*cartoons

“Has the Scooby-Doo writing been getting weirder lately, or have I just not noticed it until now?”

Ted the Animator: “Uh… give me an example.”

Carl the Animator: “Well, take this scene, for example. The purple vampire one–”

Ted the Animator: “Sibella.”

Carl the Animator: “–makes a really terrible, clunky vampire pun with ‘bite,’ or something….”

Ted the Animator: “Eh, that seems pretty normal Scooby-Doo to me.”

Carl the Animator: “Yeah, but then the camera zooms in, and holds on a shot of her fang, sparkling there. Y’know, just for the off chance that someone in the audience somehow didn’t manage to pick up the gratuitously-obvious vampire pun about vampire fangs.

Ted the Animator: “Fair ‘nuff.”

Carl the Animator: “And here, too. The purple vampire one–”

Ted the Animator: “Sibella.”

Carl the Animator: “–is talking to the blue ghosty one–”

Ted the Animator: “Phantasma.”

Carl the Animator: “–and she, a second time, makes the exact same joke with ‘fang-tastic’ she made earlier in the episode.”

Ted the Animator: “Scooby-Doo has always had bad puns, though.”

Carl the Animator: “Yeah, but not the exact same joke, twice, in under 3 minutes! C’mon, people, we’re not even 15 minutes in yet, are we already out of material?”

Ted the Animator: “Entirely possible.”

Carl the Animator: “Reading the script, it’s… hey, wait, they do the exact same thing here! The werewolf one–”

Ted the Animator: “Winnie.”

Carl the Animator: “–is talking to the mummy one–”

Ted the Animator: “…ok, I don’t remember her name either.”

Carl the Animator: “–and makes the same howling joke again! Is the audience expected to have forgotten that we already heard it mere minutes before?

Ted the Animator: *shrugs*

Carl the Animator: “I mean, think about it. A viewer could hear the joke, leave the room to make toast, and come back to hear it made a second time. Sad, really.”

Ted the Animator: “Wow. That’s a really effective way to put it, Carl.”

Carl the Animator: “I know, right? Toast-making is the best metric of time.”

“Nice gramophone.”

Carl the Animator: “Thanks. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.”

Ted the Animator: “The blue tone really– wait… why’s the top of it levitating?”

Carl the Animator: “Huh? Oh, uh, well, since it’s in a spooky mansion, I thought it would probably be a haunted gramophone, so I–”

Ted the Animator: “You just forgot to draw anything to hold it up, didn’t you.”

Carl the Animator: “…yeah.”

“Huh, I don’t *remember* him having two heads before.”

“Should I say something? Is it rude to ask? Make a Zaphod reference to break the ice? No, no….”

“Eh, I’ll just act like I don’t notice… maybe *all* the cool kids these days have two heads.”