Tuesday, June 25 2013, 11:32 AM MDT
DVD Review: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated - Spooky Stampede
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Animation, Family, Mystery
Street Date: June 18, 2013
Available On: DVD
The continuing adventures of Scooby-Doo and his friends Velma, Daphne,
Shaggy and Fred as they look to rid Crystal Cove of evildoers.
Recommendation: There wasn’t really any sort of deep-rotted nostalgia to be felt when I sat down with Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Spooky Stampede. Growing up I had a passing interest in The Scooby-Doo Show and reruns of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!. I’d watch it whenever I happened to catch it, but unlike The Transformers or He-man and the Masters of the Universe I wasn’t overly upset when I missed an episode. So when I say that Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
is without question my favorite reboot of any animated series from my
childhood it’s not just me grandstanding in hopes of getting noticed.
looks and feels a lot like the classic episodes I watched in my youth.
Where the series sets itself apart is that it is the first to contain an
ongoing story arc, rather than just collecting a bunch of stand-alone
episodes. It also features an impressive amount of pop culture
references pulled mostly from horror films and ’80s subcultures. In the
case of “Dance of the Undead” the writers present a plot that pairs a
presumed dead on-hit-wonder ska band against an all-girl goth group and
the results are brilliantly funny. It’s often absurd, but that’s all
part of the charm.
Sadly Spooky Stampede, which contains the fianal 13 episodes from the second season, is Mystery Incorporated’s
swan song. I doubt that it will be the last we see of Scooby-Doo, but I
can’t imagine that the next series will be able to match the wit of
If you enjoyed the original series or are
simply looking for a clever cartoon that can be as entertaining for
adults as it is for children I highly recommend picking up Spooky Stampede along with its previous volumes The Complete Season 1 (which was initially split into four volumes) and Danger in the Deep.
-Ryan Michael Painter