So, I’m a huge Scooby-Doo fan. A real big one in point of fact. Love the original, love most of the follow-ups and now we’re getting a theatrical film! The first theatrical film in point of fact! Now, some of you might be wondering ‘Wait, weren’t there two live-action theatrical films before? With Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne?’ And the answer to your question is no, those did not happen, and I’ll hear no arguments to the contrary. That’s just the Mandela Effect. This is the first one. Definitely.
It’s a little odd timing, to be honest. This year, 2019, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the franchise. And while the May 15, 2020 release date it currently has is due to production delays pushing the film back, it was originally planned for a 2018 release. Odd that they didn’t even try for a date to commemorate the anniversary, but oh well. Odder still that Frank Welker is in this movie, and is the only member of the original voice cast to be in it…but will be voicing Scooby and Scooby alone. This will mark the first time an adult version of Fred will be appearing in animation but not be voiced by Mr. Welker. Instead, he’s going to be voiced by Zac Efron. Which…doesn’t feel right, but moving on!
So, what’s the plot? Well, since this is a teaser trailer, we don’t get a whole lot. What we do have is that this film will, much like the Cartoon Network live-action films, be giving us an origin story for Mystery Inc, though the focus seems to be on them as adults, dealing with…aliens or robots of some sort, the town where they live being flooded with robotic monsters. It makes a certain amount of sense to make a theatrical Scooby-Doo film focus on a real event, rather than a person in a mask to be honest. It ups the stakes for what is a fairly big event for the franchise.
And on top of that, Scooby and Shaggy get beamed up in what at first looks like an alien abduction, but is implied to be the craft of the Blue Falcon. And indeed, several other Hanna Barbera characters are listed in the cast list. Captain Caveman and one of the Angels, Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon, and Dick Dastardly are all cast, and with fairly large names too. Supposedly this is meant to serve as a potential jumping-off point for a Hanna Barbera cinematic universe which…fair enough, but hopefully we’ll be able to keep the focus on Mystery Inc. Hard to say, since we only saw the gang. Still, the film looks incredibly charming, very cute, and funny at times. I am optimistic, and frankly, I can’t wait!