But since we're on the subject of the mystery-solving Great Dane and his three human comrades, I feel compelled to finally admit my annoyance toward Fred, the self-proclaimed leader of the bunch. Don't get me wrong. I know many who swoon over Fred's luscious animated blonde locks, dapper blue bell bottoms, freshly starched white shirt and orange ascot. And that's totally fair, kinda. But it always bothered me, or maybe more so as I watch it now as an adult (unabashedly, might I add), that he was constantly taking credit for cases that Velma so obviously solved on her own, mostly.
I know what you're probably thinking: Seriously, it was a different era and it's a cartoon! This is all true, but if you're a devout fan of the original '70s cartoon (and an adversary of the later edition with the annoying Scrappy Doo character and subsequent '00s live action films), like myself, you've been biting your tongue about this very same thing for years. Here's a typical episode: Scooby-Doo and the gang plan to enjoy themselves on an adventure out of town when they stumble upon a spooky mystery instead (usually in the form of ghost sightings or mummy dwellings). Velma, the resident nerd of the group, boldly steps up to the plate and informs the group that their plans have changed and that their focus is now to solve this mystifying new case. She puts together a plan of action, is never afraid to interrogate the sometimes strange local residents, and even enlists Scooby-Doo and his BFF, Shaggy (originally voiced by the late Casey Kasem), usually
Why? Because they're utterly useless. True, Velma almost consistently loses her glasses each episode (she's practically legally blind without them), but even with less than perfect vision and two very clumsy partners, she's able to come to a conclusion while Fred is off somewhere trying to save Daphne from herself. (For whatever reason, Daphne is always either getting kidnapped or falling through trap doors. If this was a real job, she would have been fired after the first case).
Okay, I've done enough random ranting for the moment. Anyone else love Scooby-Doo? Share your comments about the new adaptation below.