Scooby Doo, Where Are You?

This is the original intro for the first episode of the first series of Scooby Doo shown on the CBS network in the USA in 1969.  They introduced the song theme on the end of the debut episode and at the beginning of the rest of the series.  (I had read that this theme without a song was deemed too scary, but it seems that was another of the ‘too scary’ rumours that surround the development of Scooby Doo.  (See comment below from a contributor to the Wikipedia article on Scooby Doo.)

This is the early intro for Scooby Doo, Where Are You? with full song.  It wasn’t the only version as later series altered the clips used and there were many later reinventions of the show as each generation of children have discovered Scooby Doo, in this and other forms.  Just don’t mention Scrappy to fans of the original series!

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4 comments on “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?

  1. I like the one with the song! Humour and songs was a clever idea, to get little ones like I was at that time, to watch without fear! 😯 And definitely don’t mention scrappy – his name is mud!!! 👿

    • Yes the song version is much friendlier and exciting too, with just the right amount of scary to be fun. 🙂

      I find it fascinating how so many ideas, people and decisions combine in just the right way to make something like a TV show that so many people relate to and enjoy – just a few of those factors missing and the whole thing may never have happened.

  2. The song change wasn’t because the show was found to be too scary: someone at the network simply didn’t like the theme for this or another HB show, “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop”, so they were changed. The vocal Scooby theme was actually finished in time to be squeezed in as the closing theme on the debut episode, with a second recording of it used as the opening theme on the third episode aired.

    • Thank you for you correction of the misinformation I read online. I trust your input, given your contribution on Wikipedia and your comment on my other Scooby Doo related post. 🙂

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