Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
|Scooby Doo, Where Are You!|
Joseph Barbera (1969-70)
Charles A. Nichols (1978)</td></tr>
|Voices of||Don Messick|
|Theme music composer||
David Mook |
|Opening theme||"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" performed by|
Ted Nichols (1969-70)|
Hoyt Curtin (1978)</td></tr>
|Country of origin||United States</td></tr>|
|No. of seasons||3</td></tr>|
|No. of episodes||34 (list of episodes)</td></tr>|
Joseph Barbera (1978)</td></tr>
Joseph Barbera (1969-70)
Don Jurwich (1978)</td></tr>
|Running time||21 minutes approx</td></tr>|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions</td></tr>|
|Distributor||Taft Broadcasting (1969–88)|
|Picture format||Film, 4:3, 480i</td></tr>|
|Original release||September 13, 1969– November 4, 1978 </td></tr>|
The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–1973)</td></tr></table> Scooby Doo, Where Are You!  is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on CBS September 13, 1969, and ran for two seasons for a total of 25 episodes. Its final first-run episode aired on October 31, 1970.
Nine episodes from Scooby-Doo's 1978-79 season, first run on ABC, were originally broadcast using the 1969 Scooby Doo, Where Are You! opening and closing sequences (in an attempted stand-alone series revival that was cancelled). The entire 1978-79 season (which completed its run as part of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and was later syndicated as part of The Scooby-Doo Show) is sometimes marketed as the third season of the original Where Are You! series.
For more details on this topic, see Scooby-Doo.
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was the result of CBS and Hanna-Barbera's plans to create a non-violent Saturday morning program that would appease the parent watch groups that had protested the superhero-based programs of the mid-1960s. Originally titled Mysteries Five, and later Who's S-S-Scared?, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! underwent a number of changes from script to screen (the most notable of which was the downplaying of the musical group angle borrowed from The Archie Show). However, the basic concept—four teenagers (Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy) and a cowardly, clumsy Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) solving supernatural-related mysteries—was always in place.
Scooby-Doo creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears served as the story supervisors on the series. Ruby, Spears, and Bill Lutz wrote all of the scripts for the seventeen first-season episodes, while Lutz, Larz Bourne, and Tom Dagenais wrote the eight second season episodes with Ruby and Spears. The plot varied little from episode to episode. The main concept was as follows:
Main article: List of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episodes
The second season featured "chase scene" songs produced by La La Productions (which had originally been contracted to create the music for Josie and the Pussycats, the first of many shows made from the same mold as Scooby-Doo). These songs were written by Danny Janssen and Austin Roberts, and were performed by Roberts, who also made a new recording of the Scooby Doo, Where Are You! theme song for the second season.
Episodes contained a laugh track, one of the first Saturday morning cartoon shows to do so. It was removed for syndication in the 1980s. Not long after the Turner networks (TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network) began airing the show in 1994, the laugh track was reinstated in 1997.
Release and reception
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! was a hit for Hanna-Barbera and CBS, which had Hanna-Barbera start a fad to make shows that were just like Scooby-Doo (which had the formula of teenagers who solve mysteries with a non-human mascot), including, Josie and the Pussycats, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Funky Phantom, Speed Buggy, Jeannie, Jabberjaw, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Inch High Private Eye, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Clue Club, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, and Fangface.
In 2005, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! came 49th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Cartoons, and was more recently voted the 8th greatest Kids' TV Show by viewers of the same channel. It was ranked the 24th greatest cartoon on IGN's Top 100 Animated Series.
Home media releases
On July 4, 2002, Warner Home Video released four episodes from the series on a compilation DVD in Region 1 entitled Scooby-Doo's Creepiest Capers. They later released all 25 episodes on DVD in Region 1 on March 16, 2004 under the title Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete First and Second Seasons. A DVD entitled Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Third Season was released on April 10, 2007, made up of episodes produced in 1978, added to the Scooby's All-Stars package, and later syndicated as part of The Scooby-Doo Show.
On November 9, 2010, Warner Home Video released Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series. The 8 disc set features all 25 episodes of the series plus the 16 episodes produced in 1978 which aired as part of Scooby's All-Stars. The set is encased in special collectible packaging in the form of a Mystery Machine replica. In addition, it also features a special bonus disc filled with new and archival material. The set was re-released on November 13, 2012.
Starting on January 27, 2009, Warner Home Video released single disc DVDs with four episodes each plus an episode from Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue. Four volumes have been released through October 19, 2010.
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