Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! is the twelfth incarnation of Hanna-Barbera's long-running TV series, Scooby-Doo. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. It premiered on October 5, 2015 at 7:00pm and 8:30pm, respectively. Cartoon Network stopped airing new episodes and episodes in general on March 12, 2017 with Boomerang airing one more new episode the next week. Boomerang continued to air reruns for the next twenty episodes (leaving out the one they aired exclusively) for the next year until they stopped due to committing to air the rest of season one and all of season two on their pay service site.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! aired around the world, usually on either Cartoon Network or Boomerang (or Teletoon in Canada's case).
The Scooby gang is back with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. With high school over and one last summer to live it up, the gang hits the road in the Mystery Machine, chasing fun and adventure. But monsters and mayhem keep getting in the way. The summer hook was developed before producer, Zac Moncrief and head writer, Jon Colton Barry's involvement, who chose not to be stuck down by this, but press releases chose to stick with it anyway.
- Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones. Scooby says "Ruh-Roh" sparingly because his words have been reduced, so he can be sharper and quicker; Fred has control issues and is always trying to keep the quirkier members in check.
- Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers. He managed to graduate high school, but has no foreseeable plans for the future. Shaggy's humor is styled after the Marx Brothers, making him wittier.
- Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake. Due to a rich, sheltered upbringing, she is naïve and has quirks such as wearing a beard and moustache in one episode. When Fred asks Daphne why, she simply responds by asking him why he doesn't have one.
- Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley. She's so smart that colleges apply to her, but she's socially inept. On each case, she gives a detailed illustration called "Velma's Mind's Eye."
List of episodes
- Main article(s): List of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episodes
- Richard Lee - Art director
- Jon Colton Barry - Writer; songwriter
- Zac Moncrief - Producer
Jay Bastian says of the development of this show, "The last Scooby-Doo [sic] we did was a little more intense, and a little scarier. This new one is much more cartoony and silly[…]What we've got so far is really funny."
To match the comedic tone, the gang was given a more edgy look; they're basically the hipsters of their world. The characters were redesigned by Shakeh Haghnazarian to resemble more exaggerated takes of the gang's classic designs, thus retaining their original 1969 outfits. Just like the original series, no romantic attachments within the gang were featured (a prominent feature in What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) and Scooby would have more limited "dialogue". Fred has also outfitted the Mystery Machine with a slew of gadgets.
This series reintroduced chase songs with lyrics, last used a decade earlier in What's New, Scooby-Doo.
Kate Micucci replaced Mindy Cohn as Velma for this series. Mindy's reason for leaving the role was due to her struggling with breast cancer. Despite her recovery, she was never asked by Warner Bros. to return to the role and Kate took it over onwards and into many other projects.
Online games have been developed for Boomerang UK, Zoinks Points, and the official Scooby-Doo website.
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! It's Dark Out There
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Fix & Go Mystery Machine
- No Guts, No Treats
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: Sandwich Tower
- As a tie-in to San Diego Comic-Con International 2014, TV Guide Magazine and Warner Bros. partnered up and released a special edition of their current and upcoming shows, including an exclusive preview of Be Cool, giving a glimpse of what to expect and the first look of what the whole gang will look like.
- Aside from their looks, their personalities differ to varying degrees compared to previous series. While staying essentially true to their basic persona, one of more facets have been exaggerated, and each character has been given new quirks.
- This is the first show not to involve Casey Kasem, as he had passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014.
- This incarnation of Scooby-Doo had a habit of using the popular trope of crossdressing in a lot of it. Scooby is seen dressed as a woman in many of the episodes and 65-70% of all the monsters have a different gender compared to the villain, especially in season 2. Here's a few examples.
- A common point in almost every episode is the fact that the monster(s) always chase Scooby and Shaggy, even if it is more logical for them to chase someone else. An example of this is in the episode Vote Velma, where Velma runs for mayor and the monster wants her out of the way, but still chases Scooby and Shaggy. The fact that this happens is mentioned in a number of episodes - Shaggy and Scooby complaining and Fred explaining it allows Daphne, Velma and himself to solve the mystery unhindered. Becoming fed up with constantly being in danger like this is a major plot point of How to Train Your Coward. This is delibertely subverted, however, in the episode Night of the Upsetting Shorts, where the monster will chase anyone EXCEPT Shaggy.
- One episode, Mystery 101, was included on Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon DVD.
- Season 2 of the series has not yet been released in DVD, although Halloween has been released on the Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! DVD.
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