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Spooky Space Kook (episode)
Spooky Space Kook title card
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Air date December 20, 1969
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Bill Lutz
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Cronology
Previous episode Go Away Ghost Ship
Next episode A Night of Fright is No Delight

Spooky Space Kook is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

Premise

The gang investigate an airfield supposedly haunted by a ghostly alien with a cackling, shrieking laugh.

Synopsis

Scooby, Shaggy and the gang are driving down an old country road and are running out of gas and have to stop soon. They park at an old farmhouse and talk to an old farmer who at first mistakes the gang for reporters. The gang explains their situation and the man says that the reporters have been bothering him because a spooky spacecraft and an alien has been haunting an abandoned air-field adjacent to the farm. After getting gas, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby realize they have a mystery on their hands and they follow a strange air-craft flying and follow it to the abandoned air field. They find a running generator and Scooby and Shaggy have a run-in with a creepy alien-type creature in a space suit that laughs hysterically (in a very memorable way). Fred and the girls search for clues and Fred gets caught by a hook and is dangling in the air. They rescue him and then the space ghost arrives and the kids flee and Shaggy and Scooby arrive at the mess hall where they find fresh food, but the space alien comes again and chases them away. The gang then finds a Jeep that runs by itself and an army of the space alien ghosts just materializes. Then, the biggest clue is when Shaggy and Scooby head into the air tower and find a movie projector and tape recorder.

The culprit, after chasing Scooby and Shaggy, goes into the wind tunnel by accident and gets his costume blown off. The crook happened to be the old farmer's neighbor, Henry Bascombe. He was trying to exploit the land for money after he heard that the air-field was re-opening again. The army of ghosts was just a bunch of stuffed dummies, and the Jeep that runs by itself was just remote control. The spooky laugh was played over the loudspeakers, and the spacecraft was a movie projector.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Henry Bascombe/
Spooky Space Kook
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Sheriff
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Hal Smith Farmer
Actor Chicken

Villains

  • Spooky Space Kook/Henry Bascombe

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Farmer He threatened the gang with his shotgun. Warned the gang about the Spooky Space Kook.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Henry Bascombe as the Spooky Space Kook To scare people away from the airfield so he could buy the land cheap.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • On the table, while Shaggy makes his sandwich is a ketchup bottle with a Heinz-like label.
  • The syrup bottle is called Double Dutch Chocolate Syrup, but the label simply says "Syrup".
  • While "Gazette" is hardly an original name, it's the first newspaper in the series to be given something identifiable.
  • Fred, Velma and Daphne are scared by the shadows of Shaggy and Scooby in this episode, whereas it is usually Shaggy and Scooby who get scared of shadows.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • In the scene where the gang just let Fred down after he was suspended by a machine hook, his left hand is noticeably missing in the first shot.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • When Fred finds a newspaper article hidden in a barrel, Daphne says to look at an article that has been circled. When the paper is in view, there is no circle.
  • Perhaps the biggest oddity of this episdode is the existence of all the functional equipment on the abandoned air field. Regardless of the field being public or military, wouldn't every piece of working equipment be stripped when they shut the field down?
  • Given the cramped space, there probably shouldn't have been a life raft in the cramped cockpit of an aeroplane, as it seems to break Federal Air Regulations pertaining to Life Rafts- furthermore, it was not tethered to the plane.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (Latin America) El fantasma del aeropuerto abandonado The Ghost of the Abandoned Airport

Home media

Quotes

"I feel like a side of beef."
— Fred '

"Oh no! Here comes that cackling, creepy space ghost again!"
— Shaggy '

External links

  • Buy from iTunes (US)


Previous Episode:
Go Away Ghost Ship
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Season 1
Next Episode:
A Night of Fright is No Delight

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