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My Thoughts So Far on Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? focuses on the Mystery Inc. gang as they solve bigger mysteries while also encountering many memorable celebrities, just like in The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Guest stars that have been announced for the show include Chris Paul, Sia, Halsey, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Wanda Sykes, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Mark Hamill, along with fictional characters such as Steve Urkel, Batman, Sherlock Holmes, the Flash and Wonder Woman.

I grew up watching Scooby-Doo as many of my long-time readers know. This show has inspired my love of paranormal, horror, and mystery. One of the more memorable Scooby-Doo series was The Scooby-Doo Show where celebrities of the times would guest star and help Scooby and the gang solve a mystery.

The more memorable ones for me are the episodes where celebrities like The Globe Trotters, Don Knotts, and Batman helped out with a mystery while adding a fresh breath of comic relief. A lot of people on the Internet has been wanting this idea of celebrity crossover with Scooby-Doo to be brought back. Well, they have responded with Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?. The first season isn’t over just yet, but I feel like I’ve watched enough to be comfortable giving my thoughts and feelings.

My excitement for this series following the abomination of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! was palpable. I have been DVR’ing every episode and I’ve been more or less enjoying them so far. The art style is reminiscent of What’s New Scooby-Doo? which is the series I grew up on more or less. I don’t remember a time of my life where Scooby and the crew haven’t been there.

As with all shows, each episode is a hit or miss. Not all famous people can act. Voice acting also isn’t as easy as it looks. My favorite episode so far is “Peebles’ Pet Shop of Terrible Terror” where Wanda Sykes guest stars. Most of the guest stars are more for the older generation and adults.

The reason why I liked this episode so far out of the four I’ve seen so far, is because I felt like the writing was good. I have my nitpicks with the episode, but they’re just subtle observations I’ve made. I felt like Scooby being good friends with Wanda was believable and adorable. I also liked how the writers use their friendship to show how much Scooby loves his best friend Shaggy. It felt like good character development and even though the story wasn’t the best, I still had fun watching this.

I would totally check it out if you’re a Scooby-Doo fan yourself!

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DISCUSSION: Political Correctness and the Holidays

It seems like every year around the holidays’ people find something to be outraged about. It has gotten to the point where I’m desensitized to it.

I’ve noticed that there’s been outrage around the classic Christmas cartoons Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. They’re old cartoons. Of course, this shows how much society and our culture has changed. Does this mean we should suppress it? I don’t think so.

I think we should use these classic cartoons as a teaching moment for the kids. Explain that these are classics and they’re old. Teach them whatever you don’t agree about the program, but also show them how simple and happy the cartoons are.

I believe political correctness will become a problem when we start using it to delete the past. We should be able to learn from our mistakes, not try to hide them. History is important to any culture, and to see it disappear saddens me.

I am not a Social Justice Warrior by any means, but I do have a small handful of causes I stand up for. None of which involve trying to ban classic holiday cartoons and classic Christmas songs. Let the holidays be fun, save the Social Justice Warrior stuff for the upcoming year.