I love Scooby-Doo. In all his various incarnations. Even when the writing team goes way, way out there and makes the witches, zombies or aliens real, I still enjoy the adventures of the gang. So I was delighted to learn that Cartoon Network would be doing a Scooby-Doo marathon on Saturday. My son and I settled in for some Scooby viewing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any Scooby Snacks, but we did enjoy the marathon, especially the two original movies at the very end.

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For old school Hanna-Barbera fans, Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon is a real treat. In addition to the usual mystery plot, there are visual gags throughout the movie that harken back to the classic Hanna-Barbera line-up. The gang hits up a Comic-Con like event and the cosplay is in full effect.

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In addition to seeing Frank, Daphne and Velma as The Herculoids, you’ll see characters from The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Space Ghost, and my personal favorite cameo – the Wonder Twins. [NB: No other heroes from Super Friends appear. I assume that’s because the Wonder Twins were created for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, while the other characters all first appeared in their respective DC Comics. Although the Wonder Twins did eventually make it into the comics after their TV debut, Hanna-Barbera probably owns the rights to their appearance.]

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Scooby Doo! Stage Fright is a twist on The Phantom of the Opera, while also poking fun at the reality talent show craze. Fred and Daphne are finalists in an America’s Got Talent-type competition. But as we all know, wherever the gang goes, trouble, mayhem and mystery are still to follow.

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The allusions to the Broadway Phantom are fun and plentiful. The jokes and sight gags are giggle inducing and many of Fred and Daphne’s competitors are completely over-the-top. Shaggy and Scooby find time to sample Chicago-style pizza. And the mystery never ends as phantom after phantom gets revealed.

We enjoyed both films and I certainly wouldn’t mind watching them again. I think we’ll be adding these fun Scooby films to our permanent collection soon!

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