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The Lochness Mess


Globetrotters movie

The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Episode # 116
US Air date December 23, 1972 (CBS)
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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The Lochness Mess is the sixteenth and final episode of the first season of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.


On a trip to Shaggy's Uncle Nathaniel, the kids and the Harlem Globetrotters must again solve a mystery, involving three ghosts who are trying to keep them away from a bay that contains a sunken ship filled with treasure.


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Suspect Motive/reason
Morgan, Winslow, and Selby They didn't want to rent a boat to the gang or anyone snooping around.


Culprit Motive/reason
Morgan as the Ghost of Paul Revere
Winslow as the Minuteman Ghost
Selby as the Redcoat Ghost
To keep what they thought was a treasure chest for themselves.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Eddie Anderson B.J. Mason
Stu Gilliam Curly Neal
Scatman Crothers Meadowlark Lemon
Johnny Williams Geese Ausbie
Richard Elkins J.C. "Gip" Gipson
Robert DoQui Pablo Robertson
Lennie Weinrib Uncle Nathaniel
Ted Knight Ghost of Paul Revere
Henry Corden Redcoat Ghost
Mike Road Minuteman Ghost
John Stephenson Morgan

Full credits

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


  • Shaggy takes the wheel of the Mystery Machine for the first time. He drives it again in the The Scooby-Doo Show episode, The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man (aired in 1976), and would continue in this vein throughout the better part of Scooby and Scrappy-Doo cartoons between 1980 and 1983.
  • Scooby and the gang next solve a mystery involving the Loch Ness Monster in the The Scooby-Doo Show episode, A Highland Fling with a Monstrous Thing.
  • Freddy refers to the ghost of Paul Revere as the one with the lantern even though the Minuteman Ghost holds a lantern throughout most of the episode.
  • Shaggy and Scooby say their prayers before going to bed. This is one of the rare times any of the main cast are shown to have spiritual beliefs. 

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • As the gang and the Globetrotters start to drive off to Uncle Nat's house the Globetrotters' dog appears briefly, but since he doesn't appear again, it's more than likely an animation mistake. Their bus driver, Granny was also briefly seen.
  • When the sea serpent tries to swap the boat (near the end of the episode) the second time, Scooby disappears for two seconds from the boat (in the air), and as the boat falls down to the surface of the water, Scooby re-appears. But when the boat splashes, Scooby's place is hidden by the water, and he suddenly appears on the sea serpent.
  • Also, while Fred and Shaggy were rowing in the back seats, and Meadowlark and Curly in the front, when Shaggy says that the sea serpent got Scooby, their places are switched.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Despite this episode's title, it did not take place anywhere near Loch Ness (or Europe for that matter). The gang do eventually go to Loch Ness in the The Scooby-Doo Show episode, A Highland Fling With a Monstrous Thing and the direct-to-video movie, Scooby-Doo! And The Loch Ness Monster, for instance.
  • Fred states that no one has ever photographed the Loch Ness Monster, but at the time this episode aired (1972), there were two alleged photos of the monster: Hugh Gray's photograph taken in 1933, and the famous Surgeon's Photograph of 1934, which depicted the creature as a long-necked plesiosaur. Surgeon's Photograph was not rigorously studied until 1984 when Stewart Campbell concluded that the picture was of something only two or three feet long and therefore of an otter or a marine bird. In 1994, Christian Spurlin revealed that the picture faked using a toy submarine and a cropping of the picture to hide how small the model really was. But there is no way Fred in 1972 could have known about these developments.
  • Shaggy, Scooby, Meadowlark, and Curly thought that the Minuteman was a real ghost because the heavy ball went through him, but if one looks closely, the ball went between his legs inside going through him.
  • When the ghosts chase Daphne, Velma and the Globetrotters into the abandoned cabin, the group manage to escape when one of the Globetrotters dons a bear skin rug. However, the ghosts shut the door after and exclaim "there's no escape". The ghosts technically shut themselves inside the cabin while the group had already escaped. The scene may have been intended to come after the group run into the cabin.
  • Until the scene where Scooby knocks him into the lake the Minuteman Ghost is also holding a lantern.
  • Just what is the sea serpent? It moves and acts very much like a living being however it is revealed to be a hot air balloon however, Morgan is able to control it via remote control. How is this possible if it is a rubber balloon filled with air?
  • The ghost of Paul Revere rode around yelling that "the British are coming." However, the real Paul Revere actually warned the colonists that "the regulars are coming" as they did not consider themselves Americans yet.
    • This historical inaccuracy is due to the fact that American society's general knowledge of Paul Revere came mostly from the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow written in 1860. The poem was not meant to be accurate as Longfellow was trying to create American legends.
  • It is stated by Nathaniel that he has known about the sunken ship and its treasure being part of a movie called Sunken Treasure for thirty years. However it is very unlikely that a movie company would have gone to such lengths in the 1940s as even films like Wake of the Red Witch (1948) used model work and close-ups to achieve the same effects.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Το Μπλέξιμο του Λοκ-Νες The Loch Ness Mess
Hungarian A Loch Ness-i zűr The Loch Ness mess

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