If you don’t already know, this month’s installment of A Podcast Named Scooby-Doo! features writer and story editor, Duane Poole. Duane has worked on such shows as the Scooby-Doo/Dynumutt Hour, Laff-a-Lympics, the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show, and wrote the first feature-length primetime Scooby-Doo special, Scooby Goes Hollywood.
As part of our conversation in the second part of the interview, currently available on YouTube and from all good podcast providers, we discussed working on the character of Scrappy-Doo and the cultural hatred he seems to have gathered around himself. Duane rather enjoyed writing for the show with Scrappy around as it added a new dynamic to play with in a formula that everybody thought was starting to get really played out. Ratings were down and the ABC wanted something new and fresh that they could market to their Saturday morning audience.
When I asked Duane what people at the studio thought about the character, and whether that disdain for Scrappy was there from the start, he told me that most everyone working on the show at the time had a renewed energy for the direction the show was taking, and there was generally good feelings regarding Scooby’s nephew.
To emphasize his point, he showed me a wood carving that had been made for him by one of the artists on staff at Hanna-Barbera depicting the classic image of Scooby trying to get away while Scrappy tugs him back by the tail. Had the climate at the studio been as anti-Scrappy as people presume, it is unlikely that anyone would bother taking the time to craft such a token, and it would probably not be something Duane would hang on to and display to this day.
Since the interview was conducted via Skype video call, I was able to see the carving first hand, but with the conversation being an audio only program, we felt that posting an image of it here for your perusal would be the best way for everyone to get a glimpse at this great and unique bit of memorabilia from Duane’s collection.
And here is the basic pose the image is riffing on:
Be sure to check out both parts of my great interview with Duane Poole here, on iTunes, or through the YouTube links below: