Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Countdown to Christmas: A Scooby-Doo Christmas (2002)

A Scooby-Doo Christmas was the first of 2 primetime specials during the What's New Scooby-Doo era (2002-5) on Kids' WB!, but today you'd be hard pressed to find it on Cartoon Network and/or Boomerang, 15 years after its initial airing.

In a twist on a classic Halloween tale, Scooby and the gang try to unmask the Headless Snowman. James Belushi, Mark Hamill, Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show), and Peter Scolari are among the guest stars.

Reportedly, CN is commissioning a new Scooby series after Be Cool, Scooby-Doo was considered a flop, but considering that 1) there was a great deal of viewer apathy over the show and 2) it was relegated to Boomerang because of network programmers' obsession with a certain superhero comedy that shan't be mentioned by name here, Be Cool was doomed right from the start.

Rating for A Scooby-Doo Christmas: A.


magicdog said...

"Be Cool" actually was a pretty good show. True, I preferred SDMI, but the showhad its moments. In fact their Christmas episode, "Scoogie Doo" is a hoot and I highly recommend it. In fact, I think it trumps this episode.

It's not viewer apathy that screwed up "Be Cool" - it was programming execs. Overseas viewers were getting eps long before American ones and CN chose to schedule it all over the place before banishing it to Boomerang. I had to go online to see it all. At least it got a 2 season run.

What the next incarnation will be - who can say?

hobbyfan said...

Folks weren't too keen on the designs for Be Cool--too derivative of Family Guy, they claimed---and CN suits , in an ironic twist, decided that they needed to have their current #1 ratings hit, Teen Titans Go!, hog more airtime.