Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
For the history of Scooby-Doo, check out the post here.
Developed by Tom Ruegger, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is the seventh
incarnation of the Scooby-Doo franchise and became the first incarnation of the
series where the Mystery, Inc. gang encountered supernatural entities exclusively.
Scooby and Shaggy, unwitting pawns.
The story goes, as
established in the show’s intro, that Scooby (Don Messick) and Shaggy (Casey
Kasem) accidentally freed 13 of the most powerful ghosts on Earth from the
Chest of Demons when they were tricked by ghosts Weerd (Artie Johnson) and
Bogel (Howard Morris). As only they could return the ghosts to the chest,
Scooby and Shaggy were sent by warlock Vincent Van Ghoul (Vincent Price) after
them with Scrappy (Messick), Daphne (Heather North Kenney) and a young con
artist named Flim Flam (Susan Blu). Van Ghoul was largely inspired by Marvel Comics’
sorcerer supreme, Dr. Strange, while also resembling Price himself. Van Ghoul rarely
left his castle sanctuary and guided the team via contact through crystal
Weerd, Vincent Van Ghoul, Scooby, Shaggy, Scrappy, Flim Flam, Daphne and Bogel.
Original characters Velma Dinkley
and Fred Jones were once again absent from the team in order to continue to put
greater focus on the antics of Shaggy and Scooby. Daphne was retained from The
New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, however her clothing, while keeping
her classic purple and pink color scheme, was updated to 80s-style fashions
that would change between episodes; unusual for cartoon characters who
typically wore the same outfit forever. Likewise, Shaggy’s look was updated by being
given a red t-shirt and blue jeans instead of his usual green shirt and brown
bell bottoms. This color scheme would continue on in Shaggy’s appearances in
the made-for-TV movies Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo
Brothers(1987), Scooby-Doo and the
Reluctant Werewolf(1988) and Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul
School(1988). The Mystery Machine was also replaced by a larger
red RV as their main mode of transportation. Flim Flam was the product of focus
group testing, being forced into the series in order to give children something
they could relate to in the show.
A warlock watches at the gang approaches in "Scoobra Kadoobra."
13 Ghosts signaled two endings. It was the final series in the
original 1969 Scooby franchise to air
on Saturday morning. After being de-aged for A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, the next time the original Scooby gang
would be seen again as teenagers wouldn’t be until
1997’s Johnny Bravo episode
“Bravo Dooby Doo”, which teamed up the titular character with the Scooby
gang to solve a mystery. This was also Scrappy-Doo’s final series appearance, although
he was still featured in the movies immediately following the show’s
production. He eventually resurfaced in CGI-form as the villain of the
Scooby movie in 2002, voiced by Scott Innes.
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