Trivia / Scooby-Doo

The cartoon:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • In an episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, when Daphne meets someone hired to impersonate her, she complains she is being played by an extra and asks whether Sarah Michelle Gellar was busy. Sarah Michelle Gellar of course played Daphne in the live action film.
    • In Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, Shaggy (played by Casey Kasem) happens upon an abandoned radio house atop a mountain. He asks Scooby if he'd like to hear his "DJ impression". When Scooby says yes, Shaggy clears his throat and does an "impersonation" of... Casey Kasem.
    • One episode of Mystery Incorporated involved Shaggy and Scooby having dinner with Vincent Van Ghoul (an obvious Ink-Suit Actor expy of Vincent Price, who had played him in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo but passed away not long after). Several of Van Ghoul's quirks seen in the episode were ones Price was known to have, including a love of gourmet cooking.
  • Adored by the Network:
    • Where Are You originally aired alongside two other new Hanna-Barbera series, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop in the fall of 1969. By 1970, Where Are You proved to be such a ratings success for CBS that it was the only one of the three to be renewed for a second (admittedly smaller because of a time crunch) season. The 1971 reruns continued to excel with audiences, forcing the network to ask for a brand-new Scooby-based series.
    • Some iteration of Scooby-Doo used to air on Cartoon Network every day. In recent years the selection has been limited and now on the main channel it's mostly just an occasional movie.
  • Ascended Fanon: It was a common joke that in the original series Daphne and Fred were somewhere having sex, though in the actual series there was really nothing to imply that any of the gang were anything but platonic. It wasn't until years later that Daphne and Fred became Implied Love Interests, then eventually just a straight-up couple.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Velma is notorious for always losing her glasses. The same goes for Daphne getting kidnapped, it really didn't occur that often enough to be her recurring character trait in the original series.
    • Lampshaded in the Johnny Bravo crossover episode "Bravo Dooby Doo" after Velma and Johnny both grope for their displaced eyewear:
      Velma: My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!
      Johnny: My glasses! I can't be seen without my glasses!
    • "Old Man Jenkins" has become the term for the everyman Scooby-Doo villain. While there was a suspicious old man named Mr. Jenkins in one episode of the original series, he was ultimately innocent.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • The gang themselves, but most notably Velma in the movie Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire where they pose as contestants in the rock show contest (as The Meddling Kids) and eventually win by default. Velma sings the "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" theme. Poor child was petrified at first, but as she started singing, she put on quite a show.
    • All five members of the gang and some of the other characters sing throughout the 2012 made-for-video feature Scooby-Doo: Music of the Vampire.
  • Channel Hop: From CBS to ABC in 1976. NBC may even count, as Dynomutt, Dog Wonder was paired up with Godzilla for an hour-long show in 1981 on that network and the Scooby gang's appearances in Dynomutt were subsequently aired.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Joe Ruby and Ken Spears didn't like Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, feeling that it missed the point of the characters and was too cynical. Some other writers seem to agree, as a few of the Direct-to-DVD films have jokes at the series' expense — that is, unless you see it as Trolling Creator/Self-Deprecation, given that some of the crew for Mystery Incorporated returned for some of these films. Brandt and Cervone who helped produce MI have been regulars on on the DTV series for years but Mitch Watson the main producer and writer for MI never worked on any Scooby media before or after MI. Although these issues aside the current design work of the series does borrow from the art style of Mystery Incorporated.
    • Reportedly, Scott Innes, the voice of Scooby and Shaggy in pre-What's New? works, isn't fond of Mystery Incorporated either.
    • John Colton Barry one of the head writers for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! let out a little in his online rant and inadvertently caused some blowback. As in one of his insults towards how the new writers took one of the episodes he referred it as taking the show back to corny 70s humor instead of their modern comedy approach. Which on one hand is clearly an issue for him due to the Troubled Production of the series it also was a shot not well received by some of the staff and fans.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Susan Blu as Flim-Flam.
  • The Danza: Vincent van Ghoul was voiced by Vincent Price.
  • Defictionalization: You'd be surprised how many people have named their dogs Scrappy-Doo.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Footage from Act II of the very first episode, "What a Night for a Knight", is missing. It's where the gang is outside the museum as Fred is unable to open the rear door. He gets a ladder out of the Mystery Machine (which must be dimensionally transcendental to hold a ladder) and volunteers Shaggy to climb up and go in through a window high above.
    Shaggy: Why me?
    Fred: Because that's a small window and you're the thinnest.
    • In the first season of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, scenes running roughly a minute and a half were made but not used until season 2. The scenes never showed up in syndication, CN/Boomerang airings or DVD releases. Among the scenes were Jonathan Winters flipping a coin with Shaggy to see who would go up to the grist mill window ("The Frickert Fracas"), and Scooby trying to get the kids' attention to tell them he found a secret passage out of Moody Manor ("Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner").
    • In the 1970-71 season, a minute of footage from season 1 episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! were cut to make room for CBS's "In the Know" interstitials. ("In the Know" were 2½-minute educational capsules hosted by Josie and the Pussycats. It would be replaced the next season with CBS's long-running interstitial series In the News.)
  • Fan Nickname: In Mexico, Scooby is nicknamed as "Stupi-Doo", a pormanteau of "estupido" (stupid) and "Scooby-Doo" , due of his perceived stupidity.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: "Where Are You!" episode "Spooky Space Kook". The UFO used the "electronic rattlesnake" noise from the Heat Ray warming up from the The War of the Worlds (1953) film.
  • Name's the Same: "Roller Ghoster Ride", the unused Either/Or Title of the Pup episode "Terror, Thy Name Is Zombo", is also the title of a What's New episode. "Wrestle Maniacs" is also a title of an episode of both series.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Considering this is a franchise that's been around for more than 40 years at this point, it's understandable that most characters have had many voice actors. The only cast member to stay consistent throughout the whole series is Fred (since 1969, the only time Frank Welker hasn't played Fred was in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo).
    • The full complement of voice actors throughout the Scooby-Doo animated timeline:
    Scooby: Don Messick (1969-94), Hadley Kay (1997), Scott Innes (1998-2001), Frank Welker (2002-present)
    Shaggy: Casey Kasem (1969-97, 2002-09), Billy West (1998), Scott Innes (1999-2001), Matthew Lillard (2010-present), Scott Menville (Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!)
    Fred: Frank Welker (1969-present), Carl Stevens ("A Pup Named Scooby-Doo")
    Velma: Nicole Jaffe (1969-74, 2002-03 DTV films), Patricia Stevens (1976-79), Marla Frumkin (1979-80, 1984), BJ Ward (1997-01), Mindy Cohn (2002-2015), Christina Lange (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), Kate Micucci (2015-Present)
    Daphne: Indira Stefanianna Christopherson (1969), Heather North (1970-85, 1997, 2002-03 DTV films), Mary Kay Bergman (1998-2000), Grey DeLisle (2001-present), Kellie Martin (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
    • Mostly averted in Brazil, with only Fred not having his original actor as of What's New…, basically the inverse of English. In the final season of Mystery Incorporated, Warner Bros. "reasoned" that because the other characters were voiced by actors in their seventies, they should be recast with actors half that age.
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  • Screwed by the Network: When CBS brought Where Are You! back in 1974 after a two-year hiatus, Hanna-Barbera wanted to make new episodes. But CBS felt they could get just as much mileage, if not more, from repeats. CBS would cancel Scooby on August 7, 1976, a full month before the new season began. A week later, Scooby (which moved to ABC a month later) was replaced on CBS with Clue Club.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • In Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin, Casey Kasem voices both Shaggy and Robin. His impersonation of Burt Ward is good enough that it's not immediately obvious.
    • Scooby with Scrappy after Don Messick took over Scrappy's voice from Lennie Weinrib.
    • From Witch's Ghost to Cyber Chase he and Shaggy were both voiced by Scott Innes. Since Scooby and Shaggy share most scenes, that's quite an accomplishment.
    • Since 2002, Frank Welker has been the voice of Fred and Scooby.
  • The Abridged Series: Scooby-Doo Abridged, which is based off the first cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  • Wag the Director: Casey Kasem was a staunch vegetarian, and only agreed to play Shaggy so long as the Big Eater never ate meat. He refused to play the character any more after being forced to voice him for a 1997 Burger King commercial, at which point Billy West filled in to complete Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, making it the only time West voiced him. Scott Innes (who also provided the voice of Scooby after Don Messick's death until Frank Welker took over) took the reigns as Shaggy for the next few years. Kasem was eventually lured back in 2002 for What's New, Scooby-Doo? when the creators agreed to make Shaggy a vegetarian. Of course, following Kasem's retirement in 2009, all bets are now off.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Hanna and Barbera reflected in a later interview that the show was originally just going to be about "a group of teenagers solving crimes", but "we threw in a dog, and he turned out to be the star of the show".
    • The dog was originally a sheepdog named Too Much, but The Archie Show (which was also on CBS) already had Hot Dog, Jughead's pet sheepdog. An H-B staffer raised Great Danes as a hobby, so they made the dog a Great Dane. Fred Silverman chose the name Scooby-Doo after the scatting in one of his favorite Frank Sinatra tunes.
    • In its developmental stage as "Mysteries Five", there were originally five kids who, in a knockoff of The Archie Show, played rock music as well as solved mysteries. Their names were Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and W.W. (as well as their bongo-playing sheepdog, Too Much). Geoff and Mike were melded to become Fred (originally Ronnie but renamed after CBS programming head Fred Silverman), Kelly became Daphne, Linda became Velma and W.W. became Shaggy.
    • In the original pitch, Velma and Shaggy were siblings. It showed in the debut episode, "What a Night for a Knight", as Velma has Shaggy's cough medicine at hand, and in "Decoy for a Dognapper", Shaggy keeps a spare pair of glasses for Velma.
  • The Wiki Rule: Scoobypedia

The 2002 live-action film:

  • Actor Allusion: It's no coincidence that Daphne's Xenafication in the live-action film comes along when she's being played by Buffy. Also, her line, "This must be the secret relic thingy they worship," could be considered Buffy Speak.
  • Author Existence Failure: William Hanna, one of the executive producers for the film, died of throat cancer a year before the film's release.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: According to the DVD Commentary, several of the music acts, including Shaggy (the reggae singer, not the character) and Outkast agreed to appear on the soundtrack because the name "Scooby Doo" was fun to sing.
  • Casting Gag:
    • The reason Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Geller were cast was because they wanted to cast a real Hollywood couple as Fred and Daphne.
    • In the Japanese dub, Velma is voiced by Yuriko Fuchizaki, who already voiced sexy girls with glasses previously in her career.
  • The Danza: Freddie Prinze Jr plays Fred.
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • An alternate opening that began showing the animated counterparts dancing around to the theme song. The Luna Ghost would then kidnap Daphne and the sequence would shift to live-action.
    • Flashbacks when Fred, Velma and Daphne meet up at the airport. Fred would be shown giving a speech on his book tour to an uninterested audience. Velma would be at a support group, confess that she was a member of Mystery Inc and no one in the group would remember her. Daphne would be shown karate training but accidentally get herself stuck in a tree.
    • Velma, Fred and Daphne on a tour bus going around Spooky Island. This is where she'd meet her love interest, and he says "you've always been a chick?"
    • A really random sequence in Dead Mike's bar where Velma would get up on stage and start singing "Too Good To Be True" to mock Fred and Daphne. As she does this Mondevarious says "she does know that Bloody Skulls are non-alcoholic?"
    • Daphne encountering a possessed Velma in the girls' locker room, having a similar encounter to Shaggy and Scooby with the possessed Fred. Velma would be acting like a Valley Girl before turning on the Game Face. This is included in the novelization.
    • Shaggy witnesses Daphne's soul getting extracted and a demon possessing her - explaining why he knows to look for her head in the vat as well. This is also in the novelization.
    • While Scooby is locked up in the cage, he fakes a heart attack to try and escape. The guard points out that he's done it eight times already.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Freddie Prinze Jr bleached his brown hair blond, and had to shave his head after the dye ruined it.
    • Isla Fisher is a redhead and became blonde.
    • Averted with Sarah Michelle Gellar though, who just wore a red wig, as she was still filming Season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Fake American:
    • The Scottish-born Australian Isla Fisher plays the American Mary Jane.
    • Brisbane-born Neil Fanning as Scooby-Doo.
  • Old Shame: Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne) don't think very fondly about the live action film. Among other things, Prinze hated wearing the trademark ascot, and Gellar hated wearing Daphne's trademark Go-go boots. Linda Cardellini (Velma) states that she felt that the final cut of the film could've been adjusted a bit more. Originally played straight but later averted with Matthew Lillard. Originally Lillard stated he regretted working on the live action films as it seemed to ruin his movie career, but once he became the full time voice of Shaggy in the cartoons following Casey Kasem's retirement he's since changed his mind, and now thanks the movies for leading into a consistent role for him to play.
  • Promoted Fanboy: James Gunn was more than happy to write an adaptation of his favorite cartoon. Although this does bother some fans due to his not playing the material straight, that is a reminder there are more than one way to be a fan.
    • Cardinelli plays it a bit straight who happily notes to have watched Scooby Doo for many years even as she went away to college.
  • Remake Cameo:
    • Frank Welker, the original voice of Fred, voices one of the evil creatures.
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub and also overlapping with Role Reprisal of sorts, Arturo Mercado Sr., who regurlarly voiced Shaggy in the animated adaptations until the 2010s, voiced Scrappy, a role he voiced as well, while his son, Arturo Mercado Jr., voiced Shaggy instead.
  • Romance on the Set: Fred and Daphne are played by husband and wife Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • While the film has plenty of self-aware humor as it is, the original plan was for a straightforward R self-parody along the lines of Josie and the Pussycats. Shaggy would have explicitly been a stoner and Daphne and Velma would have had a closeted lesbian relationship. After Pussycats flopped, the project was retooled to a "hard" PG, cutting out some of the more adult material but leaving in all of the gross-out jokes.
    • The film had been in Development Hell as far back as the 90s, with Jim Carrey as a possible Shaggy and Sara Gilbert as Velma. Kevin Smith was attached to direct at one point too (which suddenly makes Mystery Inc.'s cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back make a lot more sense).
    • Mike Myers was also interested in playing Shaggy, and both Christina Ricci and Lisa Jakub (Lydie from Mrs. Doubtfire and Alicia in Independence Day) were both considered to play Velma.
    • Weezer were asked to cameo in the film but decline, so Sugar Ray are there instead.
    • The Luna Ghost or 'Old Man Smithers' from the beginning of the film was planned to be revealed as the main villain in an early draft. This explains why the Luna Ghost features on the movie's poster, despite only appearing in the opening.
    • Tim Curry was the first choice to play Mondevarious, but he turned it down when he heard that Scrappy Doo was going to be in the film - as he has always despised that character. Irony indeed.
    • A kiss was filmed between Daphne and Velma. During the scene where the souls keep swapping into the wrong body, Daphne and Velma's would keep getting in the wrong ones - so they decide to kiss to make sure they go in properly.

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