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Scooby-Doo and A Mummy Too!

Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too! is the twelfth episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and the twelfth episode of the series in general. In the episode An ancient mummy comes to life in search of an artifact which passes through Shaggy's hands.

Plot

At the university's archeology department, the gang is helping a professor put together a display centering on the mummy of Ankha, a three-thousand-year-old relic with a curse on it: Ankha had sworn to come back to life and turn to stone any who disturbed his tomb. Returning from the malt shop, where they had gone to pick up some sandwiches, they find that the mummy is missing and the professor has been petrified. They split up to search for the missing mummy. But the mummy finds Velma Dinkley, Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo first, cornering them and demanding the return of an ancient Egyptian coin which Shaggy had accidentally pocketed. They escape after Scooby nails one of its loose bandages to the floor. Meanwhile, Fred Jones and Daphne Blake have found the professor's colleague, Dr. Najib, turned to stone in his car. The other three return to where they left the mummy; it has broken free but left behind a scrap of his bandages. They go to the lab to test it (it doesn't seem to be three thousand years old) but the mummy appears. Velma and Shaggy escape, but the mummy gets Scooby; the rest of the gang later find a petrified Scooby. But, in fact, the stone Scooby is a fake and the real Scooby soon shows up. Returning to the professor's office, the gang researches his notes, which show that Ankha was renowned for his wealth. They also show a picture of a statue that bears a design exactly like that of the coin which the mummy is trying to get. The mummy appears and chases them into the woodshop, where they are attacked by a powersaw that Daphne accidentally turns on. The saw cuts a hole in the floor, knocking them into the gym pool. Fleeing again from the mummy, Shaggy and Scooby find quick-drying cement and spray molds before being bricked up in a shed, inside of which they find the professor, tied up and gagged. Scooby and Shaggy break out of the shed with a power mower, which goes out of control and catches up the mummy. The mummy winds up trapped in the gym basketball goal, where he is unmasked as Dr. Najib. The coin is the key to a secret compartment in a statue containing a priceless diamond scarab. Najib was after the scarab and was using the legend of Ankha to cover up his attempt to steal the artifact.

Characters

Cast

Trivia

  • The Mummy seems to be based off of Kharis from the old Universal Studios horror movies. With that in mind, this is the fourth Universal movie monster that Scooby and the gang face; the first three: Dracula, The Wolf-Man and Frankenstein's monster appear in the previous episode A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts.
  • The Mummy's name Ankha is probably a play on Princess Ananka, the name of the princess the mummy was supposed to protect in the Universal live-action films, The Mummy's Hand (1940), The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944), as well as Hammer's The Mummy (1959). Her name seems to come from the word ankh, which is an Egyptian hieroglyph that means "life".
  • Velma would once again disguise herself as Cleopatra in the direct-to-video film, Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, in a far greater scale than this one.
  • This episode inspired a set in LEGO's Scooby-Doo line - Mummy Museum Mystery. The set includes minifigures of Shaggy and Scooby, and the Mummy (however, this Mummy wears a headdress and is seeking jewels, not a coin). It also includes an Egyptian-themed museum area with a sarcophagus.

Timeline

Miscellaneous

  • Disguises: Shaggy and Velma as Antony and Cleopatra (museum exhibit), respectively.
  • Scooby Snacks bribe: 1 box.
  • "Zoinks" count: 7.
  • "Gang way" count: 1.

Adaptations

Gold Key Comics adapted this as the sole story for Scooby Doo... Where Are You! #7. It was renamed Somebody's Mummy.

Errors

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Shaggy holds the coin differently in the close and far shots, it also changes shape, too.
  • When Scooby licks his lips and laughs after catching the last scoop of ice cream in his mouth, the on the bread closest to the chef are yellow.
  • The first two times Scooby says "Nagasaki!" when performing Karate, his mouth does not move.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • When Scooby and the gang first see the real mummy along with the Professor in the beginning of the episode, it looks like the disguise that Dr. Najib will eventually wear. At the end however, when Scooby finds the real mummy, it looks nothing like what the gang first saw, as the real one looks like his face has been tightly wrapped around, showing his dried-up facial features. It is possible that the mummy they originally saw was actually Dr. Najib's costume, and the Professor didn't realize this. If this is true, then what is holding the fake up, and how did they miss the real mummy if it was hidden in plain sight?
  • The Siamese cat statue is more or less hovering over the platform it's supposed to be resting on.
  • The clock in the Professor's office always shows the same time.
  • Since Fred, Daphne or Velma are unlikely to have ice cream on sandwiches, the third one would have to had been for either Shaggy or Scooby. It probably would've made more sense to have the the chef make three hamburgers and two sandwiches. (It is possible one of the unusual sandwiches was for the professor).
  • Daphne and Velma start off at the jukebox in the Malt Shop, but once their takeaway box is prepared, they're standing at the counter as if they've been there all along.
  • On a wide shot, there are no olives next to the sandwiches, but when a close-up shows that two out of three of plates for the sandwiches have one, then they're are going again when the screen goes back to a wide shot.
  • The mummy somehow seems to know that Shaggy has the Egyptian coin, when even Shaggy himself didn't realize at first.
  • The closet starts off plain green, then when Velma tells the two to put the items back into the closet, it now has "Janitor" written on it, highlighted by a rectangular backing. When calls her a "spoil sport", it's now blue and "Janitor" doesn't have any backing. It is then blue when Shaggy opens it to find the mummy inside, and after Shaggy closes it on him, with his arm still sticking out, making a hole in the door. Then the door goes back to its original look, as the mummy waves its arm around. Finally, when the mummy breaks the door down, it's blue again.
  • Dr. Najib's super strength as the mummy is unexplained.
  • Shaggy and Scooby discover how the Mummy was making stone figures of everyone, but don't bother to tell the rest of the gang. Unless this was done off-screen.
  • That power saw has the world's longest extension cord! It is also surprisingly buoyant and waterproof.
  • Dr. Najib's scheme bordered on the impossible - he would have had to make the stone statues hours, days or even weeks in advance to get the details right (unless the quick-drying cement used was impossibly quick), and he would have had to know that the victim would stay in the exact same place (i.e. the Professor in his office), and not moved somewhere where there would've been any witnesses that he couldn't have been turned to stone. The mold shown also appears only to be able to mold human body shape, in standing position, but the stone statues are perfectly molded to facial and other body features, such as Scooby (who he would not have known what to look like). ◾ Furthermore, it is a big giveaway that the mummy disguise is a fraud considering a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy wouldn't be able to speak or understand present-day English.
  • Another giveaway that monster was fake, was that it was only supposed to affect those directly involved in moving Ankha from his tomb, which Scooby-Doo was not.
  • The Professor said he has captured because he surprised Dr. Najib, not only is this ironic, but for Dr. Najib to be surprised he would have to had been under the assumption that the Professor went home, which there was no indication as such. In fact, Dr. Najib must've realized he was staying because he was going to get help from the gang once Dr. Najib left.

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