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Celebrating Scooby Doo

September 1 2022

September 13th is Scooby Doo Day! The beloved cartoon canine has become a fixture in American pop culture, and has been exposing the nefarious dealings of malevolent, mask-wearing schemers since the late 1960’s. A vet discusses the iconic animated pooch below.

Starting Out

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? was originally planned as a horror/mystery, but execs thought it may be too scary for kids, and made it a comedy. The show wasn’t exactly an immediate success, but it found its groove before too long. Scooby also went through some growing pains. In an early version, titled Mysteries Five, the canine star was, well, more of a dog and less of a sleuth.

A Pup By Any Other Name

Scooby Doo was actually named after the ‘Doo-be-doo-be-doo’ line in Frank Sinatra’s song Strangers in the Night. There were also fictional characters named Skooby Doo in the 1953 film Swingin Together and in the Archies’ song Feelin’ So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O.) The rest, as you know, is history. Or, as Scooby would put it, ‘Ristory.’


Scooby has been voiced by dozens of actors over the years. One of the more iconic voices behind the adorable pup was Don Messick. Messick was also the voice of the Jetsons’ beloved pup, Astro. He gave up the role after quitting smoking, which took the iconic rasp out of his voice.


A new member of the cast popped up in 1979. Scooby’s nephew, Scrappy Doo, definitely shared his uncle’s talent for cracking clues. The feisty pup starred with his uncle for several years in spinoff series The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show. Puppy Power!

A Little Help From Some Friends

Scrappy isn’t Scooby’s only relative. Cousins Scooby-Dee and Scooby Dum have also lent the gang a helping paw in solving cases. Many celebrities were also happy to pitch in. Some of the stars that made guest appearances include Sonny and Cher, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Phyllis Diller, Mama Cass Elliot, and the Harlem Globetrotters! Speaking of famous canines, have you heard about The Queen’s Corgis?


Scooby Doo has also popped up in cameos or guest roles on many different films and TV shows, including Johnny Bravo, Looney Tunes: Back In Action; and Space Jam II.


Ever wonder what breed Scooby is? He’s a Great Dane. Or, a not-very-good Dane. The pooch was deliberately drawn with none of the qualities breeders strive for with these gentle giants!

Our Advice on Celebrating Scooby Doo in 2024

How did the creators of Scooby-Doo come up with the concept for the show, and what were their original inspirations?

The creators of Scooby-Doo, aiming to blend horror and comedy, initially planned a scarier mystery show but adjusted to make it kid-friendly. The concept evolved from “Mysteries Five,” with Scooby being more of a typical dog. Influenced by Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” they named the character Scooby-Doo. The show drew inspiration from classic mystery genres and light-hearted cartoons, creating a unique blend that appealed to children. Over time, Scooby-Doo became an iconic sleuth, solving mysteries with a humorous twist and cementing its place in pop culture.

What role did the other members of Mystery Inc. play in the show’s success, and how did their characters evolve over time?

The success of Scooby-Doo hinged on the dynamic roles of Mystery Inc.’s members. Fred, the leader, provided direction and bravery, while Velma’s intellect and analytical skills were crucial in solving mysteries. Daphne evolved from a stereotypical damsel to a resourceful, independent problem-solver. Shaggy, with his comedic relief and bond with Scooby, added humor and relatability. Over time, these characters grew more complex, breaking away from initial stereotypes and adding depth to the show. Their evolving interactions and distinct personalities created a balanced and engaging team dynamic, driving the show’s enduring popularity.

What is the significance of the “meddling kids” trope in Scooby-Doo, and how has this theme resonated with audiences over the years?

The “meddling kids” trope in Scooby-Doo is significant as it empowers youth, showcasing that courage, intelligence, and teamwork can solve problems. This theme has resonated with audiences by highlighting that seemingly ordinary kids can outsmart villains and bring justice. It encourages viewers to value curiosity, persistence, and collaboration. Over the years, this message has inspired generations, reinforcing the idea that anyone, regardless of age, can make a difference. The trope’s enduring appeal lies in its relatable and optimistic portrayal of young people as capable heroes.

How has the Scooby-Doo franchise addressed social issues and cultural shifts over the years, such as diversity and inclusivity?

The Scooby-Doo franchise has gradually addressed social issues and cultural shifts, including diversity and inclusivity. Early iterations focused on light-hearted mystery solving, but recent versions have made conscious efforts to reflect a more diverse society. Characters from various ethnic backgrounds have been introduced, and storylines have touched on themes like acceptance and teamwork across differences. The franchise has also modernized its portrayals, showing strong, independent female characters and emphasizing intelligence and bravery in all characters. These changes resonate with contemporary audiences, promoting a message of inclusivity and cultural awareness.

What is the legacy of Scooby-Doo in terms of its impact on popular culture, merchandising, and the animation industry as a whole?

Scooby-Doo’s legacy in popular culture is profound, impacting merchandising and the animation industry significantly. The franchise has become an enduring symbol of childhood entertainment, spawning numerous spin-offs, movies, and merchandise, including toys, apparel, and collectibles. Its formula of blending humor, mystery, and relatable characters set a standard in animation, influencing countless other shows. The iconic catchphrases and memorable character dynamics have cemented its place in pop culture. Scooby-Doo’s success demonstrated the viability of long-running animated series, encouraging innovation and storytelling evolution within the animation industry.

As you celebrate Scooby Doo Day this year, consider sharing the joy with your own furry friend! Treat them to a special Scooby-themed toy or snack, and don’t forget the importance of regular check-ups with your vet. Just like Scooby, your pup’s dental health is crucial – consider looking into Veterinary Dentistry services to keep their smile bright. Enjoy the nostalgia of watching classic Scooby Doo episodes with your family, and maybe even host a mystery-solving party! Remember, the enduring legacy of Scooby Doo is all about the power of friendship, curiosity, and a good laugh.

Do you have a Great Dane with a love for Scooby Snacks? Ruh Roh! Contact us, your local animal clinic in North Miami, FL, today!