Good moring to all of our HBCL friends! It’s time once again for Half Baked Conspiracies! For those that don’t know, this is where the HBCL staff looks at a popular cartoon conspiracy, and we decide if we think the theory is true or not. For this theory we will be looking at the original series, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?. Does that series take place during a economic recession/depression? Here is the theory:
The shows follows four friends, and their talking dog, as they travel around in their van solving mysteries. What starts off as crazy stories about monsters, ghost, and even aliens, ends with finding out it was people in crazy costumes, trying to scare people away from their criminal plans. What triggers this theory, is that almost everyone of these mysteries starts at some abandoned or rundown location. Mansions, amusement parks, mills, and even small towns which would be in better shape if the economy was better. So does this mean that Scooby-Doo took place during a depression? Let’s see what the HBCL staff thinks.
Almost every setting involved in an episode of Scooby-Doo was dingy– dilapidated and just plain dingy. But– that’s because those are the kinds of places that inspire fear, or unease.
Let’s not forget that more than half the time, after the sleuthing was done, everyone would enjoy a fine time at the box social over at the Malt Shop!
Depression? Nah– New Jersey?
I do think that there is some truth behind this theory. If the economy is good, then there would be no reason why amusement parks and ski resorts would be rundown or abandoned, unless they are just really bad places to go to. It also makes sense that it is set in a downtime, since it seems like criminal activity is at a high, with all of these mysteries. Just because the economy is down, doesn’t mean that things like bills stop, and people’s need to eat goes down. Crazy part is, some of these people that were dressing up as monsters were doctors, and professors. It seems to me that many where trying to make ends meet, or were looking for another way to recoup lost income, but I do think that some of them would not have been doing this, if the economy was better.
What do you guys think of this theory? Do you agree or disagree with us? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time everyone!