Thursday, March 30, 2017

Toons After Dark: Mystery Solvers Club State Finals (Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, 2011)

An ailing Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) dreams of pairing Mystery Incorporated with 70's Hanna-Barbera stars Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, and Jonathan Muddlemore, aka The Funky Phantom. Scooby's illness nearly prevents the gang from taking part in a tournament of mystery solving, as if there was really anything of the sort.....

The problem I had with this episode was the deconstruction of Muddlemore, repackaged as an out-of-work actor, and completely debunking the concept of the 1971 Funky Phantom series. Muddlemore had previously appeared on Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law, and was treated slightly better than this. All this did was ensure that Funky Phantom could never be successfully revived. Jabber & Speedy really weren't given much to do, and if producer Mitch Watson actually had a clue, this could've been best served as a two-parter, instead of a done-in-one atrocity. Either that, or swap out Muddlemore in favor of either Hong Kong Phooey or Inch High, Private Eye, who were never considered for use in the series.

Rating: C--.

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