Scooby – Doo
Zoinks! Two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery Inc. to close its doors, Scooby-Doo and his clever crime-solving cohorts Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma are individually summoned to Spooky Island to investigate.Scooby-Doo originally aired in 1969 and has since seen countless variations of the original Scooby-Doo Where Are You! There was, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What’s New, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! and currently Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
I decided to do a little bit of research about Scooby Doo and found out some very interesting things about the popular series
Release date: June 14, 2002 (USA)
Director: Raja Gosnell
Music composed by David Newman
Producers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
Executive producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Robert Engelman, Kelley Smith-Wait, Andrew Mason
Creation and Development
In 1968, Fred Silverman, executive in charge of children’s programming for the CBS network, was looking for a show that would revitalize his Saturday morning line-up and please the watchdog groups at the same time. The result was The Archie Show, based upon Bob Montana’s teenage humor comic book Archie. Also successful were the musical numbers The Archies performed during each program. Silverman was eager to expand upon this success and contacted producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera about possibly creating another show based around a teenage rock group, but with an extra element: the kids would solve mysteries in-between their gigs. Silverman envisioned the show as a cross between the popular I Love a Mystery radio serials of the 1940s and the popular early 1960s TV show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
History Of Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo was started by Fred Silverman. Silverman needed a show with comedy and adventure. Silverman’s idea went to Hanna-Barbera. They assigned two writers. They actually started out with four teenagers in a van who solved mysteries all over the country in a van. They called their show Mysteries Five and changed it to who’s scarred. Meanwhile, Fred Silverman was listening to music and the thought struck to him, we’ll make it Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you, and make the dog the star of the show. They also made, with Scooby- Doo himself, other characters. First, they made Shaggy, who always was in panic and hunger. After that, they made blonde Freddy, and then brainy Velma, but last but not least, the rich Daphne. By 1972 the next show The New Scooby-Doo Movies came out always with a special guest star. After that, ABC created the Scooby-Doo/ Dynomutt hour, which added Scooby-Dum and Scooby-Dear. The next year, they made the most highly rated cartoon show in network history Scooby’s All-Star Laff-a-Olympics which was renamed to Scooby’s All-Stars. 1979 was the year Scooby had his first TV special, Scooby Goes To Hollywood. They have asked Don Messick (who played the voice of Scooby Doo). He said ” I’ve loved Scooby from the start, and so has everyone else. I think it’s because Scooby’s not perfect, in fact, you might say he’s a big coward.
Scooby’s voice was provided by Don Messick. Don provided the voice for Scooby right up until his death on October 24, 1997. Originally under the “Mystery’s Five” script, “the dog” was just a tag along. I think we can all agree that the promotion of Scooby to lead character was the key factor in a thirty years and counting success story.
Iwao Takamoto, who Hanna-Barbera snatched away from Disney! He was the art director for the series and was responsible for the look from top to bottom. His work was well ahead of his time, and without him, the show may not have become the hit it did!
Freddy his voice was provided by Frank Welker, who did a lot of work for Hanna-Barbera. I can’t help but wonder if this was Fred Silverman’s alter ego. A nice clean cut boy. He was the voice of reason. A responsible guy, someone you could trust. I guess that’s why he always drove. Every story needs someone to play the “normal” guy, and in Scooby-Doo, this was Freddy’s part. One other note- Frank Welker had a bit part in “The Trouble With Girls.”
Daphne the other half of the “normal” pair. Again, a kid every parent would love to have! Probably would have been prom queen, if she wasn’t off chasing mysteries. Her dad had the bucks to fund all of the gang’s adventures. Somewhat accident prone, but not a glamor ditz!
She had a mind and she could use it. Her voice was provided by Heather North (right). That’s the best picture I could find of her for now. Pat Stevens (Velma #2) has said that appropriately enough, Heather North, was “blond and very pretty” in real life.
Shaggy! Probably the kid every parent hopes they won’t have, but defiantly the kind of kid most kids would like to be! He is the anti-Freddy. He is a good soul, just a bit of a hippy. Eating and hanging out with Scooby are his favorite activities. Ironically, his voice was supplied by top 40’s DJ Casey Kasem! Shaggy does not pretend to be brave or smart. He just goes along with the gang. Pat Stevens worked with Casey Kasem, who provided the hippie lingo for Shaggy during the entire run of the series. “was great,” she said. “He really took it seriously. If Shaggy was going to fall off a cliff, he would want to know if it was a long cliff or a short cliff so he could adjust his scream.”
Velma is probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated member of the whole gang! Her voice was originally supplied by Nicole Jaffe. Velma is just plain brilliant! She has super-human intelligence, but she is not a nerd. In fact, she would be the perfect girl if it wasn’t for two little problems. One, her sense of style is only about one point above Shaggy’s. And Two, those glasses.
Did you know
- Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins first aired on September 13, 2009, which was the 40th anniversary of Scooby Doo
- Frank Welker is the voice of Fred Jones since the series began in 1969, and in 2000 also began voicing Scooby-Doo.
- In addition to his Scooby Doo voice roles, Frank Welker also voiced Megatron in the animated Transformers series, and Soundwave and Ravage in the big screen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
- Casey Kasem, the iconic voice of Shaggy relinquished his role in 1995 after having to provide his voice to a Burger King commercial because he’s a strict vegetarian. Kasem returned to What’s New Scooby Doo when the production company agreed to make Shaggy a vegetarian!
- Shaggy’s real name is Norville.
- In the original pitch the show was called Mysteries Five and the characters were named Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, Linda’s brother “W.W.” and their dog, Too Much later changed from Geoff/Mike to “Fred”, Kelly was renamed to “Daphne”, Linda was now called “Velma”, and Shaggy was no longer her brother.
Surprising Facts About Scooby Doo
Before the “Scooby Doo” cartoon even aired, it had an entirely different premise. It was a rock band with members Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and WW, along with their dog Too Much. Too Much played the bongos for the band.
Speaking of voices, Don Messick, legendary entertainer and the original voice of Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo, also voiced Papa Smurf in the original “The Smurfs” cartoon. That should throw 1980s kids for a loop.
Litter of Great Danes
Like most dogs, Scooby Doo has several brothers and sisters and is even a part of a set of triplets. His triplet siblings are Skippy Doo and Dooby Doo. His other siblings are Howdy Doo, Yabba Doo, and Ruby Doo. Ruby Doo is Scrappy Doo’s mother.
Fred and Daphne
Another rumor that plagued production of the original cartoon is that Fred and Daphne, who were obviously an item, would disappear and have sex while the rest of the gang actually solved the mysteries. The truth is that writers just enjoyed writing the other characters more, so when they all split up, Fred and Daphne always end up going off together in the opposite direction of the others.
Radio legend Casey Kasem originally voiced Shaggy, but in 1970, during the original cartoon’s second season, Kasem became a vegetarian and wanted Shaggy to become one, too. The production company initially agreed, but Shaggy eventually started eating meat again. Kasem eventually quit in 1995 because he didn’t want to do the voice for a Burger King commercial because it promoted the consumption of meat.
Velma always loses her glasses and says, “My glasses; I can’t see without them” in the “Scooby Doo” films and cartoons, but this trademark quote was not actually part of the original dialogue. Producers added it when the actor who originally voiced the character, Nicole Jaffe, uttered the words during a table read.
For many years, rumors circulated that Shaggy and Scooby Doo were actually stoners living in a van, and the reason they always ate so many snacks was because they had the munchies. Some have even gone as far as to say the monsters and ghosts weren’t real and were simply the figments of an imaginative drug trip. However, the show’s creators shot down this theory, claiming that if it were true, someone would have caught on and canceled the original children’s program.