In 1980, The Flintstones also introduced a Scrappy-Doo-like character in the spin-off series, The Flintstone Comedy Show. The character was introduced as Dino's second cousin Pow-Pow, a young dinosaur who was eager to fight. His catchphrase was "pow-pow-pow!", which he would say while air-punching in anticipation for a conflict. He also always called Dino "Second Cousin Dino," much like Scrappy's tendency to call Scooby-Doo "Uncle Scooby." Pow-Pow only appeared in a single episode of the show.
We all know that WB loves constantly rereleasing old episodes a million times, so I decided to tally it up and see which episode has been re-released the most from each series
Here are the top five most re-released episodes of all time.
1. Hassle in the Castle - 20
2. A Clue for Scooby-Doo & That's Snow Ghost - 17
3. What a Night for a Knight - 16
4. A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts - 15
5. Go Away Ghost Ship - 14
In "Mine Your Own Business," a single frame was accidentally animated where Scooby looks evil when the gang are near the safe.
According to Rick Copp, the writer of Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, the Hex Girls were created due to his love of Josie and the Pussycats. Jane Wiedlin, Kimberly Brooks and Jennifer Hale were cast as the girls, though ironically, Hale had formed a cover band when she was 15, and covered many of Wiedlin's songs (as part of the Go-Gos band) before knowing her.
When they first started, the three actresses actually had no idea how to pronounce "eco-goth."
"We actually had to debate how to pronounce it. We were like, “Echo-goth?” “Ee-ko-goth?”" Hale revealed in an interview.
Despite some minor lashback from some religious groups, who attempted to ban Witch's Ghost from being released because they thought it promoted witchcraft, the Hex Girls were an instant success. They were such successful characters, in fact, that Warner Brothers briefly considered a Hex Girls spinoff, though it never got beyond a very early development stage.
"They had found that there was a lot of chatter about the Hex Girls from the movie, and I remember my friend Linda Steiner [then the Vice President of Development at Warner Bros Television Animation] brought me in for a meeting to talk about a spin-off series. You can imagine my excitement! Oh my god, doing a girl band series! And they wanted David and I to develop it. We talked about it, but it just never... it was one of those Hollywood meetings that never really went anywhere." Rick Copp shares.
Though it never went anywhere, all three voice actresses for the Hex Girls said that they are incredibly excited at the idea of having a spin-off series, and would be definitely interested if the series was ever picked up by a network. Here's what all three actresses have said on the matter:
Wiedlin: I absolutely think they could have their own show! Every time they could introduce a new song and they could be the defenders of the planet plus do rock concerts. It’s such an easy sell! If it happened I would be so excited. I live in Mexico, but I would totally fly back every time to LA to do the episodes. Totally, I don’t care.
Hale: I’d be there with bells on! I’d be beating down the door. I’d be 30 minutes early with coffee for everyone.
Brooks: There’s still time, right? I don’t know who to talk to – I need to call my agent, somebody needs to get the ball rolling here! We need strong characters that have their own point of view and their own perspectives, who speak their minds and aren’t stereotypical girls. I love that we’re different and that we represent all types of women, which is just so important right now. I think that definitely played a role in why people identify with them.
Some aspects of this fun fact were taken from the article "The Hex Girls: How a Fictional Scooby-Doo Rock Band Became Cult, Queer, Girl-Power Icons," which is an awesome article you should definitely check out for more info!
Both of Fred's only animated voice actors over the years, Frank Welker and Carl Steven (the latter from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), also played Spock in the film Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock. Carl Steven played 9-year-old Spock, while Frank Welker provided the voice of Spock's screams throughout the film.
In one of the boss levels for the Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase video game, Charlie the Funland Robot is oddly a boss villain. This is despite the fact that none of the other returning Scooby-Doo villains from that film were in the video game.
Thanks to Grumpydrawer for writing this week's fun fact!
In the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode "The Story Stick," Yogi Bear appears for a brief moment watching the gang at the beginning of the episode. A bear which appears to have Yogi's clothes, but looks much angrier and more savage, also appears to chase off the Totem Monster midway through the episode. On top of all of that, Ranger Smith from The Yogi Bear Show also appears to arrest the culprit at the end of the episode.
No, it's not Monday, and there's already been a fun fact this week...but since this particular fun fact also has to do with Lindsay Pagano, I thought I'd tack on an extra one this week while its still timely.
The theme song for the hit sitcom Maybe It's Me is sung by Lindsay Pagano, titled "Everything U R"...at least for the first half of the series. Beginning midway through the series, for some reason Lindsay Pagano's intro was scrapped for another one. The second theme song is none other than Simple Plan's "I'd Do Anything," which was featured as the chase song in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine." This was the episode which aired a week before "Riva Ras Regas," which guest-starred Lindsay Pagano. How ironic that Lindsay's theme song would be scrapped for the What's New, Scooby-Doo? chase song that came right before the episode where she guest-starred (and contributed her own chase song, "Here I Come Vegas")!
Welcome to our 300th week in a row of fun facts! I'm so excited to announce that as per tradition, we have another amazing guest writer contributing this milestone fun fact. Our guest writer this week is none other than the amazing recording artist Lindsay Pagano, who guest-starred in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Riva Ras Regas" in 2002!
So how was Lindsay chosen to guest-star on Scooby? Lindsay gives us some insight into this:
"So I was a new artist on Warner Bros back then and was approached to do the episode by my label to promote my upcoming album at the time. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I was able to visit the studio where all over the voice overs were done and record my parts before seeing the drawing of myself."
I think most Scooby fans can agree that Lindsay's performance in the episode was amazing! Not only does the episode continue to live on a fan favorite, but the experience also lives on in Lindsay's heart.
"It will always be a huge honor and special memory in my career and life ❤️" Lindsay shares.
Thanks so much to Lindsay being so nice and taking time out of her busy schedule to contribute this fun fact! It was truly an honor to get to talk to her! And this was super ironic and not at all planned or known in advance, but today also happens to be Lindsay's 34th birthday! Happy birthday to Lindsay and I hope she has an awesome day!!!
You can also follow Lindsay on Instagram and Twitter (both @lindsaypags).
In "Don't Go Near the Fortress of Fear" from The Scooby-Doo Show, when Scooby and Shaggy fall through the trap door to an underground cavern after being chased by the ghost of General Juan Carlos, the entire background is accidentally misdrawn as a generic cemetery when Fred, Daphne and Velma catch them.
~ WildwindVampire ~