Scooby Doo: The Spooky Fog of Juneberry

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“The Spooky Fog of Juneberry”,
is Don Knotts second appearance in The New Scooby Doo Movies.   Thanks to his generosity, the DVD collection shows his episodes back-to-back as other guest stars and their estates refuse to release their image.  As the gang drives deeper into an unknown desert they find ghost towns one after another bathed in a mysterious and haunting fog.  Getting hungry and not a hamburger stand in sight, a brave deputy comes to their rescue.

The guest star

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Don Knotts returns as a small town deputy of Juneberry. He reports to no other than Sheriff Griffith.

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The town of Juneberry, population 2230. Complete with church, barber, and a city hall.

The villain, the mystery, and the technology

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The Skeleton Man, haunts cemeteries and underground mines. It is also adept in handling modern machinery.

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Cattle rustling.

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The unexplained special-effects panel. An audio-video mixer capable of spooky fog, sounds effects, and ghostly projections.

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Gene Haultrey, unmasked.

Unanswered questions of curiosity

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Sheriff Dandy Griffith.

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Where the Boothill Gang hanged. Pretty gruesome imagery for Scooby Doo.

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Fred leaps into air chasing the skeleton ghost. The second he falls, Daphne and Velma are there waiting for him. He insists he’ll catch it. We don’t think so.

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In the mine car, Shaggy screams “help” while his lips are sealed shut.

 

Final thoughts

A terrible episode.  Other than cute references to The Andy Griffith Show, it’s a bore.  The gangs explores one new place after another that contributes little to the story other than to stretch out the run time.   The only saving grace is the above average animation at the cemetery.  While it does feature advanced “Scooby” technology, unfortunately the episode couldn’t find 5 seconds to explain it.

Previous episode: The Secret of Shark Island
Next episode: The Ghost of Bigfoot

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