Creeping Shadow of "15000"+ Posts
- May 18, 2006
- East Northport
I think I can pin point when people started blaming scrappy doo for ruining scooby doo
it was when the show started focus comedy instead of mysteries where it was just scooby shaggy and scrappy going on generic adventures yogi bear or mickey mouse would go on all that made scooby different was gone
I'm sure on some level that's where some people started complaining especially since after that series which was much more focused on Scrappy you had The New Scooby And Scrappy Doo show which focused back on telling mysteries and had Daphne in it again but it's pretty clear Scrappy was still pretty popular. I mean he was still given star treatment in the next run of shows and even though he wasn't in A Pup Named Scooby Doo (obviously made to cash in on the Muppet Babies trend going on in the 80's and early 90's) he was still a fixutre in the later 80's movies like Ghoul School and Reluctant Werewolf. So honestly the hatred wasn't really from that period but I think due to the more cynical and jaded view people had in the 90s, especially in the later 90's that made a bunch of people who grew up on Scooby Doo look back on the character with dislike due to how the formula in Scooby changed and finding the character obnoxious and grating. It was really only in the late 90's that Scrappy Doo hate became a thing as the franchise itself started doing jabs at the idea in some of the specials released at the time (like CN's own Scooby Doo Project and Night of the Living Doo) and as Scooby became a franchise again and fully reestablished the identity it had in the late 60's through earlier 70's it had more thrown away through the later 70's and 80's, that just became a thing people vaguely familiar with the franchise would pick on and yeah has become a stigma that is still in effect.
Even though it really shouldn't be. I admit I could be a bit bias since like TheVileOne and others I never hated Scrappy Doo; like I remember actually really liking him as a kid because I liked the idea of someone who would actually want to FIGHT the monsters instead of just running around scared of them and actually not being annoyed even by his original voice. I mean there are some series where having a Scrappy kind of character doesn't work (Dragon Ball GT did this with Pan for example) but this was a case where that idea wasn't without merit. Plus yeah Scooby Doo as a series had gotten really stale at that point and didn't have the writing or modern wit to make it work plus spins had already been tried on it so the fact Scrappy did save the show for it to be around nowadays should be more firmly established in pop culture to make Scrappy a punching bag. So really the fact that Scrappy has been shunned for so long as either a joke or an annoyance or just something to ignore is really uncool. Especially when they wouldn't even bring Scrappy back for the Scooby Doo And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost Movie. Like Seriously Scooby team you made a film to cap off and give an ending to one of your old series which I greatly appreciate but you do so by trying to ignore one of the major elements from it just because you don't want to deal with THAT part of the mythos history even though you're diving back into that era; that to me is just pathetic and cowardly and shows the team behind Scooby Doo projects can't ever fully celebrate their own history if they just want to wipe away pieces of it. And not even offensive pieces or anything just things they think are just jokes which yeah aren't and should be seen as such.