Cartoon Resurrections

Excerpts from a 1979 ABC Television afternoon brainstorming session on how to save the waning, but once wildly popular Scooby-Doo animated television series.

"Scuba-Doo", the only underwater canine sleuth (implausible)

"Scooby-Don't", featuring the loveable Scoob as a Public Service Announcement Dog (possible litigation from McGruff)

"Scooby-Doo-wop", recurring themes about jazz, featuring an animated Miles Davis (conflicting target audiences; also possibly offensive to Italians)

"Snoopy-Doo", a loveable black and white beagle takes over where Scooby left off (Kids can't read subtitles of Snoopy's unintelligible mumbling)

"Doobie-Doo", a talking reefer (might clue-in audience that Shaggy's chronic problem was "the munchies", and not "high metabolism")

"Shooby-Doo", weekly guest appearances by Mel Tormé. (but only if Scooby-Doo-Wop were to actually work out)

"Scooby-Doo-Doo", what you get when you try to extend the life of a worn-out cartoon series (at this point almost anything was sounding good)

"Scrappy-Doo", gutsy young newphew to Scooby-Doo and son of Ruby-Doo (brainstormers too tired --or high-- to object)

Posted bythemikestand at 6:56 AM  

7 stepped up to the mike:

SRH said... 10:47 AM, March 02, 2007  

so what was the conversation when they migrated to "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo"?

I think I hurt myself remembering that.

sween said... 12:22 PM, March 02, 2007  

That's just awesome.

You know, we could probably have an entire blog devoted to completely absurd list posts...


themikestand said... 12:27 PM, March 02, 2007  

srh: shame on you for even remembering that.

sween: I'm always up for new bog ideas. You know that.

Lesley said... 5:04 PM, March 02, 2007  

My Scooby-doo memories have all been tainted by the New Scooby Doo that my son is so into.

Charlatan said... 2:05 AM, March 03, 2007  

The real horror was, "A Pup Called Scooby Doo".

That and all the other kid versions of hit cartoons... the Flintstone Kids springs to mind.

cronznet said... 7:11 PM, March 05, 2007  

I had a crush on the brainy chick and am still hoping for a spin-off wherein she joins up with the asexual Johnny Quest, who is heartbroken by Haj's return to India and independent personhood.

The brilliance of your list, though, gives me a Shaggy Shiver.

Dustin said... 2:28 AM, March 06, 2007  

Pffftt, you senior citizens and your cartoons. Get with it. The only cartoon worth remembering is Duck Tales. I mean, how genius is a character named "Launchpad McQuack?"

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