Fun Fact of the Week #364
According to Mark Evanier's "Scrappy Days: The Birth of Scrappy-Doo and What I Had to Do With It" article, Frank Welker was one of the people originally considered to voice Scrappy. Other perhaps surprising voice actors that could have been Scrappy included Marilyn Schreffler (who voiced Winnie in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School), Daws Butler (who voiced Scooby-Dum), and Mel Blanc (who voiced Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman and Barney Rubble). In addition, Howard Morris and Marshall Efron were also suggested as voices, whose only contributions to the Scooby-Doo franchise ironically were both in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. Howard Morris was the voice of Bogel, in addition to Platypus Duck, who appeared in the episode "Scooby in Kwackyland." Ironically, Marshall Efron's only contribution to the Scooby franchise was also in "Scooby in Kwackyland" as Platypus Duck's archnemesis, the Lousy Lizard.
If you haven't already, you can read the whole story of how Scrappy-Doo was created on Mark Evanier's blog.
8/30/2021 08:35:06 am
Apparently Frank also created some of Scrappy's iconic catchphrases in his audition that have been used ever since, even though they didn't go with Frank as Scrappy. I'm always surprised he's never actually played Scrappy in anything. I'm sure he'd pull it off.
8/30/2021 08:55:04 am
I had actually heard that in an interview that Mark Evanier did as well, though I'd forgotten about it. Frank created the catchphrase "puppy power!" while he was auditioning. I'm also surprised he's never played Scrappy in anything! I imagine Frank is the one they'd go with if they bring him back someday, but you make a great point that Scott has already voiced Scrappy, so maybe they'd go with him. It would indeed be weird to have him just be Scrappy and not Shaggy or Scooby though.
8/30/2021 09:10:28 am
If Frank voices Scrappy as well in the future, he basically IS the Scooby Doo franchise at this point
8/30/2021 09:19:08 am
All we need is for him to be Shaggy too. I think Frank also auditioned for Shaggy but never got that part, just like with Scrappy. I'd love to hear his takes on them.
8/30/2021 12:02:14 pm
Yes, Frank did audition for Shaggy originally but the showrunners thought he would be better as Fred.
8/30/2021 10:57:38 pm
Hey Wildwind! :) I sent you a message on Twitter
8/31/2021 09:13:00 am
Thank you for the heads up! I will respond later today :)
8/31/2021 01:05:57 am
8/31/2021 04:02:26 am
Just watched that video right before lol. It's amazing WB actually did this!
8/31/2021 09:12:26 am
Someone sent me this last night and my first thought was "there's no way this is real" lol. I'm shocked WB would do something like this, but it's really cool they did especially given that petition to put Shaggy in Mortal Kombat!
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