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Dynomutt originally began as a segment of the Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour
in 1976, then was featured a year later on Scooby's All-Star
Laff-A-Lympics, before this solo series which ran in 1978 for only 3
Despite it's short run, Dynomutt was still a Saturday morning favorite of mine. Most memorable from the show for me was the cool opening with Gary Owens' Blue Falcon narration. I still remember the shot of Dynomutt effortlessly stopping a train one-handed (or one-pawed) while Owens announced "stronger than a train with a so-so brain" to which Frank Welker's Dynomutt was heard replying "You talking about me, Blue Falcon?" I also remember the unique vocals of Ron Feinberg, who provided the show's narration in 60s Batman TV series fashion. The show did take a few cues from Batman: Blue Falcon's millionaire alter-ego, the Falcon Flash signal, etc. The Falconcar was smooth, almost smoother than the Batmobile because it flew. "Blue Falcon! And Dog Wonder! Away!" The villains were colorful and inspired, most notably my favorites Queen Hornet (loved the way she said Blue Falcon's name) and Super Thug.
Dynomutt himself was a bit conflicting. On the one hand he was powerful and inventive with the array of gadgets that he contained, and yet on the other hand he was often clumsy in the actual use and control of his gadgets to which Blue Falcon or B.F. (as Dynomutt called him) would dub the canine "Dog BLUNDER." It was usually when Dynomutt DIDN'T think too much was when he prevailed.
Another funtastic Hanna-Barbera show! Trivia: If it weren't for Dynomutt, shows like The Robonic Stooges and the immensely popular Inspector Gadget would not exist. Dynomutt originated the gadget formula used within those shows.
Dynomutt is a crime fighting canine- a cross between Scooby Doo and
Inspector Gadget, who is 'stronger than a train with a so-so brain' and
with a dopey sounding voice to match. He and his partner known as the
Blue Falcon- who is a send-up of DC Comics' own Batman- patrol the
streets, towns well everywhere in fact, to fight crime and get rid of
the bad guys, of whom were a mixture of different monsters and
villains. There were two sides of Dynomutt- one being that he could
stretch his legs in the same way as Inspector Gadget and that he also
possessed an array of gadgets at his disposal. However, what Dynomutt
lacks is a good brain and being able to think intelligently. Very often
the Blue Falcon would suffer at the expense of his doggy accomplice who
gets him and themselves into more trouble. The aptly titled 'dog
blunder' was irreverently used by Blue Falcon to refer to Dynomutt,
which you could say was rather harsh.
I liked how Frank Welker voiced Dynomutt, as he captured his personality and daftness exceptionally well. He was a dopey dog and one where we could laugh along with and at him and his silly antics. Dynomutt's antics had me laughing at times. The villains were also good- very creative, colourful and inventive. In all, Dynomutt was good, clean wholesome fun and funny to boot as well.
It might not be up their with the very best of Hanna Barbera, but its a worthy effort still
6.5 out of 10
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