Reviews: Be Cool Scooby Doo
My favorite Scooby Doo
When I was a kid I seen other Scooby cartoons: they were okay, but nothing special. Lately I seen Mystery Inc, that everybody praised so much. It was certainly ambitious, but failed in many departments, and by the end it really felt a part, I can't believe everyone loves this show so much. Be Cool...let's start with bad thing: if you're fan of previous cartoons then new designs might tick you of and some changes in characterization (Daphe is idiot, Fred is only sane man) might reeeally tick you of. I got over them really easily. With that said, "Be Cool" is just like original show, only with greater focus on humor. And it is fun. Often hilarious. It manages to parody the original show, while celebrating it. And I gotta say, I love this incarnation of Fred. I know it doesn't sound like much ("Mystery Inc had character development!"), but it does it right and that's all it needs to do. If you're hardcore fan of previous shows, Be Cool might be "ruining your childhood" and stuff. But if you're looking for a good comedy check it out. I highly recommend it.
A Return To Form... Mostly.
Okay, I remember hearing about this show a while before it was announced. When I saw a clip on it on Youtube, I wasn't impressed by the art style. I had even less hope for the show when I found out that one of the producers was Michael Jelenic, the producer and writer for Teen Titans Go!. But I always believed that you need to see things for yourself before making judgment calls. Adhering to said belief, I watched both episodes of the show. My verdict? It's a step down from Mystery Incoporated, but it's still watchable. To sum up this show in few words, it's Family Guy dressed up as Scooby-Doo.
- The cast from Mystery Incoporated reprise their roles, with the exception of Velma and Daphne.
- The humor is mostly okay, though it tends to be random and will occasionally rely on Black Comedy.
- The character designs. I normally don't care about art style and animation unless it is obviously terrible. This is one of those times. I'm just gonna be blunt: These guys are UGLY! Like I said, if you were to put these guys in a Family Guy episode, they'd fit right in.
- The Flanderization of the main cast. All of them, with the exception of Shaggy and Scooby who are mostly the same, have been exaggerated in various ways:
- Fred has undergone reverse-Flanderization, going from the lovable, trap-obsessed oaf to The Generic Guy he usually is. He's also more cynical and comes off as a Jerkass.
- Velma is now a stereotypical nerd rather than the snarky, sassy girl from the previous show.
- But the title of "Most Flanderized Character" hands down goes to... DAPHNE! Good motherfucking God! Daphne was always a bit ditsy, but this Daphne needs to be in a mental asylum. Think Starfire from TTG and Pinkie Pie from FiM and take it Up to Eleven and you got her. She's more like a Daphne In Name Only.
What the F*** is this???????
My God, I just saw about two episodes of this show and oh dear.....it sucks. If you seen the designs of the Mystery Incorporated gang in this show, you'll notice that they kinda look like Brinkleberry rejects and the design for them in this show is hideous. Not to mention in the FIRST episode of this series, they have Daphne playing with puppets in the first episode of this series called Mystery 101 while the Mystery Machine is ON! No to mention this show has her acting like an idiot. Not to mention in this series Scooby looks thinner than usual. I would rather for people who are curious about this show to stay away from this show. Go watch Scooby Doo! Mysteryv Incorporated and What's New Scooby Doo. Those shows are so much better especially Mystery Incorporated since the whole gang get a lot of character development in that show.
Actually Not As Terrible As It Looks
I've only seen the first few episodes, but when I went into watching this I expected the worst. The art style was hideous (and to be honest it still is) and I felt certain that it would never, ever be better than Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (and it's not). But it's not a bad show. It's clearly aimed at a younger audience than Mystery Inc and that doesn't make it bad, just different. I actually find a good percentage of the jokes to be laugh-out-loud funny, certainly worth watching for. It's a much more "typical" Scooby Doo experience, more akin to What's New, Scooby-Doo?. My main criticisms are that the animation is occassionally a bit static (though fortunately nowhere near as bad as I thought originally) and they noticeably re-use voice actors, but asides from that it's an enjoyable show. Definitely good for watching with kids or younger siblings.