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.
|Original work||Scooby-Doo by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears|
|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.
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, and there were many marijuana references.
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.
Live-action theatrical filmsEdit
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. However, the film was not well reviewed, but was a great hit with young audiences and fans of the show.
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.
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. The plot shows Daphne and Velma investigating mysteries in their high school. Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman portray Daphne and Velma, respectively.
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. 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.
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
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
Cast and crewEdit
|Character||Films||Television films||Spin-off film||Animated film|
The Mystery Begins
Curse of the Lake Monster
|Daphne & Velma||Scoob!|
|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)
|Norville "Shaggy" Rogers||Matthew Lillard||Matthew Lillard||Nick Palatas||Will Forte|
(female body double)
|Fred Jones||Freddie Prinze Jr.||Freddie Prinze Jr||Robbie Amell||Zac Efron|
|Daphne Blake||Sarah Michelle Gellar||Sarah Michelle Gellar||Kate Melton||Sarah Jeffery||Amanda Seyfried|
|Velma Dinkley||Linda Cardellini||Linda Cardellini||Hayley Kiyoko||Sarah Gilman||Gina Rodriguez|
|Ghosts, Monsters & Villians|
|J. P. Manoux|
(Scrappy Rex voice)
|N'Goo Tuana||Steven Grieves|
|Old Man Smithers
The Luna Ghost
|Dr. Johnathan Jacobo
Evil Masked Figure
|Tim Blake Nelson|
|Black Knight Ghost||Kevin Durand||Silent cameo|
|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|
|Miner 49er||C. Ernst Harth|
|Prudence Prufrock||Leah James|
|Ezekial Gallows||Brian Sutton|
|Wanda Grubwort||Beverly Sanders|
|Tobias Bloom||Brookes Forester|
|Richard "Dick" Dastardly||Jason Isaacs|
|Mary Jane||Isla Fisher|
|Mr. Emile Mondavarious||Rowan Atkinson|
|Patrick Wisley||Seth Green|
|Heather Jasper-Howe||Alicia Silverstone|
|Jeremiah Wickles||Peter Boyle|
|Vice Principal Grimes||Garry Chalk|
|Otis||C. Ernst Harth|
|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|
|Nedley Blake||Brian Stepanek|
|Elizabeth Blake||Nadine Ellis|
|Brian / Blue Falcon||Mark Wahlberg|
|Dee Dee Sykes||Kiersey Clemons|
|Captain Caveman||Tracy Morgan|
The Mystery Begins
Curse of the Lake Monster
|Daphne & Velma||Scoob!|
|Director||Raja Gosnell||Brian Levant||Suzi Yoonessi||Tony Cervone|
Amy S. Kim
|James Gunn||Daniel Altiere
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|
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|||
|March 26, 2004||$84,216,833||$97,250,000||$181,466,833||#651||N/A||$80 million|||
|Scoob||May 15, 2020||N/A||$24,900,000||$24,900,000||N/A||N/A||N/A|||
Critical and public responseEdit
|Scooby-Doo||30% (145 reviews)||35 (31 reviews)||B+|
|Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed||22% (118 reviews)||34 (28 reviews)||A-|
|Scoob!||48% (145 reviews)||43 (33 reviews)||TBA|
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.
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