Back in the 90s and 2000s, Cartoon Network used to air shorts between 30 seconds and a minute in length in between commercials. Each short, called a bumper, would involve various Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters embarking on a short adventure, and featured the same voice actors as in the regular cartoons. Many of these bumpers include Scooby-Doo and the gang. In this article, I wanted to share some the best classic Scooby-Doo bumpers which aired on Cartoon Network between commercials.
Locker Room Promo
This video features various Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters in a locker room talking about Scooby-Doo. Scrappy also makes an appearance in this bumper. This bumper was an advertisement for Scooby Month on Cartoon Network in Latin America. I thought this one was a little sad, with how mean they were to poor Scooby!
This bumper is strictly about Scooby-Doo, but it features him at the end so I thought I'd include it here. Fred Flintstone tries to find a parking spot, but ends up having to race Scooby-Doo and Speed Racer for it. I like how true they stayed to all the characters in these, and especially how many characters they incorporated into this bumper!
Sheep in the Big Cafeteria
This was one of my favorite promos, just because of the implications it has on real-life. After a huge fight between various Cartoon Network characters, Velma stands up and reinforces a message of being yourself. She reminds everyone that they're all weirdos, and that's why they belong on this network. You go girl, it's cool to be weird! haha
Scrappy Loses It
In this bumper, Scrappy loses control after he becomes fed up with the other Cartoon Network characters not knowing who he is. This bumper is also from 2002, so it's possible that this is intended to somehow tie into the 2002 live action film, where Scrappy was also evil.
Mystery Machine vs. Megas
Fred drag races the Mystery Machine against the Megas after he becomes jealous that Daphne is impressed with them. In the end, the Megas end up losing after their vehicle explodes.
Scooby-Doo Scream Parody
I really liked this one! This commercial is a promo for The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and parodies the classic horror film Scream. Daphne receives a call from a mysterious person (Casey Kasem doing a spooky version of his radio voice), which turns out to be Shaggy. I must say I totally agree with the uploader's comment in the description. "Gawd I feel old." lol I can't believe this is from 2001!
There also is a second short version of the Scream parody, which can be watched here.
Toon Dates - Ed and Daphne
The next several bumpers are from a series called "Toon Dates," where two unlikely cartoon characters are set up with one another. In this bumper, Ed (from Ed, Edd and Eddy) and Daphne go out on a date, and Daphne is horrified to see Ed's immaturity while they are out.
Toon Dates: Johnny's Love
Someone had sent me this previously, and admittedly I had thought it was an actual special. However, I was unaware of the Toon Dates series prior to this weekend, so I thought this was just a stand-alone special. In this bumper, Johnny Bravo and Velma go out on a date at the malt shop.
Toon Dates: Dexter's Lab Interstitial
In this bumper, Dexter thinks that Velma is romantically interested in him. This follows on from the previous one, where Johnny Bravo is still dating Velma, who ends up disappointing Dexter.
These next few bumpers are promos for Courage the Cowardly Dog and Scooby-Doo month on Cartoon Network Latin America.
These were pretty good, although I'm not familiar with Courage the Cowardly Dog. The villain taking his mask off and asking "is he always like this?" is pretty amusing.
For the final promo, here's a really sweet and wholesome one.
Okay, I may have lied just a little bit there haha. This is quite possibly my favorite Scooby-Doo bumper, just it was so unexpected! The best part of course being the end, "Remember, always express your true self and fashion first!" after the constant swearing, lol.
A big thanks to Thomas for sharing these bumpers with me! It was really fun getting to watch many of these for the first time, and I hope you all enjoyed seeing them as well!
7/24/2018 07:55:51 pm
Fantastic stuff. These bumpers were SO unique, memorable, funny, just perfect. Where is anything like this for kids today? Sadly nowhere.
7/24/2018 10:17:26 pm
I miss these quite a bit as well. I genuinely felt a bit sad when I finished watching these that CN doesn't do anything like this anymore. Most of the bumpers were super on-character and seemed like CN did clearly their research and cared about each of the shows. Compared to now, where it just seems like a joke to them.
7/25/2018 05:24:28 pm
Yeah 100% agree.
7/26/2018 10:40:53 am
Even up to 2010, they were still doing some really cool stuff for Scooby, in terms of promos for the next episode of SDMI and that amazing Crystal Cove Online game, then in 2011 it seems they just altogether stopped caring. They no longer aired any promos and stopped updating the game. What happened?!? :(
7/27/2018 05:15:34 am
Damn, I never even got the promos for SDMI when it was airing here on Cartoon Network in the UK, I guess the UK division had already given up by them, Lol.
7/27/2018 11:03:17 am
Haha, I totally feel the same way! I've never really liked the new format of all the episodes of a show being posted at the same time on some streaming service...I much prefer the old way of airing one episode per week to build up suspense. Though I guess that shows how much of an old soul I am, lol.
7/27/2018 06:58:41 pm
Ha! Nah you're totally spot-on. Half of the enjoyment from so many of my favorite shows came from watching them on a week to week basis and then thinking and chatting with others about what could happen in the next weeks episode.
7/27/2018 10:17:24 pm
Omg you totally get me! lol I miss getting to talk about a lot of shows I'm into with friends. Most of the time whenever I ask a friend about how a new episode of a show is, the answer is usually "yeah, I just finished bingeing the whole series!" Grrr...
7/28/2018 05:40:51 am
Scooby dooby Doo
7/26/2018 09:31:03 am
OMG Fred´s swearing bumper is my favorite too!!! , I watch it from time to time in Tooncast , Oh now I find out that Toocast is a channel only for latin america lol
7/26/2018 10:44:07 am
Haha. Had never heard of Tooncast before, though I looked it up just now and it looks like a really cool channel! Sort of like the old Boomerang used to be in the US.
Scooby dooby Doo
7/26/2018 11:47:16 am
We got Scooby doo where are you? on Tooncast and Scooby doo mystery Inc., Be cool Scooby doo and What´s new Scooby doo on Boomerang, sometimes they put on some movies on Boomerang and CN on saturday. Especially " Big top Scooby doo" i don´t know why.
7/26/2018 01:31:19 pm
That sounds really cool! Not really sure what's been on Boomerang in the US lately, since Zap2it (a TV listings site which was fantastic for finding info like that) remodeled their site, but if it's anything like what's on Tooncast I would be a happy Scooby fan! :)
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