October 22, 2007

50 SCOOBY-DOO BACKGROUND PAINTINGS

How do those meddling kids do it? How do Scooby and the gang keep such an upbeat attitude as they pass through a world of decay and darkness? For the Mystery Inc. team every day amounts to stormy skies and abandoned places. Every destination is a haven for greed and deception where more than half the people they meet are fear mongering criminals. Perhaps Scoob and company cope with their bleak reality by finding comfort in the beauty that surrounds them.

The background art in Scooby Doo Where Are You? (1969-1971) is equally splendid and foreboding. The rich, painterly environment almost compensates for the clunky character animation. Ex-Disney artist, Walt Peregoy set a high standard during his brief, first episode stint as Background Stylist. But the background crew continued to churn out quality, creepy work throughout the following two seasons. Hanna-Barbera may be known for their annoying use of repeated, looping backgrounds but, as you are about to see, in this case the sublime scenery is well worth another look.








































A batch of interiors...









As you may recall, the gang's greatest coping mechanism was always food. Here's a look at a few variations of their only real sanctuary, the Malt Shop...





(Backgrounds by: Ron Dias, Daniela Bielecka, Gary Niblett, Rolly Olivia, Peter Van Elk, Eric Semones, Curtiss D. Perkins, Richard Khim, Gino Giudice, and Robert Gentle
Background Styling: Walt Peregoy, Fernando Montealegre)

All backgrounds came from Scooby-Doo Where Are You? Seasons 1 & 2...

11 comments:

Monster-Maniac said...

THOSE were the days, I tell ya...

plcary said...

You rock! No more searching for cool desktop wallpapers! This also gives me the idea for some screen grabs from my jonny quest dvd box set.

Rozum said...

I always wished that we could have those kinds of backgrounds in the "Scooby-Doo" comic books. No blame is placed on the great artists, it's all about budgets and paper-types.

David W. said...

Good job with the background caps. Other bloggers have caped some of the classic WB and Fleischer cartoon backgrounds too. It's nice to see this work spotlighted like this.

But you know, even as a little kid I was bothered by the repetitious "If it wasn't for you meddling kids" endings. Weren't they ever going to encounter some real ghosts and monsters?

Sparkle Plenty said...

Me for the haunted carnival! stomach grumbles Okay, no. Me for the malt shop first--then the haunted carnival!

Dane said...

Wow, that really is some gorgeous art. I certainly wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out.

Dave said...

Here's a couple more to add to everyone's collection:

Scooby-Doo "Spooky Space Kook" Screen Caps.

Not as clear as yours though as these were taken off from the episode video that I got the soundtrack rip from.

Dave

Kirk D. said...

Glad you all are appreciating these!

Rozum- that would have been cool. Too bad you couldn't strike up a deal to use some of the original art from the show. I wonder where all of these pieces are right now.

david- I think there's one episode on season one (the carnival one) where it's not a guy in a suit. (It's an AWOL android.)
Well, when the "13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo" finally came on they were real ghosts. Vincent Price was one of the regulars. Too bad Scrappy ruined that show.

thanks Dave, that's one of my favorites.

Jay Amabile said...

These are out of this world. I was always a little bit freaked out as a child by this show and that's the reason why I liked it. It had such a spooky atmosphere thanks to the great shots like these.

iamchief said...

You had to go and mention Scrappy didn't ya?

Aunt Di said...

I liked "Gold City" the best. Fantastic collection of buildings and etc,