In "The Headless Horseman of Halloween" from The Scooby-Doo Show, as the scene pans into the Cranes' home once the culprit has been unmasked, Beth Crane's voice can be heard. However, the scene shows only Gertrude Crane when the camera angle switches to being inside Crane Manor. This creates a plot hole in the episode, as Beth is not in the scene at all despite that she could be heard speaking at the beginning of it.
When Shaggy turns back into a human in Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, somehow he splits into two different people (notice the two heads and two right arms) when Googie is giving him a hug. Perhaps this validates the theories that Shaggy is all powerful? haha
In the opening scene of Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, for less than a second, it is shown that Shaggy has an "Born in the USA" poster in his room featuring an animated caricature of Bruce Springsteen. "Born in the USA" was a chart-topping hit song a few years before this film came out, and is arguably one of the odder cultural references within a Scooby-Doo episode, particularly since it only appears for a split second.
Also, I'm so sorry that this was posted so late this week. 9:50pm has to be some sort of record, but I certainly wasn't going to break a 369 week streak even if I was super busy today lol. I hope it still brightens people's Tuesday morning even if it wasn't posted early enough for people to see it on Monday :)
Interestingly, there seems to be a theme of "18"s within "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats" from The Scooby-Doo Show. Lisa is turning 18 in the episode, Uncle Leon has owned the hotel for 18 years, and all of this happens in the eighteenth episode of the series.
Thanks to Shadowscooby for coming up with today's fun fact.
In "To Switch a Witch" from The Scooby-Doo Show, "The Mark of Mormal" on The Ghost of Milissa Wilcox's grave is not just a made-up symbol as the casual viewer might think. It is a real-life occult symbol known as the Leviathan Cross. The symbol had just been dubbed "The Cross of Satan" in the 1960s by a number Christian theologians, due to its use by Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. LaVey was responsible for giving this symbol its reputation of evil, as it had previously been simply known as the alchemical symbol for sulfur, which is considered one of the three symbols of nature. Sulfur is considered by those who practice Wicca to give off a "strong, fierce energy."
Prior to LaVey's use of the symbol for Satanism, the double cross at the top was meant to symbolize protection and balance between persons, whilst the infinity sign was intended to symbolize the eternal universe, as well as how nature is infinite. LaVey changed the meaning of the symbol in the 1960s in order to mock this idea of eternal balance, claiming that there was "only evil" in the world.
In relation to her grave, her date of death also does not align with the real-life Salem Witch Trials. The final burning of an accused "witch" occurred in 1727 in Britain, which is 51 years before Milissa's date of death in 1778.
Contrary to what you might think, Velma never once says jinkies in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series. Her first time saying the catchphrase was in "The Frickert Fracas" (and this is after Shaggy used it first in "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair").
The Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episode "Don't Fool with a Phantom" features a cameo by Black Widow, a villain from Space Ghost, in the wax museum. Space Ghost is another Hanna-Barbera series which ran on CBS from 1966-1967.
Thank you so much to Joel for coming up with the idea for this week's fun fact!
According to Mark Evanier's "Scrappy Days: The Birth of Scrappy-Doo and What I Had to Do With It" article, Frank Welker was one of the people originally considered to voice Scrappy. Other perhaps surprising voice actors that could have been Scrappy included Marilyn Schreffler (who voiced Winnie in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School), Daws Butler (who voiced Scooby-Dum), and Mel Blanc (who voiced Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman and Barney Rubble). In addition, Howard Morris and Marshall Efron were also suggested as voices, whose only contributions to the Scooby-Doo franchise ironically were both in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. Howard Morris was the voice of Bogel, in addition to Platypus Duck, who appeared in the episode "Scooby in Kwackyland." Ironically, Marshall Efron's only contribution to the Scooby franchise was also in "Scooby in Kwackyland" as Platypus Duck's archnemesis, the Lousy Lizard.
If you haven't already, you can read the whole story of how Scrappy-Doo was created on Mark Evanier's blog.
Scooby-Doo was once almost drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, alongside a wooden chair, in 1977. However, the league didn't agree to either of those selections and ultimately ended up declining Scooby as a draft pick. Do you think the wooden chair was a dealbreaker haha?
The married couple that the gang stayed with in "Snow Place Like Home" (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), Mr. and Mrs. Morganson, are voiced by a real-life married couple, Maggie Roswell and Hal Rayle. Interestingly, the couple had just gotten married only a year before the episode premiered, and are still married today. Maggie Roswell is perhaps best known for her role as Maude Flanders on The Simpsons.
Thanks so much to Ben for coming up with today's fun fact!