What's New, Scooby-Doo? is the ninth incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoonScooby-Doo. A revival of the original show, What's New, Scooby-Doo? aired for three seasons on the now-defunct WB Television Network's "Kids WB" Saturday morning programming block as a half-hour program, before being put on an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Reruns are shown on the Cartoon Network.
42 episodes have been produced so far, in 3 14-episode seasons (2002-3, 2003-4, 2004-5).
The show follows the original mystery-solving formula of the series, but done in a more "realistic" manner compared to the previous shows, with the classic gang encountering monsters who invariably turn out to be people in disguise. Most of the stories make an attempt to modernize the Scooby universe by introducing plots spotlighting modern trends and technology, such as the Internet (ala The Fairly Odd Parents). The characters remain mostly the same as always, with a few cosmetic changes (most notably, Fredno longer wears his famous ascot in this series), and a few minor personality changes (most notably Fred being less intelligent than he was in the franchise prior to the late 1980s.)
With Don Messick's retirement in 1996 (he died the following year), Frank Welker, the voice of Fred, took over as Scooby's voice. Casey Kasem returned as Shaggy, Grey DeLisle took over Daphne's role, having previously assumed the role in 2001 for Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, while former Facts of Life actress, Mindy Cohn, took over Velma's. The new show follows the same format as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, updated somewhat for the 21st century, but with new-age music genres and unique newly-recorded Foley effects to replace the classic Hanna-Barbera sound effects. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the studio famous for bringing Looney Tunes to life, which had by this time absorbed Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. (It should be noted, however, that the copyright notice at the end of each episode credits "Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc." as the author).
- Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones
- Casey Kasem as Shaggy Rogers
- Grey DeLisle as Daphne Blake
- Mindy Cohn as Velma Dinkley
Recurring charactersEdit Edit
- Eddie Deezen as Gibby Norton
- Jeff Bennett as Mr. B
Episode Guide Edit
- For a complete guide see What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode list
- Season overview
- What's New, Scooby-Doo? season 1
- What's New, Scooby-Doo? season 2
- What's New, Scooby-Doo? season 3