Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Classic Scooby series has lots of spooky, nostalgic fun.

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

The gang wants to solve creepy mysteries because it helps people, and because it interests them. They use teamwork to get to the bottom of things. 

Positive Role Models

The cast has a tight friendship. Scooby does his best to protect Scrappy and play tricks on Shaggy. Scrappy doesn’t scare easily. The frightening creatures turn out to be people attempting to commit crimes. 

Violence & Scariness

Lots of ghosts, mummies, scary scarecrows, and other scary villains. Chases, fantasy explosions, and occasional physical aggression is visible. 

Sexy Stuff

Part of the vast Scooby Doo franchise, and it was originally broadcast as a supplemental show to boost ratings.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo and Shaggy-Doo, a classic series from the Scooby-Doo franchise first broadcast in 1979, features lots of ghosts, mummies, and other scary creatures that might be frightening to very young or sensitive viewers. Characters also get chased and there's some mild fantasy violence, but no one gets seriously hurt. 

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What's the story?

SCOOBY-DOO AND SCRAPPY-DOO (1979-1980), a classic installment of the Scooby-Doo franchise, features Scooby (Don Messick) and his nephew Scrappy (Lennie Weinrib) joining Shaggy (Casey Kasem), Fred (Frank Welker), Daphne (Heather North) and Velma (Pat Stevens and Marla Frumkin) as they investigate mysterious hauntings. From finding the vanishing Blue Scarab to solving the mystery of a sea beast in Acapulco, they work together to help folks discover the strange and spooky things that are happening around them.

Is it any good?

This classic animated series, which was created at the time to boost the original cartoon's ratings, mainly centers on Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy as they work their way through one mystery after another. While Fred, Daphne, and Thelma participate in the sleuthing adventures, they are less relevant to each storyline. As a result, when the show was changed from a 30-minute morning cartoon to a series of seven-minute shorts after one season, those three characters were eliminated from the cast lineup. 

Nonetheless, the first 16 episodes of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo feature all the zany, mystery solving adventures that the franchise is known for. Meanwhile, Scrappy adds some personality to the show, thanks to his spunky courage that Scooby and Shaggy decidedly lack. Classic Scooby-Doo fans may enjoy the nostalgia, even if it isn’t their favorite series in the Scooby universe. But new generations of viewers who like the franchise will no doubt enjoy it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Scooby-Doo franchise. What is it about the Scooby universe that appeals to generations of viewers? What are some of the differences between the classic cartoons and the more contemporary Scooby-Doo-themed movies and specials? 

  • Did you know that Scooby-Do and Scrappy-Doo was the last Hannah-Barbara animated 30-minute series to use a laugh track? What other changes were made after the series aired?

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