Get your sandwich fixins and gas up the van, because we’re going in on some trivia! Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and its following series are all-time favorites of anyone who was lucky enough to watch. With that said, how much do you know about it?
1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? was not actually the original title of the show but rather Mystery Five but that was changed out and went through a few different working titles before focusing the show on Scooby-Doo rather than the four humans and with a title that couldn’t frighten kids. “Mystery” and “Scared” were words in the working titles that were dropped in favor of the show name we’ve loved all along.
2. You know that first Scooby-Doo live-action movie? Well, it was written by the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn.
3. Fred has a nickname and I doubt you’d ever guess it. I mean, I’m still trying to figure out who wrote in that Fred Jones’ has the nickname “Pickle“. The heck?!
4. It was eventually established that Scooby Snacks, the biscuits, contain no meat. Huh! Later series of the show have Shaggy going vegetarian when Casey Kasem himself went the veggie route himself.
5. Despite the fact they definitely looked like adults, nobody in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? is over 17.
6. The vocals on the theme song weren’t recorded until 3 days before the very first show aired. Talk about recording just under the wire!
7. Frank Welker of Transformers fame wanted to voice Fred purely because he wanted to do a silly role for once. Welker was known for being the character that did the set-up but rarely the one that had any fun, so he got to start as Fred!
8. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo came in the late 80’s and followed a similar format that essentially turned popular characters into kid-versions, aka: Spin-Off Kids which is an industry term for the trope being started in the 80’s. We saw it with quite a few Hanna-Barbera shows. Just think back. I bet you can come up with at least five.
9. While the show always ended with the gang unmasking a human who was pretending to be a ghost or a monster, later series would just go ahead and have real ghosts. Zoinks!
10. When working on the concepts during development, Scooby was almost not a Great Dane but a Sheepdog. This changed back and forth out of concern that people would think they were copying other popular shows and comic strips. Eventually, they went with a Great Dane based on show dogs that had a far more regal stature to them and just played up his features to make him still fun and accessible to kids.