Watch Out! The Willawaw!

Willawaw chasing Scooby-Doo

Watch Out! The Willawaw! title card

The Scooby-Doo Show
Episode # 301
US Air date September 9, 1978 (ABC)
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Watch Out! The Willawaw! is the first episode of the third season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,[Note 1] and the twenty-sixth episode overall of the series. It was later repackaged as the first episode of the third season of The Scooby-Doo Show, and the twenty-fifth episode overall in the series.


The gang is going to meet Velma's uncle at his cabin. The gang get worried when they find him gone. While looking for Velma's uncle, they see something monstrous flying in the sky. They learn that it's the Willawaw, an owl-like monster that according to legend will carry its victim off when an owl calls the person's name. Not only that, but some more owl creatures are on the loose.


The gang head to an Indian reserve to find Velma's Uncle Dave. They arrive by boat, during which they see a huge owl, making a horrible screeching sound and flying through the air. The gang arrive to Uncle Dave's lodge, and find it deserted and ransacked. While they are there, Scooby claims to see two huge owls outside the window. After going outside, some people from the local Chippewa tribe come by, one of them being Red Herron, the chief of the tribe. Velma explains to Red Herron and the others with him about her uncle, Dave Walton, and Red Herron, who claims to be friends with Velma's uncle, and he and his tribemates claim that Velma's uncle was taken away by the Willawaw, a legendary creature. The Willawaw is said to be a fiery beast that swoops down to take away those whose names have been called by an owl. Red Herron warns the gang to leave, but they stay to solve the mystery.

Scooby and Shaggy spend the night on the boat, while Fred stays at Uncle Dave's cabin, with Velma and Daphne. While they are out on the boat, they hear an owl saying Scooby's name, so the Willawaw appears and begins to chase them. Scooby accidentally starts the boat and they end up in a nearby sea cave. Meanwhile, Fred and the girls walk to the cave to find Shaggy and Scooby. Velma finds an Indian pictograph in the dirt, a sign for danger, which she believes Uncle Dave carved. Fred, Velma and Daphne are then chased by two life-size owl men. They end up hiding in a room stocked full of kerosene and sandbags. Shaggy and Scooby are searching the same cave, where they discover a room full of fur coats, TVs, and other artifacts. They also discover some suits that look like owls, which they decide to put on. Fred, Velma, and Daphne decide to capture the owl men, only they accidentally capture Shaggy and Scooby. They tell Fred and the girls about the treasures they found in the cave, giving them the final clue to solve the mystery.

They decide to trap the Willawaw and the owl men. After they successfully do so, the culprits are revealed. The Willawaw was actually a jet-powered helium balloon, controlled by Grey Fox, one of the Indian natives. The jet engine is what made the horrible screeching sounds. Grey Fox's motive was due to a smuggling deal, which explained all the loot in the caves. The owlmen were henchmen of Grey Fox. Uncle Dave then appears after being rescued by Red Herron. It turns out he had been locked up by Grey Fox after discovering what was going on and was on his trail.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Willawaw (single appearance)(no lines)(Grey Fox's disguise)
  • Grey Fox (single appearance)
  • Owlmen (single appearance)(no lines)(Grey Fox's henchmen's disguise)
  • Grey Fox's henchmen (single appearance)(no lines)

Other characters:

  • Owl (single appearance)
  • Fish (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Native Indian (single appearance)(no lines)



  • TBA


  • Boat


Suspect Motive/reason
Red Herron Warned the gang to leave and then suspiciously following their trail.
Native Indian Suspiciously following the gang's trail with Red Herron.
Grey Fox Claimed the owl had called Dave Walton's name.


Culprit Motive/reason
Grey Fox operating the Willawaw ballon
Grey Fox's henchmen as the Owlmen
To cover his smuggling operation.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Dave Walton
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Heather North Daphne Blake
Pat Stevens Velma Dinkley
Lennie Weinrib Grey Fox
John Stephenson Red Herron


  • "Willawaw" probably comes from the word williwaw which is defined as "a sudden violent squall blowing offshore from a mountainous coast". It is not known where the word came from, but it was first used in the 19th Century by British sea men.
  • This is one of the rare moments early in the franchise when Shaggy, along with Scooby, is bribed with a Scooby Snack.
  • This is the second time, when the gang go to visit an uncle of Velma's, only to find out that he's vanished. The first time was in the previous season's episode, The Curse of the Viking Lake. Coincidentally they both happen to be the first episode of their respective season.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • None known.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Scooby-Doo et le Willawaw Scooby-Doo and the Willawaw
Greek Προσέξτε τον Γουίλου / Προσέξτε! Ο Γουίλο! Beware the Willow / Beware! The Wilo!
Hungarian Vigyázz, a villogó! Watch Out, the Wallawaw!

Home media



  1. in a short-lived revival attempt

External links

  • TBA

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