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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Creative Writing: Scooby Doo Meets....

Growing up we watched a lot of Scooby-Doo in my family. They were always on whenever we needed a distraction. Some of my favorites were from the 1970s and featured the Headless Horseman or the ones where Scooby Doo meets Batman and Robin. I later found out that there was a whole series of Doo mysteries centered around bringing in a special guest or guests like the Adams Family. These were called The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Every show featured a special guest that involved themselves somehow with the episode.

Feeling uncreative last summer I put in a few episodes on dvd and started to wonder what some of the guest stars from our more recent popular culture might have been if they were to restart the New Scooby-Doo Movies series again at the present time. Imagine: Scooby-Doo meets Lady Gaga or Scooby-Doo meets Shaq and Charles Barkley. Scooby-Doo meets Jerry Seinfeld might have an interesting appeal. Scooby-Doo meets Dick Cheney might be too scary for some of us. I finally found one I thought would make a interesting episode. Here is the first part of the opening scene.....

Pointing his flashlight, he caught a glimpse of a lanky figure near the far side of the hall.

“FBI. FREEZE! Put your hands on your head and slowly turn around.” yelled a voice in the dark.

“Oh man don't shoot. I'm just a guy in a super creepy place” a quivering figure spoke.

“Slowly turn around and keep your hands on your head.” the voice sternly warned the frazzled young man.

As the man turned around, the light from the flashlight filled his range of vision. He squinted in an attempt to make out the face of man behind the light. To no avail all he could see was the bright white of the light. His ears could hear the creaking of the floorboards as the man walked closer and closer with each creak of the floor. The light grew brighter and brighter until he could begin to make out a body. A typical, generic FBI agent started to take shape.

“Alright 'man', let me check those pockets. Just hold still.” as he began to pat down the man.. “handkerchief, loose change, wait...what is this? Honey Mustard? Relish, a jar of pickles olive-loaf, salami, turkey, a wedge of swiss cheese and a box of dog snacks. You eat dog treats? No I.D., but enough ingredients to make one horrible sandwich” the flabbergasted agent noted.

I wrote up about five pages worth of material before I clicked save and filed it away on my hard drive before I stumbled upon it again tonight. This opening scene was inspired by if the Scooby-Doo gang ran into Agents Mulder and Scully while on the case.

Scooby-Doo is one of the most enduring television franchises in history. It has been on television through new programming or reruns since 1969. Over 20 direct to video films, a few live action movies, video games on formats ranging from the Commodore 64 to the Wii.
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