Scooby Doo magic: Just a derpy dog & meddling kids out there saving the world (1969)

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“Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” is a title that sparks a huge wave of nostalgia for many people (looking at you, especially, Gen X). Premiering in 1969, the animated television show featuring a dog named Scooby Doo and his four human companions — Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy — quickly became a hit for its charming blend of comedy, mystery, and friendship.

Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears for Hanna-Barbera Productions, “Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” broke the mold of the animation industry, primarily focusing on the mystery genre. This wasn’t just a show about a Great Dane and his friends; it was a show about solving mysteries, unraveling clues, and unmasking villains, often accompanied by the iconic phrase, “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

Scooby Doo, who are you?

The central character, Scooby Doo, is a talking Great Dane who loves snacks almost as much as he loves his cowardly but good-hearted human companion, Shaggy. Their friendship forms the core of the show, generating most of the series’ comic relief as they regularly find themselves in hair-raising situations only to stumble upon crucial clues.

Fred, Daphne, and Velma are the rational minds of the group, often piecing together the mystery through deductive reasoning and careful investigation. Each character brings a unique dynamic to the team, making the show a delightful watch for both children and adults.

Scooby Doo’s unique formula

“Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” introduced the world to the blend of comedy, mystery, and adventure that would become the hallmark of the franchise. It created a unique formula that other shows in the franchise have followed: the gang travels to a location where a mystery unfolds, they find clues, face comedic mishaps, and eventually unveil the villain disguised as a supernatural entity.

Over the years, the Scooby Doo franchise has seen numerous spin-offs, reboots, movies, and even crossovers with other famous characters. However, the heart and soul of Scooby Doo remains anchored in that original series that started back in 1969. It’s a testament to the timeless appeal of the characters and the format that Scooby Doo continues to be a beloved character, over five decades after the gang first asked, “Scooby Doo, where are you?!”

‘Scooby Doo, Where are You!’ theme song

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What were the ‘The New Scooby Doo Movies’?

In 1972, the mystery-solving gang we all love ventured into new territory with “The New Scooby-Doo Movies.” Not just a series of episodes, these were full-hour specials — 24 in total — that kept fans glued to their television screens.

“The New Scooby-Doo Movies” — with a total of 24 episodes — ran for two seasons. The first season had 16 episodes and ran from September to December in 1972. The second season, with 8 episodes, aired from September to October in 1973.

For those special weeks, every Saturday morning was a bit more exciting. Kids (and let’s be honest, adults too!) would tune in to catch the latest thrilling installment, making Saturday morning cartoons a an extra-special weekly ritual. The anticipation was half the fun — who would show up in this week’s episode? Batman? The Harlem Globetrotters? The surprises kept viewers on their toes.

“The New Scooby-Doo Movies” brought an innovative twist to the animated series, pushing boundaries and delighting fans. It was a spectacle to see Scooby-Doo and the gang crack cases alongside an eclectic mix of guest stars. It wasn’t just about the mysteries anymore; it was about the thrill of the unexpected, the laughter, and the sheer entertainment of these longer, more elaborate adventures. Below, see some of the celebrities who guest-starred in the “New Scooby Doo Movies.”

Guest stars on the ‘New Scooby Doo Movies’

Don Knotts

Playing a character much like his Andy Griffith/Mayberry persona



Harlem Globetrotters basketball team



Sonny & Cher

The New Scooby Doo Movies title credits – guest starring Sonny and Cher



The Three Stooges



Batman & Robin



The Addams Family

The New Scooby Doo Movies title credits – guest starring The Addams Family (including John Astin as Gomez Addams)


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