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A huge flood of nostalgia fills me up when I recall the pleasant old days of watching the fun filled and adventured thrilled Scooby Doo. I even remember the not so good live action movie they made back then. With characters Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Shaggy Rogers (I bet you didn't know their full names) accompanied by the funny Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, the show was a delight to all the children of the previous generation.
Read on to discover some fun filled facts about Scooby Doo.
Scooby Doo was the nickname that everyone became familiar with. But actually, Scooby's full name is Scoobert Doo.
It's been everyone's impression that Fred and Daphne always split ways with the team to have some extra fun of their own. But the writers just preferred writing the arc keeping Velma and Shaggy in mind. So they sent Fred and Daphne on a less successful path most of the times.
Scooby Doo has had 12 versions throughout its run time of 4 decades. The most popular were the original show Scooby Doo Where Are You which ran for a year during 1969-70 and Scooby Doo What's New, which ran from 2002-06.
The show was originally supposed to be a story of a group of four friends who formed a rock band along with a dog which played the bongos.
Don Messick was the man behind the vocals of Scooby Doo. Messick has also been the voice behind Hoppy in the Flintstones, Astro in The Jetsons and Papa Smurf in the Smurfs.
The scooby doo franchise is not limited only to tv shows and movies. Numerous games, spin-off novels, board games, video games and comic book series have been released as well.
The only voice actor to have been consistently present throughout the entire duration of the existence of Scooby Doo is Frank Welker. He voiced Fred Jones. The only instance where he missed out voicing Fred was the 1988 show 'A Pup Named Scooby Doo'.
Throughout the four decades, Scooby hasn't aged. The writers have always kept him at seven years. Looks like he doesn't obey the laws of science.
Despite the widespread public opinion that Velma had feelings towards the gorgeous Daphne, the writers made it extremely clear that she was heterosexual. To alleviate the rumor, they always paired Daphne with Shaggy in the dance sequences.
Before the show got its iconic name, the creators had 'W-Who's Scared?' as a possible title. The executives at CBS rightly judged that it might be frightening for children and might reduce their target audience. Later, Fred Silverman, a CBS executive decided the name Scooby Doo and the rest is history.
Scooby Doo has an issue of excessively stressing on the sound of 'r' whenever it appears in a word. This speech disorder is termed 'Rhotacism'.
Scooby was originally a Great Dane but producers thought he would look too similar to Marmaduke, another famous cartoon dog, so they changed him to be a sheepdog. This ended up being too similar to Hot Dog from the comic Archie, so they settled back on a Great Dane.
Scooby Doo was the first Saturday morning cartoon to feature a laugh track.
The Scooby Doo series is the longest running animated franchise produced for Saturday morning television in the United States.
One of Scooby's character designers met with a dog breeder to make sure that they had all the Great Dane specifics correct but ended up throwing out most of the details mentioned in favor of a cuter, more floppy look.