Fifty years after the first Scooby-Doo episode aired, the franchise returns with a new animated movie due in 2020. The new film, titled Scoob!, will be an origin story that follows how Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby met and became the beloved group that viewers all over the world love. Here is everything to know about the upcoming film.
The Scoob! release date is expected to be May 15th, 2020. The film was initially set to be released in September 2018 but got pushed to the current expected date. The film will mark the first big-screen appearance by the main characters since 2004’s film, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. The movie will also see members of the Mystery Inc. gang teaming up with other characters from the Hanna-Barbera universe.
Here is a recently-released Warner Bros teaser trailer for the upcoming film;
Here is a look into the film’s cast members.
- Frank Welker will voice Scooby-Doo. The actor initially voiced Fred Jones and Scooby-Doo in the original animation. In 2016, he won a lifetime achievement Emmy Award.
- Will Forte will be the voice of Shaggy Rogers. The actor is best known for his roles in the film Last Man on Earth and the show Saturday Night Live. Ian Armitage will play a young version of Shaggy.
- Amanda Seyfried will play the role of Daphne Blake. McKenna Grace will play a young Daphne.
- Zac Efron will be the voice of Fred Jones. The actor is best known for his roles in the films The Greatest Showman and High School Musical. Pierce Gagnon will voice a younger version of Fred.
- Gina Rodriguez will be the voice of Velma Dinkley. Ariana Greenblatt will portray a younger version of Velma.
Other minor characters include;
- Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman
- Ken Jeong as Dynomutt
- Kersey Clemons as Dee Dee Sykes
- Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon
- Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly
What is the film’s plot?
Scoob! Primarily focuses on how Daphne, Scooby, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby met and became the group of renowned meddling kids. As part of a larger Hanna-Barbera universe, the characters will be joined by others from The Jetsons and The Yogi Bear Show.
After the origin story, the film’s storyline transitions to the present day, where the group tries to stop the unleashing of the ghost dog Cerberus which would otherwise bring about the ‘dogpocalypse.’
What is the difference between Scoob! and the Scooby-Doo series?
The show’s fans might expect some changes to the original team as part of Warner Bros’ new diversity initiative. Warner Bros became the first Hollywood studio to embrace a wide-ranging diversity policy affecting people on and off the screen.
One of the possible changes will probably be ending the stark contrast between the beautiful but not so bright Daphne and the plain but intelligent Velma. Disney’s decision to cast Haile Bailey as Ariel in the film Little Mermaid might inspire Warner Bros to cast one of the Mystery Inc. gang members as a person of colour.
The diversity initiative also promises to increase the inclusion of members of the LGBTQ+ community. While Fred and Daphne’s romantic tension is undoubtedly a vital part of the franchise, it is possible to see a minor character come out in the movie.
Social media reactions
Here is a look at what people are saying about the upcoming film on social media;
Who is directing and scripting the film?
The new film will be directed by Tom Corvine and produced by Pam Coats, Charles Roven, Allison Abbate, Richard Suckle, and Chris Colombus. Kelly Fremon Craig came up with the script for the movie while Matt Lieberman developed the plot.
The new Scoob! film will undoubtedly bring back memories from years ago. Most people can relate to the characters in the Scooby-Doo franchise in one way or another. It will be interesting to see how the film turns out once it is released. For now, fans will have to count down to the release date.