If I seem a little grumpy about Scrappy it's because I'm still trying to get through the Richie Rich and Scooby Doo Show DVD. Just watched Scrappy's Birthday and, gawd, have any of you seen it recently? Our story starts with Scrappy having a birthday party at a picnic table and Shaggy telling him about his first birthday. Shaggy then starts to reveal a ridiculous tell that completely contradicts Scrappy's first appearance, putting Shaggy and Scooby at the scene at "St. Bernard Hospital" when Scrappy is born. The creepy thing about the cartoon is, and I don't know if this was Scrappy's influence or not, Scooby and Scooby Dee have pretty much given up being dogs at this point. Scooby walks on two legs and Scooby Dee is wheeled into her hospital room lying on her back like a person. Everyone is also really off model a lot in this episode and the animation is bad, with some really obvious repeating backgrounds during chase scenes. Anyway, the blessed event takes place and Scrappy follows the pattern that would guide him for the rest of his life by attacking the first person he sees, the doctor who delivers him and gives him a smack on the butt. Scrappy telling the doctor that he can't expect to hit him and not get hit back is actually a good joke, I admit, and the highlight of the episode for me. The doctor names him, saying he certainly is Scrappy. Scrappy is born able to talk, albeit in a high voice even more annoying then his normal one. Insanely for a character that's always naked he's also apparently born wearing clothes, a bonnet and other baby things. So, Scrappy runs about causes some mayhem but he admits to his mother that he's a little sad because he couldn't find anyone to play with in the hospital. Fortunately, Shaggy and Scooby have angered one of the bully characters that's in every episode. It's the flimsiest one yet, just an orderly who decides to kill them because they bumped into him and knocked some of his papers over. Anyway, they've been running from this guy the whole episode and doing costumes and tricks and they run by the door to Scooby Dee's room and Scrappy decides they'd be fun to play with. So he gets involved and that leads to the bully beating Scooby and Shaggy so badly that they're both laid up in the hospital in traction with broken arms and legs. For Scrappy, though, it was fun, so he asks his mother if he can travel around with Scooby and Shaggy. Remember, he's about an hour old at this point. She says "We'll see," which might be an attempt to try to hammer this cartoon back into the old continiuty by just making everyone become amnesiac about all of its events, or it might be implying that Scrappy starts traveling for them as soon as they heal from their injuries. Then back to the picnic where Scrappy's cake comes and has three candles. He's probably three months old because three years seems like too much. Scrappy, for some reason, had not remembered that story despite being born able to talk and fight. Anyway, he blows out the candles and blows too hard and blows icing on Scooby and Shaggy's faces. Scooby Dooby Doo, the end. So I know I sound like I'm nitpicking a silly cartoon, but I get that it's supposed to be silly. I just don't think it should be annoying and poorly done at the same time. Also, this is the Internet, and nitpicking silly things is what we do here. Anyway, here's the question about Scrappy. Sure, he saved the show but put that aside for a moment and think about your own feelings for him. Do you like him, taken on his own? Is he a good character who makes the show better? Do you prefer the seven minute chase format to classic Scooby Doo?