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Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated - Sneak Peak Episode "Review"

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This summer, Scooby-Doo and the gang are coming back in this all-new, Cartoon Network exclusive cartoon, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated. The cartoon revolves around the gang solving mysteries in the small, tourist town of Crystal Cove.

The first episode - entitled "Beware the Beast from Below" - aired Thursday, April 5, 2010 on Cartoon Network. Note that this episode is a "sneak peak" at things to come; the show doesn't truly start until sometime this summer (a specific date has yet to be announced). Listed below is a general overview of some of the things I noticed in this new installment in the Scooby-Doo series:

  • First off, the animation style is way different from previous installments (not counting the new movie "Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra-doo" which is does share similar art styles with.)
  • The voice cast of "What's New Scooby-Doo" returns except for Casey Kasem; Matthew Lillard (Shaggy from the live-action Scooby-Doo movies) now voices Shaggy.
  • The gang is definitely not welcomed to solve mysteries in this town, especially by the town sheriff (Who is voiced by Patrick Warburton by the way.)
  • It is referenced that the gang live in Crystal Cove; I always thought they lived in Coolsville...
  • Velma and Shaggy in a secret relationship (WTF?!)
  • Fred's father is the Mayor of Crystal Cove; in "Scooby-Doo: Pirates Ahoy!" Fred's dad was a chubby, blonde-haired man voiced by Tim Conway
  • Fred is completely oblivious to the fact that Daphne wants needs him.
  • This series seems to be a little more "mature" (a tad bit gruesome compared to the others); show seems to be targeting teens and adults rather than little kids
  • The gang's "hangout" appears to be at a radio station; the radio station - KGOUL 101.4 - is hosted by the gang, as well as an unnamed African-American woman.
  • The culprit in this episode was definitely not expected and I hope it's this way for the rest of the series.
  • Although it is expected that each episode will contain the gang solving mysteries, it appears that there will also be a back story involving some mystery man named "Mr. E" that will either continue the whole series or just the season (think "Supernatural" - a show that airs on the CW) or even just be a segue into the next episode.
That's about all I noticed in this "sneak peak" episode. Overall it was a good episode, but it wasn't great. It's something that you're going to have to watch a few episodes of to see if it is something that will be truly enticing. The show does seem like it could be really interesting, what with the mystery of this "Mr. E" character, as well as the new "mature" take on the series. I'm also kind of interested in where this new Shaggy and Velma relationship will go as well.

Of course, if you missed the episode and are interested in watching it, it shouldn't be too much trouble to find

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updated April 16th, 2010 at 08:51 PM

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