Scooby Doo….where are you? Everyone knows the name of animated Hannah-Barbara four-legged canine character as well as the rest of his human companions (i.e. Scooby gang) in their various adventures throughout the years. Created back 1969 by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the original incarnation came from the cartoon TV show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Was a Saturday morning that introduced many of the common themes / concepts that featured teenagers Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers and their talking brown Great Dane named Scooby Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures / beings through a series of antics and missteps. Following the success of the original series, the Hannah-Barbara Production (and its successor Warner Bros. Animation) have produced a franchise around Scooby Doo, including numerous follow-up and spin-off animated series as well as television specials and made-for-TV movies., a line of direct-to-video films, and two theatrical feature films. Some versions of Scooby-Doo feature variations on the show’s supernatural theme and include characters such as Scooby’s cousin, Scooby-Dum, and nephew, Scrappy-Doo in addition to some of the original characters. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Scooby-Doo as the fifth greatest TV cartoon of all time. Now, Warner Bros. Animation and director Tony Cervone present the latest Scoob-Doo adventure in the animated feature film Scoob!. Does the movie finds a happy medium of old vs. new or does this particular dog can’t learn some new cinematic tricks….even for a Scooby snack?
Warner Bros. had already delayed the release of their big screen Scooby-Doo reboot, Scoob! indefinitely a few weeks back thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But now it turns out that they’re skipping a theatrical release entirely and instead going directly to streaming.
“While we’re all eager to be able to once again show our films in theaters, we’re navigating new, unprecedented times which call for creative thinking and adaptability in how we distribute our content,” Warner Bros. chairman-CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “We know fans are eager to see Scoob! and we’re delighted we can deliver this feel-good movie for families to enjoy while they’re home together.”
Scoob! will now become available to both rent and buy on May 15. Rental price will be $19.99 for a 48 hour window, or you can purchase for $24.99. Scoob! is directed by Tony Cervone, and its impressive voice cast includes Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Will Forte as Shaggy, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Frank Welker returning to voice Scooby, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne, and Zac Efron as Fred.
Presumably, Warner Bros. was pleased with the results that Universal saw with their direct-to-streaming release of the similarly family-focused Trolls: World Tour. While studios won’t roll the dice on sending giant tentpoles like Black Widow (delayed until November), Wonder Woman 1984 (August), A Quiet Place Part II (September) or Fast & Furious 9 (pushed until 2021), they seem more than willing to let lower stakes entries (especially family films, which are quite useful in keeping households peaceful with everyone locked inside) like Artemis Fowl, the aforementioned Trolls sequel, and Scoob! break the theatrical window.
Scooby-Doo Straight to Streaming
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