Scooby-Doo in film

The animated series Scooby-Doo has been adapted and appeared in five feature-length films since its debut in 1969, not including the series of animated direct-to-video films that have been in production since 1998.

Scooby Doo
Created by
Original workScooby-Doo by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
Owned by
Miscellaneous
Live-action theatrical films
Live-action TV films
Live-action spin-off film
Animated theatrical film
Limited theatrical animated films

Toward the end of the 1990s, Warner Bros. and producer Charles Roven began producing a series of feature live-action films starring Scooby-Doo, beginning with the 2002 film Scooby-Doo, directed by Raja Gosnell. Gosnell also directed the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). A prequel television film, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009), was released by Cartoon Network. Brian Levant directed the film and its sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010). A spin-off film entitled Daphne & Velma, was released direct-to-video in 2018. An animated film titled Scoob! was scheduled for release in theaters on May 15, 2020, but was released direct-to-video on digital platforms due to COVID-19 closing most theaters in the United States and Canada.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Development for a live-action treatment of Scooby-Doo began in 1994 by producer Charles Roven. Originally the idea was to make a film with a much darker tone, essentially poking fun at the original cartoon series, much like The Brady Bunch Movie and was set for a PG-13 rating. Shaggy was set to be a stoner, Velma and Daphne had a side relationship,[2] and there were many marijuana references.[3]

Several rumors about these aspects in the original cartoon series were passed around by fans of Scooby-Doo, and were to be incorporated into the live action film.[4]

Live-action theatrical filmsEdit

Scooby-Doo (2002)Edit

Scooby-Doo was released on June 14, 2002. Directed by Raja Gosnell, the film starred Freddie Prinze Jr., as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Linda Cardellini as Velma. Scooby-Doo was created on-screen by computer-generated special effects and his voice was provided by Neil Fanning.

The plot shows the Mystery, Inc. coming back together after two years of separation, to investigate an amusement park called Spooky Island, where they deal with real demons.

The film was a financially successful release, with a domestic box office gross of over $130 million.[5] However, the film was not well reviewed, but was a great hit with young audiences and fans of the show.[6]

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)Edit

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed was released on March 26, 2004, with the same cast and director from the first film.

The plot shows the Mystery Inc. investigating the plans of a masked villain who wants to control the city of Coolsville using a machine to create monsters. Unlike the first film, Scooby-Doo 2 featured several of the monsters from the television series, including the Black Knight, the 10,000-Volt Ghost, the Pterodactyl Ghost, the Miner 49er and Chickenstein.

The film had a poor performance at the box office, grossing $80 million at the U.S.[7] Scooby-Doo 2 was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel".[8]

Live-action spin-off filmEdit

Daphne & Velma (2018)Edit

Daphne & Velma was released on DVD on May 22, 2018. Directed by Suzi Yoonessi, it is served as a spin-off/prequel to the film series.[9] The plot shows Daphne and Velma investigating mysteries in their high school. Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman portray Daphne and Velma, respectively.[10]

Live-action TV filmsEdit

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)Edit

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins was aired by Cartoon Network on September 13, 2009, the 40th anniversary of Scooby-Doo. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22.[11] Directed by Brian Levant. The plot is an origin story for the Mystery, Inc. gang, portraying the beginning of everything: how the gang met, their first mystery, their lives at school and how they got the Mystery Machine.[12]

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010)Edit

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster was aired by Cartoon Network on October 16, 2010, with the same director and cast from the previous film. In this film, the Mystery, Inc. gang is heading towards a beach club owned by Daphne's uncle, for temporary summer jobs. While involved with their tasks, they stumble on a new mystery.

Animated theatrical filmEdit

Scoob! (2020)Edit

Scooby-Doo is the hero of his own story in Scoob!, the first full-length, animated film, which reveals how he and his best friend Shaggy became two of the world's most beloved crime busters. The story takes us back to where it all began, when a young Scooby and Shaggy first meet, and team up with Velma, Daphne, and Fred to launch Mystery Incorporated.

Limited theatrical animated filmsEdit

Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? (2005)Edit

The film had a limited theatrical release in the United States on May 13, 2005.

Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (2015)Edit

The film had a limited theatrical release in the United States on August 20, 2015.

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018)Edit

The film was premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre[13] on January 6, 2018.[14]

Cast and crewEdit

CastEdit

Character Films Television films Spin-off film Animated film
Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo 2:
Monsters Unleashed
Scooby-Doo!
The Mystery Begins
Scooby-Doo!
Curse of the Lake Monster
Daphne & Velma Scoob!
2002 2004 2009 2010 2018 2020
Mystery Inc.
Scoobert "Scooby" Doo Neil Fanning Neil Fanning Frank Welker Frank Welker Frank Welker
Danielle. E. Hawkins
(roller disco suit performer)
J. P. Manoux
(brainy Scooby voice)
Jane Oshita and Philip Albuquerque
(hip-hop suit performers)
Luke Youngblood
(suit performer)
Norville "Shaggy" Rogers Matthew Lillard Matthew Lillard Nick Palatas Will Forte
Cascy Beddow
(young)
Iain Armitage
(young)
Nazanin Afshin-Jam
(female body double)
Fred Jones Freddie Prinze Jr. Freddie Prinze Jr Robbie Amell Zac Efron
Ryan Vrba
(young)
Pierce Gagnon
(young)
Daphne Blake Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar Kate Melton Sarah Jeffery Amanda Seyfried
Emily Tennant
(young)
Mckenna Grace
(young)
Velma Dinkley Linda Cardellini Linda Cardellini Hayley Kiyoko Sarah Gilman Gina Rodriguez
Lauren Kennedy
(young)
Ariana Greenblatt
(young)
Ghosts, Monsters & Villians
Scrappy-Doo Scott Innes
J. P. Manoux
(Scrappy Rex voice)
Zarkos Sam Greco
N'Goo Tuana Steven Grieves
Old Man Smithers
The Luna Ghost
Nicholas Hope
Dr. Johnathan Jacobo
Evil Masked Figure
Tim Blake Nelson
Scott McNeil
Black Knight Ghost Kevin Durand Silent cameo
Bob Papenbrook
(voice)
Pterodactyl Ghost Dee Bradley Baker
Tar Monster Michael Sorich
Red-Eyed Skeleton Dee Bradley Baker
Green-Eyed Skeleton Wally Wingert
10,000 Volt Ghost Terrence Stone
Captain Cutler's Ghost James Bamford Silent cameo Silent cameo
Zombie Christopher R. Sumpton
Dee Bradley Baker
(voice)
Miner 49er C. Ernst Harth
Principal Deedle
Dark Specter
Shawn Macdonald
Dan Riordan
Prudence Prufrock Leah James
Ezekial Gallows Brian Sutton
Al Rodrigo
(voice)
Wanda Grubwort Beverly Sanders
Hayley Kiyoko
(human form)
Carol Vanessa Marano
Tobias Bloom Brookes Forester
Richard "Dick" Dastardly Jason Isaacs
Cerberus Fred Tatasciore
Muttley Billy West
Don Messick
(archive recordings)
Supporting characters
Mary Jane Isla Fisher
Mr. Emile Mondavarious Rowan Atkinson
Patrick Wisley Seth Green
Heather Jasper-Howe Alicia Silverstone
Jeremiah Wickles Peter Boyle
Ned Zahf Paroo
Vice Principal Grimes Garry Chalk
Otis C. Ernst Harth
Librarian Lorena Gale
Mrs. Rogers Uncredited actress Pam Coats
Thorton "Thorny" Blake V Ted McGinley
Mr. Elmer Uggins Richard Moll
Principal Piper Arden Myrin
Griffin Griffiths Evan Castelloe
Spencer Adam Faison
Nedley Blake Brian Stepanek
Elizabeth Blake Nadine Ellis
Brian / Blue Falcon Mark Wahlberg
Dee Dee Sykes Kiersey Clemons
Dynomutt Ken Jeong
Dusty Vanara Taing
Captain Caveman Tracy Morgan

CrewEdit

Crew/detail Film
Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo 2:
Monsters Unleashed
Scooby-Doo!
The Mystery Begins
Scooby-Doo!
Curse of the Lake Monster
Daphne & Velma Scoob!
2002 2004 2009 2010 2018 2020
Director Raja Gosnell Brian Levant Suzi Yoonessi Tony Cervone
Producer(s) Charles Roven
Richard Suckle
Brian Gilbert
Brian Levant
Ashley Tisdale
Jennifer Tisdale
Suzi Yoonessi
Amy S. Kim
Jaime Burke
Pam Coats
Allison Abbate
Writer(s) Screenplay by
James Gunn
Story by
James Gunn
Craig Titley
James Gunn Daniel Altiere
Steven Altiere
Kyle Mack
Caitlin Meares
Screenplay by
Adam Sztykiel
Jack Donaldson
Derek Elliott
Matt Lieberman
Story by
Matt Lieberman
Eyal Podell
Jonathon E. Stewart
Composer(s) David Newman Sasha Gordon Tom Holkenborg
Director of photography David Eggby Oliver Wood Jan Kiesser Dean Cundey Meena Singh TBA
Editor(s) Kent Beyda Eric Osmond Kristina Davies Ryan Folsey

ReceptionEdit

Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
Domestic Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Scooby-Doo June 14, 2002 $153,294,164 $122,356,539 $275,650,703 #230 #321 $84 million [15]
Scooby-Doo 2:
Monsters Unleashed
March 26, 2004 $84,216,833 $97,250,000 $181,466,833 #651 N/A $80 million [16]
Scoob May 15, 2020 N/A $24,900,000 $24,900,000 N/A N/A N/A [17]
Total $83,593,643 $237,510,997 $244,506,539 $482,017,536 $109,000,000 [18]

Critical and public responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Scooby-Doo 30% (145 reviews)[19] 35 (31 reviews)[20] B+[21]
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 22% (118 reviews)[22] 34 (28 reviews)[23] A-[21]
Scoob! 48% (145 reviews)[24] 43 (33 reviews)[25] TBA

Other mediaEdit

Cancelled projectsEdit

In October 2002, during the filming of Scooby-Doo 2, Warner Bros. gave the green light for production of a third film. Dan Forman and Paul Foley were hired to write the script for Scooby-Doo 3. In August 2004, Matthew Lillard said in an interview that the third Scooby-Doo film was cancelled. "There will be no Scooby 3," Lillard said. "The second one didn't do as well as it was expected to do, and I completely hold that to Warner Brothers' fault. I think Warner Brothers made a mistake releasing it at the time they did March 2004. I think the movie's much better than the first movie, and I honestly thought it was going to do ridiculously good box office. But we had a bad timeslot. We had 13 movies open up in two weeks after we opened up. I mean, it did well, but it didn't do great, and it needed to do great", added, noting that the studio was quite disappointed with the result, which prevented the production of a third film.[26]

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