Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Teenage Toons: Who's To Blame For The Real Empty Frame? (Clue Club, 1976)

Time to revisit the Clue Club.

Our 4 sleuths are hunting for a thief who's making some valuable paintings & antiques disappear. See if you can solve "Who's To Blame For The Real Empty Frame?":

Part of the reason this series ultimately failed wasn't because it was a transparent attempt at replacing Scooby-Doo, who'd moved to ABC, but, rather, Woofer (Paul Winchell), whose ego wouldn't allow him to accept the fact that he was wrong all the time. Woofer & Wimper (Jim MacGeorge), in the eyes of network suits, merited being stars themselves, but because production ended, the episodes were, as previously noted, re-edited the following season for Skatebirds to emphasize the comedy relief mutts.

Rating: A-.


magicdog said...

One thing I always liked about this show was they used science and evidence gathering to deduce who the villian was - although most crimes were committed by fake "ghosts" or some such thing.

I was always rooting for Dottie! She had the coolest job I thought, even though she always wanted to be out in the field.

I agree Woofer and Whimper were distractions (Scooby Doo x2 divided by hokey dialogue only they and other animals could share). In some ways Woofer was a bit like Maxwell Smart - bragging a bit too much about his non-existent abilites.

hobbyfan said...

Woofer made Scooby look like a Rhodes scholar, he was so self-absorbed. If ever a series needed a reboot that would once and for all end all the talk about being a Scooby knock-off, this is it.