Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is an American animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc. Produced for CBS, the series premiered as part of the network's Saturday morning schedule on September 13, 1969, and aired for two seasons until October 31, 1970. In 1978, a selection of episodes from the later series, Scooby's All-Stars and The Scooby-Doo Show, were aired on ABC under the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! name and, as such, is sometimes marketed as its third season.
A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van called the "Mystery Machine" solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.
Why It Rocks
- Good animation.
- It started an incredibly beloved franchise.
- The idea of a talking dog and a group of teens going ghost-hunting and mystery-solving is very original.
- Interesting characters with different types of personalities.
- Many of the main characters have catchphrases that'll never get old.
- For example: Velma's catchphrase "Jinkies!", Shaggy's "Zoinks!" or Daphne's "Jeepers!".
- Funny moments and running gags, such as Scooby and Shaggy's endless craving for food or how the others have to convince Scooby to continue the mystery by bribing him with Scooby-Snacks.
- Catchy and timeless theme song.
- The memorable phrase "I would've gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!" from the villains.
- Great voice acting, especially from Don Messick, Casey Kasem, and Frank Welker.
- To this day, Scooby-Doo has shown to be a very popular main character for child viewers and has become one of Hanna-Barbera's most popular cartoon characters.
- He's also one of the most popular cartoon dogs in animation history.
- The series had a crossover with Johnny Bravo.
- A rather obnoxious laugh track that sometimes plays at things that aren't even funny.
- Fortunately, versions that don't have the laugh track exist.
- The animation, while good, is frequently recycled, especially the running animations.
- There are also animation errors all over the place, which was typical of '60s and '70s television animation.
- You can clearly tell the majority of the budget was spent on Scooby himself, as he is very expressive in his movement while the rest of the gang barely move.
- The dialogue heavily uses exposition. Characters frequently state the obvious, even things that are being shown on-screen.
- Velma's acting isn't the best.
- Spawned many spin-offs and movies to the point that there are 2 movies made every year. Quantity doesn't always mean quality.
- Not all of the jokes land in the right spot, especially the one-liners.
- This show was so popular, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera started making shows similar to this one, such as The Funky Phantom, Speed Buggy, Inch High, Private Eye, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kids, Goober And The Ghost Chasers, Clue Club, Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels, Buford And The Galloping Ghost, and The New Shmoo. These ten aforementioned shows are nowadays referred to as "Scooby Doo clones".
- Frank Welker is the last remaining and longest-lasting cast member from this series to still voice a character in the Scooby-Doo franchise (Fred and, since 2002, Scooby).