Judge Alice Nelson secretly binges on Scooby Snacks before every trial.
I think "Scrap" is the optimal word in the name Scrappy-Doo.
After watching the bulk of Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Ruh-Roh Robot!, no can say I don't love my children. Love is the only reason I could possibly sit through 11 vintage Scooby-Doo episodes that featured Scrappy-Doo and not gouge my eyes out. Sure, each time that little twit yelled "Puppy Power!!!" I died a thousand deaths, but I love my kids and they're worth it…right? Whose bright idea was it anyway to add this character to the Scooby-verse? Probably the same genius who thought Happy Days needed Chachi and The Brady Bunch needed Cousin Oliver; they just couldn't leave well enough alone.
We all know Scrappy is the creation of the devil, meant to bring sorrow and misery to the planet for all eternity. So imagine Warner Bros. releasing Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Ruh-Roh Robot! conveniently forgetting to mention on the cover that Scrappy-Doo is featured prominently in 138 minutes of the disc's 163 min runtime. Honestly, I don't blame them for omitting this detail, but picture sitting down to view one of your favorite cartoons and seeing this abomination—a character who never should've existed—parading around diminishing all those wonderful childhood memories.
Most of the Scrappy episodes are from the various incarnations of the late 1970s / early '80s Scooby franchise, the main source of which is The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, which only lasted one season for reasons that are blatantly obvious. With inferior animation and painful plots, it's as close to a shockingly painful experience as one can get without anyone inflicting actual physical pain. And even though the original series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! wasn't exactly intellectual viewing, it was fun and the colorful Mystery Machine gang were a lovable bunch.
Each of these episodes are preceded by the opening credit sequence from the original series in which it appeared in. The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries features a theme that's just as bad as the Scrappy-Doo episodes that were spawned by it. This is an absolute assault on the ears, a watered down R&B sound with Shaggy singing lead. Try as he might, Casey Kasem just isn't soulful enough to pull it off.
The best installments on this release are the first two: "Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace," an all-new caper reminiscent of the newer direct-to-DVD movies like Big Top Scooby-Doo! and Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, and "Foul Play in Funland" from Season One of the original 1969 series. I found myself laughing more than a grown woman probably should.
Everything else on this DVD is littered with Scrappy, and unless you enjoy the nasally twang and douchiness of Lennie Weinrib's midget mutt, I suggest you look at some other hundreds of Scooby-Doo collections available for rental or purchase.
The vintage episodes are presented in 1.33:1 standard def full frame, but "Mecha Mutt" is a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen viewing experience. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo track is what you expect from a typical Saturday morning cartoons, which is just fine. Of course, Warner Bros. didn't bother with any extras, they simply released this thing before word got out that Scrappy-Doo is everywhere here.
I still love Scooby-Doo, but this ain't worth buying for only two decent episodes. Guilty!
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Studio: Warner Bros.
• IMDb: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
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