The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The New Scooby-Doo Movies is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. It is the second animated television series in the studio's Scooby-Doo franchise, and follows the first incarnation, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. It premiered on September 9, 1972, and ran for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series. Twenty-four episodes were produced, 16 for the 1972–73 season and eight more for the 1973–74 season.
The Scooby-Doo gang are still solving mysteries, this time with special guest stars they come across, which leads to more amazing adventures.
Why It Rocks
- Good animation.
- It’s the 2nd show of an incredibly beloved franchise, with crossovers that work very well.
- The idea of crossovers as a common element in the show is very original.
- This is the only Scooby-Doo series that’s about an hour long each episode, which is almost the same length of a movie.
- The characters are still lovable with their different types of personalities, especially guest stars like Batman and Robin, Josie and the Pussycats, Speed Buggy, etc.
- Jeannie, a good but mostly obscure Hanna-Barbera show, had a good crossover with Scooby-Doo, and it was both cute and funny to see Scooby have a crush on her.
- Besides cartoon guest stars, there were also special guest stars like The Three Stooges, The Addams Family, Sonny & Cher, etc.
- Many of the main characters still have their catchphrases that'll never get old.
- For example: Velma's catchphrase "Jinkies!", Shaggy's "Zoinks!" or Daphne's "Jeepers!".
- There are still funny moments and running gags, such as Scooby and Shaggy's endless craving for food or how the others have to convince Scooby to continue the mystery by bribing him with Scooby-Snacks.
- The new theme song was great, catchy and timeless.
- The memorable phrase "I would've gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!" from the villains, even Joker and Penguin say the line.
- Spawned a great sequel series in 2019 called Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?.
- Great voice acting from both the main cast, especially from Don Messick, Casey Kasem and Frank Welker, and the guest stars, like Olan Soule as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
- Sometimes this series has more than 1 crossover with another, these are Don Knotts, The Three Stooges, Batman and Robin, and The Harlem Globetrotters.
- This would inspire more great future crossovers with Scooby-Doo, like with Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, Johnny Bravo, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, heck, even Teen Titans Go!, and especially Supernatural.
- Releasing the "Almost Complete Collection" DVD and Blu-Ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on June 4, 2019, was great as it has almost the entire series on home media (23 out of 24 episodes).
- This marks the first time Jeannie was seen on home media. Jeannie is a Hanna Barbera cartoon currently owned by Sony (as opposed to most Hanna Barbera cartoons being owned by Warner Bros.), so the fact that Warner Bros. got Sony's permission to release the "Mystery in Persia" episode on DVD and Blu-Ray is really impressive. This gave the obscure Jeannie cartoon some good attention, as that cartoon is currently not available on DVD (or Blu-Ray), but it is available on a few streaming services like Sony and Columbia's streaming service Crackle.
- A rather obnoxious laugh track that sometimes plays at things that aren't even funny.
- Fortunately, versions that don't have the laugh track exist.
- The animation, while good, is frequently recycled, especially the running animations.
- There are also animation errors all over the place, which was typical of '70s television animation.
- The dialogue heavily uses exposition. Characters frequently state the obvious, even things that are being shown on-screen.
- Velma's acting still isn't the best.
- Still, not all of the jokes land, especially the one-liners.
- The only episode that’s not released on DVD or digital is "Wednesday is Missing" due to an appearance rights conflict with the creators of The Addams Family.
- This is Nicole Jaffe‘s last performance as Velma before leaving the main cast, though she did provide additional voices in the Scooby-Doo shows until 1986, then returned to voice Velma again in 3 animated Scooby-Doo! movies from 2002-2003, Winter Wonderdog, The Legend of the Vampire, and The Monster of Mexico.