Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

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Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
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A Scooby-Doo show that looks like Family Guy? Yeah... that's exactly what we needed.
Genre: Comedy
Horror
Mystery
Slapstick
Running Time: 22 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 5, 2015 – March 18, 2018
Network(s): Cartoon Network (episodes 1–20)
Boomerang (episodes 21–26, 42–52)
Created by: Zen Moncrief
Mark Banker (Based on the 1969 franchise by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears)
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Frank Welker
Grey Griffin
Matthew Lillard
Kate Micucci
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 52
Previous show: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Next show: Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! is a Scooby-Doo reboot that aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang from 2015 to 2018.

Plot

A more comedic take on the adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang, where the Scooby-Doo gang decides to travel in the Mystery Machine, seeking fun and adventure during what could be their last summer break together. However, havoc-wreaking monsters prevent them from completing their journey.

Uncool Qualities

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  1. Elephant-In-The-Room: The redesigns are very mediocre and look very little to nothing like their original counterparts, and instead look more like Warner Bros. Animation's poor attempt to imitate Seth MacFarlane's art style like Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show or Brickleberry's art style. Also, they are unfitting in the Scooby-Doo franchise as they fit more into an adult cartoon or parody.
  2. Misleading title: Scooby-Doo never even tried to be cool.
  3. Some of the characters are mean-spirited and unlikable. For example:
    • The chicken-obsessed tribal man hates the Mystery Inc. crew for no reason in the second episode.
    • Gus is a crabby elderly man who bullies everyone for no reason in the episode "Scream Madona".
    • There's also a strict rich man who forces the crew to stay in the mansion for a family will.
  4. Pathetic, cruel, and sometimes gross attempts at comedy.
  5. Laughably bad dialogue.
  6. Much like Teen Titans Go!, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! takes on a more comedic approach unlike the previous Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, which has a more in-depth story and a somewhat darker approach.
  7. Very cheap and mediocre animation with sub-par character movements, which is unacceptable because both Hanna-Barbera's original Scooby-Doo: Where Are You! show from 1969 and direct-to-video Scooby-Doo movies have much better animation and character movements.
    • To also add salt to the wound, this was made in 2015, the same year that Star vs. the Forces of Evil was created, and it looks better than this.
  8. The monsters in this show are dull and nowhere as iconic or memorable as the ones in previous incarnations of the series, as a lot of them have lame designs and don't even look scary in the slightest, and the person who disguises them as them hatches a lot of plans that range from questionable to just downright confusing. Not helping is the fact that the overall tone of the show is way too goofy, colorful, and syrupy for a Scooby-Doo show.
  9. Daphne's voice can get on some viewers' nerves a bit, as she tends to talk way too much and acts way too bubbly & fast when she's doing it, and even at some points never shut up, which can make her kind of annoying at times.
  10. While catchy, the theme song is generic as it tries way too hard to be modern and hip.
  11. The main characters have been flanderized badly in this show:
    • Daphne Blake suffers the most flanderization as she's portrayed as an annoying, bumbling idiot. Not to mention that she is a huge Mary Sue.
    • Fred Jones dialed up to 11 and is stuck in his ego even more than he was in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, where he is into traps.
    • Velma Dinkley, despite being the most likable, is now the person hiding in the gang's shadows and no one takes her seriously. And when she has her moments, she is a complete worshipper of technology and science with no moral depths.
    • Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo have become dumber and worshippers of only food; they even disobeyed Velma not to continue eating a food trap in one of the episodes.

Cool Qualities

  1. At least the show tries to stay true to the classic mystery-solving formula unlike Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!. This show is also more passable, if not better than the other bad show above, although it is not good enough to redeem this show.
  2. Despite the flanderization, Shaggy and Scooby's personalities are barely even different from their usual selves. Also, there was at least an attempt to give Daphne more of a personality beyond being the "rich, pretty damsel-in-distress who exists purely for fanservice".
  3. Catchy theme song, despite it being generic.
  4. It has some genuinely funny moments, especially how the "meddling kids" line at the end of each episode gets cleverly twisted now and then.
  5. They still have well-known voice actors like Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, and Matthew Lillard returning from their original roles and they voice the characters very great.
    • Velma’s new voice actor, Kate Micucci, played Velma quite nicely.
  6. Though Scooby-Doo's design looks weird as well, it's passable at best.
  7. Some jokes are worth laughing.

Reception

Despite a 6.5/10 on IMDb, the show received mixed to negative reception from fans of the original series.

65% of Google users liked it.

Trivia

  • Though Frank Welker speaks fondly of the series' writing, he said he didn't care much for its character designs, feeling they were too similar to SpongeBob SquarePants and Family Guy rather than Scooby-Doo.
  • This series marks the first Scooby-Doo television series not to feature Casey Kasem, Shaggy Rogers' original voice actor, in any capacity; Kasem, who voiced Shaggy from 1969 to 2009, retired from voice acting due to declining health during the production of Mystery Incorporated (in which he portrayed Shaggy’s father) and died on June 15, 2014. Kasem's death leaves Frank Welker as the only surviving original cast member still with the franchise. It is also the first series with Kate Micucci as the voice actress for Velma Dinkley, taking over the role from Mindy Cohn.
  • The writers were aware of demands for The Hex Girls to return and wanted to make it happen in Season 1, but Warner Bros. didn't like any of their proposed episode ideas, and the show was canceled before they could come up with a good Hex Girls episode.

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