Shaggy Rogers

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Shaggy Rogers
Scooby-Doo character
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First appearance "What a Night for a Knight" (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!)
Portrayed by Matthew Lillard (theatrical live-action films)
Cascy Beddow (Young Shaggy, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed)
Nick Palatas (Direct-to-DVD live-action films)
Voiced by Casey Kasem (1969–1997 & 2002–2009)
Billy West (1998)
Scott Innes (1999–2001)
Scott Menville (2006–2008-Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get a Clue)
Matthew Lillard (2010-present)
Information
Family Samuel Chastain Rogers (father)
Wendy Rogers (mother)
Colton Rogers (father in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
Paula Rogers (mother in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated)
Maggie "Sugie" Rogers (sister)

Norville "Shaggy" Rogers is a fictional character from the American animated television series Scooby-Doo, about the adventures of four crime-solving teenagers and Shaggy's pet Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. Shaggy is a cowardly slacker more interested in eating than solving mysteries. He is the only Scooby-Doo character besides Scooby himself to appear in all iterations of the franchise.

Character description[edit]

Shaggy's distinct personality is evident in his speech pattern commonly due to his frequent use of permeating his sentences with the word "like" and his appearance — he is lanky, has sandy hair worn in a shaggy style (hence his nickname) and a rough goatee with no mustache, and typically sports a green v-neck T-shirt, brown bell-bottom khaki pants and appears to not wear socks. In The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo and early made-for-TV movies, he wore a red v-neck and blue bell-bottom jeans.

Shaggy and Scooby are readily bribed with Scooby Snacks due to their nearly insatiable appetites and have tendencies toward loafing and cowardice. They justify their hunger by saying, "Being in a constant state of terror makes us constantly hungry!". His favorite dish is "extra cheese pizza with pickles" as revealed in the TV movie Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo. Shaggy and Scooby are bribed with other things as well. In "Bedlam in the Big Top", he says he used to be in track and in "What A Night For A Knight", he says he was a gymnast both which hint at his quick evasion from villains and the reason why he is always the bait in Freddy's traps. It is mentioned in the second episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, "A Clue for Scooby-Doo", that Shaggy's desire for bizarre food combinations (chocolate covered hot dogs, and liverwurst a la mode, for example) comes from the fact that his first toy as a child was a garbage disposal. It was described by Fred in Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico that the reason Shaggy eats so much is because he has a high metabolism.

Shaggy has shown himself to be capable of great feats of athleticism (including a running ability at times bordering on superhuman) through fear alone; however, these abilities are mainly comical in nature and Shaggy only appears capable of said feats when in a state of panic(i.e., an adrenaline rush). In Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare, in frustration at being trapped, he shakes the iron bars of an old-fashioned jail cell so hard they collapse.

When frightened, Shaggy will utter his famous phrase of "Zoinks!" Shaggy's cowardice has been explained in the Legend of the Phantosaur as a possible type of panic disorder, one temporarily fixed with hypnotherapy.

Development[edit]

The four teenage lead characters of Scooby-Doo were inspired by four of the main characters from the 1959-63 American television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, with Shaggy having been derived from the character Maynard G. Krebs, as played by Bob Denver.[1] Maynard's beatnik-style goatee, general appearance, and use of the word "like" as a form of punctuation all found their way into the character of Shaggy, with the base personality of the character updated to make him a hippie rather than a beatnik.[2]

Casey Kasem, the first voice actor for Shaggy, said that he originally felt discomfort after being assigned to Shaggy. Kasem stated that while he was "hip to what hippies were about," he had never before portrayed a hippie character. Kasem had wanted to portray Fred Jones, while Frank Welker had wanted to portray Shaggy. Instead, the CBS network assigned Kasem to Shaggy and Welker to Fred.[3] Unsure of what the voice of a hippie would sound like, Kasem based his vocal style and mannerisms for Shaggy on those of Richard Crenna's character Walter Denton from the radio/television sitcom Our Miss Brooks[4]

Kasem stated that as he continued to voice Shaggy, the character evolved. Kasem explained that the "voice dynamics" improved and that his laughs increasingly gained quality. Kasem added that Shaggy in 2002 is "more frightened today than he was at the beginning."[3]

Actors[edit]

Matthew Lillard as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo theatrical live-action film.

Shaggy was originally voiced by Casey Kasem, who continued in the role for twenty-eight years. Billy West voiced him in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Scott Innes (who has also voiced Scooby and Scrappy-Doo) briefly took over the role in several of the direct-to-video films produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Innes reprised Shaggy in Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 2002 and 2005 and a DirecTV commercial featuring the Scooby gang in 2008. In 2002, Kasem returned to the role for The WB's new Scooby series What's New, Scooby-Doo? as well as the all the animated movies made from 2002-2009.

Scott Menville assumed the role of Shaggy in 2006 for "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!" as Kasem's temporary replacement.

In the live-action films Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Shaggy is portrayed by Matthew Lillard, who would voice the character in 2005 then later took over as the voice of Shaggy following Kasem's retirement in 2010. In the live-action prequels Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, he is portrayed by Nick Palatas.

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Relatives[edit]

Relatives of Shaggy shown during the series include:

  • Samuel Chastain Rogers and Wendy Rogers ("Mom and Pops"): Shaggy's parents. Shaggy's father is a police officer in most incarnations, except for Mystery Incorporated. At one point, Shaggy's parents lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In Mystery Incorporated, however, Shaggy's parents are named Colton and Paula Rogers. Casey Kasem voiced "Pops" from The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show through to Mystery Incorporated. Grey DeLisle voices "Mom" in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
  • Maggie "Sugie" Rogers: Shaggy's younger sister. Seen in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
  • Wilfred: Maggie's fiancé/husband, and Shaggy's brother-in-law.
  • Gaggy Rogers: Shaggy's uncle, who likes to play practical jokes.
  • Uncle Shagworthy: Shaggy's rich uncle. Not only does he look like his nephew — he has the same appetite and cowardice. He keeps his most precious possession, food, in a secret refrigerator with valuable jewels. Voiced by Casey Kasem.
  • Great Uncle Nat (Nathaniel): Shaggy's great-uncle. Voiced by Lennie Weinrib.
  • Uncle Beauregard: Shaggy's late uncle, who left his entire fortune and his Southern mansion and plantation to Shaggy in his will. He was referred to in Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, although he never made an appearance.
  • Fearless Shagaford: Shaggy's uncle, who owns the Fearless Detective Agency (see Fearless Fosdick)
  • Uncle Albert Shaggleford: Shaggy's rich uncle, an inventor who's only appeared in Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!. Voiced by Casey Kasem.
  • McBaggy Rogers: Shaggy's ancestor. Founder of the Rogers household and settled in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts. He is the owner of Scooby's ancestor, Yankee-Doodle Doo. Made an appearance in The New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show episode Wedding Bell Boos. Appears to be a Pilgrim.
  • Betty Lou: Shaggy's Southern cousin.

Background[edit]

In the original Scooby-Doo series, Shaggy is born in Coolsville. When he was old enough to go to school he adopted Scooby Doo from the Knittingham Puppy Farm. Later on, he met Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley and Daphne Blake. They became friends and they decided to be a team named Mystery Inc. (short for Mystery Incorporated).

In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, he is born in and is a citizen of Crystal Cove. His parents' names are Colton and Paula Rogers. He is a member of the new Mystery Incorporated.

Reception[edit]

Some viewers of the original Scooby-Doo believed that Shaggy smoked marijuana due to his antics and constant hunger. In a Newsweek article, Casey Kasem was asked if he had ever observed that subtext in the series and Kasem responded that "there wasn't anything like that at all", explaining "guess it's because, I don't know, it was a wholesome show from beginning to end" and was not aware of the fan viewpoint until the interviewer brought it up.[3] Parodying the subtext, the makers of Scooby-Doo film shot several scenes referring to Shaggy's supposed drug use, but few of those scenes were included in the final film product.[3] Matthew Lillard, the actor who portrays Shaggy in the film, does not think Shaggy smokes marijuana: "He just seems like that. He acts a little goofy and high, he's lovable and scared - and just happens to have the munchies."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mikkelson, Barbara (2006-05-22). "Scooby-Doo, What is You?". Urban Legends Reference Pages. Snopes.com. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  2. ^ Shostak, Stu (05-02-2012). "with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Sigesmund, B.J. "The Inside Dope." Newsweek. June 14, 2002. Available at Lexis-Nexis.
  4. ^ http://www.ncbuy.com/news/20030121/0-richard-crenna-shaggy-inspiration.html
  5. ^ Breznican, Anthony. "Are hidden meanings present in the 'Scooby-Doo'movie?, Filmmakers and cast members say some hints are there, but won't be understood by children." Philadelphia Inquirer. June 20, 2002. D10 Features Magazine. Retrieved on December 12, 2010. Alternate: "Scooby-Doo keeps it wholesome." Published in The Age. June 17, 2002.

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