Love it or hate it, Scooby-Doo was one of the most popular shows on TV back in the 70’s and 80’s as well as being a nice part of my childhood. While some of the newer shows and movies have been hit or miss, it’s always fun to go back to what made the series so good in the first place. A good example is Warner Bros. releasing the show that introduced Scooby’s nephew Scrappy into the mix with the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1 DVD set. Featuring sixteen episodes on two DVD’s, there’s plenty of puppy power for fans and those who enjoy cartoons.
The Scooby gang is all here, but this series focuses more on Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy for the most part. It seems like Velma, Fred, and Daphne only show up to wrap up the case they’re working on or whenever some clues are found and need to be put together. If you’ve seen any of the Scooby shows, you already know the kind of trouble and gags Scooby and Shaggy get into and pull off. Add in Scrappy who thinks he’s tougher than what he is and never backs down from a fight with the villains, and even more crazy comedy ensues as Scooby and Shaggy play comedic babysitters that try to keep Scrappy from getting hurt while surviving chase after chase from the bad guys.
They’ll have a time doing that as they eat and get chased through the sixteen episodes here. Some include the series premiere “The Scarab Lives” where the gang’s favorite comic book superhero called the Scarab, comes to life as a villain. “The Scary Sky Skeleton” has the gang looking into a ghost that constantly disrupts an air show they’re attending. “The Demon Of The Dugout” features a dragon monster plaguing an important international baseball game, and it’s up to the gang to put a stop to it.
For a show that was released nearly forty years ago and placed on DVD, the visuals and audio are pretty good here. The episodes looks fairly clean and the sounds come through fine through the mono 1.0 audio track. Sadly there aren’t any special features, but the sixteen episodes should keep viewers entertained for awhile.
Any child of the 70’s and 80’s will want to pick up Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1, as it’s sure to bring back fond memories of your childhood. Those who enjoy classic cartoons will also get a kick out of the “Puppy Power!” Scrappy brings to the show, and laughing at how the gang gets out of one comedic mess after another.