Scoob! is the 2020 American computer-animated supernatural adventure horror mystery comedy superhit film produced by Warner Animation Group and based on Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo franchise. 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 participate), as well as Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, and Amanda Seyfried as Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne respectively, with Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong and Tracy Morgan as other Hanna-Barbera animated characters. The film is a reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series, and it is intended to be the first installment in the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. The film’s story follows the formation of Mystery Inc., and how they are then joined by Dynomutt and Blue Falcon to solve their most challenging mystery related to the origin of Mystery Inc’s mascot in conjunction with Dick Dastardly’s plot to unleash a giant three-headed ghost dog, Cerberus.
Plans for a new Scooby-Doo theatrical film began in June 2014, when Warner Bros. announced that they would reboot the Scooby-Doo film series with an animated film. Cervone was 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, while animation services were provided by Reel FX Animation Studios.
Scoob! was originally set for a worldwide theatrical release on May 15, 2020, by Warner Bros. Pictures, making it the third theatrical film to feature the Scooby-Doo characters, after Scooby-Doo in 2002 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing theaters across the globe to close, Warner Bros. made the film available to own digitally in North America on the same date it was planned to be released in theaters. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, it topped the digital rental charts in its first three weekends of release. To make up for its intended worldwide theatrical release, the film was theatrically released in select international countries beginning in July 2020.
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