Childhood was a time that was synonymous with cartoon network. We all remember our favorite character “Scooby-Doo”. Scoob as he is lovingly remembered is actually fashioned after a Great Dane dog. He is a timid creature that evokes laughter as his timidity is completely contrary to his size. I can still clearly remember how he would jump into the lap of his owner at the mere mention of a ghost. Everyone remembers the “Scooby Dooby Doo” phrase is used as a catchphrase in the series.
Other characters in Scooby-Doo
Besides Scooby, there are other 4 main characters.
He is Scooby’s owner. His characteristics are similar to that of his dog. He is a coward and lazy person who enjoys eating more than solving mysteries. He’s seen as a constant in all the Scooby-doo series.
Fred Jones (Freddie)
Fred is Shaggy’s friend and is wears blue pants and a blue shirt and a white sweater with an orange tie. He creates various traps that are set off accidentally by Scooby and Shaggy. He seems to be an intelligent creature who is paired off with Daphne, another character in the same series.
She is the somewhat clumsy and danger prone character, who gets kidnapped occasionally. She is seen as wearing a purple dress with matching shoes. Though, not as intelligent as the other character Vilma, she follows her intuition and helps the other four in solving mysteries.
She is the brains in the gang. Velma is seen as the intelligent one in the series who single-handedly solves most of the mysteries. She is nearsighted and is seen as having difficulty keeping her glasses on her nose. Unlike her team member Daphne, she is not paired off with anyone.
“Scooby Dooby where are you”
was the first cartoon series of the Scooby-Doo series with 17 episodes, launched in 1969. It was an instant hit. It ran in 1970 too with eight fresh episodes. The show ran in 1971-1972 too, but no new episodes were created.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-1974)
These were the hour-long scooby doo series. A total of 24 episodes were produced. They were supported by guest stars like the three stooges and Batman and Robin in solving mysteries.
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show & Laff-a-Lympics (1976-1979)
In the first couple of years, the new episodes of scooby doo were created with Dynomutt, the dog wonder. Followed by Scooby’s All-Star Laff-a-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars.
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo & The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show-
In order to revive the falling ratings of the show, Scrappy-Doo, Scooby’s nephew was added to the show. His addition boosted the show’s ratings. The new show consisted of three seven-minute adventures. Fred, Daphne, and Vilma were dropped from this series. Though later they were added to the series.
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985-1986)
Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and new characters Flim-Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul were seen as traveling the globe to capture the deadliest 13 ghosts from the face of the Earth.
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988-1991)
the original cast of Scooby-Doo where are you were seen as high school students for this series. This show was a success.
What’s New Scooby-Doo? (2002-2006)
it showcased an updated version of the scooby series and returned to the same format as 1978 with a contemporary feel to the entire series
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (2006-2008)
In this series, Shaggy inherits a fortune from his uncle and a secret invention. The series shows the two are pursued by villains to steal that invention. The other 3 characters are not present in the show, but make appearances at times.
Live-action Warner Bros. feature films
A feature-length film of Scooby-Doo was released in 2002. It used computer-generated special effects. It was a success in terms of box office collections ($130 million), however, it was not so warmly received by the critics. The movie had departed from its earlier formula. A sequel Scooby Dooby 2 was released in 2004 and did fairly well.
New Scooby-Doo movie- Scoob
The new Scooby Dooby movie- Scoob was released on 15th May 2020 not in theatres because of the Corona pandemic but in our living rooms. The movie’s plot is to save the world from a ghost dog by the name Cerberus. The movie takes us back to the time when Scooby and Shaggy first met, and along with Fred, Daphne and Vilma form the Mystery Incorporated.
It features Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, and Will Forte as the voices of the animated mystery-solvers Daphne, Velma, Fred, and Shaggy
Ruh-roh. The Scooby-Doo sleuths are at it again, this time in a frantic overhaul maladroitly designed to make the Hanna-Barbera franchise seem fresh. Ben Kenigsberg, The NY Times.
This animated reboot of the classic cartoon franchise helps bring the goofy Scooby gang to a new generation of kids who will enjoy the shenanigans of these “meddling kids'” and their talking dog.- Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media.
Scoob! is a movie that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be when it grows up-Adam Holz, Plugged in.
Even though I have not watched the latest movie, which is available on various digital media, I can’t forget one of my favorite cartoon characters from childhood. Over a period of time, I have become a great dog lover and no prizes for guessing which “great Dane” influenced my decision.
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