Headscratchers: The Blockbuster Buster
- The Blockbuster Busters review of the Scooby-Doo movie left me scratching my head in confusion as to his reasoning for disliking the series. Now, if he didn't like the cartoon, fine. That's his opinion. But, he states that he didn't like it because every episode was pretty much the same with goofy "idiotic" characters and that it replaced shows like Jonny Quest and Space Ghost due to people complaining about cartoons being too violent. Um, he does realize that 99% of all shows are formulatic and pretty much follow the same plot over and over again (Just watch any Wile E. Coyote cartoon, for example), right? I can understand for disliking a cartoon for "replacing" another series that he likes, but, why dislike something because it does that a vast majority of cartoons do (IE: Follow a formula)?
- I have not yet watched his Scooby Doo review, but I think I can guess his argument. There's a big difference between following a formula and recycling the exact same plot for every single episode. Literally every Scooby Doo episode ever made (to the best of my knowledge) follows the exact same plot. Some asshole masquerades as a ghost or a monster or something to scare people off to hide some nefarious doings and the Gang exposes them. Every. Single. Time. I can't speak for Space Ghost but I know Jonny Quest did not use the same recycled plot for every single episode. Even Wile E. Coyote mixed up the schemes the Coyote used to trap the Roadrunner. So no, 99% of shows are NOT formulaic. At least, not nearly as formulaic as Scooby Doo.
- Scooby Doo uses a much, much more detailed and strict formula than any Wile E. cartoon. Also, Coyote and Roadrunner are merely part of a much larger and more diverse series, while Scooby Doo is the exact same in every episode. Not to mention that no other hyperformulaic cartoon has anywhere near the lasting popularity and impact that Scooby-Doo has.