Back in the 80s, 90s, and even the early 2000s, many cartoons took on the concept of taking already existing characters and making them younger. Some examples of these included Baby Looney Tunes, Flintstones Kids, Muppet Babies, and Tom and Jerry Kids. All of these varied on the level of success. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was an attempt to do the same with the Scooby Doo characters. Yet it proved to do more than just merely make the characters younger.
The theme song was very catchy but the show also had chase songs as well each one unique to each episode. The show hilariously parodied various aspects of the Scooby-Doo incarnations. This included the mystery, the search for clues, the chase scene, Shaggy and Scooby disguising themselves to trick the monster. The one problem about this is that during the chase scenes they would reuse the same dance animations and unlike the original series, the franchise had a bigger budget this time around so I’m not sure why they confined to the same movements.
Because the show was a parody, it was allowed to go over-the-top in its stories and animation and not be overly confined by the rules of reality that the other incarnations were sometimes limited to which led to some funny gags. Velma’s briefcase, for instance, could have a giant computer or any piece of analytical equipment she needed to investigate. Scooby could twist his body when describing the form of a monster or when given a Scooby snack could turn into a rocket or fly. Daphne was able to call her butler Jenkins at any point for the silliest of reasons. Fred always blamed Red Herring for each crime (although there was one episode where Red Herring actually was the culprit). Sometimes the characters would even break the fourth wall.
The animation is a rather different style compared to past incarnations. The animation was often zany and exaggerated much like classic Looney Tunes. When the characters saw a monster they reacted and moved in over-the-top cartoony fashion that often reflected the parody-like nature of the show.
The characters, despite being younger, were still the same fun characters we knew. Fred is the leader often jumping to wild conclusions, Daphne is often materialistic, Shaggy and Scooby are always hungry and afraid of monsters, and Velma is the brains. Since the beginning that is often the way the characters have been and has been the heart of the shows since the franchise started in 1969.
A Pup named Scooby-Doo wasn’t the greatest incarnation for Scooby Doo but it took a couple of gimmicks and gave the show its own twists and turns in using them. In the process, the show proves to be an all-around fun version that gives it a well-deserved spot in the hall of Scooby.