Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
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|Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics|
|Also known as||'Scooby's All-Stars'|
Children's television series
|Created by||Joe Ruby
|Directed by||Ray Patterson (1978)|
|Voices of||Don Messick|
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna|
|Running time||120 minutes (1977–78)
90 minutes (1978–79)
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||September 10, 1977 – September 8, 1979|
|Preceded by||The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–77)|
|Related shows||The Scooby-Doo Show|
The block featured five Hanna-Barbera series among its segments: The Scooby-Doo Show, Laff-A-Lympics, The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels and reruns of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. During the second season in 1978–79, the show was re-titled Scooby's All-Stars and broadcast on ABC from September 9, 1978 to September 8, 1979. The runtime was reduced from 120 minutes to 90 minutes by dropping The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics included five cartoon segments:
- Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (one episode, 11 minutes): Comedy/mystery show about three female teenage detectives and their companion, a prehistoric caveman superhero thawed from a block of ice. Sixteen episodes were produced for 1977–78.
- Laff-A-Lympics (one episode, 30 minutes): Based on Battle of the Network Stars, this series featured 45 Hanna-Barbera characters, including Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Mumbly, and others competing in Olympics-styled events. Sixteen episodes were produced for 1977–78.
- The Scooby-Doo Show (one episode, 30 minutes): Comedy/mystery show about four teenage detectives and their talking dog, Scooby-Doo. Eight first-run episodes were produced for 1977–78, with 16 made for The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour from 1976–77 re-run following the final first-run episode. Two of the new episodes, as well as two others from 1976–77, feature Scooby-Doo's cousin Scooby-Dum as a recurring character.
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (one episode, 30 minutes): reruns of the first Scooby-Doo series, originally run on CBS from 1969–70.
- The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt (one episode, 11 minutes each): New episodes featuring the superhero Blue Falcon and his bumbling cyborg dog sidekick Dynomutt, introduced the previous year in the Dynomutt, Dog Wonder segments of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. The new Dynomutt episodes were two-part cliffhangers, of which eight episodes (four stories total) were produced for 1977–78.
When the show became Scooby's All-Stars during the second season on September 9, 1978, the The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! segments were dropped and two Captain Caveman segments were broadcast instead of just one; eight new Laff-A-Lympics and eight new Captain Caveman segments were produced for the block in 1978–79. The Scooby-Doo Show began the 1978–79 season in reruns, though starting from November 11, seven new episodes (produced for an aborted revival of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! as a separate half-hour) were run as part of Scooby's All-Stars.
For the 1979–80 season, the block was cancelled and Scooby-Doo became a half-hour show as Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. Laff-A-Lympics and Captain Caveman would resurface on ABC during the latter part of the season in 1980.
- Lenberg, Jeff (1991). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. New York: Facts of File. ISBN 0-8160-6599-3 p. 409-411.