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 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.
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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