Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #2: Scooby Doo, Where are You!
There have been many versions of Scooby Doo, in TV and Movies, and many versions of Scooby Doo theme songs. Don’t even get us started on the ones that included Scrappy Doo. For years, Scooby Doo has been fighting “The Simpsons” for the Guinness Book World Record for most episodes of a cartoon. Way before the Scooby Doo franchise “jumped the shark” with Scrappy Doo, in 1969, there was “Scooby Doo, Where are you!” Apparently, it was the exclamation point that won over the question mark because it was being yelled by Shaggy. This version of the theme song is the first, and still the best, after all these years.
Scooby Doo, his best friend Shaggy, and friends, Velma, Fred, and Daphne, are a group of teenagers who make up Mystery, Inc. When they aren’t at the Malt Shop, they travel around in the Mystery Machine, a van with a distinctive paint job reminiscent of The Partridge Family with 60’s style flowers and the name of the van on the side. While traveling around, they meet people or relatives who introduce them to the local legend of a ghost, or a monster, or something supernatural, that is typically keeping people away from a certain local area. The gang usually splits up – Shaggy and Scooby go one way (usually looking for food), and Fred, Velma, and Daphne go the other way. This was always confusing. Why would the two most cowardly scaredy-cats go off by themselves, instead of having at least one courageous person with them? When Shaggy and Scooby inevitably come face to face with the Monster or Ghost, they madly scramble in all directions, which now helps you understand the name of the show and theme song, and why Shaggy might yell out, “Scooby-Doo, Where are You!”
As more clues are gathered by the gang, and the pieces start to fit together, Velma or Fred engineer a trap to catch the ghost. Scooby Doo usually refuses to participate as the bait for the trap, until he is offered Scooby Snacks. When they spring the trap, it always fails to work as designed, and through some improvisation and luck, Scooby Doo manages to capture the bad guy. The term “Scooby Doo Ending” has become a part of pop culture from what would occur at the end of every Scooby-Doo episode. After the capture, came the unmasking of the ghost/monster, who was always a criminal intent on covering up his real crimes through the use of a ghost story or legend brought to life. The criminal always tells the police and gang present, “I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids and their dog.”
Originally Aired on TV: September 13, 1969
Theme Music Written By: David Mook and Ben Raleigh
Sung By: Larry Marks
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?
We got some work to do now.
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?
We need some help from you now.
Come on Scooby-Doo, I see you… pretending you got a sliver
But you’re not fooling me, cause I can see, the way you shake and shiver.
You know we got a mystery to solve,
So Scooby Doo be ready for your act. [Scooby Doo] Uh-uh Uh-uh
Don’t hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through
you’re going to have yourself a Scooby Snack!
That’s a fact!
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, here are you.
You’re ready and you’re willing.
If we can count on you Scooby Doo,
I know you’ll catch that villian.