However old you are, Scooby doe is one character that will always ring a bell. Comprising of an array of animated television series. Scooby duo is an American animated cartoon franchise that has been around since 1969. To date, the character still engages audiences worldwide with its fan base growing by the day. Scooby doe, Where are you?’ was the original series created in 1969 by Hanna- Barbera productions written by Ken Spears and Joe Ruby. Following the success of the original series, numerous spin off and follow up animated series have been judiciously put together not to mention a handful of other related works. Scooby doe has been the epicenter of an array of television specials, telefilms and theatrical feature films featuring different variations of the supernatural theme surrounding this astounding character. Scooby’s cousin Scooby-drum and nephew Scrappy-Duo also feature extensively among a host of other characters. If you are wondering who Scooby really is, let’s delve into finding out what he is all about, his relations, what he has been up to all these years and what interests him.
Scooby duo is a brown dog with some distinctive black spots on his upper body. Occasionally, he displays bipedal human characteristics but he is generally quadruped. With a black nose, a diamond shaped off yellow tag and a blue-green collar with his initials SD’, his sense of style cannot be put to question. Furthermore, he can use his front paws as hands and with only one pad on the soles of his feet, it makes it easy for him to write on the Scooby Doo annuals. Lastly is his tail which he can not only swing from but also use to press buttons.
Scooby is easily scared but his group of friends including Dinkley, Velma, Fred Jones and Daphne Blake ensure he goes after each and every villain mostly with just a Scooby snack. More often than not, they appeal to Scooby’s innate royalty and courage ensuring he takes a more heroic stance. Of note also is that, Scooby has a speech impediment and thus tends to pronounce most words as though they begin with an R’. However, most characters are able to understand him. Further, Scooby is protective of his nephew Scrappy Doo and will always run after him to prevent him from bumping straight into a monster. At the end of every episode, he usually howls his catch phrase Rooby Rooby Roo!’ or Scooby Dooby Door
His family and relatives
Scooby has a family comprising of cousins such as Scooby Drum, Scooby Dee, Whoopsy Doo and Dixie Doo not to mention his identical cousin Dooby Dooby Doo. He also has a young nephew, Scrappy Doo, a mother, Mumsy Doo, a father, Dada Doo and brothers, Skippy Doo, Yabba Doo and Howdy Doo not to forget his sister Ruby Doo who is the mother to Scrappy Doo. His grandfather, Grandpa Scoopy and his great grandfather, Great Grandpa Scooby also form part of his extended family. Finally is Yankee Doodie Doo who is Scooby’s ancestor who came to Plymouth with Shaggy’s ancestor McBaggy Rodgers aboard the Mayflower.
Scooby Doo television series
Scooby Doo, Where are you?
On Saturday 13th September of 1969, Scooby made his debut on the CBS network with his first ever episode titled What a night for a Knight.’ This series featured Don Messick a veteran voice actor as Scooby
Doo and radio Dj Casey Kasem as Shaggy. A host of other voice actors including Frank Welker as Fred, Nicole Jaffe as Velma and Indira Stefanianna as Daphane also made the initial cast. With the series theme song written by Ben Raleigh and David Mook and performed by Paul Costello and Larry Marks, seventeen episodes were produced in 1969.
New Scooby Doo Movies
In 1972, episodes entitled The new Scooby Doo Movies’ were created each running for one hour. The episodes featured a guest star that helped the gang to solve mysteries with a new theme song being composed for this series by Hoyt Curtin. Two seasons with 24 episodes were made under this title running from 1972 to 1974 and later CBS aired reruns of the original Title until 1976.
Scooby Doo Show and Scooby’s all star Laff -A —Lympics
ABC made a deal with Hannah Barbera to bring new episodes of Scooby Doo on the Saturday morning lineup on ABC. During the 1976 to 1977 season, a total of sixteen new episodes of Scooby Doo were aired while in the 1977 to 1978 season, the show became a two hour programming block with Scooby’s-All Star
Laff —A- lympics. A total of 40 episodes were put together from 1976 to 1978 and later packaged together as The Scooby Doo Show’.
Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo
On December 13th 1979, an hour long ABC special was aired titled Scooby goes Hollywood’ which revolved around Scooby and Shaggy. This was done as an attempt to save the slipping ratings and eventually after airing the episodes between 1979 and 1980, the half hour shows had succeeded in regenerating interest in the show.
The new Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo
As a result of the success witnessed with the new shows featuring Scooby’s cousin, the show was overhauled to focus more on Scrappy Doo in 1980 This time saw Scooby start to run and walk on two feet more often than in previous shows where he was on all fours like a normal dog.
Since 1980, a host of other shows such as The new Scooby and Scrappy Doo show’, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo’ and A pup named Scooby Doo’ were produced which ran all the way to 1993. In the period between 1993 to date, there have been enormous variations of the show with theatrical films and telefilms lined up on several television networks. More recently in 2013, Warner Bros announced that they will be developing an animated Scooby Doo feature film in collaboration with Atlas Entertainment.
If you love Scooby, then there is a lot in store for you What’s more? You get to play an array of Scooby doo games right here as you await the release of the feature film and a lot more that Scooby may have in store for you All in all, Scooby is a great character that has kept audiences glued to the television sets all over the world one generation after another.