The Scooby-Doo Project was a series of bumpers parodying The Blair Witch Project, which was serialized during a Scooby-Doo marathon on Cartoon Network in October and November of 1999. The second run of the marathon culminated in the premiere of Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, and the Project aired in a short-film format at the end of both airings of the marathon. However, after that, this short vanished, never to be aired again or released to DVD. It is, however, available on YouTube, through reuploads by fellow Scooby fans.
A fan has compiled as many of the bumpers as he could into a singular video here.
The Scooby-Doo Project provides examples of the following tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Of Found Footage horror movies and the Scooby-Doo franchise in general.
- Catchphrase: One short has the gang make fun of each other for this.
- Continuity Nod / Mythology Gag:
- Shaggys rarely used real name (Norville) is brought up and mocked by the rest of the gang.
- An interviewee speculates that the monster is the ghost of a civil war soldier.
- Scooby yet again complains about his hatred of cats... and yet again, his speech impediment makes the others think hes talking about rats.
- Darker and Edgier: Being a parody of The Blair Witch Project, it's much darker than the usual cartoons. The monster that the gang is after is a real monster and the gang also argue a lot in the short. The woods they are camping in are also pretty creepy. It's also implied that the monster killed the gang in the ending.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone gets a little snarkier in this, especially Shaggy.
- Deconstructive Parody: The special delights in lampshading and mocking the franchises tropes and conventions, such as having Velma loudly complain about how annoying the Scooby-Dooby Doors bit is for her.
- Downer Ending: Subverted; the special ends with the gang apparently getting killed by the monster, but the Halftime Show of Cartoon Network's Big Game 2000 has Fred discuss the events with Moltar—the gang managed to escape, though everyone they showed their video to accused them of faking it. (see here)
- Embarrassing First Name: Acknowledged. Velma introduces Shaggy by his actual first name (Norville) to which he objects. Fred and Daphne have a field day with this. Even Scooby joins in on the mocking despite the fact that he has an equally embarrassing first name (Scoobert).
- Et Tu, Brute?: Played for Laughs when Shaggy says exactly this in response to Scooby making fun of his name.
- Faux Horrific:
- The gang treat Scrappy-Doo as being almost as frightening as the monster itself.
- Fred has a total meltdown over losing his ascot.
- Likewise, Shaggy has a meltdown over eating stale Scooby Snacks that have been left on the ground outside the gang's tent at night.
- Fool's Map: The gang's "map" turns out to just be a picture of the Mystery Machine with a dotted line leading to a tree, making it useless for navigation and getting the gang hopelessly lost.
- Found Footage Films: A parody of them, particularly the most famous example. The central premise of the genre is mocked when Fred angrily tells Velma off for continuing to film while they're trying to build their tent.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: During his monologue, Shaggy complains about splitting up and then adds, "Why are Fred and Daphne always heading off together, anyway?"
- Hell Is That Noise: Parodied when Daphne and Velma treat Scrappy doing his iconic trumpet noise as this.
- Ignoring by Singing: Done by Scooby and Shaggy (who else?) when Velma starts talking about the legend of the cemetery.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Shaggy and Scooby eating the map was uncalled for, but as Shaggy points out, the map itself was pretty much useless to begin with, so it's not like any real harm was done.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: After hearing a sound outside the tent, they split up to find the source.
- Kill 'Em All: Although never stated, it is implied the monster killed the Mystery Gang.
- Mood Whiplash: This, after Scooby has gone missing:Shaggy: Scooby-Doo! WHERE ARE YOU?!?!
Scooby: Over here!
(camera pans to reveal Scooby is right behind them, unharmed)
- Multiple-Choice Past: The locals that the gang interview all give a different backstory for the monster, citing everything from aliens to the ghost of a Civil War soldier. This is lampshaded by Velma immediately afterwards.
- Narrating the Obvious: Velmas a pretty bad documentarian and does a ton of this, much to Freds annoyance.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The monster turns out to be a normal dude who was dressed up for Halloween and objects to kids intruding on his property every year. Then subverted when the real monster shows up and attacks.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: The animated Scooby gang is interacting with live-action backgrounds and people.Shaggy: Things just look more...realistic!
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: Obligatory, and lampshaded by Velma. "I hate this part with the doors!"
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Subverted in an extended version, after the monster confronts the gang in the house they go into, they manage to hold him down off-screen, and it is revealed to be just some random guy doing it because it was Halloween. However, when they question him about scaring them in a cemetery, he legitimately doesn't know what they're talking about, and then the real monster shows up.
- Skewed Priorities: Daphne keeps complaining about not having a change of clothes and breaking a nail while the gang is lost in the woods.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Parodied with the one of the women telling the gang about a giant radioactive cat that feeds off stray dogs.Scooby: Rye don't rike riant rats!
Daphne: She said giant cat, not rats, Scooby.
Scooby: Rats rat I said! Rat!note
- Wham Line: "I didn't go to any cemetery."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to the Mystery Gang in the ending, but it's implied that the monster killed them.
- Straightened up in Big Game 2000, which revealed that it was just another case.
- You Meddling Kids: Surprisingly, it's averted. Shaggy even lampshades it after they pull the mask off the "monster" in an extended version.Shaggy: Like, he didn't even say "meddling kids"! Doesn't he know the drill?