Scooby-Doo has been solving mysteries for nearly 50 years. During that time, he and the gang have gone through many incarnations from preteens to twenty-somethings to live action. All of which have stayed faithful to the original series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. However, the latest adaption of the Mystery Inc. gang is…questionable.
Be Cool, Scooby Doo! debuted on Cartoon Network on October 5, 2015 after the decision was made to have to air there instead of the sister station Boomerang. In the show, the Scooby-Doo gang decide to travel in their last summer break together, encountering havoc-wreaking monsters along the way. Comedy is the focus of this series, taking a different path than the previous incarnation Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated which played on the suggested relation between Fred and Daphne, and Velma’s attraction to Shaggy. The show employs character traits from the original 1969 series on top of redesigned character models.
CHEESE FACTOR!! Let’s start with the character redesigns of The Mystery Inc gang. Scooby-Doo and the gang have gone through changes over the years but this is the most drastic undertaking of their design. I mean they look like a child drew them. The designed is so far from what we have been used to over the years that they are hardly recognizable anymore. They look cartoonish for a cartoon which is just totally redundant. Let me start with how they thinned out everybody. Take Velma for example, she’s always had kind of curvy to her for so many years and they just basically thinned her out and to compensate they thinned out Daphne which is ridiculous because she was already thin to begin with. And the same thing with Shaggy, he’s already thin as it is and now he just looks sad. But the biggest disappointment is the redesign the titular Great Dane himself. Scooby Doo is a shadow of his former self in this series, looking more like the byproduct of a greyhound and a boxer rather than a Great Dane. As mentioned before, Be Cool Scooby-Doo uses character traits from the original TV series and focusing on comedy. However, the comedy is so low brow that it rides the coattails of absurdity at times. The attempt to make Daphne the comedy relief is silly when we all know that job had belonged to Scooby and Shaggy for decades.
WHY WE (SORTA) WATCHED!! Honestly, true heart Scooby-Doo fans have avoided this series for the sake of remaining faithful to the characters they love. Be Cool Scooby-Doo is meant to appeal to the younger generation but even they have, over time, found it not so interesting.
Be Cool Scooby-Doo’s viewer audience has dropped significantly by the 15th episode from one million viewers only a quarter million viewers. This is comparable to Teen Titans Go! who have maintained a two million viewer average since the first season despite criticism from fans over the characters’ designs. Be Cool Scooby-Doo has aired 21 out of 26 scheduled episodes. However, the latest episode aired on Boomerang instead of Cartoon Network back in March and future episodes have yet to be announced. Hopefully, Warner Bros takes a lesson from what happens when you mess with beloved classic characters and restore Scooby-Doo to his former glory.
Be Cool Scooby-Doo gets a cheesy rating of:
This is just bad limburger that got worse.
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