Strange things begin to happen when the Mystery Van rolls into an eerie town to celebrate "100 years of Halloween" with a special performance by legendary rock band KISS. Is the town really haunted by a vengeful ghost? Will Scooby and Shaggy find time to make sandwiches in the midst of the mayhem? Will KISS remove their make-up and reveal they’re really greedy land developers trying to scare everyone off? Anything is possible in A Scooby-Doo Halloween, an all-new special airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on The WB.
In addition to the musical star power of Kiss, the show is graced by the voices of former MTV babe Jenny McCarthy, Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeny, The Drew Carey Show’s Diedrich Bader, Cheers’ Rhea Perlman, Stacy Keach of Mike Hammer fame and SpongeBob voice Tom Kenny. Series regulars Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Grey Delisle and Mindy Cohn are also back for another turn as everyone’s favorite meddling kids.
KISS member Paul Stanley will also be heard in a speaking role. The self-proclaimed animation fan spoke with Animation Magazine Online about the experience of contributing to such a beloved cartoon franchise. "One of the perks of being successful is you get to pick and choose and this was something that I really wanted to be part of," he says. "My son thinks his dad is very cool to begin with, but when I told him that I was doing this Scooby-Doo special, I got some extra points in his eyes and that was worth it in itself."
Known for looking scary in their signature make-up, KISS is a natural for Scooby-Doo. And while it’s a wonder the two paths haven’t crossed until now, Stanley says there’s no time like the present, remarking "There’s obviously been a real effort made to keep [Scooby-Doo] current and polish it up. It’s as good or better than it ever was."
Stanley, who has done voice work for other projects including Fox’s animated comedy The Family Guy, got to enjoy a rare experience on A Scooby-Doo Halloween. While most voice tracks are recorded individually with little to no interaction between actors, he recalls, "This was great because probably 10 of the cast members were sitting around on their stools in front of mics–kind of like a script reading. Everyone wasn’t there, but quite a few were."
Most actors say they like voice work because they don’t have to get into make-up, which must surely be true of Stanley, right? "What makes you think I wasn’t in full make-up? I have to stay true to character. I drove over there with my 8-inch heels on," he jokes.