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And now that you’re done watching that, the history of ScoobyDooMistakes:
When I was but a wee little babby, I grew up on Scooby-Doo, as I imagine a lot of you did. Even though it was a show from the late 60s and early 70s, reruns of the original episodes were still common on Cartoon Network “back in my day.” I remember having VHS tapes of Scooby marathons that I liked to watch on sick days… fun times.
Even back when I was little, I was pretty observant, and would notice errors in the animation. Later on, I’d watch episodes on my first-gen iPod Touch, take screenshots of funny things I found, and then show them to family. Even later on, when my little brother Oliver was old enough, I started showing him the episodes, and going frame-by-frame through the errors to take photos of what I had found.
About a year ago, I decided to create a blog to house the mistakes — originally, it was a total secret, just acting as a convenient place to put the photos, each complete with a short explanation as to what’s going on. The plan was, I’d send friends there, for their viewing pleasure.
…ok, to be fair, I don’t have much in the way of friends, so admittedly, there was one kink in the plan.
After a while, though, I realized that there might be few people on Tumblr who would like ScoobyDooMistakes, so I started adding a handful of relevant tags to the posts. They got a couple notes, and people were obviously enjoying them, so I started to tag things even better. Before too long, the blog had 10 followers, and then 20, and then 50, and then 100… and so, I just kept posting and posting.
I improved the presentation, improved the captions, and generally did everything I could to make it as engaging and enjoyable as possible. It really seemed to strike a chord with people… especially the poorly-drawn faces. Derps such as Shaggy eating a pineapple got over 14,000 notes, and one frame from an animation of Shag and Scoob making sandwiches managed to achieve 56,000+. Even the Scooby derp series that pushed us over 10k got 4,300 in only 12 hours — pretty crazy, huh?
As for the future of Scooby Doo mistakes, it will never, ever stop. After we finish going through the old series of movies, I’ll look at later seasons of Scooby-Doo, and see if any of them stand up to the originals in terms of derp quality.
And even when we finally have completed our quest, having have found every animator’s mistake, and documented every hilarious derp, I’ll just start reposting old mistakes that most of you have never gotten a chance to see. Don’t worry, you’ll never have to live without your daily Scooby fix!
OK, I think that just about concludes the history… to wrap things up, I’d just like to say, to all of you loyal SDM fans out there: thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Even though all you’re doing is looking at funny pictures on Tumblr, and this blog hasn’t put a penny in my pocket, thank you for looking and enjoying.
In all honesty, the past three years of my life have been pretty awful, and I haven’t had anyone to go through it with. What makes me feel better, though, is making other people happier — so you can imagine just how nice it is to see the notes on a post go up and up, and know that each one represents someone who got an extra chuckle in their day.
So yes, thank you all, sincerely and truly, and let’s keep working to make Tumblr a happier, funnier place for everyone!
Thanks for reading, and keep spreading the Scooby love,
Ps. How do you feel about, say… one post an hour, for the next 24 hours, to celebrate?
Need a laugh? Check out Scooby Doo Mistakes. Colin has an awesome way of pointing out the gaffs, creating the gifs, and generating the guffaws in our house & he’ll have you dying laughing at how bad the animation is.