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The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972)
"Wednesday is Missing"
The third episode in The New Scooby-Doo Movies is certainly the best so far. In the film, the Mystery Machine and its gang are driving through the swamp when once again the van ends up crippled. Being unable to drive, the group is visited by Lurch who then takes them to the creepy castle, which is owned by the Addams' Family. Soon the gang must start an investigation when Wednesday goes missing. Again, there's no doubt that this third episode was the best of the series up to this point because it just has so many laughs and quite a bit of imagination. Unlike the earlier episodes, this one here makes good use of the supporting players as everyone in the Addams' clan is perfectly used. This is especially true for the terrific Lurch who is simply wonderful here and especially his introduction in the swamp. Both Gomez and Morticia are all extremely fun here as is It, Uncle Fester (voiced by Jackie Coogan) and Pugsley (voiced by Jodie Foster!!!). Scooby and Shaggy are also at the top of their game with some very funny moments throughout and especially the ones dealing with them constantly fainting when things get too scary.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In the early seventies there was indeed an Addams Family cartoon, tho
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy and Jackie Coogan didn't do the
voices of their respective characters.
However, in this cartoon version, they did indeed do the Addams family voices and with great amusement too, especially John Astin as he is attacked by an octopus to great amusement.
As to the Mystery Machine gang, they are having a time baby-sitting Wednesday Addams.
This episode stands as one of the rare Scooby cartoons in which the culprits don't devise the ghost image to 'scare people away'.
Well, in a sense that is what was taking place, but for different reasons.
Because of the different plot, we do get a bit of a different ending.
We also get a bit of a better adventure with all five members of the gang, instead of Shaggy and Scoob having the adventure and Fred, Velma and Daphne finding the clues.
I always liked that elevator cage for some reason.
This IMDb listing isn't complete. There is no listing for either of the 3 Stooges adventures, nor is the Laurel & Hardy adventure listed.
Absolutely agree that "Wednesday is Missing" is the best of the series
up to this point and is also one of the highlight episodes. Also
thoroughly enjoyed "The Dynamic Scooby Doo Affair" but was disappointed
in "The Ghastly Ghost Town".
What immediately stood out was how well The Addams Family were incorporated, some of the best use of guest stars of the series. Lurch is particularly delightful here, but who cannot help love the corny but hilarious dialogue and one-liners between Gomez and Morticia. Also loved Uncle Fester and Pugsley, Jodie Foster was an unusual choice for Pugsley but was surprisingly good here. Liked Wednesday too, though would have loved to have seen more of her.
The animation is less than brilliant admittedly (a common problem with the series, though generally 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' is one of the better Scooby Doo incarnations, warts and all), there are some very nice colours and backgrounds and the swamp setting and the house are very atmospherically depicted but some of the drawing is crude and lacking in smoothness and some of the character designs are sketchy and flat. The music is haunting and energetic, and the theme tune catchy.
Regarding the writing, Shaggy and Scooby still shine in their endearingly goofy humour and The Addams Family match them perfectly. The gang's dynamic is more than convincing, and as said The Addams Family are by far one of the better incorporated and more interesting guest stars of the series (in a series where some guest stars, and villains, were better than others). The villains and their deceptive tricks are sparingly used, but that worked in the episode's favour.
Voice acting is very good, Frank Welker, Heather North, Nicole Jaffe and especially Don Messick and Casey Kasem (without equal as Scooby and Shaggy) are still going strong, and it was a genius move to have John Astin, Carolynn Jones and Jackie Coogan (the original Gomez, Morticia and Uncle Fester, their most iconic roles and roles they were born to play) voice the roles they were famous for.
In conclusion, one of the best of the series despite the less than brilliant animation quality at times. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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