Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Reviewing A Pup Named Scooby-Doo:

This is an old article pending revision.

During The 1980s there was a decline in quality of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, such as The Flintstone Kids, Tom & Jerry Kids, and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. All bad attempts to revive themselves by creating terrible Kids versions of their most successful cartoons.

Also, Scooby-Doo itself had a terrible decline. It was perfect when it was paired with the "Dyno-Mutt" show, but then Scooby Doo became a painful headache with addition of Scrappy and phasing out of Fred, Velma, and sometimes Daphne! This resulted in three films, a horror of Michael Jackson parody series, and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

Scooby-Doo returned, with all 5 of them, in a "Kids" version. They weren't truly reunited as adults until the four "anime" movies.

With "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" there are several cute moments. They have exaggerated personalities of themselves. Daphne has a butler, and Velma has a giant 1960s-style computer in a briefcase. (A computer in a briefcase was impossible in the 1960s) There are other exaggerated things such as facial expressions. The number one suspect is the bully "Red Herring". Velma is very short in this version (and also when they are adults) This could suggest that she is younger than the rest of them, which could explain why I haven't ever seen her drive The Mystery Machine.

Back to this series: The problems with it are mainly one, but it is bad enough to ruin the series. The music scenes that they have during the "monster" chase have segments of where the characters (including the "monster") dance. Dancing was obviously popular in the 1980s. These dance scenes are THE EXACT SAME in every episode. (and they really aren't that good)

Also it was hilarious when the lady in charge of the Scooby Snack factory said "This is silly! If the police can't find out what happened, then neither can you kids!" (which is true because they all appear to be around ten or eleven)

And this is why it gets a 7 out 10 stars from me.

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