Scooby Doo Background Art

A few pieces of amazing background art from the original 1969 Scooby Doo series.

Scooby Doo gets a lot of criticism thrown it’s way by animators and historians for beginning a slow, downward slope in quality for, not only Hanna-Barbera, but animation in general.

Which is true. Scooby Doo embraced formulaic plots, “realistic” designs for characters, and cheaply produced/recycled animation. This became an industry norm thanks to Scooby’s success, and is the reason we eventually had trash like He-Man, Transformers, hell, almost every cartoon produced in the 80’s (or as I like to call it, the Dark Ages).

But Scooby Doo had one important thing none of those other shows ever had: boundless charm. And while the animation was incompetent, these backgrounds show they put a lot of effort into creating effectively spooky atmospheres, which is one of the things that made it so great for kids.

You can find more backgrounds here.

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