'The Scooby-Doo / Dynomutt Hour - Complete Series'
(4-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour chronicles the outlandish animated union of man and beast to solve crimes - and brings comic relief to the kid in everyone! As the catchy theme song celebrates: "...while Scooby is haunted by a spooky ghost, Dynomutt is doin' what he does most!" That means becoming a mechanical menace to the bad guys, faithfully assisting his action-hero comrade The Blue Falcon. Watch Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Dum (a dim-witted cousin first introduced here) & the Mystery Inc. crew and Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon whenever you feel like watching the dogs!
DVD Verdict: The 1976-1977 Saturday morning TV season saw the premiere of 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour.' This show was composed of a half-hour Scooby-Doo episode and a half-hour Dynomutt episode. These were the first new Scooby-Doo episodes produced in 3 years, and the very first episodes ever of Dynomutt. In total, 16 episodes of Scooby-Doo and 16 episodes of Dynomutt were produced for this season. After only 13 airings of 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour,' the show proved popular enough that it was expanded to 90 minutes and renamed 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show,' adding repeats of the original 'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!' episodes for the extra half-hour. 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show' aired the final 3 new episodes of each, and then repeated all 16 episodes of each for the remainder of the season. This is the ONLY season of 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour/Show', and so, YES, this DVD is complete with all 16 episodes produced for both Scooby-Doo and Dynomutt that aired under that title. As for the DVD, the GOOD news is that, YES, this DVD is complete with all 16 episodes produced for both Scooby-Doo and Dynomutt that aired under 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour/Show,' from the ONLY season that the show aired. The video and audio are both great for a 30-year old show, with the Dynomutt episodes just a bit under par compared to the Scooby episodes. The bonus features are the best of any Scooby-Doo DVD set released thus far, particularly with the interviews with the voice cast: Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, etc. But, I was fully expecting to see 'The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour' episodes as they originally aired back in 1976 when I first watched them on Saturday mornings. That means with the original opening credits with the original Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt theme song, and with the original closing credits. Heck, even the back of the DVD box listed partial lyrics from the original theme song. I was even hoping to see the modified opening credits when the show changed from Hour to Show, which was also noted on the back of the box. Whoever did the text for the back of the DVD box certainly did his homework and knew his stuff. But, boy was I surprised when I watched my first episode, and each episode thereafter. What you get is the opening credits for the syndicated re-packaged 'The Scooby-Doo Show' followed by the Scooby-Doo episode, followed by the closing credits of 'The Scooby-Doo Show,' followed by the opening credits of the re-packaged 'Dynomutt, Dog Wonder' followed by the Dynomutt episode, followed by the closing credits of 'Dynomutt, Dog Wonder.' Whew!! Overall, if you are a fan of either Scooby-Doo or Dynomutt, and want to add these episodes and bonus material to your DVD collection, you will greatly enjoy this collection. However, if you are a completist, and want the episodes as they aired on their original network airing, or want every episode that aired in the re-packaged syndication reruns, you will be disappointed. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
"Eerie Mystery Of Scooby-Doo And Dynomutt's History" featurette - the history of both dog wonders
"In Their Own Words" featurette - the original voice actors share memories from their days on the shows
"The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Files" - unseen treasures from the Hanna-Barbera vault including original character sketches
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)