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John Popa
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So much of my love of horror and monsters started with me watching Scooby when I was a kid.  Always a soft spot for the show and those characters.
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I suspect that all those He-Man and Captain Planet epilogues, with a "final message" and a lesson for the kids to learn after the episode were mandatory too.

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Probably also why "Knowing is half the battle".....


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With the Scooby show it was more about the mystery. In elementary school I would write short stories using those basic formulas they used.
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I remember "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo" being cited by a Christian group as the occult influencing children!!!
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Christian groups sure donít trust their God much, do they? Heís supposed to be all-powerful, yet theyíre convinced the least little things can tear down his mighty edifices and pour corruption over everyone.

I suppose itís the same mentality that drives them to attack and brutalize anyone who doesnít believe as they do. They just donít trust their God to do his job.

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"I remember an interview with Bruce Timm about BATMAN TAS and he said that by the current regulations at the time they couldn't even show Batman punching a person in a Saturday morning cartoon. Fortunately, WB lobbied and got to change that."

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Timm won an even bigger fight - the guns fired in B:TAS didn't fire lasers!
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Remember the original SuperFriends cartoon (1973) with Wendy and Marvin? They hardly had rip rousing adventures. Super heroes who basically came across misguided ecowarriors. Great opening though.
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The Superfriends also faced a number of ecological or nature-based crises. But yes, with the kids around, there wasn't much of a venue for real hero vs villain action.
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I really enjoyed the version of the gang in Mystery Incorporated. I saw it as Scooby by way of Buffy and Veronica Mars.
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As noted, I didnít watch SCOOBY-DO, but I picked up enough by osmosis to know there were no actual supernatural elements in the mysteries the gang solved. At least originally. Is that still the case?
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They've been using supernatural elements in some Scooby Doo projects since SCOOBY DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND (1998), which had actual zombies and werecats in it. But most of the time the villains still would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids and their mangy dog. (ie, its usually still fake.)

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Timm won an even bigger fight - the guns fired in B:TAS didn't fire lasers!

They went the other way. I seem to remember hearing/reading that the network censors (at Fox, of all places!) dictated that the criminals on the show primarily use Tommy guns instead of handguns, ostensibly because it would be more difficult to emulate the criminal actions depicted with such outdated weapons. 

They would also obscure face punches with flashes, or you would sometimes just hear them off-camera. 

Is that how the thought process works? "The cartoon I watched as a child has inspired me to shoot at some people in a crime spree, but if I can't look like a 40's gangster doing it, never mind. It's not worth being punched non-graphically in the face by a dark vigilante."






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