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The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo shorts represents the fifth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo series [1]. A total of 33 half-hour episodes, each of which included three 7-minute shorts, ran for three seasons, from 1980 to 1982 on ABC. Thirteen episodes were produced in 1980-1981 and seven were produced in 1981 as segments of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and thirteen were produced as segments of The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour. Out of the 99 shorts that were produced, 86 of them feature Scooby-Doo, his nephew Scrappy-Doo and Shaggy without the rest of the Mystery Inc gang, and the other 13 were back-up segments that only featured Scrappy-Doo and Yabba-Doo [2].

OverviewEdit

Scrappy-Doo's addition to the show during the 1979–1980 season (see Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979-1980)) gave it the ratings boost it needed to survive. For the 1980-1981 season, the show was completely overhauled into more of a purely comedy-based show.

In three 7-minute segments, Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy went on humorous adventures that pitted them against "real" supernatural forces. Fred, Daphne, and Velma were no longer included in these episodes, and neither was the mystery aspect of the show. These new short Scooby-Doo episodes were presented as one-half of the package program The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, and reruns of the 1979 –1980 episodes were later alternated with the newer episodes. The new Scooby and Scrappy cartoons also were the first to feature Don Messick doing Scrappy's voice instead of Lennie Weinrib; Messick's tough interpretation of his Pixie Mouse/Ruff the Cat voice was a significant difference from Weinrib's rougher characterization.

Because of a massive animators strike, only seven new Scooby-Doo half-hours (21 segments) were produced for the 1981-1982 season. To fill the void, Hanna-Barbera repackaged reruns from previous seasons under the title Scooby-Doo Classics. From this point until the demise of the series, there was always a package of Scooby reruns on ABC's Saturday morning lineup.

The 1982-1983 season brought a Hanna-Barbera/Ruby-Spears co-production, The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour. Hanna-Barbera produced new 7-minute episodes of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, which featured Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy traveling across the country as the "Fearless Detective Agency," attempting to solve mysteries (most of which were more typical spy or criminal cases, instead of the original ghosts-and-monsters setup), and Ruby-Spears produced episodes of The Puppy's New Adventures, featuring the character of Petey the Puppy (which was spun-off from Ruby-Spears' 1978 special, The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy, which was based on the book of the same name). In addition, Hanna-Barbera contributed a back-up segment called Scrappy and Yabba-Doo, which featured Scrappy-Doo having Western-based adventures with his uncle Yabba-Doo, and Yabba's master, Deputy Dusty.

Notably, the show was one of the first to not utilize a laugh track, a standard practice throughout the 1970s.

Episode guideEdit

The following guide only includes 30 minute Scooby-Doo segments from each show [3]. It does not include other episodes that ran along with them.

The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo shorts represents the fifth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo series [4]. A total of 33 half-hour episodes, each of which included three 7-minute shorts, ran for three seasons, from 1980 to 1982 on ABC. Thirteen episodes were produced in 1980-1981 and seven were produced in 1981 as segments of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and thirteen were produced as segments of The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour. Out of the 99 shorts that were produced, 86 of them feature Scooby-Doo, his nephew Scrappy-Doo and Shaggy without the rest of the Mystery Inc gang, and the other 13 were back-up segments that only featured Scrappy-Doo and Yabba-Doo [5].

ReferencesEdit

  1. * Banks, Clive. "Scooby-Doo". Retrieved from http://www.clivebanks.co.uk/Scooby-Doo%20Intro.htm on September 4, 2005.
  2. *"Hanna-Babera Studios" (and subarticles). The Big Cartoon DataBase. Retrieved from http://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Hanna-Barbera_Studios/index.html on September 3, 2005.
  3. Baxter, Joel (2003). The Complete Scooby-Doo Episode Guide. Retrieved from http://www.execulink.com/~joelb/scooby/doobydoo.htm on September 3, 2005.
  4. * Banks, Clive. "Scooby-Doo". Retrieved from http://www.clivebanks.co.uk/Scooby-Doo%20Intro.htm on September 4, 2005.
  5. *"Hanna-Babera Studios" (and subarticles). The Big Cartoon DataBase. Retrieved from http://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Hanna-Barbera_Studios/index.html on September 3, 2005.

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