Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

"The Nutcracker Scoob" (billed as "Nutcracker Scooby" when shown in Cartoon Network's Christmas marathons) is a half-hour Christmas episode of the Hanna-Barbera animated series The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, produced and aired as the thirteenth and final episode of the show's second and final season, and the first Christmas special starring the Scooby-Doo characters. Originally broadcast on ABC, it has since aired as part of annual Christmas programming on the USA Network, Cartoon Network, and most recently, Boomerang.


Part I[]


Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy posing as "Santa's elves".

Scooby, Scrappy, Shaggy, Daphne, and Fred are helping Tiny Tina and the other young residents of a children's home put on a Christmas pageant when Winslow Nickleby and his pet cat, Snowball, arrived to buy the building back today. Despite this, the show still went on with Shaggy as Scrooge and Scooby as The Ghost of Christmas Past. They suddenly spot a ghost named The Ghost of Christmas Never, who wanted to get her revenge of the gang, so the gang decides to snoop around.

Inside, they discover that the theatre was a mess, and Daphne finds a lapel pin with initials, W.N., on it, which stand for Winslow Nickleby. They needed to go to his house to tell him about the ghost. Scooby and Shaggy refuse until Mrs. Featherwig reminds them that Mrs. Muffinstuffer, the Nicklebys' cook, baked some cookies for them.

At the Nicklebys', Mrs. Muffinstuffer gives the gang nine dozen cookies as Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy bake more. They meet Nanette Musette as she informs them that Winslow was at the library hatching his evil plan to take over the children's home, making Fred decide to sneak around and listen in.

The gang listens to Winslow hear that his uncle left behind a priceless emerald at the children's home, making them look around. Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy dress up as chimney sweeps and look around the chimney as Scrappy finds a letter.

Scooby and Shaggy with the Ghost of Christmas Never

Back at the children's home, the trio shows Daphne and Fred the letter that read, "On Christmas Eve, your goal's not far. The emerald rests in the pageant star," which made Daphne remember the golden star in the attic. The gang goes up the attic and Scooby and Shaggy find The Ghost of Christmas Never as they accidentally jump out the window.

Part II[]

As the episode continues, Scooby and Shaggy were about to fall off a roof after discovering The Ghost of Christmas Never, Daphne and Fred try to help them until Scrappy, who has the star, comes to their rescue as the trio heads into a chimney. When they got down, dressed up as Santa Claus and his elves, they finally bag The Ghost of Christmas Never, even though she sticked her legs on the bag to escape.

Just as the trio were about to show Daphne and Fred, they discover that The Ghost of Christmas Never disappeared, even though they still have the star, but without an emerald inside. Winslow pops up unexpectedly to sell the children's home, and it was up to the gang to save it.

That night, the gang gets ready to do the show, and Tina remembers what she had to do. During the show, Winslow goes on stage to get the emerald, making the show go out of control until Tina saves Snowball. During intermission, the Ghost of Christmas Never shows up again to get the nutcracker, so the gang catches up with her. As Scooby and Shaggy catch the Ghost of Christmas Never, Daphne unmasks her, which happened to be Nanette.

The next day, on Christmas Day, Fred reveals that Nanette decided to steal the emerald after overhearing Winslow talking about it as they held the pin upside down when it was supposed to be N.M. for Nanette Musette. Just then, Winslow and Snowball show arrive to tell everyone that they found the Christmas spirit and the document that condemned the place as he rips it up. Scooby pops up in Tina's present as the chores sings, "Scooby-Dooby-Doo" before the episode fades out.


The episode made its home video debut on VHS in 1996, when it was released as part of Turner Home Entertainment's Cartoon Network Christmas video collection. The tape also included The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show episode "Alaskan King Coward", the Squiddly Diddly episode "The Ghost is Cleared", and the What-a-Cartoon! short "Shake & Flick: Raw Deal in Rome".

The episode was later featured, along with three other winter-themed Scooby-Doo episodes (consisting of the aforementioned "Alaskan King Coward", plus the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episodes "A Scary Night with a Snow Beast Fright" and "That's Snow Ghost"), on the Scooby-Doo! Winter Wonderdog VHS and DVD, released by Warner Home Video in 2002. The DVD also included a set-top game, two music videos, and two how-to-draw tutorials. It, along with the later Christmas specials A Scooby-Doo! Christmas and Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, was later featured on the Scooby-Doo - 13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills 2-disc DVD set, released on October 16, 2012.


Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Heather North Daphne Blake
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Winslow Nickelby
Nickelby's lawyer
Tress MacNeille Mrs. Featherwig
Ruth Buzzi Mrs. Muffinstuffer
Janet Waldo Nanette Musette
Ghost of Christmas Never
Diane Michelle Tiny Tina
Rene Auberjonois Additional Voices

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Shorts and episodes The Night Before ChristmasGood Will to Men • "Christmas Flintstone" • "A Dickens of a Christmas" • "Baby's First Christmas" • "The Nutcracker Scoob" • "Insanity Claus" • "A Jetson Christmas Carol" • "Happy Howlidays" • "The Nativity" • "The Magic Sack of Mr. Nicholas" • "The Ghost of Christmas Paddington" • "Santanapped" • "Don Coyote and the Christmas Bell" • "George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular" • "Santa Klutz" • "A Cavekid Christmas" • "Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" • "Twas the Night" • "Happy Baboon Holidays" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow" • "Signed, Sealed and Wacky" • "The Spirit of Frostnos"
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