Do the kids today still say that their wig has been "snatched" when something really shocking/cool happens?
Regardless, I'm a bit shook at the moment. Those of you who have followed the blog for a while now know how much I love Ghoul School, and just in time for the 30th anniversary of the film this year...the girl ghouls are coming back!
In the most recent Halloween special of O.K. K.O., Let's Be Heroes! (another cartoon currently running on Cartoon Network), the main character Enid meets back up with her old friends, who just happen to be the girls from Grimwood's! In the episode, Enid tries to come to terms with the fact that she has been lying to the Grimwood girls about being a witch. During a showcase of their powers, Enid must reveal that she is actually a ninja.
As even better news for the US fans, you do not have to wait at all to watch the new episode, titled "Monster Party." The episode has been made available on Cartoon Network's website as a special preview. You do, however, have to log in with your TV provider to be able to watch the episode (in other words, if you don't get Cartoon Network on cable, you won't be able to watch the episode here either). The episode officially airs on TV in the US on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
The episode managed to pull out all the stops for this episode, and got three of the original voice actors for the Girl Ghouls to reprise their roles. Pat Musick voices Elsa, Russi Taylor voices Phantasma and Susan Blu voices Sybella. Two new voice talents, Natalie Palamides and Kristin Le voice Winnie and Tanis, respectively.
As for my review, I'm still conflicted. I've just watched the episode and it's...uh...strange? I was really disappointed in Sybella. She seemed quite out-of-character to me and nothing like she did in the original film. The others seemed pretty in-character honestly, other than maybe Tanis, who lost the "sweet and innocent" part of her personality other than in the flashback when she was sucking her thumb.
As a quick side node, you'll notice that it's spelled "Sibella" rather than "Sybella" as I'm spelling it in the episode - but I'm still not convinced lol! The characters were quite off, and Scooby-Doo didn't have the hyphen in it in the credits. It's possible Susan Blu, Sybella's actress maybe forgot the spelling as well - it's not like it's a super popular film or anything, and she must have had hundreds of voice roles. So I'm going to be stubborn and stick to my "Sybella" spelling lol.
Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy aren't really mentioned other than the brief joke about "the guy with his great dane" being weird.
I'm incredibly glad they made at least something to follow-up to Ghoul School (I'm still really shook at the fact that they even did it, regardless of how good or bad it was lol). However, it was a bit underwhelming for my taste. There didn't seem to be much of a storyline other than fanservicing those of us who remember the original film. The animation was a bit rough, and the horrible attempt at rapping near the end was almost painful to listen to. I may have also lost a few brain cells listening to the intro song lol.
Overall, I can't deny that I'm happy they made the episode. The Girl Ghouls are such underappreciated characters, and it's fangtastic to know that at least some people still remember them. However, the execution was a bit poor and lacked an actual plot. I'll also admit that a "what the hell am I watching?!?" thought came into my head several times throughout the episode (particularly the tree breakdancing part). The one joke I laughed at was Enid reading the "hot ninjas" magazine, it's just so amusingly random!
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10/2/2018 09:26:37 am
I love them , so glad they make a "cameo" , but I have to watch the episode first that show in particular never caught my attention.
10/2/2018 02:01:18 pm
It's more than a cameo, they are actually in the entire episode! :)
10/2/2018 09:49:49 am
The episode is up on KimCartoon so I watched it this morning. I was underwhelmed as well, OK KO is definitely not something I'd watch, but I had to see the return of the Grimwood Girls myself.
10/2/2018 02:03:03 pm
I thought that too, but it's nonetheless still abysmal. I must admit that watching a ghost tree breakdancing made me question my life as well lol.
10/2/2018 12:34:08 pm
Well this is quite the shock, didn't expect to see that when I came to see the fun fact from yesterday. In a good way of course, I'm just really suprised by it. I didn't expect any acknowledgement or referencing of Ghoul School anytime soon, let alone the ghoul girls actually making a reappearance.
10/2/2018 12:44:21 pm
Forgot to add this: Does amuse me though how this is yet another Scooby Doo crossover haha.
10/2/2018 02:11:45 pm
I was as shocked as you were, I just can't believe they did a crossover with Ghoul School given how little the movie seems to be acknowledged nowdays.
10/2/2018 04:56:57 pm
I'm taking it at face value for what it is, an appearance by the Ghoul Girls after about 30 years in a not very good TV show. Viewing it like that, it's good enough for me. I mean at least it's something with them in for once. Sibella definetly seemed a bit out of character, I just can't explain how. Tanis was, no arguement there.
10/3/2018 07:58:33 am
Yeah, I should probably think about it from that perspective as well. For once you're the optimistic one, lol. It's lucky they did anything at all again with the Girl Ghouls. Sybella seemed out of character in the sense that she seemed a lot more...vicious (not sure if that's the right word)? For example, where her eyes turned blood red and she did her little trick with the bats, it just seemed off to me. She seemed a bit more sweet in the original film than she did in this crossover.
10/3/2018 12:32:16 pm
I said so many times I want to see again the characters from the 3 scrappy movies like Googie, the boo Brothers and the girls. This wasn't horrible but I hate when someone is out of character. I hope one day we will see sequels to the boo Brothers, ghoul school and the reluctant werewolf.
10/3/2018 02:54:04 pm
Agreed! I'd love to see sequels of all three of those films someday, especially if they actually live up to the original films! :)
10/6/2018 09:26:53 pm
That's crazy! Ghoul School was one of my most watched Scooby films as a kid, so seeing some of those characters appear again in the modern "HD era" is going to feel as surreal and nostalgic as seeing the lead Star Wars characters reappear after 30+ years!
10/10/2018 10:48:37 am
I agree it felt very surreal to see them again! Ghoul School was also one of my most watched Scooby films as a kid, and still as an adult :)
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