In the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode, "Wrath of the Krampus," Velma reads information regarding Nibiru to the gang from what she says is her "favorite Internet encyclopedia." The info she reads to the gang is almost word-for-word from the real-life Wikipedia article on the event.
When the series was first pitched, Fred was originally going to have thick brown hair. Fred was later changed to a blonde shortly before the show made its premiere. Additionally, Velma did not originally have glasses in the first promo art for the show.
The Hex Girls' songs have the widest cult following of any song used in the Scooby-Doo films. The Hex Girls have dozens of lyric sites which have transcribed the lyrics to their songs (most of which generally only transcribe songs from major soundtracks and such), and even have their own customized stations on many streaming sites such as Last FM, Shazam, MySpace, AllMusic, and many more, all of which have several thousand subscribed listeners and in some cases, millions of views. Additionally, there are also several "unofficial" band t-shirts that have become popular over the years, these two being the most popular.
Although nearly every Scooby-Doo bumper featured classic villains to promote the series, one unique bumper from the 2000s featured the rare monster from The Scooby-Doo Project, who was never mentioned elsewhere outside of the 11-minute special.
Thanks so much to Thomas for sending me this video! :)
Friar Serra, the mummy from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated's "Theater of Doom" was actually a real-life friar, who was also Spanish and part of the Franciscan Order (as Friar Serra also was in the episode). Friar Serra founded a mission to Baja California and went on 21 Spanish missions during his time as a friar. Despite the fact that he died in 1788, he ironically was just recently declared a saint by Pope Francis in 2015.
The cat creature costume which Lorne Chumley wore in "The Exterminator" (The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode which featured Don Adams) was actually a recycled character design. The design is nearly identical to Bigfoot from The Funky Phantom (ironically a Scooby-Doo clone show), in the episode "The Forest's Prime Evil". The Funky Phantom episode originally aired December 11, 1971, whereas "The Exterminator" aired on October 13, 1973.
It's hard to believe it's been 200 weeks in a row now! For the 200th fun fact, I decided to keep with our little tradition of having a special guest on the milestone fun facts, which included Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! head writer Jon Colton Barry with #100 and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo / A Pup Named Scooby-Doo creator Tom Ruegger for #150. Today, another Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer, Tom Konkle is joining us to celebrate the 200th Fun Fact of the Week.
You may remember the Q&A that Jon Colton Barry and I did back in March to celebrate the finale of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. In that Q&A, Jon mentioned if the show were have continued, a dream of his was to create more episodes like "Scroogey Doo," which comedically parodied classic literature. Here's his quote from the Q&A:
"We started to stretch out and experiment more in second season and I would have liked to have done more episodes like “Scroogey Doo” where we insert the BCSD gang into classic horror/mystery literature and then destroy it. “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” etc. – making those monsters turn out to be guys in masks and ruining these classic books seemed like a lot of fun."
In talking with Tom Konkle for the interview we did together back in June, Tom mentioned he also had several ideas he would have liked to pitch. If Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! would have been renewed for a third season, it's very likely that there would have been several more episodes which parodied classic literature.
Tom elaborates on this a bit more here:
"Given our druthers we would have had fun doing wonderfully silly twisted stories based on classic literature. It comes naturally to me as it does to Jon, so we had quite a comic war-chest of literary ideas."
Personally, I've always wanted to see an episode which parodied classics like "A Christmas Carol," so it was wonderful that Jon and Tom were able to make that come to life with Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. It's really a shame the show was never renewed for a third season, as it would have been great to see more literary classics be parodied - or in Jon's words, "destroyed" haha.
Thanks so much to Tom Konkle again, for taking time out of his schedule to discuss this, and joining us to celebrate the 200th fun fact on the site. Be sure to check next Monday for another interesting Scooby-Doo fun fact, which happens every Monday on ScoobySnax.com!
While this isn't strictly a Scooby-Doo fun fact, I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it. It's always bugged me that Thorn mentions she's "1/16 Wiccan on my mother's side," as religion is a belief system and not something related to your family heritage or body chemistry. Apparently, the reason for her comment is that just like Christianity, where you "drink" the blood of Christ, the spirit of Wicca is considered to be in the blood of true believers. However, if the person chose to change their religion, they would no longer have the spirit of Wicca in their bloods. In this case, the "blood" is considered a non-physical concept, like many people believe their souls are in Christianity and other religions. However, this wouldn't completely explain that she only has 1/16 Wiccan blood. One possible explanation that I discovered is that Thorn could be questioning whether she is a Wiccan or not, in which case it is occasionally said that you have a fraction of Wicca blood, because you are basing your beliefs off of what family members told you and are not fully committed to the religion yet. A bit of a stretch, I know, but it certainly could be one possible explanation.
So, to sum it up, Thorn's comment that has bugged a lot of us actually is a valid belief of Wicca, and not just something a lazy writer threw in. It's really cool that WB took the time to research Wicca for this movie!
Nicole Jaffe, the original voice actor of Velma, was responsible for Heather North getting the role of Daphne in the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. Heather North and Nicole Jaffe were currently roommates at the time the show began airing. Jaffe was aware that Indira Stefanniana Christopherson had planned to leave the show due to her marriage. Knowing North was an aspiring voice actress, Jaffe recommended her to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera to fill the role of Daphne which Christopherson left. Heather North would go on to be the voice of Daphne for the next 15 years (as well as her brief return in 2003 for the two cast reunion films), while Jaffe would leave three short years later due to her marriage.
Carl Steven, Fred's voice actor in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, sadly left voice acting for a life of crime. He was caught by police in 2010 after committing violent crimes to support his addiction to pain pills, which he had strangely acquired after a minor tonsillectomy. In 2011, Steven died in prison after an inmate had somehow smuggled drugs into prison for him, which caused him to suffer a severe overdose.
Check back next week (same time, same place!) for a totally-not-depressing lovely and sunshiney Fun Fact of the Week! :)