In the ever-evolving Saturday Morning television career of famed cowardly canine detective Scooby-Doo came THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR, which created an hour-long program that featured a Scooby-Doo mystery, along with the comic mishaps of the mechanical canine known as Dynomutt. As a lifelong Scooby-Doo fan, I have watched every television incarnation of the character- some working better than others, but SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! will always remain my favorite.
THE SCOOBY-DOO SHOW portion of THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR remains fairly faithful to the basic premise of SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU!. Featuring the never aging members of Mystery Inc., the spooky stories contained within, find our youthful crime stoppers stumbling onto supernatural happenings, which always turned out to be a front for some sort of criminal activity. Following the numerous clues they always managed to stumble upon, the "meddling kids" of Mystery Inc. always manage to solve various crimes that left "the men and women of law enforcement" baffled.
As for the DYNOMUTT DOG WONDER portion of THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR they follow the adventures of said mechanical canine. The creators of Dynomutt obviously took their inspiration from the Batman character, as Dynomutt is the sidekick of a superhero known as The Blue Falcon, who has a whole heck of a lot in common with a certain Caped Crusader, namely rich playboy by day masked hero by night. Of course, comedy is the name of the game in this cartoon, so as a superhero sidekick, Dynomutt proves to be one amusing mechanical malfunction after another.
THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($45) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the following sixteen episodes: High Rise Hair Raiser/ Everyone Hyde!, The Fiesta Host Is An Aztec Ghost/ What Now, Lowbrow?, The Gruesome Game Of The Gator Ghoul/ The Great Brain... Train Robbery, Watt A Shocking Ghost/ The Day And Night Crawler, The Ghost Of The Bad Humor Man/ The Harbor Robber, Watt A Shocking Ghost/ Sinister Symphony, The Headless Horseman Of Halloween/ Don't Bug Superthug, Scooby-Doo, Where's The Crew?/ Factory Recall, Scared A Lot In Camelot/ The Queen Hornet, The Harum Scarum Sanitarium/ The Wizard Of Ooze, The No-Zombie Chase Case/ Tin Kong, There's A Demon Shark In Dark/ The Awful Ordeal With The Head Of The Steel, Mamba Wamba And The Voodoo Hoodoo/ The Blue Falcon Vs. The Red Vulture, The Frightened Hound Meets The Demons Underground/ The Injustic League O America, A Bum Steer For Scooby/ The Lighter Than Air Raid, and The Ghost That Sacked The Quarterback/ The Prophet Profits.
Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES available on DVD in a full screen format that is representative of the original television production. The quality of the animation is of the mid-1970’s Saturday Morning variety- in other words, nothing stellar. While slightly cheap in appearance, the animation transfers relatively well to DVD, although no one will every use THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR as demonstration material. Sharpness and image detail are adequate, with the limiting factor being the quality of the original production. Colors are somewhat variable, but hold up well enough. Blacks are inky, whites are stable and the contrast is decent. Grain is noticeable, but never excessive. Print damage is generally mild, with small blemishes generally being the worst of it. Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.
The Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks are pretty much what one would expect from a thirty year old Saturday Morning cartoon show. All the dialogue is easy to understand, but the sound effects and music are low to mid fidelity. In the soundtrack’s favor is the fact that they are reasonably clean sounding and are free from major distortions. No other language soundtracks are provided on the DVD, English, French, and Spanish subtitles are included.
Music and a bit of animation serve to enhance the interactive menus, which provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Eerie Mystery Of Scooby-Doo And Dynomutt's History offers character biographies and creative histories for the two canine stars of this series. In Their Own Words features the vocal talent behind the shows sharing their memories. The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Files provides a still gallery of artwork and design sketches for the show.
THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR may not be the highlight of cowardly canine detective animated adventures, but it is a fun series nonetheless. Warner’s DVD set is solid, so if you are fan, THE SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR: THE COMPLETE SERIES makes for another "must have" for one’s personal animation library.
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