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Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon is a Scooby-Doo Direct to Video film. It is the 19th installment of the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series.

Scooby-Doo and the gang have another mystery on their hands. But this time, they're helping out two of Scooby and Shaggy's greatest heroes: the Blue Falcon and his Dog Wonder, Dynomutt, as they face the threat of the villainous Mr. Hyde.

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  • Actor Allusion: Diedrich Bader voiced a Lighter and Softer Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Here he is voicing an actor playing a Darker and Edgier Batman Expy.
  • Adaptational Badass: A cooler and more formidable incarnation is what the newer edgier Blue Falcon film is meant to be for the franchise, in-universe.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Velma is snide the entire movie, upset that they're not investigating a mystery but just enjoying her friends non-ghost related interests.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite Blue Falcon being seen on the film cover, being on equal footing with the rest of the cast (or Shaggy and Scooby at least), the man who played Blue Falcon is only in a small handful of scenes. Justified in that he's mostly there trying to prove his worth of being the original Blue Falcon and because he was tricked into being the bad guy in order to gain recognition.
  • Affectionate Parody: To a bunch of old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but most notably Blue Falcon - who is now even more of an Affectionate Parody of Batman. Heavy on the "affectionate" part - the movie is very devoted to the older things it's presenting (at one point, Shaggy even makes an impassioned speech about this).
  • Arch-Enemy: Naturally, Mr. Hyde is one of Blue Falcon and Dynomutt's greatest foes.
  • Batman Gambit: The whole plot is a highly elaborate plan to divert attention away from the convention, then divert traffic so that Jack Rabble can steal the contents of an armored car holding millions of dollars. It hinges entirely on certain people reacting to the Mr. Hyde scheme in very specific ways.
  • The Cameo: The entire convention is loaded with artwork and people cosplaying many HB characters such as The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt (obviously). Also Frankenstein Jr., Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Mighty Mightor, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, and plenty more.
    • Completely avoided are any cameos of the classic DC Comics characters that were featured in the HB-produced Superfriends cartoons, with one exception (see Freeze-Frame Bonus below). Only the characters from those cartoons that were original creations by HB (the Wonder Twins, Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, and Samurai) are shown.
    • James Becker is designed to resemble Paul Lynde who had done multiple HB voices in the past and most of them also physically resembled him.
    • The city's mayor is designed the same as the mayor of Big City in the Dynomutt cartoons.
    • A TV news reporter looks and sounds like the generic newsman who appeared in numerous Hanna-Barbera series.
    • At the premiere party, Bram from Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire as well as Wulfric, Jean and Joane from Big Top Scooby-Doo! can be seen.
    • The Mancrab, featured in an episode of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, is worn as a costume by a kiddie ride employee.
  • Cast as a Mask: Mr. Hyde is voiced by John DiMaggio, with his true identity as Jack Rabble voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
  • Casting Gag: Brad Adams (star of the Darker and Edgier Blue Falcon) is voiced by Diedrich Bader, previously a Lighter and Softer Batman.
    • The German dub went even a step further. While Brad Adams got our BATB equivalent, Owen Garrison has the voice of Eberhard Haar, the German VA of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series
  • Celebrity Paradox: The old Hanna-Barbera shows were all actual television shows within this Scooby-Doo movie despite other times being depicted as real-life. This in itself is a Mythology Gag as it's not the first time Scooby has done this, let alone other Hanna Barbera series.
  • Crossover: A crossover between Scooby-Doo and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, obviously.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Jack Rabble is a robotics expert capable of creating highly effective robots, including a Humongous Mecha...and his plot is to steal several million dollars. Though his Role-Ending Misdemeanor from how much damage they originally caused probably made it hard to find investors that were willing to take him.
  • Fanservice Extra: The people in swimsuits at the party the gang investigates are minor characters providing fanservice.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the attack on the two security guards that opens the film, a portrait of Wonder Woman from the HB-produced Superfriends is barely visible next to the guards' station. And later in the film during a crowd scene, there's one cosplayer dressed as her.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Mr. Hyde creates inventions to use for his crimes.
  • Hartman Hips: Daphne as usual. Also Jennifer Severin.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Sadly, Mr. Garrison was swindled out of the rights to the Blue Falcon and was not even allowed to wear the character's costume for years.
  • Humiliation Conga: Shaggy and Scooby must endure this after doing nothing wrong; all they really did was panic on live TV.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Owen Garrison and, as it turns out, Brad Adams, are both very confrontational at first, but ultimately turn out to be decent people deep down.
  • Large Ham: Owen Garrison, probably as a nod to his inspiration, Adam West.
  • Latex Perfection: The Dynomutt mask Scooby-Doo wears at the end for his role as Dynomutt in the new Blue Falcon film is perfectly flawless and lifelike.
  • Lawful Stupid: The guards at the comic convention are very judgmental and accuse Owen Garrison under flimsy evidence.
  • Legacy Character: The new Darker and Edgier versions of the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt become this in the sequel of their movie, establishing that the new Blue Falcon is the original Blue Falcon's son.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Daphne wears a short dress or leotard that shows off her back and legs when disguised as Tara.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The very first Dynomutt episode was a crossover with Scooby-Doo that featured Mr. Hyde as the villain, the same plot as this film.
    • As mentioned above the use of Celebrity Paradox is one to continuity of Hanna Barbera in general.
    • The title sequence features the Black Knight, the Miner 49er, the Space Kook, Redbeard's Ghost, the Ghost Clown from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and Joker's and Penguin's Troll and Dryad costumed monsters chasing the gang before Scooby and friends are saved by Blue Falcon, Dynomutt, Space Ghost, Zandor, Mighty Mightor, and Frankenstein Jr.
    • Owen Garrison is named after Gary Owens, the original voice actor of the Blue Falcon.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Owen Garrison is clearly made to be Adam West, complete with Jeff Bennett doing an impersonation of him. Also, his characterization echoes Simon "The Gray Ghost" Trent from the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware the Gray Ghost".
    • Even the part about him being banned from wearing the Blue Falcon costume by the producers of a new movie about the character is taken from real life, based on an incident where Clayton Moore was sued by the producers of Legend of The Lone Ranger over his continued appearances as the character taking attention away from their movie.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: San de Pedro, home of the Mega Mondo Pop Comic Con-A-Palooza, is obviously inspired by San Diego and Comic-Con International.
  • One-Winged Angel: Mr. Hyde grows into a giant at the climax. Subverted in that it's actually a remote-controlled Humongous Mecha.
  • Police Are Useless: Again, the comic-con guards. They prove to be useless in tracking down the real criminal and just falsely accuse Owen Garrison.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Mr. Hyde, along with the Hideous Hyde Hound, have red eyes and are villains.
  • Red Herring: All of the people the Gang suspected to be Mr. Hyde turn out to be red herrings, including Owen Garrison, whom everyone suspected the most.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Mr. Hyde is really Jack Rabble in a costume, using his inventions to try and get money after his career as a Combat Bots participant went belly up.
  • Serious Business: Shaggy and Scooby are such big fans of Owen Garrison that they're angered at the fact he's accused of being a suspect.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Daphne in her Tara costume.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Batman. If the Blue Falcon himself already wasn't enough for you, look at the picture. There are bats on the cover.
    • The comic convention features banners of all sorts of Hanna-Barbera characters, like El Dorado and The Impossibles. The costume contest also has a bunch of people cosplaying as classic characters, including Speed Buggy, Penelope Pitstop, Thundarr the Barbarian,note  and The Flintstones. The entire movie plays out like a giant love letter to the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
    • The head security guard is even a dead ringer for Paul Lynde, who did voices for several HB characters like Claude Pertwee from 1970s Where's Huddles?.
    • The kid who takes the last video is designed to look like DD from Clue Club
    • At some point Scooby-Doo throws out his Dynomutt suit to the trash as in "Spider-Man No More" of ''ComicBook/TheAmazingSpiderMan1963'' #50 (July 1967).
    • The movie is produced by James Tucker (co-producer of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and directed by series director Michael Goguen. As such, this movie contains many shout-outs to that series.
      • The opening sequence shows the gang alongside various Hanna Barbera heroes fighting various HB villains, much like Batman's opening showcasing him fighting various DC villains alongside other DC heroes.
      • Brad Adams (star of the Darker and Edgier Blue Falcon) is voiced by Diedrich Bader, previously a Lighter and Softer Batman.
      • Daphne is shown obsessing over a toy bird for her collection. Grey DeLisle voiced Black Canary.
      • Tara Strong voices two characters in this movie. The main character she voices is a kid named Austin, an adorkable cheerful child, much like her own Billy Batson.
      • Kevin Michael Richardson voices the mayor. In Batman, one of his characters was the president, another major political figure.
      • John DiMaggio voices the Monstrous Mr. Hyde. One of his many Batman characters is Gorilla Grodd, whose in a similar vein.
  • Take That!: The producer of the Darker and Edgier Blue Falcon movie, who also created the in-universe Transmollifiers series, who loves putting "Revenge" in the titles of her movies, is a clear shot at Michael Bay.
    "When the studio asked me to put the Blue Falcon on the big screen, I had just one question: Instead of a story, can I just blow things up? And they said yes!" (raucous applause)
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: In-Universe. The Scooby Gang is attending a San Diego Comic-Con–type convention where a fictional Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are being reintroduced as Darker and Edgier. Shaggy and Scooby aren't pleased about it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the film, Shaggy steps up to defend his idol, Owen Garrison. Shaggy even used actual deduction skills while trying to solve the mystery.
    • Scooby-Doo is also portrayed as braver than usual.