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SCOOBY-DOO

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The longest continually running cartoon series and one of the longest running mystery series in television history, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? premiered on September 13, 1969 on CBS. Since then, Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang – Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma – have appeared in 310 episodes that have aired on numerous networks for over three decades since the show's inception.

Currently, in an average week, nearly two million viewers tune in to watch the Scooby-Doo series on the Cartoon Network. What makes Scooby-Doo so popular and long lasting? According to David Kleeman, executive director of the American Center for Children and Media in Chicago, "The show combines a lot of elements that kids love: humor, adventure and mystery, and it manages to be exciting without a high level of violence."

"It doesn't matter whether you're five years old or fifty, you grew up with Scooby-Doo," observes Scooby-Doo feature film producer Charles Roven. "It's the ultimate wish fulfillment. The show revolves around characters in their teens or early twenties who are out on their own solving mysteries with no parental involvement. The only adults on the show are the ones being outsmarted by the gang. And best of all, it revolves around Scooby-Doo, a walking-talking dog. Who hasn't fantasized about becoming a member of the Mystery Inc. gang?"

When Hanna-Barbera Studios first designed Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang, the look and images of the characters were based on an idea for a proposed cartoon show, originally to have been titled either Mysteries Five or Who's Scared? When the network rejected these titles as being potentially too scary for Saturday morning programming, the studio revised the original series design and format, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? was born.

Though Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? was the first cartoon to incorporate an action-adventure format with a dog as star and human characters in supporting roles, according to legend, the character of Scooby-Doo was something of an afterthought. The Hanna-Barbera creative team decided they needed something else to break up the monotony of explanations between the four main characters. It was suggested that they try drawing a dog and ultimately decided to model him after a large canine breed—the Great Dane. When the team discovered there was a woman working in the Hanna-Barbera painting department who actually bred prize-winning Great Danes, she was consulted about the characteristics of the breed…and then the crew went in the opposite direction to create Scooby-Doo!

Longtime fans of the series, Roven and producer Richard Suckle began developing a feature film based on Scooby-Doo about eight years ago. "At the time, our production deal with Turner Pictures had just commenced, and Turner had just purchased the rights to the catalogue of Hanna-Barbera characters," Suckle recalls.

"We felt it was time to take advantage of the revolutionary visual effects that have been developed in recent years to create a life-like Scooby," Roven says. "By combining CGI with live action, we can do justice to the television series and give audiences a glimpse of what Scooby and the gang would be like if they existed in the ‘real' world today."

Adapting Scooby-Doo for the big screen presented as challenging a riddle as any faced

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