Saturday, December 20, 2008

"Bravo Dooby Doo"

This post has little to do with Looney Tunes, but it DOES have something to do with classic animation. And I'm not even talking about "Scooby Doo" or even "Johnny Bravo", per se. It just serves as sort of a follow-up to the announcement of the Cartoon Network Looney Tunes marathon this upcoming New Years' Day. In its heyday, Cartoon Network had a huge respect for classic animation, and so did the creators of their original "World Premiere Toons", later known as "What A Cartoon" and "Cartoon Cartoons".

This particular cartoon short from the "Johnny Bravo" series is a brilliant parody of the original Hanna-Barbera "Scooby Doo: Where Are You?" TV series, but it also has three brilliant classic cartoon references: Keep a lookout for the reference to Disney's Donald Duck/Chip and Dale classic "Donald Applecore", and the Tex Avery "door-chase" gag from MGM's "Lonesome Lenny". If that isn't enough, there's even a reference to Joe Barbera. Sadly, in just ten years since this was made, Cartoon Network has devolved past anything this clever.


James E. Daniels said...

This one is my absolute fave Scooby-Doo parodies. Even though it's the characters making fun of themselves!
"Jinkies? Isn't that a breakfast cereal or something?"
"Maybe there's food in this "insert location here"."

Brubaker said...

I actually saw this episode the day it first aired. I was living in Tennessee when Johnny Bravo and Cow & Chicken first premiered on CN. I was a faithful watcher back then.

I remember that I didn't get the Speed Buggy reference until few years later when CN Japan started airing them. Man, Mel Blanc must've really had to pay his bills.

Anonymous said...

lol Don Knotts

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