2020 is nearly upon us, which means a new decade is beginning in just a couple of weeks! With the show's 50th anniversary having been this year, I've been thinking lately about a couple of things I would like to see for Scooby in the upcoming decade and wanted to write a short article about it.
1. More Detailed Comics
I think everyone can agree that since Team Up and Scooby Apocalypse were cancelled this past year, just having the Where Are You? comics remaining is a bit lackluster. The comics from that series are also almost entirely just stock art poses, which grows a bit old after a while. One of my hopes for the next decade is that we'll have some comics, either Where Are You or another spin-off series, that has more detail put into it rather than it all just being stock art.
2. More Missing Episodes Released
Admittedly, I've definitely said this one in previous posts, but we still have 144 unreleased episodes remaining in the franchise, some of them shockingly being from The Scooby-Doo Show still. I would love to see WB really crack down on getting those missing episodes released, and ideally not just slapping one on a set of 20 already released episodes just to burn them off. It would be nice to have them potentially on a themed set, or in connection with my next one...
3. Season Sets
It's a bit disappointing, but we've barely seen any season sets at all in this past decade. I believe we've only gotten 13 Ghosts, The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show Season 1 and The Almost Complete Collection of the New Scooby-Doo Movies. While three isn't bad, we were getting tons of them back in the 2000s decade, and with so many unreleased episodes remaining, you would think it would be pretty profitable for them to release some more season sets as collector's items. I'm hoping to see an increase of the season sets again for the remaining missing episodes in the coming years!
4. Moving Away from Crossovers
This isn't so much a tangible thing like the rest of the items so far, but I'm hoping they will move away from crossovers. Between all the DTVs, and the new Guess Who series, in my opinion it's getting to be a bit much. Which leads me into my final point...
5. Playing It Less Safe
I feel like the current Scooby-Doo media is trying to play it super safe and make everything exactly like how it was in Where Are You. Obviously, this has repercussions, because it discounts how the franchise has evolved in those 50 years. I feel like I would be more engaged in the franchise if they explored different aspects of it. Playing it safe can be a good thing sometimes, but I think at some point, WB needs to get out of their comfort zone and realize that there are adult fans out there as well, not just kids, and the same old formula can get boring if it's used too much. I'm not suggesting they should completely change the show, but I think experimenting with different aspects of the show is a good way to keep viewers of all ages engaged.
If you feel like I missed anything on my list, or feel like I shouldn't have included something let me know in the comments! What do you all want to see in the next decade in the future of the franchise? I would be interested to see everybody's ideas!
12/10/2019 10:05:04 pm
It is sad to see a good IP waste away. I hope they do some quality content to get a new generation engaged with all Scooby Doo content so we get more content that is neat.
12/11/2019 09:56:09 am
I really hope so too. If it helps, of the 144 episodes, 74 of them are Scrappy-Doo shorts and 14 are Get A Clue. Not sure of your opinion on those however.
12/11/2019 04:43:54 am
Release Be Cool season 2 on DVD
12/11/2019 09:56:29 am
Agreed!!! I don't know why they haven't yet.
12/12/2019 05:05:03 pm
Thirded! It's one of my favorite scooby doo shows and I'd love to have it all legally... at this rate (and with physical media dying) I'm getting more and more tempted to look for a bootleg...
12/12/2019 06:48:13 pm
I think a lot of people are going to bootleg now, which isn't good for WB, because they could avoid that and make money if they would just release stuff so people didn't have to look for it other ways.
12/12/2019 07:43:44 pm
I agree with you, I dislike just streaming as things can be pulled back or just disappear. The wii VC and wii ware stores are gone now, wii u stores are likely following, and not enough people care so content you bought can just vanish... On streaming side there are ways to mitigate it but only for a while, apple and amazon are likely not going away any time soon and in the video game world even if a game is delisted you can still re-download it if you had bought it before (dunno how that for digital) but streaming is only viable as long as companies play well and with the current fragmentation going on... that doesn't look likely.
12/13/2019 10:54:27 am
Thank you for the explanation, that was very informative! On the streaming side of things, do you know if it's possible for content to disappear if someplace like Amazon or iTunes loses the rights to a particular piece of media? Like say they lose the rights completely to a show, could they just remove that piece of content and delete it for everyone who had bought it?
12/13/2019 11:30:35 am
Consumers do have rights, though lessened in this day and age, and generally something you bought will try to be available for you. so if you BUY the episode off of amazon you should keep it even if they lose the rights to the series, however this is likely only a temporary solution, as in practice it has more gone "keep it as long as enough people care." For example, wii ware and the Wii VC closed last year and no one raised a big stink about it even though there were things that were only on that system. Generally these tend to be platforms, and even when ultraviolet closed they sent e-mails telling me how I could transfer my streaming stuff, (I didn't bother but they made an effort at least), so companies do not like bad press but it's on the public to care enough to be able to make it bad press. Currently I would say safest bet for buying digital would be Amazon and Apple, but watch apple when they close itunes and transfer to a new store to see if everything stays. They are both long term players and are likely to still be around 10 years later.
12/13/2019 01:03:41 pm
Okay, good to know, that's one thing I've been quite skeptical about when purchasing digital media. It would definitely be bad press for them to take content away, and hopefully purchasing stuff on big platforms like iTunes and Amazon would prevent your stuff from disappearing purely since they probably won't be going under anytime soon.
12/15/2019 09:42:23 pm
I totally, totally agree. I'm a collector of dvds for a wide variety of shows and movies and am saddened by the slow death of physical media. Streaming is definitely NOT a solution for a completest like myself who wants to own EVERY episode or movie in a franchise.
12/16/2019 02:55:58 pm
I know, right? I'm the type of a collector who wants a place for every series on my DVD shelf, and it really bugs me that we have so many incomplete series or having to put a million different compilations in the spot for a single series.
12/11/2019 06:17:41 am
1. For certain. I'm missing my once a month stroll to the comic book store for Apocalypse. Maybe something a little less gruesome would be good but definitely something with an overarching plot throughout like MI would be good.
12/11/2019 10:02:12 am
I agree with all of that! I honestly think we need something different like Apocalypse/MI to pull the franchise out of the rut it's in at the moment. You're right it is all about making money and not about pleasing the fans and playing it safe. But I appreciated your point about it being hard to juggle, because it definitely can be and I think that gets forgotten sometimes in fans' frustrations at WB for playing it so safe. It does make me sad that DVDs are being phased out, but I hope we still do get all the episodes on DVD someday.
12/14/2019 04:17:42 pm
Also WildWindVampire with all respect you can’t really say Scooby is in a rut at the moment. Just because you personally don’t like the content doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t. Besides the Zombie Island/13 ghost movies (which I personally liked not LOVED but enjoyed them much more than the previous movies they were based on) the rest of the Scooby content has been well received. Scooby Gourmet Ghost, Shaggy’s Showdown, and Scooby Doo Guess Who have been met with a great amount of praise. Especially Guess Who, if you check social media and other forms of review the majority are enjoying the latest Guess Who series with some relieved that they finally went back to the core animation.
12/15/2019 08:59:41 pm
This is sincerely a really good point and I appreciate you calling me out on my generalization. I'll admit I've talked to a lot of people who feel that Guess Who is playing it too safe and not bringing the franchise in any sort of new direction. Good point as well that people did bash SDMI a lot when the first season came out. It's all very subjective to the people you talk to and are exposed to, and I guess just most of the fans I've talked to have had the perspective that Guess Who is hit or miss. I enjoyed Shaggy's Showdown quite a bit. Gourmet Ghost wasn't bad either. Thanks again for reminding me that not all fans necessarily dislike the direction the franchise is going, I really appreciate it :)
12/11/2019 07:11:51 pm
I agree with everything you said EXCEPT real monsters. I do not want real monsters in Scooby there are already plenty of movies and series that did this for goodness sakes and it goes against the true Scooby formula.
12/11/2019 10:23:06 pm
This is an interesting perspective and I really appreciate you sharing it, Scoobyfan27. I personally enjoy the supernatural elements as long as it is done right, and not just overly supernatural for the sake of being magical and sparkly. This is coming from a fan who loves Ghoul School, Boo Brothers, Zombie Island and Witch's Ghost and would consider them my favorite movies (I can feel you cringing through my computer screen, so I'm sorry lol). I do like these films, I'm definitely not for gore, swearing or violence in Scooby and don't want that ever to happen. I think our definitions are these things are different, but yet I agree there are more creative ways to be mature than to have villains stabbing Scooby or Fred saying "Alright gang, looks like we have another damn mystery on our hands!" Though I don't want an FBI/CSI style series like you suggested, I feel that would be a bit too deviant from Scooby's formula in the sense that it probably wouldn't include any monsters, real or fake.
12/13/2019 10:56:38 am
To add on to my previous reply, I'd be interested to know if you also hate early episodes like "Mystery in Persia" with Jeannie and Babu that features a real djinn, or the ones in The Scooby-Doo Show ("Hang in There, Scooby-Doo" and "A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing") that have a gag where a real skeleton appears.
12/14/2019 04:10:19 pm
Thanks for respecting my opinion it’s nice to know we can all get along and have different opinions. :) @WildWindVampire to answer your question I don’t mind the episodes for Hang In There Scooby or a Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing, the reason being because it was very ambiguous and not really meant to be taken to seriously. It was kinda like a little joke and not really meant to be part of the story. It was just some random supernatural gag/joke that was super ambiguous. Now when it’s super in your face like Ghoul School, Reluctant Werewolf, Boo Brothers, etc, then that’s when I have an issue with it.
12/15/2019 08:17:42 pm
Same to you! :) Oh, I think I understand, so it only bothers you when supernatural is the main focus, not if it's just a tiny element on the side. You have a really interesting perspective about real monsters being an overused trope, I had honestly not thought of it that way. The continuity aspect of the gang being shocked every time a real monster appears as if it were the very first time always irritates me too.
12/14/2019 04:57:50 pm
My fan film 'Wolf's End Lodge', comes out next year....
12/15/2019 09:00:23 pm
Very cool! Is it based off of "That's Snow Ghost" from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You at all?
12/14/2019 08:59:01 pm
Hey idiot! you're opinions r both wrong and ridiculous. Scooby is good as it ever was and ur just spreadin ur anti-nostalgic propaganda!! why don't you learn to respect opinions you commie. People come to this blog for news and u r just tryna push ur opinions on everyone else as if it is news. Why don't u think about that before you make your next post, if u ever do after u were rightfully called out for your hatred and opinion bashing! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!
12/15/2019 07:54:54 am
Wildwind has a right to voice opinions as it is their site. You are in their house now.
12/15/2019 04:21:26 pm
If you really don’t like what he posts then I don’t think you should comments negative things. Keep opinions to urself.
12/15/2019 09:29:15 pm
Thank you both for your kind comments, IkeDaKil and ScoobyfanUK.
12/15/2019 04:22:48 pm
Also for the fifth one I think for adults all ages they should make a mystery incorporated kind of show. That has a storyline that is fun to follow and the characters are some of the most memorable I’ve seen in this show
12/15/2019 09:01:59 pm
Agreed! I know not everyone likes that show, but I would love to see something like that personally, or even a return to the Zombie Island like films!
7/17/2020 10:19:02 pm
Really interesting ideas!
7/17/2020 10:32:27 pm
OH! And going off the more Hex Girls things, more music too! Trap Of Love is one of "their" best songs IMO, and Good Bad Girls is a bop and a half. I don't know about their song for Guess Who, but I'm sure it's great too. Honestly, they could capitalize majorly on a fictional band as great as them, I don't know why WB hasn't yet.
7/18/2020 09:24:30 am
2. It's a shame they've been so slow at releasing some episodes on DVD. It's hard to believe we still have over 150 still missing!
7/18/2020 10:27:00 am
2. That's honestly crazy. That's so many! I don't understand how they are willing to leave all of those unreleased.
7/18/2020 11:27:43 am
5. I actually did mean like Zombie Island, I just worded it confusingly haha. I meant like a series in the style/tone of Zombie Island. I think it would be really cool to get something with a mature, dark tone again like Zombie Island and the other DTVs in that era, for a full series!
7/18/2020 11:55:05 am
That would actually be amazing. I'd love it so much! That would have the potential to be one of my favorite iterations of the series ever.
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