Laff-a-Lympics is an animated comedy that aired on ABC. The first season aired as a part of package show Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics and the second as a part of its follow-up show Scooby's All-Stars. It aired as simply Laff-A-Lympics as a stand-alone title on ABC in 1980 and 1986 as mid-season replacements.
The series had 45 Hanna-Barbera characters pared out in three teams in athletic competition similar to the trash-sport Battle of the Network Stars specials of the time: the Yogi Yahooeys (a team of funny animal characters, mainly from the late 1950s and early 1960s - only the Great Grape Ape is from later, the 1970s), the Scooby Doobies (superhero and detective characters from the 1970s), and the Really Rottens (a team of villains, most of which were original to the show).
Each episode was divided into two segments, each taking place in a different locale.
Teams and characters
- The Yogi Yahooeys: Yogi Bear (team captain), Boo Boo Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Pixie, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Quick Draw McGraw, Cindy Bear, Snooper, Blabber, Augie Doggie, Doggie Daddy, Hokey Wolf, Wally Gator, Yakky Doodle, and The Great Grape Ape.
- The Scooby Doobies: Scooby Doo (team captain), Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, Dynomutt, The Blue Falcon, Hong Kong Phooey, Speed Buggy, Tinker, Captain Caveman, Dee Dee Skyes, Taffy Dare, Brenda Chance, Babu, Scooby Dum.
Originally, Josie & The Pussycats and Jeannie were to have been part of the team, but clearance issues with Radio Comics and Columbia Pictures Television kept them out. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels were subsequently created in the Pussycats' stead and Babu, from Jeannie, was retained as he was created by the H-B studio while Hong Kong Phooey replaced Jeannie.
- The Really Rottens: Mumbly (team captain), Dread Baron, Daisy Mayhem, Sooey Pig, The Great Fondoo, Magic Rabbit, Dinky Dalton, Dirty Dalton, Dastardly Dalton, Mr. Creepley, Junior Creeply, Mrs. Creeply, Orful Octopus.
Mumbly was created a year earlier as a detective on Hanna-Barbera's Tom & Jerry revival. The Creepleys appeared a couple of times as the Flintstones' next door neighbors The Gruesomes in the mid 1960s, and permutations of the Daltons appeared as antagonists in episodes of The Huckleberry Hound Show in the late 1950s. All other Rottens characters were originals. However: in the final issue of the Laff-A-Lympics comic book by Marvel Comics, it is revealed that Dread Baron is the brother of Wacky Races villain Dick Dastardly. Also in several episodes of season 2, Mumbly is misidentified as Muttley, of whom Mumbly bears a resemblance. Apparently, Dastardly and Muttley were to have been the Rottens captains, but due to Heatter-Quigley's co-ownership of the copyright to Wacky Races, they were replaced with Dread Baron and Mumbly.
- On-field commentators: Snagglepuss, Mildew Wolf.
Mildew was originally part of the It's The Wolf! segment of Hanna-Barbera's 1969 series The Cattanooga Cats and was voiced by Paul Lynde. At this point in time, Lynde was subject to scandal and was replaced by John Stephenson.
- Guest appearances: Jabberjaw, Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble.
Alan Reed, the voice of Fred Flintstone since 1960, lent his voice to Fred for the final time in the Laff-A-Lympics debut episode. He died a couple of months after the episode aired. Henry Corden voiced Fred thereafter.
|Daws Butler||Yogi Bear||1||2|
|Quick Draw McGraw||1||2|
|John Stephenson||The Great Fondoo||1||2|
|Frank Welker||Magic Rabbit||1||2|
|Marilyn Schreffler||Daisy Mayhem||1||2|
|Bob Holt||Grape Ape||1||2|
|Casey Kasem||Shaggy Rogers||1||2|
|Scatman Crothers||Hong Kong Phooey||1||2|
|Laurel Page||Taffy Dare||1||2|
|Vernee Watson||Dee Dee Skyes||1||2|
|Alan Reed||Fred Flintstone||1|
|Mel Blanc||Captain Caveman||1||2|
|Gary Owens||Blue Falcon||1||2|
|Julie Bennett||Cindy Bear||1||2|
|Season One||September 10, 1977||December 24, 1977||16|
|Season Two||September 9, 1978||October 28, 1978||8|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Event Results: The results of the events broken down by episode.
The show was first released in two volumes, containing the first eight episodes between them. Then, Spooky Games was released, which featured the other 8 episodes from the first season, as well as two episodes each duplicated from the two volumes, as well as one brand-new Scooby-Doo episode.
|Volume 1||January 19, 2010||1|
|Volume 2|| January 19, 2010 (Target)
October 19, 2010 (General)
|Spooky Games||July 17, 2012||2|