‘Scooby-Doo’ First Premiered Fifty Years Ago

On September 13, 1969, the world met the Mystery Gang and their goofy Great Dane, Scooby-Doo.

The show premiered on CBS and followed a group of crime-busters named Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby. Scooby-Doo came along after “Jonny Quest” as its tamer and light-hearted cousin.

Voice actor, Frank Welker, was a 22-year-old stand-up comic in LA when he auditioned for “Scooby” as the title pooch and hippie Shaggy, before he was offered the role of Fred, whom he still voices today, five decades later.

Today, it’s typical that voice-actors record alone, but the original Scooby cast all assembled in the booth together where they were encouraged to ad-lib and play off each other in the moment.

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