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The infamous cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Where Are you! is about a group of teenagers who roam around town in their Mystery Machine van, solving mysteries and encountering ghosts along the way. The show itself is a classic of its time, with many interesting characters.
However, the heart and soul of the show is Scooby, a Great Dane who not only talks and communicates but also has human emotions and reactions. He also has a high level of intelligence and mystery-solving abilities. Scooby and his friends are together known as Mystery Incorporated or Mystery Inc.
Takamoto, the creative head of the show, used inspiration for Scooby-Doo by visiting a dog specialist to learn about the physical characteristics of a Great Dane. The interesting part is that Takamoto built Scooby’s character to be the opposite. Scooby had full hind legs, spots on his back, and was a healthy dog as compared to an actual Great Dane.
If one listens to the theme song closely, it is about Scooby disappearing and the entire gang, especially Shaggy is trying to find his lost dog. However, in the show, Scooby really does not disappear as he and Shaggy have never been separated and as a result, this highlights a loophole in the show and the song.
Are you surprised by the fact that Scooby-Doo’s full name is Scoobert-Doo? Scooby’s mother loved calling her pup by his full name Scoobert, Jeepers! The name Scoobert was revealed in 1988 during the Scooby-Doo spinoff.
The name Scooby- Doo, however, was coined by Silverman, who came up with the name Scooby- Doo from the syllables doo-bee-doo-bee-doo from Frank Sinatra’s hit song called “Strangers in the night.”
Scooby’s age in the series and movies has been said to be 7 years, which would mean that in dog years, he is only 49. However, as the years pass by none of the characters age but if Scooby’s age is counted, he would be 322 years old, making him the oldest dog alive.
Scooby’s family makes multiple cameos at different times in the cartoon series. He is part of a set of triplets, Dooby Doo, Skippy Doo, Yabba Doo, and Howdy Doo are all his family members who have different personalities. His nephew, Scrappy-Doo, makes many appearances as the angry yet hyper puppy. He is the son of Ruby Doo, who is the opposite of Scooby-Doo.
Warner Bros licensed Scooby snacks as an official brand of doggie treats and human consumable snacks. Scooby Snacks taste exactly like vanilla flavored wafers. If you are a fan of vanilla flavored wafers, you should definitely give Scooby snacks a try, and well who wouldn’t do it for Scooby?
“Ruh-roh–RAGGY!!!” have you ever noticed the strange way our mystery-solving dog speaks? According to Kylie Hill from Discover magazine, Scooby-Doo has a speech sound disorder, which is termed as a phonological disorder. But in Scooby’s case, he doesn’t distort words, unlike humans, but in fact, he adds up to them. “Uh oh” becomes “ruh oh” and an “apple” would become a “rapple.” Regardless, we love our pup the way he is.
”Looks like we’ve got another mystery on our hands.” The origin of Scooby’s story is quite different from the actual show. This story is about how Scooby starts his life as a pup in the space agency’s breeding program but escapes with one of the scientists who Scooby creates a deep bond with and later on decides to take him to America.
“Scooby-Dooby-Doo / Where are you / We got some work to do now.” The theme song tends to leave an inquisitive remark since the song lyrics don’t make sense with the actual story, and curiously, that song’s wealth of lyrics about Scooby-Doo running off and being hard to locate doesn’t reflect the reality of the show at all. Scooby-Doo never disappears as he and Shaggy are never apart. Sure, he may run away from scary stuff, but Shaggy is always fleeing with him.
The entire Mystery Inc. gang consists of hippies who live in a van and eat marijuana snacks. Shaggy and Scooby who were usually much more under the influence of Scooby Snacks seem to be always happy and enthusiastic about life and mystery solving as compared to the rest of the gang. Hence, making them the laziest members. These two usually solved crimes after eating a Scooby Snack and have to be motivated by food for them to help others in solving mysteries.
It comes to no surprise that Scooby-Doo the cartoon in actuality is much adult based content. It is a well-known fact that the gang members have marijuana-based Scooby Snacks, which could be the reason why they hallucinate ghosts and supernatural beings.
There are no other animals that talk to them or have human emotions the way Scooby does. It could be a theory that indeed Scooby does not exist and is just a figment of the gang’s imagination and would greatly explain as to how the dog could only talk to them and no one else.
Shows like Scooby-Doo are all classics of their times and there will always be loopholes that you will find in these cartoons but that’s what keeps the essence of these shows going. You can still find shows like Sponge Bob, Kids Next Door and Dexter on TV. Shows like these are unique and the best thing about these shows today is that you can relive your childhood by watching them and you will always get the same feeling while watching them.
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