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Animation news: Batfink, Walter Tetley and Scrappy Doo

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 24th 2007 2:02PM

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Guess what? Batfink is coming out on DVD in June. The set will include all one hundred episodes of the series.

Actually, screw Batfink. Here's even better news: every episode of The Ant and the Aardvark on DVD next month.

I'm going to make a confession: I actually like A Pup Named Scooby Doo better than the original Scooby Doo. I found the original rote and unimaginative, and while A Pup Named Scooby Doo wasn't exactly the greatest cartoon either, it had funky animation and a self-awareness I could really dig. As far as Scrappy Doo, the spunky little scamp many fans believe ruined the Scooby Doo series (I never thought he was that bad), you can read about his origins over on Mark Evanier's site.

One of the co-creators of Blue's Clues is co-developing a new animated series called Super Why! for PBS Kids. The series, slated for a September debut, focuses on Wyatt Beanstalk and his pals in Storybrook Village. The show is described as "interactive," most likely, one would assume, in the same vein as Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer.

Finally, here's a lengthy tribute from WFMU to Walter Tetley, the voice of Sherman on the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments on Rocky and Bullwinkle and Walter Lantz's Andy Panda. Tetley, who passed away in 1975, suffered from a rare hormonal condition that kept his voice from changing when he got older, which made him perfect for voice acting. This is something I actually wasn't aware of, but it's one more piece of information I can store away and never, ever bring up at parties because most people don't care about such things. Well, forget those people, I find it fascinating.

[Some information via Toon Zone]

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I thought that Scrappy Doo was cool in that Scooby and Scrappy show. He was a smaller version of the large dog and they drew him nicely in the animation. I don't think that Scrappy ruined the Scooby series. I actually liked the 1970-1972 Scooby shows far more than the one from 1969.

April 09 2007 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hak Foo


Thank you so much for posting this. I was so angry when these weren't included in the Pink Panther cartoons set.

I will definitely be getting these.

March 26 2007 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Kosmicki

A Pup Named Scooby Doo was a very well done series -- I've watched many episodes with my kids, and we often joke about how when something goes wrong, it had to be Red Herring's fault. The design and writing for Pup were FAR beyond the original series. 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo was also a very well done series that gets ignored or dismissed because it isn't the "classic"

and I'm glad you told me about the Ant and the Aardvark set -- I'm going to have to get that one myself -- I remember liking those shorts better than the Pink Panther back in the day.

March 25 2007 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't know that either about Walter Tetley. Very sad but at least he was able to put his voice to good use. He was great as Mr. Peabody's boy Sherman.

As for your thoughts about Scrappy, well that's gonna take me awhile to get over.

March 24 2007 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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