The New Scooby-Doo Movies

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The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Scooby-new-movies.jpg
The opening title from The New Scooby-Doo Movies
GenreHorror comedy
Mystery
Adventure
Children's television series
FormatAnimated series
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofDon Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes24 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time43 minutes
DistributorTaft Broadcasting (1972–1986)
Great American Broadcasting (1988–1991)
Turner Program Services (1992–1998)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1999–present)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original runSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) – October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Chronology
Preceded byScooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)
Followed byThe Scooby-Doo Show (1976–1978)
 
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The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Scooby-new-movies.jpg
The opening title from The New Scooby-Doo Movies
GenreHorror comedy
Mystery
Adventure
Children's television series
FormatAnimated series
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofDon Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes24 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time43 minutes
DistributorTaft Broadcasting (1972–1986)
Great American Broadcasting (1988–1991)
Turner Program Services (1992–1998)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1999–present)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original runSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) – October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Chronology
Preceded byScooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)
Followed byThe Scooby-Doo Show (1976–1978)

The New Scooby-Doo Movies (sometimes called The New Scooby-Doo Comedy Movies) is the second incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. It premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series. Twenty-four episodes were ultimately produced (sixteen in 1972–73 and eight more in 1973–74).

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-life celebrities or well known fictional characters joining the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving the mystery of the week. Some episodes, in particular the episodes guest-starring the characters from The Addams Family, Batman, and Jeannie, deviated from the established Scooby-Doo format of presenting criminals masquerading as supernatural beings by introducing real ghosts, witches, monsters, and other such characters into the plots. The New Scooby-Doo Movies was the last incarnation of Scooby-Doo to feature Nicole Jaffe as the regular voice of Velma Dinkley, due to her marriage and retirement from acting.

Overview[edit]

Some of these 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, and Sonny & Cher, among others); some had dead or retired celebrities 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. The characters from 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 both appeared on the show a year before they were incorporated into Hanna-Barbera shows of their own, The Addams Family and Super Friends.[1] Many of the supporting voice roles were done by several celebrities who were famous elsewhere (Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Larry Storch (F-Troop), and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H)) or were unknown by the time of production (Jodie Foster and Vincent Van Patten).

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 defected 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 in Australia.

Episodes[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Special guest cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Home media[edit]

US Season Set[edit]

Upon attempting to release a Complete Series set of The New Scooby-Doo Movies on DVD in 2005, Warner Home Video was unable to negotiate agreements with several of the episodes' guest stars to have those episodes included in the DVD set. As a result, the DVD was released under the title The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies, and features only 15 episodes culled from both seasons. The opening titles on this release were edited to remove the images of The Addams Family, Batman & Robin, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Three Stooges, and Laurel & Hardy. It is still unknown if Warner Home Video will ever release a Volume 2 for the remaining episodes.

DVD NameEp #Release DateFeaturettes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies15March 22, 2005
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown With Scooby-Doo and The Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock!

UK Season Sets[edit]

DVD NameEp #Release DateEpisodes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies Volume 142005
  1. "Ghastly Ghost Town"
  2. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  3. "The Frickert Fracas"
  4. "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"
  • Note: This is currently the only DVD released from the Best Of collection in the United Kingdom.

Other Releases[edit]

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

DVD NameEp #Release DateEpisodes
Scooby-Doo Meets Batman22002
  1. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  2. "The Caped Crusader Caper"
Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters22003
  1. "The Mystery of Haunted Island"
  2. "The Loch Ness Mess"

Scooby-Doo Team-Up[edit]

DC Comics is producing a follow-up comic book to The New Scooby-Doo Movies called Scooby-Doo Team-Up. The first six issues feature Batman and Robin. Joker and Penguin will not appear this time. Instead, the villain of the first issue is Man-Bat. The villain of the second issue is Scarecrow. The second issue also introduces Ace the Bat-Hound who becomes close friends with Scooby-Doo. The third issue features Bat-Mite as the main antagonist. Other DC superheroes will be featured in later issues. There might be some Hanna-Barbera characters and real people in the comic book as well.[2]

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