18 October 2010 | rcj5365
One of the better "Scooby" clones that was well written and well produced
The short-lived Hanna Barbera produced animated series "Clue Club" was the show that replaced the long-running "Scooby Doo" during the mid-1970's(when America's favorite canine made the switch from CBS over to ABC)on CBS' Saturday Morning schedule. As for the reviews to this show are slightly mixed,be as it may if you want to size up the onslaught of "Scooby" clones and rip-offs during that period. But "Clue Club" at least isn't as slow as dead molasses("Speed Buggy","The Flintstone Mysteries","Chan and the Amazing Chan-Clan"),doesn't have sloppy animation("The Scooby Doo Movies","The Funky Phantom","Goober and the Ghost Chasers","Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids", "Inch High:Private Eye"),and it was FAR better from being a crappy moronic no-brainer with incompetent characters(being the worst of the "Scooby" clones..."Jabberjaw","Fangface","The New Shmoo","Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels", "The Buford Files","The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo").
It might be somewhat predictable,but at least it was far from being shallow. Out of the 16 episodes that this series produced,"Clue Club" lasted four months on the air from August 31,1976 until November 27, 1976. In perspective,"Clue Club" was at least compelling and it was one of the better "Scooby" clones" that was very well-written,and very well-produced especially coming the team of Saturday Morning animation:Hanna-Barbera Productions. Not only that,"Clue Club" really captured the mood and the spirit of the mid-1970's. CBS reaired these 16 episodes from 1976 until 1979,when the two of the characters from the show(Woofer and Whimper)when on to have a spin-off titled "Woofer and Whimper:Dog Detectives" for the short-lived Hanna Barbera produced series "Skatebirds", that also lasted no more than three months on the air as part of CBS' Saturday Morning schedule. After that,the show was moved to Sunday Mornings(in repeats)until 1979. The show that replaced "Clue Club" and the rest of the repeated cartoons and kids shows from their Sunday Morning slot? CBS News correspondent Charles Kurault whose "Sunday Morning" news and information telecast eventually replaced everything on the Sunday Morning timeslot in September of 1979.