On Shaggy’s Dog


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I dedicate this post to Princess Pancake, who is currently spending time with her grandmother

Scooby-Doo is a talking, brown Great Dane and companion of Shaggy Rogers

Real name Scoobert “Scooby” Doo

#22 on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters

Scooby hangs around four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers

The teens and Scooby are Mystery, Inc …. and ride in a van painted in psychedelic colors known as the Mystery Machine

Here’s a Scooby Moment

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Creation
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (the original show name) debuted on September 13, 1969 with What a Night for a Knight

Broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC

17 produced the first season

Remains in production today

Created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears with artist/character designer Iwao Takamoto

Creation was in response to parent organizations complaining about excessive violence in Saturday morning cartoons

Originally called Mysteries Five – and Scooby was called Too Much

Frank Sinatra’s “doo-be-doo-be-doo” in Strangers in the night inspired the name change to Scooby Doo, and renaming the show Scooby-Doo, Where are You!

Theme song was written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh, and performed by Larry Marks and Paul Costello

I Love a Mystery and Dobie Gillis influenced the writers in the early episodes

Show was an instant success with ratings as high as 65%

Tribute

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The Voice

  • Scooby was originally voiced by Don Messick, and remained the voice in every Scooby-Doo production from 1969 until his death in 1997
  • Scooby speech resembles Astro (The Jetsons), who was also voiced by Messick (who also voiced Mutley)
  • Scooby has a speech impediment and tends to pronounce most words as if they begin with an “R”,
  • “Ruh-roh, Raggy!”
  • Don Messick originated the character’s voice patterns, and provided Scooby-Doo’s
  • Radio DJ Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy

Enjoy Part 1 of the premier episode, What a Night for a Knight

On a Classic Cat and Mouse

Theme song

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A classic cat chases mouse routine leading to mayhem and destruction featuring

Tom

  • A cat who naps, eats and chases Jerry
  • Seldom talks
  • Thinks of schemes to catch Jerry
  • Originally called Jasper

Jerry

  • The clever mouse with an impish grin
  • Seldom talks
  • Charmer
  • Usually triumphant

Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),

Hanna and Barbera produced and directed 114 from 1940 to 1957

Additional MGM releases include
– 13 shorts by Rembrandt Films (1961)
– 34 shorts by Chuck Jones’s Sib-Tower 12 Productions produced (1963-1967)

Debuting on CBS’ Saturday morning schedule on September 25, 1965, Tom and Jerry moved to CBS Sundays two years later and remained there until September 17, 1972.

Received 13 Academy Award nominations, but won 7 Oscars: The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943), Mouse Trouble (1944), Quiet Please (1945), The Cat Concerto (1946), The Little Orphan (1949), The Two Mouseketeers (1952), and Johann Mouse (1953)

#50 on TV Guide 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters

A Short Clip

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Because of the limited dialogue, music was important Musical director Scott Bradley blended classical, jazz, and pop music

Because of limited speaking, easily to reconstruct in other languages; thus shown throughout the world

Enjoy this classic clip with Gene Kelly

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Criticisms
– Excessively violent, though no blood
– Stereotypical scenes of Blacks

Other Characters include: “Aunt” Pristine Figg, Barney Bear, Beegle Beagle, Butch the Cat, Captain Kiddie, Dr. J. “Sweetface” Applecheek, Dripple the Dog, Droopy the Dog, Dweeble, Ferdinand, Frankie the Flea, Grape Ape, Grappley, Lickboot, Lightning the Cat, Mammy Two Shoes, Meathead the Cat, Mumbly, Nibbles the Mouse (later called Tuffy), Puggsy the Dog, Quacker, Red (sometimes called Miss Vavoom), Robyn Starling, Spike and son Tyke, Screwball Squirrel, Squawk, Toodles Galore, Topsy,Wolfie

Tribute

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A full feature from 1956