Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts on – Scooby Doo Movies

Where these ghostly letdowns the worst, or were there actually some funny moments in them?

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  1. Scooby Doo is like a cockroach. They both will survive a nuclear apocalypse.

  2. Devil's Advocate

    and there actually were real supernatural things in the original cartoon, they just amounted to big lipped alligator moments. and not supernatural as such but still fantastical, they had an episode about an android gone haywire.

    and people forget that Scrappy-Doo not only saved the show from cancellation but was toned down as the franchise went along and took over Fred’s role. and as one other reviewer put it, at least he was brave wile his uncle was a coward.

    • The Real Silverstar

      Later on, There was an entire series devoted to Scooby & co. hunting down real ghosts and supernatural menaces, “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo”, not to mention the 3 Scooby movies featured as part of Hanna-Barbera’s Superstars 10, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers”, “Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School” and “Scooby and the Reluctant Werewolf”.

      “and people forget that Scrappy-Doo not only saved the show from cancellation but was toned down as the franchise went along and took over Fred’s role. and as one other reviewer put it, at least he was brave wile his uncle was a coward.”

      …Which changed the entire dynamic of the show. The Scrapster’s penchant for pursuing the ghost or menace of the week didn’t exactly work, as it begged the question: why, after years of chasing down fake ghosts, didn’t the entire gang just beat the snot out of the “ghost” the minute they first saw it?

      The later calmer Scrappy with his plans and Scrappy Traps was indeed basically a stand-in for Fred and Velma, which worked fine as long as those 2 weren’t there, but once Velma and Fred were brought back into the fold, the character would’ve been superfluous. I know some fans who’d like to see Scrappy come back, but it would have to be in a capacity where he’s not just a 6th wheel.

    • I’ve always said that, too. Sure, Scrappy is extremely annoying now, but, back then, he kept the show alive. They developed a good pattern, but then had no problem changing things.

      And, unlike other shows that tried changing things, they actually made it work. Perhaps because, once the “kid sidekick” thing started waning in culture, they pulled back. They listened to people who called him annoying, toning him down. And then they just kinda let him disappear.

      Allowing the show to change is probably what kept it alive.

  3. Adorably Rotten

    You guys should really check out Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, because it’s the best Scooby Doo series by a LONG shot. It’s pretty much Scoody Doo if made by the team behind Gravity Falls. In fact the two shows are amusingly very similar; They both have two seasons, a big overarching story/mystery and get even more intense in the second season. It’s really what Scooby Doo always should have been and it fully realizes the potential of the series like no other incarnation has before or since. It’s all on Netflix and I highly recommend it, it’s extremely underrated and I wish it was the standard for the entire franchise. Unfortunately it may be an instance of lightning in a bottle and I don’t know if it’s ever going to get caught again.

  4. Yeah, I was thinking about how the show might end for real this time. I then noticed there was a next week thing. You mentioned the “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back” thing earlier. I have much of the same thoughts as you. I think the second one is probably a little better. You should do an editorial on “Why Do Live-Action Adaptations Suck?”.

  5. Matthew Lillard apparently did such a good job as Shaggy in the movies, that very often in newer movies/shows of Scooby Doo, he’s the one doing the voice. I also echo the comment by Adorably Rotten that Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated is worth a watch.

  6. I’ve never watched anything Scooby Doo but besides that, I loved stupid stuff as a kid and I avoided this franchise like the plague. One interesting thing that I found out was that Tim Curry was going to be in the first movie until he learned that Scrappy Doo was going to be in the movie. Not joking unless it’s a rumor. Look it up.

  7. Well, in the original show the kids basically had to guess that the 2 second superfluous character was the culprit. There were no clues, other than that this character had no function otherwise (which is just bad storytelling).

    In the movies the viewer can actually follow the gang as they gather clues and figure out the rules of the whole body-snatching BS going on, which is lots of fun.

  8. I actually loved both of these movies as a kid. I had the toys and I even watched the second one in theaters when it came out. I got both DVDs. I don’t think they are perfect by any means, but it definitely has a nostalgic value. I guess I was at the right age for it.

    Personally I didn’t care for “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated.” The romance stuff was just too painful to sit through. It felt like teenage melodrama in the worst way especially for a show about a bunch of kids solving mysteries. I get that you want to deepen their characterizations, but I don’t think adding love drama was necessary. That show ruined any love I had for the Shaggy and Velma ship. Freddy’s obsession with traps was funny at the time, but now when I look back, it is just annoying. I never got the see the entire series, so it probably did improve, but by then I had too much distaste for it. I would only recommend that show if you wanted a Scooby Doo show with a story arc, but it’s the only one we have that I can think of, so your options are limited.

    “What’s New, Scooby Doo” is a reboot I hold more closely to heart. It was a fun, simple show that updated the premise. It didn’t have a deep stories, but that didn’t hurt the show. I wouldn’t mind there being a more plot orientated Scooby Doo in the future again though. I haven’t watched “Be Cool, Scooby Doo” because that art style is just too ugly for me, so I don’t know if that show’s any good at all.

    • I agree, though Mystery Inc. does get better as it moves along, toning down the unnecessary romance and ending the Shaggy/Velma ship altogether. The story arc is still very impressive with a phenomenal mind-blowing epic ending that is so worth the watch.

      But the characterization of everyone is slightly off and to this day What’s New is the best the representation of the characters.


  10. thatchickwithlonghair

    Ok, has anyone heard of Mystery Skulls and watched their cool little music videos? “Ghost” is more entertaining the entire SD franchise and it’s four minutes long. XD (nice song at the beginning, Doug :b )

  11. my thoughts were the same as rob ” What are you doing to buffy>>>>???!!”

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