Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics

ABC - Premiered 9-10-77

Scooby's Laff-A-Lympics

By the autumn of 1977, Scooby-Doo had become one of the most well-loved cartoon characters in television history. The executives at ABC's children's programming department must have thought it would be a swell idea to somehow manage to have Scooby - or at least his name - attached to a two-hour-long program. But how? Well, some marketing genius - or, more likely, a committee of them - came up with a sure-fire, can't miss idea: What if Scooby took part in a weekly athletic competition of some sort, kind of like our network's Wide World of Sports, in a different locale every week? Yeah - and why not put dozens of our cartoon properties in it, even including older characters from before current viewers were even born? Boffo, baby!

What it basically meant was that various Hanna-Barbera characters would be split into three teams - the Scooby Doobys (the good guys), the Yogi Yahooeys (the alternate good guys), and the Really Rottens (the bad guys); then they would compete in pointless track and field events with that week's winners (two per show) winning a gold Laff-A-Lympics medal. The resulting mix of characters and meaningless action resulted - in my young mind, anyway - in a stupid, juvenile mess. I hated it, and most Saturdays I would find myself turning to the other two networks to watch something else. (The trouble was that in the 1977 season, there wasn't much else on besides maybe The New Archie/Sabrina Hour.)

The show would return for the 1978-79 season as Scooby's All-Stars; for 1979-80 it would be shortened to one hour under the title Scooby's Laff-A-Lympics. Scooby would also reappear in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? format, with new episodes, for the 1978-79 season. For individual Captain Caveman episodes, see entry for Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.

Voice Talents:
Daws Butler - Snagglepuss, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Hokey Wolf, Snooper, Blabber, Wally Gator, Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie, Dixie, Jinks, Scooby-Dum, Dirty Dalton
John Stephenson - Mildew Wolf, Doggie Daddy, Dread Baron, the Great Fondoo
Don Messick - Scooby-Doo, Boo Boo, Pixie, Mumbly, Dastardly Dalton, Mr. Creepley
Bob Holt - Grape Ape, Orful Octopus, Dinky Dalton
Frank Welker - Dynomutt, Yankee Doodle, Tinker, Sooey Pig, Magic Rabbit
Julie Bennett - Cindy Bear
Casey Kasem - Shaggy
Scatman Crothers - Hong Kong Phooey
Julie McWhirter - Jeannie
Joe Besser - Babu
Gary Owens - Blue Falcon
Mel Blanc - Captain Caveman, Speed Buggy
Marilyn Schreffler - Daisy Mayhem, Brenda Chance
Vernee Watson - Dee Dee Sykes
Laurel Page - Taffy Dare, Mrs. Creepley

Blue Falcon and Dynomutt Episodes: (each in 2 parts)
The Glob parts
Madame No Face
(plus reruns of other episodes; see Dynomutt, Dog Wonder for episode list)

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