Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Celebrity Toons: Scooby-Doo meets Phyllis Diller (1972)

Here's another Scooby-Doo Movies entry from season 1, this one featuring the late Phyllis Diller in "A Good Medium is Rare".

Ms. Diller made her voice-over debut in the feature film, "Mad Monster Party", for Rankin-Bass, but this would be her only gig for Hanna-Barbera. A pity, in that the studio could've developed a series for her.

Following is a sample from the episode:

With Mystery, Incorporated having concluded its run recently, there's been some speculation about the next series. Count me among those who'd not mind a revival of the movie format, using current celebrities like NBA superstar LeBron James or the current incarnation of the Harlem Globetrotters. What do you guys think?

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

I wouldn't mind a revival of the "New Movies" format, but if the selection of guest stars from WNSD is any indication, the studio honchos don't know how to correctly pick their guest stars.

The SD movies had such great entertainers who are well known to more than one generation: Phillis Diller Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher, Mamma Cass Elliot, Don Knotts among others.

The WNSD had Lindsay Pagano. WHO IS SHE??? No one knows or cares!

At least Weird Al was a more appropriate choice for the Batman short!

If Phyllis Diller had had an animated show back in the day, I would have watched! It could have been interesting to have written a premise around her stage character.

hobbyfan said...

In 2002, WB tried to follow current trends of the day. While getting an active baseball player (Mike Piazza, then with the Mets) was fine, a pop singer such as Lindsay Pagano wasn't the smartest idea, since she's disappeared off the pop radar since then.

To revive the movies now requires finding current celebrities who might also be fans. Of course, Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Sarah Michelle Gellar, who starred in the 2 live-action movies, would be easy picks, and since two of their castmates (Matt Lillard & Linda Cardellini) worked on SDMI, a reunion ain't that far-fetched.....