Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Are Back!
Mon, April 19, 2021

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Are Back!

The beloved characters of Scooby-Doo are Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. / Photo by: orionpozo via Flickr

 

Growing up in the 70s, TV viewers have become familiar with the mystery-solving group of teenagers and their lovable Great Dane. Shaggy, Velma, Fred, Daphne, and of course their dog Scooby-Doo have been on our TV screens since 1969, keeping us company with their supposedly spooky adventures as we spend our afternoon after classes. After many adaptations on both small and big screens, the highly successful animated series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” finds its way back in the silver screen with a star-studded voice cast to bring life to members of the bumbling yet always-successful-in-the-end ghost-busting gang. 

The Beat, a website that provides information about comics, movies, TV, toys, and fan culture, reported that as the Scooby-Doo franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary, its Emmy-award winning animator Tony Cervone works on the latest animated film for the “Scooby-Doo” franchise. 

The animated movie titled “Scoob” slated for a May 15, 2020 release is going to be the first big-screen outing for the whole gang since 2004’s “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.” Digital Spy, a British entertainment, television, and film website, mentioned in an article that the latest movie will feature the Mystery Inc. teaming up with other popular heroes of the Hanna-Barbera universe. 

“Scoob!”

Just recently, the trailer for the upcoming animated film dropped and it hinted of the movie including an origin story for the gang. It was evident seeing how a young Shaggy met a pup named Scooby-Doo. This direction for the movie is a great idea as it elicits feelings of innocence and warmth with the whole “young kid meets and bonds with a puppy” plot. However, it was also shown that the film will not entirely focus on the origin story but  will also jump ahead into the present where the gang will need to prevent a “dogpocalypse.” 

“Scoob!” will star Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee, Zac Efron as Fred, Will Forte as Shaggy, John Isaacs as Dick Dastardly, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne, Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon, and Frank Welker, who will reprise the role of Scooby-Doo. 

Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the upcoming animated film. Forbes, an international media website, shared that it can be a good thing for the company after its 2019 version of the “Lego Movie” failed to surpass the success of the previous film. 

 

Mystery Inc. has been part of everyone’s childhood as they unmasked ghouls, mummies, or ghosts and outed them as mortals who were up to no good. / Photo by: Pat Loika via Wikimedia Commons

 

Getting to know the Mystery Inc.

Mystery Inc. has been part of everyone’s childhood as they unmasked ghouls, mummies, or ghosts and outed them as mere mortals who were up to no good. Young people might not notice how this kind of cartoon can mold our behavior growing up based on which character from the series was our favorite. Here then are the beloved character’s description and the psychology behind their behavior:

Fred Jones – Our blonde gang leader who wears his infamous orange Ascot tie is said to be a consummate professional shown by the way he deals with the clients of Mystery Inc. and with the final reveal of the real villain. Wired, a monthly American magazine, mentioned on their website that Fred’s character is diagnosed as a classic narcissist. It is evident from the start that his character displays self-centered qualities, which means that he clearly has issues with vanity and self-esteem.

Daphne Blake – As a child, we rooted for Daphne and Fred as our early love team who solves mysteries together while having a little romance on the side. Daphne is your typical “pretty one” who is also the center of attention because of her wealth and extraordinary good looks. Her clumsy behavior always puts her into a spot—getting kidnapped or breaking something around her. She is also the epitome of the typical stories where there is a damsel in distress and the gang has to save her, and usually, it is Fred who always comes to her rescue. 

Velma Dinkley – According to the article in Wired, Velma displays obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, which is different from obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCPD is a type of behavior where one has to do everything that needs to be done by following thorough rules and regulations. She is also quick to solve puzzles and put together the circumstances that are very essential in solving the main puzzle of each episode in the series. 

Shaggy – His character is part of a very common plot where friendship is the central theme. He’s your typical funny, paranoid, and dim-witted character who looks like a pothead. Shaggy displays extreme cowardice, which is not a side effect of implied drug use. Instead, Wired mentioned that Shaggy’s character is a lesson against the dangers of drug use. His constant craving for “Scooby Snacks” and the other weird snack foods makes him quite the least efficient in the gang, and it makes you ask yourself, “Why do they keep Shaggy on their mission?”

Scooby-Doo – Although he’s not a human, Scooby-Doo can talk. Scoob is an intelligent dog that thinks he is human. Unlike his relatives, though, Scooby displays cowardice similar to Shaggy.