Judge Clark Douglas found a clue. He caught a whiff of something atrocious, and followed the scent all the way to this show.
Our review of Shaggy And Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! Volume 1, published February 13th, 2008, is also available.
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Return—Giving Chases, Solving Cases, and Stuffing Their Faces!
Hi everyone, and welcome to another edition of "Teevee Talk"! Now, here's your host, James Lisbon!
James Lisbon: Hello and good evening, everyone. On last night's episode, we placed the spotlight on a charming little television program called Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! You may recall that I went so far as to call the program, "The greatest achievement in television animation to date." I would like to apologize for that statement. Those who subsequently viewed the program based on my recommendation have threatened lawsuits involving emotional damage, and tonight's program is an attempt to rectify things. First of all, please note that I had taken a rather peculiar cocktail of over-the-counter drugs before last night's show, and didn't really know what I was talking about. Second, I've invited someone with an inside knowledge of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! to be a guest on tonight's program. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the one and only Shaggy!
*audiences gasps and cheers*
Shaggy: Like, hey! Great to be here, James!
James Lisbon: Shaggy, it's been a lifelong dream of mine to have you on the program. First of all, tell us why you're unhappy with this new television show you're starring in?
Shaggy: Well, first of all, I'm totally not even in that show.
James Lisbon: But of course you are, my dear boy. Your name is even included in the title.
Shaggy: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it's technically called Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! But dude, that's just some guy impersonating me. It's not actually me. Can't you tell?
James Lisbon: Come to think of it, you did look a little different. I was wondering why I didn't feel like ravishing you as much as usual. Why would the CW network give you a different design?
Shaggy: Well, they wanted to hire me. However, during early negotiations, it was determined that I was much too complex-looking.
James Lisbon: Complex-looking?
Shaggy: Well yeah. I'm an animated guy, you know? I have a lot of personality in my face. I told them I was willing to surgically remove a few lines here or there for the sake of cutting costs, but they just wanted to go too far. The design on that new guy is just embarrassing. They wanted to give me black dots for eyes. Black dots! I was talking to my pal Joker the other day…
James Lisbon: Joker from Batman: The Animated Series?
Shaggy: Yeah, him. He told me that reducing his eyes to black dots was the worst career decision he ever made. He felt like half a clown. I've been forced to do some pretty embarrassing things in my career, but this just went too far. Plus, the show never resists an opportunity to recycle an image or cut a corner. No standards whatsoever, man.
James Lisbon: How does Scooby-Doo feel about the show?
Shaggy: I have no idea. He and I don't really talk much; he feels like I've been holding him back as a character. Sure, he acts all cuddly when the cameras are rolling, but he's changed a lot over the decades. The Scooby-Doo I knew and loved died years ago. I don't know who this new dog is. He just sleepwalks through the part now, never adding anything new or interesting.
James Lisbon: Harsh words, Shaggy. What about the actual content of the program, aside from the animation? Do you dislike the plots and dialogue, as well?
Shaggy: Oh yeah, it's bad. You know, it would be hypocritical of me to say anything too rough here, because I haven't really held my standards too high in my career. Still, I knew that a lame talking robot sidekick tagging along with Scooby and I was a bad idea. I'd rather bring that little punk Scrappy back than have to work with a wacky robot. And that villain? A blatant Dr. Strangelove rip-off named Dr. Phineas Phibes? Yeah, like we haven't seen that before. Since when do Shaggy and Scooby-Doo need to battle boring old megalomaniacs? What's wrong with ghosts and monsters?
James Lisbon: There is a noteworthy lack of all things supernatural in this latest incarnation.
Shaggy: Nobody believes anymore, man. I've been there and seen it, so I know. Most people these days think I'm nuts. Times were crazy in the '60s. There was a monster on every corner. But, times are hard for ghosts and goblins now. It's not easy for a creepy beast to find good work.
James Lisbon: How do you feel about the shows theme song by composer Mark Mothersbaugh.
Shaggy: You mean that one-minute explosion of synthetic noise? Was that a theme? I'm sorry, I must have missed the meeting where they decided that that stuff should count as music.
James Lisbon: Have you seen the latest DVD release of the show?
Shaggy: Oh, yeah. Volume Two? Just as bad as Volume One. What do you get? "Smart House," about a stupid robot and a stupid villain being stupid. "Lightning Strikes Twice," same thing. A bad save-the-monkeys episode in "Don't Feed the Animals." Don't even get me started on "Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers." All of these are, like, awful. The DVD looks and sounds okay, I guess. Still, there are no extras, which isn't surprising. They have nothing to say that anyone wants to hear.
James Lisbon: Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Shaggy. For
legal reasons, my verdict in this showing is being changed to
"guilty." Tune in tomorrow night for our panel discussion on the
controversial video game "Lego Eyes Wide Shut." Good night.
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