12 November 2019 02:31
By James White | Posted 8 hours ago Snack-loving, easily scared hound Scooby Doo is one of those characters that has never quite left the scene since he first arrived back in the Hanna-Barbera heydays of the late 1960s and 1970s. He's been portrayed in various animated shows and those live-action/CG hybrid films from the early 2000s. Now he's back on the big screen, this time in a fully animated adventure called Scoob! that promises to peek into the origins of the Scooby Gang and their adventures. The new teaser outlines how Scoob (Frank Welker) met Shaggy (Will Forte, sounding sadly little like original voice Casey Kasem or Matthew Lillard's in the live-action take), Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) and Velma (Gina Rodriguez).
Their earlier kid days are portrayed as well as one of the missions involving the mystery machine, a story that appears to cram in everything from ghouls to robots to aliens. It makes you wonder whether one of the creatures will turn out to be a kitchen sink. It's frenetic and typically weird, though not as weird as Welker sounding like Nick Nolte when he's doing Scooby's "trailer voice" in this. Tony Cervone is in the director's chair, working from a script by Kelly Freemon Craig, itself drawing from a story by Matt Lieberman. will be out in the UK on 15 May. Everyone's favourite mystery-solving Great Dane is back in the first trailer for new Scooby-Doo movie SCOOB!.
Warner Bros. There will also be flashbacks to the Mystery Inc gang's childhood years, with Young Sheldon's Iain Armitage playing Shaggy, Pierce Gagnon as Fred, Ariana Greenblatt as Velma and Mckenna Grace as Daphne. SCOOB! was originally set for release on September 21, 2018 before being pushed back in 2017 to its current release date of May 15, 2020. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion [Blu-ray]  Warner Bros Amazon £70.00 SHOP NOW Digital Spy is launching a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter accounts. The film is the latest in a string of franchise reboots that give a beloved animated character a shiny cg makeover — a risky move, as reactions to the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer reminded us. The team behind Scoob! has taken pains to keep fans happy by making minimal changes to Iwao Takamoto's iconic character designs, as this Variety report explains. Still, changes of even the most minor variety are fodder for the internet rage machine. When the first images were revealed last week, many social media users criticized the look of Fred, who is the most significantly redesigned of the key cast, and questioned why his ascot was missing. Now that the trailer is out, it's clear that the biggest change to the classic format is Scooby-Doo himself, who speaks in complete and coherent sentences rather than his trademark broken-sentence style that gave his speech an animal-like quality. The switch in Scooby's speech style changes his personality in a big way, and it remains to be seen how the evolution will be received by fans, though younger audiences may not care at all since the character isn't particularly well known by today's kids. Scoob!s director is Tony Cervone, a Warner Animation veteran who's been closely involved with the Scooby-Doo franchise over the years, and knows a thing or two about what made it a hit in the first place. Warner Animation Group is producing the film, but Reel FX, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is handling the animation under Bill Haller's supervision, with much of the animation being produced out of the company's Montreal studio. The Variety report quoted Cervone: "When Iwao [Takamoto] created Scooby Doo, he wanted to create a very charming dog that was full of personality but wasn't perfect. So he got a book, found out what are the rules for a championship Great Dane. Then he broke every rule… You have to listen to the characters, because they will tell you what they want to do. Scooby and Shaggy just kept telling us: 'I just want to be Scooby and Shaggy.'" Frank Welker, who was the original voice of Fred Jones in the 1969 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! tv series, will voice Scooby-Doo, as he has done since 2002, and Will Forte will join him as Shaggy. The cast also includes Zac Efron (Fred Jones), Gina Rodriguez (Velma Dinkley), and Amanda Seyfried (Daphne Blake), as well as Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Wahlberg, and Jason Isaacs. The film will open in the U.S. on May 15, 2020.