The New Scooby-Doo Movies

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The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The opening title from The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Genre Comedy
Children's television series
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Don Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (original)
Worldvision Enterprises (syndication through 1992))
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) – October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Preceded by Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)
Followed by The Scooby-Doo Show (1976–1978)

The New Scooby-Doo Movies is the second incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. It premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series. Twenty-four episodes were ultimately produced (sixteen in 1972–73 and eight more in 1973–74).

Aside from doubling the length of each episode, The New Scooby-Doo Movies differed from its predecessor in the addition of a rotating special guest star slot; each episode featured real-life celebrities or well known animated characters joining the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving the mystery of the week. Some episodes, in particular the episodes guest-starring the characters from The Addams Family, Batman, and Jeannie, deviated from the established Scooby-Doo format of presenting criminals masquerading as supernatural beings by introducing real ghosts, witches, monsters, and other such characters into the plots.

The New Scooby-Doo Movies was the last incarnation of Scooby-Doo to feature Nicole Jaffe as the regular voice of Velma Dinkley, due to her marriage and retirement from acting.


Some of these guest stars who appeared in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, were living celebrities who provided their own voices (Don Knotts, Jerry Reed, Cass Elliot, Jonathan Winters, Sandy Duncan, Tim Conway, Dick Van Dyke, and Sonny & Cher, among others); some had died or retired celebrities whose voicing was done by imitators (The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy); and the rest were crossovers with present or future Hanna-Barbera characters.

The characters from Harlem Globetrotters, Josie and the Pussycats, Jeannie, and Speed Buggy all appeared on the show during or after their own shows' original runs; The Addams Family and Batman and Robin both appeared on the show a year before they were incorporated into Hanna-Barbera shows of their own, The Addams Family and Super Friends, respectively.[1] Many of the supporting voice roles were done by several celebrities who were famous elsewhere (Ted Knight [The Mary Tyler Moore Show], Larry Storch [F-Troop], Don Adams [Get Smart], and Jamie Farr [M*A*S*H]) or were unknown by the time of production (Jodie Foster and Vincent Van Patten).

After The New Scooby-Doo Movies ended its original network run in August 1974, repeats of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired on CBS for the next two years. No new Scooby-Doo cartoons would be produced until the show defected to ABC in September 1976 on the highly publicized The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. When the various Scooby-Doo series entered syndication in 1980, each New Movies episode was halved and run as two half-hour parts. The USA Network Cartoon Express began running the New Movies in their original format beginning in September 1990; they were rerun on Sunday mornings until August 1992.

In 1994, The New Scooby-Doo Movies began appearing on three Turner Broadcasting networks: TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. The first season of the series was animated at Hanna-Barbera's main studio in Los Angeles, while the second season was animated at their newly formed studio in Australia.


Voice Cast[edit]

Special guests[edit]

Home Media releases[edit]

American sets[edit]

Upon attempting to release a complete series set of the entire "24-episode" show on DVD in 2005, Warner Home Video was unable to negotiate agreements with several of the episodes' guest stars to have those episodes included in the DVD set. As a result, the DVD was released under the title The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies, and features only 15 episodes culled from both seasons. The opening titles on this release were edited to remove the images of The Addams Family, Batman & Robin, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Three Stooges, and Laurel & Hardy. It is still unknown if Warner Home Video will ever release a complete set or a second compilation for the remaining episodes.

Seasons Sets

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Featurettes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies 15 March 22, 2005
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown With Scooby-Doo and The Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock!

Other releases

The two episodes featuring Batman & Robin and two of the three featuring the Harlem Globetrotters were also included in separate releases: Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Episodes
Scooby-Doo Meets Batman 2 August 20, 2002
  1. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  2. "The Caped Crusader Caper"
Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters 2 May 6, 2003
  1. "The Mystery of Haunted Island"
  2. "The Loch Ness Mess"

British season set[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Episodes
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies Volume 1 4 2005
  1. "Ghastly Ghost Town"
  2. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  3. "The Frickert Fracas"
  4. "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"
  • Note: This is currently the only DVD released from the Best Of collection in the United Kingdom.

Production credits[edit]

(American version)

  • Produced and Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
  • Story: Jameson Brewer, Tom Dagenais, Ruth Flippen, Fred Freiberger, Willie Gilbert, Bill Lutz, Larry Markes, Norman Maurer, Jack Mendelsohn, Ray Parker, Gene Thompson, Paul West, Harry Winkler
  • Story Direction: Steve Clark, Carl Fallberg, Mike Kawaguchi, George Singer, Paul Sommer, Ivy Spence, Howard Swift
  • Principal Voices: Nicole Jaffe, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North, Frank Welker
  • Additional Voices: Daws Butler, Henry Corden, Joan Gerber, Florence Halop, Pat Harrington, Ann Jillian, Ted Knight, Jim MacGeorge, Cindy Putman, Michael Road, Olan Soule, John Stephenson, Vincent Van Patten, Lennie Weinrib
  • Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
  • Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipeck
  • Layout: John Ahern, Alvaro Arce, Mike Arens, Moe Gollub, Ric Gonzalez, Paul Gruwell, Alex Ignatiev, Ziggy Jablecki, Ray Jacobs, Herb Johnson, Bill Lignate, Lew Ott, Bob Singer
  • Animation: Ed Aardal, Ed Barge, Oliver Callahan, Lars Calonius, George Cannata, Rudy Cataldi, Izzy Ellis, Hugh Fraser, John Garling, Bob Goe, Fred Grable, Bill Keil, Dick Lundy, Joan Orbison, Ed Parks, Jay Sarbry, Ken Southworth, Ivy Spence, Dave Tendlar, Carlo Vinci, Xenia
  • Backgrounds: Dave High, F. Montelaegre, Gary Niblett
  • Titles: Iraj Paran
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Jayne Barbera
  • Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan
  • Film Editors: Earl Bennett, Pat Foley, Ron Sawade
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Post Production: Joed Eaton
  • Camera: John Aardal, George Epperson, Ralph Migliori, Dennis Weaver
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • This motion picture has made under the jurdisction of IATSE
  • RCA Sound Recording
  • © 1973 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(Australian version)

  • Produced and Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Associate Producers: Zoran Janjic, Alex Lovy
  • Story: Larz Bourne, Tom Dagenais, Woody Kling, Norman Maurer, Jack Mendelsohn, Sid Morse
  • Story Direction: Jean Blanchard, Ron Campbell, Bob Dranko, Veve Risto, Jay Sarbry, Howard Swift, Ernie Terrazas
  • Principal Voices: Nicole Jaffe, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North, Frank Welker
  • Additional Voices: Sherry Alberoni, Michael Bell, Joe Besser, Scatman Crothers, Jerry Dexter, Robert Doqui, Richard Elkins, Jamie Farr, Stu Gilliam, Arlene Golon, Mark Hamill, Bob Hastings, Jackie Joseph, Phil Luther, Julie McWhirter, Alan Oppenheimer, Barbara Pariot, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, Jonathan Walmsley, Johnny Williams
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Animation Director: Peter Luschwitz
  • Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Production Coordinator: Kirsten Hansen
  • Animation Checking: Carmel Lennon, Louise Luscwhitz, Narelle Nixon, Jolanta Pillich, Kay Self
  • Layout: Chebby Badham, Andrea Bresciani, Sebastian Hurpia, Steve Lumley, David Skinner
  • Animation: Stuart Barry, Susan Beak, John Boersema, Andrea Bresciani, John Burge, Gairden Cooke, Chris Cuddington, Warwick Gilbert, Don MacKinnon, Paul McAdam, Gus McLaren, Romek Pachucki, Yvonne Pearsall, Kevin Roper, Laurie Sharpe, Robert Smit, Gerald Wylie
  • Backgrounds: Sue Speer, Milan Zahorsky, Richard Zaloudek
  • Technical Supervisor: Jerry Smith
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Zora Bubica
  • Xerography: Olga Zahorsky
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Supervising Film Editor: Peter Addison
  • Film Editors: Peter Jennings, Catherine MacKenzie, Ian Spruce, Graham Welan
  • Negative Cutting: Adina Film Services
  • Camera: John Cumming, Peter Huiswaard, Carole Laird, Kieran Mulgrew, Jerry Smith
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • © 1973 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A History of Batman on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 

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