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A cartoon which figured prominently in my childhood was Scooby Doo! 

 

It set me firmly on a path of loving mysteries and horror plots. The star is Scoobert Doo, a very lovable dog with a heart of gold. Scooby is a great dane, a breed that should be protective, but instead he was always eating, joking around or slacking off with his bestie Shaggy. Scooby’s worst fault is that he is scared of every monster or haunted situation. Our own dog was a lot like Scooby Doo, but she was very protective. Her hackles would’ve raised or she’d have delivered a warning growl if anything scared me.

 

The show was on TV once a week, and each episode they would be called to help in a new location. The gang travelled in the Mystery Wagon which was decorated in a very ‘70s surfer vibe. My family had a recreational vehicle like theirs. Freddy drove the van but was my least favourite character. He seemed to lack a sense of humour so, despite being very chivalrous, he was judgemental if Shaggy and Scooby started goofing around.

 

I was never sure which girl was a more fitting role model. I admired how brainy Velma was, the gang always needed her input to identify the culprit or piece together the elements of each mystery. When she was partnered with Shaggy and Scooby, it was the team that seemed to have most fun. Her clothes were dull though, socks and flat shoes worn with a skirt and an orange polo neck sweater.

Daphne’s wardrobe didn’t excite me any more than Velma’s to be honest. A self confessed tomboy, I disliked her dainty shoes while the only redeeming feature about  her dress was its colour, purple! What appealed to me about Daphne was her vulnerability. I envied how often she got kidnapped and had to be rescued. In terms of kink, I read this now as a clue that in later life, bondage and domination scenarios would turn me on. Back then it was just fun, and part of the crime solving adventures.

I’ve barely mentioned Shaggy because his main function is humorous sidekick to Scooby. He’s a laid back dude, sporting a weird bunch of bristles instead of a beard and wearing brown flared trousers typical of 1970s. Most notably he had a huge appetite, to the point of eating a dog biscuit (Scooby Snack) if pushed!

The main thing about the mysteries that the gang solved is that they were always an illusion. The climax was always a big reveal where masks got pulled off. The scary creature or ghost was often a minor character wearing a disguise and bearing a grudge : the caretaker or old man Wiggins. There is even a Scooby Doo interpretation of the Sleepy Hollow legend. The scary start of each episode then the sleuthing and crazy chase which followed would culminate in a happy ending. This was ideal for me as a child because I wasn’t left wondering if the scary creature was hiding under my bed or in the woodshed!

 

This post is submitted for #WickedWednesday,, click the link to see who else is participating for the prompt Looney Tunes

 

Comments (11)

  1. Reply

    I remember watching Scooby Doo, but I don’t remember the details of too many episodes. I think the only one I remember in slight detail is the Loch Ness episode. But it’s interesting how your interests back then translate into kink in adulthood.

    • p0sy

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      Thanks for the feedback Sass C – I’m fascinated by the Loch Ness Monster! Yes you’re absolutely right we don’t always know when the ‘seeds’ get sown.

  2. Reply

    This cartoon continued for many years i think – and the characters always wore the same clothes lol. Also I always wondered what scoobys owner was doing with a load of teens – he seemed a lot older
    xx

    • p0sy

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      Thanks May – it did, I watched it with my kids, the youngest was a big fan! Same clothes – yep! I always imagined Scooby was a ‘free’ dog with Shaggy as his best friend rather than an owner.

    • p0sy

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      Thanks Marie, yes it’s a firm favourite at our house, even the more recent (non cartoon) films were lots of fun.

  3. Reply

    Ah the good ole days of innocent cartoons and now that we are adults we see how certain characters spoke to us and what we would be like as adults. Guess that is why I liked Boris in the Rocky Bullwinkle show.
    At least you have the comfort in knowing the monsters there were nothing more than real eople in disguise, actually that is close to truth too…

  4. ML

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    It’s so cool how something you watched back in the day is something I also watched as a child. I was never too into it because I felt things were a bit predictable and too much made for entertainment? (Keep in mind the boy in the striped pyjamas was my favourite film for a few years lol) but scooby doo is such a staple!

    • p0sy

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      Ahh I cant disagree ML, it was predictable plot-wise, but that makes for comforting viewing sometimes! There’s even a phrase now “the Scooby Doo ending,” depicting something safe and predictable! I’ve only ever seen 1 story where the spooky thing they investigate turns out to be real. Boy in the striped pyjamas is heart-breaking!

  5. Reply

    Thanks Lord Raven, I’m glad you can see where I was coming from. I don’t know the Rocky Bullwinkle show, but your final observation strikes a chord.

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