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DVD review: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Season 1 Volume 1

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When I first heard that Scooby-Doo had been reinvented for a hipper, more savvy generation, I have to admit it, I was worried. Would Velma suddenly be wearing a tank top and crop pants? Would Daphne have spiky hair with a nose ring? Would Fred (gasp!) be seen without his tastefully-tied ascot?

To my great relief, nobody has made a wardrobe change in the new Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series. Instead, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby have now wised up to the fact that there is always some bad guy hiding in the ghost or goblin suit, which actually is kind of a relief. Many of us growing up probably wondered when they would finally figure that out.

Today’s more savvy group receives a clue from the mysterious Mr. E that sends them from one adventure to another in Crystal Cove as they try to solve the challenging mystery Mr. E has given them.

As a mom, what I appreciate about the Scooby-Doo shows is that they offer my kids some spookiness and thrills over the course of the show, but they remove the mystery that scares kids by the end of the episode. My kids have very overactive imaginations, if I let them watch anything that is in any way ghostly or haunted, I’m sure to have three little ones begging to sleep with me during the night.

With the Scooby-Doo shows, my kids can see and learn that anything that seems scary or unusual has a logical and understandable explanation, once you do a little investigating.

Unfortunately, this DVD belongs in the category of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Now that the gang has wised up to the hijinks of the typical bad guy, their parents have wised up to the way they have been spending their time.  Now the group is told to spend their time on other pursuits, more in line with each parents’ ideals.  Now if they want to pursue their passion to solve mysteries, they do so in opposition to their parents and the local law enforcement. 

For me as a parent, this is disappointing.  Every day I fight a battle to teach my kids to respect their parents and other adults.  I really don’t want them to watch a video that encourages further opposition and resistence to adults, parents in particular. 

I also was disappointed with Shaggy and Velma’s secret relationship, as well as Daphne’s attempts to get Fred to pay attention to her romantically.  Not every relationship needs a romantic twist; I thought the interaction between members of the gang was good just the way it was.  I’m very disappointed with the changes.

While I had been looking forward to introducing my kids to the newer, more savvy Mystery Incorporated, I think I will just stick with the “oldie but goody” version of the show.





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