Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Dynomutt & Blue Falcon (1976)

After spending 4 years working for DePatie-Freleng & 20th Century Fox, Joe Ruby & Ken Spears returned to Hanna-Barbera in 1976, and created two new series, both of which ended up on ABC. Dynomutt was a superhero parody that was a cross-satire of both Batman (represented by Dyno's owner/partner, the Blue Falcon) and The Six Million Dollar Man, a popular prime-time series on the network at the time. Superherocartoonsite uploaded the open, "sung", if you will, by the Falcon (Gary Owens, Space Ghost), to YouTube:

There were a few crossovers with Scooby-Doo, who came over to ABC from CBS that same year, and the very next year, Scooby, Dyno, & the Falcon were all on the same team for Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics.

Dynomutt & Blue Falcon experienced a bit of a comeback in the late 90's when they made a guest appearance on Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory. I guess this was in response to Scooby & Mystery Inc. popping up on Johnny Bravo. Unfortunately, WB hasn't seen fit to have Scooby & Dyno meet again, even though Dyno's 35th anniversary is coming next year.

Rating: B-.


magicdog said...

Dynomutt used to drivbe me crazy!

He used to mess up so frequently, I used to wonder why BF didn't ditch him! Or try to fix him!

Good news!

BF & Dynomutt will be turning up during the upcoming second season of the CN series, "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated". In what capacity, I can't be certain, but it's sure to be good for a laugh.

I guess SD and Dynomutt are coming full circle.

hobbyfan said...

After what we saw at the end of season 1 of SD: MI, I cringe at the thought of their head writer, Mitch Watson, doing anything with Dyno. It'd better be for the best, and not the worst. Watson's already on my crap list as it is.