Tuesday, June 27, 2023


 Anyone out there who doesn't know Scooby-Doo? I doubt it.

It was one of my grandson's favorite cartoons when he was a young tyke, and it still is today at age 20.

This was, and is, a fun cartoon. With new mysteries every episode, there was always new excitement. You knew there would be a reasonable explanation behind all the scary happenings but finding out what it was is what made the show fun.

It's funny that, even though he pronounces most words like they start with an "R", we can understand what he's saying. The writers keep his talking down to three or four words so we don't get lost.

I always considered Freddie to be a little on the pompous side and Daphne to be somewhat hot (am I allowed to say that? :-)), but her eyes always seemed a little messed up to me.

Velma was the smart one and I liked her character. I thought she was definitely the one they needed to solve these mysteries, for the most part.

As to Shaggy, what can you say? He didn't take a whole lot too seriously but, even though he was always scared, he did his job. Just like Scooby. They were the who kept you laughing. 

TV executive Fred Silverman said Abbott and Costello were an inspiration for the series. He thought a cartoon series with haunted houses and ghosts and monsters would be a hit and Scooby Doo and Shaggy would be their Abbott and Costello. 

Makes sense but to me both of them are more in the character of Costello as neither is really the straight man. At least to me.

By the way, Scooby Doo was the first Saturday morning cartoon with a laugh track. They wanted kids to know when to laugh.

The original working title for the Scooby-Doo series was "Mystery Five." However, it was changed to "Who's S-S-Scared?" before finally settling on "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"

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