Fun Fact of the Week #277
A commonly unacknowledged trope from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries was that many episodes parodied classic literature and/or pop culture. Not only this, but often little Easter Eggs were included in the episodes, including every minor character being named after characters or elements of the parodied work.
The most prominent examples of this would be in "Scoo-Be or Not Scoo-Be?", in which the gang visits the Castle Hamlet Hotel. Besides the villain being the ghost of Hamlet, every minor character was named after a character from Hamlet, including Rosie Crans (Rosencrantz), Gilly Stern (Guildenstern) and Yorick (Old Man Yorick).
"Sherlock Doo" parodies Sherlock Holmes, but also has this same trope of naming all characters after characters from Sherlock Holmes. These include: Iggy and Ziggy Moriarty (Sherlock's rival Inspector Moriarty), Mr. Lestrade (Inspector Lestrade), Mrs. Adler (Irene Adler), and Mr. Stapleton (Jack and Beryl Stapleton from The Hound of the Baskervilles). 221B Baker Street is the address utilized in this episode, which is in continuity with the Sherlock Holmes franchise.
A Christmas Carol is parodied in "The Nutcracker Scoob," where the gang has to help an old miser wanting to tear down a children's home find the true meaning of Christmas. A performance of The Nutcracker was also thrown in as part of the gang's theatrical performance.
Besides literature, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries also parodied pop culture. "Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo!" is essentially an episode-long parody of 'This is Your Life' hosted by Mark Winkendale, who is caricatured in this episode as "Wink Martindale."
"Mission Un-Doo-Able" parodies Mission Impossible with a high-stakes government threat narrative perpetrated by a supervillain, in this case, Mastermind. The "self-destruct" message that was used in this episode was a common trope in the Mission Impossible films of the 1960s.
Other episodes like "The Bee Team," "A Code in the Nose" and "Doom Service" also parody pop culture icons like The A-Team (along with Mr. T as 'Mr. BLT'), Goldfinger, and The Shining, respectively.
Finally, in "Scooby's Peep-Hole Pandemonium," the whole episode is a sort-of parody of a classic monster movie, even parodying Norma Desmond, a creepy actress character from the film Sunset Boulevard made in 1950. Even the journalist, Orson Kane, is a parody of Orson Welles from the film Citizen Kane.
Though The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries isn't exactly the most critically beloved series of Scooby-Doo, it's very interesting to see how much of a pop culture aspect they went for this particular series, especially in the episodes where they named the entire cast of minor characters after the parodied media.
1/13/2020 01:36:42 pm
A very interesting fun fact, but I think you may have forgotten the most obvious one and the clearest influence of pop culture. The opening credits parodying Michael Jackson's Thriller.
1/13/2020 01:38:47 pm
*facepalm* You're entirely right, meant to add that bit at the end and then I didn't. I'll add it now!
1/14/2020 05:56:08 am
It was Monday, we'll forgive you, lol.
1/14/2020 09:38:41 am
Fun trivia! While I didn't appreciate these parodies as a kid when these originally aired - (most went over my head), watching them as an adult I am enjoying them much more than I thought I would.
1/14/2020 11:13:17 am
I think it went over a lot of kids’ heads, though it’s a great reference for the adult fans and/or parents who may be watching with their kids!
1/14/2020 05:10:39 pm
The playmobil blind bags are out!!!!
1/14/2020 05:46:48 pm
and some of the larger figures have the actual clothes of the unmasked villain underneath (mr greenway for example)
1/14/2020 08:46:42 pm
Exciting! Thanks for the info!
1/15/2020 11:39:41 am
Interesting, one of the Superfriends series around this time was also like this the Legendary super powers show, they both aired around similar times. Wonder if it was just trying to fulfill an education requirement or was there just odd writing at the time
1/16/2020 07:12:42 am
Maybe the writing was just heavily based on pop culture in general for shows during that year? I'm not sure!
1/16/2020 07:20:30 pm
They added scooby-doo on zombie island and return to zombie island to boomerang
1/16/2020 08:44:22 pm
I saw that too the other day! Thanks so much for the info!
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