Much to the dismay of his many fans, “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” has come to an end. It’s pretty evident Cartoon Network didn’t know what to do with the series. It started out airing once a week in an evening slot. There were long gaps in between the seasons. When it did return after a long hiatus, the network shoved the rest of the episodes into one week in what appeared to be an attempt to get the whole affair over with as quickly as possible.
“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season Two Part 2: Spooky Stampede” collects the last 13 episodes of this highly acclaimed series. I admit it’s definitely different from the other shows featuring everybody’s favorite crime solving canine. There are way more adult-oriented jokes and witty pop culture nods and winks that most children of the 2000s won’t pick up on. However, I still feel it has elements which would appeal to a younger demographic. What’s not to like about a Great Dane and his gang of mystery solvers facing off against a different monster every week?
In the second half of Season Two, Scooby and the gang continue to try and solve the mystery of the Planispheric Disc. As they uncover the secrets surrounding the different pieces of the artifact, new crimes come up that need to be solved. Each clue they uncover along the way gets them closer to the truth behind the mystical Disc.
“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” is obviously a prequel to “Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?” Not to give away too much, but they’re shown heading out of their hometown of Crystal Cove in the Mystery Machine as the series closes. This leaves the viewer with the feeling that you could put the original 1969 show in your DVD player and the two would fit seamlessly together.
Unlike the original 1969 show, “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” does feature some “real” supernatural creatures. All the ghosts and monsters they come up against aren’t inept criminals wearing a mask. Much of the series stems from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and include dealings with dark forces that some parents might find too intense or offensive to their religious beliefs.
After 52 episodes, you’d think we could get some type of extra features for the final episodes of “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” How can there not be any footage of the voice actors recording their parts or animators doing what they do? Couldn’t they get the producers, director, or any of the cast members to record commentary for a few of the episodes? We get nothing here but some promotional clips for other Scooby-Doo DVDs, Zoink Points, and LEGO Batman.
“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season Two Part 2: Spooky Stampede” is a wonderful addition to the library of any fan of the Great Dane’s adventures or Hanna-Barbera enthusiasts. The monsters are scary and the mysteries will keep kids wondering who the bad guy in the mask is while laughing at the same time. Fans of all things Hanna-Barbera will love it because it incorporates classic characters from the animation studio’s colorful past such as Dr. Benton Quest and Roger “Race” Bannon from “Johnny Quest” and Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon.
“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season Two Part 2: Spooky Stampede” is available now on DVD.
For more articles by Eric Shirey, check out:
Blu-ray Review: “Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon”
DVD Review: “Scooby-Doo: 13 Spooky Tales – Holiday Chills and Thrills”
Blu-ray Review: “Big Top Scooby-Doo!”