Scooby Doo & The Mystery of the Bad Pants

The Man From the Hornet writes…

As many regular readers will know, I am something of a fan of cartoons. And I was delighted with the new version of Scooby Doo – entitled Be Cool Scooby Doo – which aired this week.

From a style point of view, I liked the pants most of all.

The artists behind Scooby Doo are well placed to capture the absurdities of the two most hideous periods in the history of male trousers – the late 60’s/early 70’s, and today.

Here’s how flares were captured for posterity in the original Scooby Doo…

scooby flares

And here’s the new version featuring the dreaded “skinny” jeans (the Norman Wisdom Look, as The Guv’nor calls it)…

The artist has captured that weird, angular gusset created by bad tailoring perfectly…

scooby gusset

… and the rouched bunching of the fabric behind the knee as the ill-engineered trouser contrives to ride both up AND down at the same time. Often makes me think that the skinny jean is trying to wriggle free of the wearer’s body entirely, as if ashamed of itself to be seen in public.

Scooby Knees

On the plus side, I was delighted to see Freddie’s ascot scarf is retained…

scooby ascot 1

… I always felt it added a certain, ‘ow you say, louche exoticism to his otherwise lantern-jawed jock machismo.

Welcome back Scooby Doo!

(Scooby Doo airs on Boomerang

Catch up with earlier cartoon-related posts on The Hornet…

 Top Cat’s Vest/Waistcoat

The Best Dressed Superhero

Freddie From Scooby Doo & His Ascot

Cartoon Toppers

Isambard Kingdom Brunel


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