For those that don't know, I'm a huge fan of the original Dynomutt, Dog Wonder series that aired from 1976-1977. I was super excited when I heard this episode was coming out and was hopeful it would have a similar feel to the classic series. While this episode wasn't exactly like the original series, I definitely wasn't disappointed and felt it came somewhat close.
I really enjoyed Dynomutt and felt he was the star of the episode. I really enjoyed his quirky antics in the original show, so I liked his goofy characterization in this episode a lot. Blue Falcon, on the other hand, didn't impress me. His new voice actor, David Kaye, didn't do the best job in my opinion. A lot of his lines seemed very forced ("Let's go fight some crime!"), and good lord, I never want to hear Blue Falcon say "Click it or ticket!' again lol. I didn't even want to hear it the one time haha! Another very cringey line was Dynomutt exclaiming "it's selfie time!" Ugh lol. It was also kind of a little ridiculous that Blue Falcon immediately presumed that Dynomutt was dead when the vase fell on him, even yelling "You fiend! I will avenge you, Dynomutt!" Firstly, Dynomutt's a robot and has had much worse happen to him before in the series, so he's probably fine. But also, like, you're not even going to go over and see if he's okay first before just presuming he's dead? lol
Velma also seemed to like adding extra "the"s to things in this episode towards the beginning. She called Medusa "The Medusa" and calls Dynomutt "The Dog Wonder." I also didn't really care for her immediately blurting out Blue Falcon's real identity, and it gave me Curse of the 13th Ghost/Return to Zombie Island Velma vibes.
I realize that was a lot of criticisms, but all the rest of the episode was great. It was cute how Dynomutt became Blue Falcon after he was kidnapped, and made Scooby-Doo become him. It would have made much more sense to just replace Blue Falcon, but it was a very Dynomutt way of doing things to switch it around like that. Seemed like Dynomutt had planned for this previously though, given he had a Blue Falcon hat haha. I liked Medusa as well as a villain and she had a cool design, though I wish they would stop just putting "Monster" after every villain name in this series. It's really not needed. I do wish they would have been more consistent about Medusa's powers though. Scooby looked at Medusa for at least a few seconds before covering his eyes, which should have turned him to stone. Also, why did Medusa need to cover her own eyes when she looked at herself in the mirror? She knows she has no real powers, because she's a guy in a costume, so that makes no sense lol. Medusa wasn't quite your typical Dynomutt villain, but I thought she still worked well. Speaking of Dynomutt villains though, I loved that they referenced Fishface and Superthug in the episode, which are two classic Dynomutt villains.
It was fun to see Radley Crown return in this episode! Radley Crown being an art dealer was a plot point of the original series, but it only lasted a few episodes before they just stopped showing that part of Blue Falcon's life, so it was a pleasant surprise to have Blue Falcon's real identity return.
Overall, while not a perfect replica of a classic Dynomutt episode, I think it came pretty close and I really enjoyed this one. This gets ranked 13/51.
1. I Put a Hex on You!
2. A Haunt of a Thousand Voices!
3. Total Jeopardy!
4. The Horrible Haunted Hospital of Dr. Phineas Phrag!
5. The Last Inmate!
6. The Dreaded Remake of Jekyll & Hyde!
7. Dark Diner of Route 66!
8. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
9. One Minute Mysteries!
10. Dance Matron of Mayhem!
11. Returning of the Key Ring!
12. Cher, Scooby and the Sargasso Sea!
13. Scooby-Doo, Dog Wonder!
14. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
15. Too Many Dummies!
16. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
17. The Feast of Dr. Frankenfooder!
18. The Movieland Monsters!
19. Falling Star Man!
20. The Internet on Haunted House Hill!
21. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
22. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
23. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
24. A Run Cycle Through Time!
25. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
26. A Fashion Nightmare!
27. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
28. The 7th Inning Scare!
29. The Crown Jewel of Boxing!
30. Scooby On Ice!
31. Lost Soles of Jungle River!
32. Caveman on the Half Pipe!
33. A Moveable Mystery!
34. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
35. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
36. Scooby-Doo and the Sky Town Cool School!
37. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
38. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
39. The Tao of Scoob!
40. The New York Underground!
41. The Phantom, the Talking Dog, and the Hot Hot Hot Sauce!
42. The Lost Mines of Kilimanjaro!
43. Hollywood Knights!
44. Fear of the Fire Beast!
45. The Hot Dog Dog!
46. Quit Clowning!
47. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
48. Space Station Scooby
49. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
50. The Fastest Food Fiend!
51. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided