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Scooby-Doo, the animated character and series, is one of the most successful brands in entertainment history. So how is it that Scooby's feisty nephew, Scrappy-Doo, became such a D-lister with fans and within the Scooby-Doo business empire?
ASU Associate Professor of English Kevin Sandler will discuss the rise and fall of Scrappy in the final Humanities Lecture of the fall 2018 semester on Thursday, Nov. 6, at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, in a presentation titled "Scrappy-Doo, Where Are You? The Corporate Construction and Confinement of Scooby-Doo’s Annoying Nephew."
“Scrappy-Doo was very popular from the late ’70s to the mid ’80s, but over time he became the object of scorn," said Sandler, who will share his research on the business decisions that brought the cartoon character Scrappy-Doo to life — and the resulting fallout from those decisions.
Sandler directs the Department of English’s Film and Media Studies Program in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His scholarship has focused on censorship, convergence, and animation.
He is the author of “The Naked Truth: Why Hollywood Doesn't Make X-Rated Movies,” the co-editor of “Titanic: Anatomy of a Blockbuster,” and editor of “Reading the Rabbit: Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation.” He also has published widely in anthologies and journals; contributes frequently to podcasts, blogs and other online media; and is frequently asked to provide expert commentary on Hollywood and television history and popular culture.
The Humanities Lecture Series, organized by the Faculty of Languages and Cultures in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, provides opportunities to share and interpret current research and events in public discussions, helping us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues.