Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. | Those Meddling Kids Finally Grow Up

There have been so many reboots of shows from my childhood I can hardly keep track; some are really good (BSG, 'nuff said) but most are just violations of cherished memories (Land of the Lost anyone?) Though Scooby Doo has been continuously on the air in one form or another since 1969, Cartoon Network's new spin on the franchise is the first time its been truly remade. The characters we know and love are all there of course, as is the comfortably predictable plot that always ends in the unmasking of the greedy-guy-in-monster-costume trying to scare away business / attract business / collect on insurance policy. But wow is it all different at the same time… witty dialogue full of pop culture references, adult humor and inside jokes, relationships and sexual tension among the characters that go far beyond Scooby Snacking, and a backstory that promises to develop over the course of the season's 26 episodes which adds a surprising element of maturity to the series. All this is wrapped in a retro-modern color palette that glows with translucent, psychedelic beauty, and voiced by talent of the highest order. I honestly can't take my eyes off the screen. Scooby Doo is finally the sort of show you can enjoy as an adult as you watch with your kids. New episodes air weekly on Monday nights.

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