31 August 2015 | Dawalk-1
Yet Another Hanna-Barbera Cartoon That Jumps On The Scooby-Doo Bandwagon.
I was in my late preteens when I came across repeats (which were new to me) on Cartoon Network back in the late '90s. I haven't seen every Hanna-Barbera cartoon ever made, so at the time, I didn't know about the amount of shows that imitated or ripped off any other. But after learning more about the less-than-interesting animation studio/company's track record and history, I know that I must not be missing much. Therefore, I'm not in any rush to check for the H-B shows I missed growing up. It's well-known (especially to me now) that Hanna- Barbera was one of the cheapest cartoon studios that ever existed (although Cambria Studios is even cheaper from what I read about them, yet it doesn't seem to get ragged on as much, probably because it had much less shows but still), as well as the most overrated. As such, I now decided that it's one of my least favorite animation companies. It wasn't always like this though. It took some time, but eventually they'd come around gradually with a few of their productions in the '80s, especially those that weren't/aren't T.V. series. As a result, there was more bad stuff than great and I now realize that there are only a few of its productions I truly like or have as favorites. If anyone like me has ever wondered why the majority of the founding duo's shows were so short-lived like I have, the aforementioned about them should answer your question. They deserved to get dropped as soon as they did. It also answers my question of why some adults are so against all cartoons, because of the stereotype that cheap 'toons like this are the only kind that are capable of being made and that all of them are a joke.
Sorry for the rant but I tend to do that when it comes to my passion and love for great cartoons, and I had to get what was on my mind out in the open. Now about the show. What else can I add that hasn't already been mentioned? I used not to mind this at all, but after noticing the difference in the quality of the animation in this and other, better, higher-quality shows, I've been having second thoughts for some time now. It's just among the same-old, same-old, formulaic routine as all the other crime/mystery-themed, Hanna-Barbera series following the original Scooby Doo series, "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?". As much as it pains me to say and admit it, I must concur with the fact that it isn't on the same level as the Charlie Chan movies, one or a couple of which I have seen and I found them more enjoyable. Although the animated Charlie Chan's kids were always the ones who did most of the sleuthing, at least for once, the writers could've and should've had him contributing to do more of the crime/mystery solving to make thing more intriguing. I want to truly like it and I wish it were much better. But for the facts that I and others pointed out, I find it too indefensible. Sometimes I wonder if it would've been better off if Hanna and Barbera had never founded their own animation studio or created most of their material (unless it was for feature-length films), as most everything by them and their studio is a waste of time, and almost only all kids would genuinely be into all of them, more so than any adults. But then, it probably would've taken longer for made-for-T.V. cartoons to hit the small screens and we probably would've had to wait until some people who were able to make better animation productions arrived on the scene. For better, crime/mystery-theme cartoons, I'd recommend Fillmore!, Sally Bollywood, Famous 5: On The Case, and Sandra, The Fairy Tale Detective, rather than any Hanna-Barbera. You seen one Scooby Doo-like show, you seen them all.