What’s New, Scooby Doo?
After many years of reruns and a couple of live- action motion picture films, Scooby Doo was revived by the What’s New, Scooby Doo? Series. By now, Hanna- Barbera had been absorbed by Warner Brothers, and while the show featured a return to the original format, it was brought up to the 21st century. This time, technology played a big part in their activities and traps, unlike any other version of the show.
Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get a Clue!
Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get A Clue! replaced What’s New Scooby Doo? after three seasons. Apparently, Shaggy inherited some money from a rich uncle, who then went into hiding because villains were after his best invention. I wasn’t a fan of this series either- the plot seemed too contrived. After a string of strangely contrived series that didn’t begin to approximate the original format, I feared I had lost my beloved Scooby Doo forever.
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
The newest Scooby Doo series, Mystery Incorporated returns to the format of the original show. The gang is all together again, but many differences exist in the characters families and occupations of their parents. These things are incongruous with the original series, and for that reason, this series is considered a “reboot”. It goes much deeper into the relationships between the characters with much drama, and unlike all of the previous series, each episode is presented as a continuation of the one before it- kind of like a soap opera. And yes, you can jump right in. I like this series as it follows the original format of solving mysteries with the original cast, and I like that they develop their relationships further, but I also feel like there is sometimes too much drama in their interpersonal relationships. It’s just too heavy at times- Shaggy having to decide between Scooby Doo and Velma, Daphne going all dark and bold in an effort to forget about Fred… it’s kinda heavy for a kids cartoon, ya know? Although, I imagine it would be appealing to the preteen- early teen crowd for just that reason.
So, that’s a synopsis of the history of Scooby Doo series’. What’s your favorite series/ episode? Hit me up on the message board and let me know?