Thursday, June 20, 2013

Toon Legends: The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984)

After welcoming back their sexy teammate, Daphne Blake, Scooby-Doo and nephew Scrappy had their series retitled, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. All that was needed was to bring back Fred & Velma to get the gang back together, but for some reason, ABC felt it wasn't time yet. Unfortunately, that would ultimately prove costly.

Part of the reason a lot of people began hating Scrappy might be that ABC & Hanna-Barbera decided to phase Daphne, Fred, & Velma out of the picture and put more of the emphasis on Scooby, Scrappy, & Shaggy as a comedy team. That lasted for three years before Daphne returned. You'd think that the producers would consider the notion of having leggy Daphne cozy up to Shaggy, since Fred wasn't around. However, Fred & Velma would return from time to time, just not often enough to satisfy viewers. One last format change, to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo in 1985, was actually one change too many, as that series didn't go the full season, gone by the spring of '86.

Here's the intro, complete with cheesy lyrics.

If you've seen one Scooby cartoon, you've pretty much seen them all. Rating: B.

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