Last review, we had a special guest review the episode with me and I'm happy to say I have another even specialer guest this time! It's none other than Frank Welker...oh wait, I've just been handed a note. It seems Frank won't be able to make it today, so I guess it's just me reviewing it.
This was an incredible episode and one of my favorites of the series. Everything felt so meta all throughout the episode with the various character gags (i.e. Shaggy complimenting Matthew Lillard, Scooby helping Frank Welker make a dog sound, etc.). It was honestly a Scooby fan's dream to watch the voice actors interact with each of the gang members. The voice actors seemed super energized about their roles and were full of personality, which made for an amazing episode. I also liked all the various references they sprinkled throughout, and the reimaginings of old scenes such as Shaggy and Scooby messing with Redbeard's picture and Frank getting swiped at near the beginning of the episode in the same way that Daphne was in "Hassle in the Castle." There were a lot of enjoyable moments and character interactions in general in the episode, notably Frank's conversation with the gang at the beginning about what voice acting is, and Kate's song during the door scene which I found to be very cute.
While it was fun to see the old villains again, there's a small part of me that wishes we would have gotten some lesser-remembered classic villains. It feels like any time we get references to old villains now, it's kinda just the same ones over and over again. I would have liked to see something like the Wax Phantom, the Headless Spectre or Zen Tuo appear, since we never see those. I also didn't love the voices for Captain Cutler or The Creeper as much as the originals, but they weren't bad by any means. I also thought it was odd that Velma called The Creeper "The Ghost of the Creeper" during the unmasking scene. It seems like they love making all the villains ghosts in this series, especially given we're getting a villain called the "Ghost Monster" according to the credits of the Carol Burnett episode lol.
Speaking of the villains, I thought it was kind of interesting how the gang never really acknowledged they had met these villains before. They sort of indirectly said that the villains seemed "familiar" to them and that seeing these villains again felt "close to home," but never directly said that they had captured or run into these villains before.
The culprits were super easy to guess for me. Given the voice actors were the only four people there, and a villain always seemed to appear whenever one of the voice actors wasn't there, it seemed obvious that the villains were the guest stars almost from the beginning. I thought the voice actors' motive that they wanted to voice each other's characters was super fun haha. It made me a little surprised that they didn't choose to switch characters at the end, given there was no overlap where two people wanted to play the same character, so it easily could have been done haha. The scene at the end where Scooby thanks Frank Welker after his typical "Scooby Dooby Doo!" line was sooo adorable! That was the best way that they could have possibly ended the episode, IMO.
The line "It's not just a cartoon, cartoons are serious business!" also resonated with me so much. I think many of us Scooby fans have likely heard the line "it's just a cartoon!", which I hate, because I feel like people say that sort of comment in attempt to make it seem like cartoons are only for young kids. Cartoons can definitely make you feel all the emotions, even as an adult, so I'm super happy they put that line in this episode. So many adults enjoy cartoons as well, and you definitely don't have to be a kid to like watching cartoons.
Overall, I think I can safely say that this is my second favorite episode of the series. The Hex Girls still edges this out a little bit for me, but this was such an incredible, entertaining, heartwarming episode that I will definitely be watching again and again. I feel like this should have been the last episode of the series, because it would have made for an amazing series finale.
1. I Put a Hex on You!
2. A Haunt of a Thousand Voices!
3. Total Jeopardy!
4. The Horrible Haunted Hospital of Dr. Phineas Phrag!
5. The Last Inmate!
6. The Dreaded Remake of Jekyll & Hyde!
7. Dark Diner of Route 66!
8. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
9. One Minute Mysteries!
10. Dance Matron of Mayhem!
11. Returning of the Key Ring!
12. Cher, Scooby and the Sargasso Sea!
13. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
14. Too Many Dummies!
15. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
16. The Feast of Dr. Frankenfooder!
17. Falling Star Man!
18. The Internet on Haunted House Hill!
19. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
20. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
21. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
22. A Run Cycle Through Time!
23. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
24. A Fashion Nightmare!
25. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
26. The 7th Inning Scare!
27. The Crown Jewel of Boxing!
28. Scooby On Ice!
29. Lost Soles of Jungle River!
30. Caveman on the Half Pipe!
31. A Moveable Mystery!
32. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
33. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
34. Scooby-Doo and the Sky Town Cool School!
35. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
36. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
37. The Tao of Scoob!
38. The New York Underground!
39. The Phantom, the Talking Dog, and the Hot Hot Hot Sauce!
40. The Lost Mines of Kilimanjaro!
41. Hollywood Knights!
42. Fear of the Fire Beast!
43. The Hot Dog Dog!
44. Quit Clowning!
45. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
46. Space Station Scooby
47. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
48. The Fastest Food Fiend!
49. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided
5/25/2021 11:27:22 am
Yeah this was amazing. The thanks Frank Welker thing at the end made me tear up a bit actually. I just hope that this isn’t his swan song, given that this was definitely the last episode they made in production
5/25/2021 11:28:04 am
I should’ve mentioned, this is my favorite of the series
5/25/2021 11:30:55 am
It made me tear up too! Oh gosh, that would be horrible if they were saying that because this was Frank's last episode or something. I took it more as Frank is getting up there in age, so they wanted to thank him while he's still able to voice the characters.
5/25/2021 11:56:23 am
I really hope that was the case. I know it’s gonna have to happen eventually but I’m just not ready for Scooby without Frank yet. I still think Casey is the definitive voice actor of the franchise, but Frank has just been here since the beginning constantly. He just means so much to the franchise and my entire childhood
5/25/2021 12:20:47 pm
While Casey might be the most iconic, I think by now Frank has become the definitive voice actor of the franchise. He's been voicing Fred for over 5 decades and Scooby for 2 decades. And let's not even get into all the episodic characters.
5/25/2021 12:24:18 pm
I’m definitely not ready for Frank to retire anytime soon either! I think Casey was kind of the first iconic voice of the franchise like Becker said, but as Casey retired and Frank started voicing both Fred and Scooby, he became more definitive within the franchise.
5/25/2021 01:32:47 pm
Frank is the most important voice actor in my mind but when the average person thinks of a Scooby voice actor, they think Casey Kasem, which is moreso my criteria for definitive than pure importance
5/28/2021 09:53:38 am
I would agree with that. Frank's the most important now, but Casey is still the most iconic.
5/25/2021 12:22:23 pm
I don't think it's a swan song, I'm sure Frank will keep voicing Fred and Scooby for as long as he can.
5/25/2021 12:26:51 pm
That’s what I think too. It was just a good time to thank him since it was such a meta episode, and I don’t think they were doing it because it was the last time he’d ever voice Scooby and Fred. They would have made a bigger deal out of it if that were the case.
5/25/2021 12:54:36 pm
Yeah, considering it's a New Movies style show, they wanted to give a dedication to Frank, as it's the best opportunity for it.
5/25/2021 01:08:54 pm
5/25/2021 01:35:19 pm
I hope it wasn’t but the way the ending happened says that it COULD be a possibility. Not necessarily likely but a possibility
5/28/2021 09:55:03 am
Again, I really don't think this is the final episode Frank's going to be in. I'd agree with Matt here that it's a possibility, but not a likely one.
5/25/2021 11:28:48 am
The episode was super extraordinaire. It was awesome seeing the voice actors interact with the characters they play. That’s like every Scooby doo fans dream. This is with out of doubt the best Scooby doo crossover.
5/25/2021 11:31:30 am
Agreed, this is the best Scooby crossover they've ever made!
5/25/2021 11:42:05 am
I really liked this one, definitely in the top 5. I liked how Matthew Lillard was the only one who sounded super different talking in his normal voice, but it's pretty consistent with the stories he's told about getting the job. I liked the beginning where it was a reference to him screaming in his car to get the voice right. Overall it was a great episode. They know the show so well to the point that they really couldn't make an awkward crossover.
5/25/2021 12:22:11 pm
I thought it was pretty cool too that Matt’s voice was the only “different” one. I didn’t know about the screaming in his car thing, so I didn’t get that reference, but that’s cool!
5/25/2021 01:26:15 pm
Matthew Lillard explains it pretty well in this interview: https://youtu.be/dwbfw8u8rYU
5/28/2021 09:55:34 am
That was a really neat interview! I had no idea that's how he got good at doing voices haha. Thanks for sharing!
5/25/2021 12:33:36 pm
5/25/2021 12:55:59 pm
@Jayden the hand under Velmas skirt was just Shaggy he was standing behind her and it gave that appearance. I don’t think that was an animation error. Unless I saw the wrong scene?
5/28/2021 09:56:31 am
They definitely focused heavily on the meta aspects of the episodes and didn't make the mystery super deep, which was kind of an issue that made me put this second rather than first. It was stil an amazing episode.
5/25/2021 12:54:48 pm
Loved your review WildWindVampire! The only thing is I felt like they did reference knowing the monsters in the past. The only thing they weren’t super specific about it. For example, when Frank is showing them the Red Beard portrait the gang in unison says “we know!” as in saying they have already met him before. Shaggy also pointed out Charlie the Robot which if he knows his full name implies Shaggy already met him.
5/28/2021 10:00:08 am
I guess that's kinda what I was trying to get at, that they didn't just completely ignore knowing the villains from a previous mystery, but it was super vague. It just was kind of odd that they didn't go more specific, because there was no real reason why they wouldn't have. In fact, I think it could have made it creepier if they were wondering why all these villains from their past were suddenly appearing for no reason, rather than just a vague hint that these villains seemed a little familiar.
5/25/2021 01:22:09 pm
This is now my favourite episode of GW and one of my favourites in the franchise!
5/28/2021 10:07:09 am
"Was Kate in that box the whole time?" Hahaha yes. She was just sitting in a box for hours lol. Agreed all the voice actors being so into their roles was reminiscent of Kristen Schaal's energy in her episode. I also found Grey to be the weakest of the guest stars, but she was still amazing. The others were just given a little more screen time than she was. I agree with your unpopular opinion...Charlie was definitely the best villain of this bunch! Him smiling at Scooby in the plane was adorable lol.
5/25/2021 01:32:44 pm
I agree that Cartoons are for all ages and not just young kids. but I think it all depends on what type of cartoon a person prefers, also I think certain cartoons like The Simpsons, Archer, South Park are more aimed at a adult audience.
5/28/2021 10:02:58 am
Yeah, there are definitely more "adult" cartoons like The Simpsons and Family Guy, though I think the majority of people tend to think that anything that's not an "adult" cartoon is only for kids, which kind of frustrates me.
5/25/2021 02:05:50 pm
I think the plane part could possibly refer back to both What a night for a knight and the Ichabod Crane episode
5/28/2021 10:03:26 am
I was thinking that too, but I wasn't sure so I didn't put it in the review. It gave me very classic vibes though.
5/25/2021 02:38:09 pm
Guys apparently there’ll be a scooby special later In the year with the gang looking back at their most classic cases
5/25/2021 03:09:24 pm
how do we know this real do you have a source for that ?
5/25/2021 03:12:44 pm
I found it on a discord server pictures addressing this news
5/28/2021 10:08:13 am
Thank you for letting me know!
5/25/2021 03:29:30 pm
that's hardly any proof. I have seen similar things posted on discord in the past, which you describe but most of those turned out be fake news. Not everyone on discord should be trusted you know. I for one am going to take this news with a grain of salt.
5/25/2021 03:41:38 pm
Kate playing a song during the door gag scene kind of felt like a classic Scooby doo chase scene.
5/28/2021 10:07:37 am
Right? I was so excited that we finally got a chase scene/song in this series.
5/25/2021 04:12:26 pm
Found a reliable source for the upcoming Scooby-Doo Animated Special it turns to be real after all. The artice says it will be one-hour special and that Jonathan Stern will executive produce it. ir will most likely air on CN or boomerang later this year.
5/25/2021 04:56:52 pm
Wow this is exciting we haven’t had a Scooby doo special since Knight Time Terror.
5/26/2021 12:05:57 am
You don’t say 🙄
5/28/2021 10:07:59 am
Thank you so much! I'm super excited for this!
5/25/2021 05:08:46 pm
Dose anyone have the episode link?
5/25/2021 05:31:32 pm
5/25/2021 08:24:16 pm
5/25/2021 06:38:43 pm
I have to admit I was expecting a little more originality from the use of monsters for this particular episode but...never mind.
5/28/2021 10:08:48 am
I wish they would have aired this as the series finale! It would have been perfect!
11/24/2021 08:46:52 pm
Or better yet at least it would be dubbed as a second to last episode.
11/25/2021 08:32:22 am
Could be, I think I still would have preferred this is the last episode, though.
5/26/2021 01:19:10 am
We should ask Grey Griffin if Daphne will get a workout spinoff
5/26/2021 08:38:17 am
We needed a meta-episode in the franchise to honour the people behind SD also great review.
5/26/2021 08:47:04 am
Good thing The Scooby-Doo Reunion Special's on it's way to the CW
5/28/2021 10:12:46 am
Thank you! I really don't think it is Frank's last episode. I feel like they would have made a much bigger deal of it, and we would be seeing news stories about it if it was.
5/26/2021 09:27:50 am
I read on Scoobypedia that Huckleberry Hound was gonna make a cameo in this episode, but after watching it for the first time, I didn't see him anywhere in it.
5/28/2021 10:11:51 am
I wouldn't say it's a rip off, anyone can edit Scoobypedia so it sounds like someone just posted fake information.
5/26/2021 10:07:02 am
What a rip off!!!!
5/26/2021 10:11:36 am
any update on scooby-doo, dog wonder?
5/26/2021 12:43:24 pm
If you don't see a link, I can't give you one. Have some patience.
5/26/2021 08:14:49 pm
Great review!! This is by far my favorite episode and a great tribute to the voice actors, especially Frank Welker! The references to the original series were great and they captured the destruction the gang causes in the episodes nicely haha. My disappointment lied in the still images everyone was posting on the internet, which gave away a lot of the episode. And I think Mindy Cohn should have been Velma and not Kate. Overall, this episode was amazing and I'm so happy they made the voice actors guest stars. I agree it should have been the last episode.
5/26/2021 11:47:59 pm
💙 Frank's a god 🤎
5/28/2021 10:10:39 am
Thank you! I agree that this was the perfect tribute to the voice actors. I also would have really liked if Mindy had played Velma, but at the same time, since Kate played Velma for the entire series, it wouldn't have really been fair to her to just dump her completely in an episode meant to pay tribute to the other voice actors, so I understand why they didn't have Mindy play Velma.
5/27/2021 12:20:35 am
I like that when we saw Kate Micucci's script it showed Velma's name. Like they were recording for a Scooby Doo episode within a Scooby Doo episode lol!
5/27/2021 12:54:15 am
💜 God bless Grey, Matthew and Kate 💚🧡
5/28/2021 10:10:55 am
I loved that too haha.
5/28/2021 12:52:03 pm
Hey! Does anyone have a Google Drive link to the first 13 episodes of Season 2 of "Scooby-Doo! And Guess Who?" ????
5/30/2021 08:03:10 am
I seriously hope that we will get to see Simone make one last appearence in the show. and who knows maybe she might appear in the Carol Burrnet episode I hope.
5/30/2021 09:44:30 am
Someone from the UK who has seen the episodes confirmed that Simone does not appear again in the last 3 we haven't seen, unfortunately.
5/30/2021 09:52:07 am
Wait, someone from the UK?
5/30/2021 10:02:14 am
Oh that really is too bad cause I really like her as a character.
5/30/2021 03:57:48 pm
My bad, I meant Australia. I was thinking of Gatherer Hade from Scoobypedia.
5/30/2021 10:11:45 am
Well I guess on the bight side at least we still got the unnamed acotr from The Fastest Food Fiend! and The Hot Dog Dog!, maybe he might a final appearence hopefully.
5/30/2021 03:59:43 pm
I'm not sure. I think it would have been cool to have her as the culprit in the last episode. As for the other person, I guess we'll just have to wait and see! Hopefully we'll get the Dog Wonder episode this week, and also the Reverend Run one so we can get back up to speed with when Canada is airing them.
5/30/2021 05:32:52 pm
I have to say I noticed in the description it says "The gang step in to impersonate the voice actors" which is pretty misleading since they only do it for like a minute and plus it was for a trap anyway!
5/30/2021 07:39:49 pm
Which description are you referring to?
5/31/2021 02:40:20 am
Oh, my bad, it's the one on Scoobypedia.
5/31/2021 09:26:52 am
Gotcha. Yeah, that does sound kind of misleading. Maybe you could change it if you wanted to?
5/31/2021 10:22:13 am
Ok! Done! :)
12/29/2021 09:46:09 pm
As I said before, I was expecting a little more originality from the use of monsters for this particular episode but...never mind.
12/30/2021 09:58:57 am
I totally share your opinion. They've used the Ghost of Captain Cutler, Charlie the Robot, Redbeard and the Creeper so many times now. An original villain would have been cool. I'd even be open to them using some of the less used villains, like the Wax Phantom or the Ghost of Silas Long.
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