A Ranking of Scrappy's Portayals
Surprise! I wasn't going to write up rankings for Scrappy's voice actors initially, but I've been having so much fun seeing everybody's rankings throughout this week that I thought I'd do Scrappy's as well, given he was a main character across multiple series for ten years of the franchise.
3. Lennie Weinrib
I wouldn't say I hate Lennie's Scrappy portrayal, but the voice definitely can be a little obnoxious at times. I don't feel Lennie's voice in general is annoying, because fun fact, if you weren't aware, he also voices Uncle Nat from "The Loch Ness Mess" and I loved him there. I suppose it could have just been Lennie's personality though, as I have read some things about how he was a very "in your face" type of person to work with. If you didn't know, he was one of the few voice actors who didn't willingly step down from a voice role on this series. He was fired from the role after the first Scrappy series after demanding his salary to be raised to an outrageous amount. I don't have anything particularly against Lennie, I just found the other two portrayals better and with this one, it could be just a little bit annoying at times.
2. Scott Innes
Although Scott kinda catered more to Lennie's Scrappy voice than Don's, somehow I didn't have that same "this is a little annoying at times" feeling that I did with Lennie's portrayal. Maybe it's because Scott was kind of trying to be annoying with the voice, since that's the characterization they were going for in the live-action film, but I would say I liked his voice just a little bit better than Lennie's.
1. Don Messick
Don's Scrappy voice fits the best for me, and is miles above the other two. I feel like Don's voice almost shifts his characterization to be overeager but in a sweet, misunderstood way, whereas Lennie's voice made him feel a little bit more in-your-face at times. This is interesting because I like The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show better than The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show which is when Don started voicing him, but I would say that's mainly because the mysteries were obviously far more solid in the former. Even if Don's portrayal still had Scrappy be kind of a scrapper (a pun may or may not have been intended there haha), I felt Don's voice allowed for a little bit gentler side of the character to come out. It allowed his character to evolve and become more toned-down in 13 Ghosts and the movies he was in, whereas I don't think that would have been as easy if Lennie was still the voice, in my opinion.
That about does it for my rankings of Scrappy! I hope you enjoyed this little surprise post, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of your rankings as well!
6/18/2022 10:56:05 am
Can't beat Don Messick
6/18/2022 11:03:36 am
3. Scott Innes- 2 and 3 are basically a tossup. They both fit what Scrappy was originally supposed to be, but both can get quite annoying at times
6/18/2022 11:48:16 am
I really debated where to put Scott too. He definitely channels Lennie's original voice in his portrayal, but he does it in a way that's a little more enjoyable IMO.
6/18/2022 01:05:58 pm
6/18/2022 02:41:59 pm
3. I'm glad the voice directors pushed into making Scrappy more toned down. I also didn't like how low the voice sounded. The portrayal was kinda too aggressive for my liking, so I wasn't a fan.
6/18/2022 03:36:16 pm
Scrappy's writing in the live-action film was quite simply abominable, it damaged his already mixed legacy more than anything ever did. It's because of that movie that he's not appeared in a Scooby episode/dtv for 2 decades. I felt like he sounded significantly cuter in The Scooby-Doo Project than the 2002 film (because his purpose was very... specific let's say... in the latter).
6/18/2022 04:18:54 pm
Totally agreed that Scrappy's a lot cuter in The Scooby-Doo Project! Yeah, and it also led to 20 years of Scrappy bashing jokes, which is unfortunate IMO. The bit's gotten worn out and I wish they'd stop with the anti-Scrappy jokes. And I agree about Lennie's salary haha.
6/18/2022 06:11:33 pm
Yay!, I was hoping you would do this ranking.
6/18/2022 06:13:16 pm
Thanks for sharing your rankings! The fact Lennie didn't sound like youngster to me kinda made him less appealing for me, but that's really cool he's your favorite! Neat to see different perspectives.
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