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The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour 

Scooby Doo and the gang solve mysteries; then Blue Falcon and Dynomutt fight crime in each two-part episode of this animated series.
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3   2   1  
1978   1977   1976  

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Series cast summary:
Don Messick ...  Scooby-Doo / ... 40 episodes, 1976-1978
Heather North ...  Daphne Blake / ... 39 episodes, 1976-1978
John Stephenson ...  Albert Tross / ... 39 episodes, 1976-1978
Frank Welker ...  Fred Jones / ... 38 episodes, 1976-1978
Casey Kasem ...  Shaggy Rogers / ... 38 episodes, 1976-1978
Patricia Stevens ...  Velma / ... 14 episodes, 1976-1978
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To the first new episodes of Scooby Doo since 1973 are added half-hour exploits of animated derring-do concerning The Blue Falcon, a blue-caped and -cowled superhero and his robotic doberman, Dynomutt Dog Wonder, not unlike the heroic ilk of Batman and Robin but with a more comical twist. Millionaire socialite art dealer Radley Crowne (a Bruce Wayne incarnate) and his mechanical mongrel, Dynomutt, enjoy leisure time in their base of operations, Big City, until alerted by The Falcon Flash. They immediately dash for The Falcon Lair (situated in Crowne's penthouse apartment), where they switch to their secret identities, The Blue Falcon and Dog Wonder, respectively, receive the report via TV screen from the secret GHQ of secret agent Focus One, and jump into The Falconcar and speed into the fray against assorted evildoers. Written by Aaron Handy III <ah07@gnofn.org>

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Trivia

Sixteen episodes were produced as segments of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour in 1976, eight episodes were produced as segments of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics in 1977 and sixteen episodes were produced in 1978, with nine of them running by themselves under the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! name and the final seven as segments of Scooby's All-Stars. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, after Merlin appears, you see Shaggy for a brief 1-2 seconds with no arms See more »

Quotes

[original theme song]
Theme Song: Got it all together, and do you know what? / Scooby Doo is hangin' 'round with Dynomutt! / While Scooby Doo is tangling with a spooky ghost, / Dynomutt is catching crooks or folding clothes! / They make a super pair, with a super show to share: / Scooby Doo and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder!
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Connections

Referenced in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Heart of Evil (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Scooby-Doo Show Theme
(Main Title - Dutch Version)
Performed by Jody Pijper
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A Slight Drop in Quality, But Overall Still Great
9 August 2020 | by Tornado_SamSee all my reviews

Ever since Hanna Barbara's original "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" in 1969-1970, the premise of the entire show had gained such an audience that it became the subject of several reboots in the 1970s and later years. Nothing can touch exactly the quality of the original, which in its two seasons already managed to be great, yet this reboot in the mid-70's is good enough to where is creates a fine followup. Granted, since only half of "The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour" was the real Scooby-Doo show (the other half being taken up on a cartoon series about Dynomutt) it is maybe not the most proper thing to write a review focusing only on the first part - although the forty episodes listed on IMDb all are entirely Scooby-Doo ones, so it is probably acceptable to do so. Very few of the reviewers already here have actually gone into both halves of the hour anyway, since most of them are here for the Scooby-Doo side alone (I had never heard of Dynomutt before, and I doubt most people outside those from the 70's remember him).

There are several reasons why this revival is not as good as the original "Scooby-Doo!", none of which are huge and unbearable flaws, but which do slightly detract from the quality of the series overall. To begin with the positives, the new series contains some of the most interesting monsters we have ever seen, including Ironface, the Moon Monster, the ghost of Merlin, the Warlock of Wimbledon, and more. Since we had seen all twenty-five of the original series countless times, it was interesting to see these new monsters, many of which were quite creative. The series has the same overall feel of the original too, and manages to remain entertaining as the gang of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby continue their exploits in solving mysteries.

However, there are some flaws in the show, the first one being that Velma's voice is completely different, with no attempt whatsoever to make the new voice actress Pat Stevens sound like Nicole Jaffe. Jaffe's voice gave Velma a childish, nerdy, smarty-pants feel that ultimately carried her character and made her the brains behind the gang. Stevens, on the other hand, sounds boring and turns Velma into a bland and uninteresting character, with a voice that is as monotone as a radio station announcer saying what the next piece on the station will be. It sucks the life out of Velma ultimately, a sad thing considering how great she used to be. Let's hope Pat Stevens ended her voice-acting career after this, realizing how much of a failure she was as a replacement. (Fortunately, the rest of the original actors are there, so thank goodness they only had to change one).

Secondly, the next problem is the inclusion of Scooby-Doo's brother, Scooby-Dum in several episodes. As you might guess, Scooby-Dum is indeed dumb, and as such dumbs down the entire show in some ways through his stupid mistakes and escapades. While not a horrible character, he does tend to shift the spotlight from Scooby-Doo quite a bit, and ultimately wasn't necessary at all when it came to entertainment value. Scooby-Dee, Scooby's actress cousin, wasn't as bad, but also entirely unnecessary in her one-episode appearance. Why did they have to fancy things up so much by adding extra characters? Can't we just have Scooby-Doo and that be all?

The third flaw is that the new music isn't nearly as good as the original music, tending to be more tech-based than before, and not really setting that great mood that we had in the first show (the original mood being suspenseful, this mood being more cheerful). This includes the theme song, which is more triumphant and fan-fare despite its spooky opening, and ultimately not at all the feel they should have gone for. Also, some episodes of this series are just plain ridiculous to boot. One of them involves an ice cream factory being haunted by three flavor phantoms, one vanilla, one chocolate, one strawberry. The whole premise is so absurd it's clear the producers were running out of good ideas, and had to either make up nonsensical ones, or copy a little from the original (as in the one episode which uses a witch doctor...for the third time).

Nonetheless, even despite these noticeable and defective changes, "The Scooby Doo Show" remains a fun and enjoyable reboot. If one has tired of seeing the original over and over again, it might be time to check this one out. The differences may be a little jarring at first, but after several viewings they do become natural, and regardless of how they make one feel, it goes without saying that this is a worthy enough entry in the Hanna Barbara canon.


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Release Date:

11 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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