Scoob!

Scoob!
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Original theatrical release poster
Directed byTony Cervone
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on
Starring
Music byTom Holkenborg
Edited by
  • Ryan Folsey
  • Vanara Taing
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • May 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Scoob! is a 2020 American computer-animated mystery comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group and based on the Scooby-Doo franchise.[1][2] The film is directed by Tony Cervone from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donaldson, Derek Elliott, and Matt Lieberman, and a story by Lieberman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Frank Welker as the titular character (the only member of the original cast to reprise their role), as well as Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, and Amanda Seyfried as the gang, with Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong and Tracy Morgan as other Hanna-Barbera animated characters. It is a reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series, and is intended to be the first installment in a series of films set within a Hanna-Barbera shared cinematic universe.

Plans for a new Scooby-Doo film began in June 2014, when Warner Bros. announced that they would reboot the Scooby-Doo film series with an animated film. Cervone was initially hired to direct the film in August 2015, with Dax Shepard being brought to co-direct it in September 2016. By October 2018, Shepard was no longer a part of the project. Much of the cast was hired in March 2019. Animation services were provided by Reel FX Animation Studios.

Scoob! was released digitally via video on demand on May 15, 2020. It was initially set to play in theaters on the same date, but the theatrical release was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received mixed reviews from critics and topped the digital rental charts in its opening weekend.

Plot

Shaggy is a lonely kid who befriends and adopts a homeless talking dog, who he names Scooby Dooby-Doo. On Halloween night, Shaggy and Scooby meet Fred, Daphne, and Velma and together they venture inside a haunted house. The kids encounter a ghost whom they capture and unmask as a thief. The kids are inspired to solve mysteries together on a regular basis as Mystery Inc.

Ten years later, the Mystery Gang have graduated high school and are looking to expand their business. They secure funding from the wealthy celebrity Simon Cowell, who suggests that the gang drop Shaggy and Scooby. Saddened, Shaggy and Scooby head to the bowling alley where they are attacked by small robots called Rottens, but are rescued by the Falcon Fury. Inside they are greeted by Dee Dee Skyes who introduces them to Dynomutt the Dog Wonder and Brian Crown - the son of the original Blue Falcon, who has retired. They reveal that the Rottens belong to famed criminal Dick Dastardly, who wants to capture Scooby for his own purposes that involve collecting the three skeletal heads of Cerberus. The group discover that a skull is in the Gobi Desert. However, upon arriving they discover that it is a trap set up by Dastardly who has already gotten the skull and only needs one more.

Fred, Daphne, and Velma, who have been investigating the incident at the bowling alley, discover that Shaggy and Scooby are with Brian on the Falcon Fury through social media before being captured by Dastardly. They escape and learn that Dastardly is headed to Messick Mountain, where the third skull is. Using an old radio, they deliver this information to the Falcon Fury, but are captured again by Dastardly. He reveals that he wants to open the gates to the Underworld so that he can rescue his dog Muttley, who was trapped there after they tried entering it to steal its riches.

The Falcon Fury arrives near the Messick Mountain. Brian, Scooby, Dee Dee and Dynomutt find the skull being guarded by Captain Caveman but Dastardly arrives and takes it. He releases Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma before destroying the Falcon Fury and damaging the Mystery Machine. Dastardly then kidnaps Scooby and departs. The group argues, but Shaggy manages to get everyone to work together and they reconstruct the Mystery Machine using the leftover Falcon Fury parts.

In Athens, Dastardly uses the three skulls to unveil the gate and Scooby's paw to open it. Cerberus escapes and begins causing havoc. Dastardly enters the gate where he reunites with Muttley and they escape with some of the treasure. The rest of the heroes arrive to fight Cerberus together. Velma discovers that in order to lock the gate, someone with a close connection to their dog must close it from the other side. They get Cerberus through the gate and Shaggy sacrifices himself. The gang realize that there is another exit, which Scooby unlocks it. Shaggy is reunited with the gang while the Rottens turn on Dastardly and Muttley, who are arrested.

Back at Venice Beach, the gang unveil their new Mystery Inc. Headquarters and celebrate with Brian, Dynomutt, and Dee Dee who in turn give the gang a new upgraded Mystery Machine. The Mystery Gang is immediately called away on another case. During the credits, the Mystery Gang's popularity rises, Brian forms the Falcon Force with new members Captain Caveman, Jabberjaw, Atom Ant, and Grape Ape and Muttley breaks Dastardly out of prison.

Voice Cast

Additionally, Harry Perry and Ira Glass voice themselves, while director Tony Cervone cameos as the voices of Ghost, Mr. Rigby and Alice. John DiMaggio voices a restaurant owner, and Don Messick reprises his role as the voices of Space Kook via archival laugh recordings.[4]

Production

Development

On June 17, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that they would reboot the Scooby-Doo film series with an animated film being written by Randall Green.[5][6] On August 17, 2015, Tony Cervone was hired to direct the animated film on a script by Matt Lieberman, while Charles Roven and Richard Suckle would produce the film along with Allison Abbate.[7] Dan Povenmire would be involved in a creative capacity and would also serve as an executive producer on the film.[7]

At the 2016 CinemaCon, the film's official title was announced to be S.C.O.O.B., which would be about Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine gang working for a larger organization.[8] The film was intended to lead into a cinematic universe based on Hanna-Barbera properties.[9] In September 2016, it was reported that Dax Shepard would be directing the film along with Cervone, whilst he would also revise the script.[10] In October 2018, it was announced that Shepard was no longer a part of the project and was replaced by Kelly Fremon Craig as screenwriter.

Casting

In March 2019, Frank Welker was revealed to be reprising his role as Scooby-Doo, while Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, and Tracy Morgan signed on to voice Shaggy, Velma, and Captain Caveman, respectively.[11] Later that month, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried joined the voice cast as Fred and Daphne.[12]

Matthew Lillard and Grey Griffin, the longtime voices of Shaggy and Daphne, respectively, voiced their disappointment at not being contacted about the decision to recast their roles.[13][14] Efron's casting as Fred also marks the first time the character was voiced by Welker (excluding the times the character was a child, portrayed in live-action, or voiced in video games based on the live-action films).[15]

In April 2019, Ken Jeong and Kiersey Clemons were announced to be joining the cast.[16] In May 2019, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Isaacs were added to the cast, with Mckenna Grace, Iain Armitage, Ariana Greenblatt and Pierce Gagnon cast as young versions of Daphne, Shaggy, Velma and Fred, respectively.[17][18][19] In March 2020, Simon Cowell joined the cast voicing a fictionalized version of himself.[20] In May 2020, days before the film's release, it was revealed that voice acting veteran Billy West is reprising his role as Dick Dastardly's sidekick, Muttley and that Cowell's son, Eric joined the film.[21]

Music

On January 28, 2020, Tom Holkenborg signed on to compose the film's score.[22]

On May 5, 2020, it was announced Scoob! The Album would be released on May 15, 2020, featuring the song "On Me" by Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown, featuring Ava Max, and "Summer Feelings" by Lennon Stella, featuring Charlie Puth.[23]

Release

The film was previously set for a September 21, 2018 release,[7] before being pushed back to May 15, 2020.[24] In March 2020, the film's theatrical release was delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[25] it was later announced on April 22, 2020 that Warner Bros. would release Scoob! through video on demand on the same date instead of in theaters.[26] Variety wrote that releasing the film digitally was "a big risk — and an almost certain loss — for Warner Bros." but noted the success of Trolls World Tour could be a positive sign.[27]

Marketing

The first official trailer was released on November 11, 2019.[28] A second and final trailer debuted on March 5, 2020.[29] A novel based on the film was released on April 7, 2020.[30][31]

Reception

VOD sales

Scoob! was the top-rented film on Prime Video, Google Play, FandangoNow, and the iTunes Store in its opening weekend. Although Warner Bros. has yet to report actual figures, the film had a higher count than Trolls World Tour, which made $40 million over its first three days.[32][33][34]

Critical response

Scoob! received mixed reviews from critics.[35] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 55% based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 5.47/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Scoob! is fun enough for youthful viewers and some hardcore fans, but never quite solves the mystery of why audiences shouldn't watch old episodes instead."[36] At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[37]

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars and said, "I'm reasonably happy to report that it's a reasonably diverting reboot. It's also ridiculously overpacked, crammed with Hanna-Barbara cartoon characters from various TV series beyond Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!".[38] Peter DeBruge of Variety wrote that "this attractive but calculated attempt to connect Scooby-Doo to other Hanna-Barbera characters abandons the show's fun teen-detective format."[27]

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