All I can say is, I’m liking Velma.  Check the press release for the release date, and everyone else cast to play those darn kids!

Press Release

Zoinks! Everyone’s favorite mystery-solving gang joins forces for the first time in the all-new, live-action/CGI film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins available on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def Combo Pack on September 22, 2009 from Warner Home Video (WHV). The highly-anticipated movie reveals the never-before-told tale of how the Mystery Inc. crew originally came together along with the world’s most famous Great Dane. A co-production of Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins video also features an array of enhanced content including behind-the-scenes yearbook footage, a Mystery Inc. personality quiz, pop-up facts and even Scooby ring ‘rones! SRP $27.95 (SD); $35.99 (BD Combo Pack). Order due date is August 18, 2009.

Directed by Brian Levant (Beethoven, Snow Dogs) and produced by Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn, Skinwalkers), Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins uses adventurous storytelling and stylized visuals of both live-action and CGI technology to entertain fans of all ages. Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins follows the Mystery Inc. gang, a mismatched quartet of unlikely teenage pals, uniting for the first time to solve the haunting of their high school. Along the way, fans will discover the back story of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.

The live-action cast features Robbie Amell (Life With Derek, True Jackson) as Fred along with Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy. Frank Welker, a member of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! voice-cast, provides the voice of Scooby-Doo.

Since the debut of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in 1969, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon has entertained generations of fans and spawned 10 televisions series (spanning nearly 300 episodes), seven TV specials/telefilms, two live-action films and a dozen made-for-video animated movies. A new animated TV series and additional animated direct-to-consumer DVDs are now in production. The hit franchise follows the adventures of the Mystery Inc. quintet as they solve cases typically involving ghosts, monsters or other supernatural forces. Hi-jinks always ensue, with their investigations resulting in entertaining chase scenes mixed with catchy musical numbers and comedic antics.

“This is another milestone in the Scooby-Doo franchise and an exciting opportunity for fans to get the inside scoop on the origins of characters that we have all come to know and love over the past 40 years,” said Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere.

“Nearly four decades of strong box office, DVD sales and television ratings is proof positive that this franchise has enchanted generations, and Warner Home Video is proud to release Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def Combo Pack,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation.

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins DVD Enhanced Content includes:

  • 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 loveable nerd?  By navigating a series of questions, you can decide which member of the Mystery Inc. gang you are most like.
  • Character Pop Up Factoid Track – Velma gives scientific and trivia factoids, Daphne gives stylish and dramatic interpretations, Fred flexes his muscles and Shaggy, well everything reminds Shaggy of food. Available on Blu-Rayâ„¢ Hi-Def only.
  • Extras – Behind-the-Scenes, Shout-Outs and Out-Takes.

via Warner Home Video

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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19 Comments

  1. Gaumer
    June 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    This wasnt cool the first time they did it

  2. Brent
    June 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    …because the world is in serious need of a new Scooby -Doo movie.

    That said, I know the orignals always need to be updated, but some things are core to the characters. I’m cool with the new Velma. But Fred just isn’t himself without blonde hair. His douchebag red ascot might be hard to pull off, but that’s what good writers are paid to figure out (a child hood injury that left a scar on his neck, perhaps? Or maybe he’s a Paul Lynde afficionado…I dunno, work with me people!).

    This new Shaggy is too wholesome. Shaggy needs to look more…shaggy. He needs that Cousin Oliver, upside down bowl haircut and a less coiffed soul patch. The cartoon Shaggy was clearly not opposed to medicinal herbs, know what I mean?

    The actess playing Daphne is alright, I guess, but the cartoon version hinted strongly at Daphne having freak potential/stripper tendancies. Or is it just me who saw that?

  3. Matt
    June 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    is velma a tranny?

  4. Hitman Sam
    June 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    Jinkies.

  5. Slappy
    June 30, 2009 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    I bet the perfect Velma in Stephen’s world would wear that outfit and be Asian. Am I right?

  6. Brian Duff
    June 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    Zoinks!

    I think the other Scooby Doo movies didn’t work because they used way too many well known personalities to play the parts. They brought too much baggage to the parts to try and recreate the characters. Not to mention the horrible premise and story for the 2nd movie.

    These new people look decent enough. Just have to see them in action see whether it’s worth a viewing at the theatres. But so far I’m getting a “Direct-to-Video” vibe from this picture.

  7. Brian Duff
    June 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    lol… didn’t read the bottom of the article… duh.. it is direct to video.

  8. June 30, 2009 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    The most important thing about this is that it’s not based on the cartoon.

    It’s based on the movie that is based on the cartoon. The d-bag playing Fred is a ringer for Mr. Sarah Michell Gellar.

  9. Crash
    June 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Velma is asian now…why does that make so much sense to me?

  10. June 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    Just saying I was walking on the lot today and I swear that shaggy looks just like the kid they got working at the park. Talk about the recession hitting hollywood.

  11. July 1, 2009 at 2:04 am — Reply

    All of the actors just don’t really vibe with me to play the characters. Honestly, Velma seems the best out of them despite her tranny-like looks. Daphne looks frumpier than Velma… and that’s just not right. I agree with Brent that Fred’s just not right without blonde hair and a bad vibe. I guess that’s what they get with a bunch of teenage actors.

  12. Hitman Sam
    July 1, 2009 at 8:23 am — Reply

    I’m suprised Fred doesn’t have his collar popped. ‘Cause that’d be the olny thing to make him more douchebag-y.

  13. Kerchak
    July 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    You people give me a stomach ache. Lighten up! Its meant to be a light hearted and fun kids movie. Projecting your bias and preconceptions on this is ridiculous. Get over yourselves! There is absolutely nothing here to criticize at this point. At least wait to see the movie before you make your asinine judgements.

  14. Taffeta Darling
    July 2, 2009 at 12:32 am — Reply

    I thought the 2nd live action movie was better than the first.
    It had better monsters and more” original monsters” even tho some were from the Scooby-Doo show which aired later.
    The second one kinda goes over
    ” the never-before-told tale of how the Mystery Inc. crew originally came together”
    There’s also an animated movie that does the same. Darn it, can’t remember which one.
    I own everything that is Scoobs related but i’m not sure I’ll buy this, at least judging from the release info, 2 photos and the special features.
    Thanks for posting this though!!

  15. Dangerpro
    July 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    I’ve seen the trailer before this pic and I was hopeful that finally there was a good remake of a film that is around the same age as the characters. I didn’t realised the guy in the dark hair is playing as Fred, though. I seen the main trailer. And I was dissapointed by the cheap animation made to create scooby Doo. Go and see the trailer, then you’ll understand how cheesy it is.

  16. Knight of Gotham
    July 18, 2009 at 7:13 am — Reply

    Fred, you idiots, has blonde hair! If you are going to do something like a fan favorite Scooby Doo, please try to keep close to the original. I guess the people making movies these day’s must be totally out of touch of what the fans want.

  17. Daphne
    August 3, 2009 at 11:10 am — Reply

    I think all of these picks are wrong. Lets start with Daphne. Her hair ends at her shoulder and is not as busty or has hips like her. Fred, has BLONDE hair! Velma looks like a man and Scooby (although not featured here) has a uni-brow. The only partially normal one is Shaggy. But i’m very disappointed in the casting choices. It like they picked whoever walked in the door! I also believe you guys agree with me on all or some of these points.

  18. Random
    August 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    The only people that look right for this movie are Velma and Scooby… I mean really… Shaggy’s face isn’t long enough and Fred looks like a douche…he also doesn’t have blonde hair.

  19. kingdomkey101
    August 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    I like everyone but fred, He needs blond hair, I think some of his style things might be part of the plot. DtV is a problem for but we will see how it goes. I am liking that velma is asian, however I fell that daphine and shaggy look a little to old. also does this movie basically ignore a pup named scooby doo

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