Out on Tuesday, May 20, is The Richie Rich/Scooby Doo Show Volume 1, a two-disc collection of the first seven episodes of the 1980 TV show.
I’d never heard of this before being sent a copy. But since I’ve been told that Scooby Doo is Warner’s most popular character (a claim I have no way of guessing whether or not it’s true), I can understand why they’d want to put more of his adventures out on DVD.
Don’t be misled by the title — the two characters don’t team up. Instead, the show was a package, a combination of separate Richie Rich and Scooby Doo cartoons put together to fill an hour slot. And the Scooby segments only feature him, Shaggy, and Scrappy — no Fred, Velma, or Daphne — in seven-minute cartoons that are more comedy than mystery. Fan response seems to indicate that those really looking forward to this set more fondly remember the Richie Rich segments, with him, his dog Dollar, and Gloria (who sounds oddly like Bart Simpson because she’s voiced by Nancy Cartwright).
The animation is classic Hanna-Barbera, flat but serviceable. Aside from the episodes, the package contains one ten-minute featurette, “The Story of Richie Rich”. Here’s an excerpt about the appeal of the character, featuring Scott Shaw! and Mark Evanier:
According to this fan, the first season of this show had 13 episodes, so I’m not sure why this package only contains half of them, unless that’s what allowed the price point they were aiming for. (List price is $26.98, which allows for a $20 street price.) You can view a trailer for this set at IMDB (after you watch their forced ad), which will give you a good idea of the look of the cartoons.
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