“Scooby-Doo Where are you! A story of how parents’ complaint actually helped to air this show!


“Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?

We got some work to do now

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?

We need some help from you now”

The theme music has a good beat, isn’t it?. One of the best mystery finding toons of all times. The first episode aired on September 12, 1969. Each of these episodes features Scooby-Doo, the dog and the four teenage members of Mystery, Inc. – Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, and Velma arriving at a location in the Mystery Machine (a van painted with flowers printed on top). Encountering a ghost, monster, or other creepy supernatural creature terrorizing the local area, they decide to investigate. The teens split up to look for clues and suspects while being chased at turns by the monster. Eventually, they come to realize the ghost and all other paranormal activities are elaborate hoaxes, and they capture the villain and unmask the villain. Revealed as human crook trying to cover up crimes by using the ghost story and costume, the criminal is arrested and taken to jail. At the end of each episode, the culprit says something identical to “… and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo

Though the story is intense, the comedy travels throughout the episode through Shaggy and Scooby. They are the best buds who shiver together at the sight of the ghost. Just when they spot a ghost, either scooby jumps on to shaggy or shaggy jumps on to scooby. Apart from that, both love to snack all the time. They have a void that can never be filled. They have a huge appetite all the time. Due to these similarities, Shaggy typically treats Scooby as a normal person rather than his pet. We can even see the scooby walking on just two legs and accompanying shaggy all the way. The lousy green T-shirt of Shaggy and the funky appearance of scooby make us giggle instantly. Shaggy uses his frequent catchphrase “Zoinks!” whenever he’s surprised or scared.

Background
There’s a history of how the series has developed. In 1968, the parent-run organizations began protesting as they perceived as excessive violence in morning cartoons aired on Saturday. Most of these shows were Hanna-Barbera action cartoons (Space Ghost, The Herculoids, etc). And all of those cartoons were stoped airing by 1969. As a result, Hanna-Barbera productions came up with the interesting cartoon “Scooby-Doo, Where are you?”. The characters and the title took various changes during the development phase. Initially, Mysterious Five was the title and there were 5 teenagers namely Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and Linda’s brother W.W., along with their bongo-playing dog. Later it was changed to four teens namely Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers and their talking brown Great Dane named Scooby-Doo. Thus somehow the parent’s complaint ended up in us having a great cartoon :p


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