Scooby-Doo Turns 50!

Scooby-Doo is a pop culture phenomenon. He was introduced into this world on September 13th, 1969 when “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” aired for the first time. Since then he has gone through many makeovers. I grew up on Scooby-Doo as did my brothers and sisters. He has always been so funny. For the longest time (and secretly still do shhh, don’t tell anyone) I wanted a Great Dane that looks just like Scooby. I have had clothes, sheets, toys, screen savers and all kinds of other paraphernalia that is Scooby-Doo related. I thought to honor this awesome dog that I would find Scooby-Doo trivia to bring you a smile! Here we go…

Scooby’s full name is Scoobert-Doo.

Scooby-Doo is actually a triplet. His identical siblings are named Skippy-Doo and Dooby-Doo.

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Scooby is always 7 years old.
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are the only two characters to appear in every show.

Scooby-Doo is loosely based on Abbott and Costello.

Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night” inspired Scooby’s name. Scooby’s name was originally meant to be “Too Much.” However, while on the way to a development meeting, one of the producers was inspired by a line from Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” where he sings “doo-be-doo-be-doo.”

Iwao Takamoto created Scooby-Doo’s features.

Frank Welker has voiced Fred Jones for almost 50 years.

Veganism is the reason Casey Kasem exited the show. Casey Kasem, the voice for Shaggy, wanted him to be vegetarian. When Shaggy was in a Burger King commercial, Casey even quit the show.

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ABC thought Scrappy-Doo was a bad role model.

Jodie Foster’s voice appeared in an episode of the New Scooby-Doo movies.

Scooby-Doo holds the record for the most episodes of a cartoon comedy series.

Characters from the show are included in amusement parks all over the world.

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang are now apocalyptic detectives.

Twelve versions of the show have been produced. The most popular versions of the show the original “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” and “What’s new Scooby-Doo?”

The real reason that Fred and Daphne often went off together was because the writers wanted to focus on the more interesting characters.

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The same man, Don Messick, did the voice for Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo, and even Papa Smurf.

The team of mystery solvers have gone up against 392 different villains
Frank Welker, Fred’s voice actor, voiced him through every movie and show except for one – “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo”
The rumors about Velma being a lesbian aren’t true. Writers even tried to match her up with Shaggy to put an end to them
Scooby’s speech disorder is called rhotacism. It is when you use the letter “r” excessively
Initially, Scooby was going to be a sheep dog, but producers thought he would be too similar to Hot Dog from Archie comics. Thus, they decided to make him a Great Dane

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As an animated series, it was the longest running Saturday morning show in the United States
Scooby-Doo was the first Saturday morning cartoon to feature a laugh track.
The producers wanted to give him a floppier and cuter look than a regular Great Dane.

Last but not least, here is a list of shows starring Scooby and the Gang:

Scooby Doo Where Are You! (1969-1970)

The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-1974)

The Scooby-Doo Show (1976-1978)

The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show &Laff-a-Lympics (1977-1978)

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo & The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show (1979-1985)

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The New Scooby-Doo & Scrappy-Doo Show & The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1983-1985)

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985-1986)

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988-1991)

What’s New Scooby-Doo? (2002-2006)

Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! (2006-2008)

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013)

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015-2018)

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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (2019 to present)

Did you learn anything new about Scooby-Doo? Did you like the facts? Let me know in the comments below. Do you know anything about Scooby you want to share? Again let me know in the comments below. Til next week…

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Author: Andie Boyungs

I am a wife, mother, writer and nerd. My dad cultivated my love of sci-fi as a child and I haven’t looked back since. I love myth and magic. I am an avid reader and love TV and movies. I love the movies Willow and Legend and the Star Trek ones both old and new. Laurell K. Hamilton, who writes the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series, and Jim Butcher, who writes the Harry Dresden series, are probably my top two favorite authors. I love learning and writing about mythology and there is so much out there to learn, see and imagine. Come fly away with me.

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  1. Great post! Through your article, I did learn one thing: that Scooby-Doo is fifty years old! I, honestly, did not know this show was that old, as I thought it was created in the ’70s. What would be really cool is if there was 50th anniversary memorabilia created in honor of this celebration.

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