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The Haunted Showboat is the second episode of the second season of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and the eighteenth overall.


With the help of Josie and the Pussycats, the gang try to fix up a run down showboat, so it can open for business. But their efforts are hindered by the ghosts of Captain Scavenger and Injun Joe.


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Suspect Motive/reason
Captain Cannaby He was in denial that there are ghosts on his ship.
Johnny Briggs He knew the combination of the robbed safe.
Lance Goodwin He wanted to buy the Dixie Queen.


Culprit Motive/reason
Jack Canna as Captain Cannaby and the Ghost of Captain Scavenger
His partner as the Ghost of Injun Joe
To cover up a counterfeiting operation.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Captain Cannaby
Jack Canna
Ghost of Captain Scavenger
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Alexander Cabot III
Jack Canna's partner
Ghost of Injun Joe
Franklin Welker Fred Jones
Lance Goodwin
Heather North Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Jerry Dexter Alan M. Mayberry
Sherry Alberoni Alexandra Cabot
Janet Waldo Josie McCoy
Jackie Joseph Melody Valentine
Barbara Pariot Valerie Brown
John Stephenson Johnny Briggs

Full credits

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


  • This episode marks the final animated appearance of Josie and the Pussycats to date. While Josie and the Pussycats' 1970 animated series ended on January 2, 1971, they continued on in Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space in 1972, which lasted in reruns until January 26, 1974. Early production art for Hanna-Barbera's 1977 "all-star" Battle of the Networks spoof, Laff-a-Lympics, featured Alexandra, Sebastian, Alexander, and Melody, among other Hanna-Barbera characters, as members of the Scooby Doobies team, but legal problems with Archie Comics prevented their inclusion in the final program.
  • Despite being well-known for musical numbers on their own series, Josie and the Pussycats do not perform any songs, though they do appear playing their instruments in their cat costumes at the very end of the episode, nor does this episode include chase music.
  • The group talks as though the events in Mark Twain's book actually happened.

Cultural references

  • Daphne states that they are in "Mark Twain" country. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the title character lives in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, which is fictional, but based on Mark Twain's own hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.
  • Alexander calls himself "Alexander the Great".
  • When the rest of the gang and the Pussycats enter the secret cavern, Melody says "Hey, he forgot to Sesame Street." Sesame Street was one of the most popular children's shows at the time, by that time entering its fifth season.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Although their shadows are seen, Shaggy and Scooby are missing from the title card. However, the flashlight projects onto Josie and the Pussycats as if they both were there.
  • When the gang are going back to the Dixie Queen on the log, Velma is missing.
  • When the ghosts fall overboard at the end of the episode, Alexander's voice comes out of Alexandra's mouth.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • How the Josie and the Pussycats cast are inexplicably back on Earth, does raise questions, but this episode could've been set before the spin-off.

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