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The Haunted Candy Factory 

Cass Elliot's candy factory is haunted by strange green globs.

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Larz Bourne (story), Tom Dagenais (story) | 4 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Cass Elliot ... Herself (voice) (as 'Mama' Cass Elliot)
Nicole Jaffe ... Velma (voice)
Casey Kasem ... Shaggy (voice) (as Casy Kasem)
Don Messick ... Scooby-Doo / Mr. Franklin (voice)
Heather North ... Daphne (voice)
John Stephenson ... Mr. Crink / Sterling Smith / Detective Storm / Green Globs (voice)
Frank Welker ... Fred (voice)
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Storyline

The gang shelter from a storm in a candy factory but it turns out to be abandoned save for the owner, foreman, and some gooey green monsters sabotaging the whole place. The owner turns out to be Cass Elliot, who explains the monsters just won't leave and that they have scared her staff away and now run the machines themselves. The gang try to find a way to get rid of them but the monsters have a much bigger aim then just taking over the candy factory and they will do anything to keep from being driven out before they finish their master plan. Written by E. E. Buchanan

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Cass Elliot passed away in July 1974, less than a year after this episode aired. This makes her the first celebrity guest from the series to die in real life. See more »

Goofs

It's unclear how Scooby-Doo gets stuck in the purple taffy. When Shaggy gets stuck, Scooby-Doo is free and laughing at his predicament. The next time we see the gang, however, Scooby is stuck too. See more »

Quotes

Daphne: [about Cass's grapefruit diet] But those are covered in hot fudge, whipped cream and cherries.
Cass Elliot: Shhh! If you don't tell me, I won't tell my stomach.
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Connections

Referenced in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Secret Serum (2010) See more »

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Scooby Doo meets 'Mama' Cass Elliot
13 September 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' was a patchy and inconsistent show, it was also interesting and entertaining, with some great episodes, a handful of decent to good ones, some average to mediocre and a few bad.

"The Haunted Candy Factory" just about rises above average, not great and not among the best episodes but not among the bad or worst ones, if towards the weaker end. "The Haunted Carnival", with Dick Van Dyke, and "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show", with Tim Conway are the best episodes of Season 2 (which generally is far inferior to the mostly solid Season 1, which only had two disappointing episodes whereas Season 2 was a mixed bag) but it is an improvement over "Mystery in Persia", with Jeannie, "The Haunted Showboat", with Josie and the Pussycats, and "The Weird Winds on Winona", with Speed Buggy.

Immediately noticeable in terms of flaws is the animation quality. While the animation was never great, or even good, in 'The New Scooby Doo Movies' Season 2's animation was even more of a step-down than Season 1. While there are worse-animated episodes in the show, everything that made Season 2's animation as poor as it was (highlighted in previous reviews for the previous episodes) is present in "The Haunted Candy Factory", though at least the setting was a good atmospheric one and actually looked haunted.

'Mama' Cass Elliott is a great guest star, with really enjoyable rapport especially with Shaggy and Scooby and some funny lines. There could however have been less of the self-wisecracks about her weight, in real life she found it a very sensitive issue to talk about and some of it wasn't exactly tasteful. While not one of the worst cases ("Mystery in Persia" fares the worst in this regard), "The Haunted Candy Fsctory" does struggle to sustain momentum and the story within the length at times, so parts do drag and feel stretched. Fred, Velma and Daphne do feel side-lined and are not exactly interesting.

On the other hand, the music is haunting and energetic with the as ever infectiously catchy theme tune. A good deal of the writing has an endearing goofiness and often amusing and more, Shaggy and Elliott particularly so. The setting genuinely looks and feels haunted and provides real atmosphere, and there is a spookiness and intrigue to the story which does feel more of a mystery than most of the Season 2 episodes rather than being too over-reliant on the guest stars. The villains are pretty cool, even if the real identities are not hard to figure out.

Voice acting is fine, especially from Elliott, Don Messick and Casey Kasem.

In conclusion, above average episode and somewhere around the middle ranking the Season 2 episodes of 'The New Scooby Doo Movies'. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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