I’m super excited to have Conall with us as our fan spotlight on this lovely Tuesday! Conall is a big Scooby fan who’s very active on both this site and Twitter. Check out his fan profile below:
1. What is your name?
My name is Conall Turley.
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
I got into Scooby-Doo from watching it as a child. I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t watch Scooby. It’s been a big part of my life since I was very young.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
Gosh picking a favourite episode is so hard! I love so many episodes from various iterations. I think I’ll go for “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts” from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The setting of the spooky castle, the 3 classic movie monsters, the hilarious shenanigans, the creepy moments… it’s just classic.
As for my favourite movie, it’s almost cliché at this point but Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is definitely my favourite. What more is there to say! It’s the best of the best. To provide a bit of variety, my second favourite Scooby movie is probably Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (I always wrestle with my rankings. I love so many of the DTVs). I’m a huge horror movie fan, and since this movie is pretty much Scooby-Doo meets Friday the 13th, it’s perfect for me. I love the summer camp setting, the 3 monsters (maybe that’s my thing, lol), the music, the action sequences, the mystery, the side characters. It all comes together perfectly.
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
I love to interact with all my fellow Scooby fanatics on Twitter. I follow your website and blog! It’s the best source of info on all things Scooby. I’m also part of a Scooby/HB fan group on Facebook.
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
I think the best series is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It took everything that made the original series great and made it even better in my opinion. Everything works for me: the overarching mystery, the darker tone, the comedy, the character development, the music and the art style (which I adore). I grew up watching the original shows and What’s New, Scooby-Doo? but SDMI was the first show I can remember sitting down to watch every week. It came along at just the right time for me (I was 12 when it started). Honestly, I could sing this show praises all day.
As for the best era of Scooby, this is a tricky one. I always find myself torn between the WNSD era and the 2010-2013 era. They both had excellent shows (WNSD & SDMI) and great DTVs. They also both had live-action movies, and I love all of those too. I’m going to go for the 2010 – 2013 era because I think all the DTVs released during that time were excellent, whereas with the WNSD era some of the later movies were pretty meh.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
I don’t think there are any DTVs that need a sequel, especially considering what we got with Return to Zombie Island. I would actually like a sequel to the first two live-action movies, whether it be live-action or animated. I love Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, and I think another movie with that cast would be amazing.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
I think the franchise needs to get more creative again. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is a safe Scooby series. Real back to basics after SDMI and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! both took big risks. Also, the DTVs have been pretty much crossovers for the last few years. I would like a Scooby project (probably a series) that once again isn’t afraid to go in a direction the franchise hasn’t been before. I haven’t given much thought as to what that could entail, but something new and different, whilst still adhering to the classic formula.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
My favourite member of the gang has always been Daphne. I think Zombie Island and What’s New, Scooby-Doo? are to thank for that. What’s New was the Scooby show airing when I was a kid and at that time Daphne was getting more to do; playing more of an active role within the gang. That was also done in Zombie Island, and it proved that there was more to her character than just “the pretty girl”. I think I identified with her character traits; I was never a leader or the smartest amongst my friends, but I’ve always had a big heart which I think is one of Daphne’s strongest attributes.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
Another tough one. There are so many villains I love, especially from the original era. My favourite villain from a series though has to be Professor Pericles. I think he’s the most formidable and evil villain the gang has ever faced. My favourite movie villains are the Yowie Yahoo and Wildwind vampires from Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire. I really like their designs, and I think the grandiose entry of the Yowie Yahoo every time he appears is really memorable and scary.
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
I mean it has to be the Hex Girls. They are Scooby-Doo legends. The fact that they haven’t had their own spin-off show yet is criminal, lol.
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what’s in it?
Yes, I do have a Scooby-Doo collection. The largest part of which are my VHS tapes, DVDs and Blu rays. I’ve pretty much collected every DVD & Blu ray I can get my hands on, and I have 9 or 10 VHS tapes from when I was a kid. I also have lots of Scooby-Doo comics, activity books and annuals. Scooby toys, including all the LEGO sets, plush toys, action figures and board games. I also have a few random bits and pieces like a Scooby-Doo Christmas decoration that sings, Scooby cups and mugs and a Scooby-Doo costume from years ago.
12. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it’s still going strong after 50 years?
I think it’s a combination of the characters and the versatility of the formula. There’s a member of the gang for everyone, as they all have distinctive attributes and personalities. Then there’s the formula; who doesn’t love a good mystery? There’s so much that can be done with it, as realised by the different shows, DTVs, live action movies etc. The show can keep evolving without losing what makes it work in the first place.
13. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
Some people might know this already, but I have a YouTube channel where I upload my LEGO Scooby-Doo stop-motion videos. These are either recreations of scenes from the movies or my own LEGO Scooby-Doo series; some of my favourite Scooby-Doo episodes from various series that I’ve made in LEGO. I got into stop-motion with LEGO back in 2010 just from watching videos on YouTube and it soon became my main hobby.
14. Please feel free to share anything else you’d like to here!
I guess just if anyone is reading this and likes to get involved with Scooby discussions on Twitter (or Doctor Who; I LOVE Doctor Who as well) then feel free to follow me, I’ll follow you and we can chat about our favourite meddling kids and their dumb dog! I’m @ConallJT on Twitter
Thanks so much to Conall for being today’s fan spotlight! Feel free to ask any questions you may have for him in the comment section, and be sure to check back tomorrow for another fan spotlight!
~ WildwindVampire ~