“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”
Down at your local post office if you live in the US. The famous cartoon character is the latest edition to the US Postal Service’s 2018 Forever Stamp program, thanks to a partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products. The Scooby-Doo stamp was officially issued at the Mall of America in Minnesota this weekend.
A 12-stamp sheet features Scooby-Doo helping out by watering a blossoming plant in a flowerpot – “a simple act symbolising efforts to provide young people with tools and activities geared toward enriching the environment,” says the service. Err, …OK. But we think most fans would be happy to just seeing him on a stamp without thinking too deeply about a cartoon character’s social commitment…
“As he approaches his 50th year, Scooby-Doo and his legacy represent resilience and staying power – very worthy characteristics for a stamp subject,” said USPS product innovation VP Gary Reblin. “It’s our pleasure to commemorate this cultural icon known for his mission to help others; as an organisation, we relate to it well.”
The animated Great Dane Scooby-Doo was born in 1969. Since then he has solved many a spooky mystery in adventures on screen and in print, usually with the help of teenage friends Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy.
Art director Greg Breeding worked closely with Warner Bros Consumer Products to design the Scooby-Doo stamp stamp. Its bright, cheerfully-coloured artwork features Scooby-Doo, shaded with an airbrushed look that gives dimension to his animated form. Seated against a white background, in his mouth he holds a watering can – coloured to match his collar – tending to a potted flower.
The commemorative Scooby-Doo stamp is available online through the USPS and at post office nationwide.