The New Shmoo

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The New Shmoo
Created by Al Capp (the Shmoo character)
Written by Gene Ayres
Art Browne Jr.
Buzz Dixon
Donald F. Glut
Len Janson
Dale Kirby
Glenn Leopold
Chuck Menville
J. Michael Reaves
Jim Ryan
Directed by Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Voices of Frank Welker
Dolores Cantu-Primo
Bill Idelson
Chuck McCann
Joe Baker
Daws Butler
Bob Hastings
Don Messick
Jim MacGeorge
Margaret McIntyre
Ginny McSwain
Hal Smith
John Stephenson
Janet Waldo
Bill Woodson
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Art Scott
Alex Lovy
Running time 11-21 minutes.
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22) – September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)

The New Shmoo is an American animated series based on the character from the Li'l Abner comic strip created by Al Capp. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC. The series aired in September 1979.


Similar to Scooby-Doo, Where are You!, the show follows a group of teenagers—Mickey, Nita and Billy Joe—who solve mysteries and crimes with their friend, Shmoo. The teens worked for Mighty Mysteries Comics.


During the original NBC run, the program included a short segment called "Sing Along With The Shmoo". In a manner reminiscent of Screen Songs, Shmoo became a bouncing ball, providing visual guidance to song lyrics so that viewers could sing along with the cartoon. The show's episodes were rerun later that same year on Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo.


  1. The Amazing Captain Mentor
  2. The Beast of Black Lake
  3. The Ber-Shmoo-Da Triangle
  4. The Crystal Ball of Crime
  5. Dr. Morton's Monster
  6. The Energy Robbers From Space
  7. The Flying Disc of Doom
  8. The Haunting of Atlantis
  9. Monster Island
  10. The Pyramid of Peril
  11. The Return of Dracula
  12. Swamp of Evil
  13. The Terror of the Trolls
  14. The Valley Where Time Stood Still
  15. The Wail of the Banshee
  16. The Warlock of Voodoo Island


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