Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Animated World of DC Comics: The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair (1972)

Pilgrims, you don't know how long I've waited for this one!

As we all know, Batman & Robin's 2 appearances on The New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972 helped lay out the groundwork for Super Friends, which bowed a year later, over on ABC (Scooby was still on CBS at the time), but finding the two episodes intact has been harder to find than the proverbial needle in a haystack. Not anymore.

In both cases, the Dynamic Duo & Mystery, Inc. joined forces against the Masked Manhunters' classic foes, The Penguin & The Joker. As was the case with Batman's 1968 animated series from Filmation, also for CBS, there has been some debate as to who actually voiced the Joker, be it Ted Knight or an uncredited Larry Storch. Seeing as how Joker has more of a Bogart-esque lilt to his voice, neither actor even tried to replicate Cesar Romero's portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime from the live-action Batman. Knight was credited with doing Penguin, which I find a little hard to believe, to tell you all the truth.

Anyway, here's "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair". Note that the open appears to be the original, as opposed to the edited version used in syndicated repeats. Cartoon Network/Boomerang has the edited open, due to the fact that the robot gunman is shooting a gun into the air......!

As soon as I find "The Caped Crusader Caper", that will pop up here, too. Now, if only I can find Superman's meeting with the Brady Kids........

Rating: B+.


magicdog said...

I have NEVER seen that version of the credits before! Not even on CN/Boomerang!

I never knew the gunslinger actually fired the gun on cam!

As for the (60s Filmation) Joker, I still insist it's Ted Knight. He did practically all the voices except for Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Catwoman.

It's possible (if not likely) Larry Storch DID voice the Joker for the Scooby Doo eps. I hear some inflections in his characterization that I've also heard when he voiced Marlon the Mynah bird on "The Brady Kids".

hobbyfan said...

I think what may need to be done is play a Joker-centric ep of the '68 Batman series back-to-back with either of his appearances with Scooby-Doo to finally discern who actually essayed the part. I'm surprised no one's thought of that after all this time.....