Scooby Doo is Hanna-Barbera
's most succesfull creation, and one of the most popular
cartoons ever. Scooby first appeared in 1969
when the series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
's Saturday morning
lineup. Since then there have been countless spin-off
series which, when tallied up, have led Scooby and his friends on over 200 mysteries
The show concerned Scooby Doo, a cowardly and hungry great dane who could talk. He and his four teenage friends would cruise around in their van (also known as The Mystery Machine) looking for mysteries to solve. Every episode followed pretty much the same format: group finds mystery involving some monster or ghost, group meets friendly old people, chase scene, group solves mystery. The ghost or mosnter was invariably the friendly old people from the begining of the episode, usually trying to scare people away from something valuble.
Scooby Doo is still shown on the Cartoon Network
at least four times a day. Scooby was recently elected president
of the Cartoon Network by the viewers. Direct to video
Scooby Doo movies are still produced. A live action version starring Freddie Prinze Jr.
as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Daphne, Matthew Lillard
as Shaggy, and Linda Cardellini
as Velma is coming to theaters in 2002
. Scooby is going to be computer generated