Scooby-Doo was a huge part of my childhood with great movies in the late 90’s and early 00’s and many a Summer during the school holidays spent watching episode marathons on Boomerang. One show which stood out to me since I was small was the original Scooby-Doo Where Are You? which to me has never been beaten by later series (The Scooby-Doo Show is up there though). Scooby and the gang are now back in a show that feels very nostalgic.
The thirteenth season under Warner Bros. known as Scooby Doo And Guess Who? is a throwback to earlier Scooby Doo movies and episodes where there would be a guest star which has included the Harlem Globetrotters and Batman & Robin. Each episode will feature a new guest star including Kevin Conroy playing the caped crusader, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Kenan Thompson, Ricky Gervais and more. Like all Scooby Doo episodes, the guest star will be familiar with Mystery Inc. and everyone will be involved with a “monster/ghost” of some variety.
The first episode which aired this past week known as Revenge Of The Swamp Monster filled me with nostalgic memories from the introduction. The opening theme imitated the original Where Are You? song by replacing said line with “And guess who?” and included the iconic bats flying to the screen from a scary old house. It was a real treat to see after being away from Scooby-Doo for so long. However, the Shaggy meme from earlier this year (you know the one) peaked my interest in the series again and saw myself watching the live action movies from the early 2000’s.
The guest star in the first episode is Houston Rocket’s basketball player, Chris Paul, and his addition to the story is the golfing tournament he’s entered to open a bowling alley for kids so they can exercise outside. Shaggy used to be his caddy and is asked to be so again. At the same time a swamp monster is kidnapping all of the other golfers. The show has tongue-in-cheek references to who the man in the mask could be which is almost a self-aware gag to the premise of the show and its 40+ year run. You are also treated to a running-through-doors montage as well as Scooby and Shaggy messing with the monster as has been done many a time.
The casting is great with Scooby veteran Frank Welker playing the roles of Scooby and Fred, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Kate Micucci (Scrubs) as Velma and Grey Griffin (Grim Adventures, Fairy Odd Parents) as Daphne. Obviously not everything is classic Scooby with Shaggy answering a call on his fancy modern phone, but I feel the desire was there to go back to the roots of the show. One downside I found was how much Scooby-Doo could talk, like that has never been shied away from in older series’ but this time Welker’s voice is as clear as day. I would much prefer Scooby-Doo to be a bit harder to understand and not have grasped the English language so well…you can’t teach an old dog new tricks right? Also they don’t easy Scooby Snacks!
The character’s design imitates the original styles of Where Are You? with a much brighter and cleaner colour pallet which is nice to see, because looking through all the series’ they have done in the last 15 years have some ugly character designs…I mean A Pup Named Scooby-Doo wasn’t much better.
Relating back to the aforementioned list of celebrity guests, I can see this being a popular and loved Scooby-Doo series. The show is available on the Boomerang App and I fully recommend checking it out with the show adding a new episode weekly. For a series I have not payed attention to for a long time, it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane.
What’s your favourite Scooby-Doo memory?
I once sang the Where Are You? theme song on stage in Newquay, Cornwall, for a radio broadcast to win some prizes which was around the time of the first live action movie.. I was about aged six and you would not catch me doing stuff like that 18 years later!