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Dynomutt, Dog Wonder
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Syndication title card
Format Animation
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Starring Frank Welker
Gary Owens
Larry McCormick
Ron Feinberg
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20 (16 half-hour episodes and eight 11-minute two-part episodes)
Production
Running time approx. 22 minutes
(per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 11, 1976 – October 22, 1977

Dynomutt, Dog Wonder is an American animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Hanna-Barbera about a Batman-esque super hero, the Blue Falcon and his assistant, a bumbling yet generally effective robot dog Dynomutt, who could produce a seemingly infinite number of mechanical devices from his body. As with many other animated super-heroes of the era, no origin for the characters were ever provided.

Recently, between January 2 and March 9, 2008, repeats of Dynomutt, Dog Wonder were shown on Boomerang. On June 4, 2009, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder returned to Boomerang and airs Thursdays through Sundays at 10am Eastern.

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History

Millionaire socialite art dealer Radley Crown (a Bruce Wayne incarnate voiced by Gary Owens) and his mechanical mongrel, Dynomutt (voiced by Frank Welker who spoke in a hick-like voice reminiscent of Bullwinkle J. Moose and very early Big Bird), enjoy leisure time in their base of operations, Big City, until alerted by The Falcon Flash. They immediately dash for The Falcon's Lair (situated in Crown's penthouse apartment), where they switch to their secret identities, The Blue Falcon and Dog Wonder, respectively, receive the report via TV screen from the secret GHQ of secret agent F.O.C.U.S. One (voiced by Ron Feinberg, the tongue-in-cheek narrator of all 20 segments of Dynomutt Dog Wonder), and jump into The Falconcar and speed into the fray against assorted evildoers. In a coup not unsimilar to the 1960s Batman TV series, the first 10 minutes of Dynomutt ended with a cliffhanger wherein The Daring Duo, in the clutches of their foes, were subjected to a perilous fate which would be resolved immediately after the commercial.

The metallic mutt employed a system of miniaturized transistors which allowed him to extend his limbs or neck and use them to perform extraordinary feats; only problem was, none of them ever really worked properly! B.F. (as D.W. would lovingly refer to him), was more Dynomutt's victim than his master, forever being hamstrung by the latter's insufferably clumsy mechanized mishaps, which would often result in Blue Falcon calling Dynomutt "Dog Blunder". But nevertheless, Dynomutt and The Blue Falcon, who was equipped with his own arsenal of supergadgetry (what superhero wouldn't be?) manage to get the situation well in hand. Sometimes Lt. Mumbly or even Dynomutt's co-stars, Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving teen consorts Shaggy Rogers, Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley, would drop in to aid The Daring Duo in cracking their toughest crimes. Dynomutt Dog Wonder has the historic significance of casting the first African-American public official in Saturday Morning cartoons in the form of Mayor Gaunt (voiced by the late Larry McCormick).

Episode Guide (The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour)

Season One (1976 – 1977)

The episode titles given reflect Hanna-Barbera studio records. No on-screen titles were given for this series.

# Episode title Original airdate Synopsis
SDD-1 Everyone Hyde! 1 September 11, 1976 Willie the Weasel has created a formula that turns him into Mr. Hyde. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are assisted in catching him by Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Inc.
SDD-2 What Now, Lowbrow? 1 September 18, 1976 A caveman-like criminal named Lowbrow wants to become the King of Crime and steals some books that will help him in his quest. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt end up assisted by Mystery Inc. into stopping Lowbrow.
SDD-3 The Great Brain...Train Robbery September 25, 1976 The Gimmick is a criminal mastermind who uses his prowess of gadgets to create havoc in the city and dares the police to stop him from stealing a train car with a prince inside.
SDD-4 The Day And Night Crawler October 2, 1976 A talking worm called Worm and his henchman Grub use a digging machine to spring Bugsy Busby and Roto Chopper from prison in a plot to steal a super-computer.
SDD-5 The Harbor Robber October 9, 1976 An ocean-themed villain named Fishface plans to steal Big City's oil and hold it for ransom.
SDD-6 Sinister Symphony October 16, 1976 Manyfaces uses his hypnotic gadget to hypnotize Dynomutt into arresting Blue Falcon, Mayor Gaunt, and the Chief of Police.
SDD-7 Don't Bug Superthug October 23, 1976 Superthug and his henchman Zorkon have created a super-dynamic steel skeleton and plans to use it to steal the city's steel supply to mass-produce an army of steel skeletons.
SDD-8 Factory Recall October 30, 1976 Blue Falcon loses his Falcon Communicator while he and Dynomutt are fighting Mr. Cool. Mr. Cool then makes Blue Falcon think that he is F.O.C.U.S. One claiming that Dynomutt needs to recalled to where he was made.
SDD-9 The Queen Hornet November 6, 1976 Blue Falcon and Dynomutt attempt to get evidence that will put Queen Hornet in prison.
SDD-10 The Wizard Of Ooze 1 November 13, 1976 Swamp Rat and his henchman Mudmouth plan to flood Big City by using stolen pumps to send half the water in Bogmyer Swamp into Big City to start a crime spree. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are assisted by Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. to stop the villains before Big City becomes Bog City.
SDD-11 Tin Kong November 20, 1976 A hack movie director named Eric von Flick plans to make a movie called "The Total Destruction of Big City" starring his robotic creation Tin Kong.
SDD-12 The Awful Ordeal With The Head Of Steel November 25, 1976 2 Ironface seeks revenge on Big City by capturing the District Attorney, the Warden of Rockatraz, Detective Malloy, Mayor Gaunt, Judge Grater, Chief Grisby, and the Chief Prosecuter as well as Blue Falcon and Dynomutt.
SDD-13 The Blue Falcon Vs. The Red Vulture November 27, 1976 The Red Vulture steals 2 of the world's most powerful superjet engines, with plans to use them for his nefarious Vulturejet and in turn dominate the airways.
SDD-14 The Injustice League Of America December 4, 1976 3 Fishface, Gimmick, Lowbrow, Queen Hornet, Superthug, and Worm have escaped from Big City Prison and form the Injustice League of America. They plan to commit a major crime spree and dispose of Blue Falcon and Dynomutt.
SDD-15 Lighter Than Air Raid December 11, 1976 3 An evil genius of the airways named Blimp is stealing Big City's supply of helium.
SDD-16 The Prophet Profits December 18, 1976 3 The Prophet sets up his own disasters which he can predict for Mayor Gaunt and charge him $500,000 for every prediction he wants to know.
  • 1 These episodes guest-star Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang.
  • 2 Episode 1.12, "There's a Demon Shark In The Foggy Dark/The Awful Ordeal With The Head Of Steel", was originally broadcast not on a Saturday morning, but on Thanksgiving Day 1976 (November 25), during ABC's Thanksgiving Funshine Festival.
  • 3 These episodes, and all first-season repeats, were broadcast as part of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show, which included an additional half-hour featuring a Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! rerun.

Episode guide (Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics)

Season Two (1977 – 1978)

# Episode title Original airdate Synopsis
2.1 Beastwoman Pt. 1 and 2 September 10, 1977 Beastwoman uses her multifrequency Beast Whistle to have the animals at Big City Zoo break out of their cages and drive the people out of Big City. When Dynomutt falls victom to the Beast Whistle, it's up to Blue Falcon to stop Beastwoman.
2.2 The Glob Pt. 1 and 2 September 24, 1977 Norbert Prindle (AKA Glob) and his gang plan to steal the Baltese Falcon.
2.3 Madame Ape Face Pt. 1 and 2 October 8, 1977 Madame Ape Face is using a device to help her steal the faces of beautiful starlets of Big City.
2.4 Shadowman Pt. 1 and 2 October 22, 1977 Shadowman mysteriously knows all of the plans of the Crime Commission and plans to commit a crime spree where one of them frames Mayor Gaunt.

These 4 new episodes were aired under the new title The Blue Falcon & Dynomutt.

Voices

In popular culture

  • Gary Owens and Frank Welker reprise their roles of Blue Falcon and Dynomutt in guest appearances in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dyno-Might" (which was considered to be the darkest of the duo's adventures). Blue Falcon comes to Dexter when Dynomutt is damaged during their fight with Buzzord (voiced by Rob Paulsen). Though Dynomutt is rebuilt by Dexter, Dynomutt ends up trashing his laboratory causing Dexter to deactivate Dynomutt and create Dynomutt X-90 (also voiced by Frank Welker) who ends up overdoing it with stopping crime. Dexter became Dexstar to help Blue Falcon stop Dynomutt X-90. When Dynomutt X-90 ends up trapping Dexter and Blue Falcon, Dexter stated that he created Dynomutt X-90 when the other Dynomutt was a goofy idiot. This causes Blue Falcon to reactivate the real Dynomutt while telling Dexter that "He wasn't just a goofy idiot sidekick! He was a...go-go dog person!" Dynomutt arrives and distracts Dynomutt X-90 enough for Dexter to deactivate him. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt then thank Dexter for their help.
  • Gary Owens reprises his role of Blue Falcon in the Johnny Bravo episode "Johnny Makeover." He, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Don Knotts redesign Johnny's show in a parody of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.
  • Blue Falcon appears as a recurring character in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law TV series and once in the video game of the same title as a Spanish lawyer named Azul Falcone (voiced by Maurice LaMarche). Dynomutt has also appeared in the two-part episode "Deadomutt" voiced by André Sogliuzzo with a Spanish accent.
  • Dynomutt and Blue Falcon appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "Ban on the Fun" with Dynomutt voiced by Victor Yerrid and Blue Falcon voiced by Kevin Shinick.

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