Be Cool, Scooby-Doo and LEGO Special UK Premiere Dates

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While there still isn’t any word on a US date yet, Boomerang UK will be airing the Scooby-Doo LEGO special in October along with the premiere of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo will kick off Boomerang UK’s “Scooby Month”, with a new marathon each Sunday from October 4th to 18th.  Then “Scooby-Doo Week” starts on October 24th. Lego Scooby-Doo: Knight Time Terror will air during the month.

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“Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!” Premieres In The US In October

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We finally have a premiere date for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! in the US! The latest issue of TV Guide reveals the series will air on Boomerang on October 5 at 8:30/7:30. Thanks to scoobydoomaster over on ScoobyAddicts for the image.

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BTW, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on here, but Kate Micucci is replacing Mindy Cohn as the voice of Velma. Don’t worry though, Mindy will continue voicing the character in the DTV’s.

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Comic Solicitations For November 2015

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SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #13
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
On sale NOVEMBER 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
There’s nothing unusual about ghosts disappearing—but if other ghosts don’t know what happened to them, there’s a mystery afoot! When the Phantom Stranger recruits Scooby and the gang to follow a trail of clues, things get even stranger—like seeing an unexpectedly brave Shaggy leaping acrobatically into the fray (mainly because he’s possessed by the hero known as Deadman)!

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #63
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by DAVE ALVAREZ
Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
On sale NOVEMBER 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Rinosaur!! When an archaeological dig site is haunted by a phantom dinosaur, Mystery Inc. is called in to debunk it. But can they exorcise this prehistoric poltergeist, or will they go extinct in the process?

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Canadian Premiere Date For Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

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We finally have an air date for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!…well, for you Canadians at least. Teletoon has updated their official website to show a premiere date of October 8th. The show will air Thursdays at 6PM. Hopefully, those of us in the states won’t have to wait too long  In the meantime, check out this awesome banner that was posted on Twitter.

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Scooby-Doo Is Heading Back To The Big Screen In 2018!

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For the past couple years we’ve heard rumblings of Warner Bros. working on a big screen reboot of Scooby-Doo. Now we have new details on the movie thanks to Variety.

The animated feature will be released on September 21st, 2018 and will be produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the previous two theatrical outings. Mystery Incorporated helmer Tony Cervone will direct, with a script by Matt Lieberman (“Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief”. Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) will serve as executive producer.

“Like countless fans, I have always loved the Hanna-Barbera cast of characters,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production. “As one of their most famous brand ambassadors, Scooby-Doo will take the lead in reintroducing this pantheon of enduringly popular animated stars on a grand scale with an exciting new movie.”

In addition, WB is hoping to use this movie as a launching point for a big screen Hanna-Barbera universe according to Justin Kroll at Variety.

 

This makes a lot of sense. We know WB has been working on new Flintstones and Jetsons movies. They could do a Laff-A-Lympics style movie if they wanted to cross them over.

Are you looking forward to the Scooby-Doo reboot? And what do you think of the possibility of a Hanna-Barbera big-screen universe?

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LEGO Scooby-Doo! Mini Movies + LEGO Dimensions Gameplay

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While we still haven’t heard when the LEGO Scooby-Doo special will air{if you haven’t checked out the official LEGO Scooby site yet BTW, do so}, LEGO has posted two “Mini Movies” which gives us our first look at the Mystery Incorporated gang in stop motion animation. Check them out.

Updated with more LEGO shorts.

Speaking of LEGO, LEGO Dimensions is coming out soon, and straight from Gamescon 2015 we have our first look at Scooby in the game.

Have you brought the LEGO Scooby sets yet? And are you looking forward to LEGO Dimensions?

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Is Wrestlemania Mystery 2 In Trouble?

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As you probably heard by now, Hulk Hogan was fired by the WWE for certain “racist comments” he made{which I won’t post here, but you can easily find if you want}.. WWE has been erasing all mention of Hogan from their website, even going as far as editing him out of an upcoming movie. Which leads to the question: what is happening with Wrestlemania Mystery 2? The original announcement was deleted from WWE’s website and Hogan’s announcement video was made private. Depending on how far along they are in production and and how big a role he has, they could simply edit him out. But it’s also a possibility they could scrap the whole thing and start from scratch. What do you guys think will happen to the movie? Is there anyone you would like to see replace him?

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Scooby-Doo! & KISS:Rock & Roll Mystery Is Out Today!

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Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and Kiss’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

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“Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!” Premiering On Boomerang Later This Year

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It’s been rumored, and now we finally have confirmation. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! will indeed be airing on Boomerang later this year. The series is part of a larger deal between Warner Bros Animation and Boomerang to produce 450 hours of original content for the network. The new Looney Tunes show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production, will also be airing on Boomerang.

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Retro Comic Review: “Scooby-Doo: Surf’s Up! Part 2”

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5 villians from the past come together with the sole purpose of destroying Mystery Inc!

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Artwork by Joe Staton again, the first 5 stories in this volume are his so apologies if I get a wee bit repetitive.

I don’t think I have anything new to say about his art or his style as a whole, but being story specific, I do have one or two issues. The very first panel shows 5 villains, and their “costume” alter egos, from Mystery Inc’s past. Now, the “costumes” all appear to be original WAY monsters but none of these people were the wearers of those costume on that show.
A missed opportunity that would have been a nice nod for sure, small nit picky gripe.

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Now my big problem with the art is a continuity issue that’s only partially Staton’s fault. The 5 humans we open with are all over the map from the first panel through the rest of the story, mostly due to colorist Paul Becton. We see 2 black guys, a green spiky haired Frankenstien’s monster looking dude, and 2 women. 3 panels later, on of the black guys is now a white dude and his gray mustache is now snowy
Later, on the 2 pages, his mustache goes dark again and his hair grows back. Also, the Frankensteiner turns into a white dude…shimysaywhatnow???

That aside, once again, Staton knows how to fill a panel. He only uses the dull single color background twice, and both have logical story reasons to exist so I don’t care one bit. He fully services the story, but more on that later.

Story: Revenge, Inc by Chris Duffy.
Fresh off of a vacation that obviously turned into a case, the Gang arrives home to Coolsville.
As they drive down their hometown streets, a man opens a door and calls for help, being the helpful folks they are, they rum to his aid and discover he only wants a photo of the famous mystery solvers.
With little warning, he snaps the pic and quickly disappears leaving the fivesome disoriented.

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After a quick look around, not finding the man, they decide to go their seperate ways, Shag and Scoob head to the diner, Fred and Daph go to catch a movie, and Velma goes home to record the latest case. But right away, Velma starts taking notice of the weird things going on, a mysterious new sign carrying man in town and her case log is a Mystery Inc smear campaign.

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Very soon the rest of the gang realizes something is amiss, Shaggy and Scooby are eating everything in sight but nothing can satiate their ever growing appetites, no matter where Fred and Daphne go everybody turns into a monster.
Velma, Daphne, and Fred (the latter 2 with a town full of monsters hot on their trail) meet up outside the diner before going inside to help the hungry duo. Inside they find the twosome depressed because no matter what or how much they eat they’re still not full.

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Meanwhile, Fred starts barricading the door as the terrifying townsfolk start tearing their way in! Everything starts clicking into place for Velma and finally she solves the mystery with a hearty WAKE UP!!

I’ll admit it, I left a few details out of the summation just to make this party even sweeter. This here is one of the types of stories that made me love the old Scooby comic. It has all of the elements of classic Scooby with a slight twist, there’s no man in a mask here folks.
But what we do get, and I say this without hyperbole, is a masterfully crafted comic.
The little hints throughout, like the new man in town with the “Wake up! The end is near” sign and “Wake Up Little Suzy” playing on the radio, that aren’t super in your face yet are painfully obvious once the reveal is made.

Without the delicately simple way the art complements the script, never once being blatantly on the nose, this could have easily been solved in five pages and forgettable, and even laughably stupid, by the time Velma starts unraveling the dastardly plot on page 9. And this is coming from a dude that finds the concept of hypnotism to be both of those things.
Staton gets HUGE points for subtlety!
I always loved these stories that tried to look at the format through a new prism, more often than not it works.

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So after Velma yells, the Gang wakes up still in the room with the camera. Shaggy and Fred wondering how they got back there, Velma explains they were in a shared hypnotic trance and her unconscious mind was sending her literal signs.
They find the villainous quintet celebrating a successful revenge plot of plunging Mystery Inc. into their worst nightmares, which leaves the gang with the perfect opportunity to screw with them.
Shag grabs the Hypno cam, bursts into the room posing as a photographer commemorating the gathering of gruesome ex-ghouls.
The cops come and the last panel shows the villains worst nightmare is to be constantly taunted by Rooby-Rooby-Roo!

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Overall: Nothing else to say really, it’s a great story with Artwork that is perfectly supportive of it. No heavy handedness here.
Find it!
Read it!

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“Rock & Roll Mystery” Special Features & Back Cover Art

Amazon has revealed the back cover art, along with the special features, for Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery. The DVD and Blu-ray will feature a Are You a Scooby or a Shaggy featurette with Gene Simmons and Kevin Smith along with a blooper reel. The Blu-ray will also include two bonus episodes “To Switch A Witch” and The Diabolical Disc Demon”.

Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and Kiss’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

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Scooby Comics For July 2015 Plus Free Comic Book Day

Here are the Scooby comics for July 2015.

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SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #11
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
On sale JULY 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
When peace talks between two rival nations are threatened, the call goes out to the ultra-top-secret International Sneaky Service’s number one agent: Secret Squirrel! And since the thing threatening the talks is a medieval ghost, the call also goes out to the not-so-secret Scooby gang!

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SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #59
Written by GEORGIA BALL
Art and cover by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
On sale JULY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
What do you do when you’re on an island with a terrible monster that has hissing snakes for hair and one look at her could turn you into stone?! Well, in Shaggy and Scooby’s case, you run as fast as you can with your eyes closed, and hope you don’t fall into the ocean!

Free Comic Book Day is also coming up next Saturday, May 2, and DC will be offering a special double issue of Teen Titans Go! Chapter 10 and Scooby Doo Team Up! #6. So be sure to check your local comic shops.

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DC Entertainment’s all-ages FCBD special edition has two tales for readers of all ages! The Teen Titans are back in Teen Titans Go! Chapter 10, and Scooby Doo Team Up! #6 features the Super Friends! Readers will want to follow the adventures of the Teen Titans in Teen Titans Go! Volume 1 (DEC140400), and Scooby Doo’s adventure with the Super Friends will continue in the forthcoming collected edition of Scooby Doo Team-Up! Super-hero adventures for readers of all ages have never been so much fun!
Rating: All-Ages

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Update 2: Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Trailer

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Here’s the trailer for Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, coming to Digital HD on July 10, and Blu-ray & DVD July 21. The movie will feature six classic tunes from KISS’s library plus an all-new original song. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will voice their respective characters in the movie.

Update: Here’s a look at the DVD artwork.

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Update 2: Up for pre-order on Amazon: DVD Blu-ray

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Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Is Getting an Digital HD Release

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Warner Bros has released five clips to promote the upcoming release of Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Season 1. The most interesting bit about these clips, however, is the end card promoting a Digital HD release.

Scooby and Scrappy-Doo has been available digitally for quite some time, but the only classic Scooby series to have an HD version was 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. It’s unlikely later seasons will get the HD treatment unless those get DVD releases later on.

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Scooby-Doo And Kiss Rock ‘n’ Roll Mystery Listed By Amazon UK

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A new listing has popped up on Amazon UK for Scooby-Doo And Kiss – Rock ‘n’ Roll Mystery. The listings offers a release date of October 26th, but could be differenf for those of us here in the states. Stay tuned as more infomation becomes available.

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Retro Comic Review: “Scooby-Doo Surf’s Up!” Part 1

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This is the first of a ten-part semi-regular series looking back at some of the old Scooby comic stories. I’ll be going through Scooby-Doo: Surf’s Up! which is the fifth volume that reprints the comics from the original DC run.
This volume collects issues 21-25, without the original cover art, of that run.
Now lets get to it.

Revenge Of The Mudman Starring Scooby-Doo
Artwork by Joe Stanton.

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I’ve always had a strange love-hate relationship with Joe Stanton’s art on this book, even from the beginning when I first read the Spring-Heeled Jack story (the first Scooby comic I remember reading, which if all goes well I’ll be reviewing in volume 6.). He draws Freddie with a chin so big that Jay Leno and Bruce Campbell are envious, Shaggy usually had a ball shaped nose, Daphne’s lips are so big and red it looks like she was in a kissing contest and her partner was a vacuum, and his Velma comes off kind of dowdy, almost a complete after thought.
Having said that, I love it, and not just for nostalgias sake…though admittedly I think that plays a small part. You’ve got to understand, I was like 8 or 9 when I first started reading this comic, which was also the time when the only new Scooby we got was 1 DTV (still in their infancy at this point) and 1 or 2 Gelsey books a year

These comics fed my newly forming Scooby love/addiction (in only it’s 2nd or 3rd year).

If I were an animation producer I’d put Joe Stanton on background detail because that is where he truly excels. Sure, he does the occasional “fading color” background, but the vast majority are well detailed and pretty great to look at. The monster looks good and the one-shot/day player characters fit seemlessly into the style of the world the he draws, this one is key as some Scooby artists really struggle with making it all fit together smoothly.
And the dude draws a pretty damn good Mystery Machine!
So, overall for this effort, it’s far from perfect but he has done way worse.

Story, Revenge Of The Mudman by Rurik Tyler

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When a giant Mudman is spotted haunting the grounds of Ex-Millionaire Nathan Cumberland’s rundown mansion, Mystery Inc. is hired by the recluse’s Nephew to investigate the strange goings on. As the gang arrives, Mr. Cumberland’s Butler, Simmons, is leaving due to Cunberland not having “the funds for him anymore”, we later find out Cumberland forced him to leave.

Cumberland tells the sleuths the Mudman must be his Great-Uncle Eberhard (he knows it’s him because the creature is haunting the east wing, which was built during the Civil War) seeking revenge for ruining the family business.

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This brings up my biggest problem, This is four pages in, there have been four mentions of not having money, either to pay somebody or fix something, and two mentions of the family business failing. Yet, there is no explanation, beyond “plantation”, of exactly what type of business Eberhard started. Now, I know I said it’s my biggest problem with the story, and I can hear you all asking how something so nit picky and trivial can be my biggest complaint…well, it’s elementary really, it’s my only complaint!

This is a damn good story, man.
It’s hard to nail down why, but these older stories capture the fun and mystery that has always been missing from the more recent stories in the main title.
And this time you can’t blame nostalgia because, as best as I can recall, I’ve never read this story before, so I have no emotional connection that I’m latched onto and longing to recapture. Again, as plainly and simply as I can say it, it’s just a good story.

So the Gang splits up, Fred and Daphne are going to try to catch up to Simmons and see what he knows, Velma goes to find the local Sheriff, and Shaggy & Scooby are told to stay at the mansion in case the monster returns.
Shag and Scoob grab a giant water gun and old timey water bottle (which I thought was pretty funny) and the rest of the Gang heads out to take care of their respective investigative tasks.

Then we get a 4-page chase sequence that sees the Mudman get blasted in the face by Shaggy’s water bazooka and Scooby’s bottle twice. Mudman chases them to the half decimated east wing where he starts chuckin’ cannon balls down a hill at them like he’s Donkey Kong and they’re coming for Princess Peach.

Where there’s cannon balls there’s usually a cannon…which soon makes it’s way down the hill toward them, they hop on and ride it down, jumping off just before it plunges into the marsh at the bottom of the hill. After the 2nd blast, the Mudman covers his face and runs away. Liking the idea, Shag and Scooby do the same in the opposite direction and promptly run into the rest of the Gang with Cumberland’s Nephew and the Sheriff in tow.

They all run to the marsh/lake where they spor a trail of bubbles heading to the other side. They rush to the other side and see the monster emerging from a Civil War era submarine with a bag of loot.
Fred tackles and unmasks him revealing…

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****16 YEAR OLD SPOILER ALERT****

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…SIMMONS!!!
Who’d found a cache of Civil War artifacts under the east wing, explaining why Simmons didn’t want to leave the no paying job.
He wanted Cumberland gone so he could pilfer it all, mwahaha!
Simmons is arrested and carted away.

Soon…
The mansion is being repaired as Mr. Cumberland’s Nephew explains their plans to sell and show the newly discovered relics.
Cumberland is facinated by Shaggy’s water gun and decides he’s going to start making them. The whole thing ends with Scooby and Shaggy chugging Root Beer as the Gang looks on and laughs.

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Okay, I lied.
I have 1 other problem, and this goes to Scooby as a whole.
They really need to find a better way to end any and all Scooby stuff than Shaggy and Scooby do something mildly outrageous while the rest of the Gang and the day player characters laugh.
Fade to black. After all this time, it’s really boring and on the page it’s warts really show through.

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Overall: the art works, the story is good, no reason not to check it out of you have the chance.

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