“Phew! Just finished painting the pier backgro…

Carl the Animator: “Awesome!”


Carl the Animator: “I’ll start the zoom-in towards the sign.”

Ted the Animator: “Wait wait wait, that miiiight not be the best id–”


Carl the Animator: “Oh.”

Ted the Animator: “Yeah…”


Ted the Animator: “…the level of detail wasn’t exactly expecting a closeup.”

Carl the Animator: “Ehh, it’s all good. Blurry TVs and all that.”

Ted the Animator: “Actually, the bottom is meant to be round, too, isn’t it….”


Carl the Animator: “The real closeup fixes it! No one’s gonna notice that random stuff. ”

Ted the Animator: “Stuff like how you can just barely tell the sign is floating?”

Carl the Animator:Exactly.


Ted the Animator: “Meh. At least we can forget it all once the boat leaves.”

Carl the Animator: “…speaking of forgetting, uh… where’s the sign?”

Ted the Animator: “Dang it!”


Ted the Animator: “Ok, let’s finally get this right. The bad guy grabs it.”

Carl the Animator: “Bingo!”

Ted the Animator: “White sign. Red text.”


Ted the Animator: “Rounded base, long and thin pole. We got this?”

Carl the Animator: “Heck yeah. Continuity for days!”

*10 minutes later*


Ted the Animator: “Perfect! I’m seriously impressed. Gonna paint the wide shot now?”

Carl the Animator: “Yup. You can chill.”

*20 minutes later*


Ted the Animator: “…”

Carl the Animator: “What?”

Ted the Animator: “Oh goodness.”


Carl the Animator: “To be fair, though, I only got four out of four things wrong. I didn’t add anything new.

Ted the Animator: “This is why we can’t have nice things, Carl.”

“You drive sometimes, right, Carl?”


Carl the Animator: “Yeah, why?”

Ted the Animator: “Does anything about these scenes look off to you?”


Carl the Animator: “…Daphne teleporting into frame?”

Ted the Animator: “…oh. No, I mean the steering wheel.”

Carl the Animator: “What about ‘em?”

Ted the Animator: “Well… they aren’t just floating rings.

Carl the Animator: “Some are extra thin like that!”


Ted the Animator: “Sure, but… they still gotta connect to the car somewhere.”

Carl the Animator: “Fiiiiiiiiine.”


Carl the Animator: “There. Fixed it.”

Ted the Animator: “…”

Carl the Animator: “…“

Ted the Animator: “…um….”

Carl the Animator: “…what?”


Ted the Animator: “…I think there are larger issues at play now.”

Carl the Animator: “Oh, everyone’s a critic.”

When the gang found this tiny abandoned shack….


…what? No, not that the Harlem Globetrotters are practicing in the basement.

Even though they totally are.


I mean the way they can start from one side…


…dribble to the right about 20 feet…


…pass it 15 maybe feet…


…then another 15 feet…


…dribble it however far this is… jump…


…continue traveling 3 more seconds in the air as everyone watches…


before finally finding the other side of our mile-long abandoned shack basement.

Good foresight on the part of the old coot who built it! Maybe he used to drag race down there.

“Thank goodness we’re still just barely in the…

Carl the Animator: “’Cause HR still encourages drinking at office?”

Ted the Animator: “Nooo, you dingus, because the color palette can be all over the place!”


Ted the Animator: “Like, have a scene of Fred with Scooby in a headlock, and got a closeup after?”


Ted the Animator: “Just use a featureless fuchsia void. It’s even aesthetically consistent!

Carl the Animator: “The last background was a little more violet, though.”

Ted the Animator: “It’s close enough, though. And afterward, got another medium shot that needs a background?”


Ted the Animator: “Bam! Only one color needed. Huge time save.”

Carl the Animator: “…go back, was that anything like the previous shot?”


Ted the Animator: “Uhhhhhhh… maybe?”

Carl the Animator: *shakes head slowly*

Ted the Animator: “…”

Carl the Animator: “…”

Ted the Animator: “…can I go with ‘the angle changes enough that the environment *might* abruptly transition to–’”

Carl the Animator: “No.”

Ted the Animator: “Eh, it was worth a shot.”

Carl the Animator: “Look, you made a mistake for once, Ted. It’s my sworn duty to savor this moment.”

“Something feels… off.”

Carl the Animator: “How so?”


Ted the Animator: “Hm. It’s almost night… they’re in a museum….”

Carl the Animator: “The lack of Nicolas Cage?”


Ted the Animator: “OH! The scale! They’re teensy!”

Carl the Animator: “Maybe the arts scene in Venice is just really into forced perspective.”

Ted the Animator: “It’s a lot better in this shot, though those railings sure–”

Carl the Animator: “Oh wait, Iiiiiii just noticed something.”


Ted the Animator: “…”

Carl the Animator: “Yeah.”


Ted the Animator: “…one problem at a time, Carl. One at a time.”

Carl the Animator: “Eh, ya never know. Maybe they’ll help distract the audience from one another.”

Oh noes, here comes the phantom in his gondola…


He emerges from the fog, coming on the right…


…then switches sides with the cliff, as the gang tries to escape as fast as they can…


…um… before stopping to a standstill, just so the phantom can spook Scooby.

Velma: “Jinkies, Fred, why’d you stop the boat like that?”

Fred: “It wouldn’t be a very good TV show if he missed us and everything was fine, now would it?”

…this may be the most-confusing scene in any…


So, a mysterious blue figure is seen running down the hall…


…and Mini-Fred and Mini-Daphne give chase…


…but of course Shag ‘n’ Scoob run the opposite way…


…as the chair drifts along in front of them via its telekinetic powers


…but they eventually hit it…


…and it sends them rocketing away from the chase… we cut to a wide shot…


…but now they’re going towards the chase… and somehow Fred ‘n’ Daphne teleported back where they started, and aren’t running anymore…


…and then the mysterious figure they were chasing turns into this guy, who looks nothing like the blue-suited guy they saw…


and the gang never acknowledges it or thinks any of this is the slightest bit strange.

my brain

it hurts

Ever since I was little…


…I’d see the Scooby-Doo bad guy reveals…


…and I’d think back to the start, and say to myself…


…if it’s just a dude in a furry costume…”


”…how the heck was he *translucent* at the beginning of the episode?”

I’ve always loved the accidental implication there’s a REAL monster as well, still on the loose after the gang drives off.

“…I’m not sure I get this episode’s script, …

Ted the Animator: “How ‘not getting’ are we talking, here?”

Carl the Animator: “Gimme a script confusion scale.”

Ted the Animator: “Uhhhhh… from ‘Waiting for Guffman’ to ‘Santa Claus & The Ice Cream Bunny.’”

Carl the Animator: “Hmm… middling. Sort of a ‘Winnebago Man outtakes.’”

Ted the Animator: “Well, what’s the problem?”


Carl the Animator: “Y’know the heavy bag of treasure?”

Ted the Animator: “Mmhmm?”

Carl the Animator: “The one filled with solid gold, jewels, and other massively-dense objects?

Ted the Animator: “Yeah, there was even somethin’ like an elephant tusk in an earlier scene.”


Carl the Animator: “See anything out of the ordinary?”

Ted the Animator: “…well, the bottom of the bag sorta gets cut off above the ripples.”


Carl the Animator: “No, like… it’s being flung around like it’s full of ping-pong balls.”

Ted the Animator: “Oh. Oh! Ohhhhhhh.”

Carl the Animator: “Yyyeah.”

Ted the Animator: “I guess Scooby-Doo plots are so crazy, I, uh… sorta zone out on the logic half the time.”


Carl the Animator: “I mean, the entire evil scheme depends a sack of metals floating, and being launched up 8 feet by a wave.”

Ted the Animator: “Imagine if the plan went off, and after the treasure sack is dropped in the river, it just… plunged straight to the bottom.”


Carl the Animator: “Yeah, when he goes to pick it up, even the bad guy’s face seems to say ‘duuuuuude! holy crap, guys…’


Carl the Animator:’…there’s *no way* that actually worked.’

Ted the Animator: “Hey, the guy gets the scale! He knows a ‘Santa Claus & The Ice Cream Bunny’ script when he sees one.”

Ooh! Ooh! It’s the big reveal! Who was the yet…



I honestly thought it was gonna be one of the “it was actually a monster” plots, what with how–


…I… wait… Minga? 

The barely-mentioned little sister?


The movie’s playing the ending 100% seriously, but… they… she… 

*something inside snaps*



She’s explained to us as a regular young teen who lives in a remote village in the himalayas. 

The comprehensive catalogue of setup the movie gives her character is as follows:


1. She listens to music with an old radio

2. She brings tea to her brother & Random Explorer Guy


Seriously. That’s it.

No foreshadowing. 

No lampshading of how any of it is plausible. 

No tongue-in-cheek “yeah, we know this is silly” tone at the end. They’re taking it deadly-serious.


Millions of dollars in electronic and hydraulic components.

A mech design that stretches modern technology’s theoretical limits, let alone those of 2007.

A fully-articulated 20-foot Yeti costume that puts top Hollywood innovators to shame.

Design requirements & control scheme that would take a decade of work by teams with a collective 100+ years of expertise in engineering and robotics.

Accomplished on a whim… by a random teenagerin a remote mountain village 


all because she didn’t want to have to say hi to someone she liked.

Now, that’s dedication, folks.

This popped up in my activity feed again, and I relived one of the best Scooby-Doo moments of all time.

This whole movie’s insanity is just… mmm. It warms the heart.

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