On Shaggy’s Dog

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

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%


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