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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Scooby-Doo with sound clips and images.
Scoobert "Scooby" Doo is the talking Great Dane pet of the Mystery Inc sleuth team, and star of the massive "Scooby-Doo" franchise. His owner is Shaggy Rogers, both of which are infamous cowards throughout each mystery, and are always hungry for food. Scooby's speech usually involves beginning each word with a "R" sound, developing his signature voice. His trademark catchphrase is of course "Scooby Dooby Doo!", which he often howls at the end of each mystery.

Don Messick originated the voice of Scooby-Doo, and was the voice of the character for over 25 years until his retirement from voice acting in 1996 (he subsequently passed away the following year).

The first replacement voice for Scooby was Hadley Kay, who briefly voiced the character for ads and cameos (notably his Johnny Bravo appearances) until Scott Innes was cast in 1998, and continued the role until 2001 when he was dropped from the role due to location issues (though he still occasionally voices the character in some toys, video games, and other merchandise). Since 2002, Frank Welker (who had originally auditioned for the role when the franchise first began) has been Scooby's voice.

For the two original live-action Scooby-Doo films, Neil Fanning voiced Scooby. For the two recent TV movies, Frank Welker reprised the role from the animated franchise.

Created by PurpleWarrior13 on Sun Aug 26 2012, 69 Comments, Add Comment
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969)
Scooby-DooDon Messick
Don Messick
Johnny Bravo (1997)
Scooby DooHadley Kay
Hadley Kay
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
Scooby-DooScott Innes
Scott Innes
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Scooby-DooNeil Fanning
Neil Fanning
What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002)
Scooby-DooFrank Welker
Frank Welker


Don Messick's voice is classic, and it's extremely difficult to top his talents. He really brought Scooby to life, while still sounding like a real dog, and helping create such a memorable and distinctive character. The replacement voices are very much a mixed bag. Scott Innes is probably the best. He managed to perform the character very well, more than just a straight imitation of Don. He sometimes had trouble when Scooby enunciated certain words, but otherwise, I thought he nailed it. His highlight as Scooby is probably in the "Night of 100 Frights" video game. Neil Fanning was pretty good too. He sounded more natural than probably anybody else, which is appropriate, since he was voicing the character in a realistic environment. His delivery was very funny at times, and while he occasionally came across as a tad annoying, I liked his voice for Scooby. Hadley Kay, I thought, was trying too hard, and is definitely the worst of the voices. He might've gotten decent had he had more time in the role, but his performance comes across as very amateur, and uninspired. Frank Welker's Scooby is... okay. He lacks the raspy voice of Don, Scott, and Neil to appropriately perform the role (instead sounding more nasally), and it's probably the performance that sounds the most "different", and while I applaud him for sounding fairly unique, this is just one voice Frank can't do. It's certainly not bad, but it's not much more than mediocre.

Overall, for me:

1. Don Messick
2. Scott Innes
3. Neil Fanning
4. Frank Welker
5. Hadley Kay


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said at 12:11 PM on Wed Jan 7 2015
said at 7:53 PM on Wed Nov 26 2014
1.Don Messick
2.Scott Innes
3.Frank Welker
4.Niel Fanning
5.Hadly Kay
said at 8:45 PM on Wed Sep 10 2014
Don and Frank rule the Scoob
Scott and Hadley are decent replacements/backups
Neil is not Scooby Doo at all.
said at 1:26 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
I voted for Scott, but I know Frank Welker can imitate Don! Then I'll change my vote to him!
said at 10:57 PM on Wed Aug 13 2014
1 Don
2 Frank
3 Scott
4 Neil
5 Hadley
said at 3:11 AM on Fri Jun 27 2014
im going to go with fanning & messick
said at 4:38 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
1. Welker 10/10
2. Messick 9/10
3. Innes 8/10
4. Fanning 6/10
5. Kay 5/10
Polyester Funk
said at 11:00 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
I'm going with Don Messick since he started it all and created that iconic voice. He was incredibly memorable. Don also played Astro on The Jetsons and made him sound quite different from Scooby.

I'm surprised that it took so long for Frank Welker to voice him. Since he worked with Don on the original series I sorta feel someone would have cast him sooner.

Scott Innes was good. He wasn't doing an exact copy of Don, but what he did worked very well.

Neil is alright, I guess. He was playing a soft of realistic version and did it fairly well.

Hadley Kay seems rather meh. But, he apparently didn't get much to work with either.
said at 4:44 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@Polyester Funk Interesting Frank auditioned for it originally, according to the description.
said at 5:33 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@pete He said he did in an interview.
said at 7:23 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@myopinion1 I meant it's interesting he wasn't casted sooner, despite that fact.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:13 AM on Wed Jun 18 2014
@pete I did read somewhere that when Frank was going to audition, he figured he'd be playing the character role of Shaggy with Casey being the straight man of Fred, but that it of course turned out to be the opposite. Frank had been known for doing weird voices and Casey was known for his voice from radio of course.
said at 2:58 PM on Wed Jun 18 2014
@Polyester Funk

I saw the video where he said that :P lol
Bet he figured Messick would get it anyway.
said at 10:25 PM on Sun Jun 8 2014
Where's Dave Coulier (Full House)? He played Scooby-Doo in the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Show.
said at 7:58 AM on Mon Jun 9 2014
@Spideyfan-0913 That was Don Messick. Dave played him in Robot Chickien
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@Spideyfan-0913 I believe he referenced it on Full House but never played him on it. It was always don till his death.
said at 9:21 PM on Thu Jun 19 2014
@pete Yes, Dave Coulier did do Scooby-Doo's voice on "Full House" and "Robot Chicken," but those were parodies/imitations. He never voiced the character like Don Messick or Frank Welker did.
said at 10:26 PM on Sat Feb 21 2015
@pete *Don
said at 6:24 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
i think James Arnold Taylor could make a good Scooby-Doo.
said at 3:24 AM on Mon Jan 27 2014
I wonder if Kevin Michael Richardson would make a good Scooby-Doo?
said at 4:35 PM on Thu May 15 2014
@Finister2 I hope not. Warner considers Richardson to be their new Mel Blanc, but I doubt he could pull off the Scooby-Doo voice.
Polyester Funk
said at 10:46 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@Finister2 After hearing his Blitzwolfer in Ben 10: Omniverse, maybe.
said at 9:24 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
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Don Messick, Scott Innes, and Frank Welker were great in the role. Hadley Kay and Neil Fanning...not as much.
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Jul 15 2013
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Don Messick will always be the best as he created the character from 1969-1994 and died from a stroke in 1997 RIP 2 him.

Frank was brilliant too since he on the in 2002 hope he keeps it til he retires or dies.

Scott was ok really good replacement but in some ways I wish he could have voiced Scooby for longer.

Neil was good in the live action films though in my opinion it should have bein Frank or Scott.

Hadley only voiced him once and sounded awful.
said at 3:47 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@Ross123 Hadley also did him in commercials then too, but it was temporary till they could find a replacement for Messick in their main media. Once Scott was hired, they didn't need Hadley. a
said at 3:48 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@Ross123 Dang it, it published before I was done. Once Scott was hired they didn't need Hadley anymore.
said at 8:50 AM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@pete Doesn't change the fact that he was terrible though. But it was nice of you to mention it anyway, thanks.
said at 12:45 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@Ross123 Yeah but they never used him for anything big, mostly promotional reasons, or spoofs in this case, they were never going to cast him in Zombie island or anything. For commercials the voice is passable, they weren't gonna stress themselves finding the perfect voice for them.
said at 3:48 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@pete I know he wasn't gonna permanent but I agree with the fact that the voice was decent for a commercial or as I like to call them adverts. Well same thing but that's not important.

Even though I agree wuth that fact, doesn't change my opinion. Sorry if I'm being a bit unfair here.
said at 4:38 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@Ross123 Not trying to change it, debate it or anything. You're not being unfair. I was just correcting that you said he voiced him once, and then pointed out the whole reason for casting him in the 1st place.
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
@Ross123 Just realized the info in him is in the description, that's where I got it. Info on all the voices is right there too.
said at 3:35 PM on Thu Jun 19 2014
@pete We all make mistakes at times so thanks for correcting me then.

Next time, I'll read things before I post in the future.
said at 10:42 PM on Mon May 20 2013
I prefer Don Messick as Scooby-Doo, as that is the voice I grew up with as a kid, and is still the best.

Scott Innes isn't TOO bad. A decent replacement.

Frank Welker's Scooby-Doo voice is pretty much identical to the voice he used for Brain on "Inspector Gadget."

Hadley Kay and Neil Fanning are the worst, IMO...
said at 7:58 PM on Mon May 13 2013
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I suppose I should give each of these Scooby voice actors a detailed critique.

1) Don Messick - Without a doubt, the best voice actor for this beloved canine detective. I am not just saying this because he is the originating voice actor, but because of the effort he put into the performance. Heck, it was Don Messick himself who originated Scooby's use of broken English and beginning words with the letter R. Don made Scooby the iconic, lovable, and comedic dog he is today. For that, I thank this man, and God rest his soul.

2) Frank Welker - This is the man I grew up with as Scooby. As a kid, I was so fixated on the "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" television series, and seeing as how Frank was apart of that, he has earned a spot in my top three picks. While some may say that his voice sounds too deep and villainous for Scooby, I disagree. Welker offers some unique characteristics for Scooby, all derived from the originating actor. I mean the guy did work with Don Messick, after all. He could evaluate and aim at Messick's hysterical and lovable nature.

3) Scott Innes - A great replacement voice for Scooby-Doo. His work in the first four direct-to-video films was perfect and fit the personality of Scooby in those movies. While not being a direct imitation of Messick, his interpretation of the character made him seem innocent and caring (which Scooby is), along with the funny atmosphere the character will always reside in. Basically saying, his Scooby voice made Scooby sound like he wouldn't hurt a fly and he was very caring and hardly got angry.

4) Neil Fanning - I suppose I should evaluate him separately, mostly due to the fact that he was indeed voicing the character for a realistic environment instead of an animated version. His deliverance came across as very humorous in the first two live-action films, and he is the perfect voice for a real-world incarnation of the character.

5) Hadley Kay - In my opinion, Hadley is the worst and most terrible Scooby-Doo voice. However, I will respect him and give him some credit. It's not easy attempting to voice a beloved and iconic character!
said at 9:41 PM on Mon Apr 22 2013
I know it's probably got no place here... but Mark Hammil voiced Scooby-Doo in Jay & Silent Bob: Strike Back.
said at 7:41 AM on Wed Aug 21 2013
@RenoRebirth It's in a parody IIRC, and those aren't covered on VCs since they technically aren't official voices.
said at 8:08 AM on Wed Aug 21 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 That's weird. I've actually seen a few voice compares where parody voices were listed.
said at 10:45 AM on Thu Mar 21 2013
Man, I've been so used to listening to Frank Welker, I forgot how different the other guys were. They were all good though.
said at 9:26 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
i enjoyed all of them. this is one of those voice compares were all the actors did a good job but im going with Messick.
said at 8:21 PM on Fri Mar 1 2013
"Rank you, for raking, me be myself." LOL! I love that scene.
said at 7:08 PM on Thu Feb 7 2013
Anyway's as i alway's do. I'm voting for Don Massick because he makes Scooby sound so ironic! XD
said at 9:36 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
Well don messick is the first and best to me but i grew up with the scott innes voice of scooby doo
1.Don Messick(the original)
2.Scott Innes (the voice i grew up with)
3.Neil Fanning/Frank Welker (both very good )
4.Hadley Kay(suitable)
said at 3:28 AM on Mon Nov 5 2012
For me:

1. Neil Fanning
2. Scott Innes
3. Frank Welker
4. Don Messick
5. Hadley Kay
said at 12:50 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
I thought both Don Messick and Frank Welker were great as Scooby so it's a tough choice, I do love both but overall I'll go with Frank but Don was really good too.

Here's what I think...

1. Frank Welker
2. Don Messick
3. Scott Innes
4. Neil Fanning
5. Hadley Kay
said at 6:24 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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Ah, Scooby Doo, perhaps my childhood summed up in one character. I love all the shows I've seen and look forward to every new iteration. For Scooby's voice I gotta go with
1. Don Messick-My first Scooby. He really created the character and when I think of Scooby its always mostly his voice with a mix of my next choice.
2. Frank Welker-I really love his iteration, especally in Mystery Incorperated. While it is more high pitched than Don's, he has worked with Don since day one and he does do a good imitation.
3. Neil Fanning-A very good impersonation of Don, but I guess I'm just more used to Frank's iteration so frank wins out, but only by a little.
4. Scott Innes-I do like his Scooby, its an ok imitation of Don but I think Neil did better.
5. Hadley Kay-I don't like to single out VA's as bad. Maybe misscasted (Steve Blum as Goku), bad direction, heard a role done much better (Drake Bell as Spider-Man) or just didn't get what they were doing with the character (James Beach as Kamille Bidan) and Hadley Kay as Scooby counts as the last one. I have no idea what he's trying to do with Scooby.
said at 8:20 PM on Wed Oct 24 2012
@Spider-Fox Hadkey Kay was just someone Warner Bros. hired temporarily after Don tied while they searched for another replacement.
said at 11:57 PM on Thu Oct 25 2012
@pete *Hadley
said at 3:49 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@pete *Died.
said at 4:16 PM on Mon Aug 27 2012
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Don Messick of course, out of the others Scott Innes came the closest to replicating his voice, Frank Welker is alright but it is higher in pitch, Hadley Kay is so so not the best or wost, Neil Fanning on the other hand is just plain obnoxious he undoubtedly the weakest.
said at 10:35 AM on Mon Aug 27 2012
My votes are as follows:

1. Don Messick (the greatest Scooby VO EVER!!!)
2. Neil Fanning (an amazing Don Messick impersonation)
3. Frank Welker (as good as Don, but a little too high pitched)
4. Scott Innes (stick to Scrappy and Shaggy)
5. Hadley Kay (stick to not doing VO's for as long as you live)
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:10 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
I could've sworn that this compare already existed, but was then erased for some reason. Or maybe my brain is lying to me, it does that sometimes.
said at 10:21 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@Nightmare Crusher Maybe you were thinking of Scrappy's? Anyway this iwas put off by OptimisSolo because he didn't want to do it for a while since all the voices sound the same according to his comments in the VC section.
said at 10:35 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@Nightmare Crusher We've never done a Scooby VC before. We were saving it for a special occasion (in this case, the 1999th VC. The 2000th is a surprise).
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:39 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 So my brain was lying to me again. I must find some way to punish it.
said at 4:09 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
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1. Don Messick - He originated the character
2. Scott Innes - He's lighter on the ears
3. Hadley Kay - Sounds very much like Don
4. Neil Fanning - Suitable for the CGI Scooby
5. Frank Welker - As much as I love his Nibbler voice, I don't like that he's in pretty much everything now-a-days
said at 3:13 PM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Scott and Frank were the ones I heard growing up. While they are great in their own right, they can never top the original. Don gets my vote.
said at 6:44 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Gotta go with Don Messick, he made Scooby the character he is today: hilarious, memorable and he is really the only one who made Scooby sound like a real dog!

Frank Welker and Scott Innes are the best replacements, both their acting and impressions of Don are great but they both have their Achilles heals: as while Scott sounds a little scratchy, Frank sounds a bit unnatural for this role.

Not much to say about Neil, he sounds ok considering he was playing a live action role of Scooby.

Hadley sounds like he was trying too hard, and sounds a little forced, easily the weakest voice Scooby had.
said at 7:19 AM on Tue May 14 2013
@Torak Agreed.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:50 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
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I would probably go with

1. Don Messick (BY FAR)
2. Frank Welker
3. Scott Innes (little too high pitched for me)
4. Neil Fanning
5. Hadley Kay
said at 10:56 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@OptimusSolo I see what you put this off. It sounds weir hearing Scooby-Doo say so many things at once
said at 10:58 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
@pete *weird
said at 2:32 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
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My personal preference.

1. Don Messick is the original and played it for so long he made the voice as iconic as it is and seeing how much I enjoy the older eps more than the new ones mainly music and voice acting wise .

2. Scott Innes I'll go with him mainly for Zombie Island and Witch's Ghost as those are my favorite of the four movies with Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase close behind. I wish he returned as Shaggy in Mystery Incorporated.

3. Frank Welker Does great for doing the voice but it's generally his own voice not a Messick imitation. I also like his Mystery Incorporated performance and his performance in the newer movies.

4. Neil Fanning Did the good in the first two live action movies but the first time he says a clue sounds weird.

5. Hadley Kay You can tell was a temporary Messick replacement while they searched for another.

On a side note anyone else think it's weird hearing Scooby-Doo say a bunch of things at once in the clips?
said at 7:16 AM on Tue May 14 2013
@pete At first, Scott auditioned to voice Shaggy in SDMI, but lost the role to Lillard.
said at 3:15 PM on Wed May 15 2013
@Scooby-Dooby-Doo I knew that. It's why I said that. He is my favorite Shaggy to replace Casey Kasem. Off topic but after him I would say Billy West(just to have more material) and then Matt Lillard. I hate the 1st live action movie for its lack of "Scooby Doo Where Are You"? playing except for a few of the notes in the opening and it's depiction of Scrappy-Doo(a character I actually enjoy and is my favorite) but the 2nd is an improvement for having "Scooby-Doo Where Are You and having a better(and more interesting) story as a whole.
said at 12:39 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
@pete I agree with everything you said. The first live-action movie focused too much on the pointless and false adult jokes that were included in the movie.
said at 3:52 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@pete Bumping everyone from Frank onward down to include Billy, who is 3 now.
said at 2:16 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
I love Don, but I grew up with Scott Innes, so he gets my vote.
said at 1:59 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
Finally! I've been waiting for this one for the longest time now!
said at 1:38 AM on Sun Aug 26 2012
I'm most familiar with Frank Welker's Scooby, so I'll go with him.

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