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Short summary

The gang has driven to the Mackinac lodge for some skiing. They rescue famous comics Laurel and Hardy from a wrecked car on the way, and both parties agree to stick together when they discover that the lodge is practically empty. This is due to a Sasquatch that has made off with several guests, frightening the rest away. The monster invades their rooms that night, but to its surprise the gang starts to chase it, forcing it to flee. But things never end so easily - another guest disappears the next day, and the hunt is on to find the monster and stop it once and for all.

Laurel and Hardy were the second of two old-time comedy teams that appeared on this show. As with the Three Stooges, they were voiced by other people, in this case because the real Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had died.

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    • Author: Sataxe
    One of those episodes in 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' that was one of my favourite episodes as a kid and still is now, after a few that haven't held up as well.

    While one of the better Scooby Doo incarnations generally, 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' is still, re-watching it through a young adult's eyes, inconsistent and patchy. Even as a child, the animation was not great and a big step down from 'Scooby Doo Where are You' but the quality of episodes and guest stars have wildly varied.

    Luckily, along with "The Dynamic Scooby Doo Affair" and "Wednesday is Missing", "Scooby Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy" (aka "The Ghost of Bigfoot") is one of the best in the series so far. Sure, the animation is at times less than brilliant with some crude character designs still but there is far worse-looking animation in the show, so far actually "Scooby Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy" is one of the better-looking episodes.

    This aside, it is this episode so far that most resembled Scooby Doo when at its best, with an ideal balance of mystery and guest star. A few of the episodes in the show has suffered from too much guest star and not enough mystery (or even guest stars having little to do), less than tight pacing and the stories feeling over-stretched, a couple also from forgettable villains. "Scooby Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy" has none of those flaws.

    "Scooby Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy" has a creepy and hugely entertaining mystery that doesn't feel obvious due to lots of great humour, atmosphere and a few twists and turns. The Bigfoot is a contender for the best villain of the first season and one of the best of the show. Another huge plus is the balance of the mystery, the gang and the guest star, which is the best it's been since The Addams Family in "Wednesday is Missing".

    Shaggy and Scooby are so much fun and have lost none of their charm, their friendship still delightful. Fred, Velma and Daphne are not bland this time, and timeless comedy duo Laurel and Hardy are the best used, and one of the most memorable, guest star contribution so far with the Addams Family and Batman and Robin close behind. They have a lot to do and all the comedy (especially the scene with the ski lift) works, while not swamping or taking over the mystery too much. The dynamic between all the characters is spot on, as are the music (still haunting and energetic) and the voice acting.

    Overall, great stuff and definitely one of the show's best episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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    • Author: showtime
    The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972)

    "Scooby Doo Meets Laurel and Hardy"

    The Mystery Machine gang are on their way to a ski resort when they notice Laurel and Hardy have crashed their car. The comedy legends jump in the van and they head to the resort where they find it to be empty. It turns out that Bigfoot is running loose and has scared everyone off so the gang decides to solve the mystery. It's no secret that I find a lot of these "New Scooby-Doo Movies" to be disappointing so I was a little nervous when I noticed that Laurel, Hardy and Bigfoot were in this one. Two of my favorite comedies and one of my favorite monsters mixing it up with Scooby and the gang? Thankfully this one here is actually very good and in fact it's good enough to where you could mention it with the original series. I think what works so well here is that Laurel and Hardy are both so much fun. I thought the screenplay did a very good job at capturing the best of these two personalities and there are some very good moments including one where Hardy is in bed talking to Laurel but not realizing that he's gone out and now Bigfoot is in his bed. Another great sequence happens as Laurel and Hardy end up on a ski lift where you know something's going to go wrong. Even Scooby and the gang are in fine form. The Bigfoot monster here is actually very effective and certainly the best villain so far in this series.

    Episode: B+
  • Episode credited cast:
    Don Messick Don Messick - Scooby-Doo (voice)
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Daws Butler Daws Butler - Voice (voice)
    Larry Harmon Larry Harmon - Stan Laurel / Bigfoot (voice)
    Nicole Jaffe Nicole Jaffe - Velma (voice)
    Casey Kasem Casey Kasem - Shaggy Rogers (voice)
    Jim MacGeorge Jim MacGeorge - Oliver Hardy (voice)
    Heather North Heather North - Daphne Blake (voice)
    Frank Welker Frank Welker - Fred (voice)
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