Should Real Monsters Be Used In Scooby Doo?

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. And one thing that’s been popping into my head lately is the use of real monsters in Scooby Doo. I’ve seen many people online say they don’t like when Scooby goes the supernatural route. A viewpoint I personally don’t agree with, but one I can completely understand. After all, the original concept of Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was that it was always a bad guy in a mask, that ghosts, demons, and aliens did not exist in the real world{though somehow they had a talking dog}. I also don’t think it has always worked for the show. Just take a look at the later Scrappy Doo episodes. Those episodes were pretty terrible. There is also Scooby Doo and the Goblin King and Scooby Doo and the Samuri Sword, which I thought weren’t terrible, but pretty mediocre.

On the other hand, with so many episodes and movies, there is always a need to keep the franchise fresh and new. And when done correctly{say “Scooby Doo On Zombie Island“}, it can be great. In fact I think real monsters are needed to keep things fresh and interesting. Even though I’m sure most of us can agree that Scrappy is one of the worst Scooby Doo characters ever created, I’m kinda glad they introduced him. Had it continued on the same path as Where Are You! and The Scooby Doo Show, it probably would have become stale, something I think happened with the Direct To DVD movies. With Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Vampire, they went back to using the bad guy in a mask forumla, and they weren’t very well written or all that great in my opinion.

Bottom line? I think real monsters should be used in Scooby Doo, if done correctly of course, and they don’t overuse them.

So what do you think? Is using real monsters a good idea? Or should they be shoved under the bed?

 

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