What's New, Scooby-Doo?

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What's New, Scooby-Doo?
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Genre Action/Adventure
Horror comedy
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Developed by Sander Schwartz
Starring Frank Welker
Casey Kasem
Mindy Cohn
Grey DeLisle
Theme music composer Rich Dickerson
Opening theme "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" performed by Simple Plan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 42 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Joseph Barbera
Sander Schwartz
Producer(s) Chuck Sheetz
James Krieg
George Doty IV
Ed Scharlach
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The WB (Kids WB)
Picture format 480i/576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original release September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) – July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21)
Preceded by A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991)
Followed by Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (2006–2008)
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What's New, Scooby-Doo? is the ninth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon franchise Scooby-Doo. A revival of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! after a decade-long gap in a new Scooby television show, it debuted in 2002. The series was developed and produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired as part of the Kids' WB Saturday morning block on The WB Television Network.

Reruns currently air on Boomerang in the United States, Teletoon in Canada and CBBC, and Cartoon Network & Boomerang in the United Kingdom. What's New was the first Scooby-Doo series to feature Mindy Cohn and Grey DeLisle as the voices of Velma and Daphne, respectively, the first where Frank Welker voiced Scooby, and the last to feature Casey Kasem as the voice of Shaggy.


For this incarnation of the franchise, Frank Welker, the voice of Fred, took over as Scooby's voice (replacing both Scott Innes who voiced Scooby in the direct-to-video movies released between 1998 and 2001 and the late Don Messick, the original voice of Scooby, who died in 1997). Casey Kasem returned as Shaggy, seven years after he had quit the role; Grey DeLisle returned as Daphne's voice (having previously voiced the character in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase). Actress Mindy Cohn of The Facts of Life fame, took over as Velma's voice.

The show itself is a modernized version of the original Where Are You! series. It takes place in the 21st century and is more "realistic" than the previous, more cartoony incarnations, and features music from contemporary genres and all-new, original sound effects to replace the classic Hanna-Barbera sound effects. Even a distinctive thunderclap sound that was used frequently on older Scooby-Doo TV series was very rarely used on the show. A laugh track was only used for the Halloween special. The classic formula was also frequently parodied throughout (in a manner similar to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), including the line "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids." As such, it returns to the formulaic version of humans in monster disguises, rather than the real monsters and ghosts of the prior four direct-to-video films (or the 1980s versions that preceded them).

The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the studio famous for bringing the Looney Tunes to life, which had by this time absorbed Hanna-Barbera Productions in 2001, after being bought by Time Warner from Turner Broadcasting since their merger in 1996. As is the standard for other classic Hanna-Barbera properties (Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, etc.), the studio is still credited as the copyright owner, and Joseph Barbera, co-founder and co-chairman of Hanna-Barbera, served as an executive producer. Barbera's longtime partner William Hanna had died the year before.

The band Simple Plan is strongly connected to What's New, Scooby-Doo?. They perform the theme song (written by Rich Dickerson), and appeared as themselves in the episode "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman". Two of their songs appeared in chase scenes: "I'd Do Anything" in the episode "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine", and "You Don't Mean Anything" in "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman", which also had the song "The Worst Day Ever" serve as the song the band plays during a scene where they practice, and a scene where they are in concert. Also, they contributed to the theatrical movie Monsters Unleashed.

What's New aired for three seasons on The WB Television Network's "Kids' WB" programming block as a half-hour program, before being put on an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Reruns are shown on both Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang. Each season contained thirteen normal episodes and one holiday-themed special. The series has begun[timeframe?] airing on the UK CBBC Channel at 4:00PM all week (Mon-Sun). It also debuted[timeframe?] on Boomerang and Cartoon Network.


Main characters[edit]

  • Fred Jones: The leader of the Mystery, Inc. gang who is the master of making traps to catch the villains. However, sometimes the traps fail to work when Shaggy and Scooby mess them up then use the parts to catch the villain in their own fashion. Voiced by Frank Welker.
  • Daphne Blake: The fashionable, rich glamor girl of the gang who defends herself with her great fighting skills. She is also quite ditzy and accident prone. Voiced by Grey DeLisle.
  • Velma Dinkley: The smartest of the gang. Gibby Norton has a crush on her. She is the youngest of the gang. She has 3 love interests. Those are Patrick, Jeffrey P. Dennis and the movie star, Guy L'Avorton. She wears glasses because she is myopic. Voiced by Mindy Cohn.
  • Shaggy Rogers: A beatnik teenager who is best friends with Scooby. He and Scooby are usually scared and hungry; a running gag in the show. He is also known to have a high metabolism, and also is rich. At his voice actor's request, Shaggy was made into a vegetarian for this series.[1][2] Voiced by Casey Kasem.
  • Scooby-Doo: A scaredy-pants Great Dane who is best friends with Shaggy Rogers. Two things that they have in common are that they love food and are always scared of things including monsters. Voiced by Frank Welker.

Recurring characters[edit]

Characters in the series who appear more than once.

  • Elliot Blender: A competitive, jerkish spoiled kid who often loses to Velma in contests. Voiced by Kimberly Brooks.
  • J.J. Hakimoto: A famous, over enthusiastic, Asian director. Voiced by Brian Tochi.
  • Gibby Norton: A nerd who has a crush on Velma, who hates the sight of him. He often turns out to be the villain to impress Velma, never succeeding. Gibby is modelled after his voice actor, Eddie Deezen.
  • Burr Batson: Cocky southern pro racer who drives a monster truck. Voiced by James Arnold Taylor.
  • Professor Laslow Ostwald: An inventor whom the gang meets. Voiced by Dave Foley, later by James Arnold Taylor. He first appears in "High-Tech House Of Horrors" where his "House of the Future's" AI "Shari" goes haywire attacking tourists. Though the gang suspects him it is later revealed that "Shari" itself is responsible (it was angry at the Professor due to him getting all of the attention). The gang defeated "Shari" by ignoring her (as it want attention) causing her to overload. Professor Ostwald also appears in "E-Scream" at a "Video Game Convention" where his new invention the cuddly "Osomons" turn evil. It is later discovered that the whole mystery was actually a VR simulation Velma was trying out.
  • The Hex Girls: Thorn, Dusk and Luna, are the members of the famous eco-goth rock band, The Hex Girls, with whom Scooby and the gang are acquainted with, due to being prominent side characters in a previous DVD movie. Thorn is voiced by Jennifer Hale, Dusk by Jane Wiedlin and Luna by Kimberly Brooks.
  • Mr. B: The owner of the Secret Six puppies who may do anything to save them. His full name is never revealed. Voiced by Jeff Bennett. He also appears to be based on actor John Turturro given his accent and appearance.
  • Crissie: A Golden Retriever who is the Secret Six's mother.
  • The Secret Six puppies: Maize, Flax, Jingle, Knox, 14-Carat and Bling-Bling. They are six very well-trained, prize-winning Golden Retriever puppies who have a knack for getting into trouble. Maize and Knox are voiced by Jennifer Hale, Jingle is voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Flax is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, Bling-Bling is voiced by Grey DeLisle, and 14-Carat is voiced by Frank Welker.
  • Nancy Chang: Reporter in episodes "There's No Creature Like Snow Creature" and "Riva Ras Regas." Voiced by Lauren Tom.



Spin-off films[edit]

Seven spin-off movies set in the same style and animation of the series with the same voice cast as before, which continued after the show ended in 2006, up until 2009. The films in order are: The Loch Ness Monster (2004), Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (2005), Where's My Mummy? (2005), Pirates Ahoy! (2006), Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! (2007), The Goblin King (2008) and The Samurai Sword (2009)

Home Media releases[edit]

Warner Home Video has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1. The series was initially released in ten volumes of four or five episodes between 2003–2006, as well as in the UK from 2004–2006 and later re-released, in the US, in season sets in 2007 - 2008.[3][4][5] In the UK, the volumes were released in a two disc set on May 30, 2011.[6] A box set was released on October 29, 2007 in the UK containing all ten volumes in a complete set.[7]

Season sets[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Complete 1st Season 14 February 20, 2007 (2007-02-20)
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Complete 2nd Season 14 June 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Complete 3rd Season 14 January 8, 2008 (2008-01-08)

UK volume sets[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: The Complete Collection 42 October 29, 2007 (2007-10-29)
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: A Scary Space & A Swinging Face 8 May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: Movie Monsters & A Magic Mummy May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: Top Dog & A Hot Dog 10 May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: Ghouls, Fools and Food & A Grief on a Reef 8 May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)
What's New, Scooby-Doo?: Spooky Case and a Mad Race May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)

Volume releases[edit]


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (2014-06-15). "Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  2. ^ Legum, Judd (2014-06-15). "Casey Kasem’s Secret Legacy: How He Used Scooby-Doo To Advance His Values.". Thinkprogress.org. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  3. ^ US Volumes:
  4. ^ UK Volumes:
  5. ^ Season set reference:
  6. ^ Set Releases:
  7. ^ Limited, Linens. "What's New Scooby Doo: Complete 10-Disc Box Set DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Scooby Doo: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 

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