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!