When the Scooby-Doo phenomenon started in 1969, I hadn't even been born yet. And yet as I grew up in the 1970s and began my long love affair with cartoons, Saturday mornings gained a special place in my heart, and I found Scooby-Doo to be a great hero of the everyman, though I didn't know it at the time.
By the mid-'70s, there were three different Scooby-Doo series that had made it to air: Scooby-Doo, Where are You!, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and The Scooby Doo Show. But there's something about the title sequence of the original series, Scooby-Doo, Where are You!, with the spooky house and the bats, that still evokes a big grin from me.
The series stars Scooby-Doo and the a group of teenagers driving around in a van called the "Mystery Machine" and solving mysteries. Shaggy, a laid back character straight out of the 1960s era of peace and love, may or may not be Scooby's actual owner, but they are definitely the best of buds. Daphne Blake is the smart, yet fashion-conscious young lady in the group. Velma, sporting her black-rimmed glasses, is the brains of the outfit and often puts the pieces together to solve the actual mystery. And then there's Fred, the athletic leader of the group who thinks he's smarter than he is. Together they're sometimes called "Mystery, Inc." and have solved many mysteries over the various series they've appeared in during the last 40 years.
In January 2009, Warner Brothers began releasing the original episodes in the order they aired on television. Scooby-Doo Where Are You! – Season One, Volume 1: A Monster Catch was the first to be released. Now in May, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – Season One, Volume 2: Bump in the Night will be released.
This collection includes episodes five through eight of the inaugural season of the original Scooby-Doo series.
Included on the DVD are:
- "Decoy for a Dognapper" – Can Scooby masquerade as a winning dog-show dog long enough to solve the mystery of the dognappers?
- "What the Hex Going On?" – Is a strange, spell-casting ghost really making people disappear?
- "Never Ape an Ape Man" – Can the Mystery Inc. gang figure out why the Ape Man doesn't want the show to go on?
- and "Foul Play in Funland" – Who is the mysterious stranger running around Funland and causing mischief?
The DVD also includes one episode from the 2006-2008 series Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! called "More Fondue for Scooby-Doo." We really enjoyed this series on the Kids' WB, but were disappointed when it was cancelled back in 2008. In this episode, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo try to stop the evil Dr. Phibes from melting a glacier and washing away a conference on global warming in Switzerland.
It's great to see episodes from he original Scooby-Doo series again. I love sharing these great cartoons with my kids and it's fun to see the care taken with the hand-drawn animation of the late 1960s and early 1970s. If you want to check them out, be sure to pick up Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – Season One Volume 2: Bump In the Night when it's released on May 5, 2009.Powered by Sidelines