The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–1978)

Watt a Shocking Ghost (2 Oct. 1976)

TV Episode   |  TV-G   |    |  Animation, Comedy, Family

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Scooby-Doo and the gang solve the mystery of the 10,000-volt ghost; the Blue Falcon and Dynomutt fight the Worm.


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18 September 2020 | TheLittleSongbird
| High voltage
Am someone who has always loved Scooby Doo, as a character and the franchise in general (though not all incarnations are great or even good, 'Shaggy and Scooby Doo: Get a Clue' is yuck and the individual Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy episodes do not hold up). And 'The Scooby Doo Show' has always been one of the best shows in the franchise, some very memorable stories and villains and in feel it is the most faithful to the original of the other shows in the franchise.

"Watt a Shocking Ghost" was to me one of the best episodes of 'The Scooby Doo Show' as a child, despite being very creepy, certainly one of the ones that stuck out in my mind between one watch to the next. Twenty plus years on, my positive feelings have not changed. It still is one of the best and the creepiness has not been lost, also noticed on my last watch even more things to like forgotten about or not picked up upon as much before. Some may look at my high rating for "Watt a Shocking Ghost" with scorn, but it is all personal opinion.

The 10,000 Volt Ghost is a very memorable villain, the way it looks is likely to stay with one forever, their actions and the way they move speaking louder than words. There were villains on the show that were particularly once seen and never forgotten and the 10,000 Volt Ghost was one of them. Will admit to not being massively surprised by the identity of the responsible, though actually it is far from a case of it could only have been one person (like other episodes), then again only a few of the reveals on the show left me floored. Their plan though was a clever one that is clearer from a young adult perspective and the motive isn't made obvious too early. The mystery is always intriguing as is the backstory, which always struck me as a creepy one.

It is not just the 10,000 Volt Ghost that's memorable. There are two scenes that especially stick in the mind, that with the parrot (a scene that makes more impact as a young adult, with it being more obvious what kind of scene it was) and the one with the file cabinet. The final trap is one of the cleverest. The writing keeps one on their toes and puts a smile to the face regardless of any corniness (which is not to me of the groan-worthy kind), the scene with the parrot is a writing standout.

Animation makes the most of the wintry setting, not being over elaborate that it swamps things or over-sparse that it looks cheap. The setting still looks ominous. Have never had fault with the music and the theme song is catchy. Shaggy and Scooby are so amusing and endearing and they and the rest of the characters are very well voiced.

Overall, one of the show's best. 10/10


Release Date:

2 October 1976



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