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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