The New Scooby-Doo Movies

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The New Scooby-Doo Movies
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On-screen title card.
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 9, 1972October 27, 1973
Starring: Don Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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The New Scooby-Doo Movies is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1972 to 1973, airing 24 episodes that spanned two seasons. It was the second Scooby-Doo series after Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

The format is essentially the same, with the title character, Scooby-Doo, solving mysteries with his four teenage friends, who are collectively known as Mystery Inc., only this time they are joined by a variety of b-level celebrities of the time who were mostly voiced by themselves, including those who are deceased such as Laurel & Hardy (voiced by imitators). In addition to real-life people being animated, they were also aided by fictional characters licensed to Hanna-Barbera, such as Batman and Robin, the Addams Family, and Josie and the Pussycats, and Speed Buggy. Some of these had already been animated for TV by Hanna-Barbera, like Josie and the Pussycats, and Speed Buggy, while the Addams Family were given their own show, while Batman and Robin were the co-stars of Super Friends, by the time The New Scooby-Doo Movies was nearing its end. While most only appeared once, others were popular enough to appear a couple of times, whereas the Harlem Globetrotters appeared in three episodes that spanned across the two seasons made.

Production

Development

Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the creators of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, were not involved with this incarnation. The name seems to come from the fact that it is longer in length and inspired by the movies of Abbott & Costello going up against monsters such as Frankenstein's monster.

The first season was animated in the United States, while the second season was animated in Hanna-Barbera's then-new Australian-based studio.

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, who was credited as musical director, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.

Episodes

Title Number Air date
"Ghastly Ghost Town" 1x01 September 9, 1972
"The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" 1x02 September 16, 1972
"Wednesday is Missing" 1x03 September 23, 1972
"The Frickert Fracas" 1x04 September 30, 1972
"Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner" 1x05 October 7, 1972
"A Good Medium is Rare" 1x06 October 14, 1972
"Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde" 1x07 October 21, 1972
"The Secret of Shark Island" 1x08 October 28, 1972
"The Spooky Fog of Juneberry" 1x09 November 4, 1972
"The Ghost of Bigfoot" 1x10 November 11, 1972
"The Ghost of the Red Baron" 1x11 November 18, 1972
"The Ghostly Creep from the Deep" 1x12 November 25, 1972
"The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall" 1x13 December 2, 1972
"The Phantom of the Country Music Hall" 1x14 December 9, 1972
"The Caped Crusader Caper" 1x15 December 16, 1972
"The Lochness Mess" 1x16 December 23, 1972
"The Mystery of Haunted Island" 2x01 September 8, 1973
"The Haunted Showboat" 2x02 September 15, 1973
"Mystery in Persia" 2x03 September 22, 1973
"The Spirit Spooked Sports Show" 2x04 September 29, 1973
"The Exterminator" 2x05 October 6, 1973
"The Weird Winds of Winona" 2x06 October 13, 1973
"The Haunted Candy Factory" 2x07 October 20, 1973
"The Haunted Carnival" 2x08 October 27, 1973

Cast

Celebrity guests

Credits

These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.

Season one

Season two

Legacy

From 2013 to 2019, DC Comics published Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, with the first issue making direct ties, therefore acting as an homage in the beginning. From 2019 to 2021, Warner Bros. Animation began airing an unrelated sequel called Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (featuring contemporary real-life celebrities and other WB-owned fictional characters) on Boomerang SVOD and later HBO Max. Sandy Duncan and Cher also reprise their roles.

The series may have inspired the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Simple Plan and the Invisible Mad Man," and the direct-to-video films, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, and Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, although the latter featured a different Batman from the unrelated TV series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

In popular culture

  • In the Family Guy episode "Excellence in Broadcasting," John McCain and Rush Limbaugh, joined by a Scooby-like dog called Hot Dog, are tipped off by the groundskeeper of a mummy burning the American flag at the swamp, but after investigating they don't find what they're looking for. They set some crazy trap involving a pig, which catches the mummy, who they unmask to be "Old Man" Barney Frank, who yells, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling Republicans!" McCain then suddenly turns to celebrity guests, the Harlem Globetrotters, for the help. One of them tries to give McCain a high five, but McCain being the racist he is, turns him down.

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