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Guest Blog: Spencer Parsons on Saturday Morning Mystery; Exclusive New Stills!

Along with some exclusive and really bloody new stills, we have a special guest blog on tap for you guys from director Spencer Parsons about his new film, Saturday Morning Mystery; old cartoons; and much, much more! Dig it!

Truth be known, I’m more of a Buford Files guy than a Scooby-Doo guy, probably because that one ripped off Smokey and the Bandit, and every episode took place in a swamp, with way more opportunity for moss monsters. But man alive, ‘70s TV barfed up a ton of these Scooby wanna bes about ghost-chasers-with-dogs. And all of them got repeated endlessly through the ‘80s in syndication, even the ones that didn’t last a whole season. Shows like Clue Club, Butch Cassidy and Goober and the Ghost Chasers, plus less dog-centric mystery team cartoons like Fangface, Speed Buggy, or The New Shmoo. There were more, and I could go on,
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Obsessive, Compulsive, Procedural #5: Scooby-Doo

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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

Scooby-Doo Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears

Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated series produced and written by Mitch Watson

Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated series Showrunners (Supervising Producers) Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone

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One of the best procedurals currently on television is a half-hour cartoon that has been on television in one form or another since 1969 and was a major inspiration for what many (myself included) believe was the greatest serial drama in the history of television. The irony is that Scooby-Doo was solidly mediocre until the debut of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated last summer.

The reason that Scooby-Doo was mediocre for decades was that it was designed to protect children from violence on children’s television. When it debuted in 1969, it was intended to be a safer replacement for its more violent predecessors like Jonny Quest and Space Ghost. The series was formulaic to a
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[TV] Jabberjaw: The Complete Series

Maybe I just have a specific brand of Hanna-Barbera that I like, but I have to say that compared to Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch and Thundarr the Barbarian, Jabberjaw ranks as one of my favorite cartoons from the creators of Scooby-Doo. It’s just as silly and ridiculous as everything else that came out of the Hanna-Barbera factory, and it’s just as willing to throw racial stereotypes around without thinking, but Jabberjaw is just about having fun. Oh, and it’s about a shark that talks like the Three Stooges. That’s the element that was missing from Jaws.

The 16 episodes of this complete series set feature Jabberjaw and his four human musician friends who have a dynamic similar to the Mystery Inc. gang, but their band is called The Neptunes, and the Shaggy doppleganger talks like a stuttering Jar Jar binks. They live in Aqualand in an
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[TV] Jabberjaw: The Complete Series

Maybe I just have a specific brand of Hanna-Barbera that I like, but I have to say that compared to Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch and Thundarr the Barbarian, Jabberjaw ranks as one of my favorite cartoons from the creators of Scooby-Doo. It’s just as silly and ridiculous as everything else that came out of the Hanna-Barbera factory, and it’s just as willing to throw racial stereotypes around without thinking, but Jabberjaw is just about having fun. Oh, and it’s about a shark that talks like the Three Stooges. That’s the element that was missing from Jaws.

The 16 episodes of this complete series set feature Jabberjaw and his four human musician friends who have a dynamic similar to the Mystery Inc. gang, but their band is called The Neptunes, and the Shaggy doppleganger talks like a stuttering Jar Jar binks. They live in Aqualand in an
See full article at JustPressPlay »

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