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History and Makings of Scooby-Doo Where are you?

Covers the making of, plot, reasons for creating the show the way it is and how it stood the test of time
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Transcript of History and Makings of Scooby-Doo Where are you?

Scooby-Doo Where are You? The Writing of Brief Intro Since it's first appearence in 1969 Scooby Doo, the mystery-solving Great Dane has starred in 310 animated episodes of shows ranging from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! to Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics to The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show.
Scooby's name comes from the refrain "Scooby-dooby-doo" from the song "Strangers in the Night," Scooby-Doo is also the only cartoon canine inspired by Frank Sinatra lyrics.
When Hanna-Barbera initially pitched the show that would become Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! to CBS, it was a pretty scary cartoon, laiden on haunted houses and monsters, but not as light-hearted.
Originally Scooby was merely a supporting character. In 1968, Fred Silverman, executive in charge of children's programming for the CBS network, was looking for a show that would revamp his Saturday morning line-up and please the watchdog groups at the same time, the end result of this was the Archie show.
After The Archie's enormous success Silverman wanted to expand upon this foundation.
His idea was to create a show about a teen rock group who solved mysteries between gigs.
Silverman envisioned the show as a cross between the popular I Love a Mystery radio serials of the 1940s and the popular early 1960s TV show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Was a scary show riddled with haunted houses and supernatural creatures, not a whole lot of humor.
Their original concept of the show bore the title Mysteries Five, and featured five teens (Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and Linda's brother "W.W.") and their dog, Too Much, who were all in a band called "The Mysteries Five" even Too Much played the bongos.
Their dialect and character style reflected the time period the show was originally created in (1970s).
Made "Too Much"(Scooby) a great dane to avoid the show being overly similar to the Archies.
By the time the show was ready for presentation by Silverman, a few more things had changed: Geoff and Mike were merged into one character called "Ronnie" (later renamed "Fred", at Silverman's request), Kelly was renamed to "Daphne", Linda was now called "Velma", and Shaggy (formerly "W.W.") was no longer her brother.
Changed the title from "The Mysterious Five" to "Who's S-S-Scared?" but CBS passed on it due to the fact they saw it as too scary for children.
To make it less frightening they dropped the rock band element, and began to focus more attention on Shaggy and Too Much.
Also decided to rename the dog "Scooby-Doo" and re-dubbed the show Scooby-Doo, Where are You?
Scooby-Doo, Where are You? made its CBS network debut on Saturday, September 13, 1969 with its first episode, "What a Night for a Knight". Scooby's voice was provided by Don Messick. (pictured at left) Don provided the voice for Scooby right up until his death on October 24, 1997.
(Artist) Iwao Takamoto, who Hanna Barbera snatched away from Disney! He was the art director for the series and was responsible for the look from top to bottom.
Freddy's voice was provided by Frank Welker, who did a lot of work for Hanna-Barbera. Had the persona of a nice clean cut boy and was the voice of reason. Played the "normal guy".
Daphne, the other half of the "normal" pair. A kid every parent would love to have. Probably would have been prom queen, if she wasn't always chasing mysteries. Her dad had the big money to fund all of the gangs adventures. ( also paid for the Mystery Machine.) Accident prone, but not a beauty ditz. Had a mind and she could use it. Her voice was provided by Heather North.
Shaggy, the kid every parent hopes they won't have, but the kind of kid most kids would like to be. He is the exact opposite of normal Freddy. He is a good soul, and a bit of a hippy. Eating and hanging out with Scooby are his favorite activities. Ironically, his voice was supplied by top 40's DJ Casey Kasem. Shaggy does not pretend to be brave or smart. He just goes along with the gang and tries to avoid spooky places.
Velma, probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated member of the whole gang. Her voice was originally supplied by Nicole Jaffe. Practically has super-human intelligence, and is the brain of the group. In addition to giving Velma a studious intelligent look, the glasses serve as her Achilles heel. There are actually only a handful of shows in which Velma loses her glasses, but when she does her intelligence and common sense goes away for the time being. Major Cast and Artists What a night for a Knight, pilot episode The ABC Years and the Evolution of the show On ABC, the show went through almost yearly format changes. For their 1976 - 1977 season, new episodes of Scooby-Doo were joined with a new H-B show, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, to create The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour.
It became The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show when a bonus Scooby-Doo, Where are You! re-run was added to it in November 1976.
Later evolved into the longer programming blocks; Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics (1977 - 1978) and Scooby's All-Stars (1978 - 1979).
New formats were produced for each of the 3 seasons.
4 of these episodes featured Scooby's dim-witted country cousin Scooby-Dum as a semi-regular character.
1979: Scooby's tiny nephew Scrappy-Doo was added to both the series and the billing, in an attempt to boost Scooby-Doo's slipping ratings.
The 1979–1980 episodes, aired under the title Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, succeeded in regenerating interest in the show, as a result, the entire show was overhauled in 1980 to focus on Scrappy-Doo which meant the gang Fred, Daphne, and Velma were dropped from the series, and the new Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo show format was now comprised of three seven-minute comedic adventures starring Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy.
In 1984, the series brought Daphne back into the show to accompany Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy and brought back the half-hour mystery format in The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries.
1985 saw the debut of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, which featured Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and two new characters Flim-Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul (based upon and voiced by Vincent Price) who traveled the globe to capture "thirteen of the most terrifying ghosts and ghouls on the face of the earth." Was cancelled in March 1986.
Eventually Hanna-Barbera reincarnated the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cast as junior high school students for A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, which debuted on ABC in 1988. And the success continued until 1991.
Underwent multiple format tweaks, voice changes (due to character cuts or death) and minor plot changes until eventually becoming Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. The Scooby-Doo mystery has withstanded the test of time, cuts and attempted changed to become the show we recognize and love today.
Since it's debut in 1969 it has borne 18 movies (4 of them live action), and over 350 episodes and still counting.
Besides the phoenominal feat of surviving over 30 years of block changes and moving between CBS, ABC and WB (Warner bros), they have adapted and evolved the show to appeal to modern times without actually changing the base plot or messing with the 1970's theme that practically defines the program.
Scooby-Doo has maintained a significant fan base, which has grown steadily since the 1990s due to the show's popularity among both young children and nostalgic adults who grew up with the series. The show's mix of the comedy-adventure and horror genres is often noted as the reason for its widespread success.
Somewhat recently Scooby-Doo has received recognition for its popularity by placing in a number of "top cartoon" or "top cartoon character" polls.
The August 3, 2002, issue of TV Guide featured its list of the "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time", in which Scooby-Doo placed twenty-second Hats off to the gang
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