Ask any masked cartoon villains and they'll give you an earful about those "meddling kids" and their silly dog. No doubt they're whining about Scooby-Doo, America's most endearing crime-fighting Great Dane. In 1969, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne drove into the Saturday-morning lineup in a funky colored van, aptly dubbed "the Mystery Machine." Solving endless frightfully funny whodunits, Scooby and gang became the most successful and well-recognized troupe in the Hanna-Barbera family.
Jerry Beck is the author of eleven books on animation and cinema, including Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide, The 50 Greatest Cartoons, and the acclaimed Hanna-Barbera Treasury. He is a frequent contributor to Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, as well as such popular magazines as Variety and Hollywood Reporter, and co-writes the popular animation blog Cartoon Brew. He lives in Los Angeles.