villain (The Freak of Crystal Cove himself) is able to summon at will. What makes this mystery particularly tough to complete is that you have to defeat the Freak twice rather than one time (well actually, you have to defeat him three times if you count the Bonus Mystery!) and the Freak can summon shadows to fight you, so essentially you have to beat both him and whatever shadows he summons. He also can summon shadows of you to turn against you, which is super cool! The one amusing part about the Freak mystery is that during the second boss fight, The Freak does this odd jumping thing that looks almost like a leap of joy! lol
I suppose that's it for the side-villains, other than the Fish Freaks which, instead of looking creepy as they did in the episode, they actually look kind of cute! (don't ask me why, they just do!)
The game was removed unfortunately from the Cartoon Network website, however I did find another website (that's completely safe) that you can play it on! You can play the game here. I should warn you though that there are a few glitches from when they were on the CN site, some of them which severely affect gameplay. Firstly, the biggest glitch is that during the Man Crab boss fight, occasionally a second Man-Crab will appear making the challenge nearly impossible. Unfortunately (though I somehow was able to defeat both of them once), generally the best thing for you to do is to just let them both pinch you to death and retry the boss fight. Secondly, in the "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" mystery, when you enter the school gym, sometimes no one will be there despite the fact the game tells you that you are suppose to talk to the gang in the gym. I was able to fix this glitch by continuously going into the gym door at different angles. Lastly, sometimes during the Freak boss fight, the Freak will appear after he has dimmed the lights. If he appears, you be completely unable to touch him and he becomes immortal. Though I wish I knew a way to fix this, if this happens you're essentially screwed because there's no way you can defeat him, yet he is able to defeat you. Although there are those three glitches, the game is generally very reliable and I don't know of any other major glitches that affect gameplay besides those three.
In light of finding the game again, I've been working on a Crystal Cove Online page which is now completed and gives in-depth info on the game. I'm admittedly quite excited about completing this page for two reasons. Firstly, because of course because I love the way it turned out and I think it gives some really good info about the game. However, secondly I'm excited about doing this because this marks the end of my site update list, which I've had since the site first went live. This doesn't mean that I'm completely done with working on the site in anyway, in fact someday I plan to add lots more to the site as new content in the franchise comes out and I think of more cool things I'd like to have on here. But, for now, I feel the site is up-to-date and how I want it to be, which is a really cool feeling.
I do realize that it is impossible to have every single thing Scooby-related on the site, because quite frankly it would take a lifetime to document everything Scooby that's ever made. Since I've reached the end of the things I want to add to the site, I'd like to open the invitation (well, actually the invitation's always open, I just wanted to verbalize it again) for suggestions. If you feel there's something that is not on the site that you feel should be on the site, I'm definitely open to suggestions, so just let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and I'll be happy to discuss!
This past weekend, in order to finish the new Compilation Sets page (I'll get more to that in a minute), I got the great pleasure of getting to look up old Scooby VHS tapes on eBay and Amazon, and ended up finding a lot of interesting ones that I didn't even know existed!
So hopefully this post won't be too boring for the much younger fans who may not remember the land of VHS tapes, but I quite enjoyed the trip down memory lane and wanted to show you guys all my findings. It was really cool to find all those VHS sets, especially since most people now days seem to think that VHS's are only for 80-year-olds (for the record I'm in my 20's and still own several VHS tapes lol).
But here's what I found over the weekend:
This VHS tape was when Scooby was first beginning to air on Cartoon Network, and includes "The Ghoul, The Bat and the Ugly" and "To Switch A Witch." Apparently, the tape is incredibly rare now and is going for $50+ on eBay. I don't personally own the tape, but I find those two episodes an odd combination to release. One has Scrappy and one doesn't, and not to mention the fact that the episodes really don't have similar plot or villains whatsoever. I suppose this VHS tape would only be for the nostalgia at this point, as both episodes have been released on DVD now, but I still thought this was quite a fun find.
Though this one includes episodes that have all been released a million times (Watt a Shocking Ghost!, The Headless Horseman of Halloween, Scared a Lot in Camelot and The No-Face Zombie Chase Case are the episodes included), this one stood out to me as I had never seen it before and this was apparently one of the first Scooby episodes ever released on VHS, in 1987.
This VHS tape is one I have in my own personal collection, but I decided to look it up anyways on eBay and Amazon just to see what it's current price was. Interesting thing is, it's not on Amazon or eBay at this point and I can't find any record of it on the Internet. In fact, the picture you see above was one I took of my own copy (most of the other pictures are from online). It only features one episode "The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear" (which has been released). Now, I'm not mentioning this because I'm going to sell it at some extravagant price, but I thought it was really cool that I had such an apparently rare VHS in my collection.
This is the fourth volume of the VHS I just talked about above (and I don't own this one), and apparently this one is incredibly rare as well. It's currently going for $10 on eBay and includes the episodes "Twenty Thousand Screams Under The Sea" and "I Left My Neck in San Francisco." This was the only other "Scooby and Scrappy-Doo" volume I could find, though for logic's sake I did leave blank listings without pictures in the new Compilations page (as obviously if there was a volume 1 and 4 there would have to be a 2 and 3). However, I did find the episode listing for Volume 2 on a site, and it includes the first three 1979 Scrappy episodes.
This is apparently the second in a series of VHS tapes that Cartoon Network released back in 1996 (the first one being The Ghoul, The Bat and the Ugly & To Switch a Witch). It includes both "The Nutcracker Scoob" (oddly, the VHS tape is called "A Nutcracker Scoob" - not sure why they'd change the title) and "Alaskan King Coward."
If you're looking for a rare VHS and never-released-on-DVD episodes, this is the one to buy. This VHS includes both "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" and "The Tar Monster." Though "The Tar Monster" has already been released, the title episode "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" has never been released on DVD and even to this day only available on this VHS tape. I'm a bit lacking in the rare VHS area of my collection, but I did purchase this one a long time ago and it is still part of my collection. I believe someone has it up right now for a not too bad price on eBay, so if you're looking to buy this, now would be the time!
This is the other rare VHS you should buy if you're looking for never-before-released. This tape features "Wedding Bell Boos" and "To Switch a Witch," with the first one of those never being released on any other DVD or VHS set. This is the only other Scooby VHS I have in my collection, and it was certainly a good buy!
I suppose that's all the interesting VHS's I found besides the Classic Scooby-Doo ones and the Laff a Lympics ones which are (from my understanding) pretty common knowledge in the Scooby fandom.
The reason I looked for these old VHS sets is because I was completing the Compilation Set page in the List of Releases section of the site. Be sure to check the page out if you're looking to buy, checking to see what Scooby sets are out there or just for fun!
Hopefully this post was enjoyable to read! I know I certainly had fun writing it, so I guess I'll just end with I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. :)
Those of you who have a good memory will remember I said there was a special Valentine's Day article coming at the beginning of February, but unfortunately, I didn't have the time to finish it...until now that is! (Hey, it's still February, isn't it? :D)
Obviously Fred and Daphne are the most well-known couple in Scooby. I'll admit they do make a very cute couple and would work well together...however, I've disliked the way it's been handled in recent DTVs (especially Stage Fright). It feels like we just start from square one every DTV now, and there's no continuity or forwards movement anymore. I think this is what makes people go to the "not another pretty-girl-and-dumb-jock dating!" perspective. Though I agree that the relationship is very stereotypical, I think if it went somewhere, I wouldn't mind it. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I think Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated handled their relationship best. Though a lot of Season 1 was Fred obsessed with traps and saying "Why must I feel?" (btw I love that quote! lol), there was some nice forward movement and relationship development towards the end of Season 1 when they kissed and almost got married, plus in Season 2 where Fred had to gain Daphne's trust again after he left her, and so on. Again, it's a very stereotypical relationship, but IMO it's the characters and their interactions that matter, not how stereotypical it is. To sum things up here, I like Fraphne (Fred/Daphne), but only in the case of SDMI, or if it would be done in a non-stale way in the future.
So I suppose the next most logical pairing to talk about is Shaphne (Shaggy / Daphne). Now I'll be honest here and say I find Shaphne fans quite intriguing. It seems like the general opinion is most fans either dislike them or obsessively ship the heck out of them. I've joked to a few people about the more extreme theories like "Shaggy and Daphne looked in each other's eyes for 0.2 seconds...that means they MUST be in love!" Though it may sound mean, some fans are actually like that...where they notice a quick look that either Shaggy or Daphne looked in the other one's direction and assume it means they have some sort of secret "thing" for each other, or even make huge assumptions, the best example of this being Shaggy and Daphne adopting Flim Flam as a son. But don't get me wrong here - I'm not bashing the assumptions or theories at all - they actually intrigue me quite a bit. And in fact, some of my favorite people to talk to are Shaphne fans just because they have such interesting perspectives on the relationship. Enough about other people's thoughts though.
I've been more "meh" on this pairing just simply because there is no real evidence of the two other than in "Night Terrors" (pictured above)...and even that was a hallucination technically. Would I like to see them together? Sure, I'm totally open-minded on the matter. It would be cool to see the two together, and (sorry for the brief semi-self-promotion here) I've written a fanfic that unintentionally brought the two in a relationship together, which is actually quite interesting to write as the characters take the relationship in a direction of their own.
Controversy ahoy! This pairing is one of the most disliked and controversial pairings in the fandom, but some still ship it intensely. Not to offend anyone, but honestly, I hated this pairing for one reason: Velma was a total controlling big meanie. (Another word beginning with "B" came to mind first, but let's just say I forgot what word that was ;) ) Analyzing this on a non-cartoon-world, real-life relationship level, you should NEVER try to change the person entirely! That's what Velma did here, which IMO shows she didn't actually love Shaggy for who he was, but only on a skin-deep level, likely for his looks. Maybe my comparison with real-life relationship etiquette doesn't hold up here as you don't find yourself often having to choose between a person and a dog...but you get my point :)
Though there's no evidence for this pairing other than a totally out-of-context picture here, I'm still going to analyze it on a hypothetical level. I really think this pairing could work out in an interesting way, especially as in the earlier series, Velma and Fred showed a lot of similarities in solving mysteries. Velma was the brains of the operation, while Fred also had some great teamwork skills and used his own brains to lead the gang in the right direction towards solving the mystery. Is my logic a bit shallow here? Maybe, but I think it would be interesting to see it tried out if it was done right.
What kind of relationship article would this be if I didn't include Marcie and Velma? Though this is another controversial relationship in more ways than one, I'd love to see the two of them together honestly. I'm totally open-minded and would love to see a LGBTQ+ relationship done in Scooby if handled right, IMO it would be revolutionary for something that's technically a children's cartoon (hey, we had Zootopia tackle racism and feminism last year, why can't Scooby have a non-traditional relationship?)
That aside, I think, out of all the relationships, Marcie and Velma genuinely cared for each other the most. Besides the affectionate "V"/"Velm" names, they seemed to be in sync on an emotional level and could confide in each other with secrets and to discuss issues.
Now I probably sound like I just want this to happen so a lesbian relationship will finally occur in Scooby, but IMO a poorly done lesbian relationship is worse than remaining with straight relationships in the show. I'd be genuinely interested to see how it would play out if the two did get in a relationship, but as always, it would depend on how it was done.
Moving on from one the most controversial relationships to one of the cutest relationships! Nova and Scooby make a perfect couple IMO (I don't know how you can be against something that adorable!) and quite visibly love each other. Scooby was always adorable with Nova and Nova...well...she didn't say much...but was regardlessly cute, especially the bell on her collar!
I could go on all day talking about the non-continuous relationships...there was Shaggy/Googie, Shaggy/Crystal, Scooby/Amber, etc., etc. but I think I'll stop before this article gets too long!
I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it, and if you agree or even disagree with something I've said, post in the comments section and let's discuss it! (I'm always happy to talk about Scooby!)
In honor of a new addition to the site (which I'll get to in a minute), I wanted to do a fun article about my favorite online Scooby-Doo games.
This past week, I've been working hard on a new page for the site, listing the very best Scooby-Doo games out in the vast world that is the Internet. Why not all Scooby games, you may ask? To be honest, a lot of Scooby games aren't there aren't incredibly well done or have abysmal graphics - most of those being the non WB-sanctioned games. Admittedly, for those of us who are watching Scooby as teens or adults, some of these games are a bit kiddy. But hey, even I've caught myself playing some of the games in a moment of boredom every once in a while, because they're fun for everyone :). This page includes my personal favorite Scooby games, along with some fun whimsical ones. Unfortunately, many of my previous favorite games were taken down by WB :( , but I still added every remaining game I consider the best of the best. As I'm sure I didn't add every single Scooby game out there, if you have a favorite Scooby game you want added to the page, please feel free to email me and I will put it up! You can check out the page here.
In honor of this new page, I'd like to narrow down the games on that page to my top ten favorites. I've placed a link to the games on each of the titles for your convenience.
10. Be Cool Scooby-Doo: It's Dark Out There
If you know of Candy Crush or Temple Run, this is another one of those super simple games that is for some reason addictively fun. All you have to do is click on the monster eyes before they capture you, but it gets super addictive super quickly. I know when I first played it, I was like "Oh, that was easy," but then before I knew it, I had been playing for a half an hour trying to beat my record. (I got 62 - see if you can beat it!) So simply due to it's simplicity and it's addictiveness, it's a fun game to play if you're bored or just need some mental stimulation between doing other things.
9. Race to Wrestlemania
For those of you who remember the online game that was a companion to Camp Scare (ominously titled "Run for Your Life!") which was sadly discontinued, this game reminds me a lot of that one. In "Race to WrestleMania," you have to try to make it to WWE City and outrun the Ghost Bear, which is the same Ghost Bear in the first Scooby/WWE movie from 2014. This is another really fun fast-paced game for when you're bored, which I've placed it as #9 on the list.
8. Scooby-Doo Snapshot
Missing the old Zoinks Points? Miss it no more, because now you can make spooky scenes with Scooby and the gang, plus many classic villains by playing this game. I love this game basically because of the nostalgia of Zoinks Points, which is in a very pathetic state as of currently. A nice throwback for fellow Zoinks Points fans.
7. Big Air 2: Curse of the Half-Pipe
Ah, the addictive games are the best ones, aren't they? This is another addictive-because-it's-simple game. The premise is, you're Scooby (or you can also pick from Shaggy or the Mystery Machine), and you have to try to get your skateboard to make the highest jump possible. I'll admit, when I first played the game, I was like "Oh, that's it?" when my first game had finished. But, once you get started, you'll be hooked and trying to beat your previous high score (I believe I got to nearly 5,000 feet once!). You can also choose from three game modes in this game, but I highly recommend the Arcade Mode. Arcade Mode allows you to automatically spin a wheel which will give you various special abilities, such as boost, rocket jump, etc.
6. Horror on the High Seas
Sure, the three previous games fall into the simple-but-addictive category, but something about a game with a good plot really makes the game better as a whole. In this game, Shaggy and Scooby are vacationing alone on a ship. Suddenly, all the other passengers disappear, and ghost pirates attack the ship. It's up to you to solve the mystery by completing each task successfully. This game includes four parts in total. The various tasks are actually fun and challenging (and I'm saying this as an adult) and is honestly very interesting. I highly recommend this game!
5. Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Castle
While the premise is simple in some ways, I like this game because it's genuinely a bit challenging. The premise is this: The Ghost King is trying to scare Scooby! Look for objects or other ways to trap the ghost around the castle rooms before he scares Scooby stiff! If you are scared by the ghost four times in one level, you lose the game. However, you can find boxes of Scooby Snacks around the castle to lower your fear level. Also, you must rescue Velma, Daphne and Fred, who the ghost king has captured. Maybe this sounds simple so far, but here's the catch: you DON'T use the objects in order! They could be used in any order - it's up to you to use your sleuthing skills to figure out where and when to use it. However, you don't have to be paranoid...usually whenever the Ghost King jumps out at you, you will see a piece of his crown or his head peeking out a few seconds before he jumps out so you have time to figure out what item goes where. The music is also really spooky, though a friendly word of warning, keep the volume low! I unfortunately made the mistake of thinking the volume was too quiet before the game had loaded, so I turned the volume all the way up, and...well, you can probably guess what happened next lol.
4. Mayan Monster Madness
This is a fantastic four-part story game which features a villain which is none other than...a Mayan god! Maybe that's lame but I thought it was a pretty cool choice of villain at least lol. The premise is this: Scooby and Shaggy are looking to make some chili...and what other way is there to make chili other than adding the hottest pepper in the world? Shaggy and Scooby look for the sacred pepper, but on their journey, a Mayan god chases them! In this story game, you have to solve the mystery by completing each task successfully. This game includes four parts in total. This is another great game to kill an hour. But before I make my final point, I just want to say how creepy a title "The Temple of Lost Souls" (the final part of the game) is for a supposed kids' game! Oh, and a word of warning, last time I played Part 2 (Creepy Cave Cave-In), there was a glitch in the game that prevented you from completing the last task. I didn't have a chance to see if the glitch was still in the game, so if it doesn't work, don't judge me! lol
3. Scooby Trap
Before I get into the game, let me just say, if you play this game with the sound on, you will never be able to get the catchy background music out of your head! I have it stuck in my head as I'm writing this....and I played this yesterday! So maybe consider playing with the sound off? haha But onto the game, this game does a great job of integrating classic villains such as the Werewolf, Frankenstein, the Zombie, the Witch, the Phantom of Vazquez Castle, the Green Ghosts, and many more. The game is quite simple actually, simply jump on the villains to defeat them and make it to the end to find the gang! There are 9 levels to complete. This game is quite fun and once you start, it's tough to stop without making it to the end (it's that addictive!).
2. Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
So as the title says this is based on the movie Goblin King, and this game is really complex and fun! You get to pick your broom and you, as Shaggy or Scooby, have to ride your broom and shoot down all of the goblins with your pumpkins! You have tp try to make it through each of the five levels, and once you've completed all five, you move on to the final level where you have to defeat Krudsky himself! This game is so complex it's hard to explain in such a short description, so I'll let you all play it for yourself. But it's an action-adventure game that is a must-play!
1. Haunts For The Holidays
Though it may be an unpopular opinion, I can safely say this is my favorite Scooby-Doo game on the Internet. Besides being incredibly festive for the cold wintery, holiday season, the mystery and adventure aspect of this game is awesome! Here's the premise: Scooby and Shaggy are watching the play A Christmas Carol when all three ghosts from the story become real and chase off everyone in the kingdom that the play is being put on at. Worse yet, the Ghost of Christmas Present has stolen the queen's crown! It is up to Shaggy and Scooby to reclaim the crown in this festive three-part story game. The Ghost of Christmas Past's design is soooo cool and creepy too! This game is wonderfully fantastical and I recommend that if you play any of these games I've listed, you play this game.
Well, that's it for this article, I hope you enjoyed reading this and that you enjoy the new page!
If there's anything more frustrating than CN's poor treatment of Scooby, it's the fact that it's now 2017 and countless Scooby episodes have still not been released in any format, DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS. Right now, a total of 131 episodes - that's over a fourth of the current count of 478 episodes (including each Scrappy short individually plus the non-series special episodes, such as Spooky Games, Haunted Holidays, etc.). As I mentioned last week in my Year-in-Review post, WB seems to be done with the 13 Spooky Tales sets. While I love those, I certainly prefer season sets for the simple reasons of 1) Not getting repeated episodes and 2) More new episodes. Being the avid Scooby fan I am, I can assure you that my Scooby shelf (and yes, I do have an entire shelf reserved for my Scooby DVDs lol) is getting quite full and the many 13 Spooky Tales doesn't help that. Another thing that annoyed me about the Spooky Tales is towards the end, the sets were mainly filled with already released episodes, meaning I had double and even triple copies of some episodes. The only thing I liked the Spooky Tales for other than the few unreleased episodes was the new specials! I really hope we will get more specials in future years even if it is truly the end of the 13 Spooky Tales sets.
So back to my point, the other reason is it's confusing for us collectors and people in general the way the episodes have been released. Firstly, with so many DVD's that are just re-releases, it's hard to know for the average fan which ones are actually new and which ones are simply re-releases. And most importantly, it's incredibly confusing to have the episodes spread across so many DVDs for some of the earlier series like the Scrappy-Doo series and The Scooby-Doo Show. I got an email which partially inspired this article last week, asking what the best way was to purchase The Scooby-Doo Show. I'll be honest with you all, I had to look at my own How to Have a Complete Scooby Collection guide just to remember which of the released Season 2 episodes were released on which 13 Spooky Tales DVDs. I even had to rewrite the email several different times to try to make it less confusing for the person.
Ideally, I would like to see "The Scooby-Doo Show Season 2" get it's own DVD (after all, all of the Season 1 and 3 episodes have been already released since 2007!) first. I feel like we've waited long enough for those episodes and they were good episodes! I love the darkness and spookyish feeling to each of them, especially "The Creepy Heap from the Deep" and "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller" (if you haven't seen them, they are a lot darker than the other episodes of that series!)
Next, I think Scrappy should get some love and maybe have the Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show Volumes 2 and 3 DVDs, or maybe a "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 2" which would at least get the remaining 18 shorts released from the first season of The Richie/Rich Scooby-Doo Show. In a perfect world, I think we should get all the seasons released at some point (I'll go into that more in a second).
Though I know this will be an unpopular opinion, I'd also like to see Get A Clue get another shot. I'm a bit fuzzy on this but I *believe* I heard there wasn't a Get A Clue Volume 3 due to the bad sales numbers of Volume 2. I would love to see Volume 3, or even better a Season 1 or Complete Series set, but I really doubt we will. The series has such a bad reputation now I think our best chance will be a compilation DVD like 13 Spooky Tales.
Another thing I think we need to see is a Scooby-Doo: The Complete Specials set! A few years back, Warner Archive released a Flintstones Prime Time Specials set which gave collectors every Flintstones special ever made. I think Scooby could pull this off too with great sales numbers, with a compilation of the six DTV specials on the 13 Spooky Tales set, Knight Time Terror, Night of the Living Doo, The Behind the Scenes Interviews plus maybe The Scooby-Doo Project?
This is where the Laff-a-Lympics part comes in, now, on Amazon.com Laff-A-Lympics: Spooky Games is being retitled as "Laff-A-Lympics: The Complete First Collection". Could this mean we are getting a "Complete Second Collection" releasing the other 8 unreleased Season 2 episodes? I sure hope so, back in 2012 when I bought the set, I had been hoping that we would get Season 2 last summer for the 2016 Olympics (which obviously didn't happen), but I'm hoping 2018 is the year as it's the Winter Olympics, and this sudden title change might be a hint for that.
Finally, in addition to the season sets, I think it would be nice to have complete holiday sets for Halloween and Christmas. Sure we got those two 13 Spooky Tales DVDs, but in my opinion they didn't do a good job compiling episodes. Both had many episodes on them that weren't related to the holidays at all ("Tenderbigfoot" is NOT a Christmas episode, WB, despite the fact that Bigfoot is technically a Yeti! lol) I would love to see a complete Christmas collection compiling all the Christmas/Winter episodes and a Halloween collection compiling all the Halloween/Fall episodes)
While it's fun to hypothesize, I doubt any of this will actually happen soon other than maybe the Laff-A-Lympics set. In my opinion, WB has not been doing a good job releasing new content in general these past few years. I'd be completely satisfied if we saw a new season set and a new 13 Spooky Tales set every year in addition to the 2-3 DTVs being released. I hope that eventually, we will see something of the sort happen and finally get all the episodes released!
As promised, that was my very first article of the year (with many more to come) on ScoobySnax! I enjoyed writing it, but this is totally just a learning curve. Of course I've written articles before for this site and in real life, but this is my first non-informational article, so this is completely a new (and exciting) experience for me! I'll continue to experiment around with the articles and the blog in general (a new weekly blog series is still to come at some point!), but the only way I know how I'm doing is if you guys give me feedback, either in the comments or through email. So if you want to give me feedback, whether positive or negative or constructive criticism, please let me know so I can write more fun, interesting articles in the future!
Thanks and hope you all are enjoying this first week of 2017!
Whether you're using the Winter weather as an excuse to be a recluse or you simply like watching holiday specials around this time of year, I think most of us enjoy watching a Scooby special or two (or ten) around the holidays. But unfortunately, I know all too well the busyness and time constraints that come with this time of year for many people, and it's tough to watch all 21 of the Scooby-Doo holiday specials even if we'd like to. That's why I wanted to put together this special holiday article of my reviews and recommendations for which Scooby-Doo holiday specials to watch. In this article, I'll break down each of the holiday specials with abbreviated reviews (just so the article doesn't get too long) and suggest which ones are the best ones to watch.
That's Snow Ghost (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
I think it's pretty safe to say that this episode is a classic for all Scooby fans, as it's of course one of the originals and the first holiday special. Although not directly about the holidays, the episode is as follows: On a trip to a ski resort, the gang encounters a vengeful Snow Ghost at their hotel. When they investigate, they find an old Tibetan man who explains that the monster is actually the ghost of the Yeti...and is out for revenge. Besides having an interesting premise, the ghost himself (pictured above) is awesome and creepy looking. This episode is definitely a strong start to the next Scooby-Doo holiday specials and definitely one I would recommend watching. 9/10
The Ghost of Bigfoot (The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
Although it's maybe an unpopular opinion I think this one is the second-best Winter episode hands down. Between Laurel and Hardy guest starring, the creepy villain and the great action in this one, I think it makes for a perfect Winter episode. Daphne's introduction to Winter in the beginning of this episode really gets me in the Christmas-y mood and some of this episode is genuinely spooky. Think about it, the gang is all alone in an isolated hotel that's snowed in, with Bigfoot running around the mostly abandoned hotel, it's a bit spooky sounding, in a good way of course. I love Daphne's line "I think last night was the scariest in my whole life!," that really solidifies the spookiness for me. I'm not going to lie the one thing that bugs me about this episode is how Fred tells Daphne and Velma to stay behind because it's "too dangerous" for them. I won't go into an annoying, feminist-like rant here but I'll just forewarn those who haven't seen it. All I'll say is I've just never understood why that was put in the series, and more than once! At one point in another episode of the series (Ghastly Ghost Town) Fred makes an oddly sexist statement towards women that the desert is like a woman because it "goes on and on and on" (and while Daphne is standing RIGHT THERE!) But overall fantastic episode and one I'd definitely recommend you put on your list. 10/10
Watt A Shocking Ghost (The Scooby-Doo Show)
This is included on the "13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills" and unfortunately listed as "Whatta Shocking Ghost" and let me just say there is no and will never be such a word as Whatta, Warner Brothers. Okay, mini-rant over, I promise lol. It just really bugs me. So this is a pretty average episode and one I might skip if you're short on time. Here's the summary for this episode: When the Mystery Machine runs out of gas, the gang must spend the night in the town of Winterhaven. While staying with the mayor of the town, they discover the 10,000 volt ghost, a vengeful electrical spirit out for revenge against the town who wronged him. Now this sounds a bit exciting but the episode is a bit blah in my opinion. Everything feels really rushed and the 10,000 Volt Ghost is a bit anti-climatic, even if my summary makes him seem exciting. He has quite an odd groan and is basically just the sizzling outline of a normal person. While I'd say it's pretty good as a normal episode, for a Winter-themed episode it was a bit lacking (which I'll be honest, I have higher expectations when I'm watching holiday specials). 6/10
A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright (The Scooby-Doo Show)
This is a pretty good episode in my opinion. The gang must help their friend Professor Krueger after he is captured by a snow beast. I think the Snow Beast (picture above) is a really great villain who deserves to be way more popular than he is among the fans. The scene at the end (with Scooby falling in love with the girl dog) is adorable as well. This one is definitely a classic that you should watch. 8/10
Rocky Mountain Yiiiii! (Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show)
For the Scrappy haters out there, you'd best avoid this one as it is heavy with Scrappy action. However, I find it quite an enjoyable Winter episode. The plot is pretty good, the twist at the end (which I won't ruin) is fantastic along with the creepy ski lodge, and voila you've got yourself a great Winter episode. I can't help but wonder though if Jeremiah Pratt's laugh was recycled from the ghost of Mr. Hyde (you have to admit, the grunts/laughing sound a bit similar). However, it still doesn't live up to the original Winter episodes, likely because I find Lennie's Scrappy voice a bit annoying/irritating. Just my opinion though. This is another fun one to watch. 7/10
Scooby's Swiss Miss (The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show)
Although some may not consider this a wintery episode, I personally do with all the snow and the gang wearing their winter outfits in the episode. I for one though, didn't really like this one very much. The plot felt a bit thin and I felt, as with many of the Scrappy shorts, wrapped up too easily. Unlike several people, I don't hate the Scrappy shorts, but the ones without monsters I feel are a bit too formulaic and Tom-and-Jerry-ish for my taste. Guys find bully, guys run away, bully finds them, the gang takes care of bully once and for all. Don't get me wrong, but I think there should be a little more to the plot than that, otherwise things get a bit old after rewatching. This is one I'd definitely skip. 4/10
Alaskan King Coward (The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show)
This one is definitely better than the previous "Scooby's Swiss Miss" but still lacks a bit in certain areas. This may be me simply overthinking things, but the solution to the episode was way too simple and not really permanent. The guys freeze the Ice Monster/Claim Jumper (as Scrappy calls him), but who's to say he wouldn't just get out again? The same thing that happened to Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy could just happen again, leaving the plot a little lacking. Plus there's always the argument that they should have just frozen him right away instead of waiting so long and letting him chase them. But overall, the episode does have its moments and the monster is really cool/different looking. This one is another one I might skip if you are short on holiday special watching time this year. 5/10
Snow Job Too Small (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
This is one of my favorite holiday episodes and my favorite episode of this particular series, mainly because of how deep it goes for a short. Plus you factor in the fact that I LOVE inheritance / spooky castle types of plotlines, so I'm completely in love with this particular episode. My only real complaint here is that it should have been longer, this is a common complaint of mine with the Scrappy shorts, but the story wasn't really fleshed out enough and it felt rushed. They could have gone so many different ways with this, but the time constraint of 7 minutes ruined the chances. However, this is a fabulous episode otherwise and one I'd definitely recommend you watch. 9/10
The Night Of The Living Toys (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
Quite honestly I haven't seen this episode in a looong time (I wanted to watch it again when I wrote this, but KissCartoon is down :( ). I'll have to improvise a bit with this review and the next, as both these episodes are only available on KissCartoon, so bear with me here. Overall I remember it being a relatively good episode, besides the fact that it's not actually Winter-themed, but more toy-themed and Santa's workshop-like. The elf was a bit creepy and the living toys were a cool touch to the episode. I would recommend you watch this one, if KissCartoon is back up (it appears they're undergoing site maintenance at the moment). 8/10
South Pole Vault (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
This one is an odd episode featuring an insane sea lion as the villain, but surprisingly, it works! Again, I can't give a very well-thought out review for this mainly because KissCartoon is down, but this was a really good and different episode that had an interesting choice for a villain. This is one I would reccomend, however since KissCartoon is down at the moment I'll say skip it for now, unless of course it's back up when you're reading this. 8/10
The Nutcracker Scoob (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
This is for sure my favorite Scooby-Doo holiday special. In my opinion, the whole thing is really well-written plus a cool villain and some really heartwarming moments. You have to admit Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy dressing up as elves is adorable, and Snowball (Mr. Nickleby's cat) dancing with everyone at the end is soooo cute! Those of you who know me from ScoobyAddicts probably remember my post last year (I think, or maybe it was the previous year?) about wanting to see A Scooby Christmas Carol, and I think this comes pretty darn close. I still would like to see it more in the "A Christmas Carol" formula (where there are three ghosts and following the plotline more closely) or similar to what The Flintstones did in A Flintstone Christmas Carol (which btw if you haven't watched, do it because it's sooo good), but this is still a wonderful episode and one I would definitely reccommend. The only minor complaint is it would have been nice to see Velma, but I think the episode went pretty smoothly without her. 10/10
Snow Place Like Home (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
This one, as with most of the series, is a bit more kiddy and one I'd suggest you skip if you're short on time this year. Don't get me wrong, it has its moments and all the silliness is cute, but this one is definitely not at the top of my list. The "greedy developer trying to buy the land" storyline is alright, but it gets a bit old as it's been done in both Scooby and other HB cartoons so many times. And I'm not saying I hate or even dislike the episode, the others are just a bit better in my opinion. 6/10
There's No Creature Like Snow Creature (What's New Scooby-Doo?)
This is a really good episode with a really good villain, and one I'd definitely reccommend watching. The NATLAS joke is funny (as it's actually quite true of some GPS's, I know mine's told me to "turn right" into a river a few times lol) plus we get some really good moments with the gang. I didn't really pay attention to/notice this the first time I watched this, but upon rewatching it several times I found it interesting to see how the gang interacted/functioned without Fred there. If you think about it, we don't really get to see that much and it really made for a good story in my opinion. 8/10
A Scooby-Doo Christmas (What's New Scooby-Doo)
This is another must-watch episode in my opinion. The headless snowman is an awesome and genuinely spooky villain. The "Wizard Of Oz" reference at the end is great as well! Something about this episode just always puts me in the Christmasy mood. And you'd have to be the Grinch himself to not love Shaggy and Scooby exchanging the gifts at the very end! 10/10
More Fondue For Scooby-Doo (Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue)
For those of you who cringed when you saw "Get A Clue" feel free to skip over this part and move on. This one is a bit tougher to give a review on. It certainly is a fun episode to watch, but for me personally, it's tough not to watch the whole series. In my opinion, this series is better binge-watched because you are able to get into it more. The way the series is written, it's tough to get back into it after not watching for a while unless you watch multiple episodes. All of the episodes of "Get A Clue" are interconnected in a way, plus the characters are a little tougher to get into. I will admit I found Carla (Misty Swiss's attack dog, who is pictured above) adorable! So, while this is a good episode, it's not a fabulous one to watch by itself so I'd recommend skipping it, especially if you dislike Get A Clue. 5/10
Night Terrors (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
Now I'm sure I'm one of the select few who considers this one a Christmas episode, but I think this episode is a bit underappreciated. I'll admit, when I first saw this one, I didn't like it. As someone who's never seen "The Shining" (although I really must watch it someday based on how good this episode is), the elements of this were a bit too fantastical and weird for my taste. Even now that I do like it, I still think this episode moves super fast and is not one to just have on in the background while doing something else. After rewatching this episode several times, I've really grown to like it and I'd even go so far as to say it's one of my favorites of the series. All the villains are perfect and something about the gang stuck in a creepy library with several supernatural beings lurking about really gives me the chills, in a good way of course. Although winter isn't the main focus of the episode, I'd definitely recommend putting this one on your list. 10/10
Wrath of the Krampus (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
This is another fantastic episode, although if you're looking for pure wintery episodes I'd avoid this one. For those who don't know what the Krampus is, basically it's like the anti-Santa who punishes bad children. For a more in-depth explanation (this article is long enough as it is), I'd go look at Krampus's Wikipedia article for more information. This one's super tough to give a review on without spoiling anything, but I'll just leave it at there are some epic moments in this episode! So if you're into the offbeat holiday type of thing or you have time to watch a lot of holiday specials, this is one I'd personally recommend highly. But, if you want a heartwarming Christmasy story to snuggle up with some hot cocoa, this isn't your episode. 8/10
Scary Christmas (Be Cool Scooby-Doo)
This is personally one of my favorite Be Cool episodes, just because there are so many great jokes in here. Back a few weeks ago in my fun fact (on December 5) I mentioned that Daphne is the only gang member that we know the exact date of her birthday, and this is the episode we find it out in. If you're not familiar with Be Cool, Daphne has a "Daphneism" (or "Daphne Du Jour" as Jon Colton Barry, the show's head writer said it was referred to in production) in each episode, which basically means she just has a new quirk of sorts that is the focus in each episode. This episode's Daphneism is that her birthday falls on Christmas, so she attempts to turn the Christmas holiday into a birthday celebration, which makes for a lot of laughs. Fred's obsession with the Big Sad Eyes Orphanage cracks me up too, in fact it's best joke of the episode in my opinion (I realize that probably sounds really weird if you haven't seen the episode). The pterodactyl as a villain is a great twist as well. This is one I'd definitely recommend. 9/10
Be Cold, Scooby-Doo (Be Cool Scooby-Doo)
Even though an episode where the villain is quite literally named Mr. Roundy may sound silly or unappealing, it's actually quite the good episode. There are a few things that bugged me though. At one point, the gang is in a snowstorm, and the next minute it's sunny, which is a bit jarring and annoying. Then there's the gang falling on the ice bit, and that gets REALLY old really fast. While I certainly understand the point of the joke, it seemed really unnecessary to have the gang repeatedly fall on the ice. It doesn't help that I don't like what I call repeated slapstick humor, basically just meaning I do enjoy slapstick jokes quite a bit on the first go around, but after the second or third time it becomes annoying rather than funny. This episode does have some good moments though, and the snowman's design is really cool looking. While it's certainly a good episode, I would recommend skipping this one if you're short on time. 6/10
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
This is another great episode! The snowman's morphing ability is cool, the mystery is really solid and interesting and it certainly does the job of getting you in the Christmasy mood. My only real complaint is how easily Fred, Velma and Daphne were able to get out of the snowman's ice, it just seemed a bit too simplistic and unrealistic in my opinion. However, this is a fantastic episode and one you should definitely have on your list this holiday season. 9/10
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
The last stop on the holiday episode review train is "Chill Out, Scooby-Doo." Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I really enjoy when Shaggy and Scooby go off on their own and solve the mystery somewhat by themselves. I personally feel like the "Shaggy and Scooby like to eat and are cowards" thing has been leaned on a little too much lately in the recent DTV films. Someone on the ScoobyAddicts forum the other day (unfortunately I can't remember who) mentioned that it seems to be almost the writer's go-to filler moment to extend the movie time, which I find a bit annoying. Of course, I think overeating and cowardice are a part of their personality, but I think there's such a thing as focusing too much. Anyways, I got a bit off track there but this is a really great wintery film with some great Shaggy-Scooby solo action, and I definitely recommend this for any Scooby lover's holiday/winter marathon. 9/10
I realize I just spouted out a lot of information at once there, so here's a detailed rundown of my recommendation list for a Scooby-Doo holiday marathon:
1. That's Snow Ghost (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You)
2. The Ghost of Bigfoot (The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
3. A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright (The Scooby-Doo Show)
4. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii! (The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show)
5. Snow Job Too Small (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
6. The Nutcracker Scoob (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
7. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
8. A Scooby-Doo Christmas (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
9. Night Terrors (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
10. Scary Christmas (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo)
11. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
12. Chill Out Scooby-Doo!
So, first of all, thanks for reading this incredibly long article and hope it was useful and enjoyable to read! I'll admit it was a bit tough trying to come up with abbreviated reviews for each episode, as I had so much to say for a lot of them, but I wanted to keep the article's length down a bit so it wasn't so long. Next week, be sure to check back here Monday for the final fun fact of 2016, plus two year-end posts to wrap up the year, one being a Year-In-Review post for the Scooby franchise and the other with the results of the "What would you like to see in 2017?" poll.
My question to you readers now is, do you agree with my choices/list, and if not, what are some of your favorite episodes to watch around the holidays? Be sure to let me know if you have an opinion, whether you agree or disagree with my choices, in the comments!