15 Moderately Locatable Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo (2002)

(Warner Bros.)

Few relics of the ‘60s have survived this far into the new millennium (literally -- Death has been picking off Beatles like Final Destination: Octopus’s Garden), but somehow, a ragtag band of amateur detectives and their canine pal have endured. That’s especially surprising considering it all started because of…

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

When the network wasn’t impressed with their take on the Archies, Hanna-Barbera simply ripped off The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis instead. Though it’s largely forgotten today, it was the first sitcom about teenagers on a major network, and its four main characters have direct analogues in Scooby-Doo, down to the character Zelda being renamed Velma in what must have been a particularly uninspired late-night brainstorm.

Scrappy-Doo: Hero Dog


(Hanna-Barbera Productions)

As hard as it may be to believe, Scrappy-Doo was actually created to improve ratings after the network complained that the show was getting too stale in the late ‘70s. In fact, ratings did improve following Scrappy’s introduction, and the only reason he was, you know, scrapped was because the network decided he was too cool, i.e. “too independent” and noncomformist. He was simply too puppy powerful.

Shaggy is a Medical Coward

Legend of the Phantosaur

(Warner Bros.)

In the 2011 movie Legend of the Phantosaur, it’s revealed that Shaggy suffers from acute threat avoidance hypertrophy disorder. According to the ER doctor who examined the catatonic hippie and decided to take X-rays for some reason, it’s “a very rare form of overreaction to fear stimuli,” which, again, could somehow be diagnosed from an X-ray.

There’s a Gritty Reboot

Scooby Apocalypse

(DC Comics)

Between 2016 and 2019, DC Comics produced the teen-rated series Scooby Apocalypse, which gave the gang superhero makeovers complete with rippling muscles for the dudes and impossible waistlines for the ladies and a mission to fight monsters in a world ravaged by a virus that induces fear. This is a Mystery Inc. who fucks.

The 2002 Movie Was Initially Much More Adult

Scooby-Doo (2002)

(Warner Bros.)

Of course, James Gunn ended up writing the 2002 movie, but he first envisioned “an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults” featuring more overt references to Shaggy’s drug use and Velma’s sexuality and even a kiss between Daphne and Velma. Ultimately, “the studio ended pushing it into a clean-cut children’s film,” to the point of erasing the ladies’ cleavage with CGI. They’re clearly the real monsters.

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