Did you love Scooby Doo as much as the rest of us did while growing up? If phrases like "ruh-roh" and "Scooby snacks" and "jinkies!" are in your lexicon, you are definitely a Scooby Doo fan, which you totally should be! This stupid dog and those meddling kids are classic characters, and they always manage to get into a lot of fun (and trouble, which is pretty fun I think). But even if you are a huge Scooby Doo fan, there are probably some things about the property that you didn't know. I am willing to bet that there are a lot of facts that will actually surprise you, and they might just make you go, "YIKES!"
So if you want to know more about Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma, keep reading. We've compiled a bunch of fun facts for you that may make you appreciate Scooby Doo even more!
Not One But Two Jennifers Were Passed By For Daphne In 'Scooby Doo' (2002)
Both Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Love Hewitt were considered for the role of Daphne in the 2002 Scooby Doo live action film. That's two huge Jennifers that were passed up for the role. (And by huge, I mean huge stars, not huge huge. You know what I'm saying.) Ultimately though, Sarah Michelle Gellar got the part. I'd say it was a pretty solid casting choice, because Gellar definitely nailed the role of the wealthy fashionista who always found herself in dangerous situations.
The Director Had To Have A Real Life Couple In 'Scooby Doo' (2002) Even Though The Movie Was Based On The Cartoon. (It's OK, We Don't Get It Either)
Yes, film directors often have a vision of how something should be in their movies and typically it gets done. That's what happened when Scooby Doo (2002) director, Raja Gosnell insisted on a real-life couple to play Fred and Daphne.
Freddie Prinze Jr. didn't want to do the role at first, but after girlfriend Sarah Michelle Gellar talked him into it, he agreed. It must have all worked out for the couple as they got married that same year and are still together over 15 years later.
Daphne's name was originally going to be Kelly. We're glad they picked Daphne because it seems a bit more unique for a character than Kelly, don't you think? As for the WW that was first planned for the Shaggy character's name, we're not sure what the WW stood for, but safe to say it Wasn't Working.
Actor Casey Kasem voiced the character of Shaggy for 25 years right from the original animated show, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (1969)to 1995 when he quit as he refused to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial.
Kasem wanted Shaggy to be a vegetarian since he himself was a strict vegan. Some directors allowed vegetarian Shaggy while others didn't, so Shaggy eats meat in some Scooby Doo films and TV shows, but not others.
Weezer As A Band Turned Down Roles In Scooby Doo (Yes, Really)
Scrappy Doo, Scooby's nephew, was added to the Scooby Doo team in 1979 to up dropping ratings, but Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo (1979-1983) didn't involve the original gang much other than mainly Shaggy and sometimes Velma. The shows and films that included more onscreen time with the original four human characters proved much more popular.
With the original cartoon TV series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, created in 1969, there were marijuana references galore, although they weren't always blatant. The directorial choice for the live action movie in 2002, Scooby Doo, based on the original series, was to downplay references to pot and focus on a family-friendly film.
The Filmmakers Actually Thought This Version Was The Family Friendly One (Only If Babies Were The Target Audience)
In the movie Scooby Doo (2002), it's surprising to see so much of Daphne's chest since a directorial decision was made to make this movie family-friendly. Maybe Hollywood shouldn't try for concepts it can't seem to understand.
Dogs don't have to be Great Danes to enjoy Scooby Snacks in real life. There are a variety of brands and products in different sizes, shapes and flavors to suit all dogs. Of course, the Scooby Doo cartoon packaging is purely for humans!
This 2014 Scooby Doo Movie Had Zero Human (Or Dog) Actors, Just Puppets
Something completely different for the beloved Great Dane character and his mystery solving group happened in 2014 with the film Scooby Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map. It had an all puppet cast. What's next, claymation? (We hope not.)