Western Animation / The New Scooby-Doo Movies

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Scooby Scooby Doo, lookin' for you.
Scooby Scooby Doo, where are you?
All the stars are here, waiting for you.
Couldn't have a show without you.
Theme song excerpt

The second series to feature Scooby-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Movies ran on CBS from 1972 to 1974. Scooby and friends interacted with celebrities and other Hanna-Barbera characters of the time. This series featured nearly all of the Scooby-Doo tropes and was unique in that all episodes were an hour long. In Syndication, the episodes were usually split into two half hour episodes across two days.

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Tropes in theThe New Scooby-Doo Movies:

  • All There in the Manual: In his own cartoon, Mark from Speed Buggy was drawn with light skin but for background purposes he was intended to be a Native American. For his appearance on this show, his skin was colored much darker than it ever was on his own show. Without that knowledge the viewer might as well assume he got a bad suntan.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: Minor example, but Dribbles appears in the opening credits but he didn't actually appear in any of the episodes with The Harlem Globetrotters.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: While it is the usual here, it is actually averted and played hilariously straight in both Don Knotts episodes.
    • In the first, Don's character is supposed to be the cavalry to help Captain Moody, but by the time he got there, Captain Moody had vanished.
    • And in the second, Don plays a police officer for the whole episode so the cavalry never really leaves.
  • Comic Books Are Real: Fred mentions growing up watching The Addams Family on TV and is shocked to meet them in the flesh. The Addams Family are apparently unaware of any TV show documenting their lives. So were the antagonists of the episode, apparently, given how convinced they were that everyone hated the Addams.
  • Continuity Nod: in the Opening Credits, the name of the previous series (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!) is title dropped. When Shaggy asks, "Where are you?" Scooby replies, "Over here!"
  • Crossover: A bunch of Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters have put in appearances.
  • Edible Ammunition: The gang is investigating a haunted candy factory when the Green Globs lock Scooby, Shaggy, and the factory's owner, Cass Elliot, in a storeroom. Fortunately, Cass finds a mechanical jawbreaker dispenser, and fixes it to shoot jawbreakers at the door until they batter it down.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Any celebrity that appears on the show.
  • Nonindicative Name: These episodes don't really seem long enough to count as "movies". They're also not very new anymore.
  • Not a Mask: in "The Exterminator" episode Don Adams keeps removing masks off Lorne Chumley until by accident he pulls at Chumley's face. "Well, I guess that really is Lorne Chumley".
  • Off Model: Both the first and second seasons are rife with this, putting even the Limited Animation of the original series to shame. The second season, however, combats this with a greater number of frames for more fluid animation.
  • Panty Shot: Velma in "A Good Medium Is Rare" and "The Spooky Fog" (which was missing footage that CBS ran only during the second season); Daphne in "The Mystery Of Haunted Island."
  • Role Reprisal:
    • The guest appearance by the Addams Family has John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, and Ted Cassidy reprise their roles as Gomez Addams, Morticia Addams, Uncle Fester, and Lurch.
    • The two episodes featuring Batman and Robin have Olan Soule and Casey Kasem reprise their roles as the Dynamic Duo from The Adventures of Batman, in addition to Larry Storch and Ted Knight reprising their respective roles as the Joker and Penguin.
  • Spoonerism: Professor Flakey from the second guest appearance by Batman and Robin had this problem. For example, he mistakenly calls his invention a "sighing flute" and at one point refers to the episode's villains as "Poker and Jenguin".
  • The Unreveal: In "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner," it's never actually revealed whether the detective is or is not Don Knotts.
  • You Remind Me of X: Done in the Jonathan Winters episode:
    Maude Frickert: You look like my idol. Greatest man that ever lived.
    Fred Jones: Who's that?
    Maude Frickert: Glen Campbell.
  • Your Mom: The Joker does this to Scooby in "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair".
    Daphne: Do you know Mrs. Baker?
    Joker: I know who Mrs. Baker is. [points to Scooby] She's that creature's mother! Bow wow!

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