Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
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Also known as Mystery Incorporated
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.
Genre Comedy
Mystery
Adventure
Created by
Developed by Mitch Watson
Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Written by Mitch Watson
Mark Banker
Roger Eschbacher
Jed Elinoff
Scott Thomas
Directed by Victor Cook
Curt Geda
Voices of Frank Welker
Matthew Lillard
Grey DeLisle
Mindy Cohn
Theme music composer Matthew Sweet
Composer(s) Robert J. Kral
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sam Register
Producer(s) Mitch Watson
Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Editor(s) Bruce King
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) – April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05)
Chronology
Preceded by Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
Followed by Be Cool, Scooby-Doo![1]
External links
Website

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (also known as Mystery Incorporated or Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.) is the eleventh incarnation of Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo animated series, and the first incarnation not to be first-run on Saturday mornings. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network and premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on April 5, 2010, with the next twelve episodes continuing, and the first episode re-airing, on July 12, 2010. The series concluded on April 5, 2013 with two seasons and fifty-two episodes, with a total of twenty-six episodes per season. By episode count, this is the longest running Scooby-Doo series to date.

Mystery Incorporated returns to the early days of Scooby and the gang, when they are still solving mysteries in their home town, though it makes many references to previous incarnations of the franchise, not least among them many cases and creatures from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. Episode by episode, the series takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the classic Scooby-Doo formula (similar to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!), with increasingly outlandish technology, skills and scenarios making up each villain's story, and a different spin on the famous "meddling kids" quote at the end of every episode. Contrasting sharply with this, however, are two elements that have never been used in a Scooby-Doo series before: a serial format with an ongoing story arc featuring many dark plot elements that are treated with near-total seriousness, and ongoing relationship drama between the characters.

The series pays extensive homage to the horror genre, drawing on many works from film, television and literature in both parodic and serious ways, from horror movie classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, modern films such as Saw, television series Twin Peaks, and the works of H. P. Lovecraft, alongside the classic monster horror movies shown in previous series. In particular, in the second season, the central story arc of the show evolves to heavily feature the use of Babylonian mythology, exploring the Anunnaki, the Babylonian and modern pseudo-scientific concepts of Nibiru, and the writings of Zecharia Sitchin. Other Hanna-Barbera characters occasionally guest-star, including Captain Caveman, Jabberjaw, Speed Buggy, The Funky Phantom, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, and more.

As was the case with the previous three installments in the franchise, Mystery Incorporated redesigns the main characters, this time into a retro look that returns them to their original 1969 outfits, with some small changes (such as Velma now wearing bows in her hair). The series is also the animated debut of Matthew Lillard as the voice of Shaggy, after he portrayed the character in two live-action films, Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Casey Kasem, the original voice of Shaggy, voiced Shaggy's father. Linda Cardellini, who played Velma in the live-action movies, voiced Hot Dog Water, a recurring character in the series.

Plot[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Fred Jones, Jr., Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, and Scooby-Doo are a team of teen mystery solvers who live in the small town of Crystal Cove, the self-proclaimed "Most Hauntedest Place on Earth". The allegedly "cursed" town's long history of strange disappearances and ghost and monster sightings form the basis for its thriving tourist industry; as such, the adults of the town (chief among them being Fred's father Mayor Fred Jones Sr. and Sheriff Bronson Stone) are not happy that the kids are debunking all the supernatural goings-on that bring in so much revenue as the overwrought schemes of charlatans and criminals.

In addition to the traditional cases they always solve, the team finds itself being nudged into the uncovering of a dark secret that is hidden in the past of Crystal Cove. Following cryptic hints from a faceless mystery-man known only as "Mr. E." (a play on "mystery"), the gang unearths the legend of a cursed Conquistador treasure, the secret history of Crystal Cove's founding Darrow Family, and the mysterious, unsolved disappearance of four mystery-solving youths and their pet bird—the original Mystery Incorporated. Standing in the way of their solving this mystery, however, are the romantic entanglements pulling the kids apart: Shaggy finds himself unable to put his new romance with Velma ahead of his longtime friendship with Scooby, while Daphne pines for a trap-obsessed Fred, who obliviously struggles to realize he shares her feelings, too.

Season 2[edit]

The return of the original Mystery Incorporated to Crystal Cove begins a race between the two groups to locate the pieces of the enigmatic planespheric disk, which will point the way to the cursed treasure beneath the town. As the pieces are gathered, it becomes apparent that these two groups are not the only teams of mystery-solvers that have lived in Crystal Cove: many similar groups, always made up of four humans and an animal, have existed, and the secret behind their centuries-long connection will reveal the truth behind the curse of Crystal Cove. The fate of both the gang's friendship and all of reality itself hangs in the balance as extradimensional forces gather in preparation, and the time of Nibiru draws near.

Episodes[edit]

The first season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated ran for twenty-six episodes between 2010 and 2011[2] with an unknown stop to the airing of the episodes after episode thirteen. The first episode of the season premiered as a sneak peek on April 5, 2010,[3] and reaired on July 12, 2010 on Cartoon Network along with the next twelve episodes in the United States.[2] The series continued to air on Canada's Teletoons after episode thirteen.[4] The remaining thirteen episodes, dubbed as a second season by Cartoon Network, began airing in May 3, 2011 until July 26, 2011.[2] During the hiatus the first episode of the second season premiered on March 30, 2012 on Cartoon Network Videos[5] and aired on Boomerang in the UK on June 2, 2012 with four more episodes premiering until June 6, 2012. The official Warner Brothers website announced that the second season would begin airing on Cartoon Network in May 2012 but was set back to July 30, 2012 in the United States.[6] The first fifteen episodes aired on weekdays after July 30, 2012,[7] until August 17, 2012.[8] The show went on another hiatus until March 25, 2013,[7] when the remaining episodes of season two began to air in the United States and concluded on April 5, 2013.[9][10]

Each episode of the series is called a "chapter" in line with the show's overarching story, numbered from 1 to 52 across both seasons.[11]

Main characters[edit]

Episodic online video game[edit]

Cartoon Network released an episodic video game on their website called Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Crystal Cove Online, which had a new mystery every week based on the aired episode.[12] The player takes control of Shaggy and Scooby as they explore Crystal Cove, solving mysteries and helping other citizens with the rest of the gang. Although there are 52 episodes, CN stopped updating the game at the end of season 1, making the last mystery "The Freak of Crystal Cove."

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Nominated
2012 Nominated

DVD releases[edit]

Other releases[edit]

Prior to the volume releases the first episode in the series, "Beware the Beast from Below" was released as a bonus episode in the special features of Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare on September 14, 2010.[13] "Menace of the Manticore" was also released as a bonus feature on Big Top Scooby-Doo! on October 9, 2012.[14] Also, "When the Cicada Calls" from Season 1 and "The Devouring" from Season 2 were released on Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love of Snack! on January 7, 2014.[15] "Night on Haunted Mountain" was also released on Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams on May 13, 2014.[16]

Volume releases[edit]

Warner Home Video started releasing episodes to DVD on January 25, 2011 in the US. The first three volumes contain four episodes from the series each in order as they aired on Cartoon Network. The final volume (named as Crystal Cove Curse) contains the remaining fourteen episodes from the first season. The first thirteen episodes of the second season were released to DVD (which is entitled Danger in the Deep) on November 13, 2012, while the second half of season two (titled Spooky Stampede) was released on June 18, 2013. Warner Home Video began releasing volumes for the UK on August 29, 2011.

US volumes[edit]

DVD Name Release Date Episodes Included Number of Discs
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season One, Volume 1 January 25, 2011[17]
  1. "Beware the Beast From Below"
  2. "The Creeping Creatures"
  3. "The Secret of the Ghost Rig"
  4. "Revenge of the Man Crab"
1
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season One, Volume 2 May 10, 2011[18]
  1. "The Song of Mystery"
  2. "The Legend of Alice May"
  3. "In Fear of the Phantom"
  4. "The Grasp of the Gnome"
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season One, Volume 3 September 27, 2011[19]
  1. "Battle of the Humungonauts"
  2. "Howl of the Fright Hound"
  3. "The Secret Serum"
  4. "The Shrieking Madness"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 1, Part 2: Crystal Cove Curse January 24, 2012[20][21]
  1. "When the Cicada Calls"
  2. "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals"
  3. "The Wild Brood"
  4. "Where Walks Aphrodite"
  5. "Escape from Mystery Manor"
  6. "The Dragon's Secret"
  7. "Nightfright"
  8. "The Siren's Song"
  9. "The Menace of the Manticore"
  10. "Attack of the Headless Horror"
  11. "A Haunting in Crystal Cove"
  12. "Dead Justice"
  13. "Pawn of Shadows"
  14. "All Fear the Freak"
2
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 2, Part 1: Danger in the Deep November 13, 2012[22][23]
  1. "The Night the Clown Cried"
  2. "House of the Nightmare Witch"
  3. "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom!"
  4. "Web of the Dreamweaver!"
  5. "The Hodag of Horror"
  6. "Art of Darkness!"
  7. "The Gathering Gloom"
  8. "Night on Haunted Mountain"
  9. "Grim Judgment"
  10. "Night Terrors"
  11. "The Midnight Zone"
  12. "Scarebear"
  13. "Wrath of the Krampus"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 2, Part 2: Spooky Stampede June 18, 2013[24][25]
  1. "The Heart of Evil"
  2. "Theater of Doom"
  3. "Aliens Among Us"
  4. "The Horrible Herd"
  5. "Dance of the Undead"
  6. "The Devouring"
  7. "Stand and Deliver"
  8. "The Man in the Mirror"
  9. "Nightmare in Red"
  10. "Dark Night of the Hunters"
  11. "Gates of Gloom"
  12. "Through the Curtain"
  13. "Come Undone"

UK volumes[edit]

DVD Name Release Date Episodes Included Number of Discs
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Volume One August 29, 2011[26]
  1. "Beware the Beast From Below"
  2. "The Creeping Creatures"
  3. "The Secret of the Ghost Rig"
  4. "Revenge of the Man Crab"
1
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Volume Two February 13, 2012[27]
  1. "The Song of Mystery"
  2. "The Legend of Alice May"
  3. "In Fear of the Phantom"
  4. "The Grasp of the Gnome"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season One, Volume Three May 20, 2013[28]
  1. "Battle of the Humungonauts"
  2. "Howl of the Fright Hound"
  3. "The Secret Serum"
  4. "The Shrieking Madness"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 1, Part 2 August 12, 2013[29][30]
  1. "When the Cicada Calls"
  2. "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals"
  3. "The Wild Brood"
  4. "Where Walks Aphrodite"
  5. "Escape from Mystery Manor"
  6. "The Dragon's Secret"
  7. "Nightfright"
  8. "The Siren's Song"
  9. "The Menace Of The Manticore"
  10. "Attack Of The headless Horror"
  11. "A Haunting In Crystal Cove"
  12. "Dead Justice"
  13. "Pawn Of Shadows"
  14. "All Fear the Freak"

Season sets[edit]

On October 8, 2013 Warner Home Video released the first season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated on a four DVD set in the United States. On October 7, 2014 the second season was released in another 4-disc set in the US.

DVD Name Ep # Number of Discs Release Date
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Complete Season 1 26
4
October 8, 2013[31][32]
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Complete Season 2 26
4
October 7, 2014[33]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Sources for premiere date:
  4. ^ "Scooby-Doo: Mystery ... Episodes". Big Cartoon Database. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated - 'The Night the Clown Cried' Episode Info". Tv.msn.com. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
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  10. ^ "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated - 'Come Undone' Episode Info". Tv.msn.com. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  11. ^ All episodes' title cards.
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  13. ^ "Scooby-Doo: Camp Scare: Movies & TV". Amazon.com (US) Amazon.com Inc. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
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    • Note: See back of DVD picture provided by Amazon.com for bonus features, release date can be found in Product Details section.
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