I love Scooby-Doo. I can’t not love it, the franchise is too ingrained in my childhood, I can still remember sitting on the carpet watching reruns of the original series on Cartoon Network (and for someone with as bad a memory as mine, that’s a minor miracle). Yeah I know my memory is caked in nostalgia, but it was a great series and I will have a reasonable discussion with anyone who thinks otherwise. Yes it was formulaic and so cheap that a shoestring budget would have been an improvement, but despite that it had a creepy atmosphere, some great designs and memorable characters. I think the fact that Scooby-Doo is still going today with dozens of different interpretations and series under its belt (some good, some not so much), is just a testament to how great the franchise is and it has more than earned its continued place in popular culture.
Over the past few months I’ve been on a nostalgia binge with the franchise, going through some of my old favourites and finally getting around to trying out some of the more modern interpretations and since last year I treated December as my theme month to tackle the DC Universe, this December I’m giving it over to Scooby-Doo.
Starting next week, be prepared for some genuine horror and the best animation the franchise has ever seen with my favourite film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island! This time the monsters are real!
Then I’m trying out something new with another film, Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire, which is a Scooby-Doo musical. Yes, they went there. Is it any good? Well, I suppose we’ll find out.
Third we’re taking a look at what happens when Scooby-Doo gets an overarching plot and actual character development! Yes, blasphemy I know, but we’ll see if it works in Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated!
And finally, we’re going back to the beginning with my Top 5 episodes of the original classic, Scooby-Doo Where Are You!
Hope you enjoy it; I know I will. Now where did I put those Scooby Snacks?
Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.