Top 5 Scooby Doo Where Are You! Copycat Cartoons
Throughout history, when something becomes popular, there are plenty of copycats to come along to try to cash in as well. One such hit was Scooby Doo Where are you! that started in 1969. When that show became popular, its parent company Hanna Barbera, tried several times to repeat that success with similar formats for years, all with various levels of success with fans. We take a look at the top 5 copycat cartoons of Scooby Doo, Where Are you!
Scooby Doo Copycat Cartoons – Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch was a cartoon that ran from September to November of 1974 for the NBC television network. It was produced for Hanna Barbera and directed by Charles Nichols. It tells the stories of a gang of talking motorcycles in their attempt to “get” Wheelie the car through tricks and pranks. The show was heavily criticized for the use of motorcycles and the things they did. People urged NBC to take it off the air. In all, it lasted 13 episodes. The episodes were reaired several times over the years and even had a DVD collection released in 2011.
Scooby Doo Copycat Cartoons – Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and executive produced by Hanna Barbara, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels originally ran on the ABC Network between 1977 until 1980. It follows the adventure of a caveman superhero followed by a group of girls (the Teen Angels) as they solve mysteries and crimes. Captain Caveman also showed up on other shows like the Flinstones and Laff-A-lympics. The show featured Mel Blanc voicing the role of Captain Caveman as well as Gary Owens as the announcer.
Scooby Doo Copycat Cartoons – Josie and the Pussycats
Created by Dan Decarlo, Josie and Pussycats ran on the CBS Network from 1970 until 1971. Reruns of the cartoon ran on all three major networks for years. The show was based around an all-girl rock band and their adventures. The show was written more like Scooby-Doo: Where are you! then the actual comic which the show was based on. The band recorded music for the show and released an album in 1970.
Jabberjaw was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. The Series centered around a rock band of kids and a large shark that also played the drums for them and sounded a lot like Curly from the Three Stooges. Jabberjaw aired on the ABC network from September to December of 1976. Although it didn’t last very long the episodes were repeated for many years afterward and the character was used in many other shows.
Produced by Hanna Barbara, Speed Buddy aired originally on the CBS network from September to December in 1972. This show featured a group of teens as they went on adventures around the world, followed by their talking Speed Buggy. Another show that didn’t last very long originally but episodes were repeated for years afterwards with Speed Buggy himself appearing on many other shows as well. The show features the voice talents of Mel Blanc as Speed Buggy.