Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969. This Saturday-morning cartoon series featured four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers—and their talking brown Great Dane dog named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and missteps.
Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you
We got some work to do now
Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you
We need some help from you now
Come on,Scooby Doo,I see you
pretending you got a sliver
But you’re not foolin’ me,cause I can see
the way you shake and shiver
You know we got a mystery to solve and Scooby Doo,be
ready for your act
Don’t hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through you’re gonna have
Thats a fact!
Scooby Dooby Doo,where are you
You’re ready and you’re willing
If we can count on you Scooby Doo
I know you’ll catch that villain
Each episode features Scooby and the four teenaged members of Mystery, Inc., Fred, Shaggy, Daphne and Velma, arriving at a location in the ‘Mystery Machine‘, a van painted with psychedelic colours and flower power imagery. Encountering a ghost, monster, or other supernatural creature who is terrorising the local populace, they decide to investigate.
The kids split up to look for clues and suspects while being chased at turns by the monster. Eventually, the kids come to realise the ghost and other paranormal activity is actually an elaborate hoax, and—often with the help of a Rube Goldberg-like trap designed by Fred—they capture the villain and unmask him. Revealed as a flesh and blood crook trying to cover up crimes by using the ghost story and costume, the criminal is arrested and taken to jail, often repeating something nearly identical to ‘… and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!’
Daphne: Scooby. We’re here to solve a mystery.
Shaggy: Zoinks !
Shaggy: Scooby-Doo, where are you?
Shaggy: ‘oh boy. There’s a ghost right behind me , isn’t there ?!!
Velma: There’s a very logical explanation for all this.
Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers: Quick, tell me.
Velma: The place is haunted.
Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers: Thanks a lot.
The character name of Scooby was taken from an earlier Hanna-Barbera show, Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor (1967), which featured Scooby the Seal. Both Scooby-Doo and Scooby the Seal had the same voice, provided by Don Messick.
Shaggy’s real name is Norville.
Velma’s famous line, ‘My glasses; I can’t see without them!’ was not originally scripted for the show. During a table read for the voice artists, Velma’s voice-over actress Nicole Jaffe, who was near-sighted as well, lost her glasses and uttered a variation of what became Velma’s famous catchphrase. The writers liked the line so much that Velma losing her glasses became one of the show’s trademark gags. Velma loses her glasses in the first episode, ‘What A Night For A Knight’, but the actual line is first spoken in episode 1.5 ‘Decoy For A Dognapper.’
On March 10, 2014, Cartoon Network announced several new series based on classic cartoons, including a new Scooby-Doo animated series titled Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! The show features the gang ‘living it up’ the summer after the gang’s senior year of high school. Along the way, they run into monsters and mayhem.