Fun Fact of the Week #411
Happy Monday! James is with us to provide today's fun fact, detailing Kevin Smith's odd history with the Scooby-Doo franchise.
In the 1990s, Kevin was approached by Time Warner to write a film for Scooby-Doo. However, his production partner, Scott Mosier, had no interest in writing for Scooby, so Kevin declined. This is despite Time Warner sending him lots of merch twice in attempt to persuade him to write for Scooby. This was said on the View Askew board a long time ago, but it was taken offline. The archived version of that source can be found here.
In 2001, he decided to feature a parody of the Scooby-Doo gang in his film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Mark Hamill voices the Scooby-Doo like dog. There was a deleted scene, but it was removed for being too obscene (or should I say it was obscene lol).
In his extremely excitingly titled biography My Boring Ass Life, he makes several Scooby references, including how his friend Jason Mewes watched Scooby-Doo and bought a Scooby puzzle for his daughter, which was extremely hard for his wife and child to put together.
Scooby also was mentioned twice in his show, Comic Book Men. In the episode "Captain and the Clerk," he introduced his show by saying "the only one smart enough to keep Scooby away from Groot." In addition, in the episode "Bats Ahoy!," Kevin and his colleagues have a discussion about if Mystery Inc. were better detectives than Batman.
He and Jason Mewes also had a cameo in Rock and Roll Mystery, and hosted the Comic Con panel that July for the film. You can read an interview about it here, and you can watch their interview at the San Diego Comic Con panel in the YouTube video above.
Possibly because of all the Scooby references, Kevin and Marc Bernadin had an artwork made of them in which they look like Shaggy and Fred, respectively.
As you can see, Kevin Smith has quite a few more connections to Scooby than you'd expect! A big thanks again to James for researching all of this and finding these links.
7/25/2022 08:52:46 am
The gif of Scooby blowing kisses comes to mind.
7/25/2022 09:58:50 am
Ah, sorry, I misunderstood what you had told me. I fixed it in the post and added this link. Also, in looking at that source, I wasn't aware that there were rumors of Tim Burton writing the first live-action film!
7/25/2022 10:34:19 am
I can't figure whether it's something notable point of trivia, because it's just rumor, but the idea that Tim Burton somehow got attached to this, is highly peculiar to learn.
7/25/2022 12:53:02 pm
I hadn't thought about the connection between the first trailer being a parody of Batman, but you could be right! I also wasn't aware Craig and Raja turned down Fantastic Four for Scooby-Doo. That's really interesting!
7/27/2022 10:38:57 am
WWV, when you did that post about unmade Scooby projects, I think you left out how The Mystery Map DTV was actually the pilot (or retooled from an aborted pilot) of a whole puppet series. https://scoobydoo.fandom.com/wiki/User_blog:TheAtomicLight/An_Interview_With..._Stephanie_D%27Abruzzo
7/27/2022 09:27:07 pm
I actually wasn't aware that it was a pilot, so thank you for pointing this out! That's really cool to learn. I just edited the post and added this.
7/28/2022 08:10:19 am
won't you post about James Gunn's statement about a sequel to the 2002 movie?
7/28/2022 09:27:11 am
I'm unsure of which statement you're talking about. Do you mean the one where he said the film was originally going to be rated R?
7/28/2022 12:24:29 pm
I think they're talking about this twitter thread with Lillard, Prinze and Gunn:
7/28/2022 09:18:46 am
Did the What's New, Scooby-Doo? Halloween and Valentine specials air in prime-time like the Christmas special?
7/29/2022 06:11:37 am
Can you imagine Mystery Inc in The Donoverse?
7/29/2022 09:50:40 am
WWV, you once did that Simple Plan poll, but you left out the songs from the Gosnell movies. Was that intentional or not? I don't think it matters either way, I'm just watching both of these movies over a month, and being reminded of their other songs in those movies.
7/30/2022 08:41:50 am
It wasn't intentional, no. I had forgotten they were in the film.
7/30/2022 06:53:03 am
7/30/2022 08:41:20 am
Thank you so much for the info! Amazon US has also posted this information, so seems like it's definitely going to be released finally.
7/30/2022 04:41:29 pm
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