While driving down a desert road, the Mystery Machine gets stuck in a sand dune after the gang tries to avoid a king-size bat, who is speeding down the opposite direction on the road. Later, the gang meets the Three Stooges - Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe - who had opened a theme park in a real ghost town.
After being invited over to a restaurant, Moe explains that something unusual has been scaring away the tourists, and if they don't do anything about it, they'll be out of business. Soon, the gang meets Rhino the caretaker, who has been acting suspicious lately. Afterwards, they meet Tyrone, a mechanical T-Rex who has been roaring unexpectedly, which scares away the Three Stooges, during which the gang ran into Amos Crunch, the manager of the theme-park, who told them that they were trespassing, and in the process, Scooby backs into the front left foot of Tyrone, which opens a secret door in the hull. Later, the gang, together with Crunch, discovered that the roar was from a tape-recorder. After Tyrone had his last roar, Crunch destroyed the tape.
Now the Three Stooges can get back to business, but there was one question remaining: What's with the king-size bat the gang saw earlier? Meanwhile, Crunch, who too is acting suspicious lately, is being followed by Velma, but as she stands at the front porch of the caretaker's office, she is sent down a trap-door and into the abandoned mine used for the mine ride.
After realizing that Velma had disappeared, the gang split up, with Shaggy and Scooby searching at the Ferris wheel area, Fred and Daphne searching at the desert, and the Three Stooges searching in the cowboy museum, with no better results: Shaggy & Scooby ended up in the hall of mirrors section of the ghost town saloon, Fred and Daphne got tricked by someone dressed in a cactus costume in the middle of the desert, and the Three Stooges were scared away by the mysterious Gunslinger.
Later, an Indian war dance in the park led to the ground shaking, which scared away The Three Stooges and they get onto the mine ride, only to have no idea where they were heading to. Meanwhile, Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, and Daphne reunited, and when Shaggy suggested asking Crunch and Rhino, who appeared to be playing cards in their office, for help, the Gunslinger appeared. Fred and Daphne got sent down the trap-door--and landing right on Velma--while Scooby dealt with the Gunslinger, only to end up in the well. After witnessing the Gunslinger suffering from a short circuit, Shaggy tried to get Scooby out, only to have the both of them end up back in the well.
Meanwhile, in the mine, The Three Stooges crashed into a dead end and saw Fred and the girls, and it was realized that the mine is full of uranium, but a cave-in occurred after Velma sneezed from the dust, thus trapping the six in the mine. However, Moe insisted that they could dig their way out, though it didn't go as well as planned. That's when Velma noticed a huge ventilation pipe near the crash site, and they'd be able to communicate with anyone on the surface.
After getting out of the well, Shaggy and Scooby heard their friend's voices from the top end of the pipe, and after realizing what has happened, they headed off to find a way to rescue them. Initially, they thought they could get some help from Crunch and Rhino, but it turns out that they were only dummies dressed in the caretakers' clothes.
Later, Scooby came up with an idea of using Tyrone to dig their friends out. They succeeded, but two mysterious villains, the Gunslinger and Geronimo, plotted their getaway on the king-size bat. Shaggy and Scooby used Tyrone to chase them and successfully foiled the villains' getaway. Meanwhile, the Indian war dance was revealed to be just a silent film, projected on a secret projector.
After the capture, Tyrone dropped the two villains at the town jail, and the pair were identified as Crunch and Rhino, who had discovered uranium in the abandoned mine and used the Gunslinger and Geronimo to scare everyone away so they could mine the uranium illegally, and smuggle it across the border via the king-size bat for a huge profit.
The Three Stooges later reopened the theme park to a full crowd (with Ngogi and Iggy being a big hit), and Shaggy and Scooby were awarded with a supersized hero sandwich for their role in capturing Crunch and Rhino. The sheriff allows Shaggy to have a small bag of uranium, which messes with Dingbat's radar again and flies into the guys' sandwich. Fortunately, it all falls back into place and they start eating it, much to everyone's amusement.
- Mystery Inc.
- The Three Stooges (first appearance)
- Giant bat (single appearance)(no lines)
- Geronimo (single appearance)(Rhino's disguise)
- Rhino (single appearance)
- Gunslinger (single appearance)(Amos Crunch's disguise)
- Amos Crunch (single appearance)
- Robot gunslinger (single appearance)(destroyed)
- Cactus (single appearance)(no lines)(Amos Crunch or Rhino's disguise)
- Gentle Gertrude (single appearance)(no lines)
- Danny (single appearance)(no lines)
- King Kong (mentioned)
- Lizard (single appearance)(no lines)
- Iggy (single appearance)(no lines)
- Dingbat (single appearance)(no lines)
- Frog (single appearance)(no lines)
- Wyatt Earp (wax figure) (single appearance)(no lines)
- Wild Bill Hickok (wax figure) (single appearance)(no lines)
- Jesse James (wax figure) (single appearance)(no lines)
- Billy the Kid (wax figure) (single appearance)(no lines)
- Vulture (single appearance)(no lines)
- Customers (single appearance)(no lines)
- London Royal Zoo (mentioned)
- Passaic, New Jersey (mentioned)
- Texas (mentioned)
- Ngogi's collar
- Curtains and curtain rail
- Amos Crunch's flashlight
- Tape recorder
- Chocolate pizza (mentioned)
- Shaggy's quarter
- Player piano
- Geronimo's axe
- Water bottle
- Drinking straw
- Cactus costume
- Flour barrel
- AJAX Flour
- Scooby's shovel
- Moving staircase switch and controls
- Giant jack-in-the-box
- Distorting mirror
- Robot gunslinger's gun
- Barrel Scooby hides in
- Uranium dust
- Bucket, shovel, and pickaxe
- Bucket in well
- Dummies dressed like and
- Grandfather clock
- Cowboy hat
- Movie projector
- Movie reel
- Shaggy's bag of uranium
- Super hero sandwich
|Rhino||Surly attitude. The Stooges mentioned that he was acting rather suspicious lately.|
| Amos Crunch as the gunslinger|
Rhino as Geronimo
|To mine and smuggle uranium illegally.|
A few sources state different vocal credits for two of the Three Stooges:
The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).
- Produced and Directed: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
- Story: Jameson Brewer, Tom Dagenais, Ruth Flippen, Fred Freiberger, Willie Gilbert, Bill Lutz, Larry Markes, Norman Maurer, Jack Mendelsohn, Ray Parker, Gene Thompson, Paul West, Harry Winkler
- Story Direction: Steve Clark, Mike Kawaguchi, Paul Sommer, Carl Fallberg, George Singer, Irv Spector, Howard Swift
- Voices: Nicole Jaffe, Don Messick, Frank Welker, Daws Butler, Joan Gerber, Larry Harmon, Ann Jillian, Jim MacGeorge, Mike Road, Vincent VanPatten, Casey Kasem, Heather North, John Stephenson, Henry Cordon, Florence Halop, Pat Harrington, Ted Knight, Cindy Putman, Olan Soulé, Len Weinrib
- Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
- Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
- Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
- Layout: Bob Singer, John Ahern, Mike Arens, Ric Gonzalez, Alex Ignatiev, Ray Jacobs, Bill Lignate, Alvaro Arce, Mo Gollub, Paul Gruwett, Zygamond Jablecki, Herb Johnson, Lew Ott
- Animation: Bill Keil, Ed Aardal, Lefty Callahan, George Cannata, Izzy Ellis, John Garling, Fred Grable, Joan Orbison, Jay Sarbry, Irv Spence, Carlo Vinci, Ed Barge, Lars Calonius, Rudy Cataldi, Hugh Fraser, Bob Goe, Dick Lundy, Ed Parks, Ken Southworth, Dave Tendlar, Xenia
- Backgrounds: F. Montelaegre, Gary Niblett, Dave High
- Titles: Iraj Paran
- Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
- Musical Supervision: Paul DeKorte
- Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
- Ink and Paint Supervisor: Jayne Barbera
- Xerography: Robert ‘Tiger’ West
- Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
- Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan
- Film Editors: Earl Bennet, Ron Sawade, Pat Foley
- Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Post Production: Joed Eaton
- Camera: George Epperson, John Aardal, Dennis Weaver, Ralph Migliori
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- RCA Sound Recording
- © 1972 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
- a hanna-barbera production
- This is the series premiere of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
- The episode's title card uses the same theme that the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode, Mine Your Own Business, used.
- "Ngogi" as it's pronounced (and spelt in closed captions) sounds similar to "Ingagi" (which is the spelling in the subtitles), this would make it an in-joke to the 1930 exploitation film of the same name (about gorillas and woman), a reference which would go over kids' heads.
- This is the only episode where Shaggy doesn't announce the guest star(s) on the title card. However, the restored version of the episode on The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and digital HD releases appends the announcement from The Ghost of the Red Baron over the title card.
- The DVD release of Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown presents this episode's intro uncensored, leaving all uncleared guest stars footage intact.
- The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the early to mid–20th century (1930-1975) best known for their numerous short subject films. Their hallmark was physical farce and extreme slapstick. "The Three Stooges" film trio was originally composed of Moe Howard, brother Curly Howard, and Larry Fine. Shemp Howard replaced brother Curly when Curly suffered a debilitating stroke in May 1946. Joe Besser (who portrayed Babu in a later episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies) was part of the trio from 1957 to 1959. Curly-Joe DeRita joined the trio in 1959 and remained with the group until 1970.
- When this episode aired, the Three Stooges were all retired. Moe and Larry passed away in 1975 while Besser passed away in 1988, and Curly-Joe passed away in 1993.
- Though famous for their extreme slapstick, in this episode the Stooges are "toned down" due to the nature of the program.
- The yellow jumpsuits worn by the Stooges during their two appearances in the series do not appear in any other Stooges media (film or cartoon).
- Velma indirectly calls Ngogi, King Kong, a movie monster, resembling a colossal gorilla.
- Geronimo was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache.
- Curly Joe calls Geronimo (pretending to be a cigar store Indian), "kemosabe", which is the term of endearment and catchphrase of Tonto, the Native American sidekick from the radio and television program, The Lone Ranger.
- Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid are all historical figures from the American Old West. Billy the Kid is lampooned and depicted as a baby.
- When the gunslinger short circuits, Shaggy says, "The fastest short circuit in the West", which is a reference to the Benny Hill song, "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)".
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- While requesting help from Shaggy and Scooby, Fred loses his lower body.
- When Scooby was telling the gang about the gator, Shaggy's lips were moving when Velma's voice was heard saying "You mean" before Velma's lips were moving.
- The mechanical T-Rex looks like a real dinosaur when it was seen on a cliff, but then looks like a robot when they encountered it.
- Right after they begin the search for Velma, she is seen right behind Freddy looking for herself.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- When Moe first talks about Tyrone (their mechanical life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex) he says Tyrone is a plastic model, but when they go to see it, Velma comments that there is not a single break in the plaster.
- While searching for Velma, Daphne and Fred get lost in the desert. However, when the Indian appears, screaming and yelling while thunder strikes in the behind him, Daphne and Fred are shown to have somehow returned to the amusement park with no explanation of how they got back.
- The Three Stooges are with the kids as they examine Tyrone, but mysteriously disappear when their manager, Amos Crunch, confronts the gang as trespassers and aren't seen again until the next scene.
- As Fred and Daphne are walking in the desert, only Daphne is leaving footprints.
- While in the desert with Daphne, Fred makes an amusing, but also "sexist" joke: "This desert reminds me of a woman, it goes on and on and on..."
- In a span of five seconds, Scooby is in and out of a hole that he dug five times.
- When the Stooges meet the gunslinger in the wax museum, he is clean-shaven and has a rounded face. In all later appearances, he has a mustache and a thin face.
- Moe states that an Indian that appeared was simply "a home movie projected against the black desert night", but one would still need a screen for the projector's image to be seen.
- The disguises the villains wear aren't unmasked, and they're treated as if they're not even wearing one.
- End credits mistakes (that last for the rest of the season:
In other languages
|Greek||Η Στοιχειωμένη Πόλη||The Haunted Town|
|Hungarian||Szellemvárosi frász||Fright of the ghost town|
- The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies DVD set released by Warner Home Video on March 22, 2005.
- The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: Volume 1 DVD released by Warner Home Video on April 2, 2007.
- Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown DVD released by Warner Home Video on February 14, 2017.
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection DVD set released by Warner Home Video on June 4, 2019.
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection Blu-ray set released by Warner Home Video on June 4, 2019.
(The king-sized bat approaches the valley)
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