Scooby-Doo! (film series)

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UK DVD box set of the first four films
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Films and television

The Scooby-Doo film series consists of five live action comedy films based on the Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series of the same name.

Toward the end of the 1990s, Warner Bros. and producer Charles Roven began producing a series of feature live action films starring Scooby-Doo, beginning with the 2002 film Scooby-Doo, directed by Raja Gosnell. Gosnell also directed the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). A prequel television film, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009), was released by Cartoon Network. Brian Levant directed the film and its sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010).


Development for a live-action treatment of Scooby-Doo began in 1994 by producer Charles Roven. Originally the idea was to make a film with a much darker tone, essentially poking fun at the original cartoon series, much like The Brady Bunch Movie and was set for a PG-13 rating. Shaggy was set to be a stoner, Velma and Daphne had a side relationship,[1] and there were many marijuana references.[2]

Several rumors about these aspects in the original cartoon series were passed around by fans of Scooby-Doo, and were to be incorporated into the live action film.[3]

Scooby-Doo (2002)[edit]

Scooby-Doo was released on June 14, 2002. Directed by Raja Gosnell, the film starred Freddie Prinze, Jr., as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Linda Cardellini as Velma. Scooby-Doo was created on-screen by computer-generated special effects and his voice was provided by Neil Fanning.

The plot shows the Mystery, Inc. coming back together after two years of separation, to investigate an amusement park called Spooky Island, where they deal with real demons.

The film was a financially successful release, with a domestic box office gross of over $130 million.[4] However, the film was not well reviewed, but was a great hit with young audiences and fans of the show.[5]

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)[edit]

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed was released on March 26, 2004, with the same cast and director from the first film.

The plot shows the Mystery Inc. investigating the plans of a masked villain who wants to control the city of Coolsville using a machine to create monsters. Unlike the first film, Scooby-Doo 2 featured several of the monsters from the television series, including the Black Knight, the 10,000-Volt Ghost, the Pterodactyl Ghost, the Miner 49er and Chickenstein.

The film had a poor performance at the box office, grossing $80 million at the U.S.[6] Scooby-Doo 2 was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel".[7]

Cancelled sequel

In October 2002, during the filming of Scooby-Doo 2, Warner Bros. gave the green light for production of a third film. Dan Forman and Paul Foley were hired to write the script for Scooby-Doo 3. In August 2004, Matthew Lillard said in an interview that the third Scooby-Doo film was cancelled. "There will be no Scooby 3," Lillard said. "The second one didn't do as well as it was expected to do, and I completely hold that to Warner Brothers' fault. I think Warner Brothers made a mistake releasing it at the time they did March 2004. I think the movie's much better than the first movie, and I honestly thought it was going to do ridiculously good box office. But we had a bad timeslot. We had 13 movies open up in two weeks after we opened up. I mean, it did well, but it didn't do great, and it needed to do great", added, noting that the studio was quite disappointed with the result, which prevented the production of a third film.[8]

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)[edit]

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins was aired by Cartoon Network on September 13, 2009, the 40th anniversary of Scooby-Doo. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22.[9] Directed by Brian Levant. The plot is an origin story for the Mystery, Inc. gang, portraying the beginning of everything: how the gang met, their first mystery, their lives at school and how they got the Mystery Machine.[10]

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010)[edit]

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster was aired by Cartoon Network on October 16, 2010, with the same director and cast from the previous film. In this film, the Mystery, Inc. gang is heading towards a beach club owned by Daphne's uncle, for temporary summer jobs. While involved with their tasks, they stumble on a new mystery.

Daphne & Velma (2018)[edit]

Daphne & Velma was released on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital on May 22, 2018. Directed by Suzi Yoonessi. The plot shows Daphne and Velma investigating mysteries in their high school. Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman portray Daphne and Velma, respectively.[11]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Theatrical films Television films Direct-to-video film
Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Daphne & Velma
2002 2004 2009 2010 2018
Scoobert "Scooby" Doo Neil Fanning Neil Fanning Frank Welker Frank Welker
Danielle. E. Hawkins
(roller disco suit performer)
J. P. Manoux
(brainy Scooby voice)
Jane Oshita and Philip Albuquerque
(hip-hop suit performers)
Luke Youngblood
(suit performer)
Norville "Shaggy" Rogers Matthew Lillard Matthew Lillard Nick Palatas
Cascy Beddow
Nazanin Afshin-Jam
(female body double)
Frederick "Fred" Jones Freddie Prinze Jr. Freddie Prinze Jr Robbie Amell
Ryan Vrba
Daphne Blake Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar Kate Melton Sarah Jeffery
Emily Tennant
Velma Dinkley Linda Cardellini Linda Cardellini Hayley Kiyoko Sarah Gilman
Lauren Kennedy
Scrappy-Doo Scott Innes
J. P. Manoux
(Scrappy Rex voice)
Mr. Emile Mondavarious Rowan Atkinson
Mary Jane Isla Fisher
Zarkos Sam Greco
N'Goo Tuana Steven Grieves
Voodoo Maestro Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Patrick Wisley Seth Green
Jeremiah Wickles Peter Boyle
Dr. Johnathan Jacobo Tim Blake Nelson
Heather Jasper-Howe Alicia Silverstone
Ned Zahf Paroo
The Evil Masked Figure Scott McNeil
The Black Knight Ghost Kevin Durand
Bob Papenbrook
The Pterodactyl Ghost Dee Bradley Baker
Tar Monster Michael Sorich
Red-Eyed Skeleton Dee Bradley Baker
Green-Eyed Skeleton Wally Wingert
10,000 Volt Ghost Terrence Stone
Zombie Christopher R. Sumpton
Dee Bradley Baker
Miner 49er C. Ernst Harth
Vice Principal Grimes Garry Chalk
Principal Deedle Shawn Macdonald
Janitor C. Ernst Harth
Librarian Lorena Gale
Prudence Prufrock Leah James
Ezekiel Gallows Brian Sutton
The Specter Daniel Riordan
Thorton "Thorny" Blake V Ted McGinley
Mr. Elmer Uggins Richard Moll
Hilda Trowburg Marion Ross
Wanda Grubwort Beverly Sanders
Hayley Kiyoko
(human form)
Carol Vanessa Marano


Crew/Detail Film
Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo 2:
Monsters Unleashed
The Mystery Begins
Curse of the Lake Monster
Daphne & Velma
2002 2004 2009 2010 2018
Director Raja Gosnell Brian Levant Suzi Yoonessi
Producer(s) Charles Roven
Richard Suckle
Brian Gilbert
Brian Levant
Ashley Tisdale
Jennifer Tisdale
Suzi Yoonessi
Amy S. Kim
Jaime Burke
Writer(s) Screenplay by
James Gunn
Story by
James Gunn
Craig Titley
James Gunn Daniel Altiere
Steven Altiere
Kyle Mack
Caitlin Meares
Composer(s) David Newman Sasha Gordon
Director of photography David Eggby Oliver Wood Jan Kiesser Dean Cundey Meena Singh
Editor(s) Kent Beyda Eric Osmond Kristina Davies
Production companies Mosaic Media Group
Atlas Entertainment
Mosaic Media Group Warner Premiere Atlas Entertainment
Telvan Productions
Nine/8 Entertainment
Warner Premiere
Blondie Girl Productions
Lifeboat Productions
Blue Ribbon Content
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Home Video Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date(s) June 14, 2002 March 26, 2004 September 13, 2009 October 16, 2010 May 22, 2018
Running time 86 minutes 92 minutes 82 minutes 75 minutes


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
Domestic Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Scooby-Doo June 14, 2002 $153,294,164 $122,356,539 $275,650,703 #230 #321 $84 million [12]
Scooby-Doo 2:
Monsters Unleashed
March 26, 2004 $84,216,833 $97,250,000 $181,466,833 #651 N/A $80 million [13]

Critical reaction[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Scooby-Doo 30% (142 reviews)[14] 35 (31 reviews)[15] B+[16]
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 21% (113 reviews)[17] 34 (28 reviews)[18] A-[16]


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