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