A Pup Named Scooby-Doo!
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is an American animated mystery comedy series produced by Hanna-Barbera that revolves around Scooby and the gang as children. It ran for four seasons from September 10, 1988 to August 17, 1991.
A pup version of Scooby-Doo, with a pint-sized version of Mystery Inc., go on mysteries around their suburban town.
Why It Rocks
- It’s one of the very few times where the writers of a show take the "younger version of main characters" spin-off cliché and actually do a decent job with it.
- Awesome voice acting.
- The animation is very nice and well-drawn with cartoony tune to it.
- The gang's parents actually make appearances where relevant, giving the characters at least somewhat of a background.
- It stay’s true to the original Scooby-Doo franchise with its mixture of humor and mystery.
- The character designs are amazing, especially the children versions of Scooby and the gang.
- The theme song is fast-paced but very catchy.
- Memorable 1950s rock and roll style soundtrack, particularly for the chase montages, in many instances, the gang, as well as the monster, would actually take a moment to dance to the music!
- Likable and memorable characters.
- The pacing’s quick but well-done.
- A decent amount of, and not too many, fourth-wall breaks.
- Clever use of squash and stretch to create exaggerated Tex Avery/Bob Clampett-esque wild double takes when characters run into ghosts and monsters for comedic effect.
- Unforgettable running gags, like the one of how Fred blames almost everything on a bully named Red Herring, which often prompts him to appear to assert that he was innocent.
- Scooby-Doo as a pup is adorable.
- One episode, Scooby-Dude, has a decent “Don’t do drugs” message to the kid viewers.
- The What's New, Scooby Doo? episode, "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown", would feature a flashback to Velma's fifth birthday, using the character designs from this cartoon, albeit with some modifications, such as Daphne, Fred, and Velma wearing outfits styled closer to those of their adult counterparts.
- In 2013, a direct-to-video puppet movie entitled Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map would feature traits to that of this cartoon.
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo! was not only popular in the United States of America it was also popular in Italy, too.