The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
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|The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Do|
Title card from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
|Created by||Joe Ruby (characters)
Ken Spears (characters)
|Directed by||Ray Patterson (supervising)
|Voices of||Don Messick
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Running time||22 Minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Taft Broadcasting (1985–86)|
|Original run||September 7, 1985– December 7, 1985|
|Preceded by||The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984)|
|Followed by||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991)|
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is the seventh incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, and the final first-run version of the original 1969–86 broadcast run of the series. It premiered on September 7, 1985 and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program. Thirteen episodes of the show were made in 1985. It replaced Scary Scooby Funnies, a repackaging of earlier shows; another repackaged series, Scooby's Mystery Funhouse, followed. The series used to air in reruns on USA Network in the 1990's, then later on Cartoon Network, but now the series only airs from time to time on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang.
In the initial episode, the gang are thrown off course on a trip to Honolulu in Daphne's plane, landing instead in the Himalayas. While inside a temple, Scooby and Shaggy are tricked by 2 bumbling ghosts named Weerd and Bogel into opening the Chest of Demons, a magical artifact which houses the 13 most terrifying and powerful ghosts and demons ever to walk the face of the Earth.
As the ghosts can only be returned to the chest by those who originally set them free, Scooby and Shaggy, accompanied by Daphne, Scrappy-Doo, and a young juvenile Asian con artist named Flim-Flam, embark on a worldwide quest to recapture them before they wreak irreversible havoc upon the world. Assisting them is Flim-Flam's friend, a warlock named Vincent Van Ghoul (based upon and voiced by Vincent Price), who contacts the gang using his crystal ball and often employs magic and witchcraft to assist them. The 13 escaped ghosts, meanwhile, each attempt to do away with the gang lest they be returned to the chest, often employing Weerd and Bogel as lackeys.
Story editor and associate producer Tom Ruegger led the overhaul of the property, and the irreverent, fourth wall breaking humor found in each episode would resurface in his later works, among them a Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Animaniacs. Of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Ruegger recalls not being fond of the Flim-Flam character ("Definitely the product of network focus groups") or the other added characters in the cast. As with most of the other early-1980s Scooby-Doo entries, original characters Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley do not appear.
13 Ghosts was canceled and replaced by reruns of Laff-a-Lympics in March 1986, before the end of the season. It became the final Scooby series to feature Scrappy-Doo, as it was decided by Ruegger and ABC that they would overhaul the series entirely, developing A Pup Named Scooby-Doo in 1988. At the time of the cancellation, eleven of the 13 ghost were recaptured, although it is unknown if some of the ghosts captured in the 2 episodes "Ship of Ghouls" & a "Spooky Little Ghoul Like You" where more than one of the 13 ghost were captured, are part of the originals.
Differences with previous Scooby Doo incarnations
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo differed greatly from most previous incarnations of the series, in that it pitted the Scooby-Doo characters against actual supernatural forces. The concept of capturing real ghosts was one that was already familiar in mid-1980s culture after the debut of the film Ghostbusters in 1984; indeed, two other ghost-busting series, The Real Ghostbusters (an adaptation of the film) and a Filmation production known as GhostBusters, were also soon to debut.
This was similar to the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo format from 1980-83 but with less slapstick. The fashion choices for Daphne and Shaggy were also updated from late 60s/early 1970s fashion to the more than contemporary fashions of the mid 1980s; Daphne now wears a Jumpsuit in this version, while Shaggy now wears a red T-shirt and blue jeans.
- Susan Blu – Flim Flam
- Arte Johnson – Weerd
- Casey Kasem – Norville "Shaggy" Rogers
- Don Messick – Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo
- Howard Morris – Bogel, Platypus Duck
- Heather North Kenney – Daphne Blake
- Vincent Price – Vincent Van Ghoul
|DVD name||No. of episodes||Release date||Bonus Episode|
|The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series||13||June 29, 2010||Don't Feed the Animals|
The series was heavily profiled in the Christian fundamentalist documentary Deception of a Generation as an example of occult influences on children's entertainment. Despite this, the show had a mixed to positive reception from most viewers.
- Scooby-Doo Series
- Scooby-Doo (character)
- List of works produced by Hanna-Barbera
- List of Hanna-Barbera characters
- "Tom Ruegger is back!". Platypuscomix.net. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
- The pilot episode "To All the Ghouls I Loved Before" was the release of the 13 ghosts and none were captured. In the episodes "Ship of Ghouls" & a "Spooky Little Ghoul Like You" more than one ghost was captured.
- "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo DVD news: Announcement for The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo – The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "Deception of a Generation". Youtube.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- Official Scooby-Doo Website
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo at the Internet Movie Database
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo at TV.com
- The Big Cartoon Database – The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
- The Cartoon Scrapbook – Profile on The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo