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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season One Vol. One Review
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
The latest series is out on video now. How does it compare to classic Scooby?
What did Warner Bros. decide to do? They reinvented the series for today's generation. And you know what? It works.
The story is familiar, Scooby-Doo and the gang live in Crystal Cove, the most haunted place on Earth. They still set out to solve the mysteries that come up but this time, they're a little more aware of what's going on. They know that there's a bad guy behind the monster suit but it turns out there's a bigger mystery going on in town. A mystery that begins with a cryptic clue from the mysterious Mr. E, who challenges them with their biggest mystery yet —to uncover the secret behind the curse of Crystal Cove.
== TEASER ==
It may sound like it's still the same old thing you've seen before. There are some changes. Fred is no longer the big strong leader of the group. It used to be he had all the answers. Now, he's a little oblivious to certain things around him (like Daphne's affections) and more focused on trap-building.
Besides Daphne trying to convince Fred there's more to life than traps, there is also a sort of love triangle between Velma, Shaggy and...Scooby? This as well as the occasional appearances from their parents gives the show something different compared to the previous versions.
The big seller (for me) is the ongoing subplot of Mr. E (voiced by Lewis Black). Each episode has its own mystery but there is some big secret involving a previous Mystery Inc, team and it's not clear whether Mr. E is trying to help the gang...or bring them to their doom.
Other voices include Frank Weller as Scooby and Fred, Mindy Cohn as Velma, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy (Casey Kasem has appeared as Shaggy's father), Grey Delisle as Daphne, Patrick Warburton as Sheriff Stone and Vivica A. Fox as Angel Dynamite (who may or may not know more about Mr. E than she lets on).
You can see from the clips above that the animation style has been updated as well. Each is bright and crisp with color, except for those spooky times at night. It clearly does justice to the Scooby-Doo franchise. Die hard traditionalists may find the changes in Fred and Velma's character a little jarring but it does add a new twist to the same old episodes (classic or not) that have been seen over and over.
Unfortunately this is not a perfect release. Season One Volume One only contains the first four episodes. They're good episodes (and I think my daughter and I somehow missed the second one when it aired) but we've seen these types of releases before. Why can't we simply get a complete season release? Thirteen episodes have aired (with the fourteenth only on iTunes?) but it's been said the first season would have twenty-six episodes. There's also the fact that the show airs in HD but we only have a DVD release. But for the price of around ten bucks (on amazon), it's worth checking out. It's a good way to tide yourself over until we get more new episodes. I really dig the series, but wasn't blown away by this packaging. I need more Scooby.
Note: I forgot to mention that Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond comic) wrote the fourth episode.