|A Pup Named Scooby-Doo|
|Based on||Scooby-Doo, by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears|
|Developed by||Tom Ruegger|
|Theme music composer||John Debney|
|Opening theme||"A Pup Named Scooby-Doo"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||27 (30 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes approx.|
|Production company||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||September 10, 1988 –|
August 17, 1991
|Preceded by||The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)|
|Followed by||What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002–06)|
'A Pup Named Scooby-Doo' is an American mystery comedy series produced by Hanna-Barbera. It is the eighth incarnation of the studio's Scooby-Doo franchise and depicts younger versions of the title character and his human companions as they solve mysteries, similar to the original television series. The series was developed by Tom Ruegger and premiered on September 10, 1988, airing for four seasons on ABC as well as during the syndicated block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera until August 17, 1991.
Along with most of Hanna-Barbera's production staff, Ruegger departed from the studio after the first season (to create Tiny Toon Adventures for Warner Brothers) and Don Lusk, a longtime animator for the Disney and Bill Melendez animation studios, took over as director. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is the final television series in the franchise in which Don Messick portrayed Scooby-Doo before his death in 1997 and one of the few in the franchise in which someone other than Frank Welker voiced the character of Fred Jones (child actor Carl Steven took on the role for this series; Welker voiced other bit roles in the series, including Fred's uncle Ed). Messick and Casey Kasem, the latter of whom voiced Shaggy Rogers, were the only two voice actors from other Scooby-Doo series to reprise their roles and both received starring credits for their work.
Main article: List of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||September 10, 1988||December 10, 1988|
|2||8||September 9, 1989||November 4, 1989|
|3||3||September 8, 1990||November 3, 1990|
|4||3||August 3, 1991||August 17, 1991|
Main article: List of Scooby-Doo characters
The new format followed the trend of the "babyfication" of older cartoon characters, reducing the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cast to elementary-aged kids (in doing so, the series reintroduced Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley to the show, both of whom had not appeared as regular characters since the 1970s, and removed Scrappy-Doo from the cast). This new show also used the same basic formula as the original 1969 show: the "Scooby-Doo Detective Agency" (a forerunner of Mystery Inc.) solved supernatural-based mysteries in the town of Coolsville, where the monsters of the week are always revealed as bad guys in masks and costumes. The biggest difference was the tone of the show: with A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, producer Tom Ruegger built upon the slightly irreverent humor he had established along with producer Mitch Schauer with Scooby's previous unsuccessful incarnation, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. This resulted in a wackier, more extremely comic version of Scooby-Doo that satirized the conventions of the show's previous incarnations. It was not uncommon for the characters to do wild Tex Avery/Bob Clampett-esque takes when they ran into ghosts and monsters. Animation director and overseas supervisor Glen Kennedy animated many of the wild-take sequences personally. Fred was constantly blaming a character appropriately called "Red Herring" (a pun on red herring) for each and every crime on the show (true to his name, Red was always innocent, except for "Night of the Boogey Biker," the one episode in which Fred didn't blame him) and shots of the characters (and even the monsters) dancing were inserted into the pop-rock-music-scored chase sequences. The monsters themselves were also more comedic, such as a creature made out of molten cheese, a monster in the form of a giant hamburger and the ghost of a dogcatcher. The series also features Scooby and Shaggy as their favorite superhero duo. Shaggy would be the fearless Commander Cool (a combination of Batman and Superman) and Scooby would be his faithful canine sidekick Mellow Mutt (a combination of Krypto, Robin and Ace the Bat-Hound). In 2013, a direct-to-video puppet film was released exclusively to U.S. Walmart stores and digital download called Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map, that featured traits similar to that of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
The What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" featured a flashback to Velma's fifth birthday, using the character designs from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, albeit with some modifications, such as Daphne wearing purple rather than pink. Fred and Velma were the only returning characters to speak in the flashback, voiced by Welker and Mindy Cohn. The live-action film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins establishes the team meeting in their teens. However, it can be seen as a prequel to the theatrical films.
Rock and roll-styled songs (specifically about the monster of the week) were played during the chase scene in each episode, similar to the second-season episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where are You! However, unlike previous versions of the show, the kids were often aware of the music being played (having turned it on themselves in many occasions) and would dance for a bit along with the ghosts and monsters before continuing with the chase (Glen Kennedy would often animate the characters' dance cycles himself). The show's theme song, featuring lyrics by series creator Tom Ruegger and music by composer John Debney, also bore a similarity to the "Intro Song" from Little Shop of Horrors, which had recently been adapted into a successful feature film. The music is almost always in a 1950s rock and roll style, possibly to indicate their younger age, as the original show took place in 1969.
Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) initially released all 27 episodes of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo on DVD in Region 1 in seven volume sets. They subsequently re-released the entire series in different DVD sets. The first two seasons are available for download from the iTunes Store. "Wrestle Maniacs" can be found on the Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery DVD.
|1||1988||1||4 ("A Bicycle Built for Boo!" – "The Schnook Who Took My Comic Book")||July 19, 2005|
|2||4 ("For Letter or Worse" – "Snow Place Like Home")|
|3||4 ("Scooby Dude" – "Robopup")||July 18, 2006|
|4||4 ("Lights... Camera... Monster" – "The Spirit of Rock'n Roll")|
|5||4 ("Chickenstein Lives" – "Dog Gone Scooby")||January 9, 2007|
|6||4 ("Terror, Thy Name Is Zombo" – "Wrestle Maniacs")||May 15, 2007|
|4||1991||7||3 ("The Were-Doo of Doo Manor" – "Mayhem of the Moving Mollusk")||August 14, 2007|
Triple Feature Box Set
|12 ("A Bicycle Built for Boo!" – "Robopup")||April 13, 2010|
|4 Kid Favorites
Quadruple Feature Box Set
|16 ("A Bicycle Built for Boo!" – "The Spirit of Rock'n Roll")||September 27, 2011|
|January 17, 2012|
|1||1988||1||13||March 18, 2008||
|2||1989||2||14||March 17, 2009||
|Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love of Snacks||2 ("Wanted Cheddar Alive" and "Night of the Living Burger")||January 7, 2014|
|Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery||1 ("Wrestle Maniacs")||March 25, 2014|
|Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Surf's Up, Scooby-Doo!||1 ("Scooby Dude")||May 5, 2015|