Scooby-Doo and the gang have been unmasking ghosts and monsters since 1969. Now Hanna-Barbera’s original creation finds its way to Warner Bros., where Reel FX has brought Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne back in a new fully CG animated feature film.

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Scooby-Doo sets up the teaser with Shaggy as they sit in the theater and does the voice over for the trailer they’re both watching. It’s sort of circular, and if you don’t think too hard about it, it works.

Every character gets a cameo, and we get a taste of the portrayals of each one. It’s critically important for a show like this that every one of them feel familiar, because for most of us, we’ve literally known these characters all our lives. Fred is handsome in his own way, but mostly just a facilitator. Velma is the nerdy scientific inquiry type, but still cute enough to be an appealing character. Shaggy is more or less the uncarved block, eternally himself. Daphne charms immediately by showing us her “valley girl” side.

And Scooby-Doo is the centerpiece, with original Scooby-Doo voice actor Frank Welker putting the cartoon dog through his paces as he grows from puppy to fully grown chicken.

They seem to be pulling out all the stops. This story involves ghosts, haunted houses, robots and aliens, and of course, there’s a mystery to solve.

Scooby-Doo has been around since 1969, when Scooby Doo, Where Are You? made its premiere. He’s now been on TV in some form or other continously for the past began its initial eight year run on CBS network television. Since then he’s been on TV without a break for 50 years. There have been two live action films, board games, and several reboots. The TV show Supernatural even did a crossover episode, Scoobynatural.

If this new format works out, there are bound to be sequels involved. Maybe you really can teach an old dog new tricks.

Scoob! features the voices of Frank Welker, Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg and Amanday Seyfreid, and hits the big screen on May 15, 2020. Visit on your cell phone to unlock special content.


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