Dynomutt, Dog Wonder
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Also known asThe Blue Falcon & Dynomutt
Created by
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Voices of
Narrated byRon Feinberg
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Running time22 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseSeptember 11, 1976 (1976-09-11) –
October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
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Dynomutt, Dog Wonder is an American animated television series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1977.[1] The show centers on a Batman-esque superhero, the Blue Falcon, and his assistant, Dynomutt, a bumbling, yet effective robotic dog who can produce a seemingly infinite number of mechanical devices from his body.[2] As with many other animated superheroes of the era, no origins for the characters are ever provided.

Dynomutt was originally broadcast as a half-hour segment of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–77), and a quarter-hour segment of its later expanded form Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977–78); it would later be rerun and syndicated on its own from 1978 on. The cast of The Scooby-Doo Show appeared as recurring characters on Dynomutt, assisting the Daring Duo in cracking their crimes. Originally distributed by Hanna-Barbera's then-parent company Taft Broadcasting, Warner Bros. Television currently holds the distribution rights to the series.

Overview

Millionaire socialite art dealer Radley Crown (voiced by Gary Owens) and his mechanical dog Dynomutt (voiced by Frank Welker, who got the inspiration for the voice from the Gertrude and Heathcliff characters of Red Skelton) enjoy leisure time in their base of operations in Big City until alerted by the Falcon Flash. They then immediately dash to the Falcon's Lair (situated in Crown's penthouse), where they switch to their secret identities, the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, respectively.[3] The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt receive the report via TV screen from the secret GHQ of secret agent F.O.C.U.S. One (voiced by Ron Feinberg), jumps into the Falconcar and speeds into the fray against assorted evildoers.

In a coup similar to the 1960s Batman TV series, the first 10 minutes of Dynomutt ends with a cliffhanger wherein the Daring Duo, in the clutches of their foes, are subjected to a perilous fate which is resolved immediately after the commercial. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contains a laugh track created by the studio.

The metallic mutt employs a system of miniaturized transistors that allow him to extend his limbs or neck and use them to perform extraordinary feats; however, none of them ever work properly. "B.F." (as Dynomutt lovingly refers to him) is more Dynomutt's victim than his master, forever being hamstrung by the latter's insufferably clumsy mechanized mishaps, which often results in the Blue Falcon calling Dynomutt "Dog Blunder". Nevertheless, Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon, who is equipped with their arsenal of super gadgetry, manage to get the situation well in hand.

Three episodes had a crossover with Scooby-Doo.

Episodes

The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976)

The episode titles given reflect Hanna-Barbera studio records. No on-screen titles were given for this series.

No.
overall
No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
11"Everyone Hyde!"1September 11, 1976 (1976-09-11)

Willie the Weasel has created a formula that turns him into Mr. Hyde. While the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are on the trail of the mysterious Mr. Hyde, they encounter the Mystery, Inc. gang and Scooby-Doo (who are unaware that Mr. Hyde is a supervillain and not one of their typical "spooks"). In The New Scooby-Doo Movies-fashion, they team up with the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt (who happens to be Scooby's hero) to stop Mr. Hyde, who has threatened to turn the population of the entire city into "Mr. Hydes" unless he is proclaimed mayor. Fred and the others find a clue (which turns out to be Willie the Weasel's glove), and the Blue Falcon deduces that Willie is Mr. Hyde. The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt have Mr. Hyde proclaimed mayor and pretend to turn themselves in so that Mr. Hyde will lead them to his secret lair and trick him into showing them the antidote to the Hyde formula. Willie the Weasel and his canine partner-in-crime "Snitch" manage to escape. The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt head to the Mayor's mansion to stop Hyde from retrieving his stolen loot. The Mystery, Inc. gang set up one of their infamous "Scooby traps" while the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt confront Mr. Hyde and Snitch. Dynomutt captures Snitch while the Blue Falcon and the Mystery, Inc. crew capture Willie the Weasel/Mr. Hyde.

Note: This episode is a crossover between Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Scooby-Doo.
22"What Now, Lowbrow?"1September 18, 1976 (1976-09-18)

A caveman-like criminal named Lowbrow wants to become the King of Crime and steals some books that will help him in his quest. The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt end up assisted by Mystery, Inc. to stop Lowbrow.

Note: This episode is another crossover between Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Scooby-Doo.
33"The Great Brain... Train Robbery"September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)

The Gimmick is a criminal mastermind who uses his prowess of gadgets to create havoc in the city and dares the police to stop him from stealing a train car with a prince inside.

Note: Mumbly makes a cameo at the end of the episode.
44"The Day and Night Crawler"October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02)
A talking worm called the Worm and his henchman Grub use a digging machine called the Wormborer to spring Bugsy Busby and Roto Chopper from prison in a plot to steal a super-computer.
55"The Harbor Robber"October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09)
A fish-themed villain named Fishface plans to steal Big City's oil and hold it for ransom.
66"Sinister Symphony"October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
Manyfaces uses his talent for disguises to trick Dynomutt into arresting the Blue Falcon, Mayor Gaunt, and the Chief of Police.
77"Don't Bug Superthug"October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23)
Superthug and his henchman Zorkon have created a super-dynamic steel skeleton and plan to use it to steal Big City's steel supply to mass-produce an army of steel skeletons.
88"Factory Recall"October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)
The Blue Falcon loses his Falcon Communicator while he and Dynomutt are fighting Mr. Cool. Mr. Cool then makes the Blue Falcon think that he is F.O.C.U.S. One claiming that Dynomutt needs to be recalled to where he was made. With Dynomutt reprogrammed and now under his control, Mr. Cool has Dynomutt dispose of the Blue Falcon while he initiates a plot to freeze Big City.
99"The Queen Hornet"November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06)
The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt attempt to get evidence that will put the Queen Hornet in prison.
1010"The Wizard of Ooze"1November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13)

The Swamp Rat and his henchman Mudmouth plan to flood Big City by using stolen pumps to send half the water in Bogmeyer Swamp into Big City to start a crime spree. The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, team-up once again with Scooby-Doo and Mystery, Inc. to stop the villains before Big City becomes Bog City.

Note: This episode is the third crossover between Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Scooby-Doo.
1111"Tin Kong"November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20)
A hack movie director named Eric von Flick plans to make a movie called The Total Destruction of Big City starring his robotic creation, Tin Kong.
1212"The Awful Ordeal with the Head of Steel"2November 25, 1976 (1976-11-25)
A mysterious criminal named Ironface seeks revenge on Big City by capturing the District Attorney, the Warden of Rockatraz, Detective Malloy, Mayor Gaunt, Judge Grater, Chief of Police Grisby, and the Chief Prosecutor, as well as the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt who it blames for its incarceration. When the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt get captured, they work to free themselves and the other captives. Then they defeat Ironface and its minions as the Blue Falcon unmasks Ironface to be Serpent Lady.
1313"The Blue Falcon vs. the Red Vulture"November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27)
The Red Vulture steals two of the world's most powerful super-jet engines, with plans to use them for his Vulturejet and, in turn, dominate the airways.
1414"The Injustice League of America"3December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04)

Fishface, Gimmick, Lowbrow, Queen Hornet, Superthug, and Worm have escaped from Big City Prison and formed the Injustice League of America. They plan to commit a major crime spree and dispose of the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt.

Note: the titular villain group has no connection to the DC Comics villain group of the same name.
1515"Lighter Than Air Raid"3December 11, 1976 (1976-12-11)
An evil genius of the airways named the Blimp is stealing Big City's supply of helium.
1616"The Prophet Profits"3December 18, 1976 (1976-12-18)
The Prophet sets up his own disasters, which he can predict for Mayor Gaunt and charge him $500,000 for every prediction he wants to know.

The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt (1977)

No.
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No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
171"Beastwoman"September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
A jungle girl-themed villain named Beastwoman uses her multi-frequency Beast Whistle to have the animals at Big City Zoo break out of their cages and drive the people out of Big City. When Dynomutt falls victim to the Beast Whistle, it is up to his master the Blue Falcon to stop her.
182"The Glob"September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
The Glob (a.k.a. Norbert Prindle) and his gang plan to steal the Baltese Falcon.
193"Madame Ape Face"September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
An ape-faced woman named Madame Ape Face is using a device to help her steal the faces of beautiful starlets of Big City.
204"Shadowman"October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
Shadowman mysteriously knows all of the plans of the Crime Commission and plans to commit a crime spree where one of them frames Mayor Gaunt.

These four new episodes were also aired under the new title The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt. All in all, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder lasted 20 episodes in total, four episodes more than Jabberjaw.

Voice cast

Additional voices

Broadcast history

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder originally aired in these following formats on ABC and NBC:

Dynomutt also aired on USA Cartoon Express during the 1980s.

Between January 2 and March 9, 2008, repeats of Dynomutt, Dog Wonder were shown on Boomerang. On June 4, 2009, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder returned to Boomerang and aired Thursdays through Sundays at 10am Eastern. But the show stopped airing on Boomerang due to the re-branding that happened on January 19, 2015, that also removed many other older shows.

Home media

All 16 episodes of the first season were released in a DVD set The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series from Warner Home Video.

Blue Falcon

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Radley Crown
Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Scooby-Doo character
First appearance
  • "Everyone Hyde!"
  • Dynomutt, Dog Wonder
  • September 11, 1976
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Voiced by
In-universe information
Nickname
  • Antonio de Rivera Garcia Azul Falcón
  • Owen Garrison
  • Brad Adams
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
Significant otherDynomutt
RelativesBrian Crown (son)

Appearances

Television series

Films

Comics

See also



References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 174–175. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 88–89. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 173. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2019-04-10). "Ken Jeong & Kiersey Clemons Toon Up For Warner Bros.' 'Scoob'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2019-05-10). "Mark Wahlberg & Jason Isaacs Board Warner Bros' 'Scoob'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  6. ^ Marvel's Dynomutt series at Comic Vine
  7. ^ Cartoon Network Presents #21 at the GCD
  8. ^ Tomasi Announces Super Sons Crossover with Dynomutt & Blue Falcon by Jason Cohen on CBR.com, 22 Feb 2018