Friday, October 6, 2017

Dear Abby - Famous TV Dogs: Scooby Doo

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week!  

Today I would love to chat about one of my favorite TV dogs -- Scooby Doo.  Scooby Doo was a Great Dane who appeared in the Scooby Doo cartoon series as well as several movies.  The cartoons first ran on CBS (1969 - 1975):  Scooby Doo, Where Are You? and The New Scooby Doo Movies.  Later there were a number of Scooby Doo cartoons on ABC (1976 - 1991).  The original cartoons were created by Hanna-Barbera.

Scooby Doo helped his teenage friends solve mysteries.  The human members of Mystery, Inc. were Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne.  Scooby spoke - and he sounded a lot like Astro from The Jetsons.  That is not a coincidence -- Scooby Doo and Astro were both voiced by actor Don Messick.  Scooby is often hungry and gets scared easily - just like his human buddy, Shaggy.

Of course, Scooby inspired lots of merchandise, like lunch boxes:

Comic books:

Toys, like this View-Master reel:

A few fun tidbits of Scooby Doo trivia:

  • When the show was in the planning stages, the dog was originally a Sheepdog named Too Much.
  • Scooby Doo's full name is Scoobert "Scooby" Doo.
  • Scooby Doo's nickname came from a line in the Frank Sinatra song "Strangers in the Night."
  • Scooby's catch phrase is "Scooby Dooby Doo!"
  • Scooby has a nephew named Scrappy Doo.
Scrappy Doo

Here is the opening of the Scooby Doo cartoon (1970).

Do you remember Scooby Doo?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Abby xoxoxo


jaime said...

Our family loves Scooby Doo! It's been a lot of fun introducing him and Scrappy to my 6-year-old.

Unknown said...

We've spent many a good hour watching Scooby and friends. It was a firm favourite with my son when he was younger.

Parenting Patch said...

I totally know who Scooby Doo is even though I have never really watched the show. You would have to live under a rock not to know Scooby Doo!

Rachel @ The Confused Millennial said...

ahhh i love scooby doo and the gang!! Takes me back!

LaylasWoof said...

I grew up in a country that did not have TV till 1978 so unfortunately I had never heard of him till I came to the US and have decided when I retire am going to catch up on all these shows.

Brandy Ellen said...

The theme song of Scooby Doo immediately went into my head. I used to watch this all of the time as a little kid.

JenBates said...

I love everything Scooby Doo even to this day.

JenBates said...

I love everything Scooby Doo, have ever since I was little.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Scooby Doo was my Saturday morning cartoon jam back in the day. I even had the lunchbox and felt so cool carrying it to my first grade classroom.

Unknown said...

I actually didn't watch that show when was growing up. My son started watching it two years ago and that's how I've caught a few episodes.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

One of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up. My kids enjoyed watching it too, before the advent of the robot cartoons and the Japanese anime.

Crystal said...

My kids are all obsessed with Scooby Doo! My oldest daughter had a Scooby themed party when she turned 6. We had a mystery to solve when her cake disappeared!

Abby said...

Hi friends! I had a feeling you would all remember Scooby Doo too. My Momma said this was one of her favorite cartoons as a little girl too.


Unknown said...

Scooby-Doo ! Wonderful show, great literature, lessons for life. In no small part inspired my love of Sci-Fi and Horror. Before "BUFFY" there was "SCOOBY". Thanks for remembering.