Dynomutt, Dog Wonder

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Dynomutt, Dog Wonder
Dynomutt-title-card.jpg
FormatAnimation
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Voices ofFrank Welker
Gary Owens
Larry McCormick
Ron Feinberg
Narrated byRon Feinberg
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runSeptember 11, 1976 (1976-09-11) – October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
Chronology
Related showsThe Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour
Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics
 
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Dynomutt, Dog Wonder
Dynomutt-title-card.jpg
FormatAnimation
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Voices ofFrank Welker
Gary Owens
Larry McCormick
Ron Feinberg
Narrated byRon Feinberg
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runSeptember 11, 1976 (1976-09-11) – October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
Chronology
Related showsThe Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour
Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder is an American animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The show centers on a Batman-esque super hero, the Blue Falcon, and his assistant, bumbling yet generally effective robot dog Dynomutt, who can produce a seemingly infinite number of mechanical devices from his body. As with many other animated super-heroes 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 its later expanded forms Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics (1977–78) and Scooby's All-Stars (1978-79); it would later be rerun and syndicated on its own from 1978 on. The cast of The Scooby-Doo Show appeared as a 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 television distribution to the series.

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 airs Thursdays through Sundays at 10am Eastern.

Overview[edit]

Millionaire socialite art dealer Radley Crown (voiced by Gary Owens) and his mechanical mongrel, 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 Big City, until alerted by the Falcon Flash. They immediately dash for the Falcon's Lair (situated in Crown's penthouse apartment), where they switch to their secret identities, the Blue Falcon and Dog Wonder, respectively. 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) and jump into the Falconcar and speed 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 which 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 D.W. 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 Blue Falcon calling Dynomutt "Dog Blunder". Nevertheless, Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon, who is equipped with his own arsenal of supergadgetry, manage to get the situation well in hand.

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder has the historic significance of casting the first African-American public official in Saturday morning cartoons in the form of Mayor Gaunt (voiced by Larry McCormick).

Episode Guide (The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour)[edit]

Season One (1976–1977)[edit]

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

No.Episode titleOriginal air date
SDD-1Everyone Hyde! 1September 11, 1976
Willie the Weasel has created a formula that turns him into Mr. Hyde. While 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 Blue Falcon and Dynomutt (who happens to be Scooby's hero) to stop Mr. Hyde who has threaten to turn the entire city into Mr. Hyde's unless he is proclaimed Mayor. Fred and the others find a clue (which turns out to be Willie the Weasel's glove) and Blue Falcon deduces he is Mr. Hyde. Blue Falcon & Dynomutt have Mr. Hyde proclaimed Mayor and pretend to be turned in so 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. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt head to the Mayor's Mansion to stop Hyde from retrieving his stolen loot. The Mystery Inc. gang setup one of their infamous "Scooby Traps" while Blue Falcon & Dynomutt confront Mr. Hyde and Snitch. Dynomutt captures Snitch while 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.

SDD-2What Now, Lowbrow? 1September 18, 1976
A caveman-like criminal named Lowbrow wants to become the King of Crime and steals some books that will help him in his quest. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt end up assisted by Mystery Inc. into stopping Lowbrow.

NOTE: This episode is another crossover between Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Scooby-Doo.

SDD-3The Great Brain... Train RobberySeptember 25, 1976
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.

SDD-4The Day and Night CrawlerOctober 2, 1976
A talking worm called Worm and his henchman Grub use a digging machine to spring Bugsy Busby and Roto Chopper from prison in a plot to steal a super-computer.
SDD-5The Harbor RobberOctober 9, 1976
An ocean-themed villain named Fishface plans to steal Big City's oil and hold it for ransom.
SDD-6Sinister SymphonyOctober 16, 1976
Manyfaces uses his talent for disguises to trick Dynomutt into arresting Blue Falcon, Mayor Gaunt, and the Chief of Police.
SDD-7Don't Bug SuperthugOctober 23, 1976
Superthug and his henchman Zorkon have created a super-dynamic steel skeleton and plans to use it to steal the city's steel supply to mass-produce an army of steel skeletons.
SDD-8Factory RecallOctober 30, 1976
Blue Falcon loses his Falcon Communicator while he and Dynomutt are fighting Mr. Cool. Mr. Cool then makes Blue Falcon think that he is F.O.C.U.S. One claiming that Dynomutt needs to recalled to where he was made. With Dynomutt under his control, Mr. Cool has Dynomutt dispose of Blue Falcon while he initiates a plot to freeze Big City.
SDD-9The Queen HornetNovember 6, 1976
Blue Falcon and Dynomutt attempt to get evidence that will put Queen Hornet in prison.
SDD-10The Wizard of Ooze 1November 13, 1976
Swamp Rat and his henchman Mudmouth plan to flood Big City by using stolen pumps to send half the water in Bogmyer Swamp into Big City to start a crime spree. 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 another crossover between Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Scooby-Doo.

SDD-11Tin KongNovember 20, 1976
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.
SDD-12The Awful Ordeal with the Head of SteelNovember 25, 1976 2
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 Blue Falcon and Dynomutt. Now Blue Falcon and Dynomutt must defeat Ironface and find out Ironface's true identity.
SDD-13The Blue Falcon vs. The Red VultureNovember 27, 1976
The Red Vulture steals 2 of the world's most powerful super-jet engines, with plans to use them for his nefarious Vulturejet and in turn dominate the airways.
SDD-14The Injustice League of AmericaDecember 4, 1976 3
Fishface, Gimmick, Lowbrow, Queen Hornet, Superthug, and Worm have escaped from Big City Prison and had formed the Injustice League of America. They plan to commit a major crime spree and dispose of Blue Falcon and Dynomutt.
SDD-15Lighter Than Air RaidDecember 11, 1976 3
An evil genius of the airways named Blimp is stealing Big City's supply of helium.
SDD-16The Prophet ProfitsDecember 18, 1976 3
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.

Episode guide (Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics)[edit]

Season Two (1977–1978)[edit]

No.Episode titleOriginal air date
2.1Beastwoman Pt. 1 and 2September 10 & 17, 1977
A wild woman-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's up to Blue Falcon to stop Beastwoman.
2.2The Glob Pt. 1 and 2September 24 & October 1, 1977
Norbert Prindle (AKA Glob) and his gang plan to steal the Baltese Falcon.
2.3Madame Ape Face Pt. 1 and 2October 8 & 15, 1977
Madame Ape Face is using a device to help her steal the faces of beautiful starlets of Big City.
2.4Shadowman Pt. 1 and 2October 22 & 29, 1977
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 aired under the new title The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt.

Voices[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Production Credits[edit]

DVD release[edit]

All 16 episodes of the first season were released to DVD in the Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour DVD set from Warner Home Video. The 4 episodes from The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt that were broadcast as a part of the Scooby-Doo's All Star Laff-A-Lympics are currently unavailable on DVD.

In popular culture[edit]

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