We return once again to the Scooby-Dooniverse, my giant online bulletin board of Silly-String’d-connections that link almost every major American cartoon character or series into one shared universe via cameos and crossovers. This week we’ll begin looking specifically at the many guest-stars that Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Inc. have teamed up with to solve various and sundry mysteries.
Of course, because animation is so popular, voice acting requires less demand on a name actor’s schedule and creates much buzz for the cartoon, even if the celebrity does not appear as themselves in the cartoon (such as with early episodes of The Simpsons, guest-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Dustin Hoffman playing other characters).
Below is the first of a series of posts listing celebrities who have appeared, as themselves or as a character from TV or film, in an animated cartoon. We start, of course, with the many variations of Scooby-Doo, who popularized such guest-stardom via The New Scooby-Doo Movies. (The Flintstones did this much earlier on their series, featuring appearances by Hoagy Carmichael, the cast of Bewitched, and Ann-Margret.)
First, a quick breakdown of the guest-star types we’ll be dealing with:
- The first and most common type of guest-star is that of the celebrity appearance, such as Mr. T on House of Mouse.
- The second type is an actor portraying a well-known character, such as when Debby Ryan, as Jessie Prescott, appeared in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.
- The third type, what I call a “ghost star”, is when actors portray other characters, such as The Three Stooges. I do not count these, nor characters who were adapted into a cartoon series, then appear in a cameo or crossover. Those get linked in the grand Scooby-Dooniverse scheme.
Here’s the list of all the Scooby-Doo series (and a few original movies), along with the real people who teamed-up with The Gang to solve a mystery!
Seasonal Scooby-Doo Shows
|Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!||1969–70|
The first series. No guest stars.
|The New Scooby-Doo Movies||1972–73|
This is the series that featured either crossovers with other cartoon series, or featured guest appearances by real people.
In order of appearance (from Wikipedia):
- Don Adams – Himself (In “The Exterminator”)
- John Astin – Gomez Addams (In “Wednesday Is Missing”)
- Ted Cassidy – Lurch (In “Wednesday Is Missing”)
- Sonny & Cher – Themselves (In “The Secret of Shark Island”)
- Tim Conway – Himself (In “The Spirit Spooked Sports Show”)
- Jackie Coogan – Uncle Fester (In “Wednesday Is Missing”)
- Phyllis Diller – Herself (In “A Good Medium Is Rare”)
- Sandy Duncan – Herself (In “Sandy Duncan’s Jekyll and Hyde”)
- Dick Van Dyke – Himself (In “The Haunted Carnival”)
- Cass Elliot – Herself (In “The Haunted Candy Factory”)
- Harlem Globetrotters [Their cartoon series predates their appearance here.]
- Don Knotts – Himself (In “Guess Who’s Knott Coming to Dinner?” & “The Spooky Fog of Juneberry”)
- Carolyn Jones – Morticia Addams (In “Wednesday Is Missing”)
- Davy Jones – Himself (In “The Haunted Horseman of Hagglethorn Hall”)
- Jerry Reed – Himself (In “The Phantom of the Country Music Hall”)
- Jonathan Winters – Himself and Maude Frickert (In “The Frickert Fracas”)
|The Scooby-Doo Show||1976–78|
No guest stars. (Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, who also is a voice actor, appeared in one episode.)
|Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics||1977–78|
No guest stars, just lots of cartoon cameos, including Fred and Barney!
|Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo||1979–80|
|Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo||1980–82|
|The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show||1983–84|
Yes. I know. If nothing else, this kept the franchise going, and, more important, had an incredible cast of voice actors! IMDb lists these all under the same listing, totaling five seasons. [Mark Evanier has a lot of explaining to do.]
|The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo||1985|
Vincent Price stars, as “Vincent Van Ghoul”, a nice bit of stunt-casting.
|A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||1988–91|
The Gang as pre-teens. No guest stars, just a lot of talent.
|What’s New, Scooby-Doo?||2002–06|
A return to the tried-and-true, but with modern technology. Lots of celebrity cameos, and lots of celebrities voicing characters! Rhea Perlman, Jim Belushi, Mark Hamill (of course), Peter Scolari, M. Emmet Walsh, Vincent D’Onofrio….
- Ryan Sheckler
- Brett Hull
- Chris Klug
- Mike Piazza
- J.C. Chasez
- Eric Singer
- Paul Stanley
- Eric Singer
- Tommy Thayer
- Lindsay Pagano
- Simple Plan
- Smash Mouth
|Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!||2006–08|
Two seasons, 26 episodes. Feels like a web-based series. No cameos, minimal cast.
|Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||2010–13|
|Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!||2015–18|
Wow. No celebrity cameos
|Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?||2019–present|
- Chris Paul
- Wanda Sykes
- Ricky Gervais
- Penn & Teller
- Jaleel White as Steve Urkel, Urkel-Bot
- Jim Gaffigan
- “Weird Al” Yankovic [He also appeared, along with Scooby and the gang, in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!“.]
- Sia as Herself
- Kenan Thompson
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Mark Hamill
- George Takei
- Steve Buscemi
- Jeff Dunham
- Darci Lynne Farmer
- Maddie Ziegler
- Jeff Foxworthy
- Malcolm McDowell
- The Hex Girls
- Christian Slater
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Bill Nye
Animated direct-to-video films
|Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon||February 26, 2013|
If you must watch one of these DTV movies, make it this one. Set at “Mega Mondo Pop! Comic ConApalooza”, it centers on the release of a darker version of “Blue Falcon”. (Don’t ask how this jibes with the gang’s actually meeting the real Blue Falcon.) You’ll probably want to watch it twice, just to spot all the background Easter eggs.
|Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery||March 25, 2014|
- Vince McMahon
- The Miz
- John Cena
- Sin Cara
- Jerry “The King” Lawler
- Jimmy Hart
- Triple H
- Santino Marella
- Brodus Clay
- AJ Lee
- Michael Cole
- Alberto Del Rio
- Big Show
- Sgt. Slaughter [Slaughter links to Camp WWE and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero]
|Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery||July 21, 2015|
|Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon||August 9, 2016|
- Michael Cole
- Los Matadores
- Team Russia
- The Miz
- Team Legends
- Vince McMahon
- Kofi Kingston
- The Authority
|Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost||September 11, 2018|
|Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island||October 1, 2019|
|Scoob!||May 15, 2020|
|Scooby-Doo! in King Arthur’s Court||2020|
[Forthcoming. No cast has been announced.]
This was an animated episode of Supernatural.
After a haunted television set transports the Winchester Brothers into the animated world of Scooby-Doo, they join forces with the Scooby Gang to solve a ghostly mystery, one that is very real and life-threatening.
…and, this. It doesn’t fall under the guidelines of cartoon cameos, since Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band: The Official BBC Children in Need Medley involves some live action footage (Teletubbies and In the Night Garden…) as well as Supermarionation (Thunderbirds) and regular puppetry (Muffin the Mule), and regular animated characters. Scooby and Shaggy appear, via satellite, and SpongeBob SquarePants makes a rare cameo appearance. We have a link to British animation to add to the chart!
That’s it for this week! Think I missed any?