In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated's "Dance of the Undead," a zombie ska band called Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics haunts Crystal Cove. The band's lead singer, Rude Boy, is actually a subtle reference to Jamaican street culture. "Rude boy" was a term for a subculture for people who liked ska music, and also desired to challenge the status quo and societal norms. As an analogy, the term is essentially the ska equivalent of the socially deviant "punk" subculture emerging from people who like punk rock or alternative music.
I know I missed the Halloween boat a little bit on this one, but I heard this on the radio actually on the day of Halloween and thought it was an interesting extension of a previous fun fact.
If you read Fun Fact #137, you know that Vincent Price (who voiced Vincent Van Ghoul in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo) recorded uncredited vocals on Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which was parodied in the intro for the The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries.
What you may not know is that Vincent Price recorded his part in only two takes and received $1,000 for recording these lines. According to Mental Floss, Price later became very frustrated after he learned the music video cost $500,000 to make, and argued that his paycheck was grossly unfair given the large budget used to make the "Thriller" video. Michael Jackson later completely stopped talking to Price and ignored his calls because of this incident.
As per tradition, here's a Ghoul School-themed fun fact on the Monday before Halloween!
Winnie the Werewolf's name is a potential reference to the original 1941 horror film The Wolfman, where one of the characters' names was Guinevere (Gwen) Conliffe. Guinevere was a name that was often shortened to Winnie back in the the early 1900s.
Additionally, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School did not air until several months after Winnie's voice actress, Marilyn Schreffler, has already died of cancer.
Hope you all have a fangtastic Halloween!!! :)
Several real-life celebrities who had fond memories of Scooby-Doo dressed up as one of the gang members for costume parties. These include:
The cast of Girl Meets World all coordinated their Halloween costumes and dressed up as Scooby-Doo characters for Halloween in 2014. The below picture features (left to right) Peyton Meyer as Fred, Corey Fogelmanis as Shaggy, Sabrina Carpenter as Velma, Rowan Blanchard as Daphne and Auggie Maturo as Scooby-Doo.
Pop singer Gwen Stefani and her husband, country musician Blake Shelton dressed up as Daphne and Shaggy for their son's 4th birthday party.
Though not "celebrities," several now-famous high school students at Marist Catholic High School in Oregon decided to come to school dressed as Scooby-Doo characters for their school ID pictures.
Shaggy's Uncle Beauregard from Scooby-Doo and the Boo Brothers is almost positively a reference to P.G.T. Beauregard, who was also allegiant to the Confederates as it can be inferred in the film about Shaggy's uncle. The real-life Beauregard was the very first prominent general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
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I'm so excited to be writing this fun fact live from the real-life Banning Junction, from "A Scooby-Doo Halloween"! Yes, Banning Junction is actually a real-life city in Central Minnesota. And though it's not the "Halloween Capital of the World" as the episode boasts, a neighboring city is! Anoka, MN has been deemed the official Halloween Capital of the World, due to its extravagant Halloween celebration. During October, Anoka is full of haunted houses, scarecrows, spooky decorations and even a Halloween antique museum!
Throughout the month, there are three parades and over 30 events celebrating the hallowed holiday. Over 30,000 people yearly show up for the special events, and the city hall is fully decorated with Halloween decor and a gigantic pumpkin on the top of the building.
How did Anoka get declared Halloween Capital of the World, you ask? In 1937, Harold Blair petitioned the US Congress to officially make Anoka the Halloween capital, which was made official by Congress's signing of the petition.
I know what you're probably all wondering...so when's the "spooky" 100th anniversary? It's actually relatively soon...2020 will be the town's 100th Halloween celebration! As for if there's any undead mayors coming back to haunt the town...we'll just have to wait and see!
Now off to go check out the beautiful Banning Junction and Anoka scenery! :)
This isn't completely Scooby related, but with the recent Scoobynatural crossover I found it super interesting!
Supernatural made its TV premiere on September 13, 2005, the exact same day that the first episode of Scooby-Doo premiered in 1969.
Be sure to check back in next Monday for a fun Halloween-themed fact, written live from the location of a Scooby episode!
While you're waiting for that though, check out Jordan Farrell's ambitious project to create a Scooby-Doo fan film based on the classic Scooby-Doo episode, "The Backstage Rage." Jordan has taken inspiration from John Carpenter as well as some YouTubers who specialization in abstract art and animation. For more info, you can check out the trailer. As a brief note, Jordan is going for a darker approach to the franchise, so content may not be completely suitable for viewers under 13.
Daphne & Velma featured several meta-references to the cast and crew. In addition to Kristina Davies being one of the students on the Bloom Bracket, Carol reveals she is actually 26 in the film. This is a reference to her actress, Vanessa Marano, who is 26 in real-life but is often said to look significantly younger. Additionally, one of the major clues in the film is that one of the missing students, Olivia, always wears a blue ribbon in her hair. This is a reference to the production company, Blue Ribbon Entertainment.
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.