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Posted at 12:05 AM ET, 10/31/2010

Cartoon of the Day: Google unveils five SCOOBY-DOO doodles for Halloween

By Michael Cavna

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To celebrate Halloween, the fun-lovin' folks at Google have just unveiled, well, a Scooby-Doodle.

As that greatest of Great Danes Scooby-Doo once said: "Rimage ris everything." And to mark the day of sugar-fueled masquerade, Google gives us five images on its home page -- "doodles" that tell a sequential click-through tale featuring Hanna-Barbera's zany teen ghostbusters.

As Scooby, Shaggy and the whole Mystery Machine-traveling gang come upon a haunted scene, part of the engaging "mystery" is hunting out the "Google" logo embedded in the images.

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon show -- created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, who worked with artist/designer Iwao Takamoto -- launched in 1969, and "Scoob" has consistently been with us since in various iterations, including the 2002 CGI/live-action feature film and this month's TV movie, "Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster."

The Great Dane with the telltale speech impediment ("Ruh-roh, Raggy") and voracious appetite (Scooby snacks!) long ago became iconic, as did Scoobert's bell-bottomed and bewhiskered slacker of an owner, the easily spooked Shaggy, and the rest of Mystery Inc.'s sleuthing youths: cravat-happy Fred, the fashionable Daphne and the ever-deductive Velma. (Zoinks, it's, like, all those meddling kids.)

Google, of course, marks many occasions with the special logos it calls "Google Doodles." Among the California company's most notable doodles this year have been its interactive "Google Balls" and its recent John Lennon animation

(Update: As a reader suggests, the fact that a lob of a basketball "solves" this five-panel mystery seems a likely allusion to Meadowlark, Curly and the rest of those dribbling detectives, the animated Harlem Globetrotters.)

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By Michael Cavna  | October 31, 2010; 12:05 AM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, The Animation  | Tags:  Google Doodles, Hanna-Barbera, Scooby-Doo  
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Comments

I like the subtle basketball action in the third and fourth illustrations. Is it a reference to frequent Mystery Inc. collaborators, the Harlem Globetrotters?

Posted by: BigDanG | October 31, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah for us working stiffs that don't go to or need rallies to tell us about our insanity..

Posted by: robinhood2 | October 31, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

You have the age old argument from the old Gilligan Island series. Who is better looking? Ginger or Mary Ann. I think all die hard Gilligan fans would say Mary Ann.

How about Scooby Doo? Myself, I think Velma is the better looking one here. Especially if you watch the new series or any of the movies that have come out lately.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | October 31, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Google has moved most of its offices offshore along with its profits in order to become a zero taxpaying American business.

I have notified Google that I will not buy from any add listed on their pages, i will be notifying these advertisers of my commitment to support only those companies who do not support Google adsense.

To ALL companies who see the virtue of offshore banking: GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY!

Business wants that AMERICAN brand on their product, They wave the flag on holidays and act like an American business
until it comes time to give raises or pay taxes to the country that gave them the opportunity to be in business.

Instead of looking to the gov't to reward you for being successful, its you who should be rewarding the gov't! for that chance to become successful! Give the gov't its props because with out them you would be dead in the water!

Posted by: victorlove1 | October 31, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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