Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created the Scooby-Doo, Where are You? cartoon series of the 1970s, although they say the Great Dane’s name was chosen by head of CBS Fred Silverman from Sinatra scat. The show lasted two seasons but has been resuscitated more times than a mummy. Countless ‘movies,’ direct-to-video dreck, and guest appearances on other cartoons (not to mention the 2002, ’04 big budget cinema) have cemented this dog as a cultural sticking post (gluttonous, cowardly, lucky).
Scott Innes, a 1990s voice, sings Claude Parish’s “Christmas with the Monsters” as a Christmas card to Shaggy and his big best friend.