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Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Air date November 29, 1969
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Bill Lutz
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Cronology
Previous episode A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts
Next episode Which Witch is Which?

Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too is the twelfth episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

Premise

An ancient mummy comes to life in search of an artifact which passes through Shaggy's hands, eventually the team unravel the case and the bandages too.

Synopsis

At the university's archeology department, the gang is helping a professor put together a display centering on the mummy of Ankha, a three-thousand-year-old relic with a curse on it: Ankha had sworn to come back to life and turn to stone any who disturbed his tomb. Returning from the malt shop, where they had gone to pick up some sandwiches, they find that the mummy is missing and the professor has been petrified. They split up to search for the missing mummy.

But the mummy finds Velma, Shaggy and Scooby first, cornering them and demanding the return of an ancient Egyptian coin which Shaggy had accidentally pocketed. They escape after Scooby nails one of its loose bandages to the floor. Meanwhile, Fred and Daphne have found the professor's colleague, Dr. Najib, turned to stone in his car. The other three return to where they left the mummy; it has broken free but left behind a scrap of his bandages. They go to the lab to test it (it doesn't seem to be three thousand years old) but the mummy appears. Velma and Shaggy escape, but the mummy gets Scooby; the rest of the gang later find a petrified Scooby. But, in fact, the stone Scooby is a fake and the real Scooby soon shows up.

Returning to the professor's office, the gang researches his notes, which show that Ankha was renowned for his wealth. They also show a picture of a statue that bears a design exactly like that of the coin which the mummy is trying to get. The mummy appears and chases them into the woodshop, where they are attacked by a powersaw that Daphne accidentally turns on. The saw cuts a hole in the floor, knocking them into the gym pool. Fleeing again from the mummy, Shaggy and Scooby find quick-drying cement and spray molds before being bricked up in a shed, inside of which they find the professor, tied up and gagged. Scooby and Shaggy break out of the shed with a power mower, which goes out of control and catches up the mummy. The mummy winds up trapped in the gym basketball goal, where he is unmasked as Dr. Najib. The coin is the key to a secret compartment in a statue containing a priceless diamond scarab. Najib was after the scarab and was using the legend of Ankha to cover up his attempt to steal the artifact.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Malt Shop chef
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Vic Perrin Dr. Najib
John Stephenson Mummy of Ankha
George A. Robertson The Professor
Actor Siamese cat

Villains

  • Mummy of Ankha/Dr. Najib

Suspects

  • None

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Dr. Najib as the Mummy of Ankha He wanted to steal the ancient Egyptian coin in the museum, so he created the mummy to scare anyone away.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • Disguises: Anthony and Cleopatra (museum exhibit)
  • Food: Liverwurst a la mode sandwiches
  • Exclamations: "Zoinks!" (7) "Gang way!" (1).
  • The Mummy seems to be based off of Kharis from the old Universal Studios horror movies. With that in mind, this is the fourth Universal movie monster that Scooby and the gang face (the first three: Dracula, The Wolf-Man and Frankenstein's monster appear in the previous episode).
  • The Mummy's name Ankha is probably a play on Princess Ananka, the name of the princess the mummy was supposed to protect in the Universal live-action films, The Mummy's Hand (1940), The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944), as well as Hammer's The Mummy (1959). Her name seems to come from the word ankh which is an Egyptian hieroglyph that means "life".
  • Adapted into the comic book story " Somebody's Mummy" (Gold Key issue #7, August 1971). 

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Shaggy holds the coin differently in the close and far shots.
  • The clock in the Professor's room always shows the same time.
  • The word "Janitor" suddenly appears in the closet door.
  • Shaggy's neck turns green temporarily.
  • Scooby's neck turns blue inside his collar temporarily.
  • The first two times Scooby says "Nagasaki!" when performing Karate, his mouth does not move.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • In a few scenes, the mummy doesn't have eyes.
  • Shaggy and Scooby discover how the Mummy was making stone figures of everyone, but this is never revealed to the gang at the end.
  • That power saw has the world's longest extension cord! It is also surprisingly buoyant waterproof.
  • Dr. Najib's scheme bordered on the impossible - he would have had to make the stone statues hours , days or even weeks in advance to get the details right (unless the quick-drying cement used was impossibly quick), and he would have had to know the exact location to place them (i.e. the statue of the Professor in his office). He also would have had to know what Scooby looked like. The moulds shown also appear only to be able to mould body shape, but the stone statues also perfectly mould facial  and other body features.
    • Furthermore, it is a big giveaway that the mummy disguise is a fraud considering a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy wouldn't be able to speak or understand Present Day English.
  • When Scooby and the gang first see the real mummy along with the Professor in the beginning of the episode, it looks like the disguise that Dr. Najib will eventually wear. At the end however when Scooby finds the real mummy, it looks nothing like what the gang first saw. It is possible that the mummy they originally saw was actually Dr Najib's costume, and the Professor didn't realise this. Also, how did they miss it if it was hidden in plain sight?
  • The mummy somehow seems to know that Shaggy has the Egyptian Coin, when even Shaggy himself didn't realise at first.

Home media

Quotes

"Coin! Coin!
Coin?
Okay, like here's a quarter.
I'll bet he means that old Egyptian coin.
"
— The Mummy, Velma and Shaggy '

References

External links


Previous Episode:
A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Season 1
Next Episode:
Which Witch is Which?

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