Saturday, January 2, 2016

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Yabba Doo & Deputy Dusty (1982)

The early 80's really wasn't a good period for the Scooby-Doo franchise.

ABC decided that they needed to hitch other, unrelated series to Scooby's wagon, if ya will, so those series, such as Richie Rich, could get the ratings rub. To that end, in 1982, Ruby-Spears' The Puppy's Great (Further) Adventures, a spin-off from the Weekend Special, was added to season 4 of Scooby & Scrappy-Doo, creating the Scooby & Scrappy Doo-Puppy Hour. It might as well have been sponsored by Alpo or Purina, as this show was definitely going to the dogs.

All joking aside, this also introduced another of Scooby's kinfolk, his braver brother, Yabba-Doo (Don Messick), owned by Deputy Dusty of Tumbleweed County, which was somewhere in the Southwest. Now we know where Scrappy (Messick again) gets his courage and deductive skills.

In "Alien Schmalien", Dusty (Frank Welker), Yabba, & Scrappy aid an alien whose ship crashed in the desert, and along the way must rescue their new friend from circus owner Dr. Bleek and his strongman aide, Hugo.....

Unfortunately, Dusty & Yabba were written out after 1 season, perhaps a hint of things to come, as Scrappy went back east to rejoin Scooby & Shaggy. Must've exhausted his frequent flyer miles........

Rating: B.

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