Interview with Jonathan Stern Reveals New Behind the Scenes Details on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now
An Animation Scoop interview with reunion special writer Jonathan Stern has revealed new details about some behind-the-scenes aspects of the creation behind Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!.
Interestingly, Stern shares in the interview that the idea for the special was heavily based on the Friends Reunion Special. In fact, the first draft was written right before the Friends special came out, and voice recording and storyboards began immediately began after the Friends Reunion Special aired. This also explains the timing of the original announcement for the reunion special, given the Friends reunion came out May 27, 2021 while this was announced on May 25, 2021.
Stern also explained he thought the special airing on television was more unique than being put on a streaming service, because he believes it provides the viewers with increased excitement to see what will happen after the commercial break.
For those that didn't care for the Scrappy-Doo bashing in this special, Stern reveals that the negative Scrappy comments were originally going to be much worse in the first draft of the script. However, he was asked to tone it down and cut many of the Scrappy bashing lines.
Stern elaborates more on this: "I think there’s a lot of comfort level in making Scrappy-Doo the butt of jokes. If you watch the Scrappy-Doo episodes, he’s not nice to Scooby. He’s kind of a [expletive]. I feel if you watch it, you feel protective of Scooby and the other characters. Scrappy doesn’t belong here. Stop bothering them! And little things. Why does he have such a more fluid way of speaking English than Scooby? It really undermined… it suddenly made Scooby the dumb one of the partnership. I didn’t like that."
This may explain some of the Scrappy bashing in other recent Scooby-Doo productions. It seems rather than a broader WB dislike of Scrappy, individual writers are projecting their dislike of Scrappy onto all fans, possibly for the purposes of comedy.
In commenting he thought it would be fun to have a Laff-a-Lympics reunion special, Stern also reveals that there are rights issues surrounding that series. This could explain why season 2 has continued to not be released on DVD.