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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

 

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
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Genre Comedy horrorMysteryAdventureChildren's television series[1][2]
Format Animated series
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Developed by Joe Ruby
Ken SpearsIwao TakamotoFred Silverman
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera (1969-71)Charles A. Nichols (1976-78)
Voices of Don MessickCasey KasemFrank WelkerNicole Jaffe (1969-71)Stefanianna Christopherson (1969-70)Heather North (1970, 1978)Pat Stevens (1978)George A. Robertson, Jr. (1970-71)
Theme music composer David Mook and Ben Raleigh
Opening theme "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" performed byLarry Markes (1969, 1978) George A. Robertson, Jr. (1970-71)
Composer(s) Ted Nichols (1969-71)Hoyt Curtin (1978)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 34 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera (1978)
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera (1969-71)Don Jurwich (1978)
Running time 21 minutes approx
Production companies Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (1969–88)Great American Broadcasting (1988–91)Turner Program Services (1992–98)Warner Bros. Television Distribution(1999–present)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (1969-71)ABC (1978)
Picture format Film, 4:3, 480i
Audio format Mono
Original run September 13, 1969 – November 4, 1978
Chronology
Followed by The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–1973)

Scooby Doo, Where Are You![3] is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on CBS September 13, 1969 at 10:30 a.m. EST and ran for two seasons for a total of 25 episodes. Its final first-run episode aired in January 1971.

Nine episodes from Scooby-Doo's 1978-79 season, first run on ABC, were originally broadcast with the 1969 Scooby Doo, Where Are You! opening and closing sequences. The entire 1978-79 season (which completed its run as part of Scooby's All-Stars and was later syndicated as part of The Scooby-Doo Show) is sometimes marketed as the third season of the original "Where Are You!" series.

Origin

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was the result of CBS and Hanna-Barbera's plans to create a non-violent Saturday morning program which would appease the parent watch groups that had protested the superhero-based programs of the mid-1960s. Originally titled Mysteries Five, and later Who's S-S-Scared?, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! underwent a number of changes from script to screen (the most notable of which was the downplaying of the musical group angle borrowed from The Archie Show). However, the basic concept—four teenagers (Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy) and a cowardly, clumsy Great Dane dog (Scooby-Doo) solving supernatural-related mysteries—was always in place.

Writing

Scooby-Doo creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears served as the story supervisors on the series.[4] Ruby, Spears, and Bill Lutz wrote all of the scripts for the seventeen first-season Scooby episodes, while Lutz, Larz Bourne, and Tom Dagenais wrote the eight second season episodes with Ruby and Spears. The plot varied little from episode to episode. The main concept was as follows:

  1. The Mystery, Inc. gang turn up in the Mystery Machine, en route to or returning from a regular teenage function, when their van develops engine trouble or breaks down for any of a variety of reasons (overheating, flat tire, out of gas, etc.), in the immediate vicinity of a large, mostly vacated property (ski lodge, hotel, factory, mansion, cruise ship, etc.).
  2. Their (unintended) destination turns out to be suffering from a monster problem (ghosts, Yetis, vampires, witches, etc.). The gang volunteers to investigate the case.
  3. The gang splits up to cover more ground, with Fred and Velma finding clues, Daphne finding danger, and Shaggy and Scooby finding food, fun, and the ghost/monster, who gives chase. Scooby and Shaggy in particular love to eat, including dog treats called Scooby Snacks which are a favorite of both the dog and the teenage boy.
  4. Eventually, enough clues are found to convince the gang that the ghost/monster is a fake, and a trap is set (usually by Fred) to capture it; or, they may occasionally call the local sheriff, only to get stopped by the villain half-way.
  5. If a trap is used, it may or may not work (more often than not, Scooby-Doo and/or Shaggy falls into the trap and/or they accidentally catch the monster another way, usually if the plan is explained in detail beforehand, then the attempted execution fails). Invariably, the ghost/monster is apprehended and unmasked. The person in the ghost or monster suit turns out to be an apparently blameless authority figure or otherwise innocuous local who is using the disguise to cover up something such as a crime or a scam.
  6. After giving the parting shot of "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids" (sometimes adding "...and your stupid dog!"), the offender is then taken away to jail, and the gang is allowed to continue on the way to their destination.

Episodes

Music

The second season featured "chase scene" songs produced by La La Productions (which had originally been contracted to create the music for Josie and the Pussycats, the first of many shows made from the same mold as Scooby-Doo). These songs were written by Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts, and were performed by Roberts, who also made a new recording of the Scooby Doo, Where Are You! theme song for the second season.

Episodes contained a laugh track, one of the first Saturday morning cartoon shows to do so (a laugh track was even used in the main titles for "A Clue for Scooby-Doo"). It was removed for syndication in the 1980s. Not long after the Turner networks (TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network) began airing the show in 1994, the laugh track was reinstated in 1997.

Voice Cast

Release and reception

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was a hit for Hanna-Barbera and CBS, which quickly introduced similar cartoons to accompany Scooby-Doo: Josie and the Pussycats, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Funky Phantom, Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and Fangface.

In 2005, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! came 49th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Cartoons,[5] and was, more recently, voted the 8th greatest Kid's TV Show by viewers of the same channel.[6] It was ranked the 24th greatest cartoon on IGN's Top 100 Animated Series.[7]

Home media

Season Sets

On July 4, 2002, Warner Home Video released four episodes from the series on a compilation DVD in Region 1 entitled Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers. They later released all 25 episodes on DVD in Region 1 on March 16, 2004 under the title Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete First and Second Seasons. A DVD entitled Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Third Season was released on April 10, 2007, made up of episodes produced in 1978, added to the Scooby's All-Stars package, and later syndicated as part of The Scooby-Doo Show.

On November 9, 2010, Warner Home Video released Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series. The 8 disc set features all 25 episodes of the series plus the 16 episodes produced in 1978 which aired as part of Scooby's All-Stars. The set is encased in special collectible packaging in the form of a Mystery Machine replica. In addition, it also features a special bonus disc filled with new and archival material.[8] The set was re-released on November 13, 2012.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons 25 March 16, 2004
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Third Season 16 April 10, 2007
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series 41 November 9, 2010
November 13, 2012 (Re-issue)

Volume Releases

Starting on January 27, 2009, Warner Home Video released single disc DVDs with 4 episodes each. So far 4 volumes have been released with the newest being released on October 19, 2010 titled Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?: Vol. 4, Spooked Bayou.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Vol. 1, A Monster Catch 4 January 27, 2009
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Vol. 2, Bump In The Night 4 May 5, 2009
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Vol. 3, Hello Mummy 4 September 4, 2009
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Vol. 4, Spooky Bayou 4 October 19, 2010

See also

  • List of works produced by Hanna-Barbera


References

External links

  • Official Scooby-Doo Website
  • Big Cartoon DataBase
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Cartoon Network: Dept. of Cartoons: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!–cached copy from Internet Archives
  • Cartoon Network

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