Given this week is the 250th fun fact, I wanted to do something extra special. Like we've had on some of the "milestone" fun facts in the past, this week, a very special guest writer has written the fun fact.
Here to celebrate the 250th fun fact is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated producer and director, Victor Cook.
As you probably know, Harlan Ellison was a guest-voice actor who voiced himself in both "The Shrieking Madness" and the very end of "Come Undone." However, you probably don't know that Harlan Ellison made a very interesting request when reading his lines during the production of "The Shrieking Madness."
"At the record, he demanded to re-write one of his lines." Victor Cook shares. "The head writer and the crew felt honored by this because we admire Harlan so much."
Thanks so much to Victor Cook for collaborating with me on this week's fun fact. I wish him the best of luck in whatever future projects he decides to pursue!
That's it for this week, but y'all should make sure to come back next week, and every Monday for that matter, for a new fun fact of the week on ScoobySnax.com.
Before he agreed to guest star in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? as Urkel, Jaleel White was given a very rare animation cel from Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, signed by both William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The cel features Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and the Ghost of Uncle Beauregard. (Must admit I'm super jealous! I'd die of happiness if I was able to get this haha.)
As of his most recent appearance in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, 16th United States president Abraham Lincoln has appeared in the franchise three times, each time as a ghost. Once in "A Night Louse at the White House" from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, another time in an issue of the first Dynomutt comic in 1977 entitled "Close Call," and the third time in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?.
Abraham Lincoln has appeared more times than any US president in the Scooby franchise. George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant all appeared once as ghosts in "A Night Louse at the White House," and Ronald Reagan appeared one time in "It's a Wonderful Scoob" from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
According to Zap2it, the episode he will appear in will be titled "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided!"
Though there were only subtle undertones that Marcie/Hot Dog Water from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated might have a romantic interest in Velma, Grey did once say that Marcie was Velma's "girlfriend" in a recent interview.
Babu, who guest-starred in "Mystery in Persia" of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, was voiced by Joe Besser. Besser had roots in comedy in the 1940s and 1950s, and was a background character in many Abbott & Costello comedy specials. Later, he was briefly one of the Three Stooges (who also guest-starred twice in The New Scooby-Doo Movies) after Shemp Howard's unexpected death.
The Scooby-Doo Show episode "A Menace in Venice" has many elements based upon the famous Shakespeare play, "The Merchant of Venice." The main character of "The Merchant of Venice" is named Antonio, there is a character called Salarino (close to Professor Salari's name), and Antonio's pizza parlor is called "Merchant Venice Pizza." Doge Malvolio is also named after a character (Malvolio) in another Shakespeare play, "Twelfth Night."
I'm back from Italy this Wednesday night, so this ends the five-week sequence of Italy-themed fun facts. Hope you all have enjoyed them!
In Scooby-Doo comic #61, "The Dragon's Eye Part 3: Beat the Devil," the villain is actually the Devil (a bit surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo plot). The Devil mystery takes place in Italy, which is most likely a metaphor for the 9 layers of Hell in the classic Italian poem Dante's Inferno, where the main character actually meets the Devil.
The Laff-a-Lympics episode "Italy and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina" marked several firsts for the series:
One of the educational pages in the Scooby-Doo comic, "The Trial of the Century" teaches kids about Roman numerals, as the issue features the gang in Rome. However, one of the pages actually misinforms kids by telling them that the Roman numeral IX means the number 6 (it actually represents 9).
Scooby and the gang have traveled to Italy a grand total of eight times so far throughout the franchise: