Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo is the first episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries.
The kids head to the TV station ZPOP to surprise Scooby, who thinks they have forgotten his birthday. When there, Scooby is surprised with "Here is Your Life, Scooby-Doo", hosted by Mark Winkendale. Special surprise guests include Velma, Freddie, and Mrs. Vandereel, whom they helped by solving the mystery of the Red Skull Curse. Before too long the Red Skull comes back and steals the Last Hope Diamond again, but is it really Freddie as everyone seems to believe?
Driving through the city, the gang, answering as the "Scooby-Doo Detective Agency" gets a call about a robbery at the TV station. Scooby is only concerned about it being his birthday, which no one seems to remember. Looking for his birthday cake in the oven, he gets covered with Scrappy's invention--crazy rubber. At the TV station, ZPOP, they look for a "howling ghoul". Scooby is sent into studio 1 to look for him, and is locked in the dark. Sad, he sings "Happy birthday to me", and is surrounded by dozens of eyes. It is a surprise birthday party on stage! The howling ghoul myth was made up for the surprise, but a real fiend is shown lurking around.Mark Winkendale presents Scooby with a book "Here is Your Life, Scooby-Doo", and he is dressed up like a king. He faints in embarrassment, and the station director, Milo Spender runs shouting "That's not in the script!" He wakes up to birthday cake, but is grabbed away to the show.
The first piece is a film of baby Shaggy and Scooby and their monstrous babysitters. The fiend on the catwalk drops a light, nearly splatting Scooby.
Next, Scooby is asked to remember a couple of voices: "Jinkies!" and "Let's split up!" It is old gang members Velma Dinkley, now an apprentice research scientist for NASA, and Freddy Jones, now a mystery writer. Meanwhile, Scrappy and Daphne search and find that the light had been unscrewed.
Freddy and Velma retell an old case of Scooby's--the Red Skull, who had stolen a diamond necklace from Mrs. Vanderwheel, was captured by Freddy and Scooby, and turned out to be Stuyvesant, her butler. As he is arrested, Stuyvesant angrily vows that he will get even with the gang. Mrs. Vanderwheel now comes out and greets Scooby. By now, Freddy is missing, as is noticed by Daphne. When Scooby boasts of having defeated the Red Skull single-handedly, the Red Skull (the fiend seen earlier, who dropped the light) comes out of the TV screen he was on, shouting "You haven't defeated me!"
Scooby runs, and is twirled around the microphone boom, and the Red Skull steals Mrs. Vanderwheel's necklace -- again! Scooby and the Red Skull both get twirled by the mike, and the Red Skull lands on a catwalk while Scooby is left dangling from a rope. The Red Skull wishes him a happy last birthday and unties the rope. Scooby falls and is saved by a piece of crazy rubber that Scrappy finds, stretched out by his friends.
Freddy shows up, and the director asks him, suspiciously, where he was. Everyone splits up and searches, (Scooby being motivated by Velma telling him his birthday present is hidden backstage) while Freddy goes to get the police.
Scrappy and the girls fall through a vent. They find an ascot, which Fred appears and claims as his own. He then remembers he also left his briefcase in the washroom. Scrappy and the girls feel he is acting "too forgetful".
Meanwhile, the camera crews follow Shaggy and Scooby, searching for his present. Soon, they find the Red Skull. They disguise as French chefs and make "crêpe Scoobettes". Scooby puts it in the oven, and when the Red Skull opens it, it explodes all over him. They drop the disguises and make a dash for it, with the messy Red Skull behind them.
Police Chief Bundy arrives to talk to Daph, Velma, and Scrappy (after he got a call from Fred), just as Shaggy and Scooby are running from their direction, screaming about the Red Skull. Scrappy goes to catch the bad guy for ruining his Uncle Scooby's birthday, and pulls out Freddy, in whose briefcase are red screws. Scrappy adds up the clues on his wrist computer, which suggests the bad guy is Freddy. The officer tries to arrest him, but he escapes.
Shaggy and Scooby are up on the roof talking about how only someone real stupid would be up there on a night like this in a thunderstorm, and the Red Skull appears regardless. He chases them to a ledge. Scooby rearranges the station billboard to read "RELP!", and the others see it (Fred already in custody), and run to the rescue. The distraction of them and the thunder and lightning causes "numb skull" to loose his balance, dangling below Scooby and Shaggy. Scrappy congratulates his Uncle Scooby on "capturing" the monster.
Back on stage, Winkendale announces Scooby's recovery of the Last Hope Diamond and stopping the Red Skull, getting a thank-you kiss from Mrs. Vandereel. The Red Skull is then unmasked, who turns out to be the TV station director, Milo Spender. He claims it was just a gag to liven up the show, and that he was going to return the diamond. But since he kept trying to pin the crime on Freddy and squish Scooby, the gang knew it was really the revenge of Stuyvesant, the original butler, on the ones who caught him. They remove a second mask, revealing him.
The show ends with everyone singing "Happy birthday Scooby Doo", to the tune of "Frere Jacques", as Scooby cuts a piece of his birthday cake out. He hands it to Shaggy, but he insists he take the first piece, to which Scooby happy obliges, engulfing the entire cake, instead. Shaggy laughs and wishes him a happy birthday; Scooby thanks him and says his catchphrase, "Scooby-Dooby-Doo!"
- Scooby-Doo Detective Agency
- Fred Jones (main story and flashback)
- Velma Dinkley (main story and flashback)
- Mark Winkendale (single appearance)
- Mrs. Vandereel (single appearance)(main story and flashback)
- Chief Bundy (single appearance)
- Red Skull (single appearance)(main story and flashback)(Stuyvesant's disguise)
- Milo Spender (single appearance)(Stuvesant's disguise)
- Stuyvesant (single appearance)(main story and flashback)
- Babysitter (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)(TV or computer screen)
- Sea monster (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)(TV or computer screen)
- Studio audience (single appearance)(no lines)
- Police officer 1 (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
- Police officer 2 (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
- Police officer 3 (single appearance)(no lines)
- Shaggy's telephone
- Scrappy's telephone
- Daphne's telephone
- Scooby's calendar
- Crazy rubber
- Here is Your Life, Scooby-Doo book
- Scooby's birthday cake
- Last Hope Diamond
- Fred's ascot
- Scrappy-Doo's watch computer
|Fred Jones||He was missing as the Red Skull appeared. In his briefcase were red screws.|
|Stuyvesant as Milo Spender and the Red Skull||To get revenge on Scooby-Doo and Fred.|
|Don Messick|| Scooby-Doo|
|Casey Kasem||Shaggy Rogers|
|Heather North||Daphne Blake|
|Frank Welker|| Fred Jones|
|Marla Scott||Velma Dinkley|
The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).
- Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Producers: Art Scott, George Singer, Kay Wright
- Story Editor: Tom Ruegger
- Supervising Director: Ray Patterson
- Directors: Oscar Dufau, Rudy Zamora
- Assistant Directors: Bob Goe, Jay Sarbry
- Story Direction: Jan Green, Lew Marshall, George Singer
- Recording Director: Gordon Hunt
- Animation Casting Director: Ginny McSwain
- Voices: Adrienne Alexander, Rene Auberjonois, James Avery, Richard Balin, Michael Bell, Robin Braxton, Arthur Burghardt, Ruth Buzzi, Hamilton Camp, Jody Carlisle, Louise Chamis, Philip Lewis Clarke, Peter Cullen, Jennifer Darling, Dena Deitrich, Barry Dennen, George DiCenzo, Jeff Doucette, Walker Edmiston, Al Fann, Philip E. Hartman, Billie Hayes, Bob Holt, S. Marc Jordan, Jackie Joseph, Casey Kasem, Jane Kean, Tommy Koenig, Tom Kratochvil, Lucy Lee, Marilyn Lightstone, Paul Lukather, Tress MacNeille, Laurie Main, Kenneth Mars, Mitzi McCall, Edie McClurg, Ron McCroby, Joe Medalis, Don Messick, Dianne Michelle, Garrett Morris, Iona Morris, Heather North, Henry Polic II, Tony Pope, Richard Ramos, Clive Revill, Allan Rich, Neilson Ross, Fran Ryan, Ken Samson, Bob Sarlatte, Marilyn Schreffler, Marla Scott, Hal Smith, Tony Smyles, John Stephenson, Fred Travalena, Les Tremayne, Janet Waldo, B.J. Ward, Frank Welker
- Title Design: Bill Perez
- Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
- Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
- Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
- Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
- Design Supervisor: Bob Singer
- Character Design: Alice Hamm, Jim Stenstrum, Michael Takamoto, Floro Dery
- Layout: Jaime Diaz, Michael O'Mara
- Animation Supervisors: Don Patterson, Mike Longden
- Animation: Roger Chiasson, Sean Newton, Don Spencer
- Checking And Scene Planning: Paul B. Strickland, Ann Tucker, Myoung Smith, Terry Smith
- Sound Direction: Alvy Dorman, Phil Flad
- Camera: Bob Marples, Bob Cohen, Dan Forster
- Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
- Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
- Music Editors: Cecil Broughton, Daniels McLean, Terry Moore, Joe Sandusky
- Effects Editors: Michael Bradley, David Cowan, Mary Gleason, Catherine MacKenzie, Kerry Williams, Jerry Winicki
- Show Editor: Gil Iverson
- Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
- Production Coordinator: Peter Aires, Lew Saw, Jerry Smith
- Production Manager: Larry Smith, James Wang
- Production Assistant: Robin Carmichael
- Executives In Charge Of Production: Jayne Barbera, Jean MacCurdy
- Supervising Executive: Margaret Loesch
- A Hanna-Barbera Production
- ©1984 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
- Hanna-Barbera Productions
- A Division of the Taft Entertainment Company
- The "first babysitter" flashback has a woman with a Bride of Frankenstein hair-do, like the one in the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode, The Babysitter from Beyond. Possibly that episode referred back to this one, and it is meant to be the same babysitter, except that the one from The Babysitter from Beyond was Caucasian and this one is inhumanly green and has bolts on both sides of her neck.
- This is Freddy and Velma's first appearances since The Ransom of Scooby Chief.
- Fred and Velma's surnames are revealed to be Jones and Dinkley, respectively.
- Instead of Shaggy going with Scooby-Doo while Fred goes with Velma and Daphne, it's vice versa: Fred goes with Scooby-Doo while Shaggy goes with Daphne and Velma, and in doing so, Fred picks up Shaggy's frightened mannerisms.
- According to Fred, Scooby's greatest mystery is not one the audience has already seen, but one that has occurred off-screen called the Red Skull Curse Case.
- This original mystery in the flashback, clearly must have occurred some years before Scrappy Doo joined the gang since he wasn't featured in the flashback, so the Red Skull Mystery must've occurred sometime between 1969-1978 (at least in real-world years), though the exact number of years isn't specified.
- Disguises: Shaggy as a French chef; Scooby as his female assistant.
- Mark Winkendale is a parody of popular 80's game show host, Wink Martindale.
- The TV show parodies the show This Is Your Life.
- The birthday song they sing isn't the traditional one, but one based on the tune of "Frère Jacques". This may be to avoid royalties on the traditional song, although Scooby-Doo does sing the traditional version to himself.
- "crêpe Scoobettes" is a parody of crêpes Suzette.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- Daphne's purple headband is light yellow and her purple shoes are black throughout the episode.
- Velma's red shoes are black throughout the episode.
- As Daphne, Velma and Scrappy first chase after Fred, Scrappy's body is almost invisible.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- Shaggy had a goatee even when he was in diapers. This is very uncommon.
- Fred is incorrectly addressed by the announcer when he appears as "Freddie Rogers", instead of Jones; Rogers was already chosen to be Shaggy's last name.
- Fred is rather cowardly in this episode compared to earlier appearances, which is a little odd because he actually is incarcerated in Sherlock Doo, and isn't much phased about it as he is here at the mere thought of being imprisoned, although, on that occasion he wasn't alone. Here, it may have been done to make him look more suspicious.
In other languages
|Greek||Χρόνια Πολλά, Σκούμπυ-Ντου||Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo|
- Happy Spook-Day Scooby-Doo! DVD released on April 9, 2012.
Shaggy: It was a monstrous childhood!
Chief Bundy: You're under arrest! (grabs onto Fred's arm)
Shaggy: Look, it's the butler, Scoob.