Scooby-Doo Where Are You


#1

So I have a Protestant friend who refuse so to let his kid watch Scooby-Doo because he believes that the concept of the series may make the kid an atheist or otherwise corrupt his faith. I myself grew up watching classic cartoons and the big one for me was always Scooby-Doo, I liked the mystery solving aspect mixed with my love of classic horror movies, and it had no bearing on my faith growing up whatsoever. I’m not gonna argue with him over how to raise his kid, but I was wondering what’s some of you may think about how he may have jumped to his conclusion.

And yes, I have seen the 1990s animated movies and the live action movies.


#2

Your friend realizes that the monsters are just people in costumes, right?


#3

I grew up on the orginal cartoon and loved it. Haven’t seen the movies because they look too dumb for words.

Many Protestants, especially fundamentalists, are extremely wary of anything too do with ghosts, witches, spirits, or magic. They ban everything and anything that mentions those things, like Harry Potter, Disney movies, Ghostbusters, Jumanji, etc. because they are afraid their kids will be corrupted by them and snared by the devil.

Of course some Catholics do this, too.

Usually Narnia and Tolkien’s books get a free pass, though.


#4

The more you make something taboo, the more others will seek it out. It seems counterintuitive to try to try to ban something one is afraid other to see. This child of the protestant of whom you speak, will probably watch Scooby Doo with friends in a place other than his own home. The better tactic would be for the parent to watch Scooby Doo with the child and teach whatever lessons the parent wants the child to learn.


#5

Perhaps he is one of those people who doesn’t like Halloween or ghost mystery stories because he thinks they’re Satanic or some such nonsense. Never mind that every single purported ghost in the Scooby Doo show gets revealed as a fake plot by a villain at the end.

The whole show is modeled on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” TV show which is hardly offensive to anyone’s faith.

Parents get some extremely wack ideas about what to let the kids watch or not watch. I remember one of my relatives making a big deal about what music videos and TV shows her kids were allowed to watch. Her kid is now in college, goes drinking using a fake ID, and lives with their opposite sex partner. I don’t think closely monitoring kid’s TV viewing did much to influence the kid’s choices in the long run.


#6

He thinks because the formula includes a denial of the supernatural that it will make the kid question if his belief in God may working the same way.


#7

I somehow managed to watch Scooby Doo for years as a child without once associating it or any other Saturday cartoon show with “God” in any way, shape or form. It was about four kids who rode around in a van with a dog eating pizza, not about apologetics.


#8

More like denial of superstition.


#9

I watched all the Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool Scooby-Doo episodes along with some from What’s New Scooby-Doo. Not to mention some of the movies and specials.


#10

Some people are crazy.

Here’s a few things that happen to their children who are subjected to this.

  • they turn into that obnoxious guy at school and work who think they are better than everyone
  • they turn to cults and cult-like organizations to maintain the control their parents had in their lives.
  • they go off the deep end because they realize their parents had stupid restrictions and throw out everything they learned, the good and the bad

You need new friends.


#11

Typically this. Eventually they realize that the idea that a cartoon about a dog and his stoner friend solving mysteries is a Satanic plot is ridiculous. Then they think, “well, if that’s idiotic, all that stuff my parents told me about Jesus must be nonsense too…”


#12

Scooby and the gang always find the Truth.


#13

You sure about Lewis and Tolkien getting a free pass?

Maybe for more mainstream evangelicals but I have heard Reformed Baptist call Tolkien a hell bound Roman Catholic.

Of course these were the same people who call women who go to University and who wear slacks as guilty of the sin of witchcraft.


#14

Yeah, I always saw it as a cartoon version of the mystery novels I’d check out from the library, just with a little ghost story twist. I never thought of it in any philosophical terms, and frankly, the shows didn’t really present themselves that way either.


#15

That’s why I said usually. :wink:

Even Fundamentalists have those on the extreme edge. I grew up knowing a lot of people like you mentioned. I don’t think they liked Tolkien too much and Narnia just got barely an ok from some because of C. S. Lewis.


#16

Oh it’s not just Jesus…it’s just everything. It affects their food eating, work ethics, financial management, clothing. Typically a train wreck.

My roommate was lucky. She grew up with that level of crazy. Freshman year she was the most obnoxious person imaginable. However, when she went home that summer her parents sat down and apologized. They were having issues with both her older siblings and younger ones and realized they’d made a mistake. A different person came back.


#17

Well as a lot of people know, Im the first one to grab the Holy Water! Definitely down on the occult, but I have ALL of the Harry Potter movies, I love horror movies unless there is too much gore, and also grew up on the original Scooby-Doo. Loved it. Liked Johnny Quest better though.

Needless to say, I love the Lord of the Rings. Normally the discussions about these things don’t bother me. Just don’t say anything bad about the Lord of the Rings. Just don’t. Not ever. :wink::wink::sunglasses:


#18

In the original Scooby-Doo cartoons, there was always a material explanation. At the end of each episode, the ghosts and monsters were always demonstrated to be fake. I don’t have a problem with that. In later seasons and in the films, the screenwriters started throwing in supernatural stuff, which I think may undermine religion and promote superstition. I remember my son, when he was younger, saying he wasn’t sure that God existed, but he believed in ghosts. Kids can get mixed up.


#19

Wow! Never knew that!
dobie


#20

Im pretty sure Scrappy Doo is the spawn of Satan


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