With the Guess Who series coming soon, and all the crossovers we've been getting in the direct-to-video films lately, a lot of fans have been growing tired of all the celebrity crossovers in the franchise. Given the (Almost) Complete Collection of The New Scooby-Doo Movies was just released, I thought it might be fun to write an opinion piece on the Scooby crossovers.
In my opinion, I don't see the issues of having a lot of crossovers. I think the issue isn't the crossovers themselves, but how they're executed. Personally, The New Scooby-Doo Movies is one of my favorite series. The crossovers were done very well, and they didn't feel forced or unnecessary at all.
I think the issue with the more recent DTV crossovers is that the guest stars often overshadow the gang. In other words, they become such a big focus that they almost become main characters in the film too. My personal preference is that the guest stars are more supporting characters in the film/episode. In some of the films, particularly the WWE and KISS ones, Fred, Velma and Daphne feel like they're pushed to the side completely. Even though this is technically a franchise aimed at kids, I think aspects like good character development and strong plot are still important. The guest stars shouldn't be used as a crutch or an excuse to be lazy, rather they should be used as a plot-enhancing device.
The guest stars, for the most part, in The New Scooby-Doo Movies weren't utilized in a way that was lazy, or to make up for a lack of plot. Gourmet Ghost also did a nice job with balancing the use of guest stars, without letting it overshadow Fred, Velma and Daphne. I really hope Guess Who is smart about using guest stars as a plot device, and not just using them to cover up them slacking on the writing. Fingers crossed this new series will be amazing!
What are all your thoughts on the crossovers? Do you enjoy them, or do you feel the quality of recent crossovers hasn't been as good? Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts!