Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Is probably the most controversial incarnation of Scooby since Get A Clue. From the animation to the designs of the characters, this show had a lot of things going against it. I tried to keep an open as much as possible despite the animation choices.. While I can’t say I loved the first episode of Be Cool, it was a very good start to a series that shows lots of potential.
Let’s start with the most controversial aspect of this show: the animation. I admit, I wasn’t really a fan of it upon first viewing. I think it comes down to the design of the gang. Something about them just irks me the wrong way. It’s weird too. The rest of the animation is just fine. I like the color palette, I like the design of the villain. It’s the designs of the human characters that bug me.
Thankfully, the writing totally makes up for the animation. Be Cool is meant to be a lighter approach to Scooby after the darker Mystery Incorporated. I usually don’t like when they put all the focus on comedy. I prefer a good balance of comedy and mystery/horror. I think it works here though. There were many great moments throughout the episode. Shaggy and Scooby getting stuck in the vending machine with the ghost, Velma’s “I hurt books” line, even Daphne’s hand puppets. I was worried that gag would go beyond the first episode. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
There are a few changes to our beloved gang. The biggest one is Kate Micucci as Velma. I didn’t end up liking her as much as I thought I would, but she’s perfectly fine in the role. Interestingly enough, Some of Fred’s personality has been toned down a bit and put onto Daphne. Daphne seems more ditzy in this version. Hey, as long as Fred’s not obsessed with traps, that’s a good thing in my book.
Overall a decent start to a new series. While the animation leaves a lot to be desired, the writing and humor makes up for it. If you are on the fence about this show, I say give it a chance.