Having nephews and a niece makes for fun times when they introduce me to things they love that are new to them but not me. So far it has been Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ducktails. Mostly because Ducktails just got a reboot. It is pretty good actually. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has had many changes and Power Rangers kept evolving. I may do blog post of all the great shows I used to watch as a child. I had to purchase the Boomerang App to get access to all of the incarnations of Scooby Doo at once. It helps for effortless change between as my nephew likes to refer to him… Big Scooby and Little Scooby (A Pup Named Scooby Doo). They looked shocked to find out that I used to watch these as a kid too. Fun times. So I figured I would do a blog post of my favorite incarnations of Scooby Doo and episodes as a kid. Nothing like more blog material.
As of right now Scooby Doo and the gang is 51 years old and that is one hell of a milestone for a cartoon. He originally debuted in 1969 with Scooby Doo, Where are you? And let me tell you… I had no idea that at the time I was watching him and the other Hanna-Barbera cartoons that I enjoyed so much… (Josie and the Pussycats, Jonny Quest, The Herculoids, The Perils of Penelope Pittstop and Wacky Races) that they were already about 25 years old. Good times. Some formulas work… and always will. The formula hasn’t changed much since its inception. Teenagers Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, and their talking brown Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and mis-steps. Now I loved Scooby because I always wanted a dog… a talking dog was a plus. Scooby was apart of my nightly routine. My bedtime was 8, and he came on at 7 and 7:30. So after that second episode… that was it. With the Boomerang app, I get to relive a bit of childhood with my nieces and nephews. My sister recently watched Scoob, the movie that came out this year… and she loved it… so it seems like Scooby and the gang will continue to endure…
- Freddie Jones – Fred usually takes the lead in solving mysteries. Although generally a very nice guy, Fred can be bossy at times and will force Shaggy and Scooby to hang around until the mystery is solved. I would say after rewatching Scooby Doo, Where are you? I realized that Freddie loved sending Shaggy to do all of the dirty work. And was never actually up for being bait for a ghost ever. I am sure that was toned down in later installments. I know that is played up for the actual stars of the show… and to play up the “boy and his dog” of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.
- Norville “Shaggy” Rogers – He is a cowardly slacker and the long-time best friend of his equally cowardly Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. Both Scooby and Shaggy are readily bribed with Scooby Snacks due to their mutual large appetites. Is it weird that he eats dog biscuits too? There is a lot of descriptions of Shaggy being a coward but I will say Shaggy seemed to be the only one to have realistic responses to danger. There is an episode where Freddie wants to visit the cave of death… and Shaggy is the only one to question it.. Props to Shaggy.
- Velma Dinkley – Velma is highly intelligent and has highly specific interests in science (which in the Scooby and Scrappy-Doo series leads her to pursue a career as a NASA research scientist). She is also often portrayed as being very well-read on obscure fields, such as Viking writing (as in the third Scooby-Doo series The Scooby-Doo Show). Velma is usually the first one to solve the mystery. She strikes me as the kid to carry a group in a project at school.
- Daphne Blake – Daphne comes from a wealthy family has a terrific sense of fashion, and a knack for getting into trouble, hence the nickname “Danger Prone Daphne”. She has appeared in more adaptations than the other characters, aside from Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo. Which even though I watched most of the installments as a kid… still surprised me to read.
- Scooby-Doo – He is a Great Dane and lifelong companion of amateur detective Shaggy Rogers. He is able to speak in broken English, and usually puts the letter “R” in front of words and noises made. (In a Pup Named Scooby Doo, people usually tried correcting his speech pattern. He has the same level of intelligence as his friends, while also being subject to the same knack for clumsiness and moments of being dimwitted as well.
I have watched a few incarnations with my family the past couple of days and it is good to know that the show is still as entertaining as I remember. That almost never happens. So let’s jump right into my favorites countdown in now particular order. I will only be going as far as A Pup Named Scooby Doo. And since he is 50 years old, I will forego the the spoiler alert I normally do here.
- Scooby Doo Meets Josie and the Pussycats (The New Scooby Doo Movies) – The New Scooby Doo Movies was a treat for me as a kid even if I had no clue who the celebrity guest was supposed to be. It was really my introduction to people like Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges, and Cass Elliot. But it was the episode where my two favorite Hanna Barbera cartoons collided… Literally, that was my favorite. I remember being a kid and being so giddy that I was going to watch both gangs work together to solve a mystery. Alexander books the Pussycats on the Haunted Showboat (The name of the episode). Scooby and the Gang investigate a showboat that is believed to be haunted and they encounter Josie and her gang. They decided to team up and of course solve the entire case. Trying to help the boat’s owner so he can go back into business, they all band together to get the ship in tip-top shape but are hindered by the ghosts of Captain Scavenger and Injun Joe. Casey Kasem and Don Messick take on a lot of voice acting work here with Casey doing both Shaggy and Alexander and Don voicing both Scooby and Sebastian. It is one of the episodes that always stood out to me. Good times.
- Jeeper’s. It’s the Creeper (Scooby Doo, Where Are You?) – I have to say I love the Creeper episode. It is probably one of the more intricate plots but not so intricate that it went over my head as a kid. The gang is on its way to a barn dance. They happen upon the scene of a bank guard’s accident. He has been knocked out and his car ransacked which Shaggy points out. The guard regains consciousness long enough to give the gang a blank piece of paper and mutter, “The flame will tell… the Creeper.” The gang take the guard to the nearby house of Mr. Carswell, the bank’s president, who explains that the Creeper is a phantom who has been robbing the bank. He agrees to look after the guard and sends the kids along to the dance. At the barn dance, everyone’s having fun until the lights go out. The gang decides to relocate the dance to the Malt Shop, and leave a team to stay behind to clean up. But as Shaggy and Scooby are taking the garbage outside they run into the Creeper, who demands the “paper” from them. The Creeper chases the kids around the countryside but is eventually unmasked as Mr. Carswell, who had been robbing his own bank and using the Creeper disguise to throw people off track. But the security guard had secretly installed an infra-red camera that caught Carswell in the act, and so Carswell had to silence the guard. The blank paper was actually a photograph (activated by heat) that showed Carswell looting the safe.
- Watt A Shocking Ghost (The Scooby-Doo Show) – Also one of my favorite monsters from The Scooby Doo Show installment. This ghost has the most interesting back story and costume. While driving through a terrible snow storm and low on gas, the gang come to the small town of Winterhaven, which seems to be deserted. They explore and find the town deserted and all of the shops are out of business, as well as the gas station. Our gang finds out the town is deserted because of a 10,000 volt ghost from Mayor Dudley. He tells the gang that a while back the town was thriving and popular, but a snowstorm occurred and the power line snapped loose. Voltner, an electrician, climbed the tower to repair the power line and a small explosion occurred. Voltner’s body was never found. Of course, our gang is chased all over WinterHaven by the ghost as they search for clues. Fred sets up a trap in the power plant and it succeeds, catching the 10,000 Volt Ghost with an electric magnet. The 10,000 Volt Ghost is unmasked as Voltner, who never disappeared. He wore an insulated rubber suit to protect him from the electricity and he attached a battery pack to the suit. Voltner was also acting under Mayor Dudley’s commands.
- Bedlam in the Big Top (Scooby Doo, Where Are You?) – My hatred for clowns may have started young because this loser caused the gang to do his bidding. The gang stumble upon a circus that is supposedly haunted by a ghost clown who hypnotizes people with a gold coin. The Gang is driving through the woods and encounter Samson the Strongman and Max the Midget experiencing bike trouble. They reveal they are leaving the circus do to strange happening so of course the gang minus Scooby and Shaggy want to check it out. Scooby, Shaggy and Daphne are all hypnotized by the ghost clown with a gold coin. “Watch the pretty coin of gold… and you will do what you are told…. “ Scooby does the high wire act, Daphne rides a unicycle and Shaggy does the lion tamers act. Scooby and Shaggy manage to trick the clown into hypnotizing himself. The two counter-act with a mirror (while closing their eyes) and trick the clown into hypnotizing himself into acting like a chimp. They lure the chimp-clown into a cage and then unmask him as Harry the Hypnotist. Harry used to be a hypnotist in his own act with the circus, but he was caught stealing and was fired and imprisoned as a result.
- The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller (The Scooby Doo Show) – If you only understood how much I really enjoyed the character of Scooby Dum. Maybe it’s that cool hat. I received my Funko pop of him the other day… I shall proudly display in my collection. Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Dum, and the gang set out to protect Doo and Dum’s cousin, Scooby-Dee, from the phantom of Milo Booth, a long dead silent film actor, determined to keep Dee from remaking one of his greatest films. The gang set up a plan and disguise Scooby Doo as Scooby Dee and use him as a decoy but it doesn’t help since Scooby Dee ends up kidnapped anyway. Hilarity ensues with Scooby Dum and Scooby Doo attempting to find her and eventually locating her and saving her from the ghost. Velma notices something and she solves the mystery. She notices that the real Milo Booth wore glasses, while the Phantom of Milo Booth never wore any glasses. They find the Phantom, fake Scooby Dee, and real Scooby Dee who is being held hostage. They chase the Phantom, rescue Scooby Dee and eventually capture him. The Phantom of Milo Booth is unmasked as Jim Moss and the fake Scooby Dee was his dog in a costume. The trio that is Scooby Doo, Scooby Dum and Shaggy made for some hilarious comedy for me.
- The No Face Zombie Chase Case (The Scooby Show) – A no face zombie and a large gorilla… I am here for it. My nephew was not though… at least until the very end. While eating dinner, Scooby witnesses a burglary. A valuable coin (the Golden Galleon) was stolen by a faceless zombie. I would like to point out people never take Scooby-Doo seriously. If he says he saw a no face zombie, he saw a no face zombie. The gang follow the zombie to the Dilly Dally Dolly Co. toy factory. The gang is greeted by a night watchman, who scolds them and tells them to leave. Mr. Dilly and Mr. Dally hear the gang’s story, Mr. Dilly and Mr. Dally instructs them to stay in the office while they search for the zombie. Mr. Dilly and the watchman begin searching and Mr. Dally is grabbed by the No-Face Zombie. The gang manage to swipe the Golden Galleon and flee from the zombie. When they make a run for it, they discover another villain-a giant gorilla is now after the gang! Many chases ensue, the zombie crashes and is revealed to be a robot. Shaggy and Scooby act fast and trap the gorilla. The gorilla is unmasked as Mr. Dilly. He read about the coin article in that magazine and programmed that robot to steal the coin because it was worth a million dollars. Then when the gang was onto him, he donned the gorilla costume to scare them off.
- Nowhere to Hyde (Scooby Doo, Where are you?) – This Ghost of Hyde villain actually hides out in the mystery machine. Nothing like seeing the gang scramble out of the car in a panic. On their way home from the malt shop, the gang encounter the “Ghost of Mr. Hyde”, a known jewel thief. They chase him into the marsh (and I am not sure my friend and I would ever do this. Actually I am totally sure we would never do this.) and to a spooky house. The house turns out to be the home of Dr. Jekyll, who fears he may be transforming into the Ghost of Mr. Hyde. The gang begin searching the house for clues, pegging the maid as a likely suspect, but are pursued at every turn by the ghost. It isn’t until Velma finds a newspaper clipping that the maid used to be a trapeze artist and Shaggy discovers suction cups in the fruit basket that they set out to capture the ghost. Eventually the Ghost of Hyde is caught and revealed to be Dr. Jekyll. He was behind the Ghost of Hyde jewel robberies and turned to a life of crime when all of his experiments failed, and when he figured he would be caught, he came up with the idea of framing Helga by placing false clues for the gang to find that would make it look like Helga was behind the Ghost of Hyde.
- Scooby Doo Meets Batman and Robin (The New Scooby Doo Movies) – It consisted of two episodes the Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair and the Caped Crusader Caper, where Scooby-Doo and the gang team up with Batman and Robin to capture Joker and the Penguin. In The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair, Scooby-Doo and the gang are driving one night when the Mystery Machine’s battery goes dead (this seems to happen a lot… either they run out of gas, get flat tires or there is something wrong with the van Radiator or battery. Etc etc.) They notice a plane and 2 men unloading a crate onto a truck. They follow the truck to what looks like an abandoned house. The truck drives away and they investigate the house and find that it is not deserted. Batman and Robin enter the house to find Mystery Inc there and the housekeeper Mrs. Baker. The Dynamic Duo then tell the gang that they have been investigating a counterfeit smuggling operation, which is exactly what’s in the crate: counterfeit money. They follow the trucks tire tracks to an auto graveyard where they see a hooded figure creeping around, they then return to the house to find that it isn’t still there, gone along with the Batmobile. Batman and Robin track the Batmobile to The Gotham City Amusement Park in front of the Batman exhibit. The peace and quiet is interrupted by the Joker and the Penguin who are hiding in a haunted house walkthrough. The Joker and the Penguin dress up in skeleton costumes and try to scare the gang away and Scooby scares The Joker and Penguin who accidentally run through the door that leads into the pit. Where they are caught and unmasked by The Caped Crusaders. the Joker and Penguin reveal that they have been stashing the same counterfeit money as in the crate. The Penguin said “My dear boy, we didn’t print it, it was given to us by, an anonymous benefactor.” revealing that they are not the counterfeit culprits, after which they were sent to jail. After a bunch of confusion they all end up in the cave and see the cloaked figure and chase him through a secret underground warehouse full of toys. They catch the hooded figure to find that it was actually Mrs. Baker all along and they arrest her. In The Caped Crusader Caper, The gang meet up with Batman and Robin for a second time, while out camping. They join forces to try and foil the Joker and the Penguin’s attempts to steal Professor Flakey’s flying suit. Eventually, a fight breaks out in the factory involving tires and beach balls. Scooby tries on the flying suit and ends up flying. Scooby learns to control the flying suit just in time for him and Shaggy to be rescued by the Dynamic Duo and Joker and Penguin to be caught by a balloon that resembles Batman. Joker and Penguin have a falling-out while Penguin accidentally activates the flying suit.
- Wanted Cheddar Alive (A Pup Named Scooby Doo) – I was totally into all of the kid versions of Hanna Barbera cartoons. A Pup Named Scooby Doo is by far the funniest to me and my favorite. Mostly because it is somewhat of a parody of the original and that it has awesome music. In this episode, a cheese monster has put the Scooby Snacks factory out of business and Scooby is determined to solve the case. It was just another night at the Scooby Snack Factory, as two co-workers did their usual job of making sure the different flavors were up to standards. The two workers hear the commotion and find a cheese explosion has occurred. They look around to see a huge monster made out of cheese, foaming at the mouth. The entire workforce evacuate the factory as the monster declares “No more Scooby Snacks!”… Later a tired Scooby comes into the kitchen for breakfast. The only thing that gets his attention is the offer of a Scooby Snack which brings him fully alert. Unfortunately, they are all empty. He dashes to the nearest supermarket, Shaggy holding onto Scooby’s leash for dear life. The Supermarket is also out of Scooby Snacks. The monster and the kids take turns pulling one over another until he captures everyone expect Scooby. Scooby finds them being tied up by the monster, scaring him away, only to bravely return when he hears Shaggy’s cries for help. The monster chases Scooby into a small room, with the door closing behind them. Scooby was trapped with the monster and the gang can’t get in. They hear slurping noises from the inside and fear the worst. When the door bursts open; a man running out in his boxers and tank-top shirt, his costume having been reduced to the mask still covering his face. The kids find their puppy greatly fed from consuming most of the monster’s costume and congratulate him for his achievement. Now that the monster has been caught, Constance McSnack can re-open her factory. Velma says that the culprit was also the one person who’d want to run the Scooby Snack Factory out of business… and it’s revealed to be Larry P. Acme, owner of the rival dog biscuit company, Acme Dog Biscuits. Without the competition, his company would take over the market and could use the formula to improve his own ingredients, making them a huge success.
- The Babysitter from Beyond (A Pup Named Scooby Doo) – This episode has a lot going on but it has probably one of the best songs for a chase scene ever. The gang take Shaggy’s baby sister, Sugie, to the babysitter, but the babysitter’s house turns out to be the old lair of a master criminal, who just escaped jail. Poor Shaggy and the gang just want to go to the movies to see “Boogedy Bones Rises from the Grave”. Shaggy’s dad informs him that they’re already late for the Policeman’s Ball. His mom asked him to drop Sugie off at the new Babysitter’s house, which is right by the movie theater. The babysitter appears looking like the bride of Frankenstein and scaring Shaggy and Scooby. The babysitter demands they hand Sugie over, but Shaggy grabs her, and the rest of the gang follow him out of the house, with the babysitter pursuing them. They go back inside the house, locking the babysitter out, but Shaggy and Scooby hide in the basement. Boogedy Bones emerges from a hole in the floor, and scares them back upstairs. Velma finds broken glass from a window, meaning that someone broke into the basement. Shaggy shows them the hole where Boogedy Bones came out. Turning on the TV, they see a news report, saying that Manny the Mauler has escaped from prison. The news reporter goes on saying that Manny is expecting to meet up with his accomplice Molly the Moll, who was never captured. Later after being chased all over the police arrive. In the basement, Velma explains that the babysitter isn’t Molly at all, but the best babysitter in town, which is why nothing could keep her from getting Sugie. Manny was here for the stolen money, which he hid in the house. But the holes were dug by Boogedy Bones, who was really Molly the Moll. Molly heard Manny escaped from prison, so she tried to steal the money before he could get to the house.
- Now Museum, Now You Don’t (A Pup Named Scooby Doo)– Shaggy and Scooby are accused of stealing valuable Japanese swords from the Coolsonian Museum, but it was really the Samurai Ghost, and it’s up to the gang to prove their innocence. The gang’s class took a field trip to the Coolsonian Museum and Shaggy and Scooby are looking forward to seeing the samurai exhibit. During the tour the guide Ms. Takai shows the kids two golden swords that belonged to an evil samurai warlord Asakari. She also warned them that the swords are cursed and if they’re touched will be haunted by the warlord’s ghost. Scooby and Shaggy are too scared by the story to leave the exhibit and find the samurai ghost right behind them. They hide in a chest while the ghost steals the swords. By the time everyone returns, the ghost was gone. Shaggy and Scooby are accused of stealing the swords by the guard Mr. Thornsby. (Great breaking 4th wall here.) After searching Shaggy, the curator Mr. Dayton yells at Thornsby demanding him to find the swords. Takai states that someone who works at the museum stolen the swords and the men began suspecting her since she could make a million dollars since the swords are insured. They find a broken sarcophagus and realized that it’s the same one the ghost was trapped in and they also found the swords. The ghost shows up after they grabbed them and a chase ensues. The ghost corners them and Velma speaks to him in Japanese, but the ghost doesn’t understand her, takes the swords and leaves. However, Velma brings out the real swords and she said to him in Japanese “Those swords are fake.” The ghost tries to take the real swords, but Velma kicks butt (I really should have seen that coming and Fred releases a rope that holds a dinosaur skeleton that traps the ghost. The ghost is handed over to Ms. Takai and Thornsby, who apologizes to Shaggy and Scooby for cruelly accusing them. Mr. Dayton is revealed to be the monster and is taken away in handcuffs.
- Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats (The Scooby Doo Show) – Scooby Dum is back you guys… And I loved every minute of it. The gang go to visit Daphne’s friend, Lisa, for her birthday, which is at a very old hotel that Lisa would inherit on the day after her eighteenth birthday. Velma says that it is believed that there are vampires on the island, but she herself thinks it is nonsense. But when a real vampire shows up and Lisa is turned into a vampire herself, the legend becomes real. As soon as they arrive on land, the ferry captain asked them to take a box to the hotel for one of the guests. As Shaggy and Fred carry it, they drop it, revealing the package to be a coffin. Scooby Dum opens it and a bat flies out. They arrive at the hotel, and give the coffin to Mr. Dracul, who needed it for an undertaker’s convention. They meet Lisa and her uncle, Leon, and decide to turn in for the night. While they sleep, Daphne awakens and sees a vampire standing in front of her bed. She calls for help and everyone arrives causing the vampire to flee. They begin searching for clues, when Scooby Dum discovers a ventilating duct, explaining how the vampire got into the room. Velma and Daphne tell Lisa what has been going on. The phone then rings, and Daphne answers it, hearing only a high pitched bell. Meanwhile, Shaggy, Scooby and Dum search the room, and the vampire then appears and begins to chase them. After escaping, Uncle Leon then arrives and reveals to Lisa that her grandfather was actually a vampire, who was determined to turn Lisa into one. The gang begins to split up and look for clues. Shaggy, Scooby and Dum stay to guard Lisa, who answers the phone, hears the high pitched bell, and turns into a vampire. They then devise a scheme to trap Gramp the Vamp. They succeed (but not in the way they intended), and the vampire turns out to be Uncle Leon. His motive was to get the inheritance of the hotel away from Lisa. He invented the story of Lisa’s grandfather being a vampire, and somehow unknowingly hypnotized her, with the bell being a post-hypnotic trigger that would make her think she was a vampire. That way, she would be put in a mental institution, and the hotel would be given to him. (Sometimes it is your own people. They could have been partners… but greed took over and now he is in jail.)
- The Headless Horseman of Halloween (The Scooby Doo Show) – Dum, Dum, Dum, Dum…. In Sleepy Hollow, the gang investigate the legendary Headless Horseman, when he shows up at a Halloween costume party at Crane Manor. The Gang and Scooby Dum are at Crane Manor and are accosted by the Headless Horseman. Daphne, Fred and Velma are in the library with Mrs. Crane’s niece, Beth. Beth mentions her great-great grandfather was Ichabod Crane. Scooby and Shaggy run in and tell their story, and Beth fears that the Headless Horseman has come back to haunt her family, considering her grandfather Ichabod was chased by one years earlier. (Interestingly enough, I knew a bit about the story when I started reading it in high school just based on the blurb by Beth.) Back on the party floor, the Headless Horseman makes an entrance causing havoc. He claims he wants a head and scares away the guests, but not Mystery Inc. Beth says her cousin Elwood thinks that ever since Mrs. Crane brought the necklace into the house, the Horseman has been appearing. Elwood makes an exit. Elwood takes Mrs. Crane’s necklace to the bank and then after his car disappears into the fog, the gang notices Headless Horseman ride by again, now with by Elwood’s head! Finally the Horseman is captured. The Headless Horseman turns out to be Cousin Elwood who was after Mrs. Crane’s diamond necklace all along, so he made up the Headless Horseman to trick Mrs. Crane into believing the necklace was cursed. Elwood’s shoe company, APEX, had filed for bankruptcy, so he tried to steal the diamonds.
- The Tar Monster (The Scooby Doo Show) – The gang encounter a tar monster on a visit to an archeological site in Turkey. Something about tar pools creeps me out. That and quicksand. The gang head to Turkey to visit their friend, Dr. Brixton, who has discovered a buried city that has remained untouched for thousands of years. Dr. Brixton informs the gang that his workers were all frightened off by a tar monster, meaning the digging had be postponed. The assistant, Stoner was supposedly kidnapped by the Tar Monster. After a brief encounter with the tar monster, the gang follow his tracks to a nearby tar pool. There they find an ancient piece of pottery. The next day, they head down to the ancient city with Dr. Brixton, who discovers that the ancient treasure has been stolen. The gang trap the monster, who turns out to be Stoner. (Not shocking right?) He used an air compressor and a scuba suit to swim through the tar pools so he could steal the treasure. After he was arrested, the gang uses the map to find the missing treasure. They locate it behind a hidden wall in the inner sanctum.
- Scooby Doo Meets The Addams Family (The New Scooby Doo Movies) – Wednesday goes missing. The Mystery Machine gets stuck in the mud outside The Addams Family Mansion. The Gang ends up becoming housekeepers for The Addams Family and watching the children while Gomez and Morticia go on vacation in the Okeefenokee swamp. It was great to see the gang interact with the oddities that are the Addams Family. The culprit was the neighboring housekeeping couple. They thought that the Addams were frightening to the neighborhood children. They dressed up a helicopter as a giant vulture and controlled various objects in the house attached to special steel cubes to try and frighten the Addams Family out of the area.
- The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race (The Scooby Doo Show) – At the Grand Prix Time Trials, Carl Conover disappears while racing and trying to evade the Phantom Racer. The gang read about the Phantom Racer in the newspaper and decide to investigate. Mr Osbourne explains that the Phantom Racer’s the ghost of a racer who drove off a cliff in the fog a few years ago, and he’s seeking vengeance on all race car drivers. He also tells the gang that he can’t cancel the race, or else he will be ruined. All of a sudden Carl, the missing driver, apparently having gotten away from the Phantom Racer somehow, but Carl doesn’t remember a thing about what happened. Scooby and Shaggy go undercover as drivers, and then drive down the track to see if the Phantom Racer shows up. Then the decoy works and then the Phantom chases Shaggy and Scooby. The Phantom Racer manages to kidnap Shaggy. Velma and Scooby get Shaggy back. The Phantom Racer shows back up and chases the gang in his racecar, with the gang riding two of the missing racecars. The chase ends with the capture of the Phantom Racer. Then the Phantom Racer’s revealed to be Ken Rogers, who faked his disappearance as part of his scheme to steal all the racecars, re-paint them, and sell them overseas. Then he covered up his plan by using the legend of the Phantom Racer.
- A Night of Fright is No Delight (Scooby Doo, Where are you?) – This had to the be episode with one of my favorite ghosts as a kid and even now. The villain’s names are perfect. Scooby-Doo is named in the will of Colonel Beauregard Sanders, an eccentric millionaire whose life he saved several years earlier (Scooby saved from drowning in a fishpond years before.). The only way to claim the inheritance is for Scooby, and the other four heirs to spend the night in the Colonel’s mansion — which they quickly learn is haunted by two phantoms. The Colonel’s lawyer, Cosgood Creeps, comes to greet them and ushers them into the mansion, where they meet the other four heirs, Cousin Slicker, Cousin Simple, Nephew Norble and Sweet Cousin Maldahyde. Cosgood tells the heirs that the only instructions from the Colonel was to play a record. The recording tells them they must stay the night to get the fortune and that the mansion is haunted, much to Scooby’s and Shaggy’s horror. The whole gang decides they’ll stay with Scooby. Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby are getting ready for the night, Scooby decides to take a bath. he is scrubbing up when a ghost appears from a tile trapdoor. The bathtub slides through a secret passage and down a chute into a coal cellar with Scooby in it. While he is sitting on a pile of coal, a green, chain-rattling phantom shadow appears, laughing. Scooby is terrified and he breaks out of the basement. The gang decide to rig up a dummy of Scooby-Doo to catch the ghost when he comes to grab the dummy. Scooby and Shaggy are watching from outside on the drainpipe, when suddenly the ghost pushes the drainpipe loose. Velma tries to help them, but gets pulled out of the window, too. The gang all meet up and realize that all of the other heirs are missing, and Scooby is the only remaining heir. The gang follow the sound of an organ playing. They find the organ and then see something written down on a music book. It reads “Feed the organ, and watch the floor”. Velma deduces that Feed means notes. F-E-E-D. Playing the notes, a trapdoor opens and the gang climb down steps to the catacombs. There they see the heirs inside coffins, and one more coffin that is empty and dog shaped. Fred devises a trap, including a fan, soap suds, a spring-loaded ironing board, and a washing machine. It backfires when Scooby turns on the fan not only too soon, but also the wrong way. (now if he wants there to be a real execution he needs to do it himself lol.) however it still catches the Phantoms, who are unmasked as Cosgood Creeps and his partner, Crawls. They were trying to scare all of the heirs off of the island so they could keep the million dollars to themselves. The bodies in the coffins were dummies, and they painted themselves to be green ghosts. Scooby inherits the million dollars, only to learn it’s all worthless Confederate money.
- The Sludge Monster from the Earth’s Core (A Pup Named Scooby Doo) – The thing that I loved most was the dog house that Scooby lives in. And if you have seen this episode you know what I am talking about. The pup lives good. So just know that. The Coolsville bank is robbed, and the bank’s janitor reports that he saw the Sludge Monster from the Earth’s Core in the vault that was responsible for the theft. However, nobody believes him and actually accuses him of being the bank robber. On TV the news reporter announces, that the last national bank of Coolsville was robbed, Shaggy remembers that the last national bank is in downtown, so he believes they’re safe from the monster. Scooby out to went to doghouse for bedtime, but when he opened the door, the Sludge monster emerges from inside. a majority of the police force is searching the neighborhood. Shaggy’s father explains that they’re looking for the bank robber who was seen in the neighborhood. He didn’t believe that Scooby’s doghouse is haunted, and tells the kids to leave the rest to the police. Then the Bank President, Mr. Buckston arrives and asked if they had found the janitor. The police said that they’ve been searching for him since they received the President’s call, but they can’t find him. Buckston blames the robbery on the janitor, since he had the key to the vault, he then leaves, but Velma noticed something suspicious about him. Daphne notices that something’s wrong with the sink’s faucet, Velma says that the problem can be found in the basement. When they got there, they found bags of gold and money, and Scooby didn’t know how it got there. They also found a big hole in the floor, and heard a groan from inside. They found themselves in the sewers, and after looking around, they found a ladder that leads to another hole, upon climbing it, they find themselves inside the bank’s vault. They figured out, that the monster escaped with the money to the sewers, and it hid the money in Scooby’s basement. Luckily, Velma comes with a plan. The monster ends up getting trapped in Scooby’s doggie door.
- The Ghost That Sacked the Quarterback (The Scooby Doo Show) – Football, football, football! The gang is attending a Hawks football game when the star player vanishes — and the ghost of a long dead 1930s football player known as the Rambling Ghost shows up. Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne are attending a Hawks vs. Cougars football game, rooting for the Hawks. But all of a sudden, fireworks occur, and in the midst of all the smoke and the excitement, the team’s star player, Flash Granger, disappears. The gang goes to the team’s practice session and are warned away by another player, Crunch Connors. Then they search the area where Flash disappeared. Crunch Connors begins jumping tires and then he disappears too. The ghost appears and chases them all. Scooby and Shaggy get away from the Rambler and meet up with the gang. They then split up to look for clues (Insert Eyeroll). Scooby and Shaggy go into the locker room and find a newspaper clipping, a valuable clue. But the Rambler appears and snatches the newspaper and chases Scooby and Shaggy into the steam room and then into the showers. With a far-fetched trap, they manage to trap the ghost. He is unmasked as Mr. Ellsworth, the scoreboard operator. But then they pull off his face, and it’s not Mr. Ellsworth: it’s Buck Bender, an old coach that Mr. Prentice fired years ago. That newspaper clipping had incrimination evidence against Buck Bender. He was taking revenge on the stadium for firing him.
- Scooby Doo and the Mummy too (Scooby Doo, Where Are You?) – What is a set of scary stories without a mummy? The Gang visits the Department of Archeology, where they see an ancient mummy. But the mummy comes with a curse for any who remove him from his tomb. The Mummy of Anka haunts a museum, in search of its ancient coin. Shaggy accidentally leaves a museum with an ancient coin, and when the gang goes to return it, they discover that the Professor has been turned to stone. Fred and Daphne discover Dr. Najib, in his car, turned to stone. The Mummy chases Shaggy and Scooby into a tool shed where the Professor is tied up. Using a lawn mower, the duo plow into the Mummy, knocking him to the ground, allowing Fred to remove his bandages, unmasking Dr. Najib.
- Snow Place Like Home (A Pup Named Scooby) – The gang decides to go on a vacation at Snowy Mountain Lodge. When they get there, they hear about the Ice Demon from Mr. Peterson, a man who wants to buy the property and build a mall on it. The Morganson’s, the lodge’s owners, claim that there was no Ice Demon, and the gang believes them and head to bed. However, the Ice Demon appeared in Shaggy and Scooby’s bed and chased them around the lodge, shooting ice at them. The gang wakes up the Morganson’s to complain about their false claim regarding there being no Ice Demon. They confessed that the demon had been scaring their customers away for months, killing their business. The next day, the gang meets Mr. Forester, a ranger who wanted to buy the land and build a park. He shows the gang a map of an old mine that used to have gold in it. Velma notices that the map was torn; Mr. Forester claims that it had been that way for years. The gang decides to check out the mine, only for the Ice Demon to start an avalanche. They escaped from the avalanche and found the mine entrance. The gang stand outside the mine and act as if they found diamonds. The demon takes the bait and comes after Scooby and his bag of “diamonds”. He is lured into the beam of a heating lamp, causing the Ice Demon to start melting. The demon flees, and the gang chased after him with the lamp. They chased him into the ranger station, where they found Mr. Forester. Forester tried to run, but Scooby caught him by using his own costume against him, freezing him in his tracks. It turned out that Forester had discovered that the mine was full of diamonds, and he wanted the Morgansons’ land so he could claim ownership of them. Mr. Forester was arrested, and the Morgansons were able to keep their land because of the diamonds.
So it seems as though Scooby has lasted a long time for a reason. My niece and nephew really enjoy the dance breaks that happen in A Pup Named Scooby Doo. But even with the movies… he seemed to transition fine to modern times even with changes in voice actors. A shot of nostalgia a day keeps me young. And it was great to see that these episodes still warmed my heart as they did as a kid. There are a few Honorable mentions for this countdown… all coming from The New Scooby Doo Mysteries… I mean that catchy theme song with the homage to Michael Jackson is definitely worth talking about. But I never watched those seriously as a kid, or even recently as an adult (because Scrappy)… I would have to take them all in before properly ranking them… and even still Scrappy is not a character that ranks high on my list. And I just pretend that the 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo never happened. Anyways…. That is all for now peeps.