Like many people, Scooby-Doo has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to get home after school to watch my favorite Scooby-Doo reruns, or for Saturday mornings to watch A Pup Named Scooby-Doo back when it was a brand new series and Saturday morning cartoons were king. I loved all of the incarnations of the series but my favorite was The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Every episode featured a guest star and watching my favorite superhero, Batman, working a case with my favorite teenaged sleuths (I wouldn’t discover The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew until a little later) was one of the most exciting things in my young life. Those days are long gone but thanks to a new animated feature that will throw wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan in the mix with the Mystery, Inc. crew, perhaps fans can relive a bit of the glory days.
Thanks to an announcement by one of the original wrestling superstars, Hulk Hogan, wrestling fans and Scooby fans alike have a reason to get excited.
For those that haven’t been following the adventures of Scooby and Shaggy lately, the movie that Hulk mentions, Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, was released earlier this year directly to home video. The movie was the 21st direct-to-video animated feature for the Mystery, Inc. team and represented the first movie jointly produced by WB Animation and WWE Studios, and featured John Cena, along with several other recognizable figures in wrestling. However, no matter what names they were able to boast, none of them beat THE HULKSTER!
I can’t be alone in my opinion that the WWF back in the 1980’s was really everything that wrestling should be. We had Andre the Giant, Junkyard Dog, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage, Iron Sheik…The list goes on and on. Hell, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo even had cartoon competition with another Saturday morning offering, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling.
And, let’s not forget those awesome action figures! You just couldn’t show your face around the playground unless you had AT LEAST one of these bad boys.
Scooby-Doo’s glory days have long since passed and while I have no problem sitting with my kids and watching the latest Scooby spin off, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and am actually excited for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo (the excitement is more for colorist extraordinaire Hannah Nance Parlow’s work that the show itself), even I can admit that the Mystery inc. crew is getting a bit long in the tooth. I mean, when the porn parody is better than the latest series offering, something has gone awry.
The fact that Hulk Hogan will be starring in the WrestleMania Mystery sequel will definitely pull in those looking for a bit of nostalgia and ideally, it may even introduce youngsters to the awesomeness of WrestleMania and encourage them to seek out videos of WWF’s glory days. Those days may be gone but, man, they were sweet.
Are you still following Scooby and the gang? Are you excited at the prospect of Hulk Hogan starring in an animated Scooby movie?