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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season One Vol. One Review

The latest series is out on video now. How does it compare to classic Scooby?

There have been many many different Scooby-Doo series. I've been a Scooby fan for most of my life. I've recently watched pretty much most of the different incarnations recently with my daughter. Some have been great, with the classic Scooby-feel while others (Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue) were hard to watch.  
 
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.
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Edited by jcj145

I love scooby-doo! It's a shame its only 4 episodes, but sometimes after awhile they will release a complete season, I think I'm gonna have to wait and hope that happens instead if buying just 4 episodes

Posted by ZombiePie

As a soon to be teacher I find this scene from Mystery Incorporated HILARIOUS:
  

  
 
You have no idea how sadly true this is....
Edited by Mbecks14

I love scooby doo and this series! The entire first season isn't complete yet, its on hiatus because of scheduling conflicts or something.  But it'll be back with new episodes soon enough

Posted by RecSpec

Lewis Black as Mr. E? Consider me interested. 
 
And I second the hate of those 4 episode releases. 

Posted by CrimsonAvenger

I like this show, I know it was supposed to have a crossover with Batman: the Brave and the Bold but it didn't or maybe it didn't air here in the US. Four episodes though sounds like a ripoff especially for 10 dollars.

Posted by Aiden Cross

They could've at least given them a new wardrobe.

Posted by Bestostero

I want new episodes of this series!!!  When are new episodes coming out!? 
 
Definitely one of the top Scooby Doo series thus far if not best already.

Posted by G-Man
@Aiden Cross: But check out when Shaggy got a new pair of pants (this episode's not on this release): 
  
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Posted by The Stegman
@xhavoc86: @Aiden Cross: NO!! NEVER GET RID OF THEIR ASCOTS!!!
Posted by BradBrains

this is a good series. and im not the type of person that can really watch the old series' anymore. the romance and more developed characters really helps

Posted by PenguinDust

I liked that the season had a story arc, but I don't approve of the whole Shaggy Velma thing.  She came off as naggy, he appeared to be spineless (more than usual) and Scooby seemed petty.  No joy in Coolsville that day, 

Edited by Donovan Montgomery

I caught one of these on line and enjoyed it, my kids liked it as well which is the important thing.  Little more "current" like mentioned but I do like the Shaggy/Velma thing.  Glad it made it to disc, hope I find it soon.....cheap.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

i loved this show, the fright hound has to be one of the best episodes ever. i dont mind waiting till the full season is released
Posted by The Poet

This show is interesting. I love all the homages for earlier incarnations of the gang and other cartoons, such as the character who looks like Don Knotts (after all those "new Scooby Movies", the Vincent Van Ghoul movies (after the old 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo), the very creepy random yogi bear who is in the insane asylym (after...just random cameo), not to mention the newst episode which is on itunes that has Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman and The Funky Phantom. Just really cool.
 
I don't know how I feel about the relationship thing. It is alright I guess. The fred/dapne thing was always used, but to me the shaggy/velma is strange. I guess I see it is fine to have relationships (glad they are not creating new characters for relationships, like they did on Alien Invaders).
 
Admittably, I don't watch them on tv. I have watched all the episodes on Cartoon Network's website. Its free and, although a week behind, easier. REALLY nice show.

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Posted by Pokeysteve

I love this show and am also anxious for new episodes. Scoob and Shaggy are pretty much the same, Daphne and Fred are adorable together and on their own (...and she was so shiny!) but they made Velma kind of a bitch. What's going on with her. She's controlling and whiny. Hope they fix that. Rit's a really good row!!

Posted by GraphicCasualFreak

I REALLY liked it.  But I think it ended too soon.  As far as compared to the old series. I think it is much better and probably aimed at old kids.  Everything is more coherent and less about just what happens in one episode.

Posted by leokearon

I love scooby-doo and MI is a great show but where is Scooby-Dum?
Posted by DXmagma
@PenguinDust:  Well in fairness to the characters, it's hard tot ell someone "You spend to much time with your dog instead of me" without sounding bitchy. And seeing as how Shaggy couldn't get a girl if his life depended on it, it's likely he'd do anything to keep the relationship going. So when faced with such an ultimatum he just shuts down. And scooby's a dog. 
 
But yeah you are kinda right, the whole time i was thinking "Wow Velma is such a bitch now."
Posted by AFArtist1973

Well, if the writing is good, then I'm all for it. Having watched the originals in reruns for a lot of my childhood, I'm always glad to see that the spirit (no pun intended) of the show stays true. --Jim

Posted by NightFang

I love Scooby-Doo and Mystery Incorporated, but when are they gonna air new episodes!?

Posted by Trodorne

I would say this series is original in its own rights at the same time keeping to the old style in which the cartoons ran and sometimes poking fun at its own characters which has a great sense of humor.

Posted by The Impersonator

Scooby-Doo, where are you?

Posted by G-Man

By the way, to all that are wondering, I contacted my WB rep about when the show will return. Looks like it should be back with new episodes this Spring.

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Posted by Illuminarch

I think this show is absolutely hilarious, even with the intolerable Velma. Some of the guest stars have been great (Lewis Black, Jeffrey Combs, Harlan Ellison), and the parodies and homages to both the earlier editions of Scooby Doo and other films and books show a pretty slick bunch of writers. I loved the Aliens and Terminator homages when Scooby was battling Mecha-Scooby in the forklift.

Posted by WykedlilKara

There are only 2 things I really didnt like about this show, that being the seemingly forced relationship between Velma and Shaggy with jealousy from Velma towards Scooby. And the lack of focus on the actual mysteries. It just seemed like they found clues rather than actually looked for them, and none of it ever seems to tie into the actual person behind the mask.

Posted by Eyz

My favorite Scooby Doo show ever!
I neve rreally like any of the follow ups, from Scrappy doo, to the 13 Ghosts, the modern Shaggy and Scooby get a clue or the modern toon with the Simple Plan opening.
But this! This one^___^

Posted by DeadpoolvIronFist

I used to love Scooby Doo when I was a kid.  I have a bunch of DVD's of the movies and episodes of the show.

Posted by Croi
@G-Man: Critters 5?
Posted by Croi

Awesome! I love Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.

Posted by G-Man
@NightFang: Late Spring.
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