Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Scrappy Doo!

scrappydoo0Breed: Great Dane

Original Appearances: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo (1979-1983)

Other Appearances: Scrappy and Yabba-Doo (1982), The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (1983-1984), The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984-1985), The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985) and several Scooby movies from 1987 to 1988. Also some toys (including the Give-A-Show Projector) and no doubt some comics and other items!

Biography: Scooby-Doo's nephew was first introduced to his uncle either when Scrappy was a young pup (as shown in the intro to the first series)... or maybe it was when Scrappy was born, both Scooby and Shaggy being present. Both versions have been presented. Scrappy-Doo's mother is Ruby-Doo, Scooby's sister. Scrappy is very devoted to his uncle, despite the fact that Scrappy is extremely brave (and reckless) while Scooby is cowardly.

Powers: Complete lack of fear... if that is a power!

Group Affiliation: Mystery, Inc.

Miscellaneous: Scrappy is probably one of the most hated cartoon characters of all time. Mark Evanier is credited (if you can call it that) with Scrappy's creation, and said that Henery Hawk of the Looney Tunes cartoons (specifically, Foghorn Leghorn cartoons) was an inspiration. Originally Mel Blanc was considered for the voice, and then Frank Welker, Don Messick, Paul Winchell, and others, with Lennie Weinrib finally being chosen. In 1980, Don Messick took the role over. In the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie, Scrappy is the villain. In most recent versions of Scooby-Doo, Scrappy is nowhere to be seen, and so much the better!

4 comments:

  1. and just for the sake of making this more complete, here is a link to Evanier talking about the orgin of Scrappy and more his part in it all
    http://www.povonline.com/scrappydays/scrappy01.htm

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  2. Scrappy has gotten such a bad rap over the years.

    Here's the deal. Scooby-Doo as a franchise was dying. ABC wanted changes, so H-B added Scrappy, in much the same way they had played up Godzilla's nephew, Godzooky, the year before. Scrappy was such a hit with younger audiences that they went to an unnecessary extreme by eliminating Fred, Velma, & Daphne, the latter of whom would return in 1983. In effect, the format was scrapped for 3-4 years, which alienated many long-time fans, most of whom still hold a grudge against Scrappy to this day.

    It's easy to think that making Scrappy the villain of the 2002 movie was a nod to the internet. He was used in a cameo in last week's episode of Mystery, Inc., but again, it was played as a nod to the haters on the net. There's a story to be told, but they're not ready to spin that yarn just yet.

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  3. Hey - thanks for posting this about Scrappy-Doo. I guess I'm now a more informed hater.

    Cheers and I've really been enjoying your Dog of the Week segments.

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  4. Manic Man - Thanks for going the extra mile there!

    Hobbyfan - Thanks! Glad to know someone's enjoying the Dog of the Geek posts!

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