I always considered Scooby-Doo something or a horror primer for kids, a way of introducing terrifying supernatural concepts in a way that won’t send tots straight to therapy. And, by the time you start crushing on Daphne or Velma (and perhaps suspecting that Scoob and Shaggy are stoners) you’re ready to move on to PG-13 related horror movies.
I had outgrown Scooby-Doo by the time I hit High School, but Irish film critic and academic Ryan Hollinger focuses on a unique era in the franchise’s history. Between 8 the late 1980 and early 1990s, Hanna-Barbera made 4 straight-to-video films that remain unique and important.
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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, and Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase represent a time of change for the long-running series, an era of evolution and spiritual departure. For example, Daphne is no longer the damsel in distress and the ghosts and aliens are real.
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Official Synopsis: Screen Smart is a show celebrating Ryan’s love for film, games, art and entertainment through personal retrospective analysis that aims to explore what made them so good.
About Ryan Hollinger on YouTube: Taking my favourite movies, games, art and entertainment and celebrating them with a personal retrospective analytical treatment that both informs and delights as non-ugly as possible. Let’s just talk about cool things.