Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1980-1982)
The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo shorts represents the fifth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo series.
Scooby-Doo, his nephew Scrappy-Doo, and his best friend Shaggy, are all taking a break from mysteries and go on their own fun adventures. Sometimes, Scrappy-Doo visits his Uncle Yabba-Doo, Scooby’s brother, and his partner, Deputy Dusty (played by Frank Welker), to have adventures with them in the Wild West.
Why It Rocks
- Good animation.
- It’s the fifth show of a beloved franchise.
- It takes a break from the usual mystery solving formula, and has funny little adventures that are fun to watch, such as facing real monsters.
- This is also the only Scooby-Doo series to have 3 shorts per episode, which is a nice touch.
- The characters are still interesting with different types of personalities.
- Many of the main characters still have catchphrases that'll never get old.
- For example: Shaggy's "Zoinks!" or Scooby's "Scooby-Dooby-Doo!".
- There are still funny moments and running gags, such as Scooby and Shaggy's endless craving for food.
- This Scooby-Doo series is where Scrappy-Doo started to shine, as he started to become a whole lot better portrayed as he became more nicer, his ego decreased, he was more observant, and did many helpful things, such as stopping monsters. And he began to know when to not pick fights with villains, and when to pick fights with villains. This is unlike most TV shows, which don't understand that a certain character is bad.
- This series mainly focuses on the trio of Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy, which is a nice touch of buddies going on adventures together, like Scooby and Scrappy having more heartwarming moments as uncle and nephew.
- The 13 shorts that feature Yabba-Doo were all good, as the idea of featuring a western town protected by Scooby’s brother was fun to watch.
- Great voice acting, especially from Don Messick, Casey Kasem, and Frank Welker.
- Scrappy’s voice is now better, as he is played greatly by Don Messick, which is awesome, since Don also voiced his Uncle Scooby.
- Frank Welker did a good job voicing Deputy Dusty.
- Yabba-Doo, Scooby’s brother, and his partner, Deputy Dusty, are both great and hilarious characters during their shorts, and Scrappy is still a good character during those shorts as well.
- Yabba-Doo’s catchphrase, "Yippity-Yabbity-Doo!", was creative and a nice new catchphrase, and they also avoided the famous catchphrase, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!", since that’s already used by Fred Flintstone from The Flintstones.
- Scrappy still has some annoying moments, but thankfully not too many.
- The animation, while good, is frequently recycled, especially the running animations.
- There are also animation errors all over the place, which was typical of '80s television animation.
- The dialogue heavily uses exposition. Characters frequently state the obvious, even things that are being shown on-screen.
- Still yet, not all of the jokes land, especially the one-liners.
- This series was the only appearance of Yabba-Doo and Deputy Dusty in the Scooby-Doo franchise.