Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a 1969 animated mystery comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. It originally aired from then to October 31st, 1970 with two seasons under it’s belt. The first season featured 17 episodes & the second season had 8 episodes. It was brought back for a third season during during 1978 & it had an additional 16 episodes resurrected for the television show during the “Scooby’s All-Stars and The Scooby-Doo Show” era on ABC. It was originally titled “Mysteries Five” & “Who’s S-S-Scared?, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!”. It went through lots of changes during it’s development. It was created by Joe Ruby (Space Ghost, The Barkleys, Planet of the Apes TV Series, & Rumpelstiltskin) & Ken Spears (Magic Mongo, Wonderbug, Jabberjaw, & Bigfoot and Wildboy). It has been followed up with a variety of shows that includes The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, & Be Cool, Scooby Doo! Several original direct to video Scooby Doo animated movies have been produced. Plus they made two live action films which includes 2002’s Scooby-Doo & 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. This is the original version of the iconic characters that have ruled the cartoon & animation industry for over the last 50 years!!!!
Mystery Inc. has a variety of different personalities that makes their team unique when it comes to their various skills. Fred (played by: Frank Welker from the Scooby Doo franchise, Transformers franchise, The Garfield Show, Curious George, The Simpsons, The Real Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe, & Inspector Gadget) is the leader & a determined detective. Velma (played by: Nicole Jaffe from the Scooby Doo franchise & Patricia Stevens from M*A*S*H) is highly intelligent & analytical. Daphne (played by: Stefanianna Christopherson from Here Comes the Grump & Heather North from the Scooby Doo franchise) is very observant but is danger-prone & vain. Best friends Shaggy (played by: Casey Kasem from The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, & Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) & Scooby-Doo (played by: Don Messick from The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, & The Jetsons) are cowardly. They are perpetually hungry so they motivated by food which can be a weakness at times. The four teenagers with their great dane in their mystery machine solve clues, crimes, & wacky mysteries.
Episodes: 1.What a Night for a Knight 2.A Clue for Scooby-Doo 3.Hassle in the Castle 4.Mine Your Own Business 5.Decoy for a Dognapper 6.What the Hex is Going On? 7.Never Ape and Ape Man 8.Foul Play in Funland 9.The Backstage Rage 10.Bedlam in the Big Top 11.A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts 12.Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too 13.Which Witch is Which? 14.Go Away Ghost Ship 15.Spooky Space Kook “That crazy spaceman, yeah!” 16.A Night of Fright Is No Delight 17.That’s Snow Ghost 18.Nowhere to Hyde 19.Mystery Mask Mix-Up 20.Scooby’s Night with a Frozen Fright 21.Jeepers, It’s the Creeper 22.Haunted House Hang-Up 23.A Tiki Scare Is No Fair 24.Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf? 25.Don’t Fool with a Phantom 26.Watch Out! The Willawaw! 27.To Switch a Witch 28.A Creepy Tangle in the Bermuda Triangle 29.The Creepy Case of Old Iron Face 30.A Highlight Fling with a Monstrous Thing 31.A Scary Night With a Snow Beast Fright 32.The Tar Monster 33.Jeepers, It’s the Jaguaro 34.The Creepy Creature of Vulture’s Claw 35.Who Was That Cat Creature I Saw You With Last Night? (a.k.a. Make A Beeline Away From That Feline) 36.The Diabolical Disc Demon 37.Scooby’s Chinese Fortune Kooky Caper 38.A Menace in Venice 39.Don’t Go Near the Fortress of Fear 40.The Beast is Awake in Bottomless Lake 41.The Warlock of Wimbledon
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! reruns kept me entertained as a kid. It was one of my all time favorite shows growing up. It was a very fun show that always had you guessing & kept you on your toes with some unique twists. As far as vocal talent goes, Scooby Doo had an all star cast with Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, & Don Messick. Those three have done so much when it comes to the world of animation & cartoons. It’s crazy to see all the iconic characters & shows that they worked on over the years. I wish they would have stuck to one actress for the Velma & Daphne roles but everyone involved here was really good in this. John Stephenson (The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Jonny Quest, The Flintstones, The Transformers, The Incredible Hulk, & The Fantastic Four) killed it on Scooby Doo, he voiced many of the villains on the show which includes Creeper, Mr. Hyde, Mummy of Ankha, The Black Knight, Dracula, Werewolf, other bad guys, & a variety of ghosts. This television show brings back all kinds of memories for me, when I was younger I didn’t miss an episode of Scooby Doo when it was on TV. Now that I am older & revisiting this after all this time, Where are You! can be a little repetitive. They loved their formula here, they knew what their audience wanted so they kept delivering similar stories & mysteries. Yes, it has aged but the nostalgia takes over & it’s a great experience plus it’s honestly never looked this good before. It finally got the HD treatment that it deserved with this numbered set. Scooby Doo continues to be one of the best animation franchises around, this is where to start out with it’s history & it’s a very entertaining ride, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Warner Bros! These 1080p (1.33:1) transfers on all 41 episodes never have looked better on home video. Let’s be honest, it’s not the flashest or best looking cartoon around plus it has aged tremulously since it first aired in the 70s but it’s a major improvement over all the previous DVD releases. Nothing will ever top this release when it comes to this original series when it comes to the visual quality. It has two audio options which include English: Dolby Digital 2.0 & French: Dolby Digital 2.0 on this limited edition set. It’s a huge upgrade compared to everything in the past. The dialogue is crystal clear, all the mysteries are elevated, & the music has a solid boost to it. It also has English SDH & French subtitles. If you are a Scooby Doo fan, this release is a must own!!!!!
Let’s discuss the special features provided by Warner Bros on this limited edition blu ray release set!
Let’s discuss the special features from Warner Bros on this 4 disc limited edition release! “My Life with Scooby: Frank Welker’s Animated Journey” is brand new & it’s an almost 18 minute interview with the iconic voice actor. He chats about doing stand up comedy in his early days. He talks about doing commercials. He brings up working with the original cast. He tells stories about the actors. He goes over how he found the right sound for the classic character. He chats about taking over the Scooby Doo role after Don Messick passed away. He delivers classic lines as the characters & does some impersonations. It also has comments from Sam Register, Kate Micucci, Grey Griffin, Tony Cervone, & Jim Krieg. “A Scooby-Doo for Everyone” is brand new & a little over 7 minutes. It has interviews with Frank Welker, Kate Micucci, Grey Griffin, Tony Cervone, Jim Krieg, Jerry Beck, Tim Sheridan, Rick Morales, & Zac Moncrief. It’s a brief overview of the various different versions of Scooby Doo over the years. They point out the differences between them. They chat about some of the key elements from the series. They bring up some of the clones & ripped offs that never lasted. “50 Years of Scooby Snacks” is brand new & a little over 9 minutes. They chat about all the merchandise, food, stuff inspired by show, & some of the guest stars that appeared in the franchise over the years. They mention the crossovers with Supernatural, WWE, & Kiss. They bring up the The New Scooby-Doo Movies & the Scooby- Doo and Guess Who? with a little promotion here. “Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold Trailer” is brand new & it opens in March 2020. Those all exclusive & new additions with this set. The rest of the extras were carried over from previous DVD releases. “Scooby-Doo, The Whole World Loves You!” is a little over 17 minutes. It has interviews with a variety of people that worked on the show over the years. They chat about the unique visual style. They talk about all the merchandise & food inspired by it. They bring up the impact it has made all over the world & seeing it in various languages. “The Eerie Mystery of Scooby-Doo History” is a little over 10 minutes. It has interviews with a variety of people that worked on the show. They chat about the original concept & name of the Scooby Doo. They talk about the changes they had to make for it after being rejected. They go into detail how the look of Scooby Doo was created. “The Scooby-Doo Gang: In Their Own Words” is almost 5 minutes, it has interviews with cast members Frank Welker, Heather North, Nicole Jaffe, Casey Kasem, & Don Messick. They chat about how they got the roles. They talk about the cast. They deliver some lines in those classic voices. “Hanna-Barbera: From H to B” is almost 21 minutes. It has interviews with a variety of people that worked with the company. They chat about their experience with them. They talk about the two creators & what they did best. They bring up a variety of shows from them. They mention their writing & animation process. They tell stories about Hanna Barbera. “Scooby-Doo’s Ultimate Fans” is almost 12 minutes. It has interviews with a few super fans of the show. They show off their collection, “Get the Picture” is a little over 2 minutes. It shows the characters made from start to finish. “Funky Fashions” is almost 5 minutes. It goes over each main character’s fashion & what makes them stand out from each other. “America Loves Scooby-Doo” music video. “Scooby-Doo Street Smarts” is almost 3 minutes. It has interviews with random fans. They chat about their love for the show. They talk about their favorite character from it. This is the ultimate Scooby Doo release, I am beyond impressed with everything for it. It comes in a special Haunted House packaging which is really cool plus it actually don’t take up much room like other sets. It has a complete episode list. The abridged version of the upcoming Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia book. A Funko Pop keychain of Scooby Doo. It also has a digital code for the complete series. Warner Bros went all out with this one, a standard version hasn’t been announced yet. This is a limited edition & numbered release, only 50,000 were made. It’s available everywhere right now but don’t wait because it will be gone & out of print soon most likely, CHECK IT OUT!!!!