Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–2013)
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All the characters are likeable (also the villains) and their elaborate stories are very interesting for me. Average rating of all the episodes for me is 7.7, so I rate it as 8/10. If you like old Scooby-Doo, it will be amazing for you.
I don't understand the critic reviews about: it will be more darker or serious... Hey, this is show primary for kids, it can't be extremely serious!
Cons: I feel they butchered Velma's character a bit. Having her hopelessly, some might say, obsessively in love with Shaggy was a big misstep in the show. The filler episodes were far too uninteresting. When we're getting so much plot from an overarching story, it feels disjointed to suddenly have to deal with a robot monster. Far too many technology based creatures, especially in season 2.
Overall, an amazing series with an established story and so, so, so many quotable lines. I will never gush about this series enough.
13 Ghosts was an 80s update that turned the mystery into adventure stories and it did work very well.
What's New, Scooby-Doo? was an updated version that was OK...but focused too much on being updated and kid friendly to the point where it lost some Scooby Fans.
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! seemed to forget what Scooby Doo was all about, much like Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! forgets that Scooby has a certain feel behind it.
Mystery Incorporated, however is just brilliant.
It is updated enough where it works for today's time. It is light hearted enough for children to enjoy. It is spooky and dark enough for adults and...plus...the mega cherry...it is retro enough to not only reference the old Scooby Doo shows, but also reference the era that they all originally aired.
And, just to add more to it...it even references the animated movies.
It does it all with episodes that work as stand alone plots and all fit into an actual series wide chronology with an even bigger mystery to top it all off.
It is the best done Scooby reboot to date and one that successfully works for both a new generation of viewers and the old die hard Scooby Doo fans.
A must watch.
The mysteries are great the way hey all link together.
To me it seems there's been more thought than ever put into the scripts to make sure the stories and characters are well developed.
The characters have way more depth than any other series which is the reason it makes this by far the best series of Sooty-Doo.
The relationships of the characters are hilarious which makes it entertaining for all ages.
I wished they'd make more episodes.
Hopefully Mystery Inc will one day come back into production.
I like that they decided to give the characters more personality in this one, but the way they went is problematic. Shaggy and Scooby are pretty much the same as before - they like to eat, they like food, nice and simple. :) Fred is now obsessed with traps - a cute nod to earlier iterations of the show taken to silly excess (like someone finding a copy of 'traps illustrated' magazine and Fred defensively claiming to only read it for the articles). Daphne is obsessed with... Fred. She just wants Fred to notice her and take a romantic interest in her. That's all the depth there is to her character, a notice-me-senpai girl who can't be bothered to straight out ask Fred if he wants to go on a date. And Velma is obsessed with... Shaggy. Yup, the two girls are 100% obsessed with the two guys, and that's their defining character traits. In an early episode, they encounter a puzzling moment where the clam shack isn't open because the doorknobs have been stolen. Velma, rather than making any comment on the weirdness of someone stealing doorknobs, sidles up to Shaggy and flirtatiously offers to take him back to her house to get some food instead.
The show indicates that Velma and Shaggy are actually dating, but their relationship is basically an exact copy of Daphne and Fred's - the girl wants a relationship, the guy is uninterested. Actually, it's worse with Shaggy, because he's actively against anything that might seem romantic between them. He claims it's because he doesn't want to upset Scooby, but even when the two of them are completely alone, he still tries to push away Velma's attempts at romance. (Seriously, Velma? You are SO better than this.) Ultimately, it's a show about two guys who care about food and traps and two girls who are trying to be noticed romantically and failing for various reasons.
I could have understood it better if one of the romances was flipped, where the guy was pursuing the girl, but it just seems demeaning that the two leading women are both more interested in romance than anything else. Velma was always 'the smart one' - as a girl growing up, I felt very connected with her as a fellow 'smart' nerdy type who wasn't all that popular or attractive - and they've retained some degree of that in that she knows how to google and set up A/V equipment, but her character no longer revolves around being the smart one, it revolves around her relationship with Shaggy (even after they -spoiler- part ways, much of her character is still defined by her former relationship with him).
The relationships do -spoiler- gradually change over time - various events get through to clueless Fred so that he finally recognizes the feelings he has for Daphne, and there's a multi-episode subplot involving Shaggy being forced to choose between Scooby and Velma (again, seriously, Velma?) leading to a breakup, even a temporary breakup of the entire group. But the guys still have their own personalities either way, while the girls are still only about their relationships with (or not with) the guys. And that's kind of it. :/
I'm almost to the end of season 1, and the treatment of the women on this show has continued to bother me. Some episodes, the girls do literally nothing at all to help solve the mystery. (Though that relates to another issue I have - in many episodes, -spoiler- it seems the gang does little to nothing to solve the mystery and are just handed the answer by a mysterious figure involved in the overarching plot.) There's also an episode where Daphne indicates Fred has given her a twelve-page schedule of what her day is to look like, including specific time designations for romantic affection to be shown. This is made into a joke and then brushed off toward the end of the episode as him being worried about people he loves. Apparently the writers have had the privilege of never being in abusive relationship, where taking control of the other person in the name of 'worrying about the one I love' is one of the first thing an abuser will do. I don't expect cartoon shows to have perfectly balanced relationships, but I really do expect them to NOT teach children that abusive behaviors are normal and even romantic. Blech.
I'm still watching for all the fun/silly stuff, but I will be waiting until my daughter is older before I let her watch it, and I'll definitely be talking to her about the show's ridiculous treatment of the female leads to make sure she understands that women actually exist for more reasons than just being eye candy and fawning over men, and are, in fact, capable of contributing. Because she won't see either of those facts in the course of this show.
The show takes place in Crystal Cove, a virtual hub of seemingly 'paranormal'activity, which the locals welcome as a boon to the town's revenue (haunted tourism). Sadly for them, a local high school gang of meddling kids are fixated on solving mysteries, one of whom (Fred Jones) is the Mayor's son. Mystery Inc are essentially persona non grata. The episodes are your traditional mystery format, with a running subplot that gains momentum throughout this very well paced, well written and elaborately layered series.
I can safely say this is the best Scooby-Doo series since 'Scooby- Doo Where Are You?'. Dare I say it surpasses it? It probably does, but the original show is so sacrosanct that I can't even bring myself to say it. The show draws from the massive Scooby-Doo backlog, often featuring cameos like previous monsters and sidekicks which definitely appeals to the die-hard fan. The show also has many references to pop culture that younger audiences may not be too familiar with (things like Lovecraft, the Velvet Underground, 8 track tapes, to name a few). The show is very retro-modern in both feel and content. The artwork manages to be cartoony yet macabre which really adds to the quality of the show.
There is a LOT of character development in the show. All previous instalments focused on Shaggy as the central human character, often neglecting and reducing the other three to one dimensional stereotypes (the nerd, the jock, the popular girl). This series invests so much into all the gang members that it's hard to say who my favourite character is. Moreover, the romantic entanglements within the group are addressed head-on and actually take centre stage. Great screenplay and writing too.
I think this show appeals to all regardless of where they lie on the Scooby fan spectrum.
In the most recent, most innovative re-casting of the Scooby Do phenomenon, Mystery Incorporated, most of the individual stories remain in the classic mode, but with twists concerning the character development of the gang. We won't get into that, but we will note the twist that series as a whole takes.
The series is actually constructed around what is now known as a 'story arc,' a meta-narrative tying the individual stories together. And here's where things get a little strange: The meta-narrative at last reveals what appears to be a supernatural phenomenon – the Evil Entity – motivating the series as a whole. Most reviewers seem to agree that this is borrowed from the Cthulu mythos originating in the writings of fantasy cult figure, H. P. Lovecraft. To be honest, I was never able to wade through Lovecraft's dense and florid prose, so I don't know this, but I do know that Lovecraft's cult is fairly large for a writer unknown beyond the genre readership, and has always included many aspiring young fantasy writers.
It should be noted that, although I think most readers at least initially read Lovecraft as a fantasy/horror writer, and none seems to deny purely fantasy elements to his texts, there does appear to be a kind of science fiction element to the Cthulu mythos; although the Old Ones appear to us as gods, or demonic forces, they are actually rather long lived aliens, possibly from another dimension or a parallel universe.
And, as it so happens, it is revealed in the final scenes concluding the Mystery Incorporated series that the explanation of what the Scooby gang has experienced, and of its final, happy result, is to be found in the 'alternative time-lines' made possible thanks to the contemporary 'multiverse' theory! And who should reveal this, but no less a respected a figure of real-world science fiction than writer Harlan Ellison – yes, himself represented in cartoon form, with his own voice dubbed over it. (Fortunately, he remarks, he himself is such a genius that he has been able to remember all the different time-lines his alternative selves have lived through in their respective universes This willing self-parody is apparently entirely in keeping with his public personality.)
We began with a simple detective mystery, searching for empirical clues, and ended up in the realm of theoretical physics, searching for multiverses. Cartoons have indeed come a long way since 1970....
The only thing creepy about MI is the ridiculous hipster aura contained in every episode. I shiver when Velma talks about Shaggy "Rocking the burgers."
Also, what is up with Fred becoming a cry baby and romance developing between everyone except Scooby? I roll my eyes every time Daphne flirts with Fred or Velma flirts with Shaggy because it's very distracting and even nauseating to sit through. None of these characters were like this in the original show, fortunately.
Finally, I cringe when the families of these high school sleuths are profiled because they are all super wealthy and bring you a new image of the gang as being nothing more that spoiled brats solving crimes just to have something to do when private school is closed.
This series is very forgettable as are all Scooby's made after 1990. In my opinion, the original Casey Kasem as Shaggy episodes will never lose their spooky charm because Scooby belongs in the 70's and that's where the show maintains its nostalgic attraction (especially that flower power van!). If that makes me old school, then I'm proud of it! R.I.P. Casey Kasem
- Not only this series develops round & dynamic personalities of "The gang" but introduces a whole new "series story arc" (Like a continuation of a whole bigger mysteries). Plus the romance and bonding together of the gang too
- Characters are seen interacting with others and these "others" are recurring characters for both seasons. Along with some other Hanna- Barbera retro cartoon characters cameo as well.
- "Monsters" are actually well done and although sometimes you know who it is (especially for first season), many a times it was surprising.
- The series also has references to old Scooby Doo: Where are you and characters' one liners (esp. Scooby & Shaggy) are really funny
Overall, this is an animated series done right. Since this is Cartoon Network, I can see why they kept it "not too mysterious & dark" for kids. However in my opinion, only people 13+ will appreciate the production. Nevertheless old Scooby Doo fans should give this a try, I did and I loved every clue of it...
My daughter is a major Scooby fan(she's 3), so we decided to watch the show from start to finish on Netflix. I like the basic mystery storyline, with it's complex twists and turns. The show itself, kept my daughter entertained, while the many different surprises that showed up in the series( the old Mystery Incorporated, Mr.E, the Darrow family, etc) kept me watching as well! I understand that the show isn't supposed to be as it used to be and I have taken that into consideration; however, coming from someone who is young and has a child, some of the themes and things addressed in the series are unnecessary. I believe after watching it that the series would be a lot better for instance, if the drama between Velma, shaggy, and scooby was left out. It doesn't really aid the show in any way, but in my opinion, kind of hinders the mystery element. In addition to that,I would also like to note that the longer the series goes on, the darker and scarier the show gets. By the last episode, I was debating turning it off and not even completing it. The only reason I did was out of pure curiosity. Which led me to this conclusion, in the last few episodes, the old M.I. gang has the planispheric disk and wishes to obtain access to another dimension(I guess you could say) in doing so, they wish to release an evil entity and take over the world, of course, Scooby and the gang wish to stop this. So upon reaching the entity in the 4th element world(fire by the way), the Parrot(Professor Pericles) is consumed by the entity after he releases it. The entity then begins eating(yes, eating) all the people from Crystal Cove, as Scooby and the gang watch. Eventually Scooby and the gang save the day; however, I was unable to move past the whole premise of these episodes. I think it is COMPLETELY inappropriate to market a show for children a feature an evil entity first of all, and then add on to the fact that the entity happens to live in a world of fire that just happens to ironically look like H*ll(the place) and then the entity has the voice that I would say is akin to being demonic.This whole scenario was really really scary, and a very adult like theme, not at all appropriate for a children's show. I was not happy and am actually disappointed with the direction it took. If you have younger children, DO NOT allow them to watch the show all the way to the end. Screen the 2nd seasons last few episodes for yourself before you decide. You won't be sorry!
I know my Scooby. I grew up with all the incarnations of the show, and while it's generally held a place in my mind as being fun, I probably would never have considered myself a true fan. I didn't doodle Scooby on my class notes.
But some genius came along and changed the rules. This show is true expansion, not a retelling of the original story. Not a remake. It's not trying to be hip, or modern. It's trying to be iconic; it's trying to be bold. They flashback to scenes straight out of the original series, and build their universe brick by brick, staying true to the core elements of Scooby (including the ridiculous slapstick), while introducing intrigue, fear, tension, development - and humor, like you've never seen in Scooby before.
I think the moment I realized that I might be watching something incredible came along when Velma was giving a tour of her family's Spook Museum, and casually resting in the background was the opening monster from the Scooby-Doo live action film. It never came up; it was just *there*.
That was a tell-tale sign of a groups of creators that loved their material - both good and bad. It takes guts to recognize the embarrassments of a franchise, and then continue onward, using elements of that embarrassment to produce something wonderful. Passion is oozing from the seams in this show.
My first very slight yet tempered issue is with the bad guys. They are certainly well designed, but there isn't always a really solid mystery to follow. 70% of the time the bad guy is way too obvious, or totally unguessable. However, the times when it is obvious, the choice still makes sense for the storyline. And every time it's totally unguessable the show comes up with highly imaginative explanations for the bad guy's motive. The real kicker is the 30% that it's guessable but not always completely obvious, and these episodes are the real gems.
The biggest problem this show ran into in my opinion was the relationship between Velma and Shaggy. Personally, I would have liked to see these two really hit it off and eventually make a compromise between their very different personalities. The relationship is rocky to say the least, and never really pans out to a satisfying conclusion.
If these aspects of the show were just slightly better tweaked, I would have no problem giving the show a 10, but it had its hiccups. Rant over, now onto the good stuff.
Where was I, oh yes, the characters. Some have mentioned that the show is less Scooby focused. This is true, but to the show's strength not it's detriment. There's only so much you can do with a scaredy-cat dog that likes to eat. The other characters are more fleshed out.
Scooby is still his usual comedic ham of a self. Shaggy's slackerish tendencies are more modernized, but he is more or less the same. He does have some interesting ways of sneaking around food. Velma has higher expectations of herself and the gang in this incarnation, and she plays the role of the more grounded skeptic who requires a logical explanation for everything. Daphne is the youngest daughter of a rich family where she lives somewhat in the shadow of her older more successful sisters. Fred is perhaps my favorite. He can be characterized as more of an idiot-savant. He's not too bright and out of touch with his emotions, but is obsessed with and an absolute genius at setting up traps.
The group is more dynamic in this show. While they are most certainly friends, they go through some drama. In my opinion, this makes them far more realistic that their previous counterparts. Even though they argue and have their issues, they always manage to show that they truly care for each other when it's most important, and they fix their problems in time to capture the bad guy, or at least are willing to shelve them for a more opportune moment to talk it out when the bad guy shows up out of nowhere.
Another high point of the show is the new animation style along with the atmosphere the show puts together. The music definitely fits, and all the synthesizers are high tech and well programmed. It's worth checking out a copy of the soundtrack at some point. The drawing is much darker compared to most of the show's earlier incarnations. Toxic greens and rage-filled reds illuminate the screen at various points in the show. The animators almost certainly took a page from the book of the programmers from World of Warcraft, if you are familiar with that game's color scheme. It makes for a magically charged haunted atmosphere.
The show also has a new design as far as the storyboard goes. Episodes have their villain of the week, but the show does a fantastic job of having a much larger overarching story that takes place in the town of crystal cove. Previous mystery enthusiast groups have had their problems here as well, and the classic Scooby gang has to overcome obstacles in order to not repeat the same mistakes as their predecessors. Much can happen between ancient artifacts and other dimensions, and the bigger mystery is one you won't want to miss.
Other high points include: Recurring side characters, throwbacks to older scooby shows, downright zany Rube Goldberg style traps, and an ending that ties everything off with an odd yet fulfilling sense of closure. I'm crossing my fingers for a sequel series.
Overall I'd give this show an 8.7, but for the purposes of rating I'll round that up to 9.
First off, I think i should talk about the only good things in the show. The Fantastic graphics. This show graphics are on par of a really good TV made cartoon movie. The Gang Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby have never looked their best until this show. Even though, compared to their other images that look a bit more human like on the older shows and movies. This show just has a better way of showing more emotion, color, and expression. And it just looks incredibly gorgeous. The music also deserves some special praise. The orchestra matches every scene in the cartoon. But even with knock-out graphics, and a haunting orchestra. This is all over weighed by the show's story characters, characteristics, theme, and Ending.
The show's story is beyond laughable. First off the show's story has a mature theme meant for late teens involving one of the most well known kid and adult cartoons, Scooby-Doo. It's that funny. The story is about the gang being manipulated by an evil alien entity wanting to rule the universe kill puppies and Et cetera. For several thousand years this entity has manipulated and destroyed friendships of mystery solving gangs to be set free. Scooby-Doo is a cartoon that is never meant to have a serious story. And if this show was for the new generation, then there not going to get much out of it, because to get the most out of the show, you would have to watch all the old scooby doo cartoons. and I mean all of them. Including the movies. One of the noticeable differences in the show, is that Fred and Daphne Finally date, and try to get engaged. W.T.M.F.K. ( Way to much for kids.) Even Velma and shaggy went out, and it failed hardcore. Scooby even got a girlfriend. At the end of the show the gang destroyed the evil entity and created a different time line of pure peace with no mysteries. The Gang was devastated, until they got a letter from a college full of mysteries. They quickly decided to leave their families. Scooby even left his girlfriend Nova. Let's hope that dog finds a nice golden retriever. This really is a terrible cartoon. I can't stress this enough. I just want to mention this to parents, that Dahpne in three episodes wears a sexy night gown, a sexy purple bikini, and as if you could guess, a sexy heavy metal rock band outfit, with the world's smallest mini skirt. Yeah, that's right. I give this piece of crap a 2.8/10. Whoever created this show should be ashamed.
To begin with, it is a pure homage to the original series with cameos of numerous monsters from the very first selection of episodes. It also features Hanna-Barbera characters and other animated individuals, the continuity references are endless. And with this collection of characters, it has given us, as the audience, a sofa to sit upon. Then, it gets better. The character development is something to be recognised because it gives a change to the dullness and simplicity of the first series and gives an overview of life in reality and why relationships can be the toughest things to handle even when monsters and villains roam the streets. And that, all in all, is what pushes this series ahead.
Moving on to the story now, this is what I acclaim highest. It is simple yet complex. By that I mean the writing is simple, but the story and concept is sweetened by complex storytelling. It gives me the feeling that these writers have planned and scraped for objects and characters they can use and slot them in to some particular episode. Right from the beginning, in episode one, we are given something that will stick with us throughout the series (two in fact), a phone call from Mr E and a golden locket, with that oh-so majestic tune. And then by the end, we are given an answer, something that was at first so small it could barely be spotted, to a point where the fiction has become something so incredibly gigantic, it is momentous. And then the ending is emotional, we see everybody, as they were as they never were, all the monsters and villains that Mystery Incorporated unmasked and all the characters they met...all gone. That poignant and very significant end, is something that not many series can do and it forces audiences to say - "Wow!", because it is that good.
But not only that, the animation has exceeded itself, the voice actors are incredible, the direction is original, the sound effects and music are immaculate. Everything that makes this show has been somewhat breathtaking, because of its substance and the enthusiasm and thought that has gone into making it. The horror is so brilliant, one can almost believe its reality.
This is not a series of pictures rushing past, this is brilliance in the truest of senses and all wrapped around a cartoon character who is loved by millions of children across the globe. And the song that this story has sung, will never stop singing.
P.S. Whoever decided that this series was right for seven-year-olds, they were absolutely wrong! I'm warning you parents, people die in this story, and it is something a child must never see until they are mature enough to understand what the concept entails.
I've to admit that the mysteries were top notch. Every episode started with a 'seemingly' supernatural mystery that had a perfect explanation later on(well, almost!). Despite watching so many Scooby Doo series, this one had mysteries that even baffled me :)
I also liked the character development (though at the cost of reduced Scooby & Shaggy time!) and how it served as a prequel to other Scooby Doo series!
And the BEST part was how it paid subtle homage to horror classics and other Hanna Barbara shows! Yogi Bear, Johnny Quest, Flintstones, Terminator, Halloween, Night of Living Dead, etc. I think I've to watch the series again to look for more :)
Now, for the parts that I didn't like. Where are the chases, guys? The comedic chases that became a staple of Scooby Doo series, were almost missing in this one. And the evil-doer fell into the trap, almost in seconds, after it was set. But above all, I really hated the 'intent to kill' of the bad guys. Many of them weren't just trying to scare people off, they were ready to kill!!!
In earlier Scooby Doo series, it was usually a masked man trying to scare off the meddling kids! There were exceptions (Zombie Island, anyone?) but not to this extent. The death of Cassidy Williams was acceptable, but the death of Hot Dog Waters in the season 2 finale shocked me to quite an extent. Maybe the first violent death in the history of Scooby Doo! Even with the entire alternate timeline gimmick, you simply can't ignore that scene.
I hope they eliminate such unnecessary violence from the future series. Or,it might be the death of Scooby Doo show as we know it.
One more thing that I would have liked about this show if it was done correctly is the introduction of a story line over the entire series (like that involving Mr. E and the Afro lady). I like the idea. But unfortunately, I feel it could have been done far better. If it was not so corny, (not the Scooby-Doo corny, but the trying-to-be-serious-but-not-really-working corny) this should have been focused on more than the silly 'drama' and romance.
Now for the not so good aspects. Scooby is now a tertiary character- in the most recent episode I watched, Scooby only had probably about 5-10 minutes of screen time throughout the 22 minute show, and only 3 or 4 lines, which consisted mostly of one word. Also he is unfunny (and as mentioned by another reviewer) out of character.
Additionally, Scooby Doo is now a teen drama. Velma is a very annoying, embarrassingly erotic, seductive and dominating to Shaggy (and for the record is barely a nerd) and Shaggy is not so bad, but he still allows Velma to get intimate with him and pull him about, and forgets about Scooby because of his weird 'relationship'. Daphne constantly wants Fred (and whenever Fred does want her, she turns idiotically bi-polar and rejects him, also in my most recently watched episode, was wearing some kind of rubber or shiny spandex clothing, which made it so awkward I had to turn it off). Fred is partial to a bit of Daphne, but not in a serious relationship, so he is a bit less annoying, but is banally stupid, has a Jay Leno chin on hyphy-mud and a really unhealthy obsession with traps. This is what I hate about the show. From what I've watched, it's more about poorly constructed love triangles than actual mysteries (and I've watched quite a few episodes).
I am not a Scooby Doo fan per se- I just like cartoons and watch it from time to time. But this was just so bad I HAD to review it. So for those reasons, I rate this with 2 stars.
This incarnation is a reboot -- something which many viewers/reviewers don't seem to understand (especially the above reviewer, ctyankee1) -- and often goes into a darker, more serious storyline. It's not the same one from the 60s or 70s & it's not trying to be. I love it because of its "neo-retro" (modern & oldschool at the same time) look. Everything is connected, from one episode to the next & I think they did a fantastic job paying homage to the original series (from canon flashbacks to past villains).
After reading some negative reviews, I can tell that most of the reviewers don't really watch the show or have only watched an episode or two -- which is sad. With the overarching story lines, you have to watch it from the beginning of the series, or you really lose so much. Give it the chance it deserves before brushing it off as garbage.
I love the art work and drawing of Scooby Doo Where are you 1969-1970 and The New Scooby Doo Movies 1972-1973. the colors are simple and more normal. The colors in Mystery Inc is drawn more like someone on drugs. They are trying to make it look exciting but the colors are yucky.
This is a kids movie and they sexualized the characters. The camera shows the butts of the girls walking sexy in some of the episodes and they have Velma playing up to Shaggy.
This series has does not have the comedy or color the others have.