Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
|Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!|
The first-season opening title from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
|Created by||Joe Ruby & Ken Spears|
|Developed by||Joe Ruby & Ken Spears|
|Directed by||William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (1969-70)
Charles A. Nichols (1978)
|Voices of||Don Messick|
|Theme music composer||David Mook & Ben Raleigh|
|Opening theme||"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" performed by|
|Composer(s)||Ted Nichols (1969-70)
Hoyt Curtin (1978)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||34 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (1978)|
|Producer(s)||William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (1969-70)
Don Jurwich (1978)
|Running time||21 minutes approx|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Taft Broadcasting (1969–88)|
|Original channel||CBS (1969-70)
|Picture format||Film, 4:3, 480i|
|Original run||September 13, 1969 – November 4, 1978|
|Followed by||The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–1973)|
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is the first (and flagship) incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo. It premiered on September 13, 1969 at 10:30 a.m. EST and ran for two seasons, with its final first-run CBS episode airing on October 31, 1970.
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 series (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 a third season of the original "Where Are You!" series.
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 (Freddie, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy) and a cowardly, clumsy Great Dane dog (Scooby-Doo) solving supernatural-related mysteries—was always in place.
Scooby-Doo creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears served as the story supervisors on the series. 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 as story editors. The plot varied little from episode to episode. The main concept was as follows:
- 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.).
- Their (unintended) destination turns out to be suffering from a monster problem (ghosts, Yetis, vampires, witches, etc.). The kids volunteer to investigate the case.
- 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.
- 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 will occasionally just call the local sheriff and get stopped by the villain half-way.
- The trap 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.
- 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.
Scooby-Doo features an emphasis placed on verbal rather than visual storytelling, and the work of the voice artists was particularly important. Don Messick, the voice of Astro the dog, Dr. Benton Quest, and Boo-Boo Bear—among others—provided the raspy, mumbling voice of Scooby-Doo using a similar (but slightly lower) voice he provided for Astro, the pet dog on The Jetsons. Radio DJ Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy, young actor Frank Welker voiced Fred (which began Welker's long career in voice work), and actress Nicole Jaffe voiced Velma (Frank Welker and Nicole Jaffe also appeared together in the 1969 Elvis Presley film The Trouble with Girls.)
Stefanianna Christopherson voiced Daphne during the first season, but moved to New York City to marry and start a family before production began on the second season. As a result, Nicole Jaffe's roommate, Heather North, took over the role of Daphne.
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.
- Don Messick - Scooby-Doo, Misc. others
- Casey Kasem - Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, Misc. others
- Frank Welker - Fred Jones
- Stefanianna Christopherson - Daphne Blake (Season 1)
- Heather North - Daphne Blake (Seasons 2, 3)
- Nicole Jaffe - Velma Dinkley (Seasons 1, 2)
- Pat Stevens - Velma Dinkley (Season 3)
- George A. Robertson, Jr. (Austin Roberts) - vocalist for opening theme and "chase songs" (Season 2)
- Susan Steward - backing vocalist for opening theme and "chase songs" (Season 2 (Season 2)
- Hal Smith - Misc. others
- John Stephenson - Misc. others
- Vic Perrin - Misc. others
- Michael Stull - Misc. others
- Barry Richards - Misc. others
- Jean Vander Pyl - Misc. others
Release and reception 
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was a breakaway hit for Hanna-Barbera and CBS, who 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, and was, more recently, voted the 8th greatest Kid's TV Show by viewers of the same channel. It was ranked the 24th greatest cartoon on IGN's Top 100 Animated Series.
Home media 
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 & archival material. The set is scheduled to be re-released on November 13, 2012 and will contain the same 8 discs as the previous release but with additional bonus features that were not included on the original release.
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!: 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)
|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|
|Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: 13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills||13||October 16, 2012|
- Compilation DVD
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers||4||July 4, 2002|
See also 
- "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! [Animated TV Series]". Allmovie. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?". British Film Institute. London. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Shostak, Stu (05-02-2012). "Interview with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.
- channel4.com[dead link]
- channel4.com[dead link]
- "Top 100 Animated Series—Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!". IGN.com. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers (2002)". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons (2004)". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Third Season (1978)". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Lacey, Gord. "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! - Complete Series Announced - Mystery Machine Packaging!". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Scooby-Doo Where Are You: Complete Series (2010)". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Amazon.com: Scooby Doo Where Are You: Volume 4 - Spooked Bayou (2010)". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Lambert, David (June 21, 2012). "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! - '13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills' 2-DVD Set". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- Baxter, Joel (2003), The Complete Scooby-Doo Episode Guide
- "Hanna-Barbera Studios" (and subarticles), The Big Cartoon DataBase
- Cartoon Network
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