September 28, 2019

BE COOL, SCOOBY-DOO!


BE COOL, SCOOBY-DOO!

(Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boomerang SVOD, October 5, 2015-March 18, 2018)

Warner Bros. Animation



For background information on Scooby-Doo, check out the post here.

            The 12th incarnation of the Scooby-Doo franchise decided to change some things up. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! decided to do away with the darker take of its predecessor, Mystery Incorporated, and put a greater focus on comedy. The characters were given traits and outfits taken straight from the original 1969 incarnation, but with redesigned character models described by producer Zac Moncrief as a “simplistic, edgy design to match the comedic styling of this latest version.”

New Scooby, same scares.

            Be Cool followed the Mystery, Inc. gang after they had just finished high school and were determined to spend one last summer together travelling; and, of course, they constantly encountered monsters and mysteries along the way. This was the first series in the franchise to not feature any kind of involvement from Casey Kasem, who had died the year before, and the first to have Kate Micucci as Velma, replacing Mindy Cohn. Grey Griffin remained as Daphne and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, as well as Frank Welker--the only original cast member--as Fred and Scooby. It aired between Cartoon Network, Boomerang and the Boomerang streaming service for two seasons. It was decided to end the series in favor of staring a new one: Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, which would update The New Scooby-Doo Movies format of the kids encountering various famous and fictional guest-stars. In the meantime, Be Cool continued to air in reruns on Boomerang.

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