I am a purist fan of the original Scooby Doo formula. I felt the best shows were the classic Where Are You series and I also loved the Scooby Movies and his late 70's adventures that featured Scooby Dum, and even Blue Falcon and Dynomutt and I also loved the Laff a Lympics and even the movie, Scooby Doo Goes Hollywood, but then disaster struck in 1979. The introduction of Scrappy Doo!!
Now believe it or not Scooby fans, the only Scrappy shows I liked were: The first season in 1979 because the entire gang, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy were still together solving mysteries and the two part episodes that reunited the full cast in the New Scooby Doo Mysteries of 1984. I'll never forget episodes that featured the Lady Vampire of the Bay and the Minotaur and even the final episode where Shaggy and Scooby are abducted and Scrappy gets two of his old neighborhood pup pals to help rescue them. The late Lennie Weinrib voiced over Scrappy in this one good season and his Scrappy was known for saying stuff like "Ruff and double ruff!" as well as his "Puppy Power" bugle call. Weinrib's Scrappy at least sounded like a tough pup from the Bronx. At least in this series, the gang had an even number and in split ups, it was simple, you had Fred and the girls and Shaggy and the dogs. It's also interesting to note that Velma's voice changed during this season. Pat Stevens had been doing her voice since 1976, but she ultimately got replaced by a lady named Maria Frumkin. This would probably be the only Scooby and Scrappy series I would buy if it makes it to DVD.
The second year was the start of the series slow gradual decay. In the second year, the series ran alongside Richie Rich cartoons and got blended in with them. There were three short episodes each week (The SuperFriends did the same thing that year). And at that point, the gang was disbanded. Only Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy Doo were in the series and all they did was travel all over and get into comical jams. No more mystery solving. This show was played strictly for laughs. Look for a similar review on the Richie Rich Scooby and Scrappy Doo page. If the show had to have a reduced cast, at least it was evenly divided. Unfortunately, Don Messick took over the Scrappy voice and did double duty as Scooby and Scrappy. Anything to save money I guess.
The third year was probably the most mediocre by having the three of them working for the Fearless Detective Agency owned by Shaggy's unseen Uncle Fearless, but their attempts at solving mysteries were just not the same without Fred, Daphne, and Velma in the picture.
In the final analysis, the only Scooby series with Scrappy I would recommend would be the 1979 year with the whole gang still together.
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