Directed By: Joseph Barbera & William Hanna
Written By: ?
Starring: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Frank Welker ...
Running Time: 30 min
Air Date: 24/10/1970
Now this is quality animated comedy right here. The original is always the best, isn't it? Well, not always. But in this case it is. Even viewing it now this show is always a lot of fun to watch, as they come up with increasingly inventive ways to go over the same damn storyline over and over. And it still makes me chuckle, too. The laughter track is a bit annoying, but fortunately it's fairly sparse.
In this particular episode, the gang are out camping when they hear a mysterious howling and find themselves hot on the trail of what they believe to be a werewolf. Of course, it's not actually a werewolf, but as always it takes them a good twenty minutes of curiously care-free adventuring before they realise that. What they actually uncover is some kind of bizarre sheep-smuggling ring. Yeah, I didn't see that one coming either. I never realised how gifted Scooby and Shaggy were at running away from things. I mean, they may be cowards, but they're very impressive cowards. They do have decades of experience at being cowardly, I guess ...
Really, whoever heard of a green werewolf? How ridiculous is that? About as ridiculous as a talking dog, I guess ... Anyway, it looks more like a zombie than a werewolf, really. It does go around around howling a lot, which shows some kind of a werewolf intent at least. Mostly it just lumbers about looking vaguely menacing and trying to scare Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, which obviously doesn't take a lot of doing. There's also a fun extended chase sequence where it chases them around an old mill. Weee. It of course turns out in the end that this is just some evil smuggler in a werewolf costume. Why can the gang never figure that one out? It seems like an odd way to conduct a smuggling business if you ask me. No wonder they got caught by a bunch of meddling kids.
There are various other werewolf appearances in the Scooby-Doo saga, probably most prominent was the feature-length adventure "Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf", which was actually pretty awful. And there are a couple of other TV episodes that I haven't got round to seeing yet, such as an episode of the "New Scooby-Doo Mysteries".