Scooby Doo, Where are You! episode “Foul Play in Funland”,
visits an amusement park off-hours. It’s a wild imagination many of shared of what a theme park is like when the lights are off and you have the whole place to yourselves. When the bright lights suddenly kick on at “Funland” late night, Fred sees an invitation to trespass while Scooby and Shaggy take advantage of all-you-can-eat hotdogs.
The villain, the mystery, and the technology
Unanswered questions of curiosity
Final words and observations
As a comedy, “Funland” doesn’t work. However, it is oddly effective as a thriller. With determination equal to The Terminator, Charlie the Robot chased Scooby relentless and without remorse. When cornered, it showed a will to survive. “Funland” is rare as it was without a crime or malice other than the sibling rivalry of Sarah sabotaging her brother’s fantastic technology. “Foul Play in Funland” opens the door to wildly extravagant technology and reaches new heights in later episodes.