Think Christian: Fear, Friendship, and Scoob!


Although my 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter loved every second of the new animated movie Scoob!, my favorite part arrived 12 minutes in. That’s when we get a recreation of the opening credits of the 1969 cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Set to a punchy cover of the original theme song, we watch Mystery Inc.—Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby—run back and forth through hallways, barely escaping the clutches of glowing ghosts.

Of course, nostalgia partly fuels my enjoyment. Like most monster-obsessed kids of the ’70s and ’80s, I grew up watching Scooby-Doo in syndication. I loved the show’s mix of slapstick humor and creepy creatures. But as a timid child, I especially appreciated the fact that Scooby’s friends never got hurt. No matter how bleak things might have seemed, the amateur sleuths of Mystery Inc. stood together and outsmarted the monster, ultimately revealing it to be nothing more than a guy in a mask. As the police dragged away the perpetrator, he would always bellow some variation of “I might have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for these meddling kids!”

Scoob! harkens back to those early cartoons while updating the formula. Here, celebrity talent judge Simon Cowell (voicing himself) sets the plot in motion when he dismisses Shaggy (Will Forte) and Scooby (Frank Welker, of the original series) as useless members of Mystery Inc.

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