Homer 'Bulldog' Pipsqueak
Created by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
swear, this site is going to the dogs. This has just got to be
about the lamest entry ever on the site, but here goes:
During it's seemingly endless run of one-hour-long The New
Scooby-Doo Movies on 1970s television, the Mystery, Inc. gang
of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo teamed up with
cartoon versions of many real-life celebrities (who provided their
own voices), including the Harlem Globetrotters, Jonathan Winters,
Phyllis Diller, Sonny and Cher and even Don Knotts, who played
both himself and private eye HOMER "BULLDOG" PIPSQUEAK.
Yes, that Don Knotts. This was one of two appearances
by Knotts on the show (the other being as sheriff of a small town
named Juneberry). In the "Guess Who's Knott Coming to
Dinner?" episode he played a private investigator investigating
the disappearance of Captain Moody. When Scooby and the Mystery
Inc. gang show up at Moody Manor, innocently asking for directions,
Pipsqueak being the great detective that he is, immediately suspects
that one of them may have offed Captain Moody, who is missing,
and that the rest of them are relatives gathering to quibble over
his estate, and the fun begins. He wears several disguises, portraying
the butler, maid, the ghost of Captain Moody and others as he
bumbles his way through his investigation. Eventually the gang
tumbles to the fact that they are all Homer (although Scooby insists
it is Don Knotts). Pipsqueak, however, informs them that his nickname
is Bulldog because he never lets go of an investigation and claims
to speak every known language.
At least in this one -- and despite the deerstalker's cap --
Knotts actually "plays" a "real" private eye,
unlike The Private Eyes, his 1980 theatrical release, where
he and co-star Tim Conway actually played inspectors from Scotland
ANOTHER, EVEN MORE BURNING
- Since, theoretically, Mystery Inc. was a detective agency,
should Scooby and the gang be considered "private eyes"?
Does anyone ever remeber them ever actually being hired to do
Actually, I believe they were 'hired' in the 1969 episode,
"Decoy for a Dognapper." They heard about a
reward being offered for resolution of a string of dognappings
and went to the office of the man offering the reward. Not strictly
a case of being hired, but there was money at stake. Failing
that, try the 1969 episode go "Away Ghost Ship"
where the gang goes to meet a "client" at his penthouse
at 11:00 pm, scam their way past his butler with a room-service
gag and get the story behind his current shipping troubles. It
is never stated that they are hired, but the next scene is the
gang out on a specially equipped boat pretending to be a freighter
to attract the pirates, so the 'hiring' is kind of implied.
As to whether they should be considered "private eyes," well, yeah, probably they should be if you look at it from a historical perspective. This show introduced many kids to the concept of mysteries, including all of the classic bits (many of them now clichés) that are encountered in crime/mystery fiction. For example: in both of the cases mentioned above, the "client" turns out to be the bad guy. In various episodes, they deal with bank robbers, jewel thieves, and other more common criminals. Scooby himself is summoned to the reading of an eccentric old man's will and learns he will inherit part of a fortune if he spends the night in the spooky mansion, and so on. It is an animated introduction to private investigation for grade schoolers.
Furthermore, the Mystery Inc. gang was also in a short lived
spin-off from Scooby Doo called A Pup Named Scooby
Doo that follows their adventures as kids. In these, they
call themselves the Scooby Doo Detective Agency and in one episode
are given a "Bucket O' Contracts" to sign by a client.
This is the most compelling evidence to date that they were
in fact 'professional' investigators and not, as often maligned,
simply "meddling kids."
forgotten about all this)
But all that being said, do you/we/anyone care? Is it crucial
to have this on TD? Is it the kind of thing that folks come there
looking for? Probably not, but what makes your site unique is
that you stretch the rules to include the Dortmunders and Rhodenbars
and other folks that just fit with the overall feel of the site."
- THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES
Created by Joseph Barbera
and William Hanna
Writers: Larz Bourne, Jameson
Brewer, Tom Dagenais, Ruth Brooks Flippen, Fred Freiberger, Willie
Gilbert, Woody Kling, Bill Lutz, Larry Markes, Norman Maurer,
Jack Mendelsohn, Sidney Morse, Ray Parker, Gene Thompson, Paul
West, Harry Winkler
Directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
Associate Producer: Alex
Lovy, Zoran Janjic
Produced by Ashley Nixon
Starring Don Messick as Scooby
Casey Kasem as Norville "Shaggy" Rogers
Nicole Jaffe as Velma Dinkley
Heather North as Daphne Blake
and Frank Welker as Freddy Jones
Guest Starring Don Knotts as
HOMER "BULLDOG" PIPSQUEAK/HIMSELF.
- "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?" (October
Report respectfully perpetrated by Dale Stoyer and Kevin Burton Smith.
Illustration copyright Hanna Barbera.