On September 13, 1969 everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the rest of the Scooby Gang solved their first supposedly supernatural caper when the premiere episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired. Since then the cartoon canine has become a pop culture icon, and each year fans celebrate the anniversary of Scooby-Doo’s debut with Scooby Doo Day, held every September 13.
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Fun Facts About Scooby Doo
The name of the mystery-solving canine was inspired by none other than Frank Sinatra! The creator of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? misheard Ol’ Blue Eyes croon “doobie doobie-doo” on his classic rendition of “Strangers in The Night” and decided to dub his fictional dog Scooby!
You may know that Scooby’s nickname is “Scoob,” but did you know that the snack-loving Spot’s formal name is Scoobert?
The phrase “I haven’t got a Scooby-Doo” is Cockney slang for “I haven’t got a clue!”
The very first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was titled “What A Night for A Knight.”
Fido-loving philatelists can go in search of a USA “Forever” stamp of Scooby-Doo to add to their collection! The Scooby stamp was issued in 2018.
At one point creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears had planned to make the dog detective a Sheepdog named Too Much.
In 2006 Scooby-Doo was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the cartoon with the most episodes!
Did you know that the Saturday morning series came close to being called “Mysteries Five” or “Who’s Scared with Scooby”?
Scooby-Doo is loved the world over, and tourists who visit Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi can feel like part of The Scooby Gang as they ride through Scooby Doo: The Museum of Mysteries!, while adventurous souls who visit Warner Bros. Movie World in on the Gold Coast of Australia can have a frightfully fun time on the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster. Visitors to the Parque Warner Madrid can enjoy La Aventura de Scooby-Doo.
The original cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Where are You? was the first Saturday morning show to use a laugh track.
While his name might not be familiar, if you grew up in the 60s, 70s or 80s the voice of Donald Messick is a part of your childhood. Not only did the voice actor bring to life the antics of both Scooby and Scrappy-Doo in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and its spin-offs, but also Astro in The Jetsons, Sebastian the cat in Josie and the Pussycats, Spot the cat in Hong Kong Phooey and sniggering sidekick Muttley in Wacky Races.
A hound with a lot of heart, Scooby-Doo has helped several animal charities, including North Shore Animal League America and Best Friends Animal Society.