FLAK: Scooby-Dooby-New

“Scooby-Dobby-Doo!”

The always hungry, mystery solving dog has been seen on our television screens differently throughout the years, never seen without the famous last line that Scooby hollers in the end of each episode.

In 2010, Cartoon Network had revived the dog, but in a different way; this time they would try to make the cartoon appeal to teenagers. So they set up unnecessary love triangles, they make Fred overly obsessed with creating traps (I mean, he reads “Trap Magazine”), create an antagonist called Mr. E. whom no one cares about, have a bird from the “original” mystery incorporated pop up, and Daphne be a pretty, rich girl who has parents that don’t understand her love interests. She also solves mysteries in a cheap van, unlike her sisters which are the typical rich teen, riding in a Bentley. (To ignore circumlocution, it’s practically the cliché of being different, and being misunderstood.)

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated came as a loathsome disappointment, after when seeing the new “Looney Toons.” The new Cartoon Network “Looney Toons,” was a joyous television series that I (In my honest opinion) thought was even better than the original. Yes, that’s how much I loved it. So before watching the new Scooby, I had high expectations. (I knew that it wouldn’t beat the original, though.)

You see, I loved the original, for I grew up on it. I watched the same four episodes wherever I went. I ignored the white squiggly line that would pop up in the middle of the screen, and would laugh at every joke, every time.

For this, however, I barely laughed once. In the episodes, they deduct much of the humor that is the heart and sole of Scooby-Doo, to cram in more of the uninteresting things, as I said above. Yes, we see some snicker-able jokes here and there, but are awkward because they demolished the anything-goes joy of Scooby.

Oh, and did I mention, the gang goes to school now.

But, let’s all take a moment to thank the creators for not putting Scrappy into this, unlike the indescribably annoying Warner Brothers live-action adaptation. (Well, at least Scrappy was sent to the hoosegow in that.)

However, compared to the Warner Brothers movie, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is a masterpiece. With the cheesy acting, bad CG, and bad writing, not much can really be as bad as the movie.

With some episodes without the famous chasing scene, and lacking the timeless Scooby-humor, this Scooby-Doo is for teens that really have nothing much better on the TV to see at that hour. Minus what makes Scooby such a good time, we have Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” wannabe that falls between unfunny and kind of scary.

Frankly, this all reminds me of, “The Sound of Music Live,” where they take something that everyone loves and smashes it into pieces.

So if you want to smile, or have any common sense, watch the delightful original, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”

-TJ

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