It's hard to believe it's been 200 weeks in a row now! For the 200th fun fact, I decided to keep with our little tradition of having a special guest on the milestone fun facts, which included Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! head writer Jon Colton Barry with #100 and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo / A Pup Named Scooby-Doo creator Tom Ruegger for #150. Today, another Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer, Tom Konkle is joining us to celebrate the 200th Fun Fact of the Week.
You may remember the Q&A that Jon Colton Barry and I did back in March to celebrate the finale of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. In that Q&A, Jon mentioned if the show were have continued, a dream of his was to create more episodes like "Scroogey Doo," which comedically parodied classic literature. Here's his quote from the Q&A:
"We started to stretch out and experiment more in second season and I would have liked to have done more episodes like “Scroogey Doo” where we insert the BCSD gang into classic horror/mystery literature and then destroy it. “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” etc. – making those monsters turn out to be guys in masks and ruining these classic books seemed like a lot of fun."
In talking with Tom Konkle for the interview we did together back in June, Tom mentioned he also had several ideas he would have liked to pitch. If Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! would have been renewed for a third season, it's very likely that there would have been several more episodes which parodied classic literature.
Tom elaborates on this a bit more here:
"Given our druthers we would have had fun doing wonderfully silly twisted stories based on classic literature. It comes naturally to me as it does to Jon, so we had quite a comic war-chest of literary ideas."
Personally, I've always wanted to see an episode which parodied classics like "A Christmas Carol," so it was wonderful that Jon and Tom were able to make that come to life with Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. It's really a shame the show was never renewed for a third season, as it would have been great to see more literary classics be parodied - or in Jon's words, "destroyed" haha.
Thanks so much to Tom Konkle again, for taking time out of his schedule to discuss this, and joining us to celebrate the 200th fun fact on the site. Be sure to check next Monday for another interesting Scooby-Doo fun fact, which happens every Monday on ScoobySnax.com!
If you're anything like me, then there's nothing better than cuddling up to a good fanfiction after a long day. However, it's really difficult to find good fanfiction, as there's a lot of bizarre, off-character, and just plain poorly done stories (this is the Internet, after all). Over the years, I've tried to compile all the best fanfiction stories on the site's fanfiction page. Some of you are aware that I've written some Scooby-Doo fanfiction, but in this article, I wanted to share some of my favorite Scooby fanfics that I've read over the years. Some of them are the same ones that are on the site's fanfiction page, but many are ones which I've newly discovered.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc and Marge! by Wileyk209
If you're a fan of the long-running sitcom The Simpsons, then this fanfic is definitely for you! Spoofing the classic Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy and Marge," Marge Simpson prevents her children from watching Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated because of the violent scenes, such as large explosions and high-stakes situations.
Being a Simpsons fan, what I like about this fanfic is how well Wileyk209 incorporates aspects from both shows. While staying true to the original episode, the fanfic also gives the situation a Scooby-Doo twist. This story also provides a new interpretation on the now-classic episode, but does so without changing the original episode too much. I would definitely recommend this to any Scooby or Simpsons fan!
The fanfic isn't completed yet, but you can read the first part here! This fanfic is appropriate for all audiences.
It's a Hex Life by Grumpydrawer
By far my favorite Hex Girls-centric fanfic, this story focuses on how the girls first met and became a band due to a high school project. The first six chapters focus on the girls' beginning to become acquainted with each other and forming the now-famous band, then in chapters 7-9, the events of Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost are retold from the Hex Girls' perspectives. Chapter 10 and 11 focus on the girls getting their band manager and roadie, whom fans of SDMI and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo should find familiar.
I really like this fanfic because it keeps the girls very in-character, and how it uniquely focuses on Luna. There's also some great detail and descriptions of the setting, which is sadly pretty rare in many fanfics (I'll admit even I sometimes have trouble providing enough details). The girls' strong personalities are also really fun, and he does a terrific job creating believable interactions between the girls.
This is a really terrific fanfic which you should definitely read if you ever get the chance. You can check it out here. Please note, however, that there is some mature language and some brief sexual references in this fanfic, thus the T (teen) rating.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Road Trip Rampage by Scoob16 / Maybeth
This joint fanfic by Scoob16 and Maybeth continues the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series and highlights what happens when the gang travels to Miskatonic University. Being a huge fan of SDMI, naturally I loved the idea of continuing the show. Both Scoob16 and Maybeth did a wonderful job of keeping the tone of the series and developing the characters a bit further on their little adventure to Miskatonic University. Maybeth additionally created some really cool fan art, including the promo art you see above. You can check out more of her amazing art here.
The fanfic was originally intended to be a full third season continuation of SDMI, which ended after two seasons. However, due to real-life busyness (I can certainly relate to that myself), the fanfic ended up only being one chapter. Regardless, this is still a terrific fanfic and I would highly recommend you all check out this all-ages fanfic here.
The Gang by Bananagoose
This fanfic provides an alternate way that the gang first met in high school. Shaggy is a burnout high school student, who begins dating another social outcast named Daphne Blake. However, someone close to Daphne is unexpectedly kidnapped, causing her to have to enlist the help of her boyfriend Shaggy and his dog Scooby-Doo. They also receive some unexpected help from two other students, Fred and Velma...or actually make that Vee, as that's what she likes to be called in this particular fanfic.
Bananagoose provides very feisty, three-dimensional characters along with genuinely high-stakes situations in this great fanfic. My favorite thing about this story is seeing the characters evolve, as well as reading the snappy, witty interactions between them. Even though this fanfic does allude to Shaggy being a stoner ("I'm way too high for this!"), he still does a really good job keeping it subtle and working it into the fanfic's mature theme. That being said, this fanfic is rated T due to this and some other minor language. You can read his fanfic here.
The Wolfman of Grimwood by Mr. Spinner
Ever wonder what Ghoul School would be like if it were mixed with Reluctant Werewolf? Then this is definitely the fanfic for you! Shaggy turns back into a werewolf and goes back to Grimwood's School for Girl Ghouls to get his old job back. An old enemy also lurks in the shadows, waiting for a chance to strike.
What I really love about this fanfic is the terrific description and attention to detail. Mr. Spinner creates a very believable, vivid universe which incorporates elements from all the '80s Scooby-Doo films and even some of the classic Universal Monster movies. There's only one chapter out at the moment, but I have done some proofreading of the story for up to chapter 6 and the story gets better and better! This fanfic makes my dreamy-eyed inner child super excited lol.
So, why are you still reading this? Just go read the fanfic already, which you can do right here! Rated T for minor language.
If you're looking for a good Scooby-Doo fanfic, I hope this post has helped you find one...or two...or five!
10 years ago today, I officially became a part of the Scooby-Doo online fandom. This may seem insignificant to some, and many may not even remember the day they became online fans. (I have a very strange memory, like I'll forget some things yet remember exact dates I did things from years ago!) However, I still feel this particular date is incredibly significant to my memories of being a Scooby fan, and how I've grown personally over the years.
In this article, I wanted to share how I became a Scooby fan, and how I got into the online fandom along with my adventures with it over the years. I personally find learning about how people became Scooby fans very interesting, so hopefully I don't bore you to death. I'm probably not super interesting, but there are a few fun little stories from my experience as a fan that you all may find interesting and/or amusing.
I first became a Scooby fan back in the 1990's, when my parents introduced me to the show. I wish I could remember how old I was, but I know I was about 7 or 8. At that time, reruns of Scooby episodes were airing on a network called USA. The very first episode I ever saw was "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?. Throughout my childhood, I began getting more and more into Scooby, though somewhat selectively. The USA Network only ever aired Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and The Scooby-Doo Show, so I didn't necessarily ever see the other series until I was older. I still remember my parents recording some of the episodes on VHS tapes, which I believe I actually may still have today in storage. I also played some of the older Scooby video games, though I can't really remember which ones unfortunately.
When I was about 12 or 13, sadly puberty hit, and as you all know that can be a very confusing and challenging time. I wasn't ever super popular (honestly, most of the popular people at my school were jerks and I didn't want to be anything like them), but I was semi-popular and had a lot of friends. Around that time, I started getting really self-conscious about myself, and was determined to eliminate any characteristic or interest that might be perceived as "immature." This unfortunately also included Scooby, because I believed it wasn't "mature" to like a cartoon with a target audience of children. For many years, I pretended I no longer liked Scooby-Doo at all. After a few months, the interest completely faded and I didn't have to pretend I didn't like Scooby anymore, because I actually didn't like it.
I still regret doing that a bit today, as I should have just been myself and not cared what others thought of me. At that time, I was in a "I'm too mature for you" phase (as most teenagers are), and liking Scooby wasn't compatible with most of my teenage phases and angst. When I was about 18 and just beginning college in 2008, I started realizing it didn't actually matter what people thought of me, and I didn't need to apologize for what I liked and disliked, as long as I was happy with myself. I finally accepted that liking Scooby was one of my (many!) personality quirks, started watching a few of the early What's New, Scooby-Doo? episodes.
Around this time, I started exploring the online Scoobyverse, which was pretty small at that time. I had certainly gone online before obviously, but I had never really had any experience with being on a forum or talking with others beyond email, as the Internet was just becoming big around that time. I'm pretty sure it was July 7, 2008 that I discovered ScoobyAddicts.com. I explored the site, and remember finding it incredibly helpful and interesting, given I hadn't seen much of the Scrappy-Doo or A Pup Named Scooby-Doo years. I was also beginning to collect Scooby DVDs again, so I remember finding that the site had the release date of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue Volume 2 incredibly helpful. (The release date was the next day, July 8, for those curious).
A few days later, on July 10, I visited the ScoobyAddicts forum for the very first time. There were only 7 members on there at the time, since ScoobyAddict had just started the forum in April. At 9:25am (is it weird I remember the exact time? I actually didn't even have to look it up lol), I officially signed up for an account on the ScoobyAddicts forum as the 8th member. As an aside, just because I'm a huge nerd, this post was officially published at 9:25am, the exact time I was making an account for the ScoobyAddicts forum 10 years ago.
People always ask me how I came up with the name "Doo" (if you're not familiar with that name, it's the username I'm known under on the ScoobyAddicts forum), and if it's secretly some super interesting name. As I said, this was my first time ever coming up with a username for an online forum. I struggled to think of one, so I thought "oh, Scooby's last name is Doo, I'll just pick that." I thought I could change it later if I thought up something more interesting within the next few weeks. Little did I know, I would still be going by that username 10 years later haha!
So I had joined the ScoobyAddicts forum, and much of the next few hours was just spent looking around the forum and experimenting with the different features. I finally made my first post, which I believe was posting an announcement for the release of Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King. Embarassingly, I really had no idea about the reliablility of Scooby sites back then, so I actually interadvertently posted a fake summary! I would look back to see if that was actually my first post, but admittedly I'm still a little embarassed about it lol.
Within the next few days, I started posting a bit and interacting with the other seven members. The funny part about this is that we were all teenagers, which I would presume was our first experience on a forum, so we were all soooo awkward. If you ever want to see something amusing, go back and read my posts from 2008. They were all a sentence or less, sometimes just two or three words. (Don't judge me, I had absolutely no idea how to Internet back then! haha)
Over the years, I got less awkward (as did everyone else) and started making posts that were more than a sentence. It's amusing to see the difference between how I talked to people online then and how I do now. At least half of my posts are like a paragraph, sometimes multiple paragraphs. I believe one of my private messages with someone right now is nearly 20 paragraphs long (per message)...for those who haven't messaged me/emailed me privately I can be really talkative sometimes haha.
That brings us to 2010, as quite frankly nothing really interesting happened in 2009. Back before ProBoards updated things in 2013, the private messages were absolutely awful to navigate. I remember when I joined, in the place where the banner ad is on ScoobyAddicts now (for those of you familiar with it), there would be a flashing icon with a picture of a letter which said "You have 1 new message!" It was horribly set up, and in honesty I thought it was just an ad! So between 2008 and 2010, I did not check my personal messages at all because I thought it was just a fake advertisement.
The Scooby gods must have been smiling down on me, because on March 7, 2010, I finally decided to click on the "ad" just to see if it was actually something legitimate. Sure enough, on February 27 (I think?), ScoobyAddict had sent me a message. The message said that she loved how passionate I was about the forum, as well as how friendly and mature I seemed. She asked if I was interested in co-adminning the site with her, as she needed some extra help. I felt incredibly honored that she would ask me to undertake such an important position. I gladly accepted, and many of you know I still am a co-admin there today.
I still am in awe of that amazing coincidence, to be honest. How weird is that, that I would not check my messages for years, and the week I happened to finally take a risk was the week ScoobyAddict asked me to be an admin. There was also another message from July 2008, which asked me to "Join the Yahoo Scooby Fan Group!" I never ended responding to it, since I felt so embarrassed it took two years to reply. If you're reading this ScoobyObsessed, I would have loved to join your Yahoo Scooby Fan Group if it were still active, lol.
My first day as an admin was a bit interesting. We rarely ever get spammers on ScoobyAddicts, and we had even less so back then. I believe we had only had one spammer before I became an admin. But the day I became an admin, a spammer came on and was asking for people to go to the store for him and send him Scooby DVDs. While this was pretty sketchy already, he also made it very clear he had no intention of paying anyone back. Obviously, SpiderScooby (another person ScoobyAddict asked to be an admin, who currently runs the amazing ScoobyFan.net, in addition to still co-adminning the site with ScoobyAddict and myself) and I had to deal with the issue. It wasn't a hard issue to deal with, and I believe the person was just a young kid who didn't really have a concept of money yet.
And in case you were entertained by that last spam story, I'll share my favorite instance of spam just because it's so old and I doubt the person is reading this post. Back in 2010, someone spammed eight different threads with requests to make him bootleg DVDs of the missing Scooby-Doo Show episodes. I remember messaging him, requesting he not ask for people to do illegal things for him that could get them in serious trouble. He refused and responded very inappropriately, so unfortunately we ended up having to ban him. 6 months later, after I had already forgotten about the issue, he came back under a nearly identical username, and didn't post any more spam. Rather, he privately messaged me apologizing for spamming eight threads, but said he would pay me "a fair wage" if I allowed him to spam four threads instead of eight. I mean seriously, what were you expecting my response to be? "Well, if it's only four...sure!" lol. Most amusing spam story to date, other than the famous "rappers" (P. Diddy, Jay-Z and Kanye West to be precise) who emailed me through my contact form, claiming they were selling insurance and wanted to cut me in on some of their profits. They were very nice though, they gave me "a week to respond, or else we gon' call up Snoop Dogg instead". Ah trolls and spammers can be so amusing lol.
In 2014, as you all know, I started this site. I won't go much into that, as I've already explained how I decided to create it on other posts, and you can read about it on the History of the Site page. I decided to go by the username "WildwindVampire" on here, which to be honest, was because I wanted a slightly cooler username than Doo. I've always loved the Legend of the Vampire movie, and liked the name "Wildwind" (which interestingly has now unintentionally become a nickname a lot of people call me by - I love it though! <3), so I decided to add the word "Vampire" onto it and call myself "WildwindVampire." I'm super indecisive with usernames, like I could change to a different username every week. I think up a cool username, and then two seconds later I'm like, "oh, this new username would be so much cooler than the one I just picked!" lol.
This site has been such an important part of my ten years in the online Scooby fandom. It's been awesome seeing the site grow and develop (partially due to you all!), since after all I've taken care of the site since it was just a pup haha! :) I still love writing the fun facts every week, and continue to be amazed that I've been doing this for nearly 200 weeks now. It continues to be a lot of fun researching and writing the fun facts every week, and I hope it's brought as much happiness into your Mondays as it has into mine.
I personally hate when people pretend like things haven't happened just because it didn't go well or "it's behind them." Even though this site's forum is a thing of the past, I still am so grateful to GroovyScooby and Scoob16 for helping me start out. They were both such an important part of the site coming to be what it is now, and I definitely will never forget the contributions and support they gave me!
I also want to give a special thank you to ScoobyAddict and SpiderScooby, my fellow admins over at the ScoobyAddicts forum. I have loved working with you both, and I really appreciate all the support you've given me and the kindness you've showed me over the years. It has been an amazing experience working with you both these past several years. Much love and hugs to both of you! I also want to say thank you to former admin j3h, who had to step down for personal reasons. It was a pleasure working with you as well and I miss having you around the forum. I love the forum (and this site!) with all my heart, and genuinely miss checking it and talking to people when I'm having a busy streak or am not able to log on much.
There are SO many amazing Scooby fans I've met over the years, and I wish I could give a shout-out to each and every one of them. The kindness and compassion you've all shown me has been amazing, and I truly feel like Scooby-Doo one of the most wonderful fandoms out there. I feel so lucky to be able to talk and interact to such friendly, respectful, and amazing fans! I've felt so accepted, loved and supported with every decision I've made, from becoming an admin to starting my own site and blog, and I appreciate you all so much. The ScoobyAddicts forum and the blog have been great places to express myself and how I feel as a fan, whether it's discussing, brainstorming ideas or just being silly.
Thanks to all the Scooby fans for making these past 10 years so wonderful for me, and here's to another fantastic 10 years! Scooby fans are the best around as far as I'm concerned! I've learned so much from you all the past 10 years and have grown a lot as a fan. Thank you for reading this far, and hopefully you found this post interesting (and hopefully I didn't sound too corny, though I genuinely feel that way about everything I wrote in this post!). It was really fun getting to write this post! Reliving all those great memories hit me right in the feels! <3
A few weeks ago, I decided to start writing a spin-off fanfic about Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. Quite frankly, there really aren't that many good Ghoul School fanfics out there. Personally, Ghoul School is my favorite Scooby-Doo movie of all time, so I've always wanted to write a fanfic about it.
Though the story doesn't feature the gang beyond brief mentions, it does follow on from the movie and takes place a few years later. The basic premise is that Miss Grimwood has decided to remodel Grimwood's School for Girl Ghouls, after the school receives some bad publicity in the media regarding the Revolta incident. As Sybella puts it, "Even monster parents didn't want to send their kids to a school where children were kidnapped by a homicidal witch!" The school is renovated into a famous monster boarding school, with about 70 new students (whom are ghouls from around the world). With the new changes, the girls have to learn to cope with the new order of things, as well as coping with the fact that they're teenagers now...because we all know how awesome going through puberty is, right? ;)
A lot of Ghoul School fanfics I've read are unfortunately very off-character and nothing like the film, so I wanted to try my hand and writing a fanfic which followed on from the movie in a realistic way. Currently, I've only written the first chapter, though if you've read anything from me in the past, you'll know that I enjoy sticking little references and Easter Eggs from other Scooby episodes/movies.
Brief content warning: This fanfic is rated T, due to some mild language using sparingly throughout the fanfic. Plus the girls are teenagers in this fanfic, so it just made the most sense to rate it that. There are also some brief PG-13-esque discussions regarding female adolescence, though it's nothing vivid and mainly just vague references to certain puberty-related things that are normal at that age.
You can give the first chapter a read here. I hope you enjoy it, and comments and reviews are always appreciated either on here or Fanfiction.net. In addition, if you're looking for other cool Scooby fanfics, you can check out the site's fanfiction page for other fang-tastic fanfics written by authors like myself, Scoob16, Maybeth, Grumpydrawer and Wileyk209!
So it's been a while since I've mentioned or talked about this on here, but seeing as I just posted another chapter, I figured now was as good of time as any.
A little bit of background for those who don't know, I'm currently in the process of writing a fanfic about Daphne's television show from the film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. It's set after the events of Zombie Island, but in an "alternate universe" of sorts, where the gang is still separated and Daphne is still working on her show with Fred, Velma is still at the mystery book shop, and Shaggy and Scooby are still bouncing from job to job. The fanfic is from Daphne's point-of-view (hence the name), but the gang do make appearances regularly through the story. Daphne continues to film the "Haunted America" segment of her show, where she goes out in search of real ghosts and monsters. Occasionally, she receives help from her crew member friends at the television station, Nick and Isabel.
I'm super busy so I unfortunately don't get a lot of time to write, so this has been a working progress since June 2014! I've now just posted chapter 13, however, since I last posted about this on here a few years ago, I've begun posting the fanfic exclusively on Fanfiction.net.
This latest chapter follows on from chapter 11 and 12, and is a reimagining of "The Exterminator" from The New Scooby-Doo Movies. In the chapter, Daphne and her new friend Isabel (who I mentioned above works at the television station), visit the home of horror filmmaker Lorde Sumley (a parody of Lorne Chumley), but they quickly find out that the creatures in Lorde's paintings are all too real.
I always love throwing a few references to other Scooby episodes and films in these chapters as well, so if you read closely, you may find some nods to Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf and the recent film Daphne & Velma!
If you haven't read the fanfic, I would strongly recommend you begin on chapter 1, as the chapters build off of each other and it likely won't make sense if you read chapter 13 without reading the others.
Just a brief note as well, this story is rated T, though there's nothing innapropriate beyond some minor mature language.
You can check out the full fanfic on Fanfiction.net. And hey, if you enjoy it, feel free to drop me a review on Fanfiction.net or in the comments here. I always love hearing what I'm doing well with and what I could improve upon for future chapters, so constructive feedback and comments are always nice! :)
Today, the very talented Tom Konkle has taken time out of his busy schedule to do an interview with ScoobySnax.com. Konkle wrote several Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episodes along with Jon Colton Barry, which include "Area 51 Adjacent" from the first season, as well as "Mysteries on the Disorient Express," "Scroogey Doo" and "Doo Not Disturb" from season 2. I personally thought all of these episodes, particularly "Doo Not Disturb" (which is my favorite of the show), were brilliantly written and Tom did a terrific job with all the episodes he wrote.
In addition to being a writer, Tom also was a voice actor for one episode of the series, in "Giant Problems." He voiced both the Leprechaun and the Irish Guy in that episode.
Throughout the interview, I ask Tom about his experience writing for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! and how he became the talented writer and director he is today.
ScoobySnax.com: How did you get into writing?
Tom Konkle: I always enjoyed writing even as a kid. Sometimes I had such an elaborate imagination, the teacher would admonish me saying “Hey, remember your audience...” and lower the grade. This meaning remember you’re trying to write for fifth graders and it’s going over their head but I think she meant it was going over HER head. LOL
I did a lot of scriptwriting starting in college because I wanted to learn to create the blueprint for some of the short films and sketch comedy I wanted to do then. I enjoyed getting someone else’s script and learning what made their writing work. Seeing successful and unsuccessful writing is the best teacher in that you learn first hand what is done to make the characters work, dialogue, formatting the script and story structure.
I started getting paid to write in the early 90s and I think sometimes I wrote a lot to protect things I knew I’d be performing too. I would write material that I would perform particularly when I was doing sketch comedy much like John Cleese is said to do. I found out later I was doing that like the Pythons. I would write my own material and perform it to protect how it got executed. In that way I had a vision writing it I could execute. Also, like many film directors who also write like Christopher Nolan, I think in a very cinematic style as I am creating a script. I respect the written word and the structure as this is the blueprint for the work. I really applied this provider in my film noir feature Trouble Is My Business.
ScoobySnax.com: Before you began writing Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, were you a fan of Scooby-Doo?
Tom Konkle: I remember watching some of the episodes as a kid. It must’ve been towards the tail end of the original series into whatever ‘70s interaction was running and I enjoyed a lot of them.
ScoobySnax.com: How did you get involved with writing Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!?
Tom Konkle: My dear friend Jon Colton Barry was a fan of both my writing and performing particularly my sketch work, but he knew I also valued story structure and I knew what it was like to do voice acting for cartoons. Animation is dialogue driven with “anything you can draw” visuals so he invited me to start collaborating on season one and season two of Be Cool Scooby Doo. We really wanted to create a writers room together where we could cross pollinate ideas and make each other laugh and be inspired.
ScoobySnax.com: What is your process for writing an episode of Be Cool Scooby-Doo!?
Tom Konkle: First, I start with a bunch of big ideas for the overall arc of the episode story. We would talk about how the characters needed to act to be consistent, and what character development was needing to happen. There was always “breaking the story," which is basically being able to pitch it clearly enough that you get the go ahead to write a draft of it.
So coming up with the story beats and then secondary “B” stories underneath it and character development was first. I really work with dialogue and basically play all the characters in my head, or out loud if I get giggling and smiling, or liking where it’s going, and getting excited to perform the script out loud to see how it flows, so I can see it in my head. I was always about writing from one big, hopefully intriguing or fun, idea and working backwards from that.
ScoobySnax.com: You've written several episodes of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, including "Area 51 Adjacent," "Mysteries on the Disorient Express," "Scroogey Doo" and "Doo Not Disturb." Which one of those was your favorite episode to write, and why?
Tom Konkle: I think it’s a tie between Area 51, Adjacent and Mysteries On The Disorient Express, for very different reasons. I think they’re both interesting high concepts, but I had the most fun coming up with character stuff in Area 51, Adjacent and I think I had the most fun coming up with topping ideas conceptually in Murder on the Disorient Express. I also like the execution of them both.
ScoobySnax.com: From a writing perspective, do you have a favorite character to write for?
Tom Konkle: Definitely, Fred was a favorite because he was often the fool for the absurd. But Daphne had the widest arc of character possibility and had agency in the plots of the episodes. I also loved writing the villains.
ScoobySnax.com: Was it challenging to write for such an iconic show like Scooby-Doo, that's been loved by many generations of fans?
Tom Konkle: It was a challenge to honor it as it need be, while pushing it to be different but...just different enough that we don’t aggravate original fans of the series, by doing something so out of canon that it takes them out of the episode. We wanted to reinvent and respect. That was the real challenge in that we made the show we wanted to see, with a lot of people looking over our shoulders.
ScoobySnax.com: If you could work on any show or movie in the world, what would it be?
Tom Konkle: Current shows? Archer.
Movies? I have a lot of ideas for science fiction, adventure and film noir movies. I just wrote and directed a movie out now that is a 1940s film noir called Trouble Is My Business.
ScoobySnax.com: You were both a writer and a voice actor in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Did you enjoy writing or voice acting more, and why?
Tom Konkle: It’s different parts of the brain. I love writing. I do act out my scripts as I’m writing to get dialogue right, but writing is solitary and not about performance. I love voice acting. I’ve been a voice actor for 25 years. I love executing characters, creating voices and the idea of entertaining an audience with my voice work too.
ScoobySnax.com: What was the most rewarding part of writing for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!?
Tom Konkle: Laughing in the room with Jon, then seeing the episode come together and enjoying all the parts from animation, music, performance and the director working to get us back to what we loved in the script, and improve upon it as well.
ScoobySnax.com: Now that Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! has ended, what project(s) are you working on now?
Tom Konkle: I just released a feature film I star in and directed called Trouble Is My Business, which is available on Blu-ray, DVD and streaming worldwide. http://www.troubleismy.biz
ScoobySnax.com: Thanks so much again for taking the time to do this!
Tom Konkle: Thank you!
You can follow along with Tom's writing adventures on Twitter. You can also check out Tom's movie production company, Lumen Actus, at http://www.lumenactus.com!
Briefly put, Daphne & Velma was a very odd and silly movie, but in a way that really worked well. Or as Velma says, "It tastes like gerbil...but in a good way!" I would highly recommend that those who are worried about watching this film give it a fair chance. The biggest worry for most people seemed to be the feminist undertones, but honestly, they were barely noticeable in the film. This was a really fun little movie and I'm so glad I gave it a chance.
Before I get more into the review, I want to strongly recommend that those who have not seen the movie yet do not read this review, because there are spoilers ahead!
The movie begins with Daphne discussing the possibility of aliens on her web show. Her online friend, Velma, is a supportive yet critical fan of Daphne's and challenges her findings, because "there's always a rational explanation." Daphne then tells Velma that her mom (who travels around the world) has been transferred to Ridge Valley High, and Daphne will be going to school with her online bestie.
This scene is the one I had the most criticisms about. I would have liked to have seen Daphne and Velma becoming online friends, or at least interacting with each other a little more, before they immediately jumped to meeting each other in real life. When you think about it, it's pretty extraordinary to have an online friendship so strong that you actually meet each other "IRL" (as Daphne says)! I've actually never met an online friend in person, and very few people online even know my real first name. It would have been nice to have some buildup to this, so the audience could be excited along with Daphne and Velma. Instead, the film rushes this scene and takes away from what could have been a really sweet and friendship-building event.
Anyways, Velma seems a bit apprehensive about Daphne coming to her school, but Daphne doesn't seem to notice. She turns on her "pump up playlist" and goes down to eat her french toast breakfast, on her first day of high school.
Daphne goes to school and sees Velma, but Velma doesn't even acknowledge her. Meanwhile, Daphne meets her senior advisor Carol, and is nearly hit in the face with an energy-ball of some sort. Carol shows Daphne around the school, and explains the "Bloom Bracket" to her. The Bloom Bracket gives all of the student rankings, taking into account academics, extracurricular involvement and even social media posts. As Spencer says, "it's like a GPA on steroids!" Daphne meets Spencer and Mikayla, two intellectually bright students, and Spencer discusses an odd invention he wants to create, which would allow your phone to make a pie.
Carol and Daphne run into Velma, who is still acting strangely and is not speaking to Daphne at all. Daphne goes after Velma to talk to her, telling Carol she is Velma's friend, much to Carol's surprise because she does not believe Velma has any friends. Later that day, Velma runs into Daphne again, when the lights begin flickering and a ghastly noise is heard throughout the hallway. Velma lies to Daphne and says she is "going to the sports match...in the sports classroom" and pretends not to notice the odd occurrence. Daphne and Velma see Spencer walking through a secret passage in the lockers, appearing to be in a zombified trance. Velma tries to leave again and repeats that she needs to get to that "sports classroom." (fantastic joke btw, and a very Velma-ish thing to say haha).
All of a sudden, something runs into the two girls. Daphne sees it is her dad. Back at home, Daphne's dad confesses to her that he has been following her around everywhere all her life, and tries to make everything perfect for her. It is revealed that Nedley actually controls every detail of Daphne's life including making her french toast (even though he had made her eggs previously), throwing a button on the floor so Daphne wouldn't be hit by the energy-ball, being Daphne's "playlist controller" and playing her pump-up playlist, and even going so far as to dress up as a female lunch lady to serve her caviar in the lunch line.
In honesty, I genuinely felt sad for Daphne! It's crazy that her dad controlled her that much and did basically everything for her. However, it was very amusing watching him dance to Daphne's pump-up playlist lol. I really liked the callback to Daphne's parents names (Nedley and Elizabeth) from The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. They could have easily just made up names, so I thought it was cool they stayed consistent with the rest of the franchise. It was wonderful that they made Daphne's parents an interracial couple. Not that it's a big deal or anything, but IMO, it's good to see increasing representation in the media that there are other types of families besides the nuclear, same-race family that we seem to glorify in the US.
The next morning, Daphne has a bad start to her first day on her own, realizing "the violin serenade every morning must have been my dad" when her alarm clock goes off...well, just like any other alarm clock does. Daphne goes to school in an all-purple outfit, because her dad was apparently also her clothes closet (I'm confused though as to how, like was it a machine that he ran or was he actually picking out clothes for her every day?). Carol helps Daphne pick out a new more color-coordinated outfit when she gets to school, which is purple with aliens on it.
Daphne confronts Velma again, but she wants nothing to do with Daphne. After a cool reference to "The Curse of Crystal Cove" (it was nicely worked in too, it didn't feel forced at all), Velma tries to walk away. She accidentally runs into the school janitor, Three-Mop Maggie and wrecks her mop. The students quickly make a viral video of the incident, which was cheesy other than the "Dat mop life" caption (I think that's what it said, it flashed by within a second and was backwards on Daphne's phone). The janitor then storms away angry, because she's tired of dealing with "dat mop life."
Later, in science, Daphne tries to be partners with Velma, and she refuses until Daphne guilts her into doing so. Daphne notices Spencer acting very strangely, yet somehow no one other than her notices, despite that he is literally eating a paper towel. Velma then intentionally sabotages their experiment and splatters purple goo all over the two girls' clothes.
The girls are taken to the office of the school principal, who just happens to be Velma's aunt. They are asked to sit on "the best couch for conflict resolution" while the principal's "Timothy Bot" (basically like Alexa or Siri) goes haywire and begins calling "My Bad Boy." Daphne and Velma argue it out, and Velma reveals she just pretended to hate Daphne because she knew about what was going on with Spencer, and it's been happening for years. The girls eventually agree to solve the mystery together, after the couch nearly crushes them together. The principal comes back in and sees the girls have become friends again. Daphne tells the couch that "Velma totally sucks" so it will push her closer to Velma for a hug, which was sooo adorable! The Timothy Bot then uploads all of Principal Piper's bikini pictures to Facebook, much to her horror.
The next day, the two girls sneak out of an assembly where Tobias Bloom is presenting his latest invention, much to Daphne's frustration that she won't get pizza. Velma reveals to Daphne that she destroyed her robot child (who she unfortunately programmed to have human emotions - that was so sad lol) so she could create a formula to melt the locker where Spencer went through the secret passage. They melt the locker, but there is no secret passage, and they are caught by Three - no, make that Two Mop Mollie and sent to the principal's office again.
The principal, who apparently has no more disciplinary skills to offer, gives the girls "shame stickers" and asks them to tell her how shamed they feel. They also have cafeteria duty for a day, and run into Griffin Griffiths, the second hottest guy in school, and his dimwitted friends. I absolutely loved the dumb jocks in this film, they were so hilarious! Daphne mocks Griffin's "hot" status in school, but another kid accidentally hears it and believes they are talking about him in a flattering way. Velma's response is priceless here, particularly when he asks if they want to go out with him. "No, you should go away now." Rejected! haha
That brings us to the next scene, which is quite possibly one of my favorite scenes in the entire film. Daphne sees a lunch cart they could hide in and spy on Griffin, because she believes he may be behind Spencer's zombified state. She points for Velma to look, but Velma instead looks at the gym coach, who is about to eat a slice of pizza out of the garbage can. "No, Coach Williams, don't do it!" she yells. But it was no use, and he eats the pizza out of the trash and amusingly looks very pleased with himself for doing so. Even better was when Daphne redirects Velma's attention, and Velma looks again only to say "Oh no, he's doing it AGAIN!" lol.
Velma and Daphne enlist Carol's assistance to get on the lunch cart to spy on Griffin and his friends. Griffin and his friends discuss fatherhood, and Ryder says he wants to be a good dad. In a very amusing twist, Mike then announces that sometimes he wishes Ryder was HIS dad, because that's not awkward at all lol. My amusement with the dumb jocks continued as Mike suddenly becomes very paranoid and says "I'm being crazy again, aren't I?", and then jumps up as if he heard a wild animal when one of the girls accidentally bumps the cart. Griffin then says he has to leave because he forgot his phone in his locker, which has something very important on it. Daphne and Velma believe this is something to do with the mystery, so they follow him.
It's revealed that Griffin actually secretly likes to watch cat videos alone in the hallway. The girls see him watching one called "Cat Me If You Can" (It's actually listed in the end credits!), until suddenly, Griffin goes into a trance and goes through the secret passage like Spencer previously had. The girls are caught again by Principal Piper, who punishes them with the "Shame Drones." Sadly, the Shame Drones did not live up to their name and were pretty lame. The girls realize that whoever is on the top of the Bloom Bracket is being targeted, so Velma decides to put herself on top of the Bloom Bracket by sabotaging the other students.
There's a really sweet moment here, where Daphne assures Velma that "things are hard now, but they always get better." This film did a great job in making one of its main messages about optimism. In such a seemingly-scary, insecure world that we live in now, it's so important to remain optimistic and see the good in everything. It's a value I try to follow in life, especially with all the political drama and violence that's been plaguing the United States as of lately, and optimism honestly is what keeps me the happy person that I am and to believe in people, and life. I'm really glad the film touched on this message, as it's very important in this current cultural climate, especially for the children and teens growing up.
Velma makes it to the very top of the Bloom Bracket, only being held back by Mikayla, who we see earlier in the film with Spencer. The girls sabotage her art exhibit by turning the lights off, and inadvertently knocking over one of her pieces of artwork. Daphne sees a cloaked ghost, and accidentally discovers the secret passage which Griffin and Spencer went through. The girls run away from the ghost, in their classic running poses, and there's a fun little reference to Velma losing her glasses. Once in the secret passage, they find Mikayla, who has apparently been captured in the short time that it took to navigate the secret passage. The girls release her from the tube she is trapped in, and devise a plan to trap the ghost. They manage to trip the ghost, who is not actually a ghost, but really Daphne's dad in a bathrobe following her again.
Daphne is astonished her dad is still following her, and feels like he doesn't believe in her. Her dad then realizes that he is following Daphne because he is scared for her, rather than because she isn't smart or capable enough to live her life in the way she wants to. There's a sweet bonding moment, and Velma points out that Tobias Bloom would be the only one who knew how to invent such technology. Daphne's dad points out that there's a sticker which says "Tobias Bloom" on the machine that Mikayla was trapped in. Velma then scolds Daphne's dad and says not to ruin the girls' moment.
Honestly, this is really one of the few "feminist" scenes I can pinpoint in the film, and that's not even really much. The feminist thing was more of an undertone, and wasn't obtrusive at all to the plot. It's a great message to be putting out there to girls and women, young and old alike, that they can do anything they put their mind to and shouldn't ever feel second-best to men. The opposite is also true, though this message is important because it more often occurs with women than men.
The girls come up with a plan to expose Tobias Bloom and save their mother, who they video chatted with and were cut off after her mom encountered Bloom. The girls break into the building and bop the guard over the head with a small rock. It's difficult to hear, but Daphne's dad's commentary in the background is hilarious! (Did you just break into that building? You're grounded young lady...That's assault!) The girls go alone into the building and go into an elevator, where the lights are turned off and the classic "spooky eyes" scene is incorporated. The elevator is programmed to bring out the girls' greatest insecurities about themselves.
This scene had a really cool message too. Like it or not, we live in a society which tries to make us someone we're not and fit in with the latest trends. So many people are insecure about themselves, whether mentally with characteristics about their personalities, or physically with how your body looks. This movie sends a great message about being comfortable with who you are, whoever you are and facing up to your insecurities. This is such an important message which all viewers, young and old can relate to.
The elevator brings out Daphne and Velma's biggest insecurities, and to escape the elevator, they have to admit their flaws and think optimistically about themselves instead. They also had to fight off a pack of wolves...well, at least they would have, if Tobias Bloom would have remembered to put the wolves in the elevator. I found Daphne's huge insecurity about never having a female president interesting. It was a good, non-obtrusive way to work feminism into to the movie, but it also seemed odd that Daphne's "biggest insecurity" in life (which is said right before the president comment) was not having a female president. Though then again, if her dad has sheltered her so much, maybe it actually is her biggest insecurity!
The girls overcome their insecurities and admit to themselves they only human, so they are not perfect. They escape the elevator and run into Tobias Bloom, who reveals he has captured the brightest minds at Ridge Valley High and uses a machine to suck all of the intelligence and ideas out of them, so he can use them to make inventions for his own company. After they set Daphne's mom free and destroy all of Bloom's robotic spiders, they realize Tobias Bloom actually isn't human, but rather, a hologram being controlled by someone else.
The girls run into Carol, who reveals that she is the one controlling Tobias Bloom. She ran the entire company by herself, and had been kidnapping kids for years and placing them in tubes like the one they saw Mikayla in earlier. Daphne and Velma figure out that Carol is not actually a senior, but is actually 26. I found this whole dialogue hilarious, especially "well, you look great for 26!" Being in my mid-20's myself, I find it pretty amusing that kids and teenagers think I'm "old." However, I felt more explanation regarding Carol's plan would have been helpful. It's hard to imagine that Carol could have run the whole company (which is apparently world-famous, given Daphne's mom left a job in Tokyo to work for Tobias Bloom) for years by herself, without anyone knowing what she was doing or that Tobias Bloom was just a hologram. I think they could have made a really cool, intricate explanation to go along with it, but the "reveal" scene seemed very rushed to me and didn't make a lot of sense in hindsight.
I found it interesting that there were no ghosts or monsters in this movie at all. Even though it's uncharacteristic of a Scooby-Doo film, I felt they did a great job with the mystery overall. It does, however, make it a bit challenging in terms of the site's movie guide. I've been debating whether I should put "Tobias Bloom and Carol" as the villains, as the majority of people reading the movie guide are there because they want to read the summary before watching the movie, and I don't want to put a big glaring spoiler in the guide for those who haven't seen it. I think what I'm going to do is put the villain as "Hologram" along with a picture of Tobias Bloom while he's glitching, and thus distorted enough where you can't tell it's him, alleviating the spoiler issue while still accurately documenting who the villain is. I also wouldn't need to list Carol, as technically (at least how I saw it) she was the equivalent of the "unmasked" villain. If anyone has any other suggestions though, I'd be more than happy to hear them!
Anyways, Carol is arrested and the Bloom Bracket is taken down. The jocks are initially frustrated about it, but quickly come to the realization that the Bracket is literally a representation of societal peer pressure and how competitive our culture is. While this is a good message and a great reinforcer of the earlier "be your unique self" message, I still found the jocks' realization of this to be quite amusing, considering how dimwitted they acted throughout the rest of the film. Velma makes up with Three-Mop Maggie by giving her the mop she wrecked, Daphne makes up with her dad, Principal Piper continues dancing with her yogurt cup, and there's a sweet moment with the girls hugging Mikayla at her exhibit.
Overall, I thought this movie was terrific and one of my favorite Scooby films from more recent years. Between the great humor, interesting mystery and fantastic messages about self-confidence and being yourself, this film definitely accomplished what it set out to do and made for a very entertaining, silly movie. My only minor complaints were that the beginning scene, with Daphne and Velma becoming friends, felt a bit rushed, as well as Carol's explanation for her master plan lacking some clarity. Regardless, the movie was still great, and I would love to see a sequel! Given the sort-of cliffhanger ending, I think they could definitely make another movie without being repetitive or unoriginal. I've actually already watched this film twice since it came out!
Though the trailer worried me a bit, the acting was actually very good. I thought Sarah Jeffery's version of Daphne was very relatable, in fact I would say I'm a bit like Jeffery's Daphne in real-life, in the sense that I'm very optimistic and always have a lot of hope even when life isn't going great. Sarah Gilman's Velma stayed very true to the character, even down to her witty lines and dry humor from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. As I mentioned, I liked the dumb jocks a lot as well as Principal Piper. I also thought Vanessa Marano did a great job as Carol, and her friendly-yet-sarcastic personality really threw me off the trail that she was the culprit. I really liked Brian Stepanek as Daphne's father as well. He did a wonderful job playing a protective character that was a bit goofy. Spencer's actor also did a good job, for the little bit of the movie he was in where he wasn't "zombified." Besides Jeffery and Gilman, I would say my favorite actor in the film was Courtney Dietz, who played Mikayla. She seemed really into her role, and gave Mikayla a great personality whereas some of the other characters (i.e. Three-Mop Maggie, Griffin Griffiths, etc.) could be a bit dry and the acting felt forced at times.
I absolutely loved this film, and I really hope they make a sequel someday! I'm really interested to hear what you all thought of the movie, so if you've seen it, let me know what you thought in the comments!
The day has finally arrived and Daphne & Velma is now available for our watching pleasure. I'll post my review of the film later this week, but for now I thought I'd share a fun little interview from IconVsIcon. Trying to play an iconic character who is beloved by fans around the world is never easy, but Sarah Gilman offers some insight into how she took on the role of Velma in this interview.
Credit goes to IconVsIcon for the interview transcript and above image.
IconVsIcon: Why does Scooby-Doo and the gang continue to resonate with audiences?
Sarah: I think there are a couple of factors. One of the aspects that attracts me to the show is the relationships between these five friends. I grew up watching them interact and seeing them be five best friends doing what they love to do together. I always wanted that to translate into my life! I always wished I could find my own group like that! Watching them and their chemistry, which sounds funny to say because they are cartoons but I really believe they do have on-screen chemistry. That’s one of the things that attracted me time and time again. The mystery/whodunit/monster in the attic and who’s-going-to-be-under-the-mask type of thing is a timeless genre and operation that a lot of people are attracted to. It’s fun, keeps you watching and keeps you on your toes! You think it’s going to be this person but it’s the other person and that’s something fun for all ages to figure out. Right now, it doesn’t hurt that it is a piece of nostalgia, at least for me. When I was watching the Scooby-Doo cartoons to brush up on who Velma was, her sassy character and how she operated, it did bring me back to my childhood memories. I think, in times like now and with how our world is, that’s definitely very appealing to a lot of people to let those memories all come back!
IconVsIcon: What did you do to prepare for the role of Velma Dinkley?
Sarah: There were a couple of things. There was the physical preparation. I used to have my hair down almost to my waist. When I flew out to film the movie, they cut it into the Velma hairstyle. From there, I went into wardrobe and tried on all of Velma’s clothes. That stuff really does make a difference for me in terms of settling into the character, figuring out who they are, how they walk, how they talk, how they operate and feel. That was the physical preparation. Then there was the work that comes into it like making sure I know my lines. I can’t start acting until the lines come naturally. If I’m using my energy to remember the words, then I’m not putting my full attention into what the acting is going to be. There is a lot of memorization and reading involved. I didn’t go too crazy on watching too much “Scooby-Doo” to prepare for this. There was a bit of binge-watching but, at the same time, a lot of the creativity and finding out who Velma was came from talking to our director Suzi Yoonessi and our creative producers, Jennifer and Ashley Tisdale. It came down to figuring out what this more three/dimensional, flesh-out Velma was going to be. The cartoon is great, and there were definitely parts that I wanted to take from that, but it is also a very flat character. To expand on that, there were a lot of talks with the creative team on this film to figure out who she was going to be.
IconVsIcon: How did this project compare and contrast to the ones you’ve been a part of in the past and what were the biggest challenges on this film?
Sarah: Most of my work has been on television or in theater but mostly television with sitcoms and single/cam comedies. “Daphne and Velma” is my first real feature film experience and it’s very different. Getting accustomed to that was its own experience in itself. The way that the pace moves is much faster than television. We filmed the entire movie in 17 or 18 days. It’s quick, you’re memorizing lines a lot faster and you don’t have days of rehearsal and you’re rehearsing on set and running lines — then you go in and do the scene! It’s a lot faster and there’s a lot less time to work in the space, at least with a movie shot this quickly. That was the big difference between the two. I think the biggest difficulty in portraying Velma was the fear that I had about playing such an iconic character. She’s iconic and there are so many people who know and love Velma! They have their own perceptions of the character, so I was worried about fleshing her out, working on her, making her a little different and how people would react to that. I thought it might alienate some people and their view of who Velma and I really didn’t want to do that! The biggest difficulty was my fear and making sure that it didn’t affect the acting, the performance or how the movie came out. I don’t think it did but it’s definitely going to be nerve-racking once this film premieres and seeing everyone’s reactions to this new Velma! She’s different than the original character!
IconVsIcon: She is different but you put a great spin on a classic, so I’m sure the reaction will be positive! What do you hope audiences take away from it?
Sarah: What I want girls to take away from this film is that they can do anything! This is a really good film in that it shows two young, strong females who aren’t constantly talking about boys or are damsels in distress who are waiting for someone to rescue them. They are proactive and fast-thinking. They are very real characters who are scared at times but find their strength and inner courage to keep moving forward and kind of control their own destiny. I think that’s a really important message to in the media right now for young females because, historically, we haven’t seen much of it. I’m hoping that is the message that anyone can take away from this film!
Last year around this time (ironically), I wrote a post entitled "Ah, the Memories," which discussed several classic Scooby-Doo VHS tapes that are rare and hard to find. This past weekend, I got to take another trip down memory lane when updating the List of Scooby-Doo Compilation Releases page.
In a world where everything's at the touch of our fingertips, I'm sure the younger readers can't even imagine having to put a clunky tape into a VHS player to watch movies, but that's how we watched things when I was a kid! DVDs were just becoming a thing when I was in my early teens, and CD's were just beginning to replace cassette tapes. Now, even CDs are going out of style (or as my younger cousin so frankly puts it, "Everyone listens to music on their phones now. CDs are for old people!") and you rarely ever see a VHS tape anymore.
I can assure you I'm not in my 80's, even if it sounds like it (I'm actually only in my 20's!), but I still find a lot of nostalgia in looking at some of these old VHS tapes. So without further ado, here are some of the rarest Scooby VHS tapes in the world!
Now this one brings me back! I remember seeing this VHS tape in a rummage sale and begging my parents to buy it. At the time, I hadn't seen any of The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show other than a few episodes, so I really wanted this in my collection! Unfortunately, my parents didn't buy it and I still don't have it. I have thought about collecting Scooby-Doo VHS tapes just for the fun of it, though I'm a terrible collector in the sense that I don't want anything that's not practical. In other words, if I already have the episodes on another release, I wouldn't want to buy the VHS as it wouldn't be practical to do so (even if it would be cool to own a rare piece of Scooby merchandise). However, if I'm ever going to get another rare Scooby VHS, this would be the one to buy! This VHS actually has "Scooby at the Center of the World" on it, which has never been released on any other set to this date!
I do find the cover art interesting however, as the swamp witch looks nothing like the one in the featured episode, or any Scooby episode for that matter. This VHS tape from 1990 includes the episodes "Swamp Witch," "Scooby's Desert Dilemma," "Mummy's the Word" and "Scooby at the Center of the World." These episodes are all from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show.
This 1990 VHS is a compilation set and includes episodes from Scooby-Doo, Snagglepuss and Snooper & Blabber. The only Scooby episode this one includes, however, is "Soggy Bog Scooby," a seven-minute Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show short, which I thought was an odd choice. Surely there are dozens of other Scooby episodes that would have been more fitting for the DVD than that, especially as the villain in that particular episode is a sea monster, not a ghost.
This one is another compilation set, this time featuring episodes of Scooby-Doo, Snagglepuss, and Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy. The only Scooby episode featured on this set is "The Diabolical Disc Demon" from The Scooby-Doo Show. The cover seems a bit poorly designed IMO, as Doggie Daddy looks a bit awkward with his eyes completely closed. This VHS was released in 1991.
In part 1, I mentioned I couldn't find the cover art for Volume 2 of the Scooby and Scrappy-Doo VHS compilations. I did a lot of digging this weekend, and found a picture of it! This set includes the first three episodes that Scrappy was in, "The Scarab Lives," "The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld" and "Strange Encounters of a Scooby Kind," all from The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show. I couldn't find the year this was released, however.
I had previously mentioned that I also couldn't find any information on volume 3 of Scooby and Scrappy-Doo. Along with volume 2, I also found a site that had the cover art for volume 3! However, I couldn't find any info about the episodes included or the release date. Based on the cover, I would guess one of the episodes is probably "Scooby's Three Ding-A-Ling Circus" from The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show. What I find interesting, however, is that those guys in the bottom left corner are actually villains from Richie Rich, not Scooby-Doo. It's been a loooooong time since I've watched any of those, but on a guess, I think they're from the episode "Robotnappers."(?)
We already talked about volume 4 in the original post, so I won't reiterate that information here. However, there's this lovely little VHS still to talk about. I'll be frank with you, this compilation set confuses me immensely. While the other sets are labeled with numbers, this set has no number. The scene in the cover art also never happened, and the villain on the cover was not a real villain in any episode. There also is no information regarding this VHS anywhere, other than a picture on Google Images. For sanity's sake, I referred to this as Volume 5 when adding it to the Compilation Sets page. One possible explanation for the lack of number is that it's volume 1, as the volume 1 in the original post was made by Kids Klassics, while all the other volumes were produced by Worldvision Enterprises. I honestly don't really know though, and that still doesn't explain the other oddities this particular set has. Tell me that's not the most confusing thing you've ever seen, lol.
"The Fiesta Host is an Aztec Ghost" included the titular episode from The Scooby-Doo Show. This set was released as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars collection in 1989. I find it interesting that Shaggy is wearing his red shirt from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo on the cover, even though he doesn't wear it in the episode.
It's the oldest Scooby-Doo VHS ever to be released! "Scooby-Doo" was the first of many Scooby VHS tapes to come, and featured "The No-Face Zombie Chase Case" from The Scooby-Doo Show. This set was released in 1986, and while initially titled just "Scooby-Doo," would later become known as Volume 1 as more volumes were released. Thanks to TriggeredWeegee, who sent me his picture of this VHS set to use on the site!
This golden oldie was also released in 1986, and was the second volume in the Scooby-Doo VHS compilation series. "High Rise Hair Raiser," the first episode of The Scooby-Doo Show is the only episode on the VHS tape.
The third (and I believe final) volume of the classic Scooby-Doo VHS compilation includes "The Headless Horseman of Halloween" from The Scooby-Doo Show. This tape was also released in 1986.
Well, I'm afraid that brings us to the end of our little rare VHS showcase post. I hope you enjoyed the walk down memory lane as much as I did! Who knows if there will be a part three, it all depends on if I'm able to find any more rare Scooby VHS tapes out there in the technology abyss! Unfortunately, I have none of these VHS tapes in my collection. In high school, I went through a phase where I thought it wasn't "cool" enough to like Scooby. Sadly, during this time, I told my parents that they were welcome to sell many of my Scooby VHS tapes. Though the episodes on the respective VHS tapes have all since been released on DVD, I still have a bit of regret that I didn't keep more of the old tapes. I still have Wedding Bell Boos, A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle and Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Volume 1 in my collection today, and definitely never plan to sell them!
GenerationOn has partnered with Scooby-Doo to help kids and families "doo good" in our world today. As the website boldly states, "Scooby-Doo & the Mystery Inc. Gang may not look like it at first, but at their core, they are heroes. Altruistic adventures on an endless road trip of saving farms, businesses, haunted shipyards and the occasional amusement park. Never asking for anything in return, they do it because it’s the right thing to do. They are motivated by morality and justice and in some cases, a Scooby snack. We are channeling that spirit in the Scooby-Doo #DooGood campaign."
This Doo Good campaign provides downloads, print-outs, and helpful tips for how kids and families can give back to their environment and their world. Some of the tips include recycling, reducing energy consumption, reduce waste, biking/walking and building a bird feeder. There are also various projects that kids can do on the site, including making plastic bottle gardens, plant flags, t-shirt bags and forming a Scooby-Doo clean up crew.
In addition to these projects, you can submit your own story of how you're "doo-ing good" in the world. You can visit the website at doogood.scoobydoo.com.
Admittedly I'm already in love with this site! This is such an important message to be educating kids about, so it's great that they've tied it into Scooby-Doo and are sharing stories of people making a difference in the world. I think we can all agree what a great thing it is to "doo good!" :)