It’s 9:42 pm
The cheetah and I have started a new tradition based on the many Dollar Tree sales that have been happening,including the starting next week on 25 Sept.
After we go the sale and bring home what we have found,we are now watching and reviewing one film from that sale.
We started this two sales ago when we watched a film called “Sanitorium” and then this past sale we watched “Domain”. But because we have been watching some heavier stuff of late,we decided to go with some animated fun and talk about “Scooby-Doo Meets Batman” which were two episodes of “The New Scooby-Doo Movies”which came out in 1972.
The producers and CBS,the network was airing Scooby Doo at the time decided to expand the show to an hour and feature a different celebrity guest who would help Mystery,Inc crew solve that episode’s case. Each episode was a 30 minute stand alone story,you could get a Batman story in the first half hour and then a Don Knotts guest spot in the second episode. To young kids,60 minutes is a long time to sit at one time so I’m sure these shows seemed like a real movie experience to them.
The guests would do their own voices when possible but in many episodes like the ones featuring Laurel and Hardy or The Three Stooges needed a little “help”using guest stars to do their voices. This format of Scooby-Doo ran for two seasons.
When Warner Brothers,who own Scooby-Doo,decided to do home releases of these shows,they did so in various ways. They released the two seasons intact and also put selected episodes as stand alones as fans had their favorites and maybe didn’t want to watch or buy the whole seasons.
This is how the two episodes that Batman and Robin appeared in were put together and released as “Scooby-Doo Meets Batman”. The cheetah is shaking his head and meowing that I’m overthinking this and he may be write,we’ll know when we read the comments……
The first episode was “The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair” where the Scooby gang run afoul of a ring of counterfeiters who are hiding out in a weird and tricky house. Worse,the bad guys also include two of the worst supervillains around in The Joker and The Penguin.
Good thing for Mystery,Inc that Batman and Robin literally drop in to lend a hand and stop their old foes in their tracks.
What is fun is too listen to the voice actors in these episodes. Now I knew Casey Kasem did double duty as both Shaggy and Robin (he also voiced Robin in The Superfriends) but I surprised to see who did the voice of Batman. It turn out that veteran character actor Olan Soule,who was a legend in the world of voice acting with over 7,000 guest spots on various radio shows. Olan also was a popular and steady character actor who may be best remembered for working with Jack Webb starting with the Dragnet radio show as lab tech Ray Parker,a role he did on the first TV series as well. He later would appear in the 2nd series in 1967 as lab tech Ray Murray and would appear in just about every TV show Webb produced.
The Joker and Penguin portrayals were cut waaaaay back,they appear as clever yet bumbling in these episodes,they each take turns complimenting each other until their schemes start falling apart,then they start roasting each other. This gave these episodes the old Batman 66 vibe. There were never any fights and the Penguin is missing his famed cigarette holder as well being that this was a kids show.
The second episode “The Caped Crusader Caper” sees the return of The Joker and Penguin as they kidnap a professor who has invented a new flying machine.
Despite trapping Mystery,Inc and the Dynamic Duo,Batman comes up with a plan to stop the thefts but it ends up that Scooby-Doo saves the days AND captures the villains,not bad for a mutt!!! Don’t worry,Fred,Daphne and Velma all get their chance to shine in each episode as well.
What I really like about these two episodes is that the young teens are able to hold their own and come up with some good ideas. It isn’t “Oh look,its Batman,we’ll go stand over in the corner”. Even after 48 years,this is rather refreshing to see because in a lot of today’s cartoons,the adults are the ones who are shown coming in to clean up the mess and talk down to the kids.
Watching just normal teens being treated as peers by not only superheroes but adults was a good lesson to show and quite progressive in 1972.
“Scooby-Doo Meets Batman” consists of two episodes of 30 minutes each for a total run time of one hour. There are bunch of special features as well for kids to watch.
I really enjoyed taking this trip back to the days of my childhood,Scooby-Doo is truly timeless and his appeal has left generations looking their next Scooby snack and in some cases,bong hits.
If you can’t find this at your local Dollar Tree sale,you can always order it from the website of Warner Brothers.
The cheetah and I gave this fun animated adventure a thumbs/paw straight up.
Which cartoon was your favorite growing up? Leave a comment below and share it with us.