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The New Scooby-Doo Movies

The New Scooby-Doo Movies is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. It is the second animated television series in the studio's Scooby-Doo franchise, and follows the first incarnation, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. It premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series.[1] Twenty-four episodes were produced, sixteen for the 1972–73 season and eight more for the 1973–74 season.

The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Scooby-new-movies.jpg
The opening title from The New Scooby-Doo Movies
GenreComedy
Mystery
Adventure
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofDon Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Release
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) –
October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Chronology
Preceded byScooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)
Followed byThe Scooby-Doo Show (1976–1978)

Aside from doubling the length of each episode, The New Scooby-Doo Movies differed from its predecessor in the addition of a rotating special guest star slot; each episode featured real world celebrities or well known animated characters joining the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving mysteries.

The New Scooby-Doo Movies was the last incarnation of Scooby-Doo airing on CBS, and also the franchise's final time to feature Nicole Jaffe as the regular voice of Velma Dinkley, due to her marriage and retirement from acting.

OverviewEdit

Some of the guest stars who appeared in The New Scooby-Doo Movies were living celebrities who provided their own voices (Don Knotts, Jerry Reed, Cass Elliot, Jonathan Winters, Sandy Duncan, Tim Conway, Dick Van Dyke, and Sonny & Cher, among others); some episodes featured celebrities who were retired or deceased, whose voicing was done by imitators (The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy), and the rest were crossovers with present or future Hanna-Barbera characters.

The characters from Harlem Globetrotters, Josie and the Pussycats, Jeannie, and Speed Buggy all appeared on the show during or after their own shows' original runs; The Addams Family and Batman and Robin both appeared on the show a year before they were incorporated into Hanna-Barbera shows of their own, The Addams Family and Super Friends, respectively.[2] Many of the supporting voice roles were done by several celebrities who were famous elsewhere, such as Don Adams (Get Smart).

After The New Scooby-Doo Movies ended its original network run in August 1974, repeats of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired on CBS for the next two years. No new Scooby-Doo cartoons would be produced until the show defected to ABC in September 1976 on the highly publicized The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. When the various Scooby-Doo series entered syndication in 1980, each New Movies episode was halved and run as two half-hour parts. The USA Network Cartoon Express began running the New Movies in their original format beginning in September 1990; they were rerun on Sunday mornings until August 1992.

In 1994, The New Scooby-Doo Movies began appearing on three Turner Broadcasting networks: TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. The first season of the series was animated at Hanna-Barbera's main studio in Los Angeles, while the second season was animated at their newly formed studio in Australia.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)
28September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)

Voice castEdit

Home mediaEdit

American setsEdit

Upon attempting to release a complete series set of the entire "24-episode" show on DVD in 2005, Warner Home Video was unable to negotiate agreements with several of the episodes' guest stars to have those episodes included in the DVD set. As a result, the DVD was released under the title The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies, and features only 15 episodes culled from both seasons. The opening titles on this release were edited to remove the images of The Addams Family, Batman & Robin, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Three Stooges, and Laurel & Hardy.

On April 4, 2019, Warner Bros. announced plans to release eight more episodes, as both part of a package with the 15 previous episodes and as a standalone release.[3][4][5] This release was planned for the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo. No explanation for the previous appearance rights issues was provided.

The only episode that has not been released or announced for release on DVD is "Wednesday Is Missing", which features the Addams Family.

Season Set

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Featurettes
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection 23 June 4, 2019
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown with Scooby-Doo and The Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock![6]

Volume Sets

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Featurettes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies 15 March 22, 2005
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown With Scooby-Doo and The Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock!
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes 8 June 4, 2019

Other releases

The two episodes featuring Batman & Robin and two of the three featuring the Harlem Globetrotters were also included in separate releases: Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Episodes
Scooby-Doo Meets Batman 2 August 20, 2002
  1. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  2. "The Caped Crusader Caper"
Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters 2 May 6, 2003
  1. "The Mystery of Haunted Island"
  2. "The Loch Ness Mess"

The "Wednesday Is Missing" episode was released to VHS in Australia under the title "Scooby-Doo Meets The Addams Family". "The Secret of Shark Island" (featuring Sonny & Cher) episode was released in the US and the UK on VHS on a video called "Hanna-Barbera Presents: The Best of Scooby-Doo".

UK releasesEdit

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Episodes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies Volume 1 4 2005
  1. "Ghastly Ghost Town"
  2. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  3. "The Frickert Fracas"
  4. "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"
  • Note: This is currently the only DVD released from the Best Of collection in the United Kingdom.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Long, Mike (March 22, 2005). "The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies: DVD Review". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "A History of Batman on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  3. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/home-entertainment/new-scooby-doo-movies-come-home-in-almost-complete-lost-episode-sets/
  4. ^ https://bluray.highdefdigest.com/71581/thenewscoobydoomoviesthealmostcompletecollection.html
  5. ^ https://thegeekiary.com/scooby-doo-movies-collection-blu-dvd/62893
  6. ^ https://www.wbshop.com/collections/scooby-doo/products/the-new-scooby-doo-movies-the-almost-complete-collection-bd

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