Blu-ray Review: Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition Box Set

September 2, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

*Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

Talk about a well timed release eh, cats n’ creeps? As the evenings grow colder and Autumn grows near, it is the perfect time for monsters and mystery, and what better way to celebrate that than with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Blu-ray release (for the first time no less) of the classic creepy cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!?

Spread out over four diabolical discs we get all 41 episodes of the original run of this arcane animated classic. But, what exactly is Scooby Doo about (asks no one because everyone knows who the unholy hell Scooby Doo is and his whole bag)?

Well, I’m glad you (didn’t) ask! Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Concerns the adventures of the eponymous main character; a Great Dane who’s afraid AF of nearly everything that even remotely seems related to the supernatural… which causes no end of troubles for our pup as he pals around with a group of teens (consisting of Scoob’s best bud Shaggy the ultimate slacker, Alpha-male ascot enthusiast Fred, fashion plate Daphne, an uber-nerd Velma) that are constantly b.d. in monster-based mysteries. Along the way massive quantities of food are consumed, groovy tunes are played, and criminals are revealed to go to absolutely off-the-charts levels of complication to commit their often petty crimes.

Featuring excellent character design work from legendary artist Alex Toth, and an absolutely astounding aesthetic in regards to it’s background design (a standard set by Ex-Disney artist, Walt Peregoy in his role as Background Stylist on the premier episode); Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a show that utilizes rock solid artistry, fun characters, and outlandish (and entertaining) situations to make up for the limitations placed upon it due to it being produced for the notoriously cheap world of Saturday morning animation. In other words; the characters may move like shit, but the worlds they move in more than make-up for it!

Now all of the episodes on this release are a ghoulish good time, but this set contains what to me will always be the ultimate Scooby-Doo episode; Spooky Space Kook (first aired on December 13, 1969) which features the gang taking on the machinations of a skull-faced alien astronaut ghost when their signature vehicle The Mystery Machine runs out of gas near an abandoned airfield. The monster and background designs are simply exquisite in this episode, and the creep-level is amped up to the nines!

Along with all of the errie episodes, ol’ Warner Bros. Have stacked this release with plenty of beastly bonus material, both archival and new. On the minty fresh tip we get: an interview with the legendary voice actor Frank Welker (who has provided the voice of Fred since day one), featurettes covering the 50 year history of the show as well as it’s impact on pop-culture, and a trailer for the all-new Scooby-Doo stage show Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold. On the re-run front we get featurettes on the series’ fans, the show’s history, interviews with the voice cast, an art lesson and more!

Also included are a Funko Scooby-Doo keychain, a mini encyclopedia, and a box that looks like a haunted mansion!

If you are looking for a way to recapture your youth as a horror-kid, or want to introduce your little monsters to the world of all things creature feature (without traumatizing them), then you absolutely need to include this release of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in your creepy collection today!

 

 

 

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