Zoinks! Scooby-Doo is 40!
“Scooby-Doo, Where are You!” debuted on CBS on September 13, 1969. Scooby-Doo with his human gang, Shaggy, Freddie, Velma, and Daphne, run into into some type of evil ghost or monster terrorizing some community and always offer to solve the mystery.
During the show, Shaggy and Scooby always manage to get separated from the rest and get chased by the monsters. Whenever Scooby procrastinated, he was bribed back into action with a treat called a “scooby snack”. The gang usually determines that this monster is actually a person in disguise, apprehends them, and turn them over to the police. And they would have gotten away with it, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids and their Great Dane!
Throughout the years, the show changed format many times. There was the New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show, Scooby’s All-Stars, and Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo to name a few. The show ran on CBS, ABC, WB Network, and The Cartoon Network.
Not only were the Network shows popular, direct-to-video movies were also produced. Then in 2002, a feature-length live-action film version of Scooby-Doo was released by Warner Brothers. Scooby-Doo was created on-screen by computer-generated special effects and had a box office gross of over $130 million. A less popular sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, followed in March 2004.
But Scooby-Doo isn’t just confined to television and the movies. Scooby-Doo is also merchandised as board games, video games, childrens books, and real treats for dogs -Scooby Snacks by Snausages. Yup, they come in four groovy flavors: chicken, cheese, bacon, and beef.
Believe it or not, Scooby-Doo was named after the phrase “scooby, dooby, doo…” from Frank Sinatra’s song “Strangers in the Night”.
Hey, this could have been worse. This could of have been Josie and the Pussycats.
Um, ok, thanks Andrea!! LOL
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