What you never knew about Scooby Doo
Fun facts about the meddling kids
As the new movie in the proposed Hanna-Barbera universe is coming out this summer. I've been re-visiting the shows, both new and old, as well as the reinvented movies that changed the story. I've been doing some digging for what I never knew about my favorite childhood show.
Grab a snack and have some insight to what you never knew about this beloved dog and the rag tag group of teen sluths.
- The voice over honor takeover
In the 90's when the movies were coming out faster then Chuck E. Cheese tickets. Most fans of Scooby Doo have cited that the movies were the game-changer for the series in terms of plot. Most of the cast had changed as well for the movies. Billy West voiced Shaggy, Frank Welker of course reprises as Fred , Scott Innes was Scooby Doo, B.J. Ward as Velma, and Mary Kay Bergman was Daphne. I scoured through IMDb to see if any of these actors had done anything for the new Scooby series or the movies. I found it odd I never saw Mary Kay Bergman for the movie of the millennium, Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase. When I looked for the reason why, it was very sad. Mary Kay Bergman had committed suicide in 1999. The current actress to take over the role is Grey Griffen. Mary Kay Bergman and Grey Griffen were very close in the 90's when they were beginning as voice actors. After Bergman's suicide, Grey Griffen took over role ever since. Grey Griffen still continues to voice over Daphne since 2001 and has taken part in any project with this character. I can't look at Daphne the same way knowing the woman voicing her character is honoring her. So if you see Grey Griffen's name on the credits, this is why.
- The "thunder" opening.
You would think that the opening noise in the 1960's is actual archived sound from real thunder. Nope, it's actually a recording of an audio machine turning on and played it backwards.
When I finally got the chance to sit down and watch the Scooby doo themed episode in Supernatural. I had to watch it twice because I kept laughing so much. The episode that the boys find themselves in is one of the popular episodes from the first season of Scooby Doo, A Night Of Fright Is No Delight. Frank Welker was the voice of Fred back in episode 16 in 1970. When the Supernatural episode aired, Frank Welker is the only one to reprise his role as Fred (with the exception of also voicing Scooby Doo since 2022) for the same episode in a redux from the 1970 episode in Supernatural. It's worth the watch
- Scooby Apocalypse
Many series are often given an alternate take of a different route the characters and show can go. In May 2016, Jim Lee did his own take on using the Hanna-Barbera characters in the apocalypse. Scooby and the gang have to fight for their lives in a world from mutated creatures infected from a virus. Sounds like a unique twist mixing Scooby Doo and The Walking Dead. The cure for these creatures as long as they don't run out of Scooby snacks or, as long as they just keep running from the real monsters.
- Shaggy's diet
The running gag has always been the endless appetite that Shaggy and Scooby have, however, Casey Kasem had refused to voice Shaggy in later installments because they had to change his character to be a strict vegetarian since Casey himself was a vegetarian. Throughout the 80's and 90's he never voiced Shaggy Rogers. It wasn't until What's New Scooby Doo came out in 2002 that he was convinced to return to the character with the promise that Shaggy's character is a vegetarian. If you look closely, at the installments of the new millennium, Shaggy doesn't eat meat.
These snippets of trivia changed my mindset on how I viewed the series, and now for any of the Scooby fans out there. Now this gave you something new to appreciate for this beloved series. I look forward to how the new Scooby Doo movie will do in theaters in the proposed new universe to introduce a younger generation to this fun mystery show.
Scooby Dooby Doooooo