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Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins Promises Origin of Scooby Gang
July 4, 2009

On September 22, Warner Home Video will release Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins direct to DVD. This new movie combines live action and CGI to tell “how Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma joined forces for the first time”.

Starring

Starring Kate Melton as Daphne, Robbie Amell as Fred, Nick Palatas as Shaggy, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma

I like Fred’s updated look (although shouldn’t he be blond?), and while I miss Velma’s orange, her new outfit seems a lot more modern and better suited to her personality. The gang will come together to form Mystery Inc. when their high school is thought to be haunted, and the voice of Scooby-Doo will be provided by animation great Frank Welker.

Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins cover
Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins
Order this DVD

The DVD will list for $27.95 and includes the following extra features.

Coolsville Yearbook – The actors who play Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy reveal even more of their character’s back-story including what they do in their spare time, their favorite foods, what they want to do when they grow up, and a secret time capsule message for the future that can be solved by finding clues hidden within the DVD enhanced content.

Velma, Daphne, Fred, or Shaggy? Personality Quiz – Are you a brain, a drama queen, a jock, or a lovable nerd? By navigating a series of questions, you can decide which member of the Mystery Inc. gang you are most like.

Extras — Behind-the-Scenes, Shout-Outs, and Outtakes.

The movie will also be available on Blu-ray for $35.99. That version includes the DVD and digital versions, as well as a pop-up track in which “Velma gives scientific and trivia factoids, Daphne gives stylish and dramatic interpretations, Fred flexes his muscles, and Shaggy, well everything reminds Shaggy of food.” That’s the feature that sounds most interesting to me; shame it’s Blu-ray only.

The movie will also air on Cartoon Network and be supported by national ad campaigns and promotional tie-ins with Amtrack (sweepstakes), Keebler Graham Cracker Sticks (rebate), and Wendy’s (kids’ meal).

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31 Responses  
James Schee writes:  

Isn’t this supposed to be sort of a “pilot” for a TV series on CN as well?

 
Argo Plummer writes:  

As I sat reading this, my 3 year old walked up and asked “Can we get that Scooby Doo?” I explained to him it wouldn’t be available until around his birthday. That seemed to satisfy him, but the makers of the DVD can ring up one sale from our household already.

Seriously, I am surprised how often Scooby gets overlooked in terms of characters who have had longevity and been able to be reinvented. When one factors all the various cartoons, books, movies, and comics, Scooby and the gang rank right up there with 007, Bats and Spidey, and all the greats.

Scooby is enjoyed in our household by all ages and genders and while the quality of the individual shows varies greatly, overall, they are still really enjoyable.

Glad to see Frank Welker is involved.

 
Charles RB writes:  

It might be quicker to list things Frank’s NOT involved in! One article summed him up with “if you haven’t seen a cartoon with him in it then that’s because you’ve never seen a cartoon in your entire life”.

 
Bill D. writes:  

And I’m sure that at this very moment, someone somewhere on the internet is typing out a long screed about how the presence of a dark-haired Fred and Asian Velma is buggering their childhood or some such nonsense.

 
El Santo writes:  

Wait … she’s Asian?

Frankly, I’d be even more impressed and cast a Black person as either Fred or Daphne. My personal opinion is that it would be awesome… though some of my Black friends might be wondering why the two most boring characters in Mystery Inc. were the first characters that came to mind.

 
Johanna writes:  

With the Scooby gang, you’ve got boring, boring, nerd, druggy slacker, or dog. Not a lot of great role models there. Daphne’s role, especially, is one that could be filled by any pretty girl of any background, I think.

 
Phoebe writes:  

okay first i think your all losers cause i personally love the (singer/actress) Hayley Kiyoko/Velma i think she’s awesome she’s also my favorite person out of the stunners. (but i also love the others) and btw i loved scooby doo when i was little and i don’t think she’s ruining anything for children!

 
nick writes:  

i think fred is so awsome you are so lucky your in a movie

 
Tiffany N. writes:  

this movie was so good.
i love Shaggy. the way he loves scooby is so sweet. im actually wating it now….
:)

 
Pamela writes:  

I was shocked at first when I saw that Fred had Black hair and they weren’t wearing their usual outfits. I wasn’t sure if I would watch it but then when Cartoon Network had it on I watched it and I loved it and I automatically got over the shock of Fred’s hair and how different they looked. The cast was good and the lines weren’t cheesy. I definately cannot wait to buy the DVD on Tuesday.

 
Anderson writes:  

WTF??

What kind of trash can did they open to get this team?

They look nothing like the original team…specially the girls..

I mean wtf..daphne is supposed to be hot..this one looks okay but she’s either fat or pregnant in her 4rth month which looks nothing like the athletic daphne we know.

As for velma..it’s seems to me that they didn’t find it enough to fuck up the character by bringing an asian girl that looks nothing like velma from far or near but they actually managed to fuck up her hair style too..i suppose they were trying to make her look geeky like a crazy scientist or something which also leaded them to take her off her original outfit and put her in that stupid missy school uniform that make her look like a homeless.

I don’t really have to comment on fred’s hair as it’s obvious that they are “trying” to show them in a new look (or whatever) that they assumed it will look cooler which they failed badly,Most of ppl like to see there fav characters in a new look specially if it’s in a comedy characters but THIS is just SAD.

As for shaggy his fine..can’t see anything wrong with the guy,The character is suppose to be dorky which is what he looks like without trying hard,Just that salute pose with the outfit dose it without farther acting.

I’ll try not to be close minded and judge the dvd by it’s cover/poster and actually watch the goddamn thing but this picture is just ain’t encouraging.

 
Hsifeng writes:  

Anderson Says:

“WTF??

“What kind of trash can did they open to get this team?

“They look nothing like the original team…specially the girls..

“I mean wtf..daphne is supposed to be hot…”

Of course they don’t look like the original team. The originals are cartoon characters. The actors and actresses in the photograph are human beings, with human bodies that can’t be modified to meet the exaggerations of the cartoons without health hazards (for example, getting the original Daphne’s waist-to-hip ratio on a human body requires rib removal, not just athletics). Is that any reason to call them trash?

After all, if you’re sexually attracted to cartoons or blow-up dolls or whatever then that’s one thing, but condemning someone for not being what your sexual orientation is oriented to is totally another thing. You condemning Kate Melton for looking like a healthy human being instead of a cartoon caricature makes as little sense as a lesbian condemning men for looking like men instead of women would make.

 
Anderson writes:  

@Hsifeng

Any reader with half a brain will easily realize that i am talking about resemblance,When the cartoon artist drew the character he was resembling the hour glass body type – which could be easily found in “humans” if you noticed – but this actress have a pear body type that they made it look worse by that maternity dress they put her in which drove the whole thing far away from the original character’s body type as the creator choose to create her.

You can easily find a good characterizing of daphne from the scoopy doo movies that sarah meshal geller played..now that’s how the character should be.

About the sexual attraction you’ve been yapping about..it’s clear enough that you are just another fan boy who got offended by someone who criticized his fantasy’s Heroine,more than me being “sexually” attracted to a cartoon character which – in my point of view – isn’t as pathetic as your likes.

 
Hsifeng writes:  

“Any reader with half a brain will easily realize that i am talking about resemblance,When the cartoon artist drew the character he was resembling the hour glass body type — which could be easily found in ‘humans’ if you noticed…”

I have noticed, and I’ve noticed that it takes more than a natural hourglass figure to resemble Daphne. IRL some women did manage that look – by having a couple of ribs removed. Others came close by constantly having their corsets laced so tightly that their lower rib cages eventually squashed some of their internal organs.

“…You can easily find a good characterizing of daphne from the scoopy doo movies that sarah meshal geller played..now that’s how the character should be…”

So why didn’t you say so in the first place?

“…About the sexual attraction you’ve been yapping about..it’s clear enough that you are just another fan boy who got offended by someone who criticized his fantasy’s Heroine,more than me being ‘sexually’ attracted to a cartoon character which — in my point of view — isn’t as pathetic as your likes.”

Fanboy? I’m a heterosexual woman who isn’t even attracted to Kate Melton (Robbie Amell OTOH, now he’s cute ;) ) and still thinks it’s nasty to call the actors and actresses trash just because you don’t like how they were cast.

 
Johanna writes:  

Anderson, chill out. You’re too profane and combative for this site. If you don’t like the way the female actresses look, you can express that opinion without attacking people who disagree with you. (And you’re likely to be disagreed with.)

 
Ed Sizemore writes:  

I enjoyed the movie. My complaints were nitpicks. I didn’t like Velma’s dress because it made her look pregnant. My own Scooby Doo mythology has Shaggy adapting Scooby as a pup. Otherwise, all the actors did a fine job with their characters.

What is most interesting to me is that almost all the current incarnations of Scooby Doo have real ghosts, witches, vampires, etc. In the original series they were all hoaxes. So I keep wonder why they made that change.

Let me echoes Johanna’s call for decorum. This is a children’s cartoon we’re talking. So keep the discussion all ages.

 
Anderson writes:  

@Hsifeng:
IRL some women did manage that look — by having a couple of ribs removed. Others came close by constantly having their corsets laced so tightly that their lower rib cages eventually squashed some of their internal organs.

When you said that in your 1st comment i thought that you were being sarcastic and making fun of my comment which probably what made me aggressive and rude,You have my apologies that i hope you will accept.

I actually never thought that some women will go that far to achieve a perfect form,I mean i’ve heard horror story about what some women would do to look fantastic but this is just horrible and you don’t know who to blame for this..people or broadcasting or both.

@Johanna

*Anderson, chill out. You’re too profane and combative for this site

Am not a bad person actually…
but i’ve spent too much time in several forums debating with a horrible kind of people which automatically made me alerted to strike back at any kind of hidden or obvious attack. LOL :)

*if you don’t like the way the female actresses look,

Actually i don’t hate how she looks..i hate how she dosn’t fit to resemble daphne in the external shape..and what i hate even more is that dress they choose to put her in as i said in my 1st comment.

*you can express that opinion without attacking people who disagree with you

I don’t attack people when they disagree with me,I just attack the kind of tards who try to look smart by making fun of others,Can’t stand them.

I confused hsi with that type of ppl but it turned out to be a misunderstanding.

 
Johanna writes:  

Thanks for coming back and clearing that up. I can understand how it becomes very easy online to strike first, given some of what one runs into, but I try to have a little higher standard here. I appreciate your help maintaining that.

I haven’t watched the movie myself yet (it’s on the TiVo), but I know it can seem wrong if you have a picture in your head and the actors don’t live up to it. And based on the image I posted above, I’m not much of a fan of the dress either.

 
Anthony writes:  

I saw this film last week, and, some nitpicks aside, did enjoy it.

Didn’t care for Fred not being blonde in this film; I didn’t recognize “that black-haired kid” was supposed to be Fred until some character pointed him out. :-p

Yes, to me, Scooby was bought by Shaggy (or his parents) as a pup as well. Odd that the movie made various call-outs to “A Pup Named Scooby Doo”—Scooby’s “real name”, the gang’s hometown being named Coolsville, etc.—but kept them as teenagers instead of middle-schoolers.

Was amused they nailed down a specific state for Coolsville—-Ohio; they even cited Lake Erie in one scene. Maybe a future film could show the gang investigating some haunting at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland…

 
Johanna writes:  

Oooh, I like stuff set at the Rock Hall of Fame. My favorite one so far is in the old Drew Carey Show credits where they steal Buddy Holly’s glasses.

 
Hsifeng writes:  

Anderson Says:

“When you said that in your 1st comment i thought that you were being sarcastic and making fun of my comment which probably what made me aggressive and rude,You have my apologies that i hope you will accept…”

I do accept them, thanks!

“…I actually never thought that some women will go that far to achieve a perfect form,I mean i’ve heard horror story about what some women would do to look fantastic but this is just horrible and you don’t know who to blame for this..people or broadcasting or both…”

I’d blame some people. First, blaming broadcasting is really blaming the people who broadcast. Second, that too-tight corset-lacing trend happened before mass broadcasting.

Meanwhile, it’s not just women who suffer. I’ve heard of girls and boys and men being pressured to warp their bodies in the name of “good looks” too. For one example, in the bodybuilding scene some people build muscle through exercise and healthy eating alone but some others feel pressured to go beyond that. The thing is, steroid abuse can also promote mammary gland growth, which some other guys have naturally. Then both the guys who were pressured to take steroids and also the guys (whether bodybuilders or not) who naturally have breasts also face pressure to get masectomies (a double-whammy for the former and society rejecting them for their natural bodies for the latter). Look up gynecomastia for more info.

 
Daphne writes:  

hey i’m a kid don’t be mean u do not know how many kids could be looking at the words u type on dis screen not so good!!! and u jerks have a problem with this then ha!!1

 
jainam karan writes:  

i lov robie amell and he will look cute as fred. I’m desparate to watch this movie

 
Phestes writes:  

stumbled across this while looking to see if they planned any sequels to Mystery Begins. I watched it yesterday and loved it. Yeah there may be a few things to nitpick but overall I personally thought it was great. I was glad to see that they are updating the gang a little, maybe it will help newer fans to feel a little more connected to the characters.
One thing that irked me a little was the attitudes of a few people in this forum ” critiquing ” this movie. Saying Daphne was fat , or Velma is Asian, the gang are bad role models, they aren’t dressed right, and so on. I’m 42 years old and grew up watching Scooby, he’s gone through more recreations and incarnations than I can keep up with, but something always remains the same. The whole Scooby gang are good kids. And that’s what makes them grat role models. All of them are different and have to learn to work with each other and draw from each other’s strengths to to help conquer there own weaknesses. What better thing can you teach a child ? Be good and help each other. As for looks, I can see where a kid now days looking at Fred in an ascott, and Velma’s year round sweater could be a real turn off, talk about some one looking overly nerdy. So Daphne doesn’t have a perfect body, not many now days do, but the girl that played her still had the right attitude and maybe she won’t drive a half dozen young girls to bolemia.
Remember if nothing else this show wasn’t made for me to watch, if you’re over 12 it probably wasn’t made for you to watch either, so if you can enjoy it and have a little fun watching it count yourself lucky and say “Thank you” to the people who made it and the wonderful acting job all the kids did. And in the end let the kids who it was made for decide if it’s worth watching.

 
Violet writes:  

Omg! What happened to daphne’s scarf? I loved it….but this movie looks so cute! I haven’t seen scooby doo in soo long this looks awesome! Goes on my soon birthday list!

 
Keith writes:  

I did not like it at all! I grew up watching Scooby-Doo i watching it and i thought the characters were WAY too far into their cliques.Like Shaggy may not be that smart, but he isn’t that dumb either. And Velma is definitely a nerd, but she has a life too. You over did their stereotypes. And Scooby and Shaggy didn’t just meet all of a sudden, they are suppose to have known each other for years!

 
Jim writes:  

I think it is cool that they put Scooby from Coolville Ohio (supposedly in Erie County). I always liked Scooby and to find out he is supposed to be a fellow Northwest Ohio resident is totally cool (I live two counties over from Erie) in Toledo. Obviously, they did that for the name of the county and its similarity to the word “EERIE”. The only problem is there is a Coolville Ohio, but it is located in almost the exact opposite side of the state. Oh well…. It was still a good movie. And once they were established, I think the actors did a great job with their characters.

 
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Allison writes:  

Anderson. I agree with you 100% on the fact that the chatacters don’t match the original. I mean, is that not the purpose for movies like this? Like garfield,batman, spiderman, etc. All the characters reslmble a “real” form of the cartoon. With this movie, 3 of them are litteraly like a cheap version of the first scoobydoo movie.
I understand they are “younger” or whatever, but still, even in the cartoon with them as little kids, they perfectly reslemle the original.
Hopefully they’ll make a last movie of how they change their apperance (fred dies his hair and dafny and velma get new wardrobes or something).

 
julian writes:  

well this characters do match the originals they are supposed to be in there groove and the movie is good they keep the mistery and their goofnes

 
jenni writes:  

All the characters look wayy to old to be wee teenagers in my opinion.

 
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