Homer 'Bulldog' Pipsqueak
Created by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna

I 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 Yard.

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Report respectfully perpetrated by Dale Stoyer and Kevin Burton Smith.
Illustration copyright Hanna Barbera.


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