The New Scooby-Doo Movies is the second incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! It premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long timeslot Scooby-Doo series. Twenty-four episodes were ultimately produced (sixteen in 1972 and eight more in 1973).
Each of the episodes of this series featured a special guest star, who would help the gang solve the mystery of the week. Some of these guest stars were living celebrities who provided their own voices (Don Knotts, Jonathan Winters, Sandy Duncan, Tim Conway, and Sonny and Cher, among others); some were dead celebrities whose voicing was done by imitators (the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy), and the rest were present or future Hanna-Barbera characters: the characters from Harlem Globetrotters (1970), Josie and the Pussycats (also 1970), Jeannie (1973), and Speed Buggy (also 1973) 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 SuperFriends (both 1973).
The New Scooby-Doo Movies also was the first Scooby-Doo series to utilize Hanna-Barbera's controversial custom laugh track since it abandoned using a full one after 1970. They would continue to use this limited laugh track for all subsequent Scooby-Doo reincarnations through the first series of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies was one of the last Hanna-Barbera productions to directly involve composer Ted Nichols. While Hanna-Barbera would continue to reuse Nichols' background music for The Scooby-Doo Show, most subsequent Hanna-Barbera shows in the 1970s would include new music composed by its other main music director, Hoyt Curtin.
After the cancellation of The New Scooby-Doo Movies 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. Beginning in September 1990, on the USA Network, the New Movies returned to their original broadcast format; they were rerun on Sunday mornings until August 1992. In 1994, Turner restored the episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies from the original negatives for broadcasts on TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.
In 2013, DC Comics began publishing on ongoing series called Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, a revival of sorts, which is referenced in the first story. In 2018, however, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics released the direct-to-video film, Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, crossing over Scooby with the Batman from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, effectively making the comic non-canon, as well as Hanna-Barbera's Batman of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
- Main article(s): List of The New Scooby-Doo Movies episodes
- Don Messick as Scooby-Doo
- Casey Kasem as Shaggy Rogers
- Frank Welker as Fred Jones
- Heather North as Daphne Blake
- Nicole Jaffe as Velma Dinkley
- The voices of the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy are provided by voice actors for the episodes in which they appear, not the actual comedians. At the time of production and broadcast, Laurel & Hardy were both deceased. Larry Harmon and Jim MacGeorge (who had previously voiced the duo in Hanna-Barbera's animated The Laurel and Hardy Show) portrayed the duo in their appearance. The Three Stooges were on hiatus after Larry Fine suffered a stroke in 1970 (impairing his speech). Pat Harrington portrayed Moe Howard, while Daws Butler filled in as the voices of both Larry and Curly-Joe DeRita.
- Wednesday is Missing features the actual voices of the 1964-66 Addams Family television series cast members John Astin (Gomez), Carolyn Jones (Morticia), Ted Cassidy (Lurch), and Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester), though Astin and Jones would not return for the Addams Family cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera a year later. The Addams Family was drawn to the specifications of the original cartoons by Charles Addams, rather than how they appeared on their television series.
- The Harlem Globetrotters appear as the animated versions of themselves from Hanna-Barbera's 1970 Harlem Globetrotters animated series. The Harlem Globetrotters were also the most frequent guest stars on The New Scooby-Doo Movies, appearing three times in the series. The only other guest stars to appear more than once were Don Knotts, Batman and Robin, and the Three Stooges, who all appeared twice.
- For the episodes in which they appear, Davy Jones and Jerry Reed both perform songs originally recorded as "chase songs" for the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
- In The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall, Jones performs "I Can Make You Happy", originally from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode Mystery Mask Mix-Up.
- In The Phantom of the Country Music Hall, Reed repeatedly performs "Pretty Mary Sunlite", originally from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode Don't Fool With a Phantom.
- Batman and Robin were voiced by Olan Soulé and Casey Kasem respectively, both reprising their roles from the Filmation-produced The Adventures of Batman.
Upon attempting to release a complete series set of The New Scooby-Doo Movies 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.
Furthermore, the images of The Addams Family, Batman & Robin, The Globetrotters, The Three Stooges, and Laurel & Hardy were voluntarily removed from The New Scooby-Doo Movies' opening titles, as their rights were controlled by their copyright owners. In Batman and Robin's case, this is despite the fact that they and their comics publisher, DC Comics, are part of the same Warner Bros. family as are Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Hanna-Barbera library.
In spite of this, the original, uncensored version of the intro sequence was used for the releases of Ghastly Ghost Town and The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair as bonus episodes on the DVD releases of Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown and Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, respectively.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date||Additional Information|
|The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies||15||March 22, 2005||
- Cartoon Network: Dept. of Cartoons: The New Scooby-Doo Movies - cached copy from Internet Archives