Cartoon Black History: Scooby-Doo
Did you see that movie Limitless? The premise was about a pill that would allow people to use the entirety of their brain to be smarter, keener, etc. Most don’t know it was based loosely on a true story. They came up with a sexier, more modern version of a scrapped invention by one of the brightest blacks I’ve ever researched: Dr. Scoobiquitous Doogunteen.
The doctor may not look like much, but he and his colleagues could get you out of a bind. Speaking of colleagues, they affectionately referred to him as Scooby-Doo (and as close to him as I felt while making this post, I shall do the same). He was like the black version of Sherlock Holmes. Although, it was a slightly more rinky-dink operation of detective work. But, hey, Scooby-Doo was the first African-American to run an all-white crew.
Look at him dishing out orders! Scooby-Doo and his ragtag crew would try solving mysteries that would take them to some dangerous places sometimes. This was problematic. Scooby-Doo was no roody-poo when it came to deducing. But there was always a competition between his spine and belly to see which was more yellow.
Scooby-Doo truly knew he had to get over his bone-chilling fears to do his job correctly. So he used his awe-inspiring intellect to create an antidote to being afraid. But he would need a test subject. Enter the oft-ridiculed, gruesomely-groomed, purple-pantalooned scared-Scooby catcher himself.
That’s Shaggy. In terms of importance of folks in the clique, Shaggy was the part of the totem pole lodged in the dirt. If he died, no one would’ve noticed. Hence why trying out an experimental drug on him made sense. Dr. Doogunteen was well aware how much Shaggy liked his medical-grade marijuana. So he thought it best to administer the drug in the form of junk food.
The Scooby Snacks worked on Shaggy like the Super Soldier Serum. Scooby-Doo was impressed with the results and took some Scooby Snacks immediately. Not only did his performance-crippling fear disappear, but he also was able to run so fast that he could virtually fly.
The FBI showed interest in Scooby Snacks until finding out Scoobiquitous had died. Never-ending consumption of the Scooby Snacks caused irreparable damage to Scooby-Doo’s medulla oblongata. Instead, they found it too dangerous and destroyed all snack-resurrecting evidence. Yet and still, Dr. Scoobiquitous “Scooby-Doo” Doogunteen, an African-American, discovered the key to unlocking humanity’s extraordinarily-dormant potential. But what’s the deal with all the hyphens?