At some point in television history the Warner Brothers owned The WB merged with Paramount’s UPN and formed the current The CW. CW For Kids was the Saturday lineup of that, the weekday cartoon lineup Kids WB and Fox Kids helped usher in at the expense of syndicated kids shows, was gone. (UPN opted for a Sunday block to not compete with the other networks…I guess figuring the VCR or DVR would keep them from fighting Sunday religious services, family gatherings, and sports.) It was here that our next Scooby series would be made.
Sadly what we got was Shaggy And Scooby-Doo Get A Clue, a show that went back to focusing on the chase like the later seasons of Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo, only replacing the perky little puppy with something worse: lameness and a concept that would better fit an adaptation of the video game A Boy And His Blob than the adventures of everyone’s favorite talking dog and his hippie owner/best friend.
Well, first of all the song is repetitive as heck. I am so not a fan of this theme, and sadly it goes on to the show itself, which it doesn’t really push very well. So much of it is in silhouette that if it wasn’t for the last few seconds you wouldn’t know what it looks like. It’s just a bunch of people running around while Scooby and Shaggy dance. It least the character designs invoke enough of the original designs that you can tell it’s Shaggy and Scooby, with Fred, Daphne, and Velma, who only made cameos in the show, also make cameos here. We also see the Mystery Machine transform once.
The other humans are the villains, which you can only figure out because the one dude is walking around making the Heil Hitler pose for some reason, stopping to flex once. This tells you nothing about the show’s story. The show has Shag and Scoob looking for Shaggy’s missing uncle (played by Casey Kasem when needed bout otherwise Scott Melville would be Shaggy for this series, with Welker still playing Scooby) while keeping his formula out of the bad guys’ hands. Said formula was baked into homemade Scooby Snacks, which gives Scooby the ability to transform into whatever the plot needs him to. You wouldn’t know any of that from the intro.
I guess the theme does give you some idea of the tone of the show, but I never made it past the first episode. This show’s form of humor didn’t work for me, the art style was odd for a Scooby series, and once again the mysteries were replaced with chases. The villains were dumb. The ideas felt dropped into a Scooby paint job from another show they couldn’t sell without a famous IP attached and sadly they chose this one. That’s something I’m sure they’ll neeeeevvvvvveeeeeerrrrrr do again.
This would be the last Saturday morning show to feature Scooby-Doo. Saturday morning was on the decline and soon other production companies would handle the scheduling, leaving one less headache for the networks. the direct-to-video productions would still retain what you expect to see from Scooby-Doo so it’s new home would bring things back on track with better art designs and story. So why don’t I like it when everyone else loves it? That’s a mystery for next time.