Since 1969, a Great Dane dog named Scooby (full name Scoobert), his loyal human companion Shaggy, and three of her teenage friends have been on television in many configurations, using a vehicle called the Mystery Machine to solve puzzles. The first series, Scooby-Doo, where are you?, aired Saturday morning on CBS and lasted two seasons and 25 episodes. In 1972 the show returned as The new Scooby Doo movies.
Ken Spears and Joe Ruby created the Hanna Barbera show and saw it go through more than a dozen different series, including A puppy named Scooby-Doo, The 13 ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and Be cool Scooby-Doo!. In addition to all the TV shows, the show was broken down into several TV specials, two live-action films, 25 direct-to-DVD films and more than 20 video games. Here are some facts about Scooby Doo, which premiered on September 1
1. Abbott and Costello were a huge influence Scooby Doo.
Fred Silverman, TV manager, told Emmy TV Legends, “I always thought that having kids in a haunted house would be a huge hit. As a child, I would go and see Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein and such films. “Silverman accused CBS of doing a show called Who is afraid of the SS?but the dog was in the background. “I was convinced this was going to be the biggest hit we’d ever had, even though no one knew what the hell it was,” Silverman told Emmy TV Legends.
He accused then-CBS President Frank Stanton, who told him: “We can’t get this on air. It’s just too scary. “Silverman had to revise the concept of the show and tell more about Scooby. “And our Abbott and Costello will be Scooby-Doo and Shaggy,” said Silverman. “We revised the concept within two hours and it worked great.”
2. Scooby-Doo’s name comes from Frank Sinatra’s “Stranger in the Night”.
Silverman told Emmy TV Legends how he found himself on a roach flight to LA and unable to sleep. CBS had just turned down its idea of a group of teenagers and a dog trying to solve puzzles and was in the process of coming up with new ideas. “When we land, Frank Sinatra comes [the PA]and I hear him say, “Scooby-doo-be-doo.” [Note: Sinatra actually says “doobie,” not “Scooby.”] I said that’s it – we’ll name it Scooby Doo. ”
3. Iwao Takamoto created the Scooby-Doo functions.
Japanese-American artist Iwao Takamoto started working on Disney films before moving to the Hanna Barbera world. Takamoto drew the original sketches for Scooby – along with the human counterparts – and based the dog on turning a Great Dane around. “There was a woman who raised Great Danes in Hanna-Barbera,” Takamoto told Cartoon Network. “She showed me some pictures and talked about the important points of a Great Dane – like a straight back, straight legs, a small chin and so on. I decided to do the opposite and give him a hump back, bent legs, a big chin, and so on. Even its color is wrong. “
4. Frank Welker has voiced Fred Jones for over 50 years.
Legendary voice actor Frank Welker has over 850 acting credits on his IMDb side, but he got his first appearance as Ascot-wearing Fred Jones at the age of 23. “I could barely read the copy and didn’t know which end of the microphone was electrified, which explains why shock therapy has no effect on me,” said Welker Verbicide Magazine in 2006. “Joe Barbera was fantastic and really gave me a chance; He would give me the opportunity to read for all the characters, not just Freddy, and that really opened things up for me. “Welker uttered Fred in each Scooby Series except A puppy named Scooby Dooand he’s provided Scooby’s voice since 2002.
5. Casey Kasem spoke Scooby Doohas been Shaggy for almost 30 years but left the show because of his veganism.
Radio host Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy from 1969 to 1997, left the show, and returned in 2002. In real life, Kasem was a vegan and he wanted Shaggy to be vegan too. When asked to speak to Shaggy in a Burger King commercial, Kasem protested and quit the show. But in 2002, Kasem convinced producers to make Shaggy a vegetarian.
“Shaggy is one of my claims to fame,” said Kasem The New York Times 2004, a decade before his death, “but I think Casey surpasses him a little. One will last longer than the other, however, and Shaggy will go on forever. “
6. ABC considered Scrappy-Doo a “bad role model”.
In 1979, Joseph Barbera and Mark Evanier developed Scrappy-Doo, Scooby’s nephew, to keep ABC from canceling the series. Sixteen episodes of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo aired during the 1979-1980 season, but ABC’s Standards and Practices believed Scrappy did not have a positive impact on children. Evanier wrote of the experience on his blog: “Shortly after the last of many recordings of ‘Mark of the Scarab’ (that first script), ABC Broadcast Standards realized that Scrappy was possibly a bad role model for the kids. He was – and one person in that department actually used that term for me – “too independent”. The network also found Scrappy “too rebellious”.
“Mainly, what I’ve been suggesting is that, as written, Scrappy is an effective character,” Evanier wrote. “He got things done, always (at some point) for the better. Our heroes Scooby and Shaggy fled danger, panicked, hid, trembled, etc. If they helped solve the problem and caught the villain, they would only accidentally run into him. “Why,” I asked, “do you want to do it The The role model that Scrappy and our viewers should imitate? ‘“That seemed good enough by standards that allowed Scrappy to stay as it is. “Scrappy did exactly what he was supposed to do: he did Scooby Doo extended for another season, ”wrote Evanier.
7. Jodie Foster has voiced a character in The new Scooby Doo movies.
Guest stars became part of the new iteration of Scooby Doo, from the Harlem Globetrotters to Don Knotts. In the 1972 episode “Wednesday Missing” is a pre-taxi driver Jodie Foster provided the voice of Pugsley Addams in one Addams family/.Scooby Crossover episode.
8. The live action Scooby Doo The film commented on speculative sexuality and drugs.
The 2002 live-action film Scooby Doo, written by Guardian of the Galaxy Director James Gunn played with Shaggy’s assumed stoner vibe and Velma’s rumored homosexuality. However, since it was a family film, some of these issues had to be toned down.
“If you ask me if Shaggy is a stoner, I’ll say no,” said Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy Seattle Times. “That’s the funny thing about him: He just seems like that. He looks a little goofy and tall. He’s lovable and scared – and happens to have the nibbles. “Gunn definitely thinks Velma is gay. “So we had a couple of little references to that in the movie, and in the end it was things that were affecting the scenes again,” said Gunn.
9th character off Scooby Doo can be found in amusement parks around the world.
Many of the amusement park rides that featured characters from the show no longer exist, including Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s cameos in Hanna-Barbera’s Funtastic World, the simulator ride that ran at Universal Studios Florida from 1990 to 2002. Australian Warner Bros. Movie World created the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster in 2002 (it still exists) with lasers and sound effects – although the ride doesn’t seem very scary. And when you’re in Madrid, check out the Scooby-Doo spinning cups and a Scooby-Doo Haunted Mansion that opened in Parque Warner Madrid in 2002. Canada’s Wonderland, Carowinds, and Kings Dominion took down the mansion ride in 2009, but Six Flags Fiesta Texas is home to a similar version called the Scooby-Doo Ghostblaster.
10. Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang are now apocalyptic detectives.
DC Comics was released in May Scooby Apocalypse # 1, with a revised image for the gang. Fred looks like a hipster and Scooby looks like a cyborg dog. “At this point, it’s a multi-generation obsession, and we just thought it would be really interesting to take the cartoon version of these characters and see where they’d be if we thought of what’s in the very first iteration of the Cartoons existed, would take and move into this nowadays, “said Jim Lee, co-author and artist of the book Weekly entertainment about the new series of comics.
11. The Scooby-Doo universe is still expanding.
With the exception of a stream of videos directly to DVD, Scooby has not been featured in films since 2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Unleashed Monsters. In 2015 The Hollywood Reporter announced that a new one Scooby Doo Feature film was in the works. The film should be titled SCOOBand would be the first in a new series of Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe films for Warner Bros. Scooby-Doo and guess who?– A new series with loads of A-list stars like Ricky Gervais, Mark Hamill, Sia, Kenan Thompson and Halsey premiered on the Boomerange streaming service.
12. A woman with her own mystery van had problems with the police in 2016.
Sometimes art mimics life. In 1994, in California, a woman named Sharon Kay Truman adorned her Chrysler Town & Country minivan to look just like the Mystery Machine. When she was wanted on suspicion of parole violation in 2016, police attempted to ambush her, but they stepped on the gas and led her on a high speed chase through Redding, California. “You can’t really get involved in the cartoon because it’s serious business,” said Redding Police Corporal Levi Solada Los Angeles times.
This story has been updated for 2020.