Oh, those darkened back roads, fetid swamps, windswept moors, and abandoned mansions. As a child, there was nothing scarier than the places the Mystery Machine broke down. That first Scooby Doo series from 1969-1971 was actually pretty amazing. The monsters were terrifying, the mysteries were confounding, and the art was legitimately nightmare inducing. OK, I was five, but looking back at these brilliant background paintings brings up all sorts of childhood traumas.
From the SecretFunBlog:
The background art in Scooby Doo Where Are You? (1969-1971) is 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.