The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show/The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo is the sixth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. It premiered on September 10, 1983, with Daphne returning to the show after a three year absence, and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program made up of two eleven-minute short cartoons. In 1984, the name of the show was changed to The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, with the actual show format remaining the same. However, for season 2, Fred and Velma returned to the show after a four year absence. The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries ran for another season on ABC.
Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and Scrappy-Doo reunite with Daphne to go back to solving mysteries together, with Fred and Velma occasionally joining as well.
Why It Rocks
- Good animation.
- It’s the sixth show of a beloved franchise.
- It goes back to the original mystery solving formula, which works here as always.
- This is also the only Scooby-Doo series to have 2 stories for most episodes, which is nice. It was also nice to see when there was a full half hour story.
- 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: Velma's catchphrase "Jinkies!", Shaggy's "Zoinks!" or Daphne's "Jeepers!".
- There are still funny moments and running gags, such as Scooby and Shaggy's endless craving for food or how the others have to convince Scooby to continue the mystery by bribing him with Scooby-Snacks.
- This Scooby-Doo series brings Daphne back to the main cast, which is nice.
- Fred and Velma also return in a few episodes of Season 2, which was also nice.
- Scrappy-Doo is still likable here, retaining his better personality and voice from the previous Scooby-Doo show.
- Great voice acting, especially from Don Messick, Casey Kasem, and Frank Welker.
- Don Messick is still great as both Scooby and Scrappy.
- Velma’s voice is still decent.
- This incarnation has two good theme songs, both of which are fun to listen to:
- 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 Marla Frumkin’s final role as Velma before leaving the main cast.