What's New, Scooby-Doo? was the ninth incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, and a revival of the original show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. It was the first time the franchise was revived in over a decade
With Don Messick
's retirement in 1996 (he died the following year), Frank Welker
, the voice of Fred, took over as Scooby's voice. Casey Kasem
returned as Shaggy, Grey DeLisle
took over Daphne's role (having previously voiced the character in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase
), while former Facts of Life
actress Mindy Cohn
took over Velma's.
The new show follows the same format as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, updated for the 21st century, with music from contemporary genres and all-new, original sound effects to replace the classic Hanna-Barbera sound effects. Even a distinctive thunderclap sound that was used frequently on older Scooby-Doo TV series was very rarely used on the show. The classic formula was also frequently parodied throughout the entire series, including overusing the line "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids." The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the studio famous for bringing Looney Tunes to life, which had by this time absorbed Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. (It should be noted, however, that the copyright notice at the end of each episode credits "Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc." as the author. Also, Joseph Barbera was one of the Executive Producers.)
The band Simple Plan is strongly connected to What's New, Scooby-Doo? They perform the theme song, and appeared as themselves in the episode "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman". Two of their songs appeared in chase scenes: "I'd Do Anything" in the episode "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine", and "You Don't Mean Anything" in "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman". Also, they contributed to the theatrical movie Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
This is the first Scooby Doo series to have a strong internal continuity, as characters and places would recur from time to time. Some examples include Gibby Norton, a geek who has a crush on Velma; and the Secret Six, six prize winning puppies that would help out the gang on their cases. The Hex Girls, who first appeared in "The Witch's Ghost" movie and again in "Legend of the Vampire", were also featured in one episode. The gang also mentions places they've been in previous episodes (e.g. if they were in Paris one episode, they mention their visit at the beginning of the next episode). The episode titled "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing, Metallic Clown" established this show in continuity with A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, in which a flashback uses their kid forms from that show.
What's New, Scooby-Doo? aired for three seasons on The WB Television Network's "Kids' WB" programming block as a half-hour program, before being put on an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Reruns are shown on the Cartoon Network. Forty-three episodes have been produced so far (fourteen in 2002-2003, fourteen in 2003-2004, and fourteen in 2004-2005, and one in 2005-2006).
- Scooby-Doo---A nice scaredy-pants Great Dane who is best friends with Shaggy Rogers. Two things that they have in common are that they love to eat and are always scared of monsters.
- Shaggy Rogers---A beatnik teenager who is best friends with Scooby. He and Scooby are always
scared and hungry; a running gag in the show.
- Fred Jones---The leader of the Mystery, Inc. gang who is the master of making traps to catch the villains. However, sometimes the traps never work, for Shaggy and Scooby mess them up and use the parts to catch the villain in their own fashion.
- Velma Dinkley---The smartest of the gang. Gibby Norton has a crush on her.
- Daphne Blake---The fashionable one of the gang who defends herself with her great fighting skills.
The series was initially released in ten volumes of four or five episodes until the complete series was released. Warner Brothers then announced that they would begin releasing the show in season sets, starting with The Complete First Season, set for release on February 20
||Additional Information |
|The Complete First Season
|| February 20 2007
|| Bonus features include Backstage Bloopers with Scooby-Doo and bonus episode "A Scooby-Doo Valentine". |
|The Complete Second Season
|| June 5 2007
|| Bonus features include a "Speak Scooby" recording session featurette and a bonus episode "A Scooby-Doo Halloween". |
|The Complete Third Season
|| January 8 2008
|| Bonus features include a bonus episode "A Scooby-Doo Christmas". |
The episodes in each volume were at first picked in chronological order but were later picked to be part of a theme. The volumes and the episodes they include in the United States are as follow:
- Volume 1: Space Ape at the Cape (August 19, 2003)
- "There's No Creature Like Snow Creature"
- "Space Ape at the Cape"
- "3-D Struction"
- "Big Scare in the Big Easy"
- Volume 2: Safari So Goodi! (March 9, 2004)
- "It's Mean, It's Green, It's The Mystery Machine"
- "Riva Ras Regas"
- "Roller Ghoster Ride"
- "Safari, So Goodi!"
- Volume 3 Halloween Boos and Clues (August 10, 2004)
- "Vampire Strikes Back"
- "Mummy Scares Best"
- "High-tech House of the Future" ''
- "She Sees a Sea Monster by the Sea Shore"
- 'Volume 4:Merry Scary Holiday (October 5, 2004)
- "A Scooby-Doo Christmas"
- "Toy Scary Boo"
- "Homeward Hound"
- "Recipe for Disaster"
- Volume 5: Sports Spooktacular (June 14, 2005)
- "The Unnatural"
- "The Fast and Wormious"
- "Wrestle Maniacs"
- "Diamonds are a Ghoul´s Best Friend"
- Volume 6: Monster Matinee (August 9, 2005)
- "A Scooby-Doo Halloween"
- "San Franpsycho"
- "New Mexico Old Monster"
- "A Big Appetite in Little Tokyo"
- Volume 7: Ghosts on The Go (November 8, 2005)
- "Large Dragon At Large"
- "It´s All Greek to Scooby"
- "Pompeii and Circumstance"
- "Ready to Scare"
- Volume 8: Zoinks,Camera Action (February 21, 2006)
- "Simple Plan and the Invisible Man"
- "A Scooby-Doo Valentine"
- Volume 9: Route Scary 6 (June 6, 2006)
- "Fright House of a Lighthouse"
- "Go West Young Scoob"
- "Farmed and Dangerous"
- "Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters"
- "Camp Comeoniwannascareya"
- Volume 10: Monstrous Tails
- "Uncle Scooby and Antarctica"
- "Block Long Hong Kong Terror"
- "Reef Grief"
- "Gold Paw"
- "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown"
- The rock band Kiss made a cameo appearance in "A Scooby-Doo Halloween."
- The punk band Simple Plan starred on the show they also sing the theme song
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