Ever since 1969, Scooby-Doo (full name Scoobert) graced us with his presence on the silver screen. Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the crew have become a substantial part of American Culture with the classic Mystery Machine they use to solve crime. In 1969, the original series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, aired on CBS and lasted two seasons with 25 episodes. The show returned in 1972 as The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
Scooby-Doo is the brainchild of Ken Spears and Joe Ruby, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The show has gone through more than a dozen different series, including The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, which currently airs on Cartoon Network. In addition to the various series, the show had a few spin-off TV specials, two live-action movies, and 25 direct-to-DVD movies. The iconic Great Dane isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Here are some interesting facts about America’s favorite animated dog.
In an interview with Emmy TV Legends, TV executive Fred Silverman said, “I had always thought that kids in a haunted house would be a big hit. As a kid, I would go and look at Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and movies like that.” Silverman pitched a show called Who’s S-S-Scared? To CBS, but the dog was in the background.
Silverman went on to say, “I was convinced it was going to be the biggest hit that we’d ever had, even though nobody knew what the hell it was.” Unfortunately, Frank Stanton (then-CBS president) thought the concept was too scary to put on the air. Silverman decided to center the show on the dog, and “in a matter of two hours, we had revised the concept, and it worked great,” he explained.
Silverman told Emmy TV Legends that he had trouble falling asleep on a red-eye flight to LA His idea of a group of teenagers trying to solve mysteries with a dog was just rejected by CBS. So, he was up trying to think of new ideas. That’s when a famous Hollywood star stepped in and changed everything.
“As we’re landing, Frank Sinatra comes on [the PA], and I hear him say ‘Scooby-doo-be-doo.’ I said, that’s it. We’ll call it Scooby-Doo.” It should be noted that Sinatra actually said “Doobie,” not “Scooby,” –the lyrics from his song Strangers in the Night. If it weren’t for that innocent misunderstanding, the Scooby-Doo we all know and love could have had a totally different name.