Within the past couple of months my son has gotten into watching Scooby-Doo. That is kind of cool. I used to watch Scooby. It is something that we can share and that makes me happy. There is nothing like bonding, especially over a Scooby Snack.
And because he has watched some of the older episodes he is familiar with guest stars like Big Mama Cass and Don Knotts. It is kind of odd to listen to the almost five year old try and describe what happens to Big Mama Cass in a candy factory and how the gang saved her. On a side note I wonder if she was offended by being forced to make her guest appearance in a candy factory. More on that later, or maybe not.
The little mister watched an episode of the Jetsons with me and told me that Scooby is much cooler than Astro and you know I have to agree with that.
When I asked him who his favorite animal buddy was he screwed up his face and said loudly, “Scooby!” I probably made it a little bit too difficult as I offered him a number of choices including Scooby, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Benji and Boomer. Ok, he didn’t have a clue as to who most of those other dogs were so I had to explain it to him. I would have mentioned Old Yeller but then I would have started crying and that would have raised all sorts of issues.
I can hear some of you snickering. If you didn’t cry at the end of Old Yeller there is something wrong with you. You probably laughed when Bambi’s mother was shot. You sick and twisted monsters, have you no shame.
But the sickest thing was not your shameful sniggering, but when my son told me that I had forgotten Scrappy Doo. I was horrified. Scrappy Doo is the devil. When that little yappy, annoying irritant showed up the writing was clear, Scooby Doo had jumped the shark.
I almost choked. I sputtered, stuttered and stumbled because I really wanted to tell him how very much I dislike Scrappy and how bad he was for the show. He arrived and Fred, Daphne and Velma left. No more would we hear such insightful expressions as “Jinkies.” No longer would we wonder if Velma would ever learn to get a chain for her glasses, they fall off every show forcing her to blindly search for them. You would think by now that she would have figured that out.
Not to mention the very sad reality that no matter how good a plan Fred and Velma create it is always going to be mucked up by Scooby and Shaggy. But that really didn’t matter because somehow those meddling kids always got the best of the bad guys.
And then came Scrappy Doo. Scrappy Fucking Screwed up a Beautiful Television Show Doo, destroyer of joy and happiness. My childhood was scarred by the arrival of that dumb mutt and now my son has a thing for him.
Tomorrow we are going to have the scrap Scrappy Doo talk. I hate to do it, but sometimes for the good of a child a parent has to make hard decisions.
In the morning I probably will share my thoughts on Alito. Rumor has it that he is a fan of the little yapper and that given a choice of Sesame Street characters he would pick Bert over Ernie and Elmo over Cookie Monster. If these things are proven true the man will have to go down, there is no way that we can confirm a justice who is unable to appreciate The Cookie Monster. That is just unAmerican.
Jack's Shack November 3, 2005 at 3:02 pm
Cookie Monster is pretty cool.
Good to see that your head is in the right place. 😉
Grover is pretty cool too.
michael November 3, 2005 at 2:08 pm
Cookie and Grover of course. Both are hillarious if you listen to the way they speak. They both slide in large words the odd time to keep adults on their toes. Great writers for Sesame Street!
Ezzie November 3, 2005 at 3:38 am
Scooby!!! When I was a kid (not that long ago) Elmo was nothing and Cookie Monster was the MAN!! Even I will vote against Alito if he says anything negative about Cookie Monster. And Ernie was much cooler than Bert, though I have to go with Oscar the Grouch over everyone as well. Unless you bring in Kermit…!
MC Aryeh November 2, 2005 at 9:54 pm
Thankfully, I only saw Scooby in reruns as a kid, and they never included scrappy…gotta go with Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. He the man…or, rather, he the muppet.
dorothy rothschild November 2, 2005 at 8:23 pm
Jack, you know that the Landover site is a satire, right? A hilarious, side-splitting satire? Go check out the letters they get to the site, unedited, by “good gawd-fearin’ church people” who don’t get the joke.
Jack's Shack November 2, 2005 at 6:52 pm
That link is downright frightening.
judi November 2, 2005 at 6:49 pm
Memo from Satan: Scooby Doo is evil.
I done read it myself. And if it’s on the net and the Baptists be sayin’ it, it must be true.
On a serious note, I agree about Scrappy. Ruined a great thing. Shoulda been offed in one of the first episodes, IMHO.
Jack's Shack November 2, 2005 at 5:52 pm
Ok, I can give you Oscar because I am a big fan of his, but Bert…..
dorothy rothschild November 2, 2005 at 5:35 pm
Hey, I’d pick Bert over Ernie. And although I love Cookie Monster, I love Oscar the Grouch even more.
Jack's Shack November 2, 2005 at 4:14 pm
It is your love for people that makes me smile.
I used to dream of being one of them, of course I was about 7 or so.
Tell me it is not so. 😉
ifyouwillit November 2, 2005 at 2:07 pm
I don’t like Scuby Doo, used to scare me. The Jetsons, now you’re talking.
bornfool November 2, 2005 at 1:22 pm
“If it wasn’t for you meddling kids,…”
The Misanthrope November 2, 2005 at 11:36 am
I loved Old Yeller as a kid. I am sure if I watched it now I will feel completely manipulated.