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Disney Halloween Facts Day Thirty!!!


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Disney Halloween Facts

Day Thirty!

Come here everyday for a new spooky Disney fact as we count down to Halloween!!

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Good morning Palace peeps!! Let's get into some more spooky facts about the Scooby Doo universe! Unlike the last post, today's post will be focusing on the movie!

Did you know that Shaggy's role originally was meant for Jim Carrey? While it’s hard to picture anyone other than Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey was attached to the role in the early goings. The idea of a Scooby-Doo film first came about in the mid 1990’s, with Carrey’s name and star power being seriously considered. Mike Myers also expressed interest in playing the part. Ultimately though, the role would go to Lillard who would play the character in the 2004 sequel and voice him in the animated films from 2010. That is, until 2020’s animated Scoob!, where he will be vocally replaced by Will Forte. The internet did not react well to this news and Lillard himself was reportedly not informed that he would be recast. Zoinks!

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The Spooky Island Castle is a real attraction and you can actually still visit it! Filming for exterior shots of Spooky Island took place on the picturesque Tangalooma Island in Australia. For its indoor scenes, Scooby-Doo utilised the sound stages of Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios. Of course, the extravagant theme park itself is largely computer generated, but in 2002 Warner Brothers opened a ride based on the film that recreated the scenes inside Spooky Island’s Castle. It can be found at the neighboring Warner Bros. Movie World park and is a ‘Wild Mouse’ style ride. The entrance is modeled after the one seen in the film and ride cars are replicas of the demonic looking jesters that the gang encounter. The ride received a revamp in 2018 so there’s plenty of life in the old dog yet!

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Speaking of our favorite characters, did you know that the film director actually wanted Daphne and Fred to be played by a real life couple? Yes, film directors often have a vision of how something should be in their movies and typically it gets done. That's what happened when Scooby Doo (2002) director, Raja Gosnell insisted on a real-life couple to play Fred and Daphne. Freddie Prinze Jr. didn't want to do the role at first, but after girlfriend Sarah Michelle Gellar talked him into it, he agreed. It must have all worked out for the couple as they got married that same year and are still together over 15 years later.

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