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.
Do the kids today still say that their wig has been "snatched" when something really shocking/cool happens?
Regardless, I'm a bit shook at the moment. Those of you who have followed the blog for a while now know how much I love Ghoul School, and just in time for the 30th anniversary of the film this year...the girl ghouls are coming back!
In the most recent Halloween special of O.K. K.O., Let's Be Heroes! (another cartoon currently running on Cartoon Network), the main character Enid meets back up with her old friends, who just happen to be the girls from Grimwood's! In the episode, Enid tries to come to terms with the fact that she has been lying to the Grimwood girls about being a witch. During a showcase of their powers, Enid must reveal that she is actually a ninja.
As even better news for the US fans, you do not have to wait at all to watch the new episode, titled "Monster Party." The episode has been made available on Cartoon Network's website as a special preview. You do, however, have to log in with your TV provider to be able to watch the episode (in other words, if you don't get Cartoon Network on cable, you won't be able to watch the episode here either). The episode officially airs on TV in the US on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
The episode managed to pull out all the stops for this episode, and got three of the original voice actors for the Girl Ghouls to reprise their roles. Pat Musick voices Elsa, Russi Taylor voices Phantasma and Susan Blu voices Sybella. Two new voice talents, Natalie Palamides and Kristin Le voice Winnie and Tanis, respectively.
As for my review, I'm still conflicted. I've just watched the episode and it's...uh...strange? I was really disappointed in Sybella. She seemed quite out-of-character to me and nothing like she did in the original film. The others seemed pretty in-character honestly, other than maybe Tanis, who lost the "sweet and innocent" part of her personality other than in the flashback when she was sucking her thumb.
As a quick side node, you'll notice that it's spelled "Sibella" rather than "Sybella" as I'm spelling it in the episode - but I'm still not convinced lol! The characters were quite off, and Scooby-Doo didn't have the hyphen in it in the credits. It's possible Susan Blu, Sybella's actress maybe forgot the spelling as well - it's not like it's a super popular film or anything, and she must have had hundreds of voice roles. So I'm going to be stubborn and stick to my "Sybella" spelling lol.
Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy aren't really mentioned other than the brief joke about "the guy with his great dane" being weird.
I'm incredibly glad they made at least something to follow-up to Ghoul School (I'm still really shook at the fact that they even did it, regardless of how good or bad it was lol). However, it was a bit underwhelming for my taste. There didn't seem to be much of a storyline other than fanservicing those of us who remember the original film. The animation was a bit rough, and the horrible attempt at rapping near the end was almost painful to listen to. I may have also lost a few brain cells listening to the intro song lol.
Overall, I can't deny that I'm happy they made the episode. The Girl Ghouls are such underappreciated characters, and it's fangtastic to know that at least some people still remember them. However, the execution was a bit poor and lacked an actual plot. I'll also admit that a "what the hell am I watching?!?" thought came into my head several times throughout the episode (particularly the tree breakdancing part). The one joke I laughed at was Enid reading the "hot ninjas" magazine, it's just so amusingly random!
"A Scooby-Doo Christmas," which aired on a Friday, was the second episode in the franchise history to premiere on a day other than a Saturday (the first was "There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark," which aired on Thanksgiving Day 1976). "A Scooby-Doo Christmas" premiered on the Kids WB television network in the US on Friday, December 13, 2002.
Btw, hope you all have a merry Christmas and happy holidays! - WildwindVampire :)
You may remember last year that I published a post entitled "A Guide to the Scooby-Doo Holiday Specials," which was highlighted the plethora of Scooby-Doo episodes and movies which are classics to watch around the holiday season. Since then, two additional wintery episodes have debuted. Additionally, I received a few comments and an email which suggested other episodes which people enjoyed watching around the holidays which I had not included in the list. For the sake of completeness (and the fact that I want to make sure everyone's ideas are included!), I present you with an updated guide to the Scooby-Doo holiday specials!
Scroogey Doo (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
This first episode is a brand new episode which made its debut in the UK just months ago, on July 7, 2017, and just debuted a few weeks ago in the US on the Boomerang streaming service, on November 30, 2017.
I've been wanting an episode which parodies the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" for years now! The plot of the story works so well with Scooby, the fact that there are three ghosts haunting Scrooge and there's a "mystery" of sorts regarding why the ghosts are there and how Scrooge became the way he is. This episode does a perfect job staying true to the original story while staying true to Scooby as well (with crossovers, you always seem to run the risk of having it work for one story but not the other). It also does wonderfully in keeping with the classic Scooby mystery plot, as well as keeping with the mindless silliness that is Be Cool, Scooby-Doo. The episode has multiple recurring gags throughout, including my personal favorite regarding Fred's sudden grudge against raccoons. I also greatly enjoy the idea of Scrooge getting himself tested for menopause and "what if my lips fall off?" disease lol.
There is one interesting twist, however...in this version, the ghosts aren't solely there to haunt Scrooge, but they also attempt to show Velma that she would be better off not being held back by the gang, and should go pursue her own dreams.
Overall, this is a fantastic holiday episode which you should definitely add to your list. 10/10
Naughty or Ice (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
While this episode isn't strictly Winter-themed, it does relate to an "Ice Hotel" and has several winter-themed jokes throughout it, so I suppose I should include it in this list as well.
The idea of this episode was very interesting, but personally, I didn't really enjoy Daphne's quirk of the episode. In my opinion, Daphne attempting to blow the vault simply to get something back which her mother borrowed from her, neither makes sense or is consistent with her character. She could have just as easily just told her mother how she felt or come up with some elaborate (and funny) scheme to trick her mother, rather than committing several illegal acts just to steal back something that was her's anyway. I also didn't feel like Daphne lying to the gang and sneaking around behind their backs is consistent with the Daphne that had been established in the rest of the series. Normally, Daphne is a very empathetic and caring character who would do anything for her friends, but in this episode she just acts very selfishly and actively deceives her friends for personal gain.
Besides this, as well as some of the lame ice jokes and the repeating of the already-not-funny slippery ice joke from "Be Cold, Scooby-Doo!", I did actually enjoy the episode moderately. I loved the idea of reinventing "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright" from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You series, and many of the other jokes were quite humorous. My favorite part of the episode was definitely when Shaggy and Scooby tried to teach the Ice Man to talk. The Ice Man's triumphant announcement of "My name is Ice Man! My name is Ice Man!" is absolutely hilarious. I genuinely felt a little sad when Shaggy and Scooby ran off and tricked him, the poor Ice Man worked so hard lol!
Overall, this episode certainly had its moments and was a nice reimagining of "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright," but the whole plotline of Daphne blowing the vault and acting off-character somewhat ruined the episode for me. This is one I'd recommend skipping. 5/10
Block-Long Hong Kong Terror (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
This is one that was suggested last year that I add to the list, and quite honestly, I wouldn't have ever thought to watch it, but it's a really great idea and one I might consider adding to my list. Though not Winter-related as the other episodes are, this episode highlights the gang celebrating New Year (technically Chinese New Year, though IMO it's close enough!).
The episode features the gang in China to try to repair Shaggy's broken rubber duck, Duck Guy. While they are there, a giant dragon attacks the Chinese New Year festivities. Personally, I really enjoyed this episode, particularly the Duck Guy plotline, as it provided an interesting explanation and story development as to why the gang was in China, instead of another random "oh hey, we're just visiting China for no reason!" haha. Which brings up the question, how exactly does the gang pay for all the hundreds of countries they've been in? I really wish I could have afforded that with my friends as a teenager lol.
Overall, this was a very interesting episode, so if you celebrate New Year's and want a fun episode to watch, I would definitely recommend this one. 8/10
Laff-A-Lympics: The Swiss Alps & Tokyo, Spain & the Himalayas, The North Pole & Tahiti, Russia & the Caribbean, and Warsaw, Canada & Poland
This was another suggestion I got after I made my post last year. Admittedly, I had never considered watching any of the Laff-A-Lympics episodes that took place in snowy/wintery places around the holidays, but it's definitely a great idea! Five episodes of the series take place in snow-covered locations, including: "The Swiss Alps & Tokyo," "Spain & the Himalayas," "The North Pole & Tahiti," "Russia & the Caribbean" and "Warsaw, Canada & Poland." These episodes are a bit more difficult to review, as they all have basically the same plot, but if you're looking for a less conventional holiday episode which you don't watch every year, I would recommend these for sure! However, if you are short on time or just want to stick to the classics, I'd say maybe avoid these.
If you remember, this post's original point was to highlight the best and most highly recommended holiday episodes. With these new additions, let's briefly recap and add to my choices from last year:
(From last year's post)
1. That's Snow Ghost (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You)
2. The Ghost of Bigfoot (The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
3. A Scary Night With A Snow Beast Fright (The Scooby-Doo Show)
4. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii! (The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show)
5. Snow Job Too Small (The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour)
6. The Nutcracker Scoob (The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries)
7. There's No Creature Like Snow Creature (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
8. A Scooby-Doo Christmas (What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
9. Night Terrors (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
10. Scary Christmas (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo)
11. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
12. Chill Out Scooby-Doo!
(New this year)
13. Scroogey Doo (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!)
(Recommended New Year's episodes)
1. Block-Long Hong Kong Terror
Thanks so much as always for reading and visiting the blog! If you have any other episodes which you watch around the holidays that I didn't mention, please don't hesitate to suggest one in the comments! Hope you all have a great rest of the year and happy holidays everyone! :)
Some of you may remember that last year on Halloween, I wrote a fun fact of the week themed around Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School's Sybella Dracula. This year, I thought I'd continue the tradition of the 'Fangtastic Facts' to celebrate the Halloween season. Well either that or maybe I just really enjoy Sybella's fangtastic puns (in my defense, how can you not find those cheesy bat puns adorable?). As Sybella is a bit of a lesser known and appreciated character in the Scooby-Doo franchise, there isn't really one fact that stuck out to me to share, so as with last year, I present you with a hodgepodge of some fun little facts which make up this year's "fangtastic" fact of the week:
During the scene where Shaggy and the dogs take the girl ghouls for a run, Sybella is seen without a headband, however, when she stops to eat the rotten crabapple, a headband suddenly appears on her head. A few seconds later, the headband disappears again when the girls are eating the crabapples while resuming their jog.
Towards the end of the movie when everyone is trying to escape from Revolta's castle, Sybella asserts "I'll fly us out, but I can only take one at a time!" This doesn't really make any sense, as Sybella was able to pick up Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy all at one time when she rescued them from the alligators in Barren Bog earlier in the movie.
I also managed to find this quite odd fun fact when searching for other possibly relevant information about Sybella's character. Apparently, due to the Ghoul School movie, Sybella has become a somewhat popular name on baby naming sites for parents. In searching for info, numerous baby naming sites came up which suggested Sybella (using the *cough* incorrect *cough* spelling of "Sibella" for the character) for being used as a baby name. A few examples (I won't post all of the ones I found here as these probably give you the idea):
And finally, as some of of you are aware, I somewhat dislike the Americanized spelling of Sybella's name (though I am mostly joking). If you believe the correct spelling is Sibella, or if you're not clear on what exactly I mean by "Americanized" spelling, here's an interesting fun fact about the origins of the Sybella name in history.
Sybella is of Greek origin, and means "prophetess or oracle," while according to BehindTheName.com, Sibella is an Americanized spelling of the Greek word Sybella.
So hopefully you enjoyed reading these fun little facts from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. I certainly enjoyed writing them! But before I wrap this post up, I thought I'd quick share something really cool I inadvertently discovered writing this post. While trying to screencapture the picture you see above this paragraph of Sybella, I mistakenly bumped the 'capture' button on the screencap software I use about one second too early. In the process of doing so, I managed to screencapture an image which only appears on screen for probably less than a millisecond and would likely be almost impossible to find again in the film even if I tried. What I ended up capturing is a scene of Sybella changing from a bat to a vampire, which in my opinion is a super beautiful representation of both sides of Sybella - her "vampire" self and her "bat" self. Here's what I ended up capturing, and hope you all have a fangtastic Halloween! :)
In "Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King," the following villains from previous series are featured in the monster tavern.
1. Mummy (Scooby-Doo and a Mummy Too! - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
2. Green Ghost (A Night of Fright is No Delight - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
3. Snow Ghost (That's Snow Ghost - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
4. The Ghost of Hyde (Nowhere to Hyde - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
5. The Creeper (Jeepers, It's the Creeper! - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
6. Werewolf (Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf? - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?)
7. Scarecrow (The Frickert Fracas - The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
8. Troll (The Caped Crusader Caper - The New Scooby-Doo Movies)
9. The Spectre of Ebeneezer Crabbe (High Rise Hair Raiser - The Scooby-Doo Show)
10. The No-Face Zombie (The No-Face Zombie Chase Case - The Scooby-Doo Show)
11. Kelp Monster (Scooby-Doo, Where's the Crew? - The Scooby-Doo Show)
12. Witch McCoy (The Ozark Switch Witch - The Scooby-Doo Show)
13. The Ghost of the Great Haldane (The Sorcerer's a Menace)
14. Roller Ghoster [though the color was changed from green to a lightish purple] (Roller Ghoster Ride - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
15. Swamp Monster (from the intro of A Scooby-Doo Halloween - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
16. The Creepy Keeper (Fright House of a Lighthouse - What's New, Scooby-Doo?)
Beginning at 9:00am (CST) on Halloween, Boomerang US will be airing a marathon of Scooby-Doo movies all morning and afternoon to celebrate the holiday. The marathon kicks off at 9:00am with "Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery," and continues on with "Scooby-Doo! FrankenCreepy," "Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness," "Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery," "Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright," and closing with "Scooby-Doo 3: The Mystery Begins."
Here's the full schedule of when each movie will be airing (all times listed in the US central time zone):
9:00am - Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery
11:00am - Scooby-Doo! FrankenCreepy
1:00pm - Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
3:00pm - Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
5:00pm - Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
7:00pm - Scooby-Doo 3: The Mystery Begins
In addition to the marathon, two Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episodes will also air that day on Boomerang. "Stand and Deliver" and "The Man in the Mirror" will be shown back-to-back at 4:00am and 4:30am, respectively.
A full schedule of all the other non-Scooby Halloween episodes which are being shown that day can be found on Zap2it.
Following yesterday's new of the final episode title reveal, today, Boomerang has made "Halloween" completely free to watch on their streaming service without any subscription. This is currently the only episode on the entire service which can be viewed without a monthly or yearly subscription. In addition, five more Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episodes, "That's Snow Ghost," "Nowhere to Hyde" "Mystery Mask Mix Up," "Jeepers, It's The Creeper" and "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright" are now available on the service (though those require a subscription to watch). The free "Halloween" episode can be watched here, however, the episode can only be watched at this link which is from the "Scoobtober Premieres" section of the service. Oddly, the service has created two different versions of the episode, with no differences in content, other than the fact that one is titled "Halloween" and the other is titled "Halloween Special," the latter of which being the only version which is available to watch for free. So, if you haven't seen the episode yet and don't have a subscription to the service, be sure to check it out while it's still free!