The New Scooby-Doo Movies
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Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Production
Producers
  • William Hanna
  • Joseph Barbera
Running time43 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
NetworkCBS
ReleaseSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) –
October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
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The New Scooby-Doo Movies is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. It is the second television series in Scooby-Doo franchise, and follows the first incarnation, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You![1] It premiered on September 9, 1972, and ended on October 27, 1973, running for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series.[2] Twenty-four episodes were produced, sixteen for the 1972–73 season and eight more for the 1973–74 season.

Aside from doubling the length of each episode, The New Scooby-Doo Movies differed from its predecessor in the addition of a rotating special guest star slot; each episode featured real world celebrities or well-known animated characters joining the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving mysteries.[3] This concept was later revisited with a similar animated series titled Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, which premiered in 2019.

The New Scooby-Doo Movies was the last incarnation of Scooby-Doo airing on CBS,[4] and also the franchise's final time to feature Nicole Jaffe as the regular voice of Velma Dinkley, due to her marriage and retirement from acting.

Overview

Many of the guest stars who appeared in The New Scooby-Doo Movies were living celebrities who provided their own voices (Don Knotts, Jerry Reed, Cass Elliot, Jonathan Winters, Sandy Duncan, Tim Conway, Dick Van Dyke, Don Adams, Davy Jones and Sonny & Cher, among others); some episodes featured celebrities who were retired or deceased, whose voicing was done by imitators (The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy), and the rest were crossovers with present or future Hanna-Barbera characters.[5]

The characters from other Hanna-Barbera shows Harlem Globetrotters, Josie and the Pussycats, Jeannie, and Speed Buggy all appeared on the show during or after their own shows' original runs; The Addams Family and Batman and Robin (this was the first time Batman and Robin appeared a Hanna-Barbera cartoon [5] in both appeared on the show a year before they were incorporated into Hanna-Barbera shows of their own, The Addams Family and Super Friends, respectively.[6]

After The New Scooby-Doo Movies ended its original network run in August 1974, repeats of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired on CBS for the next two years. No new Scooby-Doo cartoons would be produced until the show moved to ABC in September 1976 on the highly publicized The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. When the various Scooby-Doo series entered syndication in 1980, each New Movies episode was halved and run as two half-hour parts. The USA Network Cartoon Express began running the New Movies in their original format beginning in September 1990; they were rerun on Sunday mornings until August 1992.

In 1994, The New Scooby-Doo Movies began appearing on three Turner Broadcasting networks: TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. The first season of the series was animated at Hanna-Barbera's main studio in Los Angeles, while the second season was animated at their newly formed studio, Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd. in Australia.

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)
28September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)

Season 1 (1972)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleGuest star(s)Original air date
11"Ghastly Ghost Town"The Three StoogesSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)

Side-tracked by a giant bat, the gang helps the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly Joe) with their theme park: a real-life ghost town with real-life ghostly villains.

Villains: Gunslinger/Amos Crunch, Geronimo/Rhino
22"The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"Batman and RobinSeptember 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)

Mystery Inc. teams up with Batman and Robin to uncover a counterfeiting ring run by a strange hooded figure who has been sending counterfeit money to the Joker and the Penguin.

Villains: The Hooded Man/Mrs. Baker, Skeletons/Joker and Penguin
33"Wednesday Is Missing"The Addams FamilySeptember 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)

With the Mystery Machine stuck in mud, Mystery Inc. ends up becoming housekeepers for the Addams Family while Gomez and Morticia go on vacation to the Okefenokee Swamp. A giant vulture like super villain known as the Vulture threatens the Addams house and Wednesday goes missing, so Scooby and the gang go to find her and stop the Vulture.

Villains: The Vulture (piloted by the former Housekeepers)

Note: Due to rights disputes with the estate of Charles Addams, this episode remains unavailable on home video in the United States.
44"The Frickert Fracas"Jonathan WintersSeptember 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)

Jonathan Winters invites the gang to visit a farm, where Maude Frickert needs help finding a secret formula—unless a mysterious villain known as Scarecrow gets to it first.

Villain: Scarecrow/Simon Shakey
55"Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"Don KnottsOctober 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)

Stuck in a storm, the kids take shelter in a nearby mansion, where a hooded ghost of Captain Moody seems to think the kids are someone else. They finally find the real Captain Moody and unmask the fake Captain Moody, revealing it to be none other than Captain Moody's two nephews.

Villains: The Ghosts of Captain Moody/Captain Moody's nephews
66"A Good Medium Is Rare"Phyllis DillerOctober 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)

After returning the dog of Phyllis Diller, Mystery, Inc. join her to a seance at the mysterious Magic Mansion, where they find out a gargoyle and two phantoms are after her hidden treasure.

Villains: The Gargoyle and the Phantoms/Alberto the receptionist and the security guard
77"Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde"Sandy DuncanOctober 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)

Mystery, Inc. comes to the aid of Sandy Duncan when various monster attacks disrupt the production of her latest movie.

Villain: Mr. Hyde, The Phantom, The Pirate, The Freaky Sheik, The Dragon, King Kong, The Grizzly Bear, The Lion, The Mummy, Chief Blood-in-the-Eye, and The Wolfman/Zavia Z. Fairchild
88"The Secret of Shark Island"Sonny & CherOctober 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)

Mystery, Inc. stays at an offshore hotel with Sonny and Cher when the hotel manager warns them of shark men who rise from the waves.

Villains: The Pescado Diabolico and his shark men/Milo Meekly and his sea scavengers
99"The Spooky Fog of Juneberry"Don KnottsNovember 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)

Mayhem ensues in the western town of Juneberry when the fog rolls in.

Villains: The Skeleton/Gene Haltrey, Cemetery Ghosts/Projections by Gene Haltrey
1010"The Ghost of Bigfoot"Laurel and HardyNovember 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)

The ghost of Bigfoot has been scaring everyone away from a popular skiing resort. Scooby's gang, together with Laurel and Hardy, try to solve the mystery.

Villain: The Ghost of Bigfoot/Jonathan Crabtree
1111"The Ghost of the Red Baron"The Three StoogesNovember 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)

The Three Stooges are in danger when Curly Joe takes up a crop-dusting job on a farm haunted by the ghost of Baron Manfred von Richthofen.

Villain: The Ghost of the Red Baron/Mr. Siegfried
1212"The Ghostly Creep from the Deep"The Harlem GlobetrottersNovember 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)

In Florida, Mystery, Inc. and the Harlem Globetrotters encounter a mysterious ship, crewed by ghost pirates, in a swamp.

Villains: The Ghosts of Redbeard and his crew/Oil pirates
1313"The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall"Davy JonesDecember 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

Rock musician Davy Jones is the heir to Hagglethorn Hall, a haunted fortress that was brought over from the United Kingdom... but a phantom knight does not want him to take it over, so the gang help him solve the mystery while contending with a frog-like moat monster.

Villains: Haunted Horseman/the Duke of Strathmore, Moat Monster/Cyrus Wheatley
1414"The Phantom of the Country Music Hall"Jerry ReedDecember 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)

Scooby and the gang go to hear a concert by Jerry Reed, but discover he is missing and are told by Ben Bing and Bertha to leave the place because everything is fine.

Villains: Possessed Viking Mannequin/Ben Bing, Possessed Davy Crockett Mannequin/Bertha
1515"The Caped Crusader Caper"Batman and RobinDecember 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)

Mystery, Inc. teams up with Batman and Robin when Professor Flakey is kidnapped by the Joker and the Penguin.

Villains: Dryad/Joker, The Troll/Penguin
1616"The Loch Ness Mess"The Harlem GlobetrottersDecember 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)

Inviting the Harlem Globetrotters to Shaggy's uncle's house, the gang gets caught between colonial ghosts and a sea serpent.

Villains: Ghost of Paul Revere/Morgan, Minuteman Ghost/Winslow, Redcoat Ghost/Selby, Sea Serpent/Balloon

Season 2 (1973)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleGuest star(s)Original air date
171"The Mystery of Haunted Island"The Harlem GlobetrottersSeptember 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)

While intending to go on a trip to Picnic Island, the gang and the Harlem Globetrotters end up on a boat going to the nearby Haunted Island, where they are greeted by ghostly goings-on.

Villains: The Three Hooded Ghosts, Apparitions of Haunted Island/The owner, coach and trainer of the Scorpions
182"The Haunted Showboat"The cast of Josie and the PussycatsSeptember 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)

While en route to the Tom Sawyer festival during a storm, the gang gets lost on the Mississippi River along the Illinois-Missouri border and wind up getting stuck on dock near an old haunted showboat, the Dixie Queen, where they bump into Josie and the Pussycats.

Villains: Captain Scavenger/Jack Canna a.k.a. Captain Canaby, Injun Joe/Jack's partner
193"Mystery in Persia"The cast of JeannieSeptember 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)

Jeannie brings Mystery, Inc. along for a time-travel trip to help stop Jadal the Evil Djinn's plan to thwart a young prince's elevation to sultan.

Villain: Jadal the Evil Djinn (working with Uncle Abdullah)
204"The Spirit Spooked Sports Show"Tim ConwaySeptember 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)

The gang help coach Tim Conway track down the ghostly athlete, Fireball McFain, who is haunting the students and faculty of Velma's alma mater.

Villains:Fireball McFain/Jesse Finster and Mr. Griffith's twin brother
215"The Exterminator"Don AdamsOctober 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)

Mystery, Inc. helps out Don Adams when he is hired to exterminate the bugs in the home of known horror movie actor Lorne Chumley. It becomes difficult as there are monsters around each corner.

Villains: Various creatures/Lorne Chumley and Otto
226"The Weird Winds of Winona"The cast of Speed BuggyOctober 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)

The gang teams up with the Speed Buggy crew to find out why a town's population is suddenly declining, as they learn that something is strangely blowing in the wind and it is causing the residents to be fearful.

Villains: The Windmakers/Mr. P.J. Peabody and three henchmen
237"The Haunted Candy Factory"Cass ElliotOctober 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)

Answering the cries of The Mamas and the Papas singer "Mama" Cass Elliot, Mystery, Inc. find themselves trying to unmask the Green Globs who are running amok in her candy factory.

Villains: The Green Globs/Mr. Crink and Sterling Smith
248"The Haunted Carnival"Dick Van DykeOctober 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)

Mystery, Inc. arrives at a carnival run by Dick Van Dyke and assist him when a ghostly strongman begins haunting it.

Villain: The Strongman/Masked Marvel

Staff

Season 1

Season 2

Voice cast

Main article: List of Scooby-Doo characters

Main

Special guest stars

Home media

U.S. sets

Upon attempting to release a complete DVD set of the 24-episode series in 2005, Warner Home Video was unable to negotiate agreements with several of the episodes' guest stars to have those episodes included. As a result, the DVD was released under the title The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies, and featured only 15 episodes culled from both seasons. The opening titles on this release were edited to remove the images of the Addams Family, Batman and Robin, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy.

On April 4, 2019, Warner Bros. announced plans to release eight more episodes, both as part of a package with the 15 previously released episodes and as a standalone release.[7][8][9] This release was planned for the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo. No explanation for the previous appearances' rights issues was provided.

The only episode that has not been released or announced for release on DVD is "Wednesday Is Missing", which features the Addams Family.

Season set

DVD title Ep. # Release date Featurettes
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection 23 June 4, 2019
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown with Scooby-Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock![10]

Volume sets

DVD title Ep. # Release date Featurettes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies 15 March 22, 2005
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown with Scooby-Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock!
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes 8 June 4, 2019

Other releases

The two episodes featuring Batman and Robin and two of the three episodes featuring the Harlem Globetrotters were also included in two separate releases: Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters.

DVD / VHS title Ep. # Release date Episodes
Scooby-Doo Meets Batman 2 August 20, 2002
  1. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  2. "The Caped Crusader Caper"
Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters 2 May 6, 2003
  1. "The Mystery of Haunted Island"
  2. "The Loch Ness Mess"

The Addams Family episode "Wednesday is Missing" was released to VHS in Australia under the title "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" and was also released in the U.K. on VHS, along with the Three Stooges episode "Ghastly Ghost Town" under the title "Scooby-Doo Meets the Three Stooges". "The Secret of Shark Island" (featuring Sonny and Cher) episode was released in the U.S. and the U.K. on VHS on a video called Hanna-Barbera Presents: The Best of Scooby-Doo.

U.K. releases

Release name Release format Ep. # Release date Episodes
The New Scooby-Doo Movies VHS 2 1987
  1. "Scooby-Doo and the Three Stooges" ("Ghastly Ghost Town")
  2. "Scooby-Doo and the Addams Family" ("Wednesday is Missing")
  • Note: this is currently the only U.K. release with the Addams Family episode "Wednesday Is Missing."
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies Volume 1 DVD 4 2005
  1. "Ghastly Ghost Town"
  2. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  3. "The Frickert Fracas"
  4. "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"
The New Scooby-Doo Movies The (Almost) Complete Collection DVD/Blu-ray 23 2019 same as U.S. release

See also

References

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  2. ^ Long, Mike (March 22, 2005). "The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies: DVD Review". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 534–538. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 722. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  6. ^ "A History of Batman on TV". IGN.com. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  7. ^ "'New Scooby-Doo Movies' Come Home in (Almost) Complete & Lost Episode Sets". 3 April 2019.
  8. ^ "The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection Blu-ray Disc Details | High-Def Digest".
  9. ^ "New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection on Blu-ray & DVD This June!". 4 April 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.wbshop.com/collections/scooby-doo/products/the-new-scooby-doo-movies-the-almost-complete-collection-bd [dead link]