Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and The Bold... with Detective Chimp!

When I was a kid, the randomness of 70's syndicated TV was in so many ways, the very best thing.

Back then, television wasn't so much curated as it was available. Episodes of shows would routinely be shown out of order. One day you'd be watching an episode of Batman from 1966 with Julie Newmar chewing up the scenery and the next, one with Eartha Kitt's Catwoman just owning every damned inch of the screen.

Back then I I didn't know why my Catwoman kept changing but when a pair of cat ears would appear, I was a happy little guy.

I pretty much had the same experience with The New Scooby-Doo Movies. In the roulette wheel that was afterschool syndicated TV, you were just as likely to see Scooby and the gang team up with awesome TV mainstays as The Addams Family as you would as you would Sandy Duncan.

Yup. Sandy Duncan.

When I was a kid, one episode of The Scooby-Doo Movies was super special. Each day, I'd sit in from my tv and hope with all of my little heart that that day's episode would feature Batman and Robin as voiced by Super Friends voice actors Olan Soule and Casey Kasem.

The days that it did were some of my favorite days in front of the tv.

That's why today, when I saw the above preview, I became a kid again. Batman and Robin and The Scooby Gang.

And Batman brought friends along: Black Canary. Plastic Man. Martian Manhunter and yes, Detective Chimp.

My love for DC Comics and it's vastness was rekindled with the Batman: The Brave and The Bold cartoon series and it only becomes better with Scooby.

I'm going to get this. I don't need it to be good. Just know that right now, I'm be as happy as a kid.


You have done the inconceivable: you have made me look forward to a "Scooby Doo" adventure.

(And yes, I'm old enough to remember when they met Phyllis Diller. I'm old enough to remember when meeting Phyllis Diller was a big deal.)

What I love was that someone thought, "The comedian from The Dean Martin roasts? The kids will love that!"
Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I suspect Hanna-Barbera just needed ANY celebrity desperate enough for money to do a little voice work. As for kid-appeal ... the 70s were littered with prime-time variety shows, and any celebrity who showed up on any variety show had a roughly equal claim to fame if you were a kid. I'm mildly astonished that Tiny Tim never teamed up with Scooby Doo.

... it's a shame Scooby Doo's crossover phase didn't hit a little later, or they could have teamed up with Fonzie, or even Carmine Ragusa. Man that would have been delightfully stupid.
Well, we did get Scooby-Doo and the WWE recently.

So, I guess we're winning?
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