Thursday, October 21, 2004

I know we'll catch that villain

Teletoon's picked up one of the few remaining iterations of Scooby-Doo I haven't seen. It's horrid. It's making me miss when they ran The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby-Doo for two years or so. As awful as it was, at least that had Vincent Price. Really, though, the one version I've always had a soft spot for is A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It was the perfect storm of several godawful trends in late-80s Saturday morning cartoons: turning existing characters into children, using a mall as a primary setting, and utterly destroying any residual quality control in the animation process. It actually wasn't half bad at subverting the repetitively silly tropes of the original, but that's mostly due to having been written by 90s WB Animation wunderkind Tom Ruegger. Why couldn't Teletoon have bought that for their Halloween lineup? It can't be that much more expensive to syndicate.

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