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Scooby Goes Hollywood (known in home media releases as Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood) was a 1979 animated prime time special based on Scooby-Doo.

Scooby and Shaggy get sick of life as comic relief television stars, so they try to pitch test pilots to the president of the network C.J. in hopes of moving to Hollywood and receiving the perks of movie stardom. Velma, Daphne, and Fred meanwhile start facing the difficulties of two of their co-stars walking out on them.


  • Animated Actors: The first continuity to depict Scooby and the gang as in-universe actors.
  • Animation Bump: While not that high quality, the animation in the film is noticeably more fluid compared to the original series. Fitting for a film intended to celebrate the franchise's 10th anniversary.
  • Animated Musical: This animated prime time special has several musical numbers sung by the characters in-universe.
  • Batman Gambit: C.J. and the Mystery Inc. gang pull one out to get Shaggy and Scooby back on their old show by holding dog auditions to replace the latter's role (with all of the tryouts proving to be undeniably awful) and choosing a very untalented dog, then having Scooby make his movie star career official on the Jackie Carson show (a parody of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), eventually leading to his loyal fanbase, including Fred, Daphne and Velma, as well as the people all over California, heading to the OTV quarters to beg Scooby to come back as they chant "Scooby-Doo, we need you!". This move is what finally makes Scooby come back to his show, as he realizes how much everyone loves him just as he is.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Every time C.J. just wants Shaggy to stop showing him pilot films of Scooby, even to the point of crying in frustration, Shaggy keeps misinterpreting his complaints for emotional praises for the dog's talent. Also, before playing the Scooby and Cherie pilot, Shaggy tells C.J. he knows he replaced Scooby's role (not knowing this is a ploy to get him back on his old show) and once again comes up with giving him a chance in the film industry. C.J. laughs in disbelief at this and falls off his chair, but Shaggy takes this hint as a "yes".
  • Clip Show: One song shows clips from various episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! accompanied by Velma, Daphne, and Fred pleading for Scooby to return to their show.
  • Made-for-TV Movie: It's a movie-length production that premiered on television rather than being released in theaters.
  • No Antagonist: Another notable first is that this installment of Scooby-Doo has no real villains in it. The only antagonistic characters that appear are the ones in the fake episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! that Shaggy and Scooby are seen shooting in the beginning of the film and the test pilots Shaggy and Scooby show to C.J.
    • However, one can say Shaggy of all people was the main antagonist as he constantly manipulated Scooby-Doo to not go to back to his show and practically used him in order to achieve fame and fortune. He ends up getting what's coming to him when not only does Scooby go back to his show but when Shaggy tries to pitch his own shows, C.J. ties Shaggy up in the film reels and flings him out the window and Shaggy is left to hop after the Mystery Machine.
  • Non-Serial Movie: Although the show was never strong on continuity, it can't slot into the official timeline for a few reasons, and is a standalone movie. It could fit before Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo or after The Scooby-Doo Show, but it's difficult to fit it in anywhere.
  • Out of Focus: Fred, Daphne and Velma are naturally reduced to secondary characters, given that this film is not centered on a mystery and more actually on Scooby and Shaggy eager to achieve fame.
  • Shout-Out: Many of the test pilots Shaggy and Scooby present to C.J. are parodies of television shows and films that were popular at the time.
  • Stylistic Suck: All of Shaggy’s pilots seem predicated on Scooby being able to act like a brave and serious character, which he cannot do. All other also don’t seem to have had any retakes.
  • Vinyl Shatters: Taken to an extreme in "Scooby Days" when Scooby tries to start up the jukebox/record player with his fist ala the Fonz; he only succeeds in shattering the record player and all the records inside!
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: At the end of the film, Shaggy approaches C.J. with his own ideas for TV shows. Cue C.J. tying Shaggy up in the film reels and flinging him out the window, forcing him to hop after the Mystery Machine.