Laff-A-Lympics (TV series)

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This article is about the television series. For other uses, see Laff-A-Lympics.
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On-screen title card.
Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 10, 1977October 28, 1978
Run time: 30 minutes
Starring: Julie Bennett
Joe Besser
Mel Blanc
Daws Butler
Henry Corden
Scatman Crothers
Bob Holt
Casey Kasem
Don Messick
Gary Owens
Laurel Page
Alan Reed
Marilyn Schreffler
John Stephenson
Vernee Watson
Frank Welker
Producer(s): Don Jurwich
Alex Lovy
Art Scott
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Neal Barbera
Haskell Barkin
Director(s): Charles A. Nichols
Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano

Laff-A-Lympics is an animated American television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1977 to 1978, airing 24 episodes that spanned two seasons.

Debuting as a segment of Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics, the series follows an Olympics-themed event full of popular characters from Hanna-Barbera's library at the time going around the world to compete in such events. The games were hosted by Snagglepuss and Mildew Wolf. The three teams consist of the Yogi Yahooeys led by Yogi Bear, the Scooby Doobies led by Scooby-Doo and the Really Rottens led by Mumbly.



During production of the series, Melody, Alexander Cabot III, Alexandra Cabot and Sebastian from Josie and the Pussycats and Jeannie from Jeannie were originally going to be members of the Scooby Doobies, but were scrapped due to legal issues from Archie Comics and Columbia Pictures Television, respectively. Additionally, Dick Dastardly and Muttley from the Wacky Races cartoon were originally going to lead the Really Rottens, but were scrapped due to the characters being co-owned by Heatter-Quigley Productions and replaced by the new character, Dread Baron and the already existing Mumbly, respectively.

Although many of the Really Rottens were original characters, they were inspired by existing characters, Daisy Mayhem was based on Moonbeam McSwine from L'il Abner, who also had a pet pig, much like Daisy did. The Creepleys were based on the Gruesomes, originally from The Flintstones although they weren't altogether villainous like the Creepleys. The Dread Baron was based on the Red Baron and Dick Dastardly from the Wacky Races cartoon. Great Fondoo was based on Abner K. Dabra from the 1963 book, Yogi Bear and the Cranky Magician and Magic Rabbit's design was based on the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid like You Doing in a Place like This?.

Shortly after "The Swiss Alps and Tokyo, Japan" was finished in production, Alan Reed, the voice of Fred Flintstone, passed away and his role was taken over by Henry Corden, who did Fred's later guest appearances on the show.


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.

Opening theme song lyrics

Heavens to Hilarity, this is it sports fans!

Participants even!

Televisions' greatest array of stars.
Presents around the world triple team competition between,
the Yogi Yahooeys,
the Scooby Doobies
and the Really Rottens.

The players are on the field, and the stadium even, so let's get on with it. Laff-A-Lympics!


Episode Number Air date
"The Swiss Alps and Tokyo, Japan" 1x01 September 10, 1977
"Acapulco and England" 1x02 September 17, 1977
"Florida and China" 1x03 September 24, 1977
"The Sahara Desert and Scotland" 1x04 October 1, 1977
"France and Australia" 1x05 October 8, 1977
"Athens, Greece and the Ozarks" 1x06 October 15, 1977
"Italy and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina" 1x07 October 22, 1977
"Egypt and Sherwood Forest" 1x08 October 29, 1977
"Spain and the Himalayas" 1x09 November 5, 1977
"India and Israel" 1x10 November 12, 1977
"Africa and San Francisco" 1x11 November 19, 1977
"The Grand Canyon and Ireland" 1x12 November 26, 1977
"Hawaii and Norway" 1x13 December 3, 1977
"North Pole and Tahiti" 1x14 December 10, 1977
"Arizona and Holland" 1x15 December 17, 1977
"Quebec and Baghdad" 1x16 December 24, 1977
"Russia and the Caribbean" 2x01 September 9, 1978
"New York and Turkey" 2x02 September 16, 1978
"South America and Transylvania" 2x03 September 23, 1978
"French Riviera and New Zealand" 2x04 September 30, 1978
"New Orleans and Atlantis" 2x05 October 7, 1978
"Morocco and Washington D.C." 2x06 October 14, 1978
"Canada and Warsaw, Poland" 2x07 October 21, 1978
"Siam and the Moon" 2x08 October 28, 1978



Title Number Original air date
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Grape Juiced" 1 May 30, 2004


Home media

In 1996, First Independent Films released a VHS called Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics: Bumper Special in the UK.

Between 2010 to 2012, Warner Home Video released the first season on DVD in the United States.

Reading material

Marvel Comics published a series of comics based on the television series, which ran for 13 issues from 1978 to 1979.

Marvel also featured a story based on Laff-A-Lympics in the third issue of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.


Due to the popularity of having Scooby and Captain Caveman share airtime, Hanna-Barbera and ABC toyed with the idea of bringing them together in a block of their own called Scooby-Doo/Captain Caveman Mystery Hour in 1979, but was canceled.

In 1996, Archie Comics published Hanna-Barbera Presents #6, featuring the never before seen Summer Olympics, which was clearly inspired by Laff-A-Lympics, but there was individual competitors instead of three competing teams, and they were treated as real Olympic athletes known as the Hanna-Barbera All-Stars. Dick Dastardly and Muttley took the roles of the villains.

In the 2020 film Scoob!, The Rotten robots are named after the Really Rottens, and in an arcade cabinet at the Funland Arcade, there is a Laff-A-Lympics arcade machine.

In 2022, Dread Baron makes a non-speaking cameo in the Jellystone! episode, "Jailcation."

In popular culture

  • In the Robot Chicken episode "Ban on the Fun," there was a segment called "Laff-A-Munich," parodying the Laff-A-Lympics cartoon in a Munich style with the Really Rottens killing the Yogi Yahooeys, causing the Scooby Doobies to hunt the Rottens down. The characters in order of appearance were the Dread Baron, Mumbly, Dinky and Dirty, the Great Fondoo, Daisy, Yogi, Boo Boo, Huckleberry, Daddy, Wally, Quick Draw, Snagglepuss, Blue Falcon, Dynomutt, Scrappy-Doo, Scooby, Shaggy, Captain Caveman, Hong Kong, Snooper, Blabber and Scooby-Dum.
  • In The Cleveland Show episode "Ship'rect," Mumbly is the captain of a boat crewed by the Really Rottens (consisting of Daisy Mayhem, Mr. Creepley, Orful Octopus, and the Dalton Brothers) in a Floaterboat Race. In this, Mumbly uses a classic cartoon cheat by dumping banana peels into the river and then snickers.
  • The entirety of the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Plazalympics," parodies the Laff-A-Lympics with three teams of characters competing against each other. Not only was the Laff-A-Lympics show itself parodied, but the intro was also parodied within the episode.