"The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour"
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"The 1976-1977 Saturday morning TV season saw the premiere of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. This show was composed of a half-hour 'Scooby-Doo' episode and a half-hour 'Dynomutt' episode. These were the first new 'Scooby-Doo' episodes produced in 3 years, and the very first episodes ever of 'Dynomutt.' In total, 16 episodes of 'Scooby-Doo' and 16 episodes of 'Dynomutt' were produced for this season. After only 13 airings of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, the show ... was expanded to 90 minutes and renamed The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show, adding repeats of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episodes for the extra half-hour. The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show aired the final 3 new episodes of each, and then repeated all 16 episodes of each for the remainder of the season. This is the ONLY season of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour/Show, and so, YES, this DVD is complete with all 16 episodes produced for both 'Scooby-Doo' and 'Dynomutt' that aired under that title.

"The 1977-1978 Saturday morning TV season saw the premiere of Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics, a 2-hour show composed of the half-hour debut of the 'Laff-a-Lympics', the half-hour debut of 'Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels,' plus a half-hour of 'Scooby-Doo,' and a half-hour of 'Dynomutt.' The half-hour of 'Scooby-Doo' aired repeats from The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour/Show, PLUS 8 new episodes. Similarly, the half-hour of 'Dynomutt' aired repeats PLUS 4 new episodes as well. It's these new episodes of 'Scooby-Doo' and 'Dynomutt' that aired during Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics this season that some folks refer to as the '2nd season'.

"The 1978-1979 Saturday morning TV season gets even more confusing. 16 more new 'Scooby-Doo' episodes were produced for this season. No new 'Dynomutt' episodes were produced. The first 9 of these new episodes were first aired under the half-hour Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! show, complete with the original show's opening credits, just with new episodes. The remaining 7 new episodes (plus repeats of all 16) aired as part of the renamed Scooby's All-Stars, a 90-minute show composed of new and repeat half-hour episodes of the 'Laff-a-Lympics,' new and repeat half-hour episodes of 'Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels,' and new and repeat half-hour episodes of 'Scooby-Doo.' It's these 16 new episodes of 'Scooby-Doo' that some folks refer to as the '3rd season.'

"Now to add even more confusion, all 'Scooby-Doo' episodes from these past three seasons, 40 episodes in total (16 + 8 + 16), were re-packaged together as The Scooby-Doo Show for syndication reruns. All 'Dynomutt' episodes, 20 in total, were re-packaged together for both network and syndication reruns as Dynomutt, Dog Wonder. So most folks only know these episodes from the syndication repeats airing on cable networks like Cartoon Network, and not from their original airings.

"As for the DVD, the GOOD news is that, YES, this DVD is complete with all 16 episodes produced for both 'Scooby-Doo' and 'Dynomutt' that aired under The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour/Show, from the ONLY season that the show aired. The video and audio are both great for a 30-year old show, with the 'Dynomutt' episodes just a bit under par compared to the 'Scooby' episodes. The bonus features are the best of any 'Scooby-Doo' DVD set released thus far, particularly with the interviews with the voice cast: Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, etc.

"But, there is BAD news and REALLY BAD news. The BAD news is that the 2006 Hanna-Barbera DVD releases so far for this year, for both this DVD set, and for 'The Flintstones' Season 5 DVD set, show the 'cheapening' in production for the product packaging. Gone are the plastic outer covering transparent slip covers that were on all the 2004 and 2005 Hanna-Barbera animated DVD sets. The DVD discs themselves are now stored two to a page, with one on top of the other, overlaying half of the one underneath it. [This makes it easier to scratch the top disk, while one is trying to get to the disk below. The two-sided disks are even easier to scratch]. ...

"And the REALLY BAD news: I was fully expecting to see The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour episodes as they originally aired back in 1976 when I first watched them on Saturday mornings. That means with the original opening credits with the original 'Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt' theme song, and with the original closing credits. Heck, even the back of the DVD box list[s] [some of the] lyrics from the original theme song. I was even hoping to see the modified opening credits when the show changed from 'Hour' to 'Show.' [This change was even] noted on the back of the box. Whoever did the text for the back of the DVD box certainly did his homework and knew his stuff. But boy, was I surprised when I watched my first episode, and each episode thereafter. What you get is the opening credits for the syndicated re-packaged The Scooby-Doo Show followed by the 'Scooby-Doo' episode, followed by the closing credits of The Scooby-Doo Show, followed by the opening credits of the re-packaged Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, followed by the 'Dynomutt' episode, followed by the closing credits of 'Dynomutt, Dog Wonder.' This is NOT how these shows originally aired in 1976.

"Overall, if you are a fan of either Scooby-Doo or Dynomutt, and want to add these episodes and bonus material to your DVD collection, you will greatly enjoy this collection. However, if you are a completist, and want the episodes as they aired on their original network airing, or want every episode that aired in the re-packaged syndication reruns, you will be disappointed."

--Michael E. Pajak, a reviewer on amazon.com

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