You probably know that I am a huge Scooby-Doo fan. Awhile back I blogged about my Top 5 Cartoons growing up and, yes, Scooby was #1 on my list. So, I thought I would revisit the Mystery, Inc gang with a blog about 10 things you may not know about the show or the voices that gave life to the characters.
During the early stages of development, the show was to be called, ‘Mysteries Five.’ Then the name evolved into ‘Who’s S-S-Scared?’
Would you believe that the characters name’s originally were going to be; Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, W.W. (Linda’s Brother) and their dog, Too Much.
Originally, those ‘meddling kids’ were in a rock band and solved mysteries in between ‘gigs.’
Scooby’s full name is Scoobert-Doo and is forever 7 years old (or 49 in dog years).
Scooby’s name was inspired by Frank Sinatra’s ‘scat’ in the song, ‘Stranger’s In The Night.’ (Doo-be-doo-be-doo)
Frank Welker provides the voice of Fred Jones and has been with the show the longest (since 1969). The only time he has not provided Freddy’s voice was in ‘A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.’
Frank Welker can also be heard as the voice of; Hefty Smurf, Abu in ‘Aladdin,’ Slimer in ‘The Real Ghostbusters, Shockwave, Barricade and Soundwave in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ and he even voice doubled for Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in ‘Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.’
Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers was originally voiced by ‘American Top 40 Countdown King,’ Casey Kasem. Radio DJ, Scott Innes, provided the voice for some of the direct-to-video movies (1999-2001) and also voiced Scooby during that time. Matthew Lillard is the current voice of Shaggy.
Scooby-Doo was originally voiced by Don Messick. Messick also provided voices for Scrappy-Doo, Papa Smurf, Ratchet from “Transformers,’ Astro from ‘The Jetsons,’ and Hampton J. Pig from ‘Tiny Toons.’
The Executive in charge of Children’s Programming for CBS (in 1969), Fred Silverman, envisioned the show as a cross between the ‘I Love A Mystery’ Radio serials of the 40’s and ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’ of the early 60’s.
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