Saturday, August 27, 2011

From Out of the Recycling Bin: Scary Scooby Funnies (1984)

ABC was in a bit of a dither less than a month into the 1984-5 season. Wolf Rock TV, a collaborative effort between DIC & Dick Clark's production company, was given a very quick hook due to poor ratings, and the network needed something to fill the time.

It was decided to add a 2nd half hour of Scooby-Doo to the schedule instead of looking for fresh product, and so, the Scary Scooby Funnies was installed to replace Wolf Rock. This series was just a recycled, repackaged Scooby & Scrappy Doo, with mostly episodes from seasons 2 and 3, when it was just the dogs and Shaggy. By this point, of course, Daphne had rejoined them for The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, which would morph into 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo the next year. In fact, Scary used the same theme song as the newer series, but the bigger difference, as you'll notice, is the use of announcer Dick Tufeld, who moved over from Ruby-Spears that season. Here's the open:

Maybe this explains why Scrappy gets so much hate, as it seems ABC was bent on shoving him down the viewers throats.

Rating: None. Didn't watch this rerun-fest.

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