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Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke 

Dick Van Dyke hires the gang to help solve why nobody comes to his carnival.

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Dick Van Dyke hires the gang to help solve why nobody comes to his carnival.

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27 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Dick Van Dyke: Would you like to buy this amusement park?
Velma: Ha! We're lucky if we have enough for admission.
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Best episode of Season 2
14 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' was a patchy and inconsistent show, it was also interesting and entertaining, with some great episodes, a handful of decent to good ones, some average to mediocre and a few bad.

Season 1 was generally very enjoyable, with only two episodes being disappointing ("Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde" and "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall") and the most consistent caveat being the less than great animation. Season 2 was much more of a mixed bag, boasting an even bigger nose-dive in animation quality and the show's two worst episodes ("The Haunted Showboat" and especially "Mystery in Persia", "The Weird Winds on Winona" also being the weirdest episode).

Two episodes in the season are very good. One is "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show", with only the often inept animation and the obvious identity of one of the villains which took away from some of the mystery being not so great. The other is this, "The Haunted Carnival" (aka "Scooby Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke"), the best episode of Season 2 and the best episode since "The Caped Crusader Caper".

None of the episodes of 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' are without flaws, the most common one being the animation and several of them feel overlong and over-stretched. The animation agreed is weak, with the drawing being stiff, choppy and crude (Van Dyke is quite awkwardly drawn) and the colours flat. Parts of the story do feel repetitious and like the episode went on longer than necessary.

However, what are especially good are Dick Van Dyke's guest appearance and the writing. Van Dyke is a perfect fit for the gang and was simply born for this, while the writing is the best written and funniest episode of the second season, and the best written and funniest since "The Caped Crusader Caper". The atmospheric carnival setting and the villain being one of few in the show to be a genuine menacing threat.

Music has the typical energy and haunting atmosphere, and the theme tune is infectiously catchy. Also love the charming and amusing chemistry between Shaggy and Scooby and Van Dyke's inspired interaction with the gang. The story isn't perfect, but the mystery does engage more than the rest of the season's episodes and atmosphere and humour are nicely balanced. The voice acting is very good, Van Dyke coming close to stealing the show and Don Messick and Casey Kasem don't disappoint either.

In conclusion, very enjoyable episode and not just the best episode of Season 2 but also one of the better ones of the whole show. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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