Speed Buggy (TV series)

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Speed Buggy
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On-screen title card.
Network ABC
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Original release September 8-December 22, 1973
Starring Mel Blanc
Michael Bell
Arlene Golonka
Phil Luther Jr.
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) George Atkins
Haskell Barkin
John Bates
Larz Bourne
Tom Dagenais
Robert Fisher
Ray Parker
Director(s) Charles A. Nichols

Speed Buggy is an American animated mystery comedy TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1973, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season.

The entire series has also been released on DVD.



The series was originally developed under the working titles "Speed Bug" and "Speed Buggs", before settling on its final titling. The concept was partly inspired by the 1968 Disney film The Love Bug, and the television series Speed Racer; an English adaptation of the Japanese Mach GoGoGo anime.


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Title Number Original air date
"Speed Buggy Went That-a-Way" 1x01 September 8, 1973
"Speed Buggy's Daring Escapade" 1x02 September 15, 1973
"Taggert's Trophy" 1x03 September 22, 1973
"Speed Buggy Falls in Love" 1x04 September 29, 1973
"Kingzilla" 1x05 October 6, 1973
"Professor Snow and Madame Ice" 1x06 October 13, 1973
"Out of Sight" 1x07 October 20, 1973
"Gold Fever" 1x08 October 27, 1973
"Island of the Giant Plants" 1x09 November 3, 1973
"Soundmaster" 1x10 November 10, 1973
"The Ringmaster" 1x11 November 17, 1973
"The Incredible Changing Man" 1x12 November 24, 1973
"Secret Safari" 1x13 December 1, 1973
"Oil's Well That Ends Well" 1x14 December 8, 1973
"The Hidden Valley of Amazonia" 1x15 December 15, 1973
"Captain Schemo and the Underwater City" 1x16 December 22, 1973



Title Number Original air date
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "The Weird Winds of Winona" 1 October 13, 1973
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "High Speed Buggy Chase" 2 May 2, 2004
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?: "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided" 3 July 2, 2019


Although the series was short-lived, it was broadcast on the Big Three television networks years after its original run, as the channels had purchased syndication rights. It was speculated that the series acquired a following due to its frequent rotation on American television, often replacing new cartoons that have been quickly canceled.

From 1977 to 1978, Speed Buggy and Tinker represented the Scooby Doobies in Laff-A-Lympics, which is a crossover series itself.

A different version of the Speed Buggs crew had cameos in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 2011 episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals."

Speed Buggy had a cameo in both "Bravo Dooby-Doo," a 1997 episode of Johnny Bravo, and as a stop motion toy in the live-action horror DTV movie Toys of Terror.

In 2021, Speed Buggy and Tinker appear in the Jellystone! reboot.

Also in 2021, a scene from the first episode was used in The CW prime-time special, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!

In popular culture

  • In the Futurama episode "Law and Oracle," Fry excels in police law enforcement, with his bust ups making it possible for him to become a detective soon, which makes him happy because then he'll get to be Sherlock Holmes or Speed Buggy. Later, when catching Pickles, he sets up a charade based on an episode of Speed Buggy.


Reading material

In 1975, Charlton Comics published a short-lived ongoing series also called Speed Buggy, which lasted nine issues, ending in 1976.

They appeared as guests in Scooby-Doo #50, published by DC Comics in 2001.

In 2018, DC Comics published rebooted the series in a dramatized one-shot, The Flash/Speed Buggy Special.

Board game

In 1973, a board game was released by Milton Bradley Company based on the cartoon.