15 Things You Never Knew About Scooby Doo

Can you remember the day you watched Scooby Doo for the first time? If you are a baby boomer reading this article, you had the opportunity to see the first part of the franchise. Millennials, you must have enjoyed it when you were a child growing up in the 80s. To the Generation Z readers, you may not have been able to watch the franchise grow, but that doesn't mean you can't appreciate it.

Scooby Doo was different than the other cartoons. The writers made each character relatable to the viewers. If we didn’t see ourselves in Fred, Daphne or Velma, we may have gone to school with someone that reminded us of them. Despite the supernatural theme and creepy background noise that gave us goose bumps, the show always reeled us in to keep watching. We always wanted the Scooby Doo gang to win, find clues and outsmart the villain at the end of the episode. As a Great Dane, Scooby may not have been the most expensive dog breed but the franchise will continue to have an influence on cartoons for decades to come.

Who was your favorite character? Daphne represented the high class and fashionable woman. Fred Jones was the well groomed and popular guy we all remember in high school. Velma may have been the bookworm but she helped the team put the pieces of the mystery puzzle together. As for Shaggy, he was scruffy, entertaining and made us laugh. He was light-hearted and didn’t take himself too seriously. Last but not least, Scooby was the dog that didn’t walk around and run after Frisbees all day. Scooby pulled his weight by helping the team.

If you think you know everything there is to know about Scooby Doo, read this article and you will be surprised.

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14All You Need to Know About the Cartoon Series

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The Scooby Doo cartoon series was one of a kind and there are not many shows to compare it to. What we know now as the internationally acclaimed franchise, was an idea created inside of the Hanna-Barbera animation studios. Hanna-Barbera is also responsible for developing the cartoons Fred Flintstone, Space Ghost, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry.

During the cartoon series, Fred Jones and Shaggy Rogers were 17 years old, Velma was 15, and Daphne was 16 years of age.

The thunderstorm sound effect that we heard at the beginning of the cartoon was not the sound of real live bats, but the sound of a tape recorder echo unit feeding back its own sound.

In 1979 Scrappy Doo’s character (Scooby’s nephew) was introduced to the story line to improve low ratings that the show was experiencing.

Many Scooby Doo cartoon fans were not aware that in the show, there was a total of 27 villains. 23 of these characters committed crimes that involved stealing money.

The characters of Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy came to life after the writers watched the show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. We'll talk more about their inspiration below.

At first, Daphne’s name was Kelly, and Shaggy was named W.W. Every character other than Fred had many voiceover changes throughout the life of the cartoon.

13Unnoticed Mistakes in the Movie

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There are avid movie buffs that have a keen eye for catching mistakes in any film. While most of us were excited and enjoyed watching Scooby Doo cartoons and the movie, some people managed to find errors. Here are a few mistakes that were found in the movie:

In one scene Fred is looking in the mirror at his hair. If you look close, you will notice that he is wearing two blonde wigs on top of each other.

As Velma is hanging upside down by a piece of rope in a scene, she is wearing a red skirt that stays close to her knees in the same position. How is that possible?

Scooby is seen wearing a yellow church hat and a long dress to disguise itself as a woman while on the plane, but bringing dogs on airplanes has been a normal airline policy for quite some time.

People can tell that the alternative rock band Sugar Ray is lip syncing in the movie.

In another scene, Shaggy falls backward before Scooby jumps on his chest which added to the point that the CGI used in the movie was not that great.

When Shaggy, Daphne, and Scooby are in the airplane, there is an angry white cat in the lap of its owner. This is definitely weird and makes people question the pet policy for the airlines in the movie.

12Unknown Facts About Scooby

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Scooby’s character is the star of the cartoon series that will always be remembered. Here are surprising facts you most likely didn’t know:

Scooby’s full name was going to be Scoobard Scooby Doo and “Too Much” was the second name the character was given from the popular phrase “that is just too much.” Both names were replaced for the infamous name that we know today.

Throughout the entire empire, Scooby is 7 years old or 49 years old in dog years. If we count its age from 1969 to today, Scooby would be 323 years old in dog years.

Originally, the writers thought about making Scooby a sheep dog but during development, the dog named Red in Archie shared too similar a resemblance. Scooby was related to a set of triplets named Skip-i-doo, Doo-be-doo, How’d-de-doo, Ya-ba-doo, and Ha-ba-doo. Roo-di-doo is the name of Scrappy Doo’s mother.

The cartoon experienced a re-birth as the Scooby Doo movie series featured popular cartoon characters that included The Addams Family, The Harlem Globe Trotters, Batman and Robin and The Three Stooges.

Don Messick was the voiceover actor for Scooby and he was also the voiceover for Papa Smurf in The Smurfs.

Dr. Stephen Long that works at the Speech Pathology department at Marquette University believed that Scooby had a speech impediment named rhotic replacement. People with rhotic replacement have difficulties with adding letters in the beginning of a vowel.

12. Who is Shaggy Rogers?

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The original name of the tall shaggy character was Norville Shaggy Rogers. Some critics believed that his sporadic appetite for food was because of a drug addiction. Another reason for this is because he always had a keen eye for spotting ghosts before anyone else in the gang, but the writers debunked this rumor stating that they had no intention of creating this type of character for a cartoon made for children.

One of the interesting parts you may not know about Shaggy’s voice over actor, Casey Kasem, was that he was a devoted vegetarian with a strong determination to keep Shaggy’s character from eating red meat. In 1995, Casey walked away from this voice over job because Shaggy was expected to appear in a Burger King commercial. Now that is what I call having dedication to your craft! In the real life movie, Shaggy was also portrayed as a vegetarian, as indicated by the very end of the movie when Shaggy is seen grilling an eggplant burger in his van with Scooby. Casey finally returned to continue the voice over legacy in 2002 after he was promised that Shaggy would continue to be a strict vegetarian.

Did you know that Jim Carrey and Mike Myers were also considered for Shaggy’s role in the movie? Now that would have been interesting to see.

In the original series, Shaggy also ends up having a relationship with Velma to eliminate the rumors that were circling around with movie critics that she had a thing for Daphne.

11The Influence in Pop Culture

During the 1992 hit movie Wayne’s World there was an alternate ending called “The Scooby Ending” that features a character who wore a mask throughout the film. A reference to the Scooby Doo’s famous line “now let’s see who you really are” was also included in Wayne’s World. If you're curious, after the man’s mask was removed it was revealed that he was Mr. Withers.

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer the team named themselves the Scooby Gang. When you consider they were constantly in battle throughout the show with supernatural forces, you can understand that's a pretty badass honor to give the show.

TV Guide ranked the cartoon Scooby Doo at number 5 on its list of “60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time.”

In 2014 one of the franchise's biggest fans, Rebecca Finley who lives in Vancouver set the record for owning 1,136 pieces of Scooby Doo merchandise.

A rock band named the Hex Girls was first introduced in the Scooby Doo and the Witches cartoon in 1999 and appeared in later renditions of the cartoon series.

When Warner Bros. studios were drumming up interest for the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie, they decided to put the trailer before the Scooby Doo movie started. You can imagine this helped increase business!

Carl Sagan the Astrophysics and famous astronomer that showed disapproval in the belief of paranormal ideas ended up praising the cartoon show for its use of paranormal themes.

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