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A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
The main title card from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
Format Animated Series
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Developed by Tom Ruegger
Starring Don Messick
Casey Kasem
Carl Stevens
Kellie Martin
Christina Lange
Scott Menville
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 30
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run September 10, 1988 – August 31, 1991
Preceded by The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)
Followed by What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002–2006)

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is the eighth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. This spin-off of the original show was created by Tom Ruegger and premiered on September 10, 1988 and ran for three seasons on ABC as a half-hour program. Thirty episodes were ultimately produced (thirteen in 1988, eight in 1989, and nine in 1990-1991).

Following the show's first season, much of Hanna-Barbera's production staff, including Tom Ruegger, left the studio, and helped to revive the Warner Bros. Animation studio, beginning with Tiny Toon Adventures. This was notable for being the last series where Don Messick voiced Scooby.

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was the first Scooby series to be re-run on the Cartoon Network, in 1993 and has been re-running since.


Overview and tone

The new format followed the trend of the "babyfication" of older cartoon characters, reducing the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cast to junior-high age. This new show also used the same basic formula as the original 1969 show: the gang (referred to in this show as the "Scooby-Doo Detective Agency") solved supernatural-based mysteries, where the villains (the ghosts and monsters) were always revealed as bad guys in masks and costumes. The biggest difference was the tone of the show: With A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, producer Tom Ruegger built upon the slightly irreverent humor he had established along with producer Mitch Schauer with Scooby's previous unsuccessful incarnation, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. This resulted in a wackier, more extremely comic version of Scooby-Doo that satirized the conventions of the show's previous incarnations. It was not uncommon for the characters to do wild Tex Avery/Bob Clampett-esque takes when they ran into ghosts and monsters. Animation director and overseas supervisor Glen Kennedy animated many of the wild-take sequences personally. Fred was constantly blaming a character appropriately called "Red" Herring" (a pun on Red Herring") for each and every crime on the show (true to his name, Red was always innocent, except for the one episode in which Fred didn't blame him) and shots of the characters (and even the ghosts and monsters) dancing were inserted into the obligatory late-80s-pop-rock-music-scored chase sequences. The ghosts and monsters themselves were also more comedic, such as a creature made out of molten cheese, and the ghost of a dogcatcher. The series also features Scooby and Shaggy as their favorite superhero duo. Shaggy would be the fearless Commander Cool (a combination of Batman and Superman) and Scooby would be his faithful canine sidekick Mellow Mutt (a combination of Krypto, Robin and Ace the Bat-Hound.)

The recent live film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins retcons A Pup Named Scooby Doo out of existence, establishing the group being formed in their teens. However, it is not outright stated whether or not the live movies and cartoon versions are meant to be taken as the same story or not.

The characters being general parodies of their adult incarnations

Shaggy was exactly like his grown up incarnation. He ate a lot and used the terms "like" and "zoinks" constantly. He sometimes agrees with other members of the gang, considering the ghost, phantom, etc. Scooby Doo was like his adult version too.

Daphne was a vain young girl who was quite skeptical and sarcastic (especially towards Freddie). Being born into money, she often called to her butler, Jinkens (a pun on Jinkees), for help, usually for incredibly silly reasons ("be scared for me"), something she does not do while older, despite still being fabulously wealthy. She often accused the wrong person who did the crime, only by her intuition. She also had a deep infatuation with the color pink (opposing older Daphne, who prefers everything in purple), preferring most of her clothes and personal possessions in said color and treats fashion as life and death.

Freddie was an outspoken young boy who always jumps to the wrong conclusion. His runaway imagination often annoyed the rest of the gang (his favorite magazine is the National Exaggerator) and, before accusing Red Herring for absolutely no reason (which happens in nearly every episode), he often stated a ridiculous example, such as Mole people or aliens from another planet.

Velma was shown as an intelligent and quiet little girl who has a briefcase which can transform into a computer, telephone, etc. She always used the word "jinkees" either when finding a clue or as a regular expression. Her computer usually informs her who the criminal is, making her always right.

The What's New Scooby-Doo episode "A Terrifying Round With A Menacing Metallic Clown" featured a flashback to Velma's fifth birthday, using the character designs from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, albeit with some modifications, such as Daphne wearing purple rather than pink.


Rock and roll styled songs (specifically about the monster-of-the-week) were played during the chase scene in each episode, similar to the second-season episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!. Unlike previous versions of the show however, the kids were often aware of the music being played (having turned it on themselves in many occasions) and would dance for a bit along with the ghosts and monsters before continuing with the chase (Glen Kennedy would often animate the characters' dance cycles himself). The show's theme song featured lyrics by series creator Tom Ruegger and music by composer John Debney also bore a similarity to the "Intro Song" from Little Shop of Horrors, which had recently been adapted into a successful feature film. The music is almost always in a 1950s rock and roll style, possibly to indicate their younger age, as the original show took place in 1969.

Supporting characters

  • Red Herring Otherwise known as the town bully in which Freddy nearly always pointed the blame and was always wrong, although in one episode "Night of the Boogey Biker", Fred ended up being right as Red was found to be the villain, despite the fact that he did not accuse him. He often torments the gang but is always thwarted. Among his catchphrases are "HAH! What a weanie!", "That's NOT very funny" and "I didn't do it Jones!"
  • Sugie (pronounced "shoogy") is Shaggy's baby sister. She only appeared in 2 episodes. She seems to eat as much as Shaggy and starts crying when she's apart from her brother. She is Shaggy's favorite "non puppy person" in the world. She has a baby bag which contains her favorite boulder, a crib, her string collection, a refrigerator containing her baby food among various other items. Sugie appeared in The All New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show episode Wedding Bell Boos, using her given name of Maggie Rogers.
  • Mr. Morton is the principal of Coolsville Jr. High.
  • Gus The Janitor of Coolsville Jr, High. He is an inventor. It is shown that he also works at Coolsville Mall (and possibly for the Blakes). He has a fondness for Velma and will do anything to help her.
  • Carole Collossal Owner of Collossal Toys and later the Coolsville Wrestling Federation (CWF). She also is the creator of Commander Cool. The gang helps her when her business and the Commander Cool Toyline is in danger.
  • Jenkins Daphne's butler, who she calls in to do various tasks. Sometimes they're something silly like being scared for her, dusting a dusty house for Daphne and doing impressions of suspect. Others more serious like making Scooby a Scooby Snack or saving Daphne when she's thrown out a window. He responds whenever his name is called. (He once showed up after thinking Velma said "Jenkins", when she really said "Jinkies").
  • Mister Gordon A local police officer in the earlier shows showing to apprehend some of the crooks. He's later shown working for the Blakes, in the Robopup episode. He's also the villain in the show and is not seen after he is arrested.


DVD releases

Warner Home Video initially released all 30 episodes of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo on DVD in Region 1 in seven volume sets. They subsequently re-released the entire series in 2 season sets.

Volume Releases

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Volume 1 4 July 19, 2005
Volume 2 4 July 19, 2005
Volume 3 4 July 18, 2006
Volume 4 4 July 18, 2006
Volume 5 4 January 9, 2007
Volume 6 5 May 15, 2007
Volume 7 5 August 14, 2007

Season Releases

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Complete 1st Season 13 March 18, 2008
Complete 2nd and 3rd Seasons 17 March 17, 2009


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