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That's Snow Ghost

Scooby and the Snow Ghost

That's Snow Ghost title card

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Details
Episode # 117
US air date January 17, 1970 (CBS)
Run time 22m 1s
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Bill Lutz
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Chronology
Previous episode

A Night of Fright is No Delight

Next episode

Nowhere to Hyde

That's Snow Ghost is the seventeenth and final episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

Premise

While taking a ski vacation, Scooby and the gang find themselves in the middle of suspicious activity in the form of a Yeti-resembling monster.

Synopsis

The gang arrive at Wolf's End Lodge, a spooky ski resort, for some winter recreation. When they check in, the strange lodge owner, Mr. Greenway, warns them to keep their doors and window locked, or the Snow Ghost will get them and turn them into ghosts. And no sooner does he leave than the Snow Ghost itself shows up outside the window.

They follow its enormous tracks on snowmobiles and spot it on a cliff opposite. To their astonishment, it soars into the air and over their heads, gliding into the woods beyond. They track it to a cave filled with Tibetan knickknacks where an eccentric man named Fu Lan Chi who resides in the cave tells them about the snow ghost. He explains he encountered a Yeti back in Asia and as he was trying to escape across a chasm, the Yeti fell to it's death. Now he fears the Yeti's ghost has followed him as the Snow Ghost.

Velma spots sawdust on the Snow Ghost's footprints and that leads them to a nearby saw mill. Upon enter, they split up as usual and Shaggy, Scooby and Velma get separated. Velma is taken by the Snow Ghost and Shaggy falls through a trapdoor. Scooby saves Velma from a circular-saw fate and fends off the snow ghost and Velma and Scooby go propelling down a chute towards the lake at the bottom. The Snow Ghost ties some dynamite to a log and sends it down, but Velma and Scooby escape.

The gang is surprised when Shaggy appears, ghastly white. But when he falls into the water, he appears normal. Shaggy explains he fainted and woke up covered in white powder. That's how the Snow Ghost has been doing the "turn you into a ghost effect". The Snow Ghost makes an entrance, and chases the gang. When he leaves, Daphne finds some jewelry in hollowed-out logs.

Chased by the Snow Ghost, Shaggy and Scooby flee on snowmobiles, but end up frozen like icicles in the freezing waters. The rest of the gang break them out and their accident gives Fred an idea. They lure the ghost by and Scooby knocks a tub of water onto him, freezing the Snow Ghost. But it backfires, as always and the Snow Ghost pops up beside Scooby, grabbing him. Shaggy flings a snowball at the Snow Ghost and the whole gang get trapped in one big snow pile. They unmask the Snow Ghost as Mr. Greenway. He was also in cahoots with Mr. Leech, who would bring Greenway the stolen jewels in a suitcase and Mr. Greenway would hide the jewels inside hollowed logs (like what Daphne found), and float them down the lake to the sawmill. The Snow Ghost, Mr. Greenway devised after Fu Lan Chi told him his story and he dressed up as the Snow Ghost to scare people away. Mr. Greenway used plastic, transparent skis to fly across the sky.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

  • Snow Ghost (single appearance)(no lines)(disguise)/
  • Mr. Greenway (single appearance)
  • Mr. Leech (single appearance)
  • Yeti (only appearance; dies)(no lines)(ghost)(flashback only)

Other characters:

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Greenway Strange behavioral manner.
Mr. Leech Sinister appearance and behavior.
Fu Lan Chi He told the gang the suspiciously fluent story about the Snow Ghost.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Mr. Greenway as the Snow Ghost
Mr. Leech
To protect the smuggling ring.

Cast

Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Hal Smith Mr. Greenway
Vic Perrin Snow Ghost
Mr. Leech
Yeti

Full credits

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


Notes/trivia

  • The title is a pun on "That's No Ghost".
  • This episode is the first season finale of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
  • This episode introduces the gang's winter clothing.
  • This is the final episode for which Stefanianna Christopherson provides Daphne's voice; she was replaced by Heather North Kenney.
  • This is the first time a monster tries to kill one of the protagonists; to more extreme physical and non-physical degrees than before.
    • Mr. Greenway is one of the more dangerous criminals the gang encounter. While most of them are content merely to scare off intruders, he ties Velma to a buzzsaw, and then tries to blow her and Scooby up with dynamite.
  • Mr. Greenway and Mr. Leech are parodies of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, respectively. Greenstreet began his on-screen career with that of "Fat Man" Kasper Gutman in 1941's The Maltese Falcon; his sheer size, abrasive laugh, bulbous eyes, and manner of speaking got him typecast for the other on-screen roles that followed. The film also led to his partnering (up to nine films) with Hungarian actor, Lorre; Lorre's distinctive accent, and large-eyes were a favorite target of comedians, and cartoonists.
  • This episode marks the first time Scooby gets scared by his own reflection.
  • If Mr. Greenway hadn't dressed up as the Snow Ghost, the gang would probably never have uncovered the jewel-smuggling operation. They began investigating because of the Snow Ghost, and not because of the suspicious behavior of Leech and Greenway.
  • Instead of Daphne falling through a trap door, it is Shaggy.

Miscellaneous

  • Disguises: None.
  • Scooby Snacks: A handful (Shaggy says a couple, but there appears to be more than two).
  • "Zoinks" count: 4.
  • "Gang way" count: 2.

Adaptations

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • After Scooby makes a funny face in the broken mirror, Scooby, Shaggy and Velma are all stood closer to the wall than they were previously (the trapdoor has also moved with Shaggy).
  • When Mr. Greenway warns the gang about the Snow Ghost, he suddenly has white sclera.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • When the gang first see the Snow Ghost through the window of the guest room, they panic and leap onto Velma's back. She runs around the room, carrying the others, but only picks up Daphne at the threshold of the door, the door leading out into the snow. Why isn't Daph in the room with the others, where was she when the whole business started? Even more oddly, to "escape" the Snow Ghost, having already locked the window, they run outside, where the Snow Ghost is.
  • After the invasion of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Tibet in 1950-51, Tibet has officially been a part of the People's Republic of China, therefore Shaggy wasn't wrong when he said that Fu Lan Chi's cave was furnished in early Chinatown, and Velma's "This stuff isn't from China, it's from Tibet!" is subsequently misleading; she just refers to a specific part of China, clarifying Shaggy's generalisation. It is similar to someone saying "This stuff isn't from America, it's from Nevada!"
  • It's unknown if Fu Lan Chi already knew about the sightings of the Snow Ghost, or had only just heard about it from the gang. The fact that he's incredibly calm about it may be a result of the former. (It could also possibly reflect his age.) Also, they find his story dubious; even if this is the case, it isn't clear if they bothered to have the decency to tell him it was just Mr. Greenway in disguise. They would just be assuming it was fake if they didn't tell him the outcome.
  • There are several mistakes with tracks in the snow. Freddy says the Snow Ghost's tracks end at the chasm, but they actually end well before it. The snowmobiles don't leave any tracks at all, although the Snow Ghost does. And why does the gang never find Greenway's ski tracks anywhere when they're continually finding his footprints?
  • The reflection in the broken mirror is incorrect.
  • There must be a conveyor belt moving the log toward the buzzsaw, since there is no chain pulling it. Yet, when Scooby gnaws the log in two, only the front half continues to move.
  • The dynamite explodes before the fuse is burned up. In fact, the fuse barely shortens at all.
  • The Snow Ghost is right behind Shaggy's snowmobile, when suddenly, the snowmobile hits an icy cliff face, does a loop-the-loop in the air, and lands immediately behind the skiing ghost. The question is, if he was so close behind the snowmobile in the first place, how did he avoid the loop, which would've put him behind them once again?
  • When Shaggy and Scooby drive onto the ice, they turn and see the Snow Ghost, who was chasing them, stopped on the edge of a cliff, even though they didn't encounter any cliff to get there. And why does the Snow Ghost stop chasing them, anyway? Cliffs don't deter him, as had already been seen. Perhaps he knew the ice was dangerously thin.
  • After Shaggy and Scooby crash into the sign, it takes a moment for it to break off.
  • The lid is missing from the tub of water.
  • Scooby sits on the edge of a cliff above the kids, waiting to throw water down on the Snow Ghost. When the ghost appears, he growls, Scooby yells, and they have a noisy tussle that goes on for quite a while before the others notice what's happening.
  • Daphne and Velma simultaneously say, "You?" but only Velma is heard.
  • All through the episode, the Snow Ghost mask covers Greenway's entire head, but when it finally falls off, it's just a frontal face mask.
  • Velma explains that Mr. Greenway uses transparent skis to give the appearance that the Snow Ghost was flying. However, when the gang first see the Snow Ghost flying, he jumps off a cliff and hovers through the air, belly-down. Transparent skis would not explain how Mr. Greenway did this. Furthermore, the Ghost seems to hover higher off the ground than the height of the skis shown, and there is even a shadow underneath the ghost as he floats.
    • Also equally unexplained, is where the Snow Ghost carries his skis when walking?

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Το Φάντασμα του Χιονιού The Ghost of the Snow

Home media

Quotes

Shaggy: Oh, boy! This ski trip is turning into a real scare trip!


Mr. Greenway: Oh! Have I got a headache!

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