Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
“Beware the Beast From Below”
Written By: Mitch Watson
Crystal Cove may be the MOST HAUNTED TOWN IN THE WORLD, but that doesnít stop Scooby and the gang from
trying to prove that most of its most famous tourist attractions were fakes (much to the anger and dwindling profits of their parents). But when a RADIOACTIVE BARREL is accidentally opened releasing a hideous SEWER BEAST that
cocoons itís victims in frozen yogurt, their mystery solving skill are put to the test.
Scooby and the gang are back for a brand new series of mystery solving, but things have been tweaked slightly. For possibly the first time ever, the teenage investigators are portrayed as teenagers, complete with parental troubles and relationship issue. But don’t think that those things take precedence over the ghosts and ghouls. Discovering who is behind the sinister apparitions and monsters is still the main focus and for once not every mystery is resolved by episode’s end. In the season opener we not only meet the parents of Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma, but are introduced to a locket and a crazy, spooky voice that promises to make life even more complicated for the Scooby Gang in the weeks ahead.
Old favorites return for this series including the legendary Frank Welker, who has voiced Fred since 1969 and also plays Scooby. Mindy Cohn returns as Velma and Grey Delisle is still Daphne. Joining these Scooby-Doo veterans is the new, official voice of Shaggy Rogers, Matthew Lillard, who many of you will remember from the 2002 and 2004 live action Scooby films. For more on Lillard’s thoughts on the role and this new series, please check out our interview with him!
Joining the series regulars is a very distinguished guest-cast which includes Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Frances Conroy, Jeff Bennett, Fred Tatasciore, Patrick Warburton, Kath Soucie, Dee Bradley Baker and Vivica A. Fox. Of special note is a sort or torch passing as Casey Kasem, who voiced Shaggy for most of the past forty some-odd years, plays Shaggy’s dad, Colton Rogers. All of these folks give fine performances and very much enrich the episode.
The animation on this is great as it is both updated, yet reminiscent of the style from the original 1969-1971 Scooby-Doo Where Are You! series. In style, story and tone the creators of this new series cater to the longtime fans of the franchise while also making a great introduction for a whole new generation of soon-to-be fans. There are even touches of the live-action films for those that were introduced to the characters then. This is a fun cartoon and I recommend it for everyone.
SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED airs Mondays at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network!