Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too
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|Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too|
This is the closest the mummy could get to Vegas.
|Premiere date:||November 29, 1969|
|Music composed by:||Ted Nichols|
|Directors:||William Hanna and Joseph Barbera|
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"Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too" is the twelfth episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! season one. It aired on November 29, 1969 on CBS. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.
The mummy of a pharaoh has come back to life at a university, demanding its valuable coin to be returned to him.
The Mummy: Coin! Coin!
Shaggy: Okay, like here's a quarter.
Velma: I'll bet he means that old Egyptian coin.
In order of appearance:
- Scooby Snacks
- Hippo statue
- Diamond scarab
The theme song's lyrics were written by David Mook, while Ben Raleigh wrote the music, which was performed by Larry Marks. The score was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as the musical director.
Dates are in order of release:
- United States: November 29, 1969 at 10:30 am on CBS
Behind the scenes
- The Mummy seems to be based off of Kharis from the old Universal Studios horror movies. With that in mind, this is the fourth Universal movie monster that Scooby and the gang face; the first three: Dracula, The Wolf-Man and Frankenstein's monster appear in the previous episode, "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts".
- The Mummy's name Ankha is probably a play on Princess Ananka, the name of the princess the mummy was supposed to protect in the Universal live-action films, The Mummy's Hand (1940), The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944), as well as Hammer's The Mummy (1959). Her name seems to come from the word ankh, which is an Egyptian hieroglyph that means "life".
- Ankha is stated to have been the most feared and richest leader of ancient Egypt and lived about 3000 years ago (ie c1030 BCE). This was a period where rule over Egypt was effectively split between pharaohs (Lower Egypt) and Theban High Priests of Amun (Upper Egypt) The closest real-life leader of this period with evidence of immense wealth was Pharaoh Psusennes I whose inner coffin was made of silver inlaid with gold. Moreover, Hatshepsut (1478–1458 BCE), Tuthmosis III (1479–1425 BCE), and Ramses II (1279–1213 BCE) are generally regarded as being the richest Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
- Velma would once again disguise herself as Cleopatra in the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, in a far greater scale than this one. She even used some elements from this episode.
- Shaggy holds the coin differently in the close and far shots, it also changes shape, too.
- When Scooby licks his lips and laughs after catching the last scoop of ice cream in his mouth, the bread closest to the chef is yellow.
- The first two times Scooby says "Nagasaki!" when performing karate, his mouth does not move.
- When Shaggy says, "Now that's what I call a riches to rags story!", he has no arms.
- When Scooby and the gang first see the real mummy along with the Professor at the beginning of the episode, it looks like the disguise that Dr. Najib will eventually wear. In the end, however, when Scooby finds the real mummy, it looks nothing like what the gang first saw, as the real one looks like his face has been tightly wrapped around, showing his dried-up facial features. It is possible that the mummy they originally saw was actually Dr. Najib's costume, and the Professor didn't realize this. If this is true, then what is holding the fake up, and how did they miss the real mummy if it was hidden in plain sight?
- The Siamese cat statue is more or less hovering over the platform it's supposed to be resting on.
- The clock in the Professor's office always shows the same time.
- Since Fred, Daphne or Velma are unlikely to have ice cream on sandwiches, the third one would have to had been for either Shaggy or Scooby. It probably would've made more sense to have the chef make three hamburgers and two sandwiches. (It is possible one of the unusual sandwiches was for the professor).
- Daphne and Velma start off at the jukebox in the malt shop, but once their takeaway box is prepared, they're standing at the counter as if they've been there all along.
- On a wide shot, there are no olives next to the sandwiches, but a close-up shows that two out of the three plates for the sandwiches have one, then they are gone again when the camera goes back to a wide shot.
- The mummy somehow seems to know that Shaggy has the Egyptian coin when even Shaggy himself didn't realize it at first.
- The closet starts off plain green, then when Velma tells the two to put the items back into the closet, it now has "Janitor" written on it, highlighted by a rectangular backing. When calls her a "spoilsport", it's now blue and "Janitor" doesn't have any backing. It is then blue when Shaggy opens it to find the mummy inside, and after Shaggy closes it on him, with his arm still sticking out, making a hole in the door. Then the door goes back to its original look, as the mummy waves its arm around. Finally, when the mummy breaks the door down, it's blue again.
- Dr. Najib's super strength as the mummy is unexplained.
- Shaggy and Scooby discover how the Mummy was making stone figures of everyone, but don't bother to tell the rest of the gang. Unless this was done off-screen.
- That power saw has the world's longest extension cord! It is also surprisingly buoyant and waterproof.
- Dr. Najib's scheme bordered on the impossible - he would have had to make the stone statues hours, days, or even weeks in advance to get the details right (unless the quick-drying cement used was impossibly quick), and he would have had to know that the victim would stay in the exact same place (i.e. the Professor in his office), and not moved somewhere where there would've been any witnesses that he couldn't have been turned to stone. The mold shown also appears only to be able to mold human body shape, in standing position, but the stone statues are perfectly molded to facial and other body features, such as Scooby (who he would not have known what to look like).
- Furthermore, it is a big giveaway that the mummy disguise is a fraud considering a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy wouldn't be able to speak or understand present-day English.
- Another giveaway that the monster was fake, was that it was only supposed to affect those directly involved in moving Ankha from his tomb, which Scooby-Doo was not.
- The Professor said he has captured because he surprised Dr. Najib, not only is this ironic, but for Dr. Najib to be surprised he would have to had been under the assumption that the Professor went home, which there was no indication as such. In fact, Dr. Najib must've realized he was staying because he was going to get help from the gang once Dr. Najib left.
- This episode has been adapted several times in the following decades:
In other languages
|French||Le Fantôme de la Momie||The Ghost of the Mummy|
|Greek||Ο Σκούμπι Ντου και η Μούμια||Scooby Doo and the Mummy|
|Hungarian||Scooby-Doo és a múmia||Scooby-Doo and the mummy|
- In the United States:
- August 6, 1996: Turner Home Entertainment releases Classic Scooby-Doo: Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too on VHS.
- March 16, 2004: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons on DVD.
- September 1, 2009: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Volume 3: Hello Mummy on DVD.
- November 9, 2010: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series (limited edition) on DVD.
- November 13, 2012: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series on DVD.
- September 10, 2013: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for Your 'Rife on DVD.
- September 15, 2015: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo! Favorite Frights (Walmart edition) on DVD.
- October 13, 2015: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo! Favorite Frights on DVD.
- May 23, 2017: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons (Hanna-Barbera Diamond Collection edition) on DVD.
- December 12, 2017: Warner Home Video releases Hanna-Barbera Diamond Collection 4-Pack on DVD.
- February 13, 2018: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series (repackaging) on DVD.
- June 4, 2019: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons on DVD.
- September 9, 2020: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series (limited edition) on Blu-ray Disc.
- March 1, 2022: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc.
- In the United Kingdom:
- February 5, 1996: First Independent Films releases Scooby-Doo: Bumper Edition on VHS.
- June 20, 2005: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons on DVD.
- November 21, 2011: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series on DVD.
- August 4, 2014: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for Your 'Rife on DVD.