Can anyone explain why Scrappy Doo was created?

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  1. TheoGB

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    I'm quite serious. I've very very rarely met anyone who liked the character of Scrappy Doo, and yet not only did they force him into the Scooby Doo cartoon like a square peg in a round hole, but they went on to make those bizarre short cartoons of just Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy...
    He's a character I can imagine being placed into a more adult show to try to get the kids watching...but Scooby Doo was a kids show to begin with!!
    I just wondered if anyone ever saw an official explanation (or even apology!!!) for him. [​IMG]
     
  2. Patrick Sun

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    Scooby was such a wuss (but a funny wuss), so they brought in Scrappy who is a proactive type of character, with a Type-A personality trapped in a little dog body. I don't loathe Scrappy Doo at all. He does inject some energy into the mix.
     
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    The live action Scooby Doo movie offers somewhat of an apology. It's not a direct apology, but Scrappy Doo haters will like what happens. [​IMG]
     
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    Too funny. And I always thought that I was in the minority with my hatred for that little dog.
     
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    I thought this was a question of why the show was created- the SAME thing happened every episode (some monster causing trouble, ALWAYS turning out in the end to be a guy in a costume!)
     
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    I believe he's one of the leftover plagues and was unleashed by the demonic forces of the animation industry on an unsuspecting world.
    That and Ruby Doo couldn't keep her legs together. [​IMG]
     
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    I always thought Scrappy was created for the exact same reasons we had Oliver on the Brady Bunch, Sam on Diff'rent Strokes and Nicky & Alex on Full House(to name a few). It was because the ratings were slipping and the execs figured a new "cute" kid would draw viewers back to the shows.
     
  9. Jesse Skeen

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    OK, I stand by my earlier bashing but still have a new point I forgot to make- I noticed the later Hanna-Barbera cartoons had more TALKING than the older ones, biggest example being Tom and Jerry- the original cartoons had almost no dialogue at all as Tom and Jerry didn't talk, but in the later ones made for TV they always had someone following them around that gabbed through the whole thing. So I think Scrappy was brought in to make up for Scooby's inability to speak (at least coherently.)
    Still gotta watch the French and Spanish dubs on the Original Mysteries DVD... (Yes, I bought it even though I've always hated the show!)
     
  10. Phil Florian

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    I love that Cartoon Network airs the orignal Scooby Doo with spanish alternate audio tracks. It is a trip, that is for sure. I don't know why, but it is mesmerizing to watch.

    What was the Simpsons episode where they added a third character to the slumping "Itchy and Scratchy Show" (as voiced by Homer)? And, to make it more fun, they added another character to the Simpson family at the same time, making the point from above that with slumping ratings, a new character to the mix will perk things up!


    Phil
     
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    Homer's character was Poochie, but I can't remember the name of the new character that became a part of the Simpsons family. BTW, for my money, that is one of the best Simpsons episodes EVER.

     
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    Ah ratings. I can't believe I didn't think of that. I guess cartoons never struck me as worth worrying about in that respect. [​IMG]
     
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    If anybody saw the Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law episode with Scooby Doo, it ended with Scrappy Doo saying "puppy power" then being grabbed and taken away by Avenger with everybody else laughing.

    I clapped, I hated that character.

    Also Eddie Izzard talks about Scooby and Shaggy being two of the most important characters in American literature in his Dressed To Kill act.
    "The rest of people in the van, F**K OFF!"
    "Scrappy Doo, a Magnum. BANG!"
     
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    Eddie Izzard!!! [​IMG]
    I emailed his merchandise people to ask when his stuff was going to be out on DVD and they said they had no plans. [​IMG]
     
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    I think the decision to add Scrappy Doo is on a par with whichever executive meeting produced a statement along the lines of 'I know, let's add another character to this revived Star Trek - what about giving Dr Crusher a teenage son?'.
     
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    They thought the show wasn't annoying enough.
     
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    I guess I'm in the minority. I love both Scrappy Doo and Scooby Dumb. The only one I hated was the female they added...Scooby Dee. I guess nobody remembers her.[​IMG]
     
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    Scooby-Dum is okay in my book, Scrappy-Doo is the Devil.

    And why is it that Scooby's sister, Ruby, and her son, Scrappy, could both speak half-way normal and none of the other Doos could? (Scooby-Dum was better than most of his relatives, but still had that cornpone accent and the predilection for saying "Dum-dum-dum-dum!")
     

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