So there’s a new Scooby-Doo cartoon out and it is a throwback to The New Scooby-Doo Movies from the 70s where they would have famous guests who would help the gang solve a mystery. Some examples of the guests from the 70s include The Three Stooges, Batman & Robin, The Addams Family and Laurel & Hardy. Those seem like some pretty good guests, I’m not sure how much kids in the 70s cared about them but I do have an idea of how much kids from now care about celebrities and I’m going to rank the guests on Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? on how much I think kids care about them.
13. Penn & Teller
I know of Penn & Teller because I think they did a show on ITV in 2011 which a bit of and that’s really all I know about them. I thought they were magicians but I saw something say that they were sceptics so they are the party poopers of magic. I’m not sure magic is popular with kids these days so I can’t imagine debunking magic is either popular.
12. Jim Gaffigan
Did the creators even try to think about what kids like? I’ve liked Jim Gaffigan in what I’ve seen him in, those things being 17 Again and this. It says he does clean comedy and he’s appeared as a voice actor in a few kids films like Playmobil: The Movie and Hotel Transylvania 3 but I doubt when he shows up in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, all the kids went “OMG! It’s the voice of Del from Playmobil: The Movie!”.
11. Wandy Sykes
I am sort of getting what they might be doing. Wandy Sykes has been done some voice acting in kids films but it’s the same situation as Jim Gaffigan, I can’t imagine a kid watching this episode and saying “I love Wandy Sykes, I love her performance as Wage in UglyDolls”. She had a live-action role in Evan Almighty so I guess kids might have seen her in that if parents want to show their kids a Steve Carrell film that was suitable for them.
10. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais? RICKY GERVAIS?! I guess he was in the two recent Muppets movies. It’s like a bunch of guys got in a room and just named a load of celebrities they knew. I’m sure there’s a lot of cross over when it comes to people who enjoyed Humanity and people who are children. I guess I can’t judge people too harshly, I went to see Ghost Town at the cinema when I was 11 which tells you how sad of a child I was.
9. Kenan Thompson
By the time Kenan Thompson appeared on the show, I was so used to the weird choices for the guests that I was half expecting Joe Rogan or Bill Burr to come on next so when it was Kenan Thompson, I thought “I guess he’s on SNL and he’s been a few voices in kids film so that’s all you need to appear on this show”. If they were going to have him on, they should have at least brought Kel Mitchell on and had the gang go to Good Burger.
8. Weird ‘Al’ Yankovic
If this show was aired in the 90s with some of this cast then I think it would have been very current but now it’s like your dad trying to relate with you with his most current pop culture knowledge, “Hey son, remember when Weird ‘Al’ did Amish Paradise!” No! That’s not even the most popular one Dad!
7. Steve Urkel
I’m British so my knowledge of American popular culture is limited to whatever British channels deem worthy of making the crossover and I don’t think Family Matters was that popular over here. I know of Steve Urkel mainly through references to him from other shows and by watching Americans talk about him. Since I don’t really know much about what’s happening in America schools I’m going to assume that kids aren’t doing Steve Urkel impressions in the playground and that he doesn’t have the mass appeal he once had. I think he’s just lucky that there are weirder choices in this series.
6. Abraham Lincoln
Yeah, I said it! I think kids care more about Abraham Lincoln than Weird ‘Al’ and Ricky Gervais. I imagine American children learned about Abraham Lincoln at a young age whether they like it or not so at least when he appears on the show, they’ll know who he is.
5. Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is very popular at the moment with Sherlock, Elementary and the Guy Ritchie films but I’m not sure how many of those adaptations are kid-friendly. There was a Gnomeo and Juliet sequel last year called Sherlock Gnomes so maybe they just wanted to get another kid-friendly version of Sherlock Holmes on the screen while the iron was hot.
4. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is a currently still playing basketball player so in my book, that makes him automatically one of the most famous people on the show that could appeal to children. Children in America watch NBA right? they don’t watch it much in Britain but surely they love it in the states. They probably play NBA 2k19 more than FIFA 19 in America as well so that will help him become a household name to children.
Sia is probably the only real-world guest that I think children will actually know. She’s a world-famous pop star with hit songs like Chandelier and Cheap Thrills. She has also had songs on the soundtracks of Wonder Woman and My Little Pony so I’m sure she is somewhat known by most children, certainly more than Jim Gaffigan and Wanda Sykes.
2. Wonder Woman
Why were all the guests not like Wonder Woman?! Just make them all cartoon characters like any DC character or some of the Looney Tunes. Wonder Woman is at peak popularity and has never had as much merchandise as right now. The Wonder Woman episode is also one of the more interesting ones as it sort plays with the format of the monster a bit.
There was a reason why Batman appeared in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies so it is no surprise that he makes an appearance in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? I’m just not sure why there are not more appearances by characters like Batman. Where’s Robin? Is Robin not cool anymore? seems like the creators of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? haven’t been watching Titans. On that note, why aren’t the Teen Titans in this?!