As seen in Scooby Doo Where Are You! episode, “Jeepers, its the Creeper”, is a story about greed, money, and poverty. Mr. Carswell’s crime is so prejudiced, we don’t need a monologue. He’s rich and he deserves more! The episode goes several steps into the struggles between the wealthy and the rest of us.
Let’s begin with Mr. Carswell’s home. A single gentleman, he lives large. His opulent mansion doesn’t fit inside the extreme wide frame. The Mystery Machine is placed in front to give an idea of scale. It’s a palace that screams “money”. Once inside, we see the continuous theme of expansion. Mr. Carswell parlor is so huge Fred wanders off camera. There are unique treasures and artwork. The coat of arms behind Velma and Daphne, from far away, looks like someone surrendering to Mr. Carswell’s will.
Contrast this to most of the episode. The gang hangs out at a run-down farm with no apparent ownership. Other than a few chickens, its abandoned to the point that Shaggy and Scooby feel comfortable dumping garbage. This is an untold story about the working class and the most important contribution to supply food to society. We see the farmer’s house with not one example of opulence or even the most modest possession.
Paralleling life, while we never see the farmer, we notice and take relief in his work. Take a look at our baby chick. Literally born on the premises, it represents success in life of despair and impoverishment. It’s a great sign that regardless of the conditions, the working man will be supplying food to the table. Quite unfortunate for sentient animals.
The farm isn’t the sole example of poverty. If so, we would debate if the farm really meant anything. Meet the Hermit of the Hills. As the gang reach beyond the perimeter of the farm, they have a spooky encounter on the other side of a bridge. The bridge is deliberately rolled up, keeping others out. It is the episode’s version of a gated community of exclusivity. The gang, like many of us, overcome obstacles and reach the other side. What they didn’t expect to learn is life can get worse.
The hermit lives in conditions far worse than impoverishment. He lives off squirrel meat, pickled bats, and crabgrass. Even Shaggy refuses. He will never be a customer of the bank’s. In Mr. Carswell’s eyes, deserves the life he lives. What does the hermit do? He lives alone, bothers nobody, and literally begs for company. He offers food, his only valued possession. Yet, because being extremely poor, he is the gang’s first suspect. This is the lesson we walk away with.
If you’re asking do we have any examples of a working man in the episode? Surely, not everyone lives a life of struggles and sacrifice? Hello, remember our bank guard? Here is someone gainfully employed with Mr. Carswell and beaten up and held against his will. When the sheriff arrives, he does more than rescue the guard. He must mention the guard was found in Carswell’s basement. Even in a cartoon, it makes symbolism about casting someone down where you think there is no lower floor in life.
When the episode comes close to conclusion, we begin to understand the roles between Mr. Carswell, the embezzler, and The Creeper. The criminal acts were committed by Mr. Carswell with the costume of a suit and tie. After the money is stolen, he is merely seen as The Creeper. The Creeper is a manifestation of what we see in someone who has too much money; taken, stolen, or simply walking away with it. He is ugly, lumbering, and we can’t understand what they say.
As many episodes, it ends with irony. Mr. Carswell is caught by the tools of the working class. First, by his suspecting bank guard who has to work for a living rather than stealing. Second, by the baler. He had thought he could get away with it through bullying, scare tactics, and violence. With the determined middle class, justice wins eventually.