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Jeepers, It's the Jaguaro! is the eighth episode of the third season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,[Note 1] and the thirty-third overall episode of the series. It was later repackaged as the eighth episode of the third season of The Scooby-Doo Show, and the thirty-second episode overall in the series.


While stuck in the Brazilian jungle, the gang learn about the Jaguaro, a panther-ape hybrid, who has been terrorizing the area.


While the gang is on a flight to Rio de Janeiro, the plane runs low on fuel and has to make an emergency landing in the middle of the Brazilian jungle. The pilots, Luis and José, inform them they are in Jaguaro country. The Jaguaro is a legendary creature, with the body of an ape and head of a saber-toothed tiger. The local natives, who happen to be head hunters, worship him as a god. The gang decide to split up and search the jungle for a boat to get them out of there with Fred, Velma and Daphne heading to the village while Shaggy and Scooby search along the river.

While they search the river, Shaggy and Scooby stumble upon the Jaguaro, who has come to life and appears to want to eat them. They manage to escape him by crossing the river. Meanwhile, Fred, Velma and Daphne are searching for a village, where they find a man named Barney who is driving a motor boat. He informs them that he is making a film about the natives and says their plane landing angered the Jaguaro idol and brought it to life. They reunite with Shaggy and Scooby and head back to the plane. They discover the plane has been attacked by the Jaguaro, and the pilots missing. Fred, Velma and Daphne follow a set of tracks back into the jungle, while Shaggy and Scooby stay at the plane. Shaggy and Scooby are then chased and captured by the natives.

Fred, Velma and Daphne find a hut by the river, and decide to search it. It turns out not to be a hut, but an old fashioned sluice for mining. They meet up with Barney, along with Luis, and board his boat. He tells them the Jaguaro attacked the plane and captured José. Before they get off the boat, Barney hands Luis a roll of film to deliver in Rio. After finding the plane empty and native feathers, they decide to rescue Shaggy and Scooby. They enter a cave near the native village, where they find the statue of the Jaguaro. They find it odd because Barney told them the statue had come to life. Shaggy and Scooby escape the hut, and are chased to the bridge by the natives and the Jagauro. The bridge breaks, taking the Jaguaro down the river with them, where he is trapped.

Fred then unmasks the Jaguaro to reveal that he is actually Barney. Fred asks Barney what did he do to José, Barney says that José all right; José is tied up inside Barney's boat. Back at the emergcy landing site, Velma tells Fred that returning the Jaguaro statue to the natives was a great idea, Shaggy agrees saying he's too young to lose his head. José asks the gang how did they figure out that his co-pliot was working with Barney. Velma starts by saying that he and Luis were working together in a diamond mining scheme. Luis faked the emergency landing so he could pick up a new shipment of diamonds without anyone realizing. Shaggy asks about the Jaguaro, Velma explains that Barney used the legend of the Jaguaro to frighten off the natives. Daphane says that however, they got suspicious when they saw the mining equipment and realized that only a diamond could make the deep scraches in the glass they found on Barney's boat. José tells the gang that Barney grabbed him because he saw him panning diamonds at the river. Fred finishes by saying that Luis and Barney tried to fool the gang into thinking that the Jaguaro grabbed José by faking the attack on the plane.

Luis calls the deducation a ridiculous story, saying the gang have no proof. Velma says that they do, grabs the flim can revealing a fortune in uncut diamonds. They tried to escape, but Fred had removed the spark plugs inside the plane as a precaution. In Rio de Janeiro, Daphane says that they finally made it to the Carnival of Rio. Scooby agrees as the gang are in costume and dancing in a conga line(with the ape family). Scooby says his name, ending with a "Cha-cha-cha".


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Jaguaro (only appearance)(no lines)(Barney's disguise)
  • Barney (only appearance)
  • Luis (only appearance)

Other characters:

  • Tribe (only appearance)
  • Parrot (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Piranhas (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Snake (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Crocodile (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Gorillas (only appearance)(no lines)



  • Film roll
  • Diamonds
  • Wax fruit


  • Plane
  • Barney's boat


  • None


Culprit Motive/reason
Barney as the Jaguaro
To keep the natives away from their diamond mining operation.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Heather North Daphne Blake
Pat Stevens Velma Dinkley
Frank Welker Fred Jones
John Stephenson Luis


Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Shaggy and Scooby are arguing about who should lead their search amongst the river, Shaggy suggest flipping a coin to settle the dispute. Scooby agrees, and Shaggy reaches into his pocket, as if to pull out a coin, but when we see his hand return, there is no coin. Shaggy proceeds to flip the coin, catch it, tell Scooby to call it, and look at it to see the results, whilst to the audience, it appears that there is no coin at all.
  • When Barney leaves after promising Fred and the girls that he'll radio for help, his boat travels backwards.
  • Instead of entering the cave like Fred suggests they do, he, Daphne and Velma walk past it.
  • Daphne's scarf is purple instead of green as she, Fred and Velma look into the cave.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • There are no gorillas or any other great apes in the Amazon Jungle, or in any part of the Americas for that matter.
    • However, the region has its own legends about a Bigfoot-like creature, so it may be that the gang discovered an ape species unknown to science.
  • A plane could not have landed perfectly in a jungle setting the way it was done in the episode. The plane would have collided with trees and broken up, injuring, or even killing the passengers. Landing perfectly in a jungle or forest clearing is extremely difficult if not impossible to do.
    • However, the "emergency" was staged by the culprits, and the "impromptu" runway was set up ahead of time.
  • The setting is in Brazil, yet the pilots spoke with a Hispanic accent, and Brazil is a Portuguese speaking nation.
    • However, Brazil is a melting pot, with large Spanish-, German-, and English-speaking minorities among the citizenry. Furthermore, it is never stated that the pilots are Brazilian themselves. They may be from one of the Hispanic countries that share borders with Brazil.
  • When Shaggy and Scooby are running away from the Jaguaro in the makeshift canoe, they appear to be going awfully fast, especially considering that they are paddling against the river's current. Assuming that this is a tributary of the Amazon River, it should be impossible for them to be doing this, seeing as the Amazon, in terms of water discharge, is the largest river in the world.
    • This is led credence by the fact that Barney admits that even if he wanted to help the gang escape the natives, he wouldn't be able to for his motorboat wouldn't be able to handle the rapids downriver.
  • When the Jaguaro removes the branch from the canoe and exposes a hole, Shaggy immediately notices the gurgling created by the water rushing into the canoe, but fails to notice that it was also flooding.
  • Barney would have to travel a long distance in order to "catch up" with Fred and the girls, considering that only a few minutes ago, he was chasing Shaggy and Scooby in the Jaguaro costume, and the fact that when the gang split up, Shaggy and Scooby had gone in the opposite direction of Fred, Daphne and Velma.
  • Despite not encountering him in the course of the episode, Shaggy instantly recognizes Barney upon unmasking the Jaguaro. It is possible that Fred and the girls told him and Scooby about Barney on the way back to the plane, but they did not have had a picture of him for Shaggy to know what he looked like.
  • Fred should have known it was Barney, as the great ape part of his costume had somehow gotten off him after falling down the waterfall.
  • Despite the fact that the Jaguaro is depicted as a giant creature, there is no explanation given for as to how Barney made himself appear so large.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Voyage à Rio avec le Jaguaro Trip to Rio with the Jaguaro
Greek Ο Τζαγκουάρο The Jaguaro
Hungarian Ó, jaj, a Jaguáró! Oh, Jeepers, it's the Jaguaro!
Portuguese Aventura Misteriosa na Selva Mysterious Jungle Adventure

Home media


Luis: Can you hold down the dancing, Señorita?
Scooby-Doo: Señorita? Oh! Hehehehehe!


  1. a short-lived revival attempt

External links

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