It was inevitable. Sooner or later we all knew that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s releasing of all the seasons and collections of different Scooby-Doo shows would lead to one tragic moment. The always exasperating and incredibly nauseating Scrappy-Doo would be let out of his cage and scamper into our living rooms. Thankfully, there’s enough of the rest of the Mystery Incorporated Gang found within “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1” to justify haters taking the time to watch this otherwise classic show.
Scooby-Doo and the gang continue their ghost hunting as they travel cross-country in the Mystery Machine. They get more than they bargained for when Scooby’s annoying younger nephew Scrappy joins the team in their search for haunted hijinks.
Scrappy-Doo, for all intents and purposes, is no more than the new cute cast member producers and writers brought in to a show to save it when its ratings declined. Remember Cousin Oliver on “The Brady Bunch?” How about Heather O’Rourke on “Happy Days?” Let’s not forget Sam on “Diff’rent Strokes” and Olivia on “The Cosby Show.”
“Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1” includes all 16 episodes of the show’s maiden voyage. The 2-Disc set doesn’t have any special features to speak of. I hope at some point we’ll get a new documentary on the Scooby-Doo franchise which will give fans background on its creation and different incarnations over the years.
I loathe Scrappy-Doo and wish for a world where he was never created. However, I do find a way to overlook his irritating presence and enjoy the tales included in the DVD collection “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1.” What it all boils down to is the fact that kids love the insufferable mini-mutt and he keeps them entertained. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.
“Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1” is available now on DVD.