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Spooky Space Kook (episode)

Copilots trapped with the Spooky Space Kook

Spooky Space Kook title card

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Episode # 115
Air date December 20, 1969
Run time 22m 5s
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Bill Lutz
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Chronology
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 explain 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 airfield 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 flying aircraft and follow it to the abandoned airfield. They find a running generator and Scooby and Shaggy have a run-in with a creepy alien-type creature in a space suit that has an unforgettable hysterical laugh. Fred and the girls search for clues, and Fred gets caught by a hook and is dangling in the air. They rescue him before the space ghost arrives, and the kids flee. 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 find 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 airfield was re-opening again. The army of ghosts was just a bunch of stuffed dummies, and the Jeep that ran by itself was just remote controlled. The spooky laugh was played over the loudspeakers, and the spacecraft was a movie projector.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Monsters and other villains:

Other characters:

  • Chicken (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Worm (single appearance)(no lines)

Locations

  • Farm
  • Airfield
    • Shed
    • Shop
    • Parachute loft
    • Mess hall
    • Supply department
    • Tower
    • Motor pool

Objects

Clues:

  • Grease
  • Fresh food
  • Gazette
  • Tape player
  • Movie projector

Food and objects:

Other objects:

  • Farmer's shotgun
  • Gas (mentioned)
  • Dishwasher
  • Life raft
  • Dummy
  • Supply dept. key
  • Desk
  • Torch
  • Spooky Space Kook dummies
  • Parachute
  • Spooky Space Kook helmet
  • Spooky Space Kook boots

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Farmer He threatened the gang with his shotgun. He warned them 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.

Cast

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

Full credits

The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).


Notes/trivia

  • The "Spooky Space Kook" is not the monster's official name, it just comes from the name of the episode.
  • On the table, while Shaggy makes his sandwich is a ketchup bottle with a Heinz-like label.
  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • Disguises: While not exactly disguises, Scooby and wear pilot hats.
  • "Zoinks" count:
  • "Jumping jelly beans" count: 1 (Daphne).

Adaptations

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • The farmer's sclera are white for a change, except when he leans forward to take a closer look at the glowing footprints and again when Fred says how they weren't made by chickens.
  • When Scooby wails about being got by "it", his eyebrows flicker between brown and black.
  • 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

  • Shaggy calls the syrup bottle, Double Dutch Chocolate Syrup, but the label simply says "Syrup".
  • Apparently all the livestock the farmer has is one chicken.
  • When Fred finds the 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 episode 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?
  • The "Automatic Dish Washer" label is wrong on two accounts. One, dishwashers are automatic to begin with, and two, dishwasher is misspelt as "dish washer".
  • 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.
  • Shaggy somehow magically got the key to the supply department.
  • The farmer cared enough to call a sheriff, but either he took his time doing or the sheriff was taking his own.

In other languages

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

Home media

Quotes

Fred: I feel like a side of beef.


Shaggy: Oh, no! Here comes that cackling, creepy space ghost again!


Henry Bascombe: And I'da gotten away with it, too, if you kids hadn't have come along.

External links


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

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