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    The original thirty-minute version of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo constitutes the fourth incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. It premiered on September 22, 1979 and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program. A total of sixteen episodes were produced.

    By 1979, the staff at Hanna-Barbera realized that the Scooby-Doo formula was getting worn out, which gave them reason to parody it in a 1979 prime time Scooby special, Scooby Goes Hollywood. In addition, ABC began threatening cancellation for the show, whose ratings were in decline. Therefore, for its 1979 - 1980 season, Scooby-Doo was given a major overhaul, adding the character of Scooby's nephew Scrappy-Doo, voiced by Lennie Weinrib, and changing the name of the show to Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.

    Unlike his large, clumsy, mush-mouthed, and cowardly uncle, Scrappy was small, sure-footed, articulate, and fearless; he would often attempt to take the task of capturing the ghost of the week into his own hands, forcing Shaggy and Scooby to try their best to save Scrappy from hurting himself. Although still present in these episodes, the characters of Fred, Daphne, and Velma became less and less essential to the plot of each episode.

    Marla Frumpkin took over Pat Stevens' role as Velma's voice towards the end of the season, beginning with episode 1.12, "The Ghoul, the Bat, and the Ugly". Velma does not speak in episode 1.16, "The Ransom of Scooby Chief".

    The second version of the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo series represents the fifth incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo series. A total of 33 half-hour episodes, each of which included three 7-minute shorts, ran for three seasons, from 1980 to 1982 on ABC. Thirteen episodes were produced in 1980.