This binge-watch recommendation is of the “I’m not just the president, I’m also a client!” variety. I was just bingeing this show last weekend myself, and it was a delight. I have recommended a few family-friendly cartoons previously, and this is another one from that vein. After all, I had to get a free trial of the Boomerang app to watch it. It was worth it though, because I found Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! quite delightful.
I grew up on reruns of the original Scooby-Doo cartoon. It’s…not great. The animation is fun but the show is so slow and repetitive and not really funny. A few years ago I watched Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated, which was a serialized, slightly-serious version of the show with bits of humor. I really ended up enjoying it. I mean, Martha Quinn was in an episode as herself! They were trying to speak to an adult audience to some degree.
Be Cool is more cartoon-y, but in a good way. It’s the same premise as every version of Scooby-Doo, so I don’t need to go into that. All I really need to do is tell you how it differs from other versions and why I like it. I dig the animation of this show. It’s cartoon-y, like I said, but in a bright, delightful way I like. The character design is cool too. Most importantly, this is definitely the funniest version of Scooby-Doo I’ve ever seen. It’s got a high joke count in every episode, and most of them are at least somewhat funny. Any show that doesn’t exclude kids from the audience (which is really what separates something being for a general audience and being specifically for children) has some jokes that aren’t going to hit for me as an adult. I don’t need edge, though. I appreciate a dark adult comedy, but I just like funny stuff.
There’s plenty of laughs to be had in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. This show also has the best versions of Daphne and, possibly, Scooby himself I’ve seen. Daphne is usually an afterthought, so what they do in this show is let her just be a weirdo who is always picking up new hobbies or interests. I like it. It helps keep the show fresh. After all, even a good version of Scooby-Doo has some repetitiveness baked in. And yet, that’s not a bad thing for a binge. Think of all those Law and Order marathons people have found themselves watching over the years. This is like a fun version of that.
So yeah, if you have any affinity for cartoons, or Scooby and the gang, get yourself a trial of the Boomerang app, or heck it’s only five bucks a month if you love cartoons or have kids, definitely check out Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! this weekend.