Scooby-Doo! And Scrappy-Doo! Season 1 (DVD review)

scoobyGrab your Scooby Snacks and get ready for 16 puppy-infused episodes that are full of mysteries that can only be solved by those meddling kids over at Mystery Inc. Now released as a 2-disc DVD set, this is your chance to revisit what I like to call the golden years of cartoons.

There were many classic cartoons back in the day, but none have had the popularity, staying power and brand recognition like Scooby-Doo. Now as much as I loved the normal squad of Shaggy, Scooby, Velma, Fred, and Daphne, my favorite character has always been Scooby’s nephew, the always eager Scrappy-Doo.

Watching this complete season brought back many memories of laughter and joy. It also managed to squeeze out a few laughs, even though I knew exactly how the jokes would play out or how the episode would end. However looking back at the show it definitely shows its age now that I am old enough to understand and put the pieces together about how each episode’s crime was committed and who the culprit was. One thing I never understood about some cartoons in general was the pre-recorded laugh track. It always felt out of place to me in cartoons but for some reason it works when it comes to Scooby-Doo cartoons.


The complete season 1 DVD is split into 2 discs with 8 episodes a piece, and you can watch them in English or Spanish. The first disc also has trailers for other soon-to-be-released DVDs. Unfortunately this is where the bonus features begin and end, so once you have watched all 16 episode, there is pretty much nothing else left to watch. It would have been nice to see any type of other features like commentary from the writers, or possibly ideas for episodes that never came to fruition.

While I enjoyed my time revisiting the past to re-watch one of the great cartoon shows of my childhood, it was an experience that was short lived. With the lack of bonus features and an aged format that repeats the same formula every episode, this visit to memory lane will likely give you 1-2 watches before being shelved until you once again feel the need for nostalgia and ScoobySnacks.

Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms

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