A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Complete 2nd, 3rd & 4th Seasons (1989)

Genre(s): Animation / Mystery
Warner Brothers || NR - 314 minutes - $19.98 || March 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-03-20


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Casey Kasem


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Bonus Episode


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

There aren’t that many enduring animated characters but Scooby-Doo is one that has had numerous TV movies, direct-to-video movies, TV series and even three live action movies. “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” aired from 1988-1991. Although the original, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You”, was made for kids it had gained fans of even older audiences and still has wide support today. I was never a big fan of “Scooby-Doo” growing up just catching reruns or one of the 20 series released in the 80s/90s, but I did find some of it fun even if the so-called mystery was obvious.

“A Pup Named Scooby-Doo”, while a fun little show, is basically the same as the original series only having the Scooby Gang as kids solving mysteries. There are some off-shoot episodes involving a character named Red Herring and others as they go after monsters and the like, but for the most part the kids use clues to solve crimes with the same predictable results.

As I said, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You” was certainly suitable for kids under 10 but “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” is aimed squarely at kids. I’m sure back in the late 80s when it aired, it was a way to reinvent/re-introduce the character but looking at it now 18 years later, I did not enjoy it very much. The animation style is the typical Hannah Barbara crap released back in the day. Sure, I enjoyed those cartoons as a kid, but looking back at is as a bigger kid, it doesn’t look very good...

The only highlight on this series is the return of Casey Kasem as the voice of Shaggy, no one does it better (Matthew Lillard did do it justice in the films, however). The late Don Messick also voices Scooby-Doo.

I know fans of Scooby-Doo will eat this up but generally this is for younger kids. Now, it is enjoyable enough for parents to watch along with their kids so it’s not a complete waste of time or money.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Bonus Episode of “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!” – Think of the worst animated series and then lower those standards by 100, and you get this pile of garbage. First, the voice of Shaggy is awful but worse yet the animation style just looks cheap and unappealing to watch. The series aired in 2006, though I don’t know if it’s still on the air (I certainly hope not).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” comes to DVD in full frame glory with that old-time dust and scratches! Didn’t expect anything more but kids won’t mind/care.

The DVD also comes with a dandy Dolby Mono audio track.



.::OVERALL::.

This 2-disc set has the remaining 17 episodes of seasons 2-4 (average of less than 6 per season). It’s only 20-minutes longer than season one so I’m not sure exactly when these aired or why so few did over the course of a few years.