Scooby-Doo is is probably the world’s most famous Great Dane and one of the most famous dogs of all times. He is the main character of the Scooby-Doo animated television series created by American animation company Hanna – Barbera. The first series were captured in 40 episodes, 3 seasons and ran on ABC from 1976 to 1978, marking the first Scooby appearance on the TV network. Since 1980 all three seasons’ episodes have been rerun under the title “The Scooby-Doo Show”. Also in 2002 the Scooby–Doo movie was released. The storyline of the movie is interesting and exciting. After two years being separately Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby finally meets each other again. They discover an amusement park that affects its visitors in a very strange way. Friends realize that this time they cannot solve the situation without help from each other.
Scooby – Doo is the pet and companion of Shaggy, cowardly slacker more interested in snacks than taking risk on adventures and solving mysteries. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are inseparable friends. Looking through the eyes of the child, they’re just foolish cowards, who somehow always save the day and remain the best friends. Probably it is because of their good friends, Velma, Daphne and Fred, who encourage them to go after the costumed villains, usually with Scooby Snacks or other dog treat. Also maybe Scooby’s inherent loyalty and courage does often force him to take more heroic steps.
Watching Scooby-Doo as an adult you’ll wonder if the van driving, spacey talk and continual snacking are lifestyle style of the same people who inspired “Pineapple Express”.
The story of this character’s name is quite strange and interesting too. Fred Silverman, the head of children’s programming at CBS, came up with the character’s name from the syllables “doo-be-doo-be-doo” in Frahnk Sinatra’s song “Strangers in the Night”.
Scooby-Doo is seven years old, or forty-nine “dog years” old. He is brown from head to toe with several black spots on his body. Scooby is generally a quadruped, but sometimes shows bipedal “human” abilities. He has a black nose and wears a diamond shaped-tagged blue collar with an “SD” initials. Also Scooby-Doo has a prehensile tail and can use it to swing from or press buttons.
Character’s creator Iwao Takamoto explained how Scooby-Doo was created. Before he designed the character, he first talked to a Great Dane breeder, who described to him the main characteristics of a pedigree dogs. Takamoto then drew Scooby as the opposite of this. He said that he decided to go the opposite way and gave the character a hunch back, bowed legs, small chin. Even the color was picked wrong.
As it was mentioned in the beginning of this article Scooby-Doo has a speech impediment: he pronounces most words as if they begin with an “R”. Luckily the most other characters of the same series are able to understand him very well. Scooby keeps his sentences short, usually using charades for everything longer than three or four words. His famous phrase, usually howled at the end of every single episode, is “Scooby-Dooby-Doo!” or “Rooby-Rooby-Roo!”.