Guest post by Quincy Lester.
Scooby-Doo is one of the great cartoon programs in the history of television. It is show of mystery and intrigue that has captured the imaginations of children of all ages with its cast of fun characters and autistic dog. Sticking to a formula of scary phantoms and twist endings, Scooby-Doo stands on its own when compared to Hitchcock movies and modern gore based horror.
The pinnacle of all Scooby-Doo shows is the “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” Halloween special. Like peanut butter and jelly, Abbott and Costello, it was only natural that Scooby-Doo and Halloween would be a match made in heaven. The plot centers around the sultry nerd Velma and a surprise visit from her relatives, but the get together is ruined when the town is inundated with ghosts and crows. This is the part where it gets really interesting, as the audience is then forced to debate what is more scary: real beasts of the night or the fantastical phantoms we invent in our minds. It is a philosophical question of the higher accord. We must deduce whether it is fear itself that scares us, or things that are actually fearsome. Of course, as Scooby-Doo shows are wont to do, the scariest thing always turns out to be greed, as we learn that most of the ghosts are actually capitalists trying to scare kids for monetary gain.
I watched the Scooby-Doo special on the Cartoon Network on satellite TV from Cannon Satellite.