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DVD Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Season One, Volume 3 – Hello Mummy

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Scooby and the gang are back for another set of four adventures from the first season of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hello Mummy follows Volume 1: A Monster Catch and Volume 2: Bump in the Night, each of which capture four episodes from the first season.

If you've forgotten about Scooby-Doo, he's a goofy talking Great Dane who hangs around with four teenagers — Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma — who drive around in the Mystery Machine van solving mysteries. Generally the gang drives up to a location, discovers that something strange is going on, and then works to find clues and solve the mystery or crime. Fred is the athletic leader of the group. Scooby and Shaggy are scaredy cats with huge appetites and typically the bait for any traps Fred comes up with. Daphne is a rich fashion plate with karate skills. And Velma is the brains of the outfit.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! began airing in the fall of 1969 on CBS and ran for two seasons. It spun off a number of other cartoon series, including The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo Show (part of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour), Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, and most recently What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, and Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins which is slated to air on the Cartoon Network sometime in fall 2009.

Volume 3: Hello Mummy serves up episodes 9 to 12 from the first season of Scooby-Doo's original Saturday morning cartoon series. The four episodes include: "The Backstage Rage," "Bedlam in the Bigtop," "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts," and "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too." Also included is a bonus episode from Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue — "High Society Scooby."

In "The Backstage Rage", Shaggy and Scooby find a violin case stuffed with money, but the case is stolen when Scooby is distracted by a puppet. The gang follow the puppet lead to a local puppet theater where they find an old puppeteer and a counterfeit money scheme.

"Bedlam in the Big Top" sends the gang to a circus haunted by a spooky clown. Scooby and Daphne are hypnotized to perform dangerous acts while they get to the bottom of what's going on.

"A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" pits Scooby and the gang against three classic monsters — a vampire, Frankenstein's Monster, and a werewolf — as well as a creepy, fortune-telling gypsy woman. By exploring the nearby old castle transported brick by brick from Transylvania, they begin to uncover the mystery behind the monsters.

In "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too", the gang battles a mysterious Egyptian mummy turning people to stone and seeking a peculiar old Egyptian coin. Along the way they help a local college professor of archaeology get to the bottom of the supposed "curse of the mummy."

Finally, in "High Society Scooby" from Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, Shaggy and Scooby are sent to save a trio of brilliant scientists from the clutches of the evil Dr. Phineas Phibes. The duo thwart multiple attempts by Phibes' Agents 1 and 2 to catch the scientists and use their new and improved Mystery Machine and Scooby Snacks to save the day.

All together, this set provides a great collection of five great episodes of Scooby fun. They're fun and still enjoyable even 40 years later! Check out the DVD at your favorite local store or online when it's available on September 1, 2009. I can hardly wait until the next collection is released.

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