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The New Scooby-Doo Movies
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Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofDon Messick
Casey Kasem
Frank Welker
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
ProducersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time43 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) –
October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Preceded byScooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–78)
Followed byThe Scooby-Doo Show (1976–78)

The New Scooby-Doo Movies is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. It is the second animated television series in the studio's Scooby-Doo franchise, and follows the first incarnation, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You![1] It premiered on September 9, 1972, and ended on October 27, 1973, running for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series.[2] Twenty-four episodes were produced, 16 for the 1972–73 season and eight more for the 1973–74 season.

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 world celebrities or well-known animated characters joining the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving mysteries.[3]

The New Scooby-Doo Movies was the last incarnation of Scooby-Doo airing on CBS,[4] and also the franchise's final time to feature Nicole Jaffe as the regular voice of Velma Dinkley, due to her marriage and retirement from acting.

A spin-off titled Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? was released in 2019 in which features guest stars like The New Scooby-Doo Movies including Bill Nye, Halsey, Chris Paul, Wanda Sykes, Sia, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mark Hamill.


Many of the 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 episodes featured celebrities who were retired or deceased, 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.[5]

The characters from other Hanna Barbara shows 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.[6] Many of the supporting voice roles were done by several celebrities who were famous elsewhere, such as Don Adams (Get Smart).

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.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)
28September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)


Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

  • Producers/directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: Jack Mendelsohn, Tom Dagenais, Norman Maurer, Larz Bourne, Woody Kling, Sid Morse

Voice cast[edit]


Special guest stars[edit]

Home media[edit]

U.S. sets[edit]

Upon attempting to release a complete DVD set of the 24-episode series in 2005, Warner Home Video was unable to negotiate agreements with several of the episodes' guest stars to have those episodes included As a result, the DVD was released under the title The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies, and featured only 15 episodes culled from both seasons. The opening titles on this release were edited to remove the images of the Addams Family, Batman and Robin, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy.

On April 4, 2019, Warner Bros. announced plans to release eight more episodes, both as part of a package with the 15 previously released episodes and as a standalone release.[7][8][9] This release was planned for the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo. No explanation for the previous appearances' rights issues was provided.

The only episode that has not been released or announced for release on DVD is "Wednesday Is Missing", which features the Addams Family.

Season set

DVD title Ep. # Release date Featurettes
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection 23 June 4, 2019
  • The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo
  • Uptown with Scooby-Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters
  • The Girls Rock![10]

Volume sets

DVD title 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!
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes 8 June 4, 2019

Other releases

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

DVD / VHS title 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"

The Addams Family episode "Wednesday is Missing" was released to VHS in Australia under the title "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" and was also released in the U.K. on VHS, along with the Three Stooges episode "Ghastly Ghost Town" under the title "Scooby-Doo Meets the Three Stooges". "The Secret of Shark Island" (featuring Sonny and Cher) episode was released in the U.S. and the U.K. on VHS on a video called Hanna-Barbera Presents: The Best of Scooby-Doo.

U.K. releases[edit]

Release name Release format Ep. # Release date Episodes
The New Scooby-Doo Movies VHS 2 1987
  1. "Scooby Doo and the Three Stooges" ("Ghastly Ghost Town")
  2. "Scooby Doo and the Addams Family" ("Wednesday is Missing")
  • Note: this is currently the only U.K. release with the Addams Family episode "Wednesday is Missing" in the United Kingdom.
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies Volume 1 DVD 4 2005
  1. "Ghastly Ghost Town"
  2. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"
  3. "The Frickert Fracas"
  4. "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?"
The New Scooby-Doo Movies The (Almost) Complete Collection DVD/Blu-Ray 23 2019
  1. "Ghastly Ghost Town" (Three Stooges)
  2. "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" (Batman and Robin)
  3. "The Frickert Fracas" (Jonathan Winters)
  4. "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?" (Don Knotts)
  5. "A Good Medium is Rare" (Phyllis Diller)
  6. "Sandy Duncan's Jekyll and Hyde" (Sandy Duncan)
  7. "The Secret of Shark Island" (Sonny and Cher)
  8. "The Spooky Fog of Juneberry" (Don Knotts)
  9. "Scooby-Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy" (Laurel and Hardy)
  10. "The Ghost of the Red Baron" (The Three Stooges)
  11. "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep" (The Harlem Globetrotters)
  12. "The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall" (Davy Jones)
  13. "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall" (Jerry Reed)
  14. "The Caped Crusader Caper" (Batman and Robin)
  15. "The Loch Ness Mess" (The Harlem Globetrotters)
  16. "The Mystery of the Haunted Island" (The Harlem Globetrotters)
  17. "The Haunted Showboat" (Josie and the Pussycats)
  18. "Scooby-Doo Meets Jeannie (Mystery in Persia)" (Jeannie and Babu)
  19. "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show" (Tim Conway)
  20. "The Exterminator" (Don Adams)
  21. "Weird Winds of Winona" (Speed Buggy)
  22. "The Haunted Candy Factory" ("Mama" Cass Elliot)
  23. "Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke" (Dick Van Dyke)
  • Special Features:
  1. "The Hanna-Barbera Kennel Club Roasts Scooby-Doo"
  2. "Uptown with Scooby-Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters"
  3. "The Girls Rock!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part 1: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 249=253. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ Long, Mike (March 22, 2005). "The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies: DVD Review". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 534–538. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  5. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 722. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  6. ^ "A History of Batman on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
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