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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: Season 1 V.1'
(Animation / DVD / NR / 2011 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Hop in the van for Mystery Inc.'s new, cool series of spooky capers. Like, it's an all-new Scooby-Doo TV series for families who want their mysteries like Scooby-Doo and Shaggy want their pizza … spicy with extra sauce! Join the gang in Crystal Cove--the most haunted place on Earth--to solve creepy cases packed with fearsome spooks and frights, exciting chases, terrifying surprises and of course, Freddy’s ingenious traps!

DVD Verdict: For those not in the (new) know, the creators of 'Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated' have embarked on a complete change in personality of both Fred and Velma! Why, I hear you ask? I know not, I reply, shoulders shrugged! I'm certainly not one to mind changes, but they've nearly ruined the very essence of what made these two characters great (not to mention what made them work, and stand the test of time, for over 40 years now).

I think I understand what they were trying to do, but they just went WAY too far with it. They should have kept both of these characters in the same vein as the "What's New Scooby Doo" series, which I think was a perfect blend of the original characters updated slightly with some more humorous elements.

Unfortunately, this change makes this series a little hard to swallow. On top of this, about half the episode's storylines are REALLY weak. The only thing that saves this series is that it's Scooby Doo, and Scooby Doo is awesome! Indeed, Scooby is unchanged, Shaggy is great (and Matthew Lillard is great), and there's some really entertaining and witty humor and dialog thrown in here and there throughout all the episodes.

Plus, SOME of the story content is good, and Mister "E" is kind of interesting. Combined together, despite being personally really disappointed in a show that had huge potential for greatness. The show still manages to maintain itself as an enjoyable watch for me. I really hope they straighten out some of what they've messed up on here as future episodes unfold.

Lasty, whoever is writing this series, they need to be paying attention to the latest Scooby movies that have been made. Camp Scare and Abracadabra Doo, because both of those were simply brilliant in every way, from characters to storylines. It's obviously a different set of people that must be working on the movies and the series. [RB] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.