Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
|If you are like me, when you grew up, before you left the house on Saturday mornings, you watched cartoons. It seems like I met some of my best friends over a bowl of cold cereal and the sports page. Folks like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, The Pink Panther, George Jetson, and many more. To this day, I still look back fondly at those times as days of innocence, joy, and just pure fun.One of my other favorites was a rather late entry into the cartoon wars, Scooby Doo. Scooby was a talking dog who helped his merry band of investigators solve untold mysteries while getting into all sorts of trouble. It was so popular, another character, Scrappy Doo came out of that cartoon, and recently a live action movie was made about all of them and their famous van, The Mystery Machine.|
Last Saturday, I had the rare chance to enjoy a morning in bed watching cartoons. I grabbed my breakfast, the paper, and much to my surprise, Scooby Doo was on. But not the Scooby I knew! What I saw was a Scooby who could change into a dolphin, and was now some sort of adventure hero. Kids, this was definitely not your father's Scooby Doo.
Even the animation was horrible. I have posted both pictures here for you to compare, but I gots to tell ya, the newer hipper version looks like it was drawn by a five year old. I don't know, maybe I am just biased, but I miss the old hand drawn style of animation. The colors were more vivid, the characters moved better, and it just looked richer. I mean in this new stuff, there is absolutely no attention to the background, it's just all fuzz. Is it any wonder kids minds are numb? Look at the cartoons they have to watch.