I recently re-watched one of the recent Scooby-Doo animated movies, Aloha Scooby-Doo!, with my 6-year-old son, and was shocked that one of the character names was “Snookie.” This must have been the first time I watched Aloha since Jersey Shore and the whole Snooki phenomenon got dropped on the world like a great big stink bomb.
The “Snookie” in this story, voiced by Tia Carrere, was the Hawaiian girlfriend of a surfing star named Manu, voiced by Mario Lopez.
And like the real-world Snooki, she’s not to be messed with: When surfers from the mainland threaten her Big Kahuna’s tidal title, she uses her degree in robotics to construct a horde of evil tiki creatures that she unleashes upon the island. And yes — she would have gotten away with it, if not for those meddling kids. And their dog.
It’s not likely we’ll see a real Jersey Shore crossover the way we might have during the days of classic Scooby-Doo, although Batman: The Brave and the Bold will soon reunite the Caped Crusader with the cringing, binging canine.