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A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is the eighth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. This spin-off of the original show was created by Tom Ruegger and premiered on September 10, 1988 and ran for three seasons on ABC as a half-hour program. Thirty episodes were ultimately produced (thirteen in 1988, eight in 1989, and nine in 1990-1991).

Following the show's first season, much of Hanna-Barbera's production staff, including Tom Ruegger, left the studio, and helped to revive the Warner Bros. Animation studio, beginning with Tiny Toon Adventures. This was notable for being the last series where Don Messick voiced Scooby.


Overview and toneEdit

The new format followed the trend of the "babyfication" of older cartoon characters, reducing the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cast to junior-high age. This new show also used the same basic formula as the original 1969 show: the gang (referred to in this show as the "Scooby-Doo Detective Agency") solved supernatural-based mysteries, where the villains (the ghosts and monsters) were always revealed as bad guys in masks and costumes. The biggest difference was the tone of the show: With A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, producer Tom Ruegger built upon the slightly irreverent humor he had established along with producer Mitch Schauer with Scooby's previous unsuccessful incarnation, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. This resulted in a wackier, more extremely comic version of Scooby-Doo that satirized the conventions of the show's previous incarnations. It was not uncommon for the characters to do wild Tex Avery/Bob Clampett-esque takes when they ran into ghosts and monsters. Animation director and overseas supervisor Glen Kennedy animated many of the wild-take sequences personally. Fred was constantly blaming a character appropriately called "Red Herring" (a pun on Red Herring) for each and every crime on the show (true to his name, Red was always innocent, except for the one episode in which Fred didn't blame him) and shots of the characters (and even the ghosts and monsters) dancing were inserted into the obligatory late-80s-pop-rock-music-scored chase sequences. The ghosts and monsters themselves were also more comedic, such as a creature made out of molten cheese, a monster in the form of a giant hamburger, and the ghost of a dogcatcher. The series also features Scooby and Shaggy as their favorite superhero duo. Shaggy would be the fearless Commander Cool (a combination of Batman and Superman) and Scooby would be his faithful canine sidekick Mellow Mutt (a combination of Krypto, Robin and Ace the Bat-Hound.)

The recent live film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins retcons A Pup Named Scooby Doo out of existence, establishing the group being formed in their teens. However, it is not outright stated whether or not the live movies and cartoon versions are meant to be taken as the same story or not.

The characters being general parodies of their adult incarnationsEdit

Shaggy was exactly like his grown up incarnation. He ate a lot and used the terms "like" and "zoinks" constantly. He sometimes agrees with other members of the gang, considering the ghost, phantom, etc. Scooby Doo was like his adult version too.

Daphne was a vain young girl who was quite skeptical and sarcastic (especially towards Freddie). Being born into money, she often called to her butler, Jenkins (a pun on Jinkees), for help, usually for incredibly silly reasons ("be scared for me"), something she does not do while older, despite still being fabulously wealthy. She often accused the wrong person who did the crime, only by her intuition. She also had a deep infatuation with the color pink (opposing older Daphne, who prefers everything in purple), preferring most of her clothes and personal possessions in said color and treats fashion as life and death. She also hates getting dirty, and absolutely refuses to believe in the supernatural (her catch-phrase in the show is "There's no such thing as [insert supernatural element here].").

Freddie was an outspoken young boy who always jumps to the wrong conclusion. His runaway imagination often annoyed the rest of the gang (his favorite magazine is the National Exaggerator) and, before accusing Red Herring for absolutely no reason (which happens in nearly every episode), he often stated a ridiculous example, such as Mole people or aliens from another planet.

Velma was shown as an intelligent and quiet little girl who has a briefcase which can transform into a computer, telephone, etc. She always used the word "jinkees" either when finding a clue or as a regular expression. Her computer usually informs her who the criminal is, making her always right.

The What's New Scooby-Doo episode "A Terrifying Round With A Menacing Metallic Clown" featured a flashback to Velma's fifth birthday, using the character designs from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, albeit with some modifications, such as Daphne wearing purple rather than pink.

MusicEdit

Rock and roll styled songs (specifically about the monster-of-the-week) were played during the chase scene in each episode, similar to the second-season episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!. Unlike previous versions of the show however, the kids were often aware of the music being played (having turned it on themselves in many occasions) and would dance for a bit along with the ghosts and monsters before continuing with the chase (Glen Kennedy would often animate the characters' dance cycles himself). The show's theme song featured lyrics by series creator Tom Ruegger and music by composer John Debney also bore a similarity to the "Intro Song" from Little Shop of Horrors, which had recently been adapted into a successful feature film. The music is almost always in a 1950s rock and roll style, possibly to indicate their younger age, as the original show took place in 1969.

Supporting charactersEdit

  • Red Herring Otherwise known as the town bully in which Freddy nearly always pointed the blame and was always wrong, although in one episode "Night of the Boogey Biker", Fred ended up being right as Red was found to be the villain, despite the fact that he did not accuse him. He often torments the gang but is always thwarted. Among his catchphrases are "HAH! What a weanie!", "That's NOT very funny" and "I didn't do it Jones!"
  • Sugie (pronounced "shoogy") is Shaggy's baby sister. She only appeared in 2 episodes. She seems to eat as much as Shaggy and starts crying when she's apart from her brother. She is Shaggy's favorite "non puppy person" in the world. She has a baby bag which contains her favorite boulder, a crib, her string collection, a refrigerator containing her baby food among various other items. Sugie appeared in The All New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show episode Wedding Bell Boos, using her given name of Maggie Rogers.
  • Mr. Morton is the principal of Coolsville Jr. High.
  • Gus The Janitor of Coolsville Jr, High. He is an inventor. It is shown that he also works at Coolsville Mall (and possibly for the Blakes). He has a fondness for Velma and will do anything to help her.
  • Carole Collossal Owner of Collossal Toys and later the Coolsville Wrestling Federation (CWF). She also is the creator of Commander Cool. The gang helps her when her business and the Commander Cool Toyline is in danger.
  • Jenkins Daphne's butler, who she calls in to do various tasks. Sometimes they're something silly like being scared for her, dusting a dusty house for Daphne and doing impressions of suspect. Others more serious like making Scooby a Scooby Snack or saving Daphne when she's thrown out a window. He responds whenever his name is called. (He once showed up after thinking Velma said "Jenkins", when she really said "Jinkies"). The one time he didn't respond to Daphne's call, a butler named Dawson responded for him and told Daphne Jenkins was busy doing her shopping, which she deemed an acceptable excuse. Dawson seems to be as efficient as Jenkins.
  • Mister Gordon A local police officer in the earlier shows showing to apprehend some of the crooks. He's later shown working for the Blakes, in the Robopup episode. He's also the villain in the show and is not seen after he is arrested.

EpisodesEdit

Season 1: 1988Edit

#Episode titleVillainIdentitySummaryOriginal airdate DVD volume
1 "A Bicycle Built For Boo!" The Green Glob Mr. Conrad The gang takes Shaggy's case when his bike is stolen by a green glob. September 10, 1988 1
2 "The Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core" The Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core Mr. Buckston A monster is haunting Scooby's doghouse and the gang must find out why. September 17, 1988
3 "The Schnook Who Took My Comic Book" Dr. Croaker Wendell McWendell Shaggy goes to buy a first edition of his favorite comic only for it to be stolen by a giant frog. September 24, 1988
4 "Wanted Cheddar Alive" The Cheddar Monster Larry P. Acme A cheese monster has put the Scooby Snacks factory out of business and Scooby is determined to solve the case. October 1, 1988
5 "For Letter or Worse" The Ghost of Al Cabone Prestina (The Great Mel) (Pop O' Connor) As Shaggy and Scooby are chosen as contestants on their favorite game show, a ghostly gangster shows up. October 8, 1988 2
6 "The Babysitter from Beyond" Boogedy Bones, The Babysitter, Manny The Mauler Molly The Mol, The Babysitter, Manny The Mauler The gang deliver Shaggy's baby sister Shuggy to the babysitters, but the babysitters house turns out to be the old lair of a master criminal, who just escaped the jail. October 15, 1988
7 "Now Museum, Now You Don't" The Samurai Ghost Mr. Dayton When a samurai steals a "cursed" pair of swords from a museum and Shaggy and Scooby are blamed, the gang returns to the museum to prove their innocence. October 22, 1988
8 "Snow Place Like Home" The Ice Demon Mr. Forester When the gang goes to a ski lodge on the brink of bankruptcy, they encounter a dangerous ghost causing trouble. October 29, 1988
9 "Scooby Dude" The Headless Skateboarder Al and Sandy Sneakers A trip to the beach turns into another mystery for the gang when, on the trail of some dolphins stolen from an aquarium owned by Velma's aunt, they encounter a headless skateboarder. November 5, 1988 3
10 "Ghost Who's Coming to Dinner?" The Ghost of Boobeard the Pirate Jack the gardener The gang are trick or treating when they discover a real haunted house, and must solve the mystery for the ghost so his house is not destroyed and he is with it. November 12, 1988
11 "The Story Stick" The Totem Pole Monster Mr. Ryan A camping trip at an Indian reservation ends in another mystery when the gang meets a living totem pole. November 19, 1988
12 "Robopup" The Ghost of Chef Pierre, Robopup Mr. Gordan, Robopup The gang visit Daphne's mansion to discover that all her belongings have been stolen by the ghost of their families old French chef, Pierre. November 26, 1988
13 "Lights...Camera...Monster" Stinkweed Vincent Thorne A living version of a movie monster starts haunting the Coolsville Mall, and the gang is on the case. December 3, 1988 4

Season 2: 1989Edit

#Episode titleVillain IdentitySummary Original airdateDVD volume
14 "Curse of the Collar" The Ghost of Buster McMuttmauler Mr. Trixenstuff When Scooby's parents give him a hideous but valuable collar, the ghost of a sadistic dogcatcher Mr. and Mrs. Doo defeated returns to steal it. September 9, 1989 4
15 "The Return of Commander Cool" The Alien Slug Barbara Simone Shaggy hits his head during a case involving an alien, making him think he's his favorite comic book superhero. September 16, 1989
16 "The Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll" The Ghost of Purvis Parker Mr. Dilton The ghost of a deceased rock legend returns for revenge. September 23, 1989
17 "Chickenstein Lives!" Chickenstein Casmer Codwaller (Granny Sweetwater) When a giant chicken starts haunting the "National Exaggerator", Freddy's favorite newspaper, owned by his uncle, the gang takes the case. September 30, 1989 5
18 "Night of the Living Burger" The Burger Monster Skippy Johnson Mr. O'Greasy hires the gang to stop a giant, living burger haunting his restaurants; meanwhile, a fight leads to tension between Shaggy and Scooby and they stop talking to each other. October 7, 1989
19 "The Computer Walks Among Us" The Computer Monster Bruce Wormsley When Velma's newest invention comes to life and wreaks havoc, getting her suspended from Coolsville High, the gang must return to stop it. October 14, 1989
20 "Dog Gone Scooby" Paula P. Paula P. Casso the Artist When Scooby runs away from home when he is neglected by the gang, they realise that a detective agency isn't great without him and set to find him in the town. October 21, 1989
21 "Terror, Thy Name is Zombo" Zombo The Phantom Clown Joey Jipner The gang encounters a ghost clown at their favorite amusement park. October 28, 1989 6

Following the final first-run episode on October 28, reruns from the first seasons were rerun alongside episodes from the second season.

Season 3: 1990-1991Edit

#Episode titleVillainIdentitySummaryOriginal airdate DVD volume
22 (1a) "Night of the Boogey Biker" The Boogey Biker Red Herring Daphne bets Freddy that he can't go 24 hours without accusing Red of a crime; Red's aunt hires the gang to find her stolen bike. September 8, 1990 6
23 (1b) "Dawn of the Spooky Shuttle Scare" The Space Shuttle Spector Simon Simonson A chance for Velma's latest invention to enter space is interrupted by a ghost. September 8, 1990
24 (2) "Wrestle Maniacs" The Hooded Heifer Herbert Moss (The Coolsville Comet) The ghost of a disgraced wrestler returns to haunt the Coolsville Wrestling Federation. September 22, 1990
25 (3) "Horror of the Haunted Hairpiece" Bigwig The Haunted Hairpiece Mr. Krusty Baker A monster attacks a video arcade owned by Daphne's father, in which she's just started working. September 29, 1990
26 (4) "Mayhem of the Moving Mollusk" The Hockey Snail Lester Leonard A giant snail attacks a hockey rink. July 6, 1991 7
27 (5) "The Were-Doo of Doo Manor" Nasty-Doo the Were-Doo Professor Digby An old curse returns to haunt the Doo family. July 13, 1991
28 (6a) "Catcher on the Sly" Baxter Mcmuttmauler N/A Scooby runs into an old enemy again, resulting in a fight similar to Tom and Jerry. July 20, 1991
29 (6b) "The Ghost of Mrs. Shusham" The Ghost Of Mrs. Shusham Bernice Binder The ghost of a librarian returns to haunt Shaggy and Scooby who still have an overdue book. July 20, 1991
30 (6c) "The Wrath of Waitro" Waitro The Evil Cook N/A In trouble at a restaurant, Shaggy and Scooby imagine themselves as Commander Cool and Mellow Mutt, with a snooty waiter as their latest enemy. July 20, 1991

DVD releasesEdit

Warner Home Video initially released all 30 episodes of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo on DVD in Region 1 in seven volume sets. They subsequently re-released the entire series in 2 season sets.

Volume Releases

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Volume 1 4 July 19, 2005
Volume 2 4 July 19, 2005
Volume 3 4 July 18, 2006
Volume 4 4 July 18, 2006
Volume 5 4 January 9, 2007
Volume 6 5 May 15, 2007
Volume 7 5 August 14, 2007

Season Releases

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Complete 1st Season 13 March 18, 2008
Complete 2nd and 3rd Seasons 17 March 17, 2009

CastEdit

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