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Introduction

Scooby Doo is a children's animated series created in America for Saturday morning television. It has five central characters made up of a talking dog (Scooby Doo) and four teenagers (Freddie, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy). Together they form Mystery Inc. a company that seeks to solve mysteries that typically involve ghosts and monsters (that almost always turn out as frauds i.e. people dressed in costumes) terrorising small villages.

Beginnings

Originally created by two writers (Joe Ruby and Ken Spears), a TV executive (Fred Silverman) and a character designer (Iwao Takamoto) for a U.S. TV Company (Hanna-Barbera Productions which would later be absorbed by Warner Bros. Animation) Scooby Doo has changed hands and image numerous times broadcasting on several big U.S TV Networks. It originally aired on CBS before moving to ABC, it was later revived by WB Network's Kids before finally ending up on CW network. Repeats of the series have also been broadcast on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang. A new version of the show is due for broadcast in late 2009 which is perhaps a testament to its longevity.

The Characters

Scooby Doo - The lead guy I mean dog doh and so he should be after all the show is named after him. Scooby started off in the early series walking on all four paws but later was more often seen walking on his hind legs alone! His main motivation is food (Scooby snacks are his favourite) and along with Shaggy he's well known for his cowardly personality! Often found bumping into ghosts and monsters by accident and then fleeing from the scene.

Aside from Shaggy he is for me the most memorable character from the show. Apparently he was first conceived as being one of two breeds of dog, a german shepherd or a sheep dog. However he was later transformed into a great dane with several tweaks here and then! To be honest I think they should have kept him as a german shepherd but then again I own a one myself so I'm just being biased!

Shaggy - It's never been made clear to me if Shaggy is Scooby's owner but they are often found lumped together shivering in fear so for me this is confirmation that Shaggy is Scooby's owner! Shaggy has brown shaggy hair and a goatee beard and has a hippy like demeanour. Like Scooby he's motivated by food and the pair when found together are either eating or running away from Ghosts. Shaggy's favourite word is "yoinks" which means oh hell we're in trouble now! Scooby and Shaggy can both be found in the many Scooby doo games that can be played above.

Fred - Along with Velma is the leader of the gang. He's brave and can be quite bossy at times always ordering Scooby and Shaggy to hang around until the mystery is solved. In each episode he is quick to tell everyone to split up and search for clues. People have often speculated on his relationship with Daphne being more than plutonic but this has yet to be officially confirmed!

Daphne - Noted for her red hair and ability to get into danger very easily, this resulted in her often being kidnapped and playing the damsel in distress role! On several occasions she is given the nickname "Danger-prone Daphne". Although less intelligent than Velma she always attempts to solve problems in fashionable ways.

Velma - The most intelligent of the gang, well often depicted that way anyway she is often found deciphering formulas reading foreign languages that help in solving the clues of the mystery. I often wonder if there would be a continuation of the Scooby Doo mystery solving formula without her such is her clue solving ability. In fact in one of the many reincarnations of the Scooby Doo genre in which Velma is not found Shaggy and Scooby are made more intelligent almost to plug the gap!

There can be part of the fun and adventure with Scooby and Shaggy by playing one of the many Scooby Doo games found above featuring cool puzzles and animation, just like in the cartoons themselves!