“Scooby Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon”,
takes Mystery Inc. to a Hanna-Barbera-themed convention in southern California. The Blue Falcon television series is getting a reboot. It doesn’t come without controversies however, as bitter struggles for nostalgia surface. While the world awaits a new generation of a super hero and his robotic dog, there are those who stand and fight against Hollywood’s trend of rewriting childhood memories.
The villain, the mystery, and the technology
Facts and curiosities
“Mask of the Blue Falcon” is a nostalgic episode with references to 70s-era cartoons, and a not-so-subtle parallel to a super-hero reboot of 60’s television series. The episode recycles and re-energizes the short-lived 70’s series “Dynomutt, Dog Wonder”, renaming it “The Blue Falcon” and cleverly introduces its actor, Owen Garrison, paying homage to the real-life voice actor, the late Gary Owens. On the one hand, it is remarkable making a mystery out of a cartoon lasting only 20 episodes with serious overtones about years-long droning insanity. On the other, in the end I didn’t think of it as a classic as I believed it would early. Perhaps, deep down, I thought Owen Garrison as the real counter-culture villain. But that would have tarnished the legacy of Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon.