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Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera for ABC in 1977. A parody of the Olympic Games, the cartoon featured three teams of H-B characters: the Yogi Yahooeys (led by Yogi Bear and Boo Boo), the Scooby Doobies (led by Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers) and the Really Rottens (led by Mumbly and Dread Baron). Snagglepuss and Mildew Wolf acted as commentators.

In January 2010, Warner Home Video released a DVD set of the first four episodes of the series.

Premise

The sporting competitions the characters would be called upon to perform in would often be comical and offbeat versions of Olympic sports and scavenger hunts. Each segment took place in a different location somewhere on the Earth, including excursions to Africa; Italy; Canada; Washington, D.C., and even the North Pole. However, the final episode had events occurred on the moon as a climactic ending after a rocket race to the moon was held as the previous event. Each episode was presented in a format similar to an Olympic television broadcast, with hosting/announcing duties and color commentary provided by Snagglepuss and Mildew Wolf from the It's the Wolf segments of The Cattanooga Cats (though unlike It's the Wolf, Mildew was no longer voiced by Paul Lynde; he is now voiced by John Stephenson). Non-competing Hanna-Barbera characters such as Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Jabberjaw and Peter Potamus made appearances as guest announcers and judges. Since the show was airing on ABC, Snagglepuss and Mildew wore the then-traditional yellow jackets of ABC Sports announcers.

The Laff-a-Lympics competition was based upon a point system. Various events were worth a certain point total for the first, second, and third place winners (usually 25, 15, and 10 respectively, but the last event usually was worth either double points or a larger point bonus for the winner), and the team that had the most points by the end of the half-hour—usually the Scooby Doobies or Yogi Yahooeys—was declared the winner and received the gold medal. Points could also be subtracted for treachery and sabotage, which were the specialties of the villainous Really Rottens team.

The "good guy" teams, the Scooby Doobies and the Yogi Yahooeys, were good friends and their respective team members gladly helped each other whenever they got into a jam. The Really Rottens, however, always cheated and pulled dirty tricks—and ultimately they would wind up the losers in most episodes. Much like Dick Dastardly typically the Really Rottens would be just on the verge of winning, before they would make a fatal error at the very end that allowed one of the other two teams to end up at the top. Occasionally, though, the Rottens' cheating technique wouldn't actually be against the rules, with them actually winning in a few episodes (there was even one episode where they won through sheer chance). The final episode, climaxing on the moon, was a three-way tie.

Broadcasting

Only one complete season of Laff-A-Lympics episodes were produced, with eight new episodes combined with reruns for the second season of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (billed as Scooby's All-Stars). When it premiered in the fall of 1977, the series consisted of several segments, including "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels" (which led off the two-hour program and later was spun off onto its own half-hour show), "Scooby-Doo" and "Dynomutt" (both of which featured a small number of newly-produced segments alongside repeated segments from earlier seasons) and the "Laff-A-Lympics" segments themselves. The show resurfaced in 1980 as a half-hour series on its own (sans the "Captain Caveman," "Scooby-Doo" and "Dynomutt" cartoons) and titled Scooby's Laff-A-Lympics, and was rerun at various other points during the 1980s on ABC. It has also been frequently re-run in later years as Laff-A-Lympics on USA Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Boomerang often runs the series during the time period when either the Summer or Winter Olympics are being held.

Teams

The Scooby Doobies

This team drew mainly from the 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoons, particularly the "mystery-solving" series derived from Scooby-Doo, whose titular character served as team captain. The early production art for the series showed Jeannie and Josie and the Pussycats as members of the "Scooby Doobies" team, but legal problems with Columbia Pictures Television, Screen Gems' successor, prevented it. Hanna-Barbera owned Babu, but Columbia controlled all rights to Jeannie's image. As a result, Babu appeared alone as a member of the "Scooby Doobies". Among its members are:

Member Voiced by Shows came from
The Scooby Doobies members and their voice actors
Scooby-Doo (team captain) Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Norville "Shaggy" Rogers Casey Kasem Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Dum Daws Butler The Scooby-Doo Show
Dynomutt Frank Welker Dynomutt Dog Wonder
Blue Falcon Gary Owens Dynomutt Dog Wonder
Captain Caveman Mel Blanc Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Brenda Chance Marilyn Schreffler Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Dee Dee Sykes Vernee Watson-Johnson Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Taffy Dare Laurel Page Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Speed Buggy Mel Blanc Speed Buggy
Tinker Frank Welker Speed Buggy
Jeannie Julie McWhirter Jeannie
Babu Joe Besser Jeannie
Hong Kong Phooey Scatman Crothers Hong Kong Phooey

The Yogi Yahooeys

This team drew mainly from the 1950s and 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoons and is the only team made up completely of anthropomorphic animals; Grape Ape is the only post-1962 character in the line-up. Among its members are:

Member Voiced by Shows came from
The Yogi Yahooeys members and their voice actors
Yogi Bear (team captain) Daws Butler The Yogi Bear Show
Boo Boo Don Messick The Yogi Bear Show
Cindy Bear Julie Bennett The Yogi Bear Show
Huckleberry Hound Daws Butler The Huckleberry Hound Show
Pixie Don Messick The Huckleberry Hound Show (Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks)
Dixie Daws Butler The Huckleberry Hound Show (Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks)
Mr. Jinks Daws Butler The Huckleberry Hound Show (Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks)
Hokey Wolf Daws Butler The Huckleberry Hound Show
Yakky Doodle Frank Welker The Yogi Bear Show
Quick Draw McGraw Daws Butler Quick Draw McGraw
Snooper and Blabber Daws Butler Quick Draw McGraw
Augie Doggie Daws Butler Quick Draw McGraw
Doggie Daddy John Stephenson Quick Draw McGraw
Wally Gator Daws Butler The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series
The Great Grape Ape Bob Holt The Great Grape Ape Show

The Really Rottens

This team is composed of villainous characters. With the exception of Mumbly, all of the members are original characters, many of whom are based on various characters that appeared in cartoons and comics before Laff-A-Lympics. Although the Dalton Brothers appeared in 1950s and 1960s shorts, these particular three characters were new. Before Laff-a-Lympics, Mumbly was a heroic detective rather than a villain on his original show. After the character's revision as the villainous team leader, he remained a villain in Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose, which was also Dread Baron's only other role. Among its members are:

Member Voiced by Notes
The Really Rottens members and their voice actors
Mumbly (team captain, from The Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape/Mumbly Show) Don Messick He bears a strong resemblance to Muttley.
Dread Baron John Stephenson He bears a strong resemblance to Dick Dastardly.
Dinky Dalton Bob Holt The giant Dalton whose Stetson obscures his eyes.
Dirty Dalton Daws Butler The moustached Dalton.
Dastardly Dalton Don Messick The blond Dalton. No relation to Dick Dastardly despite the name.
Mr. Creepley Don Messick The dad of the Creepleys, with a moustache and whose hair obscures his eyes.
Mrs. Creepley Laurel Page Mr. Creepley's wife; being different in appearance from the two male Creepleys, only her eyes are shown.
Junior Creepley Son of the Creepleys. He shares the trait with his dad that his hair obscures his eyes.
Orful Octopus Bob Holt Pet of the Creepleys; he is a villainous version of Squiddly Diddly and Occy the Octopus, who was the pet of the Gruesomes.
The Great Fondoo John Stephenson An evil magician whose tricks and spells never work as intended and always backfired.
Magic Rabbit Frank Welker The Great Fondoo's pet, who is more annoying than evil and only said one word, "Brak!", although he talks properly in the Laff-a-Lympics comic books.
Daisy Mayhem Marilyn Schreffler A mean-spirited hillbilly with split ends in her hair and bare feet. She bears a strong resemblance to the Li'l Abner character Moonbeam McSwine.
Sooey Pig Frank Welker Daisy Mayhem's pet/sidekick, with a patch-eye.

Other characters


Episodes

Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-lympics (1978-79)

# Location Guest Star(s) Winner Original Airdate

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-1">SDLA-1</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Swiss Alps and Tokyo, Japan" </td><td>Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble</td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(105 points)</td><td>September 10, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Downhill Ski Contest, Ice Skating, Toboggan Race, Sumo Wrestling, One-Point Tennis, Baseball Batting Contest </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-2">SDLA-2</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Acapulco and England" </td><td>Jabberjaw</td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(70 points)</td><td>September 17, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Cliff Diving, Underwater Relay, Speed Boat Race, Big Ben Tower Climb, Fox Hunt, Skateboard Polo </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-3">SDLA-3</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Florida and China" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(115 points)</td><td>September 24, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Swamp Buggy Race, Waterski Contest, Auto Track Race, Rickshaw Race, Ping Pong, Gymnastics </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-4">SDLA-4</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Sahara Desert and Scotland" </td><td></td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(70 points)</td><td>October 1, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Dune Buggy Race, Fill Up the Oasis Race, Loch Ness Photograph Race, Three Legged Kilt Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-5">SDLA-5</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"France and Australia" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(120 points)</td><td>October 8, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Tour de France Bicycle Race, Eiffel Tower Climb, Boomerang Throw, Kangaroo Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-6">SDLA-6</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Athens, Greece and the Ozarks" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(105 points)</td><td>October 15, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Pole Vault, Disco Throw (Discus), Rail Cart Race, Keelboat Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-7">SDLA-7</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Italy and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(85 points)</td><td>October 22, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Motor Scooter Race, Canal Boat Race, Hang Gliding, Skydiving, Hot Air Balloon Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-8">SDLA-8</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Egypt and Sherwood Forest" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(90 points)</td><td>October 29, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Touch the Tip of the Pyramid, Camel Race, Armor Foot Race, Princess Rescue Contest </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-9">SDLA-9</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Spain and the Himalayas" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(90 points)</td><td>November 5, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Bullfight, Gypsy Wagon Race, Hang the Bell on the Abominable Snowman, Climbing Mount Everest </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-10">SDLA-10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"India and Israel" </td><td>Jabberjaw, Peter Potamus, Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble</td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(100 points)</td><td>November 12, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Tiger Hunt, Elephant Bark Race, Sun Sail Sledding Contest, Reed Boat Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-11">SDLA-11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Africa and San Francisco" </td><td>Jabberjaw</td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(80 points)</td><td>November 19, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Jungle Boat Race, Vine Swinging Contest, Rollerskating, Fishing </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-12">SDLA-12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Grand Canyon and Ireland" </td><td></td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(135 points)</td><td>November 26, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Burro Race, Tightrope Race, Catch the Leprechaun, Hole-in-one Golf Tournament </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-13">SDLA-13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Hawaii and Norway" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(90 points)</td><td>December 3, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Surfing, Outrigger Race, Viking Longboat Races, Long Jump Wearing Snowshoes </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-14">SDLA-14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"North Pole and Tahiti" </td><td>Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble</td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(120 points)</td><td>December 10, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Dog Sled Races, Igloo Building Contest, Around the Reef Paddleboat Race, Sandcastle Building Contest </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-15">SDLA-15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Arizona and Holland" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(75 points)</td><td>December 17, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Wild Bronc Riding Contest, Steer Roping, Windmill Riding contest, Dyke Building Contest </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epSDLA-16">SDLA-16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Quebec and Baghdad" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(65 points)</td><td>December 24, 1977</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #739ABC" colspan="5"> Events: Lacrosse Batting, Canadian Tree Cutting, Flying Carpet Races, Magic Rope Climbing </td></tr>

Scooby's All-Stars (1978-79)

# Location Guest Star(s) Winner Original Airdate

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Russia and the Caribbean" </td><td></td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(100 points)</td><td>September 9, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Siberian Moose Marathon, Dancing Race Through Moscow, Porpoise Race, Bluebeard's Treasure Hunt </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"New York and Turkey" </td><td></td><td>The Really Rottens
(75 points)</td><td>September 16, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Hansom Carriage Race, Crown the Statue of Liberty, Unicycle Race, Swimming Relay Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"South America and Transylvania" </td><td></td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(90 points)</td><td>September 23, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Bull Lasso Contest, Rubber Raft Race, Spooky Scavenger Hunt, Log Roll Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"French Riviera and New Zealand" </td><td>Fred Flintstone</td><td>The Scooby Doobies
(90 points)</td><td>September 30, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Soapbox Derby, Free Flight Kite Contest, Ostrich Race, Mud Puddle Tug-of-War </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"New Orleans and Atlantis" </td><td>Jabberjaw</td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(70 points)</td><td>October 7, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Antique Aircraft Distance Race, Chinese Dragon Race, Sea Horse Race, Mermaid Rescue </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Morocco and Washington, D.C." </td><td></td><td>The Really Rottens
(75 points)</td><td>October 14, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Roller Scooter Race, Sand Chariot Race, Rally Race, Marine Corp. Obstacle Course </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Canada and Warsaw, Poland" </td><td></td><td>The Yogi Yahooeys
(85 points)</td><td>October 21, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Get Your Man Contest, Dog Sled Race, Freestyle Pole Vault, Pogostick Race </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep"></td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Siam and the Moon" </td><td></td><td>All three teams tie
(80 points)</td><td>October 28, 1978</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CE8E00" colspan="5"> Events: Siamese Sampan Race, 3-Way Soccer, Rocket Race, Moon Foot Race </td></tr>

Overall standings: The Scooby Doobies 14 wins, The Yogi Yahooeys 7 wins, The Really Rottens 2 wins and 1 three way tie.

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