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.
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.
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.]
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.
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!