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The Haunted Carnival is the eighth and final episode of the second season of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and the twenty-fourth and final episode overall in the series.

Premise

When no one shows up at his carnival, Dick Van Dyke enlists the help of the kids to track down the ghost that is scaring away his customers.

Synopsis

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Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

Other characters:

  • Gypsy Machine (only appearance)
  • Ape Man (mentioned)
  • Bird (Who looks like a fish) (mentioned)
  • Rin Tin Tin (mentioned)
  • Juggler (mentioned)
  • Pigeons (only appearance)(no lines)
  • White Rabbit (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Blog the Magnificent Ferret (mentioned)
  • The Human Fish (mentioned)
  • 1/2 Man 1/2 Woman (mentioned)
  • JoJo the Dogfaced Man (only appearance)(no lines)

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Suspects

  • None

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Carnival Strongman as the Ghostly Strongman To scare Dick into selling his carnival cheap.

Cast

Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Carnival Strongman
Ghostly Strongman
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Franklin Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Daphne Blake
Gypsy Machine
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Dick Van Dyke Himself

Full credits

The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).

Notes/trivia

Early (albeit different) use of the word "blog"

  • This was the last first-run episode aired on CBS, as well as the last new episode for roughly three years, with CBS airing reruns of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! instead. In 1976, Scooby would move to ABC for The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour.
  • This episode features the smallest guest cast of this particular series.
  • This episode features the appearance of the word "blog," more than two decades prior to its first official usage, although is referring to a ferret, not an online posting.
  • Scenes from this episode were intended to be inserted into an episode of Diagnosis: Murder, as a "Sweeps Week" gimmick circa 1997. The plot would've seen the character Jesse Travis, doing some sleuthing for Mark Sloan (played by Dick Van Dyke), get knocked on the head and dream of solving an animated mystery with Sloan. The recycling of footage from this episode would've been necessary as the Diagnosis: Murder budget didn't allow for their own animated sequences. Unfortunately the deal fell through, after several weeks of negotiating, as Warner Bros. was concerned of the affect it might have with the live-action movie they were developing at the time.[1][2]

Cultural references

  • The Baseball Throwing Concession offers Cupie Dolls as prizes, an altered spelling of the real world Kewpie dolls which were often used as carnival prizes, as far back as the 1920s.
  • While attempting to catch Shaggy and Scooby-Doo with a catcher's mitt as they fall from the sky, Dick Van Dyke mentions having played baseball in high school. In real life, Mr. Van Dyke dropped out of high school to join the Army, but for his first acting role, on The Phil Silvers Show, played an army recruit who's such a gifted baseball player that he's drafted by the Yankees.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Mr. Van Dyke juggles, there are several voice mistakes: Daphne says, "Great" but the voice is Velma's, Velma says, "Terrific", but the voice is Daphne's, and Daphne says, "Fantastic...", but the voice is Velma's.
  • At the end of his juggling routine, Mr. Van Dyke gets ice cream on his head, but in the next scene he appears, it's gone, despite him having no time to clean up.
  • During and after Mr. Van Dyke's Magical Cabinet trick, Daphne's right arm is missing while Fred's right hand rests on her waist.
  • When shown on the ground, the Balloon Stand has "Balloon" written on its sides, but in the shots of it in the air, the words have been pluralized to "Balloons."
  • Before Mr. Van Dyke directs who goes with who before splitting up, his shirt is tan brown like his vest instead of pinkish-red, with only his collar being the latter color.
  • Near the end of the episode, when Mr. Van Dyke makes the gang part owners of the carnival, Shaggy says "You mean it?" but with Velma's voice.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

A couple of the strongman's unidentified costumes

  • Both Fred and Velma refer to the rest of the gang as "kids," despite being roughly the same age.
  • Although considered the "smart one" in the gang, Velma is initially convinced that Dick Van Dyke has employed his family at the carnival, when he first tries to run everything himself and appears before them in disguises that are no more than a new outfit and fake mustache.
  • The sign in the Masked Marvel Tent reads "The Masked Marvel of Muscel" which appears to be a typo and not a reference to the Romanian places of the same name, as Mr. Van Dyke once refers to this character as the "Masked Marvel of Muscles," implying the latter part of the name is in reference to anatomy and not location.
  • The Carnival Strongman's disguises don't have names, and only some are referred to at all by Dick Van Dyke or the gang.
  • After it goes wild on his Baseball Throwing Concession, Mr. Van Dyke says the Ghost Hand owes him $27, though if his previous 5¢ per throw statement was true, that would mean the ghost made a total of 540 throws. This would not only be unlikely for the ghost hand to be capable of, but would also be unlikely for Mr. Van Dyke to have been able to count. There were also clearly not that many balls available on the counter at the booth.
  • Shaggy says the Ghostly Strongman claims to be over 600 years old which, if this episode is set in 1973 (the year it premiered), would mean he was born at least 395 years before the origins of the modern circus, and at least 520 years before the Chicago World's Fair, which has been considered the catalyst for the modern carnival.
  • Many of the strongman's illusions are not fully explained but simply all attributed to luminous cloth, wires and springs when Mr. Van Dyke and the gang discover his costumes. However, soon after this statement, they mention the ghost hand was something he had to wear, which really brings into question how the rest of him wouldn't have been visible.
  • Only the props for the Ghost Driver and ghost hand are shown in the strongman's possession, and while that leaves some of the other illusions unaccounted for, there are a few luminous costumes shown prominently that don't seem to match any of his ghosts: a magician's robe, a cloak and hood and then two other cloaks or jackets.
  • After Mr. Van Dyke gives the gang jobs at the carnival, everybody's position is listed off, except for Velma's.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Ο Σκούμπι-Ντου Συναντά τον Ντικ Βαν Ντάικ Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke
Hungarian Vurstli, virsli, fantomok Frankfurter, funfair, phantoms

Home media

Quotes

Shaggy: If there's one thing worse than a ghost, it's a ghost with muscles!


Velma: I'd love to probe the scientific intricacies of this feat of legerdemain.


Dick Van Dyke: Presto change disappear-o! Find the door that's in the rear-o!


Dick Van Dyke: I'm a Van Dyke! We don't run from danger!
Shaggy: What are you thinking?
Dick Van Dyke: I'm thinking about changing my name.


Fred: This is a ghost hunt, not a beauty contest.

References

  1. Rabkin, William (March 21, 2009). "Yes, But We Almost Did It First...". Moon & Sun & Whisky. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  2. Goldberg, Lee (March 22, 2009). "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?". Lee Goldberg. Retrieved January 8, 2019.


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