September 3, 2019
Street Date 9/3/19;
Voices of Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Stefanianna Christopherson, Heather North, Nicole Jaffe, Pat Stevens.
Warner Bros. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Scooby-Doo” in fine fashion with a gorgeous high-def presentation of the series that started it all.
The Blu-ray set includes all 41 episodes on four discs, comprising the first two seasons that ran from 1969-70, and a third season from 1978, when the “Where Are You” branding was revived after Scooby had spent most of the ’70s airing under different banners.
The episodes look remarkably clean for 50-year-old animation, with vibrant colors that pop off the screen, bringing new life and clarity to the adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang.
The set includes three new featurettes and a preview of the upcoming live stage musical Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, which looks to uphold the bizarre and trippy tradition of the franchise at its wackiest.
The best of the new extras is a 17-minute interview with voice actor Frank Welker, who has been with the show since the beginning. He chronicles how he ended up on the show, working with other castmates through the years, and how he approaches the characters, primarily Fred and Scooby.
The seven-minute “A Scooby-Doo for Everyone” is a fun index of all the various versions of “Scooby-Doo” cartoons that have been created over the years, from modern reboots to Lego parodies.
The nine-minute “50 Years of Scooby Snacks” looks at the cultural history of the show and some of the merchandising it has generated over the years.
The extras are included on the fourth disc, which also contains a trove of legacy extras, including retrospective featurettes from previous DVD releases.
The discs come in a nifty little replica of a mansion that includes a Funko Pop Scooby keychain cleverly integrated to show the character looking out one of the windows. The numbered set, from a run of 50,000, also comes with an abridged version of the Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia, which in addition to fun profiles of the main characters also takes a look at some related Hanna-Barbera characters as well.