Today, I’d like to introduce you to Scoob16, who is a huge Scooby fan from Greece! Scoob16 runs a Scooby news account on Instagram and Twitter, as well as commenting on this site and ScoobyAddicts. Scoob16 also was briefly an admin back in the days I was experimenting with making a forum for ScoobySnax. Check out Scoob16’s profile:
1. What is your name?
I usually go by Scoob16 but my name is Alexandros, Alex for short. I'm from Greece.
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
Just like the average kid, I got into Scooby-Doo by just turning on my TV and stumbling upon a random episode, I was in early kindergarten. I can't remember what episode I first watched, but it was definitely from the first season of The Scooby-Doo Show. There's only one channel that plays Scooby here till this day. Back then they aired the first two seasons of Show. We did have Boomerang dubbed in Greek, but it was only on cable TV. I'm pretty sure that it aired a lot of other Scooby shows. A few years later my mother would buy me 3 VHS tapes: Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers and Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico. After that came the DVDs. We would usually rent VHS tapes and later DVDs from our local video club. The first Scooby DVD that we bought must have been Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. In early primary school, with the help of my mother, I would browse the Internet and learn more about the franchise, the earlier episodes and movies.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
My favorite episode is Harum-Scarum Sanitarium from Show. I remember Dr. Coffin scared the life outta me but I liked that. My favorite movie is Witch's Ghost because it was my favorite VHS to watch. I loved the retro feeling of it compared to Monster of Mexico (the other movie I had on VHS) and when I found out it came out the year I was born, I loved it even more! The plot twist at the end with the real ghost of Sarah Ravencroft and the first encounter of Shaggy and Scooby with the Hex Girls are my two favorite scenes.
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
Until a few years back I was very active in the ScoobyAddicts forum, which I joined in mid-2013. I used to post news, my reviews and anything Scooby-related I could. It was so much fun to finally share my enthusiasm with the rest of the fandom. Unfortunately real life responsibilities got in the way and I didn't have time to post, even though I still check the forum daily for updates without logging in. For a year or so I contributed to Scoobypedia, which is the ultimate resource for anything Scooby. In 2016 I launched a Scooby-themed (later multi-fandom with emphasis on Scooby, then back to Scooby exclusive) Instagram account where I posted some edits I made. For almost a year it was focused only on the comics that DC put out since I kept up with Scooby Apocalypse. Since June, it has altered to a Scooby news account (for anyone interested, it's @scooby_news). I like to interact with Scooby fans online, it's always interesting to find enthusiasts of such a legendary franchise. A year ago I also joined Twitter, although you won't find much Scooby stuff there.
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
These kinds of questions are tough to answer. Adults will tell you that the 1970's were the best era, while newer fans appreciate the 2000's and 2010's since it's closer to them. Fortunately the franchise is evolving, and so is the fan base. The mysteries have become more complicated and elaborate, the franchise has followed several different directions, from changing the standard formula (Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!) to darker (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) and lighter (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!) versions of the beloved cartoon. So there is no definite answer, at least not from me.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
Well, I would say The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo but we already got a conclusion to the series with the Curse of the 13th Ghost movie (not a fan of it, but that's a different story) so I'll go for the unpopular opinion and suggest a sequel for Get a Clue, perhaps another 13-episode season. It'd be interesting to watch what became of Dr. Phibes. I'd like to see him being really threatening this time around, building a new lair and army of agents from the ground and facing off the boys and Uncle Albert in more dangerous missions. As for a sequel to a movie, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School introduced new characters at the ending scene that could set up a continuation, with Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy returning as the teachers of course. Although I believe that with the Grimwood Girls already there, there would be too many characters to handle and develop properly.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
There have been two recent projects that have opened the possibilities to a more dark and adult Scooby: the Scooby Apocalypse comic and Scoobynatural, the crossover episode with CW's Supernatural. I would like to see an adult Scooby cartoon, maybe for Adult Swim but not with excessive swearing, sexual scenes and all that. That could either come in the form of a TV adaptation of Scooby Apocalypse (DC Animation is pretty good at animated adult movies and series) or a totally new show where the gang faces dangerous masked criminals or even real monsters.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
I don't wanna go for the cliche "Scooby is my favorite". I strongly believe that each and every member is vital and plays their own role that eventually leads to the solution of the mystery. But my favorite has to be Shaggy. Besides our shared appetite for food, he has shown that he can be really brave and risk everything to help his friends.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
My favorite villain will always be Professor Pericles from Mystery Incorporated. Diabolical genius, ominous scar across the eye, German accent... what more do you want? Haha, okay, other than that, he is considered one of the most dangerous antagonists in the Scooby franchise as he has actually murdered people who stood in his way. Especially in the last 3 episodes of the show, he showed no remorse for anyone, not even his allies, something that had me screaming in anger at my screen, lol!
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
Mystery Incorporated has a special place in my heart, since it came out when I was in the perfect age to enjoy it, so my favorite recurring character is from that series and it's none other than Hot Dog Water. She had the best character development of anyone in the show. She went from annoying rival of Velma to unlikely ally to back-stabber to most faithful friend to the gang, especially Velma. A close second is Cassidy Williams because she was so cool and skilled right from the start due to her secret identity.
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what’s in it?
Like any self-respecting fan, I've got my fair share of Scooby collectibles. My collection began with the VHS tapes (which I have saved for the sake of my childhood memories) and DVDs (even though nothing new has come here since early 2017). I also have quite a few action figures (the first series that came out, the gang and a few monsters, a whole lot of Mystery Mates mini-figures and the Mystery Machine and haunted house playsets), PlayStation 2 games that I still play when I have time (never too old for PS2!), plush toys, school supplies that I used when I was younger (pencils, pens, rulers, a pencil case), books and magazines that came here translated, a Mystery Incorporated watch that I never wore but got as a collectible, a wall clock that my aunt got me from Budapest, the Scooby Funko Pop, a collectible mini-statue of Scooby that still decorates the shelf... and probably tons of other stuff that doesn't come to me at the moment! I've stopped collecting now because nothing new comes to Greece, save for the occasional school supplies that I don't buy of course.
12. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it’s still going strong after 50 years?
As I said earlier, it's the fact that the franchise is evolving. There are writers and directors who are not scared to try a different take and see where it goes. Then there's the fan base that is constantly building up over the years and support Team Scooby. Last but not least it's the fact that Scooby-Doo is a cartoon that can easily adapt to modern times and we've seen that happening in the last few years. More elaborate cases, new technology and gags that keep up with the trends. Scooby has and will always be relevant in my opinion.
13. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
I got something Scooby-related. When I was in third grade I painted my bedroom walls with a Scooby howling, some bats and a full moon! It looked great to me at the time, but it took me a couple of years to realize that Scooby is totally out of proportion, lol! I'm happy to say that my drawing skills have become significantly better since then, even though I rarely have time to draw. When I do, it's a quick doodle on the side of a notebook.
14. Please feel free to share anything else you’d like to here!
I'm studying to be a journalist. Music has been a huge part of my life for the last couple of years and I've become really involved with the new releases, charts and everything that I would love to have my own radio show, but something more than just playing the music. Hosting a top 30/40/50/whatever countdown, providing information and news about songs and artists. My favorite artists are G-Eazy and Halsey, although my favorite genre is rap, lyrical rap, from the likes of G, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Logic, Joyner Lucas etc. Other than that, I enjoy a good workout session at the gym (with music blasting through the speakers of course) and horror/mystery shows and movies. I'm a fan of the Conjuring movie series and their spinoffs and the TV shows Supernatural (that I started watching thanks to the Scoobynatural crossover) and Lucifer. I have also watched Twin Peaks (thanks to the references in Mystery Incorporated) and a handful of animated series, such as Gravity Falls (strongly recommend it for mystery lovers), Star vs the Forces of Evil and Steven Universe, out of which only the last is still ongoing.
Thank you so much, Scoob16, for your detailed answers and continued friendship over the years!