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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.
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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.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: "The Spirit Spooked Sports Show" features a case of this when Tim Conway claims to be working as a coach to prepare for the role of Coach Knute Rockne in a biopic.
    Jay Teller: If you're Knute Rockne, then I'm the king of Siam.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Ngogi the orangutan from "Ghastly Ghost Town" is referred to as male, but lacks flanges like a female orangutan.
  • 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.
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  • Balloon Belly: Happens to Scooby when he ends up in an ice cream cart. The others tell him he needs to drop the weight and fast, or they'll cut him off Scooby Snacks. He immediately starts exercising. Dick Van Dyke then jokes that if Scooby ever lands in a cart full of pizzas, they'll never be able to get him out of it.
  • "Best Of" Anthology: Warner Bros. didn't have the rights to republish all of their episodes as DVD, because they featured guest stars. So they released a "Best-of" DVD set, instead, limiting the selection further … until April 2019, when Warner released eight of the missing episodes (they still couldn't get the Addams Family).
  • Book Dumb: Shaggy comes across as relatively uneducated in this series. In one episode, he and Scooby go to a corn field. He doesn't realize it is corn until Scooby decides to collect an ear of corn and peel it back to eat the cob. Shaggy gets confused and asks why the corn is wrapped in "this green stuff". A disbelieving Scooby tries to explain that is corn in its natural state, but Shaggy doesn't believe him. In "The Caped Crusader Caper", Shaggy mistakes a moose for a horse and says he's never seen a horse with wood growing out of its head before.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: While throwing his voice to make the villain think the place is surrounded by cops, Jonathan Winters can't help making the cops praise him.
  • The Cameo: Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear appear in "The Caped Crusader Caper" as parade balloons.
  • Catchphrase: Velma's "Jinkies!" is finally introduced, though Shaggy is actually the first to utter the latter in "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair", the second episode. Velma wouldn't say it until "The Frickert Fracas", the fourth episode.
  • 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.
    • Weird Crossover: Most of whom are quite out of place being in a Scooby-Doo episode, and some of whom aren't actually Hanna-Barbera characters.
  • 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.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Jerry Reed accuses Shaggy and Scooby of being this when they refuse to help him get his guitar back from the ghost. Daphne and Velma both join in the shaming.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: The evil djinn Jadal imprisons Jeannie in a bottle. The gang eventually finds the bottle, but it is protected by a force field. Scooby manages to yell loud enough to shatter the bottle. Now free, it is a simple matter for Jeannie to dispel the force field.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Just about every celebrity who appeared on this show voiced their animated counterparts.
  • Nonindicative Name: These episodes don't really seem long enough to count as "movies", though in all fairness, the modern notion that movies must be around "90 minutes" is a little unfair given the amount of movies that have existed that are under and over that length. This show being early 1970s, there were plenty of drive-in movies in the 1950s and 1960s with around an hour's run time. After all, any form of video media longer than 45 minutes is classified as a "movie".
  • 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.
  • One-Song Bard: Jerry Reed in "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall". He sings "Pretty Mary Sunlight" over and over.
  • Palette Swap: The Ghost of Redbeard in "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep" uses the same character model as the Ghost of Redbeard from "Go Away Ghost Ship" except colored all white.
  • Panty Shot: Velma in "A Good Medium Is Rare", "The Spooky Fog" (which was missing footage that CBS ran only during the second season) and "The Haunted Showboat"; Daphne in "The Mystery Of Haunted Island."
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: There's a good chance that the Addams Family's guest episode was made to test the waters for The Addams Family (1973).
  • Real After All: The wicked genie Jadal from "Mystery in Persia" has the distinct honor of being the first genuinely supernatural threat ever faced by Mystery Inc.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The crossover with Jeannie featured a djinn who had been imprisoned in a bottle for 1,000 years as the antagonist.
  • Series Continuity Error: Shaggy is shown to have a hay allergy in "The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall", which contradicts several past and future episodes, most obviously "The Frickert Fracas", which is part of the same season.
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  • 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".
    • Batman deliberately invokes this in "A Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" when the Joker and Penguin fall into the escape-proof pit he and Robin are in and the Joker attempts to climb up the slick wall but can't:
    Batman: How about that. The Clown Prince of Crime has become the Crown Prince of Climb.
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: A high striker appears at Dick Van Dyke's carnival. Neither Dick nor Shaggy could ring the bell, but the ghostly strongman does.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: "Ghastly Ghost Town" features a robot T. rex named Tyrone.
  • The Un-Reveal: In "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner," is "Homer Pipsqueak" real or is it just Don Knotts in disguise? And did the gang really believe he was Homer Pipsqueak or were they just playing along?
  • You Are Fat: The Cass Elliot episode is rife with jokes at the expense of Elliot's weight.
  • You Remind Me of X: Done in the Jonathan Winters episode:
    Maude Frickert: (to Fred) I like you, sonny. You look just like my idol. Greatest man that ever lived.
    Fred Jones: Who's that, ma'am?
    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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