A Ranking of Scooby's Portayals
We've finally come to the end of our voice talent rankings, and the last character I'll be ranking is none other than Scooby himself! Since there's only five actors we're ranking, these were the easiest rankings to write up as they are either iconic or completely unmemorable in my opinion.
5. Neil Fanning
Neil's voice isn't bad, it's just not really memorable in any way. I will admit that, like Hadley Kay, he was sandwiched between two of the biggest icons in voice acting history (that being Don Messick and Frank Welker), so it would have been extremely difficult for him to beat those two.
4. Hadley Kay
Yeah, not much to say here. It's fine, but completely unmemorable given Hadley appeared in two short Johnny Bravo episodes and a commercial that wasn't even technically from the Scooby-Doo franchise. He does a fine enough job, but admittedly he was placed in the nearly impossible shadow of following Don Messick.
3. Scott Innes
For someone who was sandwiched between Frank and Don, Scott did an incredible job voicing Scooby. His voice feels a lot more natural as Scooby than Neil's or Hadley's did, and I really enjoyed hearing his Scooby voice in the four films he was in. I think it's really cool he continued to do the voice of Shaggy and Scooby in commercials even after they replaced him with Frank Welker. I'm a big fan of his Scooby voice, and if (God forbid) Frank ever retires, I would be satisfied if Scott replaced him.
2. Frank Welker
This is where it gets really tough, because Frank and Don are such icons. Frank did such an incredible job taking over the role of Scooby after Don passed away, and I think his Scooby voice sounds very close to Don's. However, although Frank is one of my favorite voice actors in animation history, I have to go with the original voice of Scooby on this one, that being...
1. Don Messick
For as much as I love Frank, Don will always define the original Scooby to me. He fits the role perfectly and really brings Scooby to life as a character.
Today concludes our Voice Talent Appreciation Week! I hope you've enjoyed this week appreciating the voice talents and live-action portrayers of the gang! This week has been a lot of fun, and I've really been enjoying reading everybody's rankings and hearing others' perspectives on the voices in the comments! I always love doing these themed weeks, and I can't wait to do more of them in the future!
6/18/2022 11:02:41 am
Don and Frank are the OGs 🤎🤎
6/18/2022 11:08:50 am
Same ranking as you, but I’ll still go through them
6/18/2022 11:19:11 am
6. Thor Von Schultz
6/18/2022 11:47:10 am
Cool that we had the same rankings! I agree with you Scott fits really with Scooby's evolution. My main winners were split in a similar way to yours, other than I had an in-between voice winning for Daphne (since Heather North wasn't the original voice of Daphne).
6/18/2022 01:18:59 pm
5) Hadley Kay
6/18/2022 02:35:38 pm
4. I also found it really weird that they didn't just get Innes to voice him, given he'd done it previously and it would have saved them money, probably.
6/18/2022 03:32:51 pm
That Mystery Incorporated fan series is getting the ball rolling on episode 2. While I can't say I like it, I admire their commitment and dedication, which is something I wish Warner Bros. had themselves.
6/18/2022 04:16:44 pm
That's great to hear! I'm looking forward to the next episode. I just looked at their IndieGogo page and apparently somebody donated $5,000 to them for episode 2, which is incredible. I also wish WB would have their level of commitment and dedication to the franchise!
6/18/2022 04:21:27 pm
Do not get me wrong....
6/18/2022 06:14:10 pm
That's cool that you like Frank's voice better! I grew up watching the stuff with Don, so that may have influenced my opinion I guess. Thanks for sharing your opinion!
6/19/2022 12:26:07 pm
What I mean to say is that I grew with both Don messick's Scooby voice and Frank Welker's Scooby voice.
6/19/2022 06:20:13 pm
Oh gotcha, sorry I misunderstood what you meant!
6/18/2022 06:35:06 pm
5) Neil Fanning - Not good at all
6/18/2022 08:52:31 pm
Very interesting to see Frank Welker so low on your list! I also really appreciated how Don made Scooby seem very dog-like with all the barking/yelping/sniffing noises. Don definitely got Scooby's dog-ish-ness down better than Frank, in my opinion. I definitely liked Don's singing voice as Scooby better than Frank's as well.
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