Created by Joseph Ruby and Kenneth Spears, these half-hour exploits of animated derring-do, first seen on The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, concern The Blue Falcon (voiced by Laugh-In alumni Gary Owens), a blue-caped and -cowled superhero and his robotic doberman, Dynomutt Dog Wonder (voiced by Frank Welker, in a manner that somewhat recalled Bullwinkle J. Moose), not unlike the heroic ilk of Batman and Robin but with a more comical twist.
Millionaire socialite art dealer Radley Crowne (a Bruce Wayne incarnate) and his mechanical mongrel, Dynomutt, enjoy leisure time in their base of operations, Big City, until alerted by The Falcon Flash. They immediately dash for The Falcon's Lair (situated in Crowne's penthouse apartment), where they switch to their secret identities, The Blue Falcon and Dog Wonder, respectively, recieve the report via TV screen from the secret GHQ of secret agent Focus One (voiced by the late Ron Feinberg, the tounge-in-cheek narrator of all 20 segments of Dynomutt Dog Wonder), and jump into The Falconcar and speed into the fray against assorted evildoers. In a coup not unsimilar to the 1960s Batman TV series, the first 10 minutes of Dynomutt ended with a cliffhanger wherein The Daring Duo, in the clutches of their foes, were subjected to a perilous fate which would be resolved immediately after the commercial.
(Courtesy of Cartoon Network Australia)
The metallic mutt employed a system of miniaturized transistors which allowed him to extend his limbs or neck and use them to perform extraordinary feats; only problem was, none of them ever really worked properly! B.F. (as D.W. would lovingly refer to him), was more Dynomutt's victim than his master, forever being hamstrung by the latter's mechanized mishaps. But nevertheless, Dynomutt and The Blue Falcon, who was equipped with his own arsenal of supergadgetry (what superhero wouldn't be?) manage to get the situation well in hand. Sometimes Lt. Mumbly or even Dynomutt's co-stars, Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving teen consorts Shaggy Rogers, Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley, would drop in to aid The Daring Duo in cracking their toughest crimes. Dynomutt Dog Wonder has the historic significance of casting the first African-American public official in Saturday Morning cartoons, The Mayor (voiced by the late Larry McCormick).
16 30-minute episodes of Dynomutt Dog Wonder were seen in 1976-77 on ABC'S The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour; it later became The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show when it was extended to an extra half hour. In 1977-78, when it was extended to yet another half hour under the umbrella title Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (the first [and insofar much as known, only] 120-minute Saturday Morning cartoon in network history!), 4 new "Dynomutt" shows were seen as 8 11-minute 2-parters, under the title The Blue Falcon And Dynomutt. Dynomutt Dog Wonder has enjoyed many periods of resurgence, on ABC Saturday Morning in the summer of 1978, on NBC Saturday Morning and the USA Network Cartoon Express in the 1980s (which oftentimes showed original bridging sequences from The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour) and with frequent runs on Cartoon Network as part of their daily Cartoon-A-Doodle-Doo offering, the last being in February 1999. Boomerang carried the episodes of Dynomutt Dog Wonder for their weekly Saturday schedule (the year 1976) as part of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (without, alas and alack, the original opening and closing titles!), with added repeats of Dynomutt Dog Wonder to its schedule (it briefly saw resurgence on Boomerang earlier this year). Warner Home Video has released The Complete Series of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour as part of their Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection on DVD in March 2006 (also without the original opening and closing titles!), to time it with the 30th Anniversary of the debut of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour on ABC Saturday Morning.
(Courtesy of Cartoon Network Australia)
A run on CN in March 1998 led to my taping all 20 original shows which in turn inspired me to put up this page, the very first fully functioning website dedicated to Dynomutt Dog Wonder. So, enjoy!
HOP IN THE FALCONCAR AND ZOOM INTO THESE SUPER DYNO-LINKS!
Flashing through the sky, he's a go-go guy!
He's fearless, scareless...a little too careless!
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