Ruh-roh, we have a fan theory. A resurfaced Reddit post from 2016 is back to haunt Scooby-Doo fans with a strange theory of the beloved talking dog’s origins. The post posits that Scooby-Doo is able to talk because he is actually an escaped experiment of the Russian space program.
The writer admits that the theory takes some imagination, but we have that here at Giant Freakin Robot, and we will assume that you do, too.
A Scooby-Doo fan theory has resurfaced, and this one explains that the Great Dane was experimented on as part of the Russian space program.
The talking Great Dane we know as Scooby-Doo made his debut in 1969 on the Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Only a few months had passed since the moon landing; the space race is critical to this Scooby-Doo theory.
As the United States traded scientific blows with the Soviets, Russia became the first country to send a human being into space in 1961. The first cosmonauts, however, were dogs.
To see the effects of sending a living being into space, the Soviets used canines. Not all survived, but once they did, dogs became the first living creatures to venture to space and safely return.
Why Soviet Scientists Sent Scooby-Doo To Space
Here is where the Scooby-Doo origin theory requires some imagination. It is possible, and not entirely unreasonable, that the Soviets would have wanted to send the most intelligent dogs possible into space. The need for an animal that could follow complex commands when aboard shuttles could have led them to breed hyper-intelligent dogs.
Such ambition could hypothetically yield a dog that can not only understand complex language, but imitate it. Scooby-Doo can talk, but his mouth is not formed in a way that is optimal for human speech; the theory credits this as the reason for Scooby’s speech impediment.
As the Soviets put their space program together, they recruited several German scientists. Great Danes, known in their native land as German Mastiffs, reasonably could have come with them.
Now the narrative of the Scooby-Doo origin theory takes a narrative leap. Suppose a German scientist working on the Soviet smart-dog breeding program – perhaps a Great Dane lover – bonded with the amazing talking puppy and took the dog with him when he fled for the United States.
Is the mystery becoming clearer?
Once in America, this German scientist/Soviet defector must have died of one cause or another, leaving his dog without a master. These events led the orphaned Scooby-Doo, according to the theory, to his new owner, Shaggy.
In reality, Scooby-Doo was a replacement following the cancelation of Space Ghost, that purposely didn’t include any violence.
Now Scooby is off with his friends solving mysteries, unmasking bad guys, and eating oversized sandwiches. But that’s not all.
A talking Soviet space dog does not roam freely in America without attracting the attention of the United States government. The original show’s title, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a reference to the CIA’s constant hunt for the Russian rascal.
The origins of the original Scooby-Doo were never explored. He was only created because CBS needed new cartoons after overzealous activist groups shut down “violent” hits like Space Ghost and The Herculoids.
As to how Scooby-Doo came to be, the theory that he is an escaped Soviet science experiment is as good as any. If accepting the story as canon solves a burning mystery in your life, we won’t meddle one bit.