Over the years, many Scooby fans have become frustrated with the fact that there are still so many unreleased episodes. As of writing this article, if you include each short individually and some of the more off-brand specials (i.e. Night of the Living Doo, The Scooby-Doo Project, etc.) there are 167 unreleased episodes in the franchise. For such a popular franchise such as Scooby, that's pretty shocking.
To briefly go over what exactly it is we're still missing, we are missing the Addams Family episode from The New Scooby-Doo Movies. This one makes a lot of sense, because there are some suspected rights issues with Charles Addams or some aspect of The Addams Family show. Moving into the "how has this not been released?" territory, we're still missing four episodes of The Scooby-Doo Show from season 2: "The Curse of the Viking Lake," "The Creepy Heap from the Deep, "The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race" (I can't believe this one hasn't been released yet, given there's even an action figure of the Phantom Racer), and "Creepy Cruise." We're also missing the entirety of Laff-a-Lympics season 2 (which is 8 episodes), 46 seven-minute Scrappy-Doo shorts and 24 11-minute Scrappy and Daphne shorts (this is going by US DVD releases). 3 seven-minute Scrappy shorts and 2 Scrappy and Daphne episodes have been released only on rare VHS tapes, but never on DVD. 14 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! episodes remain unreleased. The entirety of Be Cool Season 2 has not been released, with the exception of "Halloween" (to make up 26 missing episodes from that series, including the two shorts as their own episodes). No episodes from season 2 of Guess Who have been released (currently, 15 have aired in English). We're also missing ten specials (7 have been released on VHS) and 18 LEGO and Playmobil shorts.
My opinion of why these episodes have not been released is because Warner Brothers very much focuses all their efforts on releasing episodes from a marketing standpoint rather than a collector-focused standpoint. They want to sell as many DVDs as possible, while arguably also making as much profit off of already-released content they can. Arguably, I think the other aspect of this is that WB Marketing knows that they can release anything with Scooby's name on it, and there will be a group of more casual fans who will likely buy it. WB could make "Scooby-Doo Makes Some Stew!" and you'd totally have people buying it simply because Scooby's name is on it. I absolutely do not mean for this to come off as a scathing diss of Warner Brothers' marketing strategies, and honestly, I think it's a very good thing that Warner Brothers can do this, because it means Scooby-Doo is so popular that it's become a household name. You can casually reference Scooby-Doo in conversation to someone on the street, and they would almost positively at least have some knowledge of what you're talking about. Nearly everyone knows about Scooby, and that's created some brand loyalty where WB feels that they can keep releasing new DTV films and compilation sets for us fans.
The bummer side of this, though, is that this means much of their marketing strategies are very conservative in terms of releasing new content. Besides The Scooby-Doo Show season 2, which I have no idea why those four episodes haven't been released, all of the remaining episodes are from sort of controversial series. Many people, from a general audience perspective (meaning both Scooby fans and people and/or children who casually watch Scooby), did not like Get A Clue or the Scrappy-Doo shorts, so WB is afraid to release them out of fear it won't be a great seller. The same with Be Cool. Unfortunately, as most of us know, the animation got a lot of hate, so much so that apparently according to head writer Jon Colton Barry, he was getting death threats (yes, actual death threats, some apparently very elaborate and oddly specific) mailed to his house from angry people saying that he "ruined their childhood." While WB is probably less worried about getting death threats, it goes to show how hated the animation was and that they don't want to take too much of a risk releasing a bunch of Be Cool sets beyond the first season. I think Laff-a-Lympics is just odd and un-Scooby-ish enough that WB doesn't seem to want to take that extra step of releasing the second season.
While it's very cool that WB is able to come up with all these compilation sets that they feel would appeal to the target audience (which is most prominently children), in turn, it means that they don't think of releasing stuff from a collector lens. Personally, I desperately want them to release more season and series sets so we can have all the episodes. I miss those late 2000s-ish days where we were getting a new series set every year (sometimes multiple). We have seen inklings of WB taking a collector approach, like releasing some of the off Scrappy-Doo episodes on those 13 Spooky Tales sets from 2012-2015, or including those two unreleased Get A Clue episodes on the 50 Cartoon Collection set from 2019, but for the most part they really have avoided structuring their releases in a way that would allow collectors to get all the episodes. I really go back and forth on if I like the 13 Spooky Tales method, and I'll absolutely take that if that's what WB is willing to give us, but at the same time, I think a lot of us can agree that we don't want to have to purchase a huge set just to get one or two Scrappy shorts. It's unnecessary costly and it can waste shelf space. If you're like me, I have all my Scooby DVDs in order of series on a shelf, and it feels kind of sloppy sticking a billion 13 Spooky Tales or compilation DVDs in between series sets (which I realize likely sounds super nerdy lol). I will say I feel like it is kind of a waste for them not to release unreleased episodes whenever they can though, especially on the DTV releases. Like, with The Sword and the Scoob, did they really need to release "Hassle in the Castle" for the zillionth time? They missed a gigantic opportunity with "Wizards and Warlocks" or "Renn Scare" here. DTV sets are a great way to burn off some of these missing episodes if they're not willing to do season sets, because collectors will be buying these movies anyway.
Now one option that some obscure Hanna-Barbera series have done is to release these "unwanted" episodes through Warner Archive, which is a manufacture-on-demand DVD service that is available only online and are generally only purchased by collectors. My theory though on why this hasn't happened is that WB wants to have their cake and eat it too. I think they're generally conflicted on what to do with these remaining missing episodes. Manufacture-on-demand sets generally aren't very expensive, which means the manufacturers don't get much profit from it either (at least not as much as a DVD you'd buy from the store). I don't think WB wants to give these episodes up quite yet, in case they ever decide the time is right to release them. Scooby is a quite profitable franchise for them, so they don't want to just throw away the episodes completely, but at the same time, they're a bit skittish to release it out of fear of it not selling well.
I really hope someday they do release these episodes, preferably in season set form, but I guess all we can do is wait and see. I hope this article didn't come off as a cold diss of WB or that I'm saying Warner Brothers is screwing us all. Generally speaking, WB is doing an excellent job of keeping the franchise alive. Sometimes, not all their decisions make sense (i.e. recent lack of promotion for Scooby series, lengthy gaps with lack of marketing between new episodes, etc.), but in the end they're doing decent IMO. I really do wish they'd take a collector-oriented lens or challenge themselves to find creative ways to please the adult Scooby fans as well as kids. I'm definitely critical of WB's method of re-releasing the same episodes over and over again, but that's just because I love Scooby so much and always want the best for the franchise. Recent years haven't been the best for releasing missing episodes, but hey, we got Guess Who season 1 earlier this year, so fingers crossed we'll get some other fun new content this year. :)
3/4/2021 11:14:59 am
I don't think that they are gonna do a season 2 set of the Scooby Doo Show, and if they do, it will be after every episode is released separately. I'd say they view those 4 episodes as their last true opportunities to get a lot of people to buy big expensive sets. They are probably reluctant to release other unreleased episodes but those are the big ones in terms of marketing
3/7/2021 10:57:46 am
I guess I would never say never, but I think the second part of your statement would be something I agree with. From a marketing standpoint, you're absolutely right though. Putting any of those four episodes on compilation sets would be a terrific way to automatically get people to buy the sets no matter what the other episodes are (myself being one of those people haha).
3/4/2021 11:43:00 am
I once heard from a source say that Scooby-Doo, is way to popular for WB to let WAC have any Scooby-Doo content. Which is why I doubt any Scooby content will ever get released from WAC
3/7/2021 11:00:29 am
That was my theory as well. I feel like they're reserving WAC for less popular franchises.
3/7/2021 11:32:34 am
What was WAC again?
3/7/2021 11:33:44 am
Warner Archive Collection
3/7/2021 11:38:36 am
3/4/2021 12:08:06 pm
Laff a lympics I probably wouldn't buy, also slightly annoying that they released both volume 1 and 2, but also the spooky games set that have 2 episodes each from 1 and 2 so you STILL have to BUY 1 and 2 if you're a completionist, but to me the show is just kind of meh.
3/7/2021 11:06:56 am
With Laff-a-Lympics, it bothers me a little because they even changed "Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games" to "Scooby-Doo! Laff a Lympics: The Complete First Collection" implying there'd be a second one just like it. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/scooby-doo-laff-a-lympics-the-complete-first-collection-dvd/34613061.p?skuId=34613061 With The Scooby-Doo Show season, taking into account the historical context of how they were releasing 16 episode seasons back then, I feel like maybe they just felt 8 episodes was too small to make a set out of at the time. Contemporarily though, they've done that plenty of times with all the million Scooby-Doo and the Skeletons, Vampires, Werewolves, etc. DVDs, so I don't understand why they wouldn't go back now and release the set.
3/7/2021 11:38:19 am
If they want more of a traditional classic number of eps for a set, then combine season 2 of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and season 2 of The Scooby-Doo Show, and you get a nice 15 episode pack.
3/7/2021 11:38:59 am
3/8/2021 09:45:45 am
That would be awesome! You should be working at WB haha.
3/8/2021 11:09:32 am
I'm not even really into DVDs (or home media in general), but I have better ideas on how to approach them than the big suits lol
3/8/2021 01:54:57 pm
Becker, one of the things I've had pointed out to me, is the bigger a company grows the more money it needs to sustain itself, it's kinda like an organism in this way, it's also why tragically a lot of disney's tv stuff isn't on dvd, they simply CAN"T make enough money for them unless it sells like "sleeping beauty" numbers. I'm still amazed gravity falls made it on blu ray by going through Shout Factory. It's not always a question of profit, it's a problem of scale, and how much you need to sell to make something profitable/worth it.
Lance A Rutt
3/4/2021 01:00:02 pm
A huge problem is that DVDs are dying in general. Companies don't see them as profitable and prefer to dump everything on streaming.
3/4/2021 02:54:54 pm
But they are still releasing the dtv movies on dvd and they did release scooby doo and guess season 1 on dvd and how about that be cool scooby doo halloween episode that was released on the happy halloween scooby doo dvd
3/7/2021 11:08:29 am
Unfortunately, I think you're right. They haven't completely stopped releasing DVDs yet, so we're still getting minimal amounts of them, but it's nowhere near like it was where we were getting several unreleased episodes a year (though you could make the argument that Guess Who season 1 being released this year breaks that pattern).
3/7/2021 12:45:11 pm
I came up with this while talking to a friend a year or two ago, I don't really feel dvd's are dying it's just that we're going back tot he natural order where only the big things sell well enough to bother. If you go back to before the vhs era it was impossible to have tv shows (or movies) and even in the VHS era people didn't buy all that much. They just bought the few they wanted/afford (vhs were darn expensive for a while), and recorded the others they really wanted. DVD created a bubble where the price/ease/storage was finally at a point where you COULD put a season out on a medium and it'd be worth it, not to mention the expectation of it happening was there so we stopped 3 episode volumes for a bit, but now we're slipping back into that era cause... the novelty has worn off, the average person doesn't care about owning something, just getting to see it, so streaming is enough for them, and the collectors are slowly going back to slim pickings.
3/9/2021 09:37:15 am
I will be so sad when the first DTV movie skips physical media! I hope that day never comes. That's a good theory about us going back to the natural order and I'd say I'm minded to agree with it.
3/4/2021 03:05:57 pm
Volume releases of DVD's feel like quick cash grabs to me I prefer complete set releases myself. I find it curious that older shows, like The Jetsons, Josie and the Pussycats, Space Ghost, Jonny Quest ended up on Blu-ray and they turned out to be good releases. and yet the Scooby-Doo shows ended being rather poor Blu-ray releases.
3/7/2021 11:10:33 am
I could see how you'd feel that way about volume sets. I prefer season sets, but if that was the only way we were going to get the episodes released, I'd settle for volume sets. I hope DVDs/physical media will be around for a long time as well!
3/4/2021 08:32:05 pm
We’ll probably get the Phantom Racer whenever the inevitable NASCAR crossover DTV film happens... unless they go with “The Fast and the Wormius” or “Gentlemen Start Your Monsters”... or maybe “Secret of the Ghost Rig” again... or “The Fastest Fast Food Fiend”... or “The Scooby Coupe”... or “Pole to Pole”... actually the more I think about it, the less plausible it seems like they’d include it. Nevermind.
3/5/2021 08:01:41 am
And think about it they already had the perfect opportunity to release with the second WWE crossover.
3/5/2021 09:36:57 am
Yeah I doubt they would make another crossover racing movie because curse of the speed demon was that movie. As for bonus episode it should’ve been the spooky case of the Grand Prix race instead of the ghost rig episode. Fast and the wormius and gentlemen start your monsters are already apart of other dvds.
3/7/2021 11:15:02 am
@Samuel Kirkwood @Shadowscooby You both are so right that they missed a huge opportunity to release "The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race" on the second WWE movie DVD.
3/5/2021 10:05:26 am
The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race is the best racing episode. It's even in my top 5 best Scooby episodes of all time, very underrated
3/5/2021 10:28:33 am
I loved that episode but not THAT much! It is a really cool episode though and hands down the best racing episode.
3/5/2021 05:12:36 pm
It really is a fantastic episode. I'd say it's probably my favorite sports related episode in general
3/7/2021 11:16:35 am
Part of the reason it's such a shame that they haven't released season 2 is that the season felt super unique (for me at least) because of how dark of a tone it had compared to the rest of the series. "The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race" being one of the darker ones in that season IMO.
3/7/2021 11:54:10 am
I feel like Harum Scarum Sanitarium (and probably a couple other season 1 eps) laid the groundwork for what season 2 would be. And Grand Prix Race has always been, to me, possibly the darkest classic Scooby episode, or at least top 3 (and that says a lot, cuz the competition is heavy, not just with season 2 but also some from the other two seasons and a few WAY eps as well). That scene where the missing racer returns to the office, where the gang and the others are, creeped the f out of me as a kid. Shaggy being kidnapped also gave me chills (for some reason when Shaggy is the one getting kidnapped it feels the most unsettling, just like with Make a Beeline, Grasp of the Gnome etc). The atmosphere and tone are on point, and the villain and the way he is used is amazing.
3/7/2021 11:13:41 am
Hahaha a NASCAR DTV film? That would be a bit bizarre. Silly B lol. <3 You're absolutely right that they tend to lean on releasing old episodes as heavily as they can these days. I wouldn't mind "Pole to Pole" getting released though as that's one of the unreleased ones (albeit few people care since it's from Get A Clue). You know what, actually, bring on the NASCAR DTV film, then we can get "Pole to Pole" finally on DTV haha.
3/5/2021 03:14:21 am
The people who were sending death threats to JCB are going to hell
3/7/2021 11:18:13 am
It's indeed really horrible of people to do that. It's pretty pathetic honestly for someone to get so worked up that you threaten to hurt other people over "ruining your childhood" simply because you didn't like an iteration of a cartoon.
3/5/2021 06:13:55 pm
I can't deal with the missing episodes but "Wednesday is missing" really piss me off x.x
3/5/2021 08:55:50 pm
Yeah... it’s sad because their appearance on Scooby-Doo is what made them decide to give them their own animated series. The Addams Family have a history of sorta complicated rights issues though, because Charles Addams’ second wife was a lawyer and somehow swindled him out of the rights prior to their divorce. She actually held up production of the original live action television series because she wanted more money. At some point though Orion Pictures got the rights to that tv series (although I don’t think the overall rights, just that series maybe and the rights to make a film) and sold those to Paramount who I think subsequently may have sold them to Illumination - not totally sure. But I imagine the original Scooby contract didn’t account for the episode’s release beyond being broadcast on television (nobody anticipated people wanting to buy old tv shows, or streaming, or anything like that), and by the time Hanna-Barbera/WB likely decided to try releasing it, whoever has the rights surely knew that they had all the power and could ask for however much money they wanted because they’d have no choice but to pay it. The rights owners are also super litigious — as there was a really funny YouTube series called “Adult Wednesday Addams” starring Melissa Hunter as a grown up Wednesday, and they forced her to take all the episodes offline with threats of legal action. Anyway, all this just to say that until the rights are owned by someone willing to be reasonable, WB really has no choice but to let it sit in their archives. It’s really unfortunate, but that’s how a lot of the industry behaves... everybody wants more money... :/
3/7/2021 11:22:29 am
Thank you for the detailed explanation about the Addams Family, B! I wasn't aware of Charles Addams' ex-wife being a lawyer and swindling him out of his rights. I kind of always thought it was John Astin that was holding up the rights, because they were able to release the 70s Addams Family series on DVD but not the 90s one. The 90s one had John Astin as Gomez, but the 70s one had some other guy. However based on your explanation, I think Charles Addams' not really having much control over his own content is much more likely to be the reason.
3/6/2021 05:52:58 am
My biggest gripe is that when they include a bonus episode on an animated film it’s a perfect opportunity to release an episode they refuse to put out as part of a season set especially as it is a themed episode. We have witnessed and discussed this on here countless times. But instead they just select something that’s already on disc we already own.
3/11/2021 10:57:53 am
Yes! I couldn't agree with this more. The bonus episodes on DVDs are a perfect time to release these episodes that they think no one wants. It's a shame they don't utilize that opportunity.
3/6/2021 04:50:37 pm
Uhm guys someone edited a scoobypedia post on the Carol Burnett episode saying it will air in the USA
3/6/2021 04:51:56 pm
I probably shouldn't trust it but why would they be lying?
3/6/2021 06:25:59 pm
There's no date or anything. The episode is likely to air in the US, it's honestly a pretty safe bet. The edit was pointless so we should probably just ignore it.
3/7/2021 10:06:54 am
3/7/2021 10:43:54 am
uinfortunately it does not specify, WHAT new episode will air however. a schedule guide with a names of the episodes would be more helpful do you have one Bigscoobydoofan ?
3/7/2021 10:55:13 am
Nope, I just found that post.
3/7/2021 11:43:21 am
Bigscoobydoofan For all we know that may be a older post since there is no specific date on it. anyway here is something far more reliable. I checked the schedule guide again and it appears that Boomerang cable (Central and Eastern Europe) made some changes to their schedule.
3/8/2021 09:46:11 am
Thanks for the info!
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