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TV & sitcom DVDs - Mom Reviewed - The Richie Rich Scooby Doo Show Volume One

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The Richie Rich Scooby Doo Show Volume One
Shaggy, Scrappy Doo, Irona the Robot
2 DVDs
Warner Brothers Home Entertainment 2008

The Richie Rich Scooby Doo Show  Volume One is a compilation of exactly what it says, and features the billionaire kid Richie Rich, his friends, dog (Dollar) and trusty robot maid Irona; with Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and Scrappy Doo in their own segments.

There is a lot to watch with this set of shows. There are two discs, seven episodes and six segments per episode for a grand total of 42 segments to watch. There are too many stories to give a succinct recap, but there is a lot of variety.  I was a little disappointed that Richie Rich and Scooby never come together in a combined episode. For sheer volume alone, however this disc gets high marks. 

I am a big fan of Scooby Doo, but I must say that I didn't really like this set.  One of the reasons that I like Scooby Doo is that the vampire, mummy, or ghost always turns out to be a  "bad guy", unmasked by the ingenious and kooky plans of the ‘meddling kids'.

Here Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy without the others just go from one silly adventure to another, with no sleuthing, and no brains.  I find that it doesn't present any creative or resourceful options for kids to watch.  I personally find Scrappy Doo to be annoying, too willing to jump in without using his noggin.  Richie Rich is not much better, however there are some really neat inventions in his story lines that make them a little easier to watch.

Nevertheless, my kids liked the total silliness of most of the episodes on volume one of The Richie Rich Scooby Doo Show.  They are Scooby Doo fans and liked to see a different side of the character.  They didn't warm to Richie Rich as much, though. 

I have to give this DVD set a mixed review:  thumbs up from the kids, but thumbs down from the mom. Even the hard-core Scooby fan in me was disappointed.

Carolyn Genge



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