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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 The New Scooby-Doo Movies:

  • Accidental Athlete: This is weaponized with Shaggy and Scooby-Doo when they're being chased by ghosts, and Velma's old school is in need of star athletes to keep a donor from backing out. Shaggy and Scooby easily break several records when promptly motivated. However, Tim Conway surpasses them with how fast he ends up running the obstacle course (to reach the pool at the end) after accidentally setting his pants on fire.
  • All for Nothing: The culprits in "Loch Ness Mess" wanted to scare everyone away from a shipwreck to retrieve the gold in its hold. Uncle Nat informs them it's an old movie prop that got left behind after filming.
    • The culprit of “The Fricket Fracas” tries going after a growth formula for chickens. Unfortunately the growth formula is worthless as it wears off and the chickens that eat it return to normal size.
  • 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 fact, the viewers might as well assume Mark got a bad suntan.
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  • 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.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: When Scooby meets Speed Buggy, he freaks out and says cars are not supposed to talk. Mark comments, "That's pretty funny coming from a dog that talks."
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Bootstrapped Theme: The theme song would be resurrected without lyrics in 1979 for Scooby Goes Hollywood and Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and become the theme song for the whole franchise for most of the next decade.
  • 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 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 it's corn in its natural state, but Shaggy doesn't believe him. In "The Caped Crusader Caper", Shaggy mistakes a deer for a horse and says he's never seen a horse with wood growing out of its head before.
    Shaggy: We need something to prop up against [this door]. Something real heavy, like a...
    Scooby: (in reference to) Dumbbell.
    Shaggy: A "dumbbell"? Forget it. No one's putting me in there!
    Scooby: Not you!
    Shaggy: Oh! That dumbbell!
    Scooby: (under his breath) Dumbbell.
  • Bowdlerise: Part of first season's title sequence has Scooby facing off against a Wild West gunman who repeatedly fires his gun into the air, deafening Scooby. For the second season, this was changed to the gunman firing his gun off-screen, and Scooby running away.
  • …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.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": In "The Ghost of Bigfoot", the innkeeper calls the spook of the week the ghost of Bigfoot. However, he then describes it as coming into existence when a meanspirited mountain man froze to death, rather than having anything to do with the cryptid.
  • The Cameo: Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear appear as giant parade balloons in "The Caped Crusader Caper".
  • Catchphrase: Velma's "Jinkies!" is finally introduced, though Shaggy is actually the first to utter it 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, although his arrival apparently kept the culprits from murdering the captain.
    • And in the second, Don plays a police officer for the whole episode, so the cavalry never really leaves.
  • Clashing Cousins: Sir Sedgwick (and his nephew, Davy Jones) are in a harsh conflict with Sedgwick's cousin, the Duke of Strathmore, about whether or not to sell the family home.
  • Clueless Mystery: The culprit in the Dick Van Dyke episode was never seen or directly mentioned prior to the reveal at the end.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cher in "The Secret of Shark Island," often at Sonny's expense.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Homer Pipsqueak is correct to suspect someone in Captain Moody's family of an attempted Inheritance Murder, something he's quick to lampshade once the case is closed.
    • In The Fricket Fracass, Vernon the farmhand left to get the police due to how confusing it was getting with the scarecrow and the mysterious intruders.
    • The Three Stooges are absolutely correct to find Rhino suspicious in "Ghastly Ghost Town" and in fact would have fired him some time ago if not for the fact that they are afraid of him.
  • 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.
  • Euphemism Buster: In "Scooby-Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy", the gang pick up the hitchhiking Laurel and Hardy after finding out they're heading the same place. Hardy tells them that their trip to the hotel is strictly business and that they hope to procure employment as baggage expediters. Laurel promptly clarifies that they're looking for work as bellhops.
  • Expy: Otto the Butler in "The Exterminator" is eerily similar to Max from Sunset Boulevard: as a bald, monocle-wearing German butler/director to a reclusive silent movie star hoping to make a comeback.
  • Expy Coexistence: Tinker of Speed Buggy was basicaly an expy of Shaggy and they both appear together in this series.
  • 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.
  • Fictional Fan, Real Celebrity: Many of the weekly guest stars were Ink Suit Actors that Mystery Inc. would express admiration for. These included The Three Stooges, Dick Van Dyke, and Sonny & Cher.
  • 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 howl loud enough to shatter the bottle. Now that she is free, it is a simple matter for Jeannie to dispel the force field.
  • "Help! Help! Trapped in Title Factory!": Used seriously in "The Haunted Candy Factory". Cass Elliot, locked in a room in the Sugar Plum candy factory, throws a "candy bar" (actually something hard with a note) out the window. When the Scooby gang sees that she's being held captive there, they come to the rescue.
  • Human Snowball: Scooby accidentally trips into Hardy, sending him and Laurel on a sled trip down the ski slopes. By the end, Hardy is almost covered in a snowball, causing Shaggy and Scooby to mistake him for Bigfoot.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Just about all celebrities who appeared on this show voiced their animated counterparts.
  • Lovable Coward: Jonathan Winters and Alexander Cabot, who fit right in with Shaggy and Scooby during their respective appearances.
  • Man of a Thousand Faces: Lorne Chumley is directly called this, tying in with his status as a parody of the trope namer, Lon Chaney.
  • Mathematician's Answer: In "The Exterminator" Don Adams tells Shaggy and Scooby that it must have been termites that slammed the door.
    Shaggy: What kind of termites slam doors?
    Don Adams: Very rude ones.
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless: In "A Good Medium Is Rare," two cops responding to a call about prowlers (although said prowlers were the gang rather than the bad guys) arrest the jewel thieves with absolutely no help from the gang.
  • Mephistopheles: In the Jerry Reed episode, a statue of Mephisto pops out of the theater stage floor to frighten Fred and Daphne. Fred immediately recognizes it from Faust.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted here more so than in the first series, though "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner" involves an Inheritance Murder, so words like "death" and "die" are all over the episode.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: "Man of a Thousand Faces" Lorne Chumley is an obvious riff on 1920's film actor Lon Chaney, right down to the nickname.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Non-villainous example: in "The Haunted Carnival", Shaggy and Scooby are unaware that the food on the stove they cook is being stolen by an unseen party. Shaggy, in surprise, accuses Scooby of stealing the food. Scooby, in turn, says that Shaggy must've taken it, and Shaggy defends himself by appealing to their sense of friendship.
    Shaggy: You really think I'd eat all those hamburgers, and hot dogs, and french fries, and onions, and...and you really think I'd eat all that stuff behind your back?
    Scooby: Yeah.
    Shaggy: Well...maybe I would. But I didn't.
  • 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".
  • Obviously Evil: Quite a few of the villains, either due to creepy appearances and actions, the fact that they are the only characters in the entire episode besides the gang and the special guest star, or both (such as in "The Loch Ness Mess").
  • 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.
  • Police Are Useless: Often played straight, given the show's format, although there are a couple of exceptions.
    • "A Good Medium is Rare" completely averts this, with the police arriving to the scene of a reported break in (ironically it was a snoopy neighbor mistaking the gang for burglars) and capturing the thieves as they break into a safe with no direct help from the gang.
    • "Weird Winds of Winnona" plays with this. The gang and the Speed Bugs capture the masked criminals and the evidence, but prior to the unmasking, the local sheriff is the one to interpret the evidence to figure out the villains real estate scam and identity before the gang suspects that person.
    • The endings of "The Secret of Shark Island," "The Ghost of Bigfoot," "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep," and "The Haunted Showboat" have an Undercover Cop Reveal and show that the authorities were aware of the villains' schemes and ably investigating them independently of the gang.
    • In “The Spooky Fog,” Deputy Don Knotts, the guest star, accompanies the gang during their investigation, albeit reluctantly.
  • 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.
  • Recycled Animation: Like its predecessor, the show would frequently reuse animation, including many of the same stock poses, walk and run cycles from said show.
  • Red-plica Baron: The episode "The Ghost of the Red Baron" features a Villain of the Week masquerading as Richthofen's ghost.
  • Right Behind Me: In "The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall" Shaggy declares that he is suspicious of Creech the butler, saying that he has the face of a criminal right as Creech comes in behind him and frowns at this.
    Shaggy: I'll bet he's behind this.
    Davy: Well I know one thing, he's behind you.
    Shaggy faints.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • Don Adams' three regular assistants quit prior to his episode rather than go exterminate the supposedly haunted house.
    • Laurel wants to quit after Velma and Daphne see "the ghost of Bigfoot", but Hardy puts his foot down.
    • Every one of Dick Van Dyke's employees has quit before the beginning of "The Haunted Carnival".
    • In "The Ghost of the Red Baron", the crop-dusting pilot attacked by the Red Baron in the opening scene quits rather than go back up there after his narrow escape.
    • In "The Haunted Candy Factory", the gang and Cass Elliot find the factory foreman locked in a closet by the monsters, and he quits and leaves as soon as they let him out. Subverted since he was one of the culprits though.
    • In "The Weird Winds of Winona", the town has shrunken down to barely a dozen people as a result of the titular winds. When the gang needs the Mystery Machine fixed, the local farmer tells them that the last mechanic in town sold his garage and moved away two weeks ago.
    • Shirley, Sandy's stunt double in "Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde" walks off the set after a dangerous sabotage attempt.
  • 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.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Daphne has to fill in for Sandy Duncan's stunt double, her appearance in a Pimped-Out Dress is striking enough that the villain mistakes her for the starlette.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • After being captured, the culprit in "The Frickert Fracas" is more outraged at being mistaken for one of the other suspects (a fairly idiotic character).
    Simon Shaky: How dare you mistake me for Vernon!
    • Dick van Dyke is more focused on keeping his carnival going than on the potential danger.
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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 "The 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.
  • Swiss-Cheese Security: In "The Weird Winds of Winona", while the town was partly abandoned but not a full Ghost Town, it seems odd that the town's council or government left the Hall of Records wide open for anyone to enter at their leisure, considering very important documents are supposedly kept there.
  • "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.
  • The Mountains of Illinois: "The Weird Winds of Winona" is set in Winona, Montgomery County, Mississippi, but that part is not mountainous in any way; the closest mountain in Mississippi is in the northeast of the state.
  • The Punishment Is the Crime: In "The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall", villains-of-the-week the Duke of Strathmore and Cyrus Wheedly had to dress up as the Haunted Horseman and Moat Monster in a form of Kayfabe, effectively making this one of the few times a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax was done to the public.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: While visiting Shaggy's uncle, Shaggy is showing Scooby portraits of his family, and every single one of them end up looking exactly like him right down to the goatee (even the girls)!
  • The Unreveal: 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?
  • Wasn't That Fun?:
    • Uttered by Phyllis Diller after going down a trap door chute in a haunted castle in her episode "Wasn't that F-U-U-N, fun?"
    • "The Frickert Fracas" has Shaggy hung up on a grist mill's paddlewheel and constantly getting dunked in the river as a result. Scooby tries to help by grabbing his legs, but he winds up in the same boat. When Vernon (Maude Frickert's farmhand) finally helps them out, Jonathan Winters comments:
      Jonathan Winters: Hey, that looked like fun! I'd try it myself except for this sprain in my pinky.
      Shaggy: [to Scooby] Fun?! Did you think that was fun???!
      Scooby: Nooooooooooo way!!!
    • After accidentally getting sent on a wild sled ride down the ski slopes, Laurel thanks Hardy and asks if they can do it again.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • In "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair", the two henchmen for the counterfeiting ring (the pilot and the jeep driver) disappear pretty early on.
    • In "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner", while Captain Moody's nephews do show up as the culprits, his two nieces, who were also expected to arrive for the dinner, remain unaccounted for (although given the bad weather, they were probably just running late).
    • In "Scooby-Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy", the hotel clerk mentions that some hotel guests had disappeared prior to the episode's start, but the episode never reveals whether they were involved in the Bigfoot scheme, were kidnapped, or simply ran away without informing the owner.
  • 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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