So a few weeks ago, Samuel Kirkwood who is a regular commenter on this blog challenged me to count the number of times the robot says "destroy" in "The Crown Jewel of Boxing!" from Guess Who. For this week's fun fact, I accepted this challenge and watched the episode again, marking down every single time the robot said "destroy." In total, the robot says "destroy" 66 different times in the episode.
Though the villain is commonly referred to as Katazuma, "The Fiesta Ghost is an Aztec Ghost" VHS tape from 1989 calls the villain "Cotazuma." While this could be shrugged off as just a typo, the subtitles for the episode on both the The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour DVD and the 13 Spooky Tales Around the World DVD refer to him as this too. On the Boomerang streaming service, however, the subtitles call him "Catezuma."
In addition, from "Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde," the DVD subtitles list Zalia Z. Fairchild (the common spelling I've seen) as "Xavier Z. Fairchild."
Thanks so much to my friend Deandre (aka Scoobyfan4ever) for coming up with this week's fun fact!
In researching for our annual Fangtastic Fact of the Week this year, I found that someone wrote an amazing academic paper for their capstone fully based on the representation of the girl ghouls within Scooby!
Edit: The original link was broken, so I copy/pasted the paper into a Google Doc. All credit for the paper goes to Ethan Bellamy. I do not take credit for owning any of the content in this paper.
Have a fangtastic Halloween, everyone!
In Boo Brothers, when Shaggy opens the phone book to the ghost exterminators section, a Ghostbusters logo can be seen if you look very closely in the far left corner.
Hamilton Camp played a role in all three of the Superstars 10 movies: the ghostly laugh in the opening song of Boo Brothers, Phantasma's father in Ghoul School, and Dracula in Reluctant Werewolf. In addition, before he was a voice actor, Hamilton Camp was a folk singer in the 1960s and released several albums under the WB Music Group label.
In the Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels episode "The Legend of Devil's Run," a Confederate general's ghost that looks exactly like the Ghost of Shaggy's Uncle Beauregard (minus the glowing yellow eyes) is the villain. This episode aired on May 31, 1980, 7 years before Boo Brothers was released, so it is probable that Uncle Beauregard's design was actually just a slightly reworked version of this villain.
While Scooby and the gang have solved hundreds of mysteries over the years, there are still a few that remain unsolved. The following list is of cases which we see in various episodes and films, but were never solved:
This is just a short list of observations related to unsolved mysteries that I made. I'm sure there are more, but I tried to just stick with things specifically relating to mysteries and not stuff like "we don't know how they got the Mystery Machine back" and "We don't know what happened when Dracula appeared at the window in the end of Reluctant Werewolf," because otherwise the list would take weeks/months to compile. If you can think of any I'm missing, I thought this could start a fun conversation in the comments.
In "The Loch Ness Mess," when Fred, the girls and the Globetrotters run out of the cabin, the ghosts shut the door and say "there's no escape for thee!" This scene is a small plot hole which makes no sense, as the gang had already escaped from the cabin, thus the ghosts just locked themselves in the cabin for no reason.
Welcome to another fun fact of the week! This week, my lovely friend Bradford N. Smith joins us again for another fun categorization project we did together, like the female villains pie chart and spreadsheet from three weeks ago. This time, we categorized all the villains by type of monster, and counted up the number of each monster type throughout the entire franchise. We did not include any of the live action or LEGO films in this count. In the case of ghosts, since there are so many, and Scooby seems to love making ghosts of monsters (i.e. the ghost werewolf, the ghost clown, etc.), we chose to categorize each multi-hyphenate monster by its primary category, so “werewolf” and “clown” just so this project was manageable.
In our count, we found that there were 18 aliens, 20 beasts, 5 cat creatures, 8 clowns, 9 cryptids, 28 demons, 7 dinosaurs, 8 dragons, 9 Frankenstein monsters, 4 gargoyles, 11 ghouls, 14 gooey creatures, 16 Greek legends, 7 headless creatures, 11 indigenous spirits, 7 knights, 21 mummies, 4 that were members of Mystery Inc. as the villains (i.e. the 30 foot Shaggy), 38 non-ghost humans, 8 pirates, 7 plants, 22 robots, 4 scarecrows, 38 sea monsters, 15 skeletons, 6 snow monsters, 7 stone monsters, 4 super villains, 20 vampires, 5 vehicles, 17 werewolves, 15 witches, 10 wizards, and 16 zombies. There were also 36 misc. monsters that did not fit in any particular category. The top 2 types of monsters were 61 animals and 144 ghosts.
When counting each monster, if it was, for example, a horde of zombies like in Zombie Island, this was only counted as one as not to artificially inflate the count. However, if the monsters were different enough in species, such as the Dragonfly Monster and the Spider Monster in Reluctant Werewolf, they were counted each as one individual monster even though they were categorized under the same monster type.
For those wondering, the very silly Vampire Werewolf Mummy Ghost from Outer Space from Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!’s “Some Fred Time” was categorized as an alien, given its appearance and the fact that its primary attribute is that it is a cross-hybrid species from another world.
Here's how the monster types divide up by percentage:
You can check out a more detailed rundown of how these numbers add up here:
Thanks so much again to Bradford for collaborating together on this fun project! If you have any questions or arguments that we should have included something that we didn’t, or for some reason notice an error, please let us know!
In the first episode of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, "The Crown Jewels Caper," a dog that has the exact same appearance as Scooby-Doo bumps into another dog named Chu-Chu in a bush, then lets out a yelp that sounds exactly like Scooby before running off. This was Scooby-like dog's only appearance in the show.
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