Laff-A-Lympics was actually based upon a reality TV show, Battle of the Network Stars, which aired on ABC beginning in 1976, and featured a similar format of all the most famous main characters (in this case, being portrayed by real actors and actresses) battling for first place each episode. In this show, however, the teams were divided by network, ABC, NBC and CBS. Though the show originally ended its run in 1988, it was recently revived for an eight episode miniseries which aired from June-September 2017. Coincidentally, in the revival miniseries, Vivica A. Fox (who voiced Cassidy Williams in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) was one of the contestants on the winning team.
In "The Loch Ness Mess" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies, during the scene where the Globetrotters' van leaves the picnic, the Globetrotters' dog and grandma randomly appear in the van for a brief second. While both of these characters have appeared previously as recurring characters in the animated Harlem Globetrotters series, the appearance of them here is an animation glitch, as neither the dog or the grandma were introduced in any of the three episodes which the Globetrotters guest starred in.
The final time that Don Messick voiced Scooby was not in Arabian Nights in 1994 as most fans believe. Messick provided the voice of Scooby for the final time before his passing in the video game Scooby-Doo! Mystery and is featured in the credits for the game.
In "Wedding Bell Boos" (The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show), right after the unmasking of McBaggy Rogers, his costume suddenly turns all black and into a traditional pilgrim costume, despite that McBaggy's costume was entirely white throughout the episode.
Seeing as many of us will be watching the final unreleased episode of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo this afternoon, I thought I'd make this week's fun fact Be Cool Scooby-Doo themed, as sort of a final sendoff to the show.
"Party Like It's 1899" is aired as the second episode of the series in all other countries other than the United States, which airs it as the eighth episode. Additionally, the Boomerang streaming service lists it as the second episode as well (though several other episodes are in alternate orders as well).
In the story "Charmed Strife" from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Comics #21 (October 1973) reveals the gang's birth signs to be Shaggy as a Leo (July 23 - August 22), Fred as a Pisces (February 19 - March 20), Velma as a Virgo (August 23 - September 22), Daphne as a Gemini (May 21 - June 20) and Scooby as an Aries (March 21 - April 19).
Scooby also reveals he was born in April later on in the comic.
Interestingly, in the episode "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo" (an episode centered around Scooby's birthday), Scooby holds up a calendar which mentions his birthday is on Saturday the 7th. Coincidentally in 1984, the year the episode aired, April 7 was on a Saturday, which aligns perfectly with what the comic states his birthday is.
Credit for finding all the images as well as noticing this fun fact goes to Samuel Kirkwood.
Some of you may remember that last year on Halloween, I wrote a fun fact of the week themed around Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School's Sybella Dracula. This year, I thought I'd continue the tradition of the 'Fangtastic Facts' to celebrate the Halloween season. Well either that or maybe I just really enjoy Sybella's fangtastic puns (in my defense, how can you not find those cheesy bat puns adorable?). As Sybella is a bit of a lesser known and appreciated character in the Scooby-Doo franchise, there isn't really one fact that stuck out to me to share, so as with last year, I present you with a hodgepodge of some fun little facts which make up this year's "fangtastic" fact of the week:
During the scene where Shaggy and the dogs take the girl ghouls for a run, Sybella is seen without a headband, however, when she stops to eat the rotten crabapple, a headband suddenly appears on her head. A few seconds later, the headband disappears again when the girls are eating the crabapples while resuming their jog.
Towards the end of the movie when everyone is trying to escape from Revolta's castle, Sybella asserts "I'll fly us out, but I can only take one at a time!" This doesn't really make any sense, as Sybella was able to pick up Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy all at one time when she rescued them from the alligators in Barren Bog earlier in the movie.
I also managed to find this quite odd fun fact when searching for other possibly relevant information about Sybella's character. Apparently, due to the Ghoul School movie, Sybella has become a somewhat popular name on baby naming sites for parents. In searching for info, numerous baby naming sites came up which suggested Sybella (using the *cough* incorrect *cough* spelling of "Sibella" for the character) for being used as a baby name. A few examples (I won't post all of the ones I found here as these probably give you the idea):
And finally, as some of of you are aware, I somewhat dislike the Americanized spelling of Sybella's name (though I am mostly joking). If you believe the correct spelling is Sibella, or if you're not clear on what exactly I mean by "Americanized" spelling, here's an interesting fun fact about the origins of the Sybella name in history.
Sybella is of Greek origin, and means "prophetess or oracle," while according to BehindTheName.com, Sibella is an Americanized spelling of the Greek word Sybella.
So hopefully you enjoyed reading these fun little facts from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. I certainly enjoyed writing them! But before I wrap this post up, I thought I'd quick share something really cool I inadvertently discovered writing this post. While trying to screencapture the picture you see above this paragraph of Sybella, I mistakenly bumped the 'capture' button on the screencap software I use about one second too early. In the process of doing so, I managed to screencapture an image which only appears on screen for probably less than a millisecond and would likely be almost impossible to find again in the film even if I tried. What I ended up capturing is a scene of Sybella changing from a bat to a vampire, which in my opinion is a super beautiful representation of both sides of Sybella - her "vampire" self and her "bat" self. Here's what I ended up capturing, and hope you all have a fangtastic Halloween! :)
In "Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King," the following villains from previous series are featured in the monster tavern.
1. Mummy (Scooby-Doo and a Mummy Too! - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
2. Green Ghost (A Night of Fright is No Delight - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
3. Snow Ghost (That's Snow Ghost - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
4. The Ghost of Hyde (Nowhere to Hyde - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
5. The Creeper (Jeepers, It's the Creeper! - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
6. Werewolf (Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf? - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
7. Scarecrow (The Frickert Fracas - The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
8. Troll (The Caped Crusader Caper - The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
9. The Spectre of Ebeneezer Crabbe (High Rise Hair Raiser - The Scooby-Doo Show)
10. The No-Face Zombie (The No-Face Zombie Chase Case - The Scooby-Doo Show)
11. Kelp Monster (Scooby-Doo, Where's the Crew? - The Scooby-Doo Show)
12. Witch McCoy (The Ozark Switch Witch - The Scooby-Doo Show)
13. The Ghost of the Great Haldane (The Sorcerer's a Menace)
14. Roller Ghoster [though the color was changed from green to a lightish purple] (Roller Ghoster Ride - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
15. Swamp Monster (from the intro of A Scooby-Doo Halloween - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
16. The Creepy Keeper (Fright House of a Lighthouse - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
Scooby-Doo was parodied on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live for their Halloween episode in October 2016. The sketch was entitled "The Hunch Bunch," which is a parody of Crunch and Brunch from Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf. You can watch the clip below:
*Important note:* Due to the nature of Saturday Night Live being an edgy comedy show intended for adults, please be advised that there is some brief PG-13 language used for the purpose of humor in the clip.
In the song which plays during end credits for Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, entitled "The Witch's Ghost," Jennifer Hale, Jane Wiedlin and Kimberly Brooks did not provide the vocals for this song, even though the credits confirm that the song is sung by The Hex Girls. The Hex Girls' vocals are provided by Terry Wood, Angie Jaree, and Gigi Worth during "The Witch's Ghost" song only.