Scooby Doo Underscore – Where are You?

Searching for the Scooby Doo background music has been a project and a half.

I notice that like me, the internet is full of retro cartoon fans wondering why Hannah Barbera have never released the great background music from the early 70s Scooby doo episodes.

We are not talking about the Scooby Doo theme tune as this is widely available, im refering to the background music that is often heard in the middle of an episode. It apears there are several, but one stands out and is normally the tune played when they discover a vital clue or Thelma starts to explain something to the gang.

One fan asks “Where Can I Get The Background Music From Classic Scooby Doo?” on Yahoo! Answers and the only answer is itunes. Talk about no answers!

Scooby Doo Background Underscore

Scooby Doo Underscore - Where are You?

I’ve approached this a real project as it appears it just doesn’t exist. There is a great Hanna Barbera sound CD collection and a release of many of the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon titles including Scooby Doo and Top Cat. It became clear that it’s known as an “Underscore” not “Background music” as the definition of an underscore is Music that provides emotional or atmospheric background to the primary dialog or narration onscreen.

Some progress – it’s an underscore!

So some progress was made as at least i now know that I’m looking for Scooby Doo underscore tune from the 70’s

I then decided to hunt on your tube using this search term but it appears once again, no one has it. One person spoke of giving their rand hand to get the background music.

Personally I think it would make an awesome ringitone on my phone.

I noticed that there are many episodes on youtube, so i suppose i’m at the point where i now ask if there is anyone out there who knows what this underscore is called. Whether it has ever been made avaialble to download. Who produced it etc.

Meanwhile enjoy listening to it on this episode
You will need to go to 8:39 mins to hear the underscore i’m trying to identify

38 thoughts on “Scooby Doo Underscore – Where are You?

  1. I only know that this underscore was composed by Ted Nichols.
    There isn’t any feed anywhere about where we could find it, I’ve searched for it many times. The underscore was remixed in the movie “Scooby doo and the Legend of the Vampire”.

    • Thanks Forster
      I’ll see if i can locate the remixed underscore in the movie “Scooby doo and the Legend of the Vampire”.
      You don’t happen to know which part of the movie by any chance?

  2. Hey Skooldays,

    I have a collection of 46 cues from the original Penelope Pitstop/Scooby Doo Where Are You 1969 scoring sessions. Your original youtube link is dead so I can’t verify, but I’m pretty sure this is what you’re looking for; it’s a stupendous collection.

    Send me an email and I’ll send you a link.
    Dan D.

  3. Hi Dan, I know this is a late follow-up but I too have been looking for the original Scooby Doo score for ages, and my latest search has brought me here. In the chance that you happen to see this message, would you mind sending the collection my way? To say I’d be grateful would be a huge understatement. Thank you! -John (

  4. Hey,

    If anyone has these cues and is willing to send them to me, I’d be stoked. I’ve been looking for them for years and it’d be great to hear them isolated w/o kooky sound fx. They greatly informed my childhood and still haunt me today! :)

  5. Hi Dan – and anyone else who has them – I too would love to hear the music cues without sound effects and speech on top of them. Older cartoons like Scooby Doo had such care put into them, with real studio musicians. Yes, the music cues were repeated ad nauseum, but they were of sufficient quality that one did not tire of hearing them.

  6. Dear Dan,
    I would love to be able to get those Scooby Due underscore cues as well if at all possible. I’ve been hunting high and low (and all places in between) for various Ted Nichols underscores. I’m aware from dim and distant memory that some of the Scooby cues came from The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which I haven’t seen in ages. I wish Hanna Barbera would release a sequel to Hanna Barbera’s Pic-a-Nic Basket. As great as it is, it hardly touches upon their sixties adventure series. There is only a small amount of Jonny Quest underscore, and not one bit of underscore from Scooby Doo, or Space Ghost, or the Herculoids, or Fantastic Four (not even the title score for those last two shows). I’d love to know where Hoyt Curtin ends and Ted Nichols begins. I heard one bit of underscore from Jonny Quest that seems to be the basis for the Space Ghost theme, and since Ted Nichols wrote that, does it mean he also did some music cues for Jonny Quest. If so, he really should be getting proper recognition. It would be great to get some of Nichols terriffic underscores. I’d hate to think that I had missed the musical boat for the third time in as many weeks (learned too late that underscores from six Republic Serials, including Captain America had been available in the late nineties, and early part of this century -they still exist but are now in a music library and are unavailable. Also learned that the underscore from the first season of the sities Spider Man had been available, but are no longer available , although some of the second season music is available on iTunes on two volumes called “Spider Sounds” as part of a British music library. Blimey!). At least I was pleased to learn that the George Reeves Superman underscores from the first four seasons are available.

  7. Hey if anyone could find the backround music for the creeper episode (where they find the man by the log) and post it, that would be great

  8. Sorry all – didn’t mean to tease you!

    Lost my original email address after I posted my note in 2013, so I never actually received emails with your replies/questions. Just got the old email address back online and saw that there’s been some interest. Will reply in due course. But hold tight: if there’s any chance of aiding an official release, I’m inclined to not start spreading links around.

    • Hey Dan, glad to see you’re still around!

      Add me to the list if possible:

      benjamail@internetaddress DOT com

      (replacing the DOT with a period obviously. I’m just trying to avoid spam bots grabbing my email)

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