Scooby-Doo Caracters: Scrappy-Doo
Scrappy-Doo character biography
A December 1980 episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo ("Scrappy's Birthday") depicts Scrappy-Doo's birth. Born at St. Bernard's Hospital to Scooby-Doo's sister Ruby-Doo, Scrappy idolizes his uncle Scooby and would often assist Scooby and his friends in solving mysteries. With a highly energetic and brave personality, despite his small size, Scrappy was the opposite of his uncle; Scrappy would usually insist on trying to directly fight the various monsters Scooby and his associates encountered. Related to this, one of Scrappy's catchphrases was, "Lemme at 'em! I'll splat 'em!" Another of Scrappy-Doo's catchphrases is, "Ta nanana ta daaa! (imitating a bugle playing "Charge!") Puppy power!" The character was developed by writer Mark Evanier, who has acknowledged basing his personality largely on that of the Looney Tunes character Henery Hawk.
Lennie Weinrib (1979-1980)
Scrappy-Doo's History and criticism
Scrappy-Doo was added to the cast of Scooby-Doo to save the show's ratings, which by 1979 had begun to sink to the point of cancellation threats from ABC. After his addition to the show proved to be a ratings success, Hanna-Barbera restructured the show around Scrappy in 1980. The original format of four teenagers and their dog(s) solving supernatural mysteries for a half-hour was eschewed for simpler, more comedic adventures which involved real supernatural villains (the villains in previous Scooby episodes were almost always regular humans in disguise).
Scrappy remained an integral part of the Scooby-Doo franchise, on both TV and in Scooby related licensed products and merchandising, through the end of the 1980s. He was also briefly the star of his own seven minute shorts — the Scrappy and Yabba Doo segments of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. Teamed with his uncle Yabba-Doo and Deputy Dusty, he helped maintain law and order in a small town in the American west.
In later years, the presence of Scrappy-Doo has often been criticized as having had a negative impact on the various Scooby-Doo series of the 1980s, though Scrappy does have his fans as well. Others credit Scooby-Doo's gradual decline during that period to other factors, such as the format changes. Scrappy-Doo has become the symbol of a character, usually overexuberant or cute in an irritating way, that critics say is gratuitously added to a series (see Cousin Oliver).
Due to the general perception of the character by audiences,
Scrappy-Doo has not appeared in any Scooby-related spinoffs
since the made-for-television movie Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant
Werewolf in 1988, save for the first live-action Scooby-Doo
theatrical film — where Scrappy played a decidedly negative
role as the main villain, wanting revenge on Mystery Inc.,
for abandoning and banning him years ago. His plan is foiled
and he and his minions are arrested in the end.