It was just another night at the Scooby Snack Factory, as two co-workers did their usual job of making sure the different flavors were up to standards. Meanwhile, on the other side of the factory in the cheese lab, something evil was cooking. The two workers hear the commotion and find a cheese explosion has occurred. As they start to clean up a pot starts bubbling, gooey cheese in the form of an arm and leg step out. The female worker thinks she hears something and her male co-worker sees cheese dripping above them. They look around to see a huge monster made out of cheese, foaming at the mouth. The entire workforce evacuate the factory as the monster declares "No more Scooby Snacks!"...
A tired Scooby comes into the kitchen as Shaggy is making one giant pancake for breakfast. He asks Scooby if he wants half, but the puppy is fast asleep at the table. The only thing that gets his attention is the offer of a Scooby Snack which makes him fully alert; he sets the table, knife, and fork in hand. Shaggy opens the pantry, stacked full of Scooby Snack boxes, and asks him what flavor he wants. Unfortunately, bacon and eggs, tomato, and even creamy garlic are all empty, in fact, they all are! Scooby cracks! He races out of the house, bringing Shaggy along as well.
He dashes to the nearest supermarket, Shaggy holding onto Scooby's leash for dear life. They pass the free samples, and Shaggy takes the whole plate. They make it to the aisle of Scooby Snacks only to find they're all empty too! Scooby can only faint.
An ambulance takes them home where the rest of gang try to console Scooby, although Freddie believing "hungry aliens" took them doesn't help. Shaggy tries to calm him with some cartoons, but Scooby's already entertaining himself with shadow puppets. As Shaggy flips the channel a distressing news report from the President of the Scooby Snack Factory, Constance McSnack, says that due to a cheese monster running all her workers out, the factory has closed indefinitely. This is about all Scooby can take and faints once more. Fortunately, Larry P. Acme of Acme Dog Biscuits has the solution. He will supply supermarkets with his own brand of dog biscuits until the Scooby Snack Factory can re-open again. Shaggy believes this is a good substitute until then, but Scooby hates them. Scooby is now freaking out at the thought of no more Scooby Snacks. This looks like a job for the Scooby-Doo Detective Agency!
Outside the Scooby Snack Factory, a policeman informs Mrs. McSnack that they can't find any trace or clues to finding the Cheese Monster. She resides to the fact that no one will ever go into the factory again. Mr. Acme consoles her by offering her a job at his factory which she's grateful for. He's enthusiastic about the prospect of adding her flavour formula to his dog biscuits, but that's not possible as all of her secret formulas are locked away in her factory which surprises him. At this moment the gang offers their services to Mrs. McSnack, but she isn't sure a group of kids could do anything. They assure her they can do it and ask her to reveal if there's anybody who might want to do this to her. She says that there is one: Boris Roquefort, an employee whom she fired because he proposed a broccoli flavor, which was the only time Scooby Snacks had their sales plummet. They probe her for any other suspects, but she still thinks they're just kids who can't do what the police wouldn't have already been able to do, and she and Mr. Acme promptly leave in a car together, making a huge smoke cloud as they drive off.
The gang aren't very satisfied with her uncooperativeness. They're quickly startled by rustling bushes and thinks it's the monster which angers Scooby. He's ready for a few rounds until he realises what or who he's up against and chickens out. If only there was a Scooby Snack to toughen him up. Fortunately for Freddie, he doesn't need one, but he'd still prefer to send out Daphne instead. But she won't go because it may have "cooties". Velma casually uses her yo-yo to pull out the disturbance, revealing none other than Red Herring; Freddie's number one suspect. The trouble maker heard about the news of the Cheese Monster and wants to thank it for making Scooby's life miserable. He meanly teases Scooby about there not being anymore Scooby Snacks, which causes Daphne to call him a geek. Then Red cruelly gets Scooby's hopes up by making him think he saw a Scooby Snack. Shaggy tells him to cut it out, but he only laughs it off. Red gets his comeuppance, though, when he leans on a lever pouring chocolate out of two giant taps above him, eliciting a big laugh from the gang, which sends him on his way. With that all done, they can look inside for clues, but not Scooby. Freddie, as sensitive as ever, offers him a Scooby Snack, sending him into tears. Daphne tells him not to worry because there are no such thing as monsters, but that doesn't help. Shaggy thinks there might be some Scooby Snacks inside though which is enough to send Scooby racing into the factory.
The gang make their way inside the abandoned, creepy factory. Just then, the chow hound's "super sniffer" detects none other than a Scooby Snack! He makes his way for the prize, only for a mouse to snatch it up instead. The gang continue on and find a trail of splotches of cheese. Jinkies! A clue! It leads to the cheese lab. They go inside to find it wrecked and full of cheese everywhere. A file cabinet has been broken into and a top secret formula document is on the floor, revealing another clue. Freddie checks another door for more clues only to find the Cheese Monster! It chases the gang out of the lab and onto a catwalk, trapping them.
When all is lost, Velma saves them by using her yo-yo again to pull down a lever on a control panel, activating mechanical hands, which picks each of them up and away to safety. But before putting them on the ground, they are dunked into different flavoured vats. Scooby "helps" by licking them all down and covering them in dog drool. He accidently left out Velma who was covered in cajun sauce, sending him to the locker room's water cooler and emptying it. While there, Velma finds a brand new suit in the trash, covered in cheese, leading to another mystery. So it's time to split up; Freddie & Daphne go back to the lab while the others search where they are.
Without a Scooby Snack, Scooby is too afraid to use his "sniffer" so Velma uses Shaggy instead, which gets a giggle from Scooby. Shaggy finds a couple of splots of cheese until he finds... the Cheese Monster! The three get into a mad dash away and run into another room. The trio play him for a fool and get him to do an interview for a job there by filling out dozens of forms. They make this their cue to leave for "lunch", infuriating the monster.
Meanwhile, at the lab, Daphne & Freddie find a used chemistry set and wonder what it was used for. Freddie theorises that the monster wants to turn them all into "cheese people". The others make their way back to the lab, too, and tell the Freddie & Daphne they encountered the monster. They suddenly here a shuffle and follow the noise, seeing the back of a fleeing man. They make chase, but Shaggy & Scooby run for the other direction only to be caught in a wheeled chair, sending them into the direction of the mystery man. They collide into another man, though, and the three speedily go into all different directions. Velma burrows some chewing gum from Daphne and after using it, places it on the floor, sticking them in place. Freddie probes the man of all the need to know questions, but Daphne already recognizes him as Boris Roquefort, the ex-employee of Mrs. McSnack. He says he made the only unsuccessful snack flavor (zucchini squid), and is now working on another top secret flavor. They ask him if he owns a blue suit, which he does. They also find some cheese on his shoe, but he can't help stepping it because it's everywhere. It's even on Freddie's shoe, causing him to accuse himself.
Back to the case, and the prime suspect is Mr. Roquefort because has a blue suit, and the secret formula is missing, which he could use to make a secret new recipe. Mr. Roquefort has had enough and runs away, the gang following behind. As Mr. Roquefort passes a corner, the cheese monster comes from the same one and frightens the kids, and an inevitable chase scene ensues.
The monster and the kids take turns pulling one over another until he captures everyone expect Scooby. Scooby finds them being tied up by the monster, scaring him away, only to bravely return when he hears Shaggy's cries for help. The gang's only hope is for Scooby to save them now, but Shaggy thinks he is too chicken, a coward, a fraidy-cat, etc. Scooby catches him, disappointing him. Shaggy is thrilled that Scooby returned without a Scooby Snack. His cheer is cut short, though, by the monster who chases Scooby around the room. Daphne's had enough and wants to leave because her skirt has been wrinkled, so she cuts through the rope with a nail file. Meanwhile, the monster chases Scooby into a small room, with the door closing behind them.
Scooby is now trapped with the monster and the gang can't get in. They hear slurping noises from the inside and fear the worst. They're shocked when the door bursts open; a man running out in his boxers and tank-top shirt, his costume having been reduced to the mask still covering his face. The kids find their puppy greatly fed from consuming most of the monster's costume and congratulate him for his achievement. Velma uses her yo-yo one last time to catch the bad guy, tangling him by the ankles, sending him crashing into the floor head first. Shaggy says they should call the police so they can "grill" this Cheese Monster; Scooby is quick to laugh, but really doesn't understand.
The gang call in Mrs. McSnack and a policeman, who now has the bad guy underneath the Cheese Monster cuffed. Now that the monster has been caught, she can re-open her factory, but they still don't know who's underneath. So the gang review the clues: A document containing a secret missing formula and a blue suit, which Freddie predictably tries to pin on Red Herring. But Velma says that the culprit was also the one person who'd want to run the Scooby Snack Factory out of business... and it's revealed to be Larry P. Acme, owner of the rival dog biscuit company, Acme Dog Biscuits. Without the competition, his company would take over the market and could use the formula to improve his own ingredients, making them a huge success. Larry says that he would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky kids and that puppy who ate his costume!
Shaggy asks Mrs. McSnack what happened to Mr. Roquefort. She replies that she's hired him back, and put him to work on a special reward for Scooby-Doo...
A Scooby Snack delivery truck leaves the Rogers home after making a big delivery of a lifetime supply of Mr. Roquefort's new flavor of bubblegum. But as it happens, a lifetime supply can only last a day with a pup named Scooby-Doo.
- Male worker (single appearance)
- Female worker (single appearance)
- Miscellaneous workers (single appearance)(no lines)
- Food demonstrator (single appearance)
- Paramedics (single appearance)(no lines)
- Cartoon dog (single appearance)(no lines)(TV or computer screen)
- Cartoon monster (single appearance)(no lines)(TV or computer screen)
- Mouse (single appearance)
- Police officer (single appearance)(no lines)
- Scooby Snacks
- Acme Dog Biscuits (box on TV screen)
- Acme Dog Biscuits box (TV or computer screen)
- Velma's yo-yo
- Water cooler
- Waste container
- Larry P. Acme's blue suit
- Daphne's go-go boots
- Larry P. Acme's car
|Boris Roquefort||Revenge on Constance McSnack for firing him.|
|Red Herring||As always.|
|Larry P. Acme as the Cheese Monster||To put his competitor out of business.|
|"Let's go Scooby, Let's go Scooby"||Credits||Performed by|
|"Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Scooba-Dee-Doo" (scatting)||Credits||Performed by|
|"Here Comes the Cheese Monster "||Credits||Performed by|
- The episode title is a pun on the phrase, "Wanted dead or alive."
- Daphne has yet another pair of new shoes.
- Roquefort is the name of a type of cheese made from sheep's milk.
- Naming the rival company and the villain, Acme, is ironic since the word, acme, is Greek meaning the peak, zenith or prime, i.e. denoting the very best of something, but Larry P. Acme and his company were anything but the best.
- Mystery Inc. would re-visit the Scooby Snacks factory (albeit in a different location) in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode Recipe for Disaster, which features a slightly similar plot (i.e. monster terrorizing the factory).
- Acme is the name of the fictional company seen in the Looney Tunes cartoons, the products of which are often seen backfiring, exploding, and otherwise malfunctioning for the characters. This could attribute to Scooby's apparent distaste for the Acme dog biscuits.
- The cartoon dog that appears on TV that Shaggy turns on for Scooby is a parody of Huckleberry Hound (another dog character created by Hanna-Barbera), albeit colored orange instead of light blue. In particular, the scene is parodying the 1960 The Huckleberry Hound Show segment Spud Dud, with Huck running from a giant potato monster.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- When Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma regroup with Daphne and Freddie in the lab, Velma's tank top is its normal yellow when the three enter the scene, then becomes a bluish white once they are stopped.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- The only visible workers running out of the Scooby Snack Factory are two virtually identical male workers based on the one from the beginning of the episode.
- The boxes being filled with Scooby Snacks in the beginning appear to be Acme dog biscuit boxes; the same box style is later shown as Mr. Acme is promoting his dog biscuits.
- Just after Shaggy grabs his tray, empty Scooby Snacks shelves can be seen behind the man in the supermarket giving out free samples - but Scooby keeps going to another location in the store to more empty shelves.
- When Constance McSnack and Larry P Acme get into a limousine together, the background is a house. But when the limo starts to move the background is a high wire fence, with the gang standing in front of it.
- Despite the Scooby Snack Factory closing down after the initial attack, they still managed to fix the broken door of the cheese lab.
- Daphne recognizes Mr. Roquefort without actually having met him (unless she could have seen him in Mrs. McSnack's thought bubble).
- Mr. Acme takes off his new suit in order to (presumably) keep it from getting covered with cheese. However, besides failing at that, he also puts it in a trash can.
- Despite the culprit's body being exposed, Freddy still suspected it was Red.
In other languages
|Greek||Η Εξαφάνιση του Σκούμπι Σνακ||The Disappearance of the Scooby Snack|
|Polish||Poszukiwany ser – żywy lub martwy||The wanted cheese – dead or alive||Żywy lub martwy, the equivalent of dead or alive, literally means alive or dead.|
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Volume 1 DVD released by Warner Home Video on July 19, 2005.
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Complete 1st Season DVD set released by Warner Home Video on March 18, 2008.
- Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love of Snack DVD set released by Warner Home Video on January 7, 2014.
- Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost DVD released by Warner Home Video on September 11, 2018.
Shaggy: (narration) Like, it was just another night at the Scooby Snack Factory.
Shaggy: But, like, what happened to Mr. Roquefort?
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