Scooby-Doo (Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!)
Scoobert "Scooby" Dooby Doo is the eponymous character and protagonist of the animated television franchise of the same name created in 1969 (called Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!) by the American animation company Hanna-Barbera. He’s normally a very lovable character in the franchise, being iconic. Unfortunately, in Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, this Scooby was badly flanderized and became horrendously out of character.
Why He Can't Get A Clue
NOTE: This article only applies to the character as depicted in Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
- In this show, he is horrendously out of character when compared to his previous incarnations of the series (perhaps even more so than his Be Cool, Scooby-Doo counterpart), as he went from a cowardly, helpful, likable, energetic and actually funny comic relief into an extremely lazy, unlikable and generically unfunny comic relief for no real reason.
- He is part of the show’s misleading title, as he (and Shaggy) DOES NOT get a clue whatsoever in the show.
- His laziness has become obnoxious, annoying and troublesome, which is unlike his usual self, in which he’s only occasionally lazy.
- He contributed to the show’s poor grasp of source material:
- In this show, the Scooby Snacks are portrayed like generic super power-ups for him, rather than standard food to get him and Shaggy up and running.
- He also contributed to the show’s more lighthearted tone when compared to the spooky atmosphere that previous (and later) incarnations had (and yes, that includes Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!), which does not fit Scooby-Doo at all, thus he doesn't even feel like a Scooby-Doo character and feels more like a generic kids cartoon character released in the 2000s.
- With regards to the art style, his character design looks really weird and a little uncanny. It's interesting to note that he's supposed to represent his live-action appearance from the live-action Scooby-Doo movies. It also doesn't have scelra on his eyes, unlike his other designs in the Scooby-Doo franchise.
- His humor and jokes have become very poor, even for Scooby-Doo standards, only relying on fart jokes and toilet humor.
- He’s part of the extremely confusing intro. It shows him running out of nowhere back and forth in silhouettes, and he’s also doing weird dances (with him coming off as either he’s typing in mid-air or he’s doing air piano, as Mr. Enter pointed out in one of his videos).
- He’s part of the stupid premise, as there is no way he and Shaggy became rich.
- He can feel like a bizarre character and not even like a mystery character.
- He was a much more likable character in all other entries outside Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue (and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo).
- Frank Welker still does a great job voicing him.
- He still has some genuinely funny moments.
- It is nice to see an incarnation of the series solely focused on both him and Shaggy, even if it wasn't executed very well.
- He can still be tolerable/likable sometimes.
- Some of his Scooby Snack transformations look admittedly cool.
- He thankfully improved in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, because the writers not only made him not lazy anymore and go back to being his normal, energetic and funny self, but they also gave him more character depth to make him feel more like a fleshed-out three-dimensional character.