I’d like to get back on to lighter topics. It takes a lot out of a dog to come up with words to say about buddies that have passed away. Today I’d like to talk about a couple of famous dogs, Astro and Scooby Doo. The reason I am going to discuss both of them is because the same guy did their cartoon voices. That links them together forever in doggie lore!
The man’s name was Don Messick who was a veteran voice actor. He did Astro for the cartoon show The Jetsons back in 1962-63. Then he did Scooby in the cartoon Scooby Doo, Where Are You from 1969-75. I had never put it together that it was the same guy.
When you think about it though, they do talk quite a bit alike. Don also did Bamm Bamm from the Flintstones and Dr. Quest from the cartoon adventure Jonny Quest.
Astro was the family dog in the cartoon show, The Jetsons. He was the best friend of the father, George Jetson and the son, Elroy. Astron began almost every word with a growling-type of sound that started with the letter R. George came out as Reorge. Astro was Rastro. While you wouldn’t think that was very smart, Astro was a pretty bright dog.
In fact, when you watch the cartoon, there is the closing song at the end which shows George taking Astro out on the revolving dog walk and getting tangled up and struggling while Astro looks on happily.
The Jetsons lived in a place called Orbit City that was cast in the year 2062 – 100 years in the future. It would be interesting to see how close to the Jetsons we are when the year 2062 comes around. I don’t think I’m going to make it that long! Just like the Flintstones, the Jetsons as aired in prime time when it first came out. It was the first TV show on ABC to be broadcast in color.
Scooby Doo was a dog owned by a beatnik-type kid named Shaggy in the cartoon Scooby Doo, Where are you? The show was basically about the teenage Shaggy and his three friends who would go around solving mysteries. A little trivia is that Casey Kasem did the voice of Shaggy. It was kind of strange how all of the so-called teenagers looked to by about 30 years old!
The gang would travel around together in a psychedelic van called the Mystery Machine. They would go on adventures and catch the bad guys. A typical show would usually end with the bad guy saying something like, “…and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”
The show was quite successful and when the ratings started to slip they introduced another dog named Scrappy Doo. He was a younger version of Scooby Doo but if you’re a Scooby Doo purist like me, your heart is with the original Scooby. He was kind of a goofball but a loveable goofball!