Scooby Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon

“Scooby Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon”,
takes Mystery Inc. to a Hanna-Barbera-themed convention in southern California.  The Blue Falcon television series is getting a reboot.  It doesn’t come without controversies however, as bitter struggles for nostalgia surface.  While the world awaits a new generation of a super hero and his robotic dog, there are those who stand and fight against Hollywood’s trend of rewriting childhood memories.

The villain, the mystery, and the technology

The return of Mr. Hyde. A once fictional television character comes to life annoyed by another Hollywood reboot.

Framing and shutting down, cranky old Owen Garrison while taking $5 million in convention receipts.

Jack Rabble’s brilliance in killer robotics brought life to Mr. Hyde.

Jack Rabble rambles after unmasked.

Bonus prelude mystery: Manic Minotaur of Manesly Manor, in a university, stealing computers. Unmasked, is Horten McGuggenheim.

Facts and curiosities

It’s the Mega Mondo Pop Comic Con-A-Palooza located in downtown San De Pedro.

Joining canon villains from the original Scooby Doo, Where are You! are the Troll and the Dryad from The New Scooby Doo Movies episode, “The Caped Crusader Caper” featuring Batman and Robin.

Mask of the Blue Falcon pays homage to the original 1969 series.

Mystery Inc. made two crossover appearances in Dynomutt including one facing Mr. Hyde. Have they been retconned?

Look for cameos from Spaceman Swinton (Toy Scary Boo from “What’s New Scooby Doo?” series) and Wulfric Von Rydingsvard from “Big Top”.

Owen Garrison, the inspiration of Rabble’s crime, drove him mad after years of endless rants. Who was the real villain?

Final thoughts

“Mask of the Blue Falcon” is a nostalgic episode with references to 70s-era cartoons, and a not-so-subtle parallel to a super-hero reboot of 60’s television series.  The episode recycles and re-energizes the short-lived 70’s series “Dynomutt, Dog Wonder”, renaming it “The Blue Falcon” and cleverly introduces its actor, Owen Garrison, paying homage to the real-life voice actor, the late Gary Owens.  On the one hand, it is remarkable making a mystery out of a cartoon lasting only 20 episodes with serious overtones about years-long droning insanity. On the other, in the end I didn’t think of it as a classic as I believed it would early.  Perhaps, deep down, I thought Owen Garrison as the real counter-culture villain.  But that would have tarnished the legacy of Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon.


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