I’m not a huge Halloween person. As an adult everyone wants to focus on the darker side of the holiday, which doesn’t help much, but even as a kid I would rather dress up as a superhero, a large telephone, a cuckoo clock, or an Imperial Stormtrooper. Yes, these are all costumes I wore as a kid and those middle two were not found in a store. I get my creativity from my parents after all. Even one of the superhero costumes I had was made by my mom and they still don’t make Greatest American Hero costumes as far as I know. However, I can appreciate the fun side of Halloween and while I’m not one who enjoys a scary production I do love Scooby-Doo and a good parody. So here’s one for you.
Airing in segments during a Scooby-Doo Halloween marathon, with the full special airing afterwards, The Scooby-Doo Project is a parody of The Blair Witch Project, the movie credited for jumpstarting the “found footage” horror genre for better or worse. (Yet oddly the sequel was a regular horror movie. And this wasn’t the first found footage film, just the one that made it popular.) It also had fun with the franchise (which of course meant another pop shot at poor Scrappy-Doo) in a story where the gang go on a mystery that goes wrong, camera footage being all that’s found. While other people appear in live action the show characters appear in animated form against live-action backgrounds. Also of note is Scott Innes as Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy. Innes took over from the late Don Messick as Scooby-Doo, taking over from Billy West as Shaggy until Casey Kasem returned to the role in What’s New Scooby-Doo. According to rumor (I haven’t heard the confirmation), Kasem demanded Innes off the franchise entirely as one of his conditions to returning, even from the Scooby role, which is how Frank Welker (already the voice of Freddy) took over as Scooby to this day. Innes apparently returned for further Scrappy destruction in the first live-action movie (the Shaggy of those movies, Matthew Lillard, voices Shaggy nowadays) and voiced Scooby for a cereal commercial.
So here’s the special. Have a happy and safe Halloween…those of you who are allowed to go out and enjoy it this year.