Scooby aside, I think most of us can agree this has been a pretty crappy year with the pandemic. With the pandemic, my typical year-end list isn't going to be as long as it usually is, since not as much content could be put out. This year, let's break down the top 7 things have happened within the Scooby-Doo franchise.
7. Playmobil Scooby-Doo
This year, Playmobil released 9 new Scooby-Doo sets and bunch of figures, including figures of all the gang and 12 villain figures. While I haven't personally purchased these, I'm really glad that they've been so popular!
6. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Comics
While I haven't really been keeping up-to-date with these as much due to the overuse of stock art, there were five new issues of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comics released this year (#103-#107). This is considerably less than normal, due to the pandemic delaying several of the comics.
5. Funko Pops
A bunch of new Funko Pop! figures were released this year as collectibles, including ones from the movie SCOOB! I really like these; they're so cute!
4. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! was released on DVD at Wal-Mart on September 15, and everywhere else (including digital platforms) on October 6. Despite this being yet another crossover film, I thought this was one of the best DTVs we've gotten in years. It had a very unique vibe to it and truly felt like a Halloween movie. As I said in my review of the film, it felt like SDMI and Be Cool Scooby-Doo had a baby and this was the result. It truly took the best elements of both series and combined them into one great movie.
3. Scooby-Doo & Guess Who: 28 New Episodes
Compared to other years where we haven't gotten much Scooby content at all, we were pretty blessed when it came to new episodes of Guess Who this year. 28 new episodes of Guess Who aired in 2020. The second half of season 1 aired between February and May in most countries, and we finally got it in the US on July 2, 2020. On October 1, Boomerang surprised us all for Scoobtober and posted the first 13 episodes of season 2. On November 13, to honor Alex Trebek after his sudden death, Boomerang posted a fourteenth season 2 episode, "Total Jeopardy!" featuring Trebek as a guest star. Finally, the UK and Poland also aired "Lost Soles of Jungle River!" featuring Jason Sudeikis, which many of us have gotten to see.
2. Daphne & Velma Novels
I know these novels get a lot of hate from fans because Scooby can't talk in them, or people think it's somehow connected to the Daphne & Velma movie (which it's not), but these novels have been amazing in my opinion. We got the first two of them this year (one on March 3 and the other on July 7), with a third already announced for release next year. These novels follow Daphne and Velma trying to solve mysteries in the town of Crystal Cove, and feature tons of fun references to prior Scooby content. These novels have a more mature tone than the series, and are marketed towards young adults rather than the typical G-rated audience of the franchise. If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend these books and I feel like it's exactly what those of us who have wanted a more mature take on Scooby have been looking for. I can't wait for #3 next year!
Sadly, this movie got a lot of hate. Fans were pretty devastated when it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatrical release of the film on May 15 was cancelled. However, the film was not held back, and was turned into a direct-to-video film so it could still release as planned on May 15. I loved SCOOB! personally and found it to be a very sweet, entertaining origin story for the gang. Though it didn't really have the gang chasing monsters, I liked the direction they took it in. I thought all the voice actors did a very good job as well. This was a very feel-good movie, and it was fun to finally watch what we had been hearing about since August 2013!
Looking ahead to 2021, I'm hoping it will be a better year in general as we all are, but I'm hoping it will be especially good for Scooby-Doo content. Here are a couple things I'm looking forward to in the upcoming year:
1. Scooby-Doo DTVs: Sword and the Scoob & Courage the Cowardly Dog Crossover
I can't wait to see these two DTVs, especially the rumored Courage crossover! I know a lot of people are worried about it staying true to the tone of Courage, so I hope they've learned their lesson from Return to Zombie Island and Curse of the 13th Ghost. The Sword and the Scoob seems like it will be a lot of fun as well, especially since we'll get to learn a bit more about Shaggy's relatives.
2. Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold
While this play was supposed to happen this year, very few shows were able to happen due to COVID-19. I feel bad for the actors as I'm sure they all worked super hard on this, so I'm really hoping they'll be able to make up the majority of those shows that were cancelled!
3. The Final 11 Guess Who Episodes
It's hard to believe we're already down to the final 11 episodes of Guess Who. I'm really excited to see the rest of these and I hope they're as good as many of the recent episodes have been! So far, we know 7 of the 11 guest stars - Dynomutt & Blue Falcon, Lucy Liu, Sean Astin, Jessica Biel, KISS, Cher and the voice actors themselves. We also know a football episode will happen sometime in these 11 episodes.
I hope everyone has a wonderful start to 2021, and let's all hope it's a better year than 2020 has been!
So every year, on the site's anniversary, I like to write up a brief post about everything that's happened in the past year, almost like a journal of my thoughts that I'm publishing out to the world. And sure enough, six years ago today, the site went live for the very first time. I can't believe it's been this long already, nor all the cool things that happened this year!
Perhaps the coolest is my collab with pop singer Lindsay Pagano on the 300th fun fact. Lindsay was so down-to-Earth and sweet! I'm always worried about potentially bothering people who've worked on the show when asking them to collaborate, but Lindsay seemed genuinely excited to contribute and it was so cool to get to meet her! She also posted it not once, but three times, on her Instagram story that day! (1, 2, 3)
Some other really cool things I started this year include the weekly polls, which have been so fun to see what everyone's opinions on stuff is! I really enjoyed doing them as an experiment last September during Scooby's 50th anniversary month, and I knew I wanted to keep doing them! I also began writing monthly editorial articles, something I've been wanting to do now forever, and I finally lived up to my word this year haha. It only took a global pandemic to get me motivated lol!
Another thing I'm super proud of is the comics page, which provides a listing of every Scooby-Doo comic series and all the individual titles within each issue. It was initially going to be a 2020 project, but I buckled down before decade's end, and two days before 2020 (December 30, 2019), I wrote it all up and published it!
Lastly, I also redesigned all the site graphics, with the help of my wonderful friend Bradford N. Smith, who created all of these to help me out. I think they look amazing! On a related note, I actually don't think I've ever talked about this, but I also created some brand colors for the site, which is that blue and yellow. I really like the theme, honestly!
Thank you so much to everyone for making this an amazing 6 years of ScoobySnax.com! I'm so lucky to have such kind, awesome people frequent my site, and it's really cool that this has become a community for Scooby fans.
Here's to another great year of ScoobySnax.com!
2019 has been a big year for Scooby! With it being the 50th anniversary of the franchise, we got tons of new Scooby-Doo content, from a couple of new revival films to a brand new series. In this post, I'm going to break down the 10 biggest things (in my opinion) to happen this year in the Scooby-Doo franchise. If it's your first time reading one of these posts (I do one every year!), I only count pieces of media which were actually released, not announcements for media (for example, I wouldn't count the Scoob! trailer as something for this year, since the film isn't released until next May). Without further ado, let's reveal the 10 biggest things of the year!
10. Scooby-Doo! 50 Cartoon Collection
While I'm usually pretty optimistic about things, this set really disappointed me and I thought it was a huge missed opportunity on the part of WB. Given WB's track record for mixing old already-released episodes with new content, I was sure we would be getting some old episodes on this set. I was thinking maybe they could do a mix of fan-selected favorites and new episodes, with around 25 old fan favorites and 25 never-before-released episodes. Instead, we ended up getting very random episodes without really any explanation for why they were on there. Nearly 60% of the set was made up of episodes from Where Are You, What's New, and SDMI. Moreover, we only got 3 new episodes on the set, two of which were Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! episodes. Those who know me know I don't mind Get A Clue, but in this case, I feel like it was a bad decision to release 2 new Get A Clue episodes on that set. The majority of Scooby fans dislike that show, so it doesn't make sense to just dump them on a set and leave many fans with just one new episode that they'll like, "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller." If they're going to release Get A Clue, I feel like it should be on a separate set with just Get A Clue episodes instead of burning them off and forcing people to buy expensive DVDs with 47 repeats on it. They also released the set without any episode list, so people have no idea of which episodes are on what disc.
I am placing this one at #10 just because we did get "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller," "Chefs of Steel," and "Almost Ghosts." However, I feel like the decisions made with this set were all around perplexing, and it was a very big wasted opportunity on WB's part for what could have been a really cool DVD set.
9. 6 New Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Issues
I can't really judge this one based on content, as I haven't been keeping up with the Where Are You issues lately due to the overuse of stock art poses. However, it's interestingly become the only comic left now this year, after the cancellations of Scooby Apocalypse in April and Scooby-Doo! Team Up in September (more on this later). Six new issues were released this year (#97-102) and we also finally got the 100th milestone issue of the comic. Notably, with these cancellations, this November was the first month ever since 1995 that a new Scooby-Doo comic was not released.
8. Scooby-Doo! Curse of the 13th Ghost
For the 50th anniversary, we got a brand new film which finally finished The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo series, which ended on a cliffhanger in 1985. However, many fans were left very unsatisfied by this film, due to numerous blatant continuity errors all throughout the film among the semi-false advertising that the mystery would finally be solved, which it really wasn't. I won't ruin the film since I know there are still people out there who haven't seen it, but the blatant continuity errors and poor ending wrecked the film for me.
This was explained by Tim Sheridan, the writer of the film, that they wanted to make the film a part of a "rebooted Where Are You exclusive universe." I've really bounced back and forth on whether I like this, but as I've thought about it more, I can't say I'm really on board with it. I totally understand that people love the original, but at the same time, the franchise has changed a lot since then. Not everything they've done has been good, but I feel like it discounts all the progress the franchise has made to just look at everything through a Where Are You lens. This is purely my opinion, and I'm genuinely happy for you if you enjoyed the film. Personally, I just don't feel looking at every single Scooby production every made through a Where Are You lens is an appropriate way to handle the franchise.
7. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
I found this movie to be a bit more enjoyable than 13th Ghost, but it still was nowhere near the tone of the original Zombie Island film. There were still a few continuity errors from the original film, but much less than in Curse of the 13th Ghost. I also found Velma's skepticism to be very annoying and borderline in denial, which was frustrating because I felt they made her character too extreme in this film and the last. However, what made this one better than the previous film for me was that I felt it would have been pretty good as just a normal DTV, if one wasn't comparing it to the tone of Zombie Island. It's nowhere near perfect and still a bit disappointing the writers chose to view it from that Where Are You lens, but it was at least not painful to watch like the previous one was.
6. Funko Pops
We got a lot of cool merchandise for the 50th anniversary, but I have to say my opinion is that the Funko Pops are the coolest! We've gotten the gang in previous years, but this year we've gotten many of the villains as well including the Witch Doctor, Captain Cutler, Ghost Clown, Space Kook and Green Ghost! We've also gotten a Scrappy-Doo Funko, which completely sold out within the day on the Funko website!
5. Cartoon Feud
Quite possibly my most controversial placing on this list, but I enjoyed the Teen Titans Go! crossover for what it was. What an interesting turn of events that this would end up being placed higher than the 13th Ghost and Return to Zombie Island films. I felt this stayed more true to the original than either of them did, and there was some very clever meta-humor in this episode about how Teen Titans Go! was constantly on the air, taking up the space of classic cartoons, as well as the joke about Fred not wanting to be voiced by a guy named Frank. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm going to go binge the whole Teen Titans Go! series or anything, or even watch another episode, but it was an enjoyable 10 minutes of entertainment.
4. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
We also got a new series this year! Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is a sort of reboot of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, where the gang teams up with various celebrities to solve mysteries. I found the episodes to be sort of hit-or-miss. I loved the Sherlock Holmes, Wonder Woman, Penn and Teller, Urkel, Weird Al, and Batman ones, but others like The Funky Phantom, Jim Gaffigan and Kenan Thompson were not very enjoyable. Overall, I feel like they were trying too hard to make it seem exactly like the original show, which isn't a bit thing, but they tried so hard that many other elements of the show were not done as well as they should have been, and in some cases, it felt forced. We got 13 episodes this year, and the show was ordered for 52 episodes, so I imagine we'll be seeing some of those next year!
3. Scooby Apocalypse
Scooby Apocalypse was one of the best Scooby comics of recent years in my opinion, and we got four new issues this year before it was cancelled in April. I really enjoyed the maturity of this series, and the writing was superb all the way through. I was a bit sad when they chose to cancel it after only 36 issues, but the four issues we did get this year were excellent, which is why this one is #3 on my list!
2. Scooby-Doo! Team Up #50
Similar to Scooby Apocalypse, Scooby-Doo! Team Up was also cancelled after releasing 6 issues this year, #45-50. Honestly, I felt that issue 50 was the type of thing we should have gotten for the 50th anniversary, which is why this is charting higher than Guess Who? and the two reboot films. In this issue, we get to see all the versions of the gang from every incarnation in the past 50 years interact with each other, which was a lot of fun! The only reason why this isn't #1 is because I didn't feel the plot went deep enough in terms of the gangs interacting with each other. Many of the lines were things like just all the versions of Shaggy saying "Zoinks!" together, which didn't go as deep as I feel it should have. It would have been cool for the differences between the versions of the gang to be explored (i.e. What's New Fred acting dimwitted, and the BCSD/Where Are You Fred being irritated by that version of himself). Nonetheless, I also thought it was cool how they brought other recurring characters back and the explanation for the mystery (I won't ruin it by giving spoilers, but those who read it know what I mean!)
1. The New Scooby-Doo Movies Almost Complete Collection DVD and Blu-Ray Set
Having been 14 years since the first "Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies" set was released, most fans had discounted the 9 missing episodes from that set would ever be released, due to the copyright issues with some guest stars. However, for the 50th anniversary, WB was able to get permission from 8 of the 9 celebrities to release the remainder of the episodes in two different sets, one which had all 23 episodes and another that just had the missing 8, which were Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Sonny and Cher, Davy Jones, Jerry Reed, Josie and the Pussycats, Jeannie and Babu, and Tim Conway. I thought it was really cool that WB released them in 2 different sets to save the fans who already had the original set money. With so much rereleasing of old episodes along with new episodes on the same set, it was heartwarming to see them think of collectors for once. We still don't have the Addams Family episode released, presumably due to ongoing copyright issues with the creators of the Addams Family. However, they were able to release the 70s Addams Family series from Hanna-Barbera on DVD, but not the 90s series. The 90s series featured John Astin as Gomez, but the 70s series did not. Since the missing episode, "Wednesday is Missing," also featured Astin, I'm believing that he is for some reason preventing the episode from being released for some reason. I'm hoping someday they will be finally able to release that episode, but for now, I was really satisfied and surprised in a good way with this DVD set.
Notably missing from this list is the Complete Where Are You Blu-Ray set, which didn't do anything for me personally not having a Blu-Ray player, and the fact that they've already released the complete series of Where Are You about a zillion different times now. I must say, the design is cool though!
Well, that's my list, folks, but I'd love to see other people's lists as well! Does anybody feel something should have been included that wasn't? Let me know in the comments. In addition, I hope you all have a wonderful start to 2020!
Tons of things have happened this year in the Scooby-Doo franchise. We've gotten three new series, 20 new films, 7 new specials, plus three new comics and much, much more! In this post, I wanted to highlight my top 5 best and top 5 worst things that happened in this decade.
Let's start with the good stuff!
5. Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo
To many fans, these films had a dark feel that was reminiscent of the likes of Zombie Island, Witch's Ghost, and Alien Invaders. I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment, and moreover, I think that this film just had a great plot in general with some well-developed characters and a solid grasp on a genuinely spooky tone. I loved the two villains as well, the gryphon is such a unique choice that has never been used in the franchise. The banshee also had some super cool lore behind her, and her design (both of them) was immaculate! I really enjoyed how she could change from a beautiful woman into a shrieking nightmare. This is the type of DTV I'd like to see from Scooby, and in my opinion, it feels like the quality hasn't been quite as high as this film was in some of the recent DTVs. I'd like to give Camp Scare and Shaggy's Showdown honorable mentions, however, as those two were really enjoyable films for me.
4. Daphne & Velma
I know this will be a very controversial placing, but I really loved this film. The casting for this film was perfect, and everyone portrayed their characters in a very believable and interesting way without anything feel stilted. The tone of it is fun and silly, but in my opinion, sometimes you just need films like that. This is the type of film, IMO, that you might watch on a particularly stressful day and just turn your brain off to. The message in it is a very positive and empowering one, and the feminist undertones are in no way overpowering to the plot. I'm really hoping they make a Daphne & Velma 2, because this was truly a wonderful film and in my opinion, the fourth best thing the decade had to offer for Scooby.
Scoobynatural adapted a fan favorite episode, "A Night of Fright is No Delight," and made into a more adult version. I thought they did a great job referencing the old episode, while having more of a mature twist to it. Even not having watched Supernatural before seeing the episode for the first time, I still felt very at home with the characters and I wasn't confused in any way, which I thought was super cool. I also liked how pure they made the gang, it was so cute! They did an amazing job getting down the dark tone, and I thought it still stayed true to the franchise overall very well.
2. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
It still makes me a little sad sometimes, even though I do understand, that people completely boycott this series because of the designs alone. Jon Colton Barry, who has become a dear friend of mine over this past decade, did an ingenious job of getting all the character personalities down, and the absurdist humor of the series is right up my alley. Even if this didn't have an overarching plot like SDMI did, there was still the general plot in the background of the gang's friendship. The gang felt very three-dimensional as characters, and none felt stiff at all. The comedic angle the series took really allowed the gang to shine, and I think purely because of the amazing writing and comedy, everybody should see this series.
1. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
It was really hard to pick between BCSD and this one, because they were both amazing in very different ways, but SDMI edged this one out just slightly. SDMI felt like a fanfiction come to life, and really fleshed the characters out as well as brought us a more mature take on the gang. While I absolutely hated the romance plots, which felt forced and poorly done, the overarching plot of the series and dark undertones grounded in ancient lore was so cool. The gang felt very three-dimensional, and the stakes felt genuinely high in the series. The villains were super creepy, and I loved the way the plot pieced together in that classic mystery format through the episode-to-episode mysteries. This is truly the best the decade has to offer.
Now that we've covered the best, let's get to the worst:
5. Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
For a Scooby-Doo DTV, this one was pretty bad. While a musical could have maybe worked, I felt the musical numbers were forced in and didn't fit with the plot whatsoever. The plot was pretty thin in general, and would have worked better as a 22-minute special in my opinion.
4. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comics
When I've heard Scooby fans talk about comics, I've never once heard someone say that the Where Are You comics were their favorites. While not atrocious, the plots in general have been declining throughout the decade, and worst of all, WB has chosen to reuse the same stock art over and over instead of just hiring an artist for the comics. Stories are also republished pretty often, which gets quite old and irritating. I've stopped reading Where Are You comics because of this, and this earns them their spot at #4 on the worst list.
3. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
While this could have worked as a standalone DTV, the sequel to Zombie Island did not live up to the original even slightly. The tone felt very Where Are You-ish, which simply does not work with the tone of the original Zombie Island. I would have been fine if this were a standalone DTV, but making this a sequel to the original Zombie Island was a very poor move, especially for the 50th anniversary. Numerous continuity errors were made, and Velma was made so off character that she became irritating and genuinely difficult to watch.
2. Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
This one has pretty much the same gripes as last time, except adding on the fact that there were far more continuity errors in this one, and making the 13th ghost fake and essentially saying the whole 13 Ghosts series never happened felt insulting. Velma was even more irritating in this one, and almost seemed in denial.
1. LEGO Scooby-Doo: Blowout Beach Bash
I wouldn't recommend this film to my worst enemy. The "Blowout Beach Bingo Bash" song at the beginning was painful to listen to, especially since it was just those four words repeated over and over for five full minutes. The plot felt incredibly thin and was just poorly written in general. The writers seemed like they totally just phoned in the plot five minutes before it was released, because it felt like it had no substance whatsoever and was just a complete waste of time to watch. I enjoyed Haunted Hollywood, but this one was very difficult to sit through and felt like a quick cash grab with little to no effort put in.
Well folks, that's the list! I would love to hear other people's lists as well, if you want to share in the comments!
Five years ago today, on September 3, 2014, ScoobySnax.com was first published on the Internet. I can't believe it's already been that long!
Firstly, I want to thank each and every one of you who visit this site! You all are wonderful, and I'm so happy that the site has helped so many people. I wanted to create this site as a resource for Scooby-Doo fans, as well as a place for Scooby fans to find out info about the latest news and discuss the franchise. That goal has definitely been more than met at this point!
This year marked some exciting milestones for this site! The weekly blog series, Fun Fact of the Week hit the 250th week milestone back on July 15. Moreover, it featured Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated producer and writer Victor Cook. It was amazing to get to talk with Victor, and I want to thank him again for taking time out of his busy schedule to co-write the 250th fun fact. As of currently, I've posted a fun fact now for 258 weeks in a row with yesterday's fact. I truly hope you've enjoyed them, and learned as much from them as I have researching them! Make sure to keep an eye out for the 300th fun fact, which will presumably be coming on June 29, 2020! I say presumably as in last year's post I was off by one week for the 250th fun fact (I said July 22, but it ended up being posted on July 15), but only because the all-powerful Shaggy made me post two in one week lol.
In addition, for the franchise's 50th anniversary, I've begun posting fan spotlights, introducing a new awesome Scooby-Doo fan each day so people can get to know new fans!
One huge project I completed for the site is adding trivia bits for every single episode in the episode guide. This includes any interesting facts I saw while watching the episodes, animation errors or any other observations. This is a project I had been wanting to do since first starting the site, so it was really great to finally complete that back in October 2018!
That's about all for this year, which admittedly isn't too much! It was mainly business as usual in terms of the site this year, which I apologize for. I've made a ton of updates to the site over the past year, which you can always find on the updates page, but mostly very little maintenance stuff!
Looking at last year's post, I said that I wanted to post more articles and create some new pages on the site, as well as do something special for the 50th anniversary. I've achieved one of those goals for sure, as I've got tons planned on the blog for the 50th anniversary, including guest writers for all five fun facts for the month of September, a fan profile every day, a special new article every Friday and possibly more! As for new articles, that's a goal that remains on my list for things I want to improve on in this coming year. I post a lot of news here, but I really enjoy writing the editorial articles and want to try to make time to write more of those! I also want to work on making some new pages on the site! I mentioned making comics and fan art pages last year and never quite got around to it, so I'd like to get on doing that sometime in this next year.
Until then, thanks so much everyone for making this another amazing year for ScoobySnax.com. Here's to another great one!
We've already had a lot of exciting announcements for what's to come for Scooby's 50th anniversary next year. Sometime next year, there will be a brand new series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, as well as a Zombie Island revival film, and another DTV film which will conclude The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
In connection with this, the following are five things I would like to see happen next year for Scooby's 50th.
1. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
As mentioned above, this new series will be airing sometime in 2019. The series will essentially be a revival of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and will feature the gang solving a mystery with a new guest star in every episode. While the series has obviously been confirmed to be happening, I hope that the series actually takes us in a somewhat new direction instead of just regurgitating what we've already seen in the recent crossovers like the WWE and KISS films. While I don't hate those films, I feel like the plots are a bit shallow and focus overly much on the guest stars, at the expense of focusing on Fred, Velma and Daphne.
I did, however, really enjoy this most recent Gourmet Ghost film with the Celebrity Chefs. In this particular film, I thought they did a nice job balancing the guest stars and working them into the plot so they weren't obtrusive. Additionally, I love how they worked the history aspect into the mystery. If they could do this series like the Gourmet Ghost, I think I would be at least moderately happy with it.
2. Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
After over 33 years, Curse of the 13th Ghost will finally give us a conclusion to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. This film appears to have pulled out all the stops, and will feature both Flim Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul from the original series. It is unknown if the film will feature Scrappy. I hope, however, if he does appear, that he's not made into some huge joke. I don't mind Scrappy in the least, and I think we've pretty much tired out the "Scrappy is evil!" punchline by now. It would be nice if Scrappy was in the film to mirror the original series, but I'd honestly prefer if he were left out if he's going to be the butt of every joke again, like he has been in almost every cameo appearance since 1988's Reluctant Werewolf.
I also hope that the film lives up to the original show. I enjoyed the silly-yet-dark tone of 13 Ghosts, and I would be a bit frustrated if they tried to conclude the series in a tone that was totally off from what the rest of 13 Ghosts was like. The biggest concern with sequels for me has always been that a lot of them don't tend to live up to the original, so hopefully the writers will take this into consideration and try to create a final product that is at least somewhat in the tone of the series fans originally fell in love with.
3. More Substantial DVD Releases
Back in the mid-2000s, WB was practically cranking out the new Scooby-Doo releases, and releasing full season and series sets regularly. Lately, it's been the norm to see barely any new episodes released on DVD at all in a year. We still get some new releases, but at this point, it's hypocritical to even call them "new" because they're all simply re-releases that occasionally will include a single unreleased Scrappy short.
I was incredibly happy back in 2015 when Scooby and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1 was released on DVD. For the 50th anniversary, I'd love to see another set of this style released. Maybe The Scooby-Doo Show Season 2 could finally make a full-length appearance on DVD, or The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries could get a full season set.
While I'd love to say "they should release a complete series set of every episode of the franchise!", I also don't want to be unreasonable. It would be awesome if they did this, but it's pretty unlikely IMO and there are some copyright issues with The New Scooby-Doo Movies that would probably prevent a true full franchise set.
I really miss the days where they would release multiple full season/series sets in a year, and I'd personally be very satisfied if we could just simply get one more of those for the 50th anniversary with one of the unreleased series, instead of these little "an episode here and there" releases that we've been getting these past few years.
4. A Full Series Marathon
In the past few years, full series marathons have become increasingly popular on television; for example how FXX aired an "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon back in 2014 that featured every episode of The Simpsons shown in order over a period of 10 days. I would love to see something similar done with Scooby, where maybe Cartoon Network or Boomerang could air every single episode and movie of Scooby in chronological order on the week of Scooby's 50th. Who knows, maybe they could even make a new special like "The Scooby-Doo Project" or the Behind the Scenes interviews to air during the marathon!
5. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
I am so, so pumped for this film! It's amazing that they're making a sequel to one of the most loved Scooby films of all time after so many years. My one concern for this, like with Curse of the 13th Ghost, is that it will be totally off-tone and be nothing like the original film. Zombie Island was all kinds of amazing, which hold this film to a pretty high standard. I hope the writers will consider how high the stakes are here, and how many fans are counting on a legitimately good sequel to one of their favorite Scooby films. The dark tone of Scoobynatural, however, gives me a bit of hope for this film. If they can create a final product which is similar to the tone of Scoobynatural, I think this will turn out to be a really good film!
What are your thoughts on what you'd like to see happen in 2019? Do you agree with my list, or do you think something else should be added? Let me know in the comments!
2018 has been quite an interesting year for Scooby-Doo. From a brand new live-action movie to several crossover films, Scooby has definitely prospered and flourished this year. In this article, I'll break down the top 10 biggest things (in my opinion) that happened in the Scooby franchise this year.
10. Eight New Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Comics
It looked like the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You comic series was going to make its 100th issue milestone this year. However, in April, the comic series was demoted to a bimonthly slot, which brought the total up to only 96 issues. If the current trend continues, the series would reach its 100th issue in August 2019, right before the franchise's 50th anniversary.
9. Eleven New Scooby-Doo! Team Up Comics
This year, eleven new issues of Scooby-Doo! Team Up were released, bringing the total number of comics up to #44. One less issue than normal was released this year, due to the December issue landing too close to Christmas. This year's team ups included Birds of Prey, Yogi & Boo Boo Bear with Ranger Smith, Angel Ape with the Inferior Five and Stanley and His Monster, Supergirl, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, The Justice Society of America, Swamp Thing, Penelope Pitstop, Congorilla with Sam Simeon and Detective Chimp, Doom Patrol and Dastardly & Muttley with Yankee Doodle Pigeon.
8. Twelve New Scooby Apocalypse Comics
Scooby Apocalypse played a daring move this year when they chose to kill off one of the series' major characters, Fred. 12 new comics were released this year, bringing the T-rated series up to a grand total of 32 issues.
7. The Girl Ghouls Return in OK K.O. Crossover
While this might not be a huge event for some, I personally was almost in a state of shock when I saw the announcement that the girl ghouls from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School were making a reappearance on television for the first time in 30 years. The girl ghouls are such underappreciated characters in my opinion, and for another television series to take a group of one-off characters from a movie 30 years ago is huge. Though I honestly didn't like the crossover overly much, I was still incredibly happy that they made it. That's why this takes the #7 spot on this list.
6. Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold
On January 9, 2018, Batman crossed over with Scooby-Doo for the fourth time in the franchise history in a feature-length DTV movie. Batman had previously crossed over with the series in "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" and "The Caped Crusader Caper" of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, as well as once in "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases" of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Several other DC superheroes and Batman villains also appeared in the film.
5. Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost
In the second crossover of the year, Scooby teamed up with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis and Marcus Samuelsson in Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost. In my opinion, this turned out to be one of the best crossovers in recent franchise history. I love how they worked the history from the American Revolution into the story, and the guest stars didn't overshadow Fred, Daphne and Velma at all unlike some previous crossover films had done.
4. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Concludes in the US
After a nearly 3 year run, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! finally concluded in the US after almost every country had already finished airing the series in 2017. Episodes 42-52 (American Goth - Professor Huh Part 6 3/4) aired in an overnight slot on the Boomerang television network on March 8 - March 18, 2018. To make matters even more difficult, the timeslots were continuously changed even in the overnight slot, with episodes having no consistent day-to-day time of airing even overnight.
3. Almost Every Episode Added to the Boomerang Streaming Service
Going off of #4, the remaining Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episodes were added to the service on September 26, 2018. Even more exciting, almost every episode from the entire franchise was added to the Boomerang streaming service that same day. Every episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The Scooby-Doo Show, Laff-a-Lympics, Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated was added to the service on this same day. The only episodes not added were nine of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, due to copyright issues. These are the same nine episodes which are not available on "The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies" DVD. Hopefully, at some point, these copyright issues will be resolved!
Nonetheless, this is a huge event for Scooby fans. Never before have fans had access to nearly every episode of Scooby-Doo all in a single place. Now, if we could just get them to add some of the missing DTV movies and specials, we'd be set! :D
2. Daphne & Velma
I'm sure this is probably a hugely unpopular opinion, but I absolutely adored this summer's release of Daphne & Velma. This was a really fun, quirky little film that was just an all around feel-good movie. Though there were some feminist undertones, they weren't obtrusive to the plot at all IMO. The film also arguably had a central message related to optimism and empowerment, which is an awesome message for anyone to take away from something. I'm really hoping we'll see a sequel to this someday!
While my #2 was probably somewhat more controversial, this crossover was probably at the top of everyone's lists! Scoobynatural was such a neat crossover that was probably one of the few dark and mature things we've seen from the franchise since Zombie Island. Even as someone who had never watched the show before the crossover, I felt there was a genuine connection between the two shows in this episode. Sam, Dean and Castiel being zapped into such a classic episode ("A Night of Fright is No Delight") was such a perfect idea for a crossover, and I'm so glad we got to see this happen. Now here's hoping that next year's 13 Ghosts and Zombie Island revival films are just as good!
Greetings all you beautiful mammals!
For those of you who don't know, four years ago today, I published this site for the first time after numerous months of hard work. Since September 3, 2014, this site has come such a long way.
Every year, I like to write a post discussing the highlights of the site, as well as talking about the future of the site and what new plans I have for the upcoming year.
While I didn't make a lot of updates to the site for the remainder of 2017 after the site's third anniversary, I did add an episode list to the site. I decided to add this list to give people who just wanted to quick reference the episode titles (rather than scrolling through the very in-depth episode guide) a way to quickly look through all the titles. The list also has each episode listed by chronological episode order in the franchise, as I had a lot of people ask "how many episodes of Scooby-Doo total are there?" For those curious, there are 487 episodes of Scooby-Doo out currently, counting each Scrappy-Doo short individually and including the Scooby's All Star Laff-a-Lympics episodes.
Earlier this year, I also updated the List of Releases guide to include several very rare VHS compilations. Speaking of which, I want to take a moment to specially thank TriggeredWeegee, who sent me tons of pictures and information, and actually was the one who inspired me to update the page. Thank you so much again for all your help!
This summer, I decided to do some major updates to the site. In June, I added the Voice Actors page to the site. This page gives a lot of detailed information about the lives of each of the voice actors who provided their talents to the Scooby-Doo characters over the years. If you haven't checked this page out yet, be sure to because you have definitely been missing out!
Additionally, I created a page on the History of the Scooby Series in June. This page highlights the unique behind-the-scenes info for all of the Scooby series, and discusses the production behind all the shows in the franchise.
I also got the amazing opportunity to interview Tom Konkle this year, who is one of the writers for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. It was so fun getting to meet him, and getting to hear more about his work on the show. Tom was also super nice and offered to do the site's 200th Fun Fact of the Week post! Thanks so much again to Tom Konkle for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with me!
Speaking of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, you may or may not be aware that the show has been cancelled, and aired its final eleven episodes in an unfortunate overnight slot with no promotion whatsoever. After discussing with Jon Colton Barry privately on the ScoobyAddicts forum about how disappointing the show's cancellation was, I decided to do an entire week dedicated to celebrating Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! on March 18-24. Each day, I wrote a post discussing an aspect of the show (which included the villains, episodes, characters, a series finale review, and two top ten lists). The week ended with a special Q&A with the show's head writer, Jon Colton Barry, where the fans (you guys) sent in questions which JCB wrote in-depth responses to. A huge thank you to Jon for agreeing to do this again, and for being an awesome conversationalist and friend these past few years!
I briefly mentioned earlier in the post that my weekly blog series, Fun Fact of the Week hit its 200th post milestone on August 6, 2018. Every Monday since January 2015, a new post highlighting an interesting Scooby-Doo fact has been published on the blog! Currently, including today's post, there have been 204 weeks of fun facts posted on the site. Writing these fun facts every week has definitely brightened up my Mondays, and I hope it's done the same for yours! I certainly don't plan to stop anytime soon, so keep checking back every Monday for a new interesting fact about Scooby-Doo! I hope to do something special again for the 250th fun fact, so keep an eye for that on Monday, July 22, 2019!
It's been amazing to see how the site has grown over the past few years, and of course that's mainly because of you guys! I continue to be so grateful for you all every day, and I have loved getting to know you all over the past four years. It's great getting to meet new fans and continue to chat with old friends as well! Scooby fans are the best!
Next year, I have several hopes for this site's evolution.
1. More Articles I feel like this one's going to be on the list until the end of time, given I've put that on here the last two years, haha. But seriously, I do want to start writing more articles for the blog! I wrote numerous articles this year, though I'd like to be more consistent and continue to write about new Scooby content as it comes out. The "Why Scooby Fans Should Give Daphne & Velma A Chance" article was one of my favorites to write this year, and I'd love to write more stuff as in-depth as that was.
2. New Pages Looking back at the update poll from March, it looks like you all want to see a Theme Songs page, a Comics page and a Fan Art page! I'm still working on starting to create those, but if you have any ideas for those or other pages, I'm always open to suggestions! I have a few other ideas in addition to the pages I listed, so hopefully those will be added soon!
3. 50th Anniversary In September 2019, Scooby-Doo will have officially been on the air for 50 years! I'd like to celebrate Scooby's 50th anniversary with style, and I already have a bunch of really cool things planned for that month!
There are a bunch of other hopes I have for the site, some of them not worth mentioning like just keeping the site up-to-date, and others I'm keeping a secret for now! I love hearing feedback from people on the site and blog, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know via the contact form. Thanks everyone as always for being so awesome, and here's to another amazing year of ScoobySnax!
It's unfortunate, but 2017 was a bit of a lackluster year for Scooby compared to recent years. "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!" only aired eight new episodes this year in the US, leaving 24 episodes still unaired. We saw a decrease in DVDs this year, dropping down to an all-time recent low of only 2 new-to-DVD episodes being released in the whole year.
On the positive side of things, however internationally, many fans got to see the rest of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and the remaining episodes were posted online for fans who weren't fortunate enough to have their episodes air in the home country. We also got some exciting announcements for new films and series, including "Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold," which will be released just a short 9 days into the next year. We also got the announcement for a new feminist-focused film, "Daphne & Velma" as well as a brand new series and an updated release date for the film formerly known as "S.C.O.O.B.".
Though it was difficult to choose large events which occurred this year (as most of what occured this year were very small, incremental events), and I had to scrape the bottom of the comic barrel (you'll notice that I divided each comic as its own event in the list), I managed to pick the 10 biggest things of 2017 that happened in the Scooby franchise. Please note, however, this should not be confused for an official top 10 list, as this list reflects my own opinions of the best events of the year. While creating this list, I tried my very best to remain completely unbiased, and hopefully this list reflects the general opinion of the fandom, rather than simply my own opinion. It also should be noted that this list only includes events which happened this year, so announcements for things which will be released in future years (i.e. Daphne & Velma) are not included in this list. So without further comments, here is the top 10 things that happened in the Scooby franchise this year!:
10. Scooby Appears in Halifax Commercial
Though the fact that this small commercial is even included in the list speaks to how light of a year it was for new Scooby content, I still thought I'd include this ad, as it was a somewhat famous commercial and aired on several major networks for many months. In January 2017, Halifax made a commercial which featured the gang solving a mystery and stumbling upon Halifax bank. The commercial, which is a mix of animation and live-action, was filmed in London in late 2016. This commercial also marked the reintroduction of two famous voice actors of the gang, Mindy Cohn as Velma, and Scott Innes as Shaggy.
9. Twelve New Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Comics
Coming in at number 9 this year (one spot up from last year's list) is the twelve new Scooby-Doo, Where Are You comics which were released this year. One new comic was released every second Wednesday of the month, and this year, issues #77-88 made their debut in comic shops. We are getting excitingly close to the 100th issue, and if this monthly trend would continue, we would get the milestone 100th comic in December of next year.
8. Creepy Carnival and Happy Spook-Day DVDs
This year was a bit different from other recent years, in the sense that over the course of the entire year, we only managed to get two previously unreleased episodes on DVD. These new-to-DVD episodes came from the "Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Carnival" and "Happy Spook-Day, Scooby-Doo" DVDs. On May 2, 2017, the Creepy Carnival DVD made its way into stores, with previously unreleased episode "The Crazy Carnival Caper" from 1983's The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show. Approximately 4 months later, on August 29, 2017, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries' (1984) premiere episode, titled "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo" was released on the Happy Spook-Day DVD.
While I'm of course thankful we got even those 2 new episodes, I really wish that WB would release more season sets or 13 Spooky Tales-like DVDs. Unfortunately, as we haven't gotten any new 13 Spooky Tales sets now since May 2015, I think it's safe to say that those particular DVD sets have been discontinued. Still, I'd really like to see the return of themed DVD sets with more new episodes. Both of these new DVDs this year only featured three episodes each, but were only half the price of the 13 Spooky Tales DVDs, which included nearly 5 times the number of episodes that these two recent DVDs have had.
7. LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
As a sequel of sorts to last year's "Haunted Hollywood" movie, a second LEGO film entitled "Blowout Beach Bash" was released on July 25, 2017. While the movie definitely had its moments, my personal feelings on it is that it was filled with too many corny and unfunny jokes, particularly the "Blowout Beach Bingo Bash" song which draws on for a painful duration of 5 minutes. I felt this movie was dragged out and easily could have been a 22-minute special, without all the extra filler of songs and bad jokes.
6. Scooby-Doo! Team Up Releases 14 New Issues
After becoming a monthly comic late last year, Scooby-Doo! Team Up continued to release new issues every month, totaling 12. As an added bonus, collector's editions of issues 13-18 and 19-24 were each released as volumes 3 and 4, respectively. This year's team-ups included Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Quick Draw McGraw, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern & Green Arrow, Hong Kong Phooey & Spot, Plastic Man & Woozy Winks, Jonah Hex, Top Cat, Challengers of the Unknown, The Atom, Atom Ant, and The Legion of Super Heroes. The comic series is now up to issue 33.
5. Boomerang Streaming Service Launches
On April 11, 2017, the Boomerang Streaming Service launched and offered subscribers access to hundreds of cartoons at a time with a monthly or annual subscription fee. Among these cartoons include Scooby-Doo, Where Are You, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, What's New, Scooby-Doo? and several of the DTV films and specials. The service also is now the exclusive home of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, which now has stopped airing on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang television network.
This is a wonderful opportunity for fans to watch episodes of Scooby-Doo and various other cartoons. However, as I believe I've mentioned previously, in my opinion it is a bit frustrating and unethical on WB's part to air only part of a season of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo, and then purposefully banish unaired episodes to the streaming service. This essentially forces everyone to pay for content which was previously able to be watched for free on their network, simply because CN is too lazy to find a proper time to air the show. Of course, this is only my opinion and my criticisms here should not impact anyone's view of the streaming service. I'm glad that some people seem to enjoy the streaming service and still can benefit from subscribing to it, whether it's a platform for them to watch new episodes or rewatch old favorites.
4. Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
On February 14, 2017, the film Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown was released on DVD. Personally, I really loved this film and thought it was one of the best DTVs we've had in years. The plot seemed to be very in-depth and appropriate for its length (whereas some other recent films seemed to slightly drag on or try to do too much with too little time) and the characters were all very interesting and well-developed. I didn't even mind the Justin Bieber-inspired Buddy G, whose name was also a parody of another pop star, Becky G. I hope that we get to see more movies as good as this one in the coming year!
3. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo: 21 New Episodes
This year, the following episodes premiered in the US: "Eating Crow," "I Scooby Dooby Do," "El Bandito," "Into the Mouth of Madcap," "The Norse Case Scenario," "The People vs. Fred Jones," "Some Fred Time," "There Wolf," "Renn Scare," "How to Train Your Coward," "Worst in Show," "Mysteries on the Disorient Express," "Halloween," "The Curse of Kaniaku," "Vote Velma," "Scroogey Doo," "In Space," "Doo Not Disturb," "Silver Scream," "Fright of Hand," and "Greece is the Word."The final six season one episodes aired in a 1:00am middle-of-the-night slot on June 20, presumably to simply air the episodes as quickly as possible without interfering with their other programming. It should be noted however, that "Eating Crow" technically premiered last year on iTunes and Amazon on March 20, 2016, before it was taken off both services within a few days of being posted. However, the posting of the episode was almost positively a mistake on CN's part, who likely forgot to communicate with the streaming services that the episode had been removed from the schedule. This has also happened previously with CN, which includes "Mystery Solvers State Club Finals" and "The Night the Clown Cried," both of which were not supposed to air for months, but were accidentally posted by CN online early. The holiday specials "Halloween" and "Scroogey Doo," premiered on the Boomerang streaming service a month before their respective holidays. Just before the year ended, on December 21, 2017, Boomerang put eight season 2 episodes on the service (episodes 27-32, 34 and 35). The next day, on Friday (December 22) morning, five more episodes were posted on the streaming service (episodes 37-41). It is currently unknown when the missing 11 episodes will be added to the streaming service.
2. Scooby Apocalypse
In January 2016, fans were shocked when they heard the "Scooby Apocalypse" was coming. Now, the series has become a hit for teens and adult fans fans alike, and has released 12 new issues this year, in addition to two collector's volumes which encompassed issues 1-6 (volume 1) and 7-12 (volume 2). The series is now up to issue 20 as of December 13, when the last issue came out in comic book shops. I haven't had time to catch up on all the issues yet (insert big sigh here), though I am currently up to issue 12 and am really enjoying the series so far! It is definitely a different direction for Scooby going in a more violent, adult-oriented plotline, but regardless I'm glad I decided to read it, and it's nice to see Daphne toning down slightly from the first issue I read, where it was basically a fight-fest that included Daphne punching practically everyone. However, I've heard that the series seems to be headed towards a finale, though I'm really hoping that it's simply the end of this particular storyline and not the entire series!
1. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Finishes Internationally
Here it is! The biggest event for Scooby in 2017 is Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! finishing internationally and being released online. This year, fans were treated to all of season 2, with the final unreleased episode airing on November 13, 2017, thus finishing the series. Despite the numerous criticisms of both the art and humor, I'll really miss this series. In my opinion, this was easily the funniest, most character-driven series in the franchise, and really gave us a great look at the gang's internal friendship and bond, whereas in other series we don't get to see that as much. The series' style of humor really synced up nicely with my own, providing a mix of both slapstick-y, laugh-out-loud humor and more absurd, abstract humor. I love the fact that the series includes all different types of humor to appeal to all ages. I think the abstractness of the humor didn't appeal to many people who disliked the show, but I really enjoyed how absurd and ridiculous the show got sometimes. All the characters were very three-dimensional and each had their own, unique personalities, to the point where many people could tell if the characters were written even slightly off from how they usually acted. Most prevalently, Daphne was given a very eccentric and nonconformist personality, which I must say really worked for me. So often in TV, we see these one-dimensional or boring characters which are completely predictable, and I really enjoyed the unpredictability of Daphne's behavior. Though that may be influenced by the fact that I have a slightly quirky personality myself in real-life. :)
That about wraps up this year's list, though to end this year's list on a much more positive note, I'd like to briefly highlight 5 things which I would like to see occur next year in the Scooby franchise.
1. The Remainder of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Airing in the US
While I love the show and hate to see it end, I would really like season 2 to get a proper US airing at some point in the next year. Unfortunately, it's not possible to have them "aired" on television, but I really hope that the series will find get a chance to wrap up in this next year, with the remaining 11 episodes premiering on the streaming service. There's really no point in drawing things out any longer, and since every episode has now aired in numerous countries, it seems only fair for US fans to get the rest of the episodes as well.
2. At Least 3 New DTV Movies
These past few years, we've only seen generally about two DTVs per year, and in last year's post, I linked to the TCM (Official Turner Classic Movies), which claimed (and actually still claims at the time of this post) we should have gotten 3 movies this year. I'm presuming the third unreleased movie is the Batman one, which was probably made last year and was simply postponed into January. According to the same TCM site, we should have 3-4 movies this year including the "Daphne and Velma" one (more on that later). Hopefully this will come to pass!
3. Continuation of the Comic Releases
In 2017, the record for the amount of Scooby comics in a single year was broken, with a grand total of 40 brand new comics being released this year. I would love to see this trend continue, especially as I am just getting caught up with reading the comics and have been enjoying them. I'm really hoping that Scooby Apocalypse continues, as like I mentioned above, it appears to be coming to a conclusion. It would be nice to see something special done for 100th Scooby-Doo, Where Are You comic in December as well!
4. More DVD Releases with Unreleased Episodes
As I mentioned previously, the DVDs have been at an all-time low recently. It would be great to see the return of the season sets, or some more themed set DVDs (though including more episodes than just 3) with unreleased episodes on them. I'm very glad to see that Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Season 1, Part 2 will be released right away in January, so here's hoping that we see some other season sets released this year (The Scooby-Doo Show Season 2 would be a nice one to have finally released!)
5. Daphne & Velma
I hesitate to put this one in the list, as it is a more controversial film in a sense. I'm sure that a few of you have cringed when I've used the phrase "feminist-focused" to describe the movie, so I should probably explain to you all why I'm excited about the new film.
Unfortunately, it seems when people think of the word "feminist" these days, a lot of people's minds turn to super preachy, men-hating women going on obnoxious protests. This is not the vision I have at all for the film, and I too would hate it if it was just 75 minutes of hyper-feminist political statements and bra-burning. My hopes for this film are that it presents Daphne and Velma in more of a main role, and to expand upon their characters further, and most prominently, to get a different take on the premise we're used to, and maybe see those two characters in a different way than we previously had. People are probably still going to hate on the movie a lot in these next few months before it comes out, judging the movie on one word, "feminist-focused," but I really hope that people decide to give a chance in the end.
Thank you all so much for reading this post, and please let me know in the comments if you all have any thoughts you want to share of what should happen in 2018. Hope you all have a wonderful new year! :)
Wow, it's hard to believe it's already been three years that the site has been up!
Since last September, the site stats have nearly doubled! Looking at the site stats, on average, the site gets about 800 views per day with an average of a little over 4,000 views per week. Though I don't really have anything to compare the site's views to, some sites probably get thousands, even tens of thousands of views per day from people all around the world. While ScoobySnax.com certainly doesn't have that sort of traffic, I still continue to be proud of the site, and of course, the site visitors every day. It's amazing to me that nearly 1,000 different people view the site every day and I want to say thank you to everyone who's ever read, commented or even briefly viewed the site.
For those of you who are new to the site or haven't read last year's year-in-review post, generally I try to sum up the highlights of the site from the past year, and there certainly were a lot of highlights this year!
Ironically, only a few weeks after the last site year-in-review was posted, the site unfortunately was down for nearly a month due to some coding glitches which I couldn't figure out how to fix. However, the site being down gave me time to finish up the episode guide, which now has in-depth info on every single Scooby-Doo episode in the franchise. It was a monumental project, as I wrote every single bit of information by hand and took screenshots of every single villain in the Scooby universe myself. But it feels great having that finally available for people to use for reference and information, admittedly I even occasionally refer to the guide if I need to know an airdate lol.
As the History of the Site page now says, "2017 was the year for ScoobySnax.com." And that it was, on January 23, 2017, I put the finishing touches on the Internet Games page and posted it a few days later. The page features a list of the best and most popular Scooby-Doo games, and where to play them, so if you're ever bored sometime, definitely check those games out! They are fun for both kid and adult fans alike, and hey, I've even caught myself playing them on occasion! I also created a subpage in May on Crystal Cove Online, a game which was a companion to the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series. In my opinion, that is the best Scooby-Doo game ever made. It's both challenging and fun, and really does a good job mirroring the episodes! Though I've been told Night of 100 Frights is also one of the best Scooby games (as it has several references to the classic series, including iconic villains such as the Black Knight and the Ghost of Redbeard) so I'll definitely have to play that one sometime and compare them! It was actually a bit of a blast from the past to create the Crystal Cove Online page, since I replayed the entire Crystal Cove Online game to get my information for that page!
And of course, next was amusingly the character guide. Why is that amusing you ask? Because I've been saying ever since I did the "What's coming this month on ScoobySnax?" posts for a brief time way back in March 2015 that I would finish the character guide, and in February, the character guide was finally posted nearly two years later than I had intended. Hey, I guess better late than never, right? Lol
Lastly, there was the List of Releases guide. This list, which took a surprisingly short amount of time compared to what I was expecting, compiles every season set, compilation set, volume and movie ever released on DVD, Blu-Ray and VHS and gives a brief bit of info on them. In my opinion, the How to Have a Complete Scooby Collection is far more helpful in finding missing episodes which you may want, though if you prefer the home media releases being organized by DVD rather than by episode, this is definitely a good way to figure out which DVD you want to purchase if you have a limited amount of money and/or only want DVDs with a lot of episodes on them (as unfortunately WB doesn't always do a great job of making the amount of episodes they put on a DVD/Blu-Ray worth your money).
Combined, these updates are a big landmark for the site! After the List of Releases and Crystal Cove Online pages were created, I had finally added everything I had originally envisioned adding when the site was first published. "Are you still going to update on Scooby-Doo news?" was one particularly memorable comment I got right after posting something to the affect of the previous sentence. Admittedly, I probably worded that poorly and looking back, I can easily see how someone would interpret what I wrote as I'm somehow finished up with updating the site completely. Of course as I think up new page ideas and new Scooby content comes out, I will definitely create more pages on the site!
What would a year-in-review post be without talking about the fun facts? Starting on October 13, 2014, on a whim, I decided to start a weekly blog series called "Fun Fact of the Week," where each Monday, I present a new little-known or interesting fact about Scooby. I honestly wasn't sure if it was going to be a week, a month, a year, or forever, but as soon as I began writing them, I quickly knew it was going to be forever. Though originally the posts were more casually published on random days, on January 5, 2015, the posts were made every single Monday, and still continue to be nearly 3 years later today. Why Mondays, you ask? Honestly, no particular reason other than people tend to hate Mondays and I wanted to give people something to look forward (heck, I even look forward to writing them every Monday!) As of currently, 151 weeks of fun facts have been posted on the site with several guest writers, including the 100th fun fact written by Be Cool Scooby-Doo head writer Jon Colton Barry, and the 150th fun fact, written by the creator of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and writer of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Tom Ruegger.
And I suppose that leads me to my next point. One of my favorite parts of the site is definitely getting to interact with everyone, those who have worked on the show and fans alike. It was a blast working with Jon Colton Barry and Tom Ruegger, so I want to thank them again for taking time out of their very busy schedule to write the fun facts! Besides writers and show crew members, I equally love getting to talk to fellow Scooby fans, whether its interviews or just in the comments. Speaking of which, one of my favorite articles of the year to write was the Scooby college entrance essay one - it was super fun chatting with Tore and getting to meet her! I want to thank her once again for her time, and wish her the best in getting her master's degree!
One of my other favorite projects this year was working with Dallas Kinard on the Scooby continuity timeline. I was glad to help out with such an ambitious project, and it's been great seeing how many people the timeline has already helped! Lastly, although this didn't happen, if anyone remembers the Scooby-Doo typecast which I did with TS-D/JA Productions, we were talking about doing another one at some point, though it didn't end up happening this year, since Scooby-Doom has temporarily abandoned the site to work with a friend on his new podcast, Nerd Blitz. The podcast is a hodgepodge of various pop culture topics, but there is quite a bit of Scooby-related content, so be sure to listen to it if you enjoy Scooby and listening to podcasts! A big thank you as well to Scooby-Doom and I wish him the best of luck in his podcast and whatever future projects he decides to pursue!
Though this isn't related to the site, I'd like to mention my fanfic as well. It's been a blast writing it this year and developing new characters and story arcs for it. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I'm currently writing an ongoing fanfiction story entitled "Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake" about what would happen if Daphne didn't get back together with the gang after Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and continued with her show. If you haven't read it yet, be sure to check it out!
Before I move on, I'd also like to talk about the site's Twitter account quickly. It's been amazing to see the followers slowly climb for the site, and now the site has over 500 people following it, including several people who currently work or have worked on Scooby! My second alternate (non-site) account also now has nearly 100 followers. I truly enjoy talking with everyone every time I come on Twitter, and it's truly a pleasure getting to chat with old and new fans alike. I appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for the great conversations!
I could go on for a while, but before this becomes a 50-page long post, let's get to my hopes for the site in the upcoming year!
1. Of course, I'd like to continue creating more content for the site, including new pages and articles. Since I promised to make more articles early on this year, I admittedly haven't been very good about following through with that. In the upcoming year, I'd like to write more, interesting articles for all of you to read! In addition, I'd like people to continue being helped by the site - it's great seeing all of the emails from people that the site has helped them in some way!
2. I hope that ScoobySnax continues to be a comfortable, enjoyable environment for Scooby fans to use for reference, get updated on the latest Scooby news, or even just chat with one another. As I've mentioned before, I think the Scooby community is fantastic in that sense...almost everyone in the fandom tries to make people feel welcome and part of the community, which you don't necessarily see in a lot of fandoms. I feel like, in some fandoms, there's a perception that being a site owner makes you "above" everyone. I sometimes get the vibe that people may think of me that way, particularly as an admin on the ScoobyAddicts forum. In reality, I don't think of myself as "above" anyone, I honestly just feel like another fan who wants to chat and have fun discussions with people who I see as my equals, not people who I'm above or below. Like I brought up last year, I feel like we as Scooby fans can all benefit from talking and discussing things with each other! It's truly a pleasure for me to be a part of this wonderful fandom.
Thank you all once again for a fantastic three years, and I hope you have enjoyed visiting the site and reading the blog (hopefully I've entertained you at least somewhat!) :) . And of course, thank you for reading this very long post, and hopefully you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it! Here's to another fantastic year of ScoobySnax.com!