Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (1969 – 1978 USA)

scoobyI know that the plots are usually not so much different in every episode. I know in the end the gang is going to find out the man who was chasing them was in a mask all along. I know they are going to trap him in the end after twenty minutes of being chased. Why do I know this and I don’t hate it? Mainly because it isn’t too childish to be annoying to adults, but has that childish element to it which allows it to be funny. If a cartoon was ever cool, this was the one.

Main Characters: Scooby Doo, the great Dane namesake of the show. Who is also the biggest cowardly dog there is. Even bordering on more cowardly than Courage the cowardly dog. Shaggy Rogers, the best friend of Scooby Doo who looks like he was designed to be a stoner. Just as scared and cowardly as Scooby, but much more hungry. Velma Dinkley, the brains of the operation still gets as scared as everyone else regardless.

Danger-prone Daphne Blake, the ‘typical female’ of the group who is just there to look pretty and get rescued from danger. Fred Jones, the self appointed leader of the group who thinks the best course of action is to “Split up gang” even when it is the worst course of action. Do they change over the season?: Not in the slightest, not over the decade. Not even over the lifespan of the franchise, which is around 47 years old, but that is why they are so loved. But they are all able to bring their own little things to the series.

scdooIt has however been shown that the series can still work with just Shaggy and Scooby, as seen in ‘Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get A Clue’ but can also work with Shaggy, Scooby and Daphne in “13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo.’ But all fans would agree the group is at their best when it is all of them. Scrappy somehow got his own television series with them, but the general censuses among fans is negative in regards to Scrappy.Β  The cartoon has had several incarnationss, all of which have brought something new to the franchise.

But ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You’ and ‘The Scooby Doo Show’ are the most similar shows. Mainly because they both ended in 1978 so they shared a similar character feel and animation style. Narrative of the show: The series and all of its predecessors share the one thing which makes Scooby Doo enjoyable as a cartoon, they are all able to not take themselves too seriously. Along with that, they have all successfully made their own changes while keeping to what made the original so great. This is how the franchise is still going strong. The narrative is always about solving mysteries and unmasking the bad guys – predictable but fun.

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  1. Excellent review, I loved Scooby Doo as a kid! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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  2. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  3. Great review. I definitely agree, this is an all time classic. Even though it ended up in the same way and you can’t help but think they should know better by now I find it is all about the journey and not the destination. The situations they get into, namely Scooby and Shaggy, are just so comical you just can’t help to keep watching the show.

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    • Lovely to hear from you again, Ana. What you’ve said about the journey is so true! Every time I clean my teeth I’m reminded of this show because I keep my toothbrush in a Scooby Doo – themed glass container: Shaggy and Scooby’s faces surrounded by swirling colours.

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  4. Mystery Incorporated was also great from all the other incarnations (:

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  5. Thank you for this information! I’ve just looked it up online & it looks great. πŸ™‚

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