Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics
From The TV IV
This entry in the Scooby-Doo franchise was a program block that ran for two years. For its first year, it was 120-minutes--Saturday morning's first 2-hour show--and was comprised of three half-hour segments (Scooby-Doo, Laff-a-Lympics and replays of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You) and two 15-minute segments, The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. The second year, it was renamed to Scooby's All Stars, was 90 minutes long and had the same segments except The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt and the Scooby Doo, Where Are You replays. Note that not all segments had the same amount of new episodes produced. Of the 24 episodes, all 24 featured new Laff-A-Lympics (16 first season shows and 8 new second season shows) and Captain Caveman segments, but only 8 from the first season featured new Scooby-Doo segments and only 4 from the first season featured new The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt segments. Episodes without new Scooby-Doo, Laff-a-Lympics and/or The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt featured reruns of episodes from previous series.
Before this series, Dynomutt appeared in The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, which was also the most recent Scooby-Doo series before this one. Season 2 had the show renamed Scooby's All-Stars. After this series, Scooby-Doo continued in Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and Captain Caveman continued in Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels in its own half-hour installments.
Of the two newer segments, Captain Caveman & The Teen Angels had a hirsute prehistoric crimefighter teamed up with three nubile teens in mystery solving, and Laff-a-Lympics had 45 Hanna-Barbera characters pared out in three teams--the Yogi Yahooeys (a team of funny animal characters from classic H-B shows, mainly from the late 1950s and early 1960s--only the Great Grape Ape is from later, the 1970s), the Scooby Doobies (superhero and detective characters from the 1970s H-B shows), and the Really Rottens (a team of villains created specifically for the show)1--in athletic competition similar to the trash-sport Battle of the Network Stars specials of the time.
Laff-A-Lympics was divided into two segments on each show, each segment taking place in a different locale. It was aired singularly as just Laff-A-Lympics on ABC in 1980 and 1986.
The team members:
- The Yogi Yahooeys: Yogi Bear (team captain), Boo Boo Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Pixie, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Quick Draw McGraw, Cindy Bear, Snooper, Blabber, Augie Doggie, Doggie Daddy, Hokey Wolf, Wally Gator, Yakky Doodle, and The Great Grape Ape.
- The Scooby Doobies: Scooby Doo (team captain), Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, Dynomutt, The Blue Falcon, Hong Kong Phooey, Speed Buggy, Tinker, Captain Caveman, Dee Dee Skyes, Taffy Dare, Brenda Chance,2 Babu, Scooby Dum.
- The Really Rottens: Mumbly (team captain), Dread Baron,3 Daisy Mayhem, Sooey Pig, The Great Fondoo, Magic Rabbit, Dinky Dalton, Dirty Dalton, Dastardly Dalton, Mr. Creepley, Junior Creeply, Mrs. Creeply, Orful Octopus.
- On-field commentators: Snagglepuss, Mildew Wolf.4
- Guest appearances: Jabberjaw, Fred Flintstone,5, Barney Rubble.
1 - EXCEPTIONS: Mumbly was created a year earlier as a detective on Hanna-Barbera's Tom & Jerry revival. The Creepleys appeared a couple of times as the Flintstones' next door neighbors The Gruesomes in the mid 1960s, and permutations of the Daltons appeared as antagonists in episodes of The Huckleberry Hound Show in the late 1950s. All other Rottens characters were originals.
2 - Originally, Josie & The Pussycats and Jeannie were to have been part of the team, but clearance issues with Radio Comics and Columbia Pictures Television kept them out. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels were subsequently created in the Pussycats' stead and Babu, from Jeannie, was retained as he was created by the H-B studio.
3 - In the final issue of the Laff-A-Lympics comic book by Marvel Comics, it is revealed that Dread Baron is the brother of Wacky Races villain Dick Dastardly. Also in several episodes of season 2, Mumbly is misidentified as Muttley, of whom Mumbly bears a resemblance. Apparently, Dastardly and Muttley were to have been the Rottens captains, but due to Heatter-Quigley's co-ownership of the copyright to Wacky Races, they were replaced with Dread Baron and Mumbly.
4 - Mildew was originally part of the It's The Wolf! segment of Hanna-Barbera's 1969 series The Cattanooga Cats and was voiced by Paul Lynde. At this point in time, Lynde was subject to scandal and was replaced by John Stephenson.
5 - Alan Reed, the voice of Fred Flintstone since 1960, lent his voice to Fred for the final time in the Laff-A-Lympics debut episode. He died a couple of months after the episode aired. Henry Corden voiced Fred thereafter.
|Season One||September 10, 1977||December 24, 1977||16|
|Season Two||September 9, 1978||October 28, 1978||8|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Event Results: The results of the events broken down by episode.
|Episode Collections - Laff-a-Lympics segments only|
|Volume 1||January 19, 2010||1||purchase|
|Volume 2||January 19, 2010 (Target)||1|
|Spooky Games||July 17, 2012||2|