When Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? premiered on broadcast television (CBS) Saturday morning, Sept. 13, 1969, television audiences took their first journey on what would become literally hundreds of mystery-solving comedy capers featuring a teenage gang of amateur detectives and their cowardly, yet beloved great Dane. Today, having recruited generations of fans young and old across the globe, Scooby-Doo will celebrate his milestone 40th birthday over Labor Day Weekend on the commercial-free Boomerang network with two seven-hour marathons, 2-9 p.m. (ET), Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6.
To commemorate the special event, Scooby and the gang—Freddy, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy—on Saturday will solve 17 classic supernatural mysteries, including their very first from the original premiere episode, “What a Night for a Knight.” Then on Sunday, Boomerang will devote another seven-hour marathon, 2-9 p.m., to showcase The New Scooby-Doo Movies, the second series in the Scooby-Doo canon and the only series to feature hour-long episodes. The hallmark of this series is its animated celebrity guests, and during the special presentation, Scooby and the gang meet the casts of other great Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Josie and the Pussycats and the Harlem Globetrotters.
“Scooby-Doo is a timeless character whose humor, chronic cowardice and insatiable appetite appeal to the ‘kid’ inside all of us,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “These marathons are excellent family viewing, providing nostalgia for adults while still funny and fresh for young ones today.”
Highlights of the marathon include:
· Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. (ET): “What a Night for a Knight” – Scooby-Doo and Shaggy stumble upon the abandoned car of a noted archaeologist who is missing. The only clue is a mysterious suit of black armor sitting in the driver’s seat.
· Sept. 5, 8:40 p.m. (ET): “Haunted House Hang-Up” – On their way to a rock music festival, the adventurous youngsters of Mystery, Inc., find themselves stranded in front of a haunted Southern mansion when the Mystery Machine overheats.
· Sept. 6, 2 p.m. (ET): “The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair” – The gang is joined by Batman and Robin, the Dynamic Duo, in pursuit of counterfeiters in the form of the Joker and the Penguin.
· Sept. 6, 7:15 p.m. (ET): “The Weird Winds of Winona ” – On their way to an auto rally where Speed Buggy will be performing, the gang stops over in Winona where nightly winds seem to haunt the small town.