Scoobert "Scooby" Dooby Doo is the eponymous character and protagonist of the animated television franchise of the same name created in 1969 (called Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!) by the American animation company Hanna-Barbera. He is currently voiced by Frank Welker and Don Messick in the earlier years.
Why He Rocks
- He’s one of Hanna-Barbera’s earliest and most unforgettable iconic characters to ever be created.
- He’s also one of the most iconic cartoon characters in general.
- The way he pronounces most words with an “R” sounding is very memorable.
- He’s probably one of the best known cartoon dogs/animals in television history.
- He’s gotten many movies, television series and spin-offs throughout the years.
- In fact, he has gotten a fully animated theatrical movie that manages to be the first for the franchise to make a story and mystery that both focuses on him, rather than people in costumes. Titled: SCOOB!.
- Both the late Don Messick and Frank Welker (two of his most well-known voice actors) do an amazing job voicing as Scooby-Doo.
- His design is well-drawn, amazing, cartoonish and a fairly decent and great depiction of a Great Dane.
- He also has a puppy design in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo! and, in the beginning of SCOOB! that’s very cute.
- He has shown to be a very likable and popular main character through the viewers’ eyes.
- He and his owner/best friend, Shaggy, share an amazing friendship with each other.
- He is also a great family man, such as being a good Uncle to his nephew, Scrappy-Doo, during the 70s and 80s.
- His constant running gag of how he never stops eating food is extremely funny and he’s even willing to help solve a mystery for a Scooby Snack.
- He is incredibly kind, friendly and sweet to everyone.
- The times when him and Shaggy are cowards are also very funny since their cowardly demeanor can really get a good amount of laughs out of the viewers, which is one of the most memorable things about the Scooby-Doo franchise.
- While his design looks good in most Scooby-Doo media, there were unfortunate times where it did not look good:
- In Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, he looks really weird and a little uncanny. It's interesting to note that he’s supposed to represent his live-action appearance from the live-action Scooby-Doo movies.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, his redesign is awful and looks very little to nothing like his original counterpart, and instead looks more like a bad attempt to imitate Seth MacFarlane's art style like Family Guy, American Dad! or Brickleberry's art style. Speaking of his redesign, it is unfitting in the Scooby-Doo franchise, as it fits more into an adult cartoon or parody.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, he was badly flanderized into becoming dumber and a worshipper of only food; he even disobeyed Velma not to continue eating a food trap in one of the episodes. Though, he, along with Shaggy, are the least flanderized and most tolerable of the main cast.
- It depends whether or not he was in character sometimes in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, as while he wasn’t actually flanderized, it felt like he was, because he became a huge attention-seeking whore who won't let Shaggy have romance relationships. Although he does later try to make up for it, but only after Shaggy breaks up with Velma. And this Scooby’s definitely more likable than his "Be Cool" counterpart.
- Likewise, he has his fair share of unlikable moments outside of "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!", such as:
- "The Computer Walks Among Us" (from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo!), for torturing Velma.
- "The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall" (from Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?), when he and Shaggy eat the entire feast despite the fact that Jeff Foxworthy allowed the food truck chef lady that she could analyze it and recreate old recipes. What makes it worst is he and Shaggy are unapologetic and don’t regret what they’ve done to her.
- The movie, "Return to Zombie Island", for being an ignorant, stubborn and smug jerk, along with Shaggy, although this can be somewhat justified since they were given the chance for a vacation and the gang agreed to no mysteries. They were not as bad as Fred and Velma during the movie though.