Do you remember when the Addams Family met Scooby-Doo?

You can't find this lost episode on DVD.

Hanna-Barbera

In the Seventies, Scooby-Doo was all about crossovers. The Harlem Globetrotters, the Three Stooges, even Don Knotts stopped by. But there's one crossover you might have forgotten.

In September of 1972, The New Scooby-Doo Movies came out with their third episode. Entitled "Wednesday is Missing", the episode had the gang get the Mystery Machine stuck in a ditch. A helpful Lurch brings the gang to the Addams mansion, where they meet Gomez, Morticia, Grandmama, and the rest of the family. When Wednesday goes missing, Scooby has to track down the wayard Addams and unmask the culprit.

This was an interesting episode for fans of The Addams Family TV show. The creepy clan looked more like the original Charles Addams cartoons than their TV counterparts. However, it wasn't a departure from the show. In fact, four members of the original cast — John Astin (Gomez), Carolyn Jones (Morticia), Jackie Coogan (Fester), and Ted Cassidy (Lurch)— all returned to reprise their roles.

Lisa Loring (Wednesday) and Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley), were reportedly too old to come back for their childhood roles, so they were replaced by Cindy Henderson and a young Jodie Foster. Yes, that Jodie Foster. She voiced Pugsley.

It turned out that this crossover was actually a sneaky pilot for the 1973 Hanna-Barbera Addams Family cartoon, which ran fewer than twenty episodes.

But there's something else different about this cartoon. If you look for it on DVD, you won't find it. Even the complete collection of The New Scooby-Doo Movies has 23 out of the 24 produced episodes — minus "Wednesday is Missing".

It's a simple matter of an intellectual property dispute. While "Wednesday is Missing" may have been released on VHS at some point (we know it was released in Australia as Scooby Doo Meets the Addams Family), it has never been released on digital home release. As of this writing, the Charles Addams estate still refuses to release the rights to the characters for a DVD, Blu-Ray, or digital release.

The episode has been uploaded here and there online, but an actual official release still eludes us. Do you remember this semi-lost media from 1972?

 
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JoeSHill 9 months ago
In actuality, this was officially the first time that "THE ADDAMS FAMILY" cast (minus the two original children and the Blossom Rock actress) returned to Primetime since their ABC/Filmways show was canceled in 1966. Devid Levy, the executive producer of the original series was retained as a consultant. As far as the NBC/Hanna-Barbera cartoon series from Fall 1973 was concerned, it wasn't really that great, especially with Lennie Weinrib voicing "Gomez", and Janet Waldo voicing "Morticia", it just wasn't the same! John Astin returned to voice his "Gomez" character in 1991, but that was it! "THE ABC SATURDAY SUPERSTAR MOVIE" had aired "The Mini-Munsters" film on October 27, 1973, that was produced by Fred Calvert's Farmhouse Films in association with Universal, which was a shallow and uncomparable version of the original TV series, so "THE ADDAMS FAMILY" cartoon series was the better of the two! Ted Cassidy, who played "Lurch", was a solid voiceover actor for Hanna-Barbera and other animation studios at the time, even having his very own Hanna-Barbera TV series, "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN" for NBC in 1968, as both the voice and likeness of "Injun Joe". But the second reunion with The Addams Family on Primetime was NBC's TV special, "HALOWEEN WITH THE ADDAMS FAMILY", that aired on October 30, 1977, that Charles Fries Productions produced.
MOT1970 12 months ago
I remember watching it on tv when I was a kid.
Mario500 12 months ago
"so they were replaced by Cindy Henderson and a young Jodie Foster. Yes, that Jodie Foster. She voiced Pugsley."

(imagines a different version of this part of the article (so they were replaced by Cindy Henderson and Jodie Foster.))
Brucewayne 12 months ago
It doesn’t make sense that the Addams estate is holding it up because the entire Addams Family cartoon series from H-B is out on DVD. Either John Astin or Carolyn Jones’s widower must be the one stopping the episode from being released because Astin and Jones were the only ones involved with the Scooby-Doo episode but not the subsequent series.
Bricat2001 12 months ago
I'm trying to remember if I saw it on boomerang when I was little cuz the episode seems familiar
lynngdance 12 months ago
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texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
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lynngdance 12 months ago
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texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
Such nice awards too. She'll frame it on her wall along with the others. She won my MQ last Friday. On a roll .
texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
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texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
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Pacificsun 12 months ago
Ahhh MeTV Writers, you did your homework well! True you can only find a trailer on YouTube. Any more and the copyright "bots" would've stopped it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv-56vFK1rw&ab_channel=megancraycraft

However, trust that some industrious fan of both series, has a copy sequestered away on a VHS Tape, they just can't share it publically!

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texasluva Pacificsun 12 months ago
Hey partner. If you look below I have accommodated said video. Full version. I only found out about the episode a couple of hours ago and found it in a few minutes on IA. See below Lynn's Quiz. I am still trying to figure her Quiz out.
lynngdance 12 months ago
Quiz time!
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texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
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texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
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texasluva lynngdance 12 months ago
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texasluva lynngdance 11 months ago
Movies coming to you this weekend. Are here!

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texasluva 12 months ago
For those who wish to watch this episode I have it here at the IA site. Though I am not actually showing it but just giving you the location to watch it. I do not claim to own it nor upload it. After getting to the location just click on the arrow and then the out pointing arrows to get it full screen. The New Scooby-Doo Movies - S01, E03 - Wednesday Is Missing (1972). Enjoy.

https://archive.org/details/extremely-rare-the-new-scooby-doo-movies-wednesday-is-missing-1972-geor4745nius-ultra-hq
Pacificsun texasluva 12 months ago
Very cool indeed.

I ran the link, and you're right!!
Runeshaper 12 months ago
I don't think I've ever seen that movie, but I bet it was GREAT! (-:
jaelinsmith40652 12 months ago
Yes I do remember the time I watched that episode that time it was on the boomerang.
MrsPhilHarris 12 months ago
I wonder if I saw it. 🤔
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 12 months ago
I think I might have this episode. If so I will post above
Moriyah 12 months ago
Was Gomer Pyle mentioned in any cartoons other than the Simpsons? (Let me know)
harlow1313 Moriyah 12 months ago
None that I know of. Had they put him in a cape and tights, he would have made an excellent cartoon hero, spreading his kindness to an unkind world.
Moriyah harlow1313 12 months ago
That sounds like an amazing idea! I would love to see something like that!
Pacificsun Moriyah 12 months ago
The only tie-in I could find between Gomer Pyle and the Cartoon Universe is a MeTV story at this link:
https://www.metv.com/stories/did-gomer-pyle-say-shazam-because-of-the-comic-book-character-probably-yeah

Before looking it up, does anyone know what "Shazam!" stands for? You will find the answer in the link. Or upon request, I'll post it in another comment!

I don't have this answer to this question however: does anyone know why Gomer used the word "Shazam!" (?)
Delmo Pacificsun 12 months ago
Shazam-Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury! Gomer probably said Shazam because he was a fan of the comic book. Only the writer who wrote the episode where he first said it would know for sure.
Pacificsun Delmo 12 months ago
Exactly! I thought that was a neat backstory, and fun for his fans!!
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