Scoob! is a 2020 American computer-animated comedy-mystery film produced by Warner Animation Group and based on Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo franchise. The film is directed by Tony Cervone from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donaldson, Derek Elliott, and Matt Lieberman, and a story by Lieberman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Frank Welker as the titular character (the only member of the original cast to reprise one’s role), as well as Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, and Amanda Seyfried as Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne respectively, with Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong and Tracy Morgan as other Hanna-Barbera animated characters.
The film is a reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series, and it is intended to be the first installment in the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. The film’s plot follows an origin story and the formation of Mystery Inc. as they are joined forces by Blue Falcon and Dynomutt to solve their most complex mystery that simultaneously relates to the origin of Scooby-Doo and Dick Dastardly’s plot to cause a global “dogpocalypse” within the unleash of a three-headed ghost dog, Cerberus. Plans for a new Scooby-Doo film began in June 2014, when Warner Bros. announced that they would reboot the Scooby-Doo film series with an animated film. Cervone was initially hired to direct the film in August 2015, with Dax Shepard being brought to co-direct it in September 2016.
By October 2018, Shepard was no longer a part of the project. Much of the cast was hired in March 2019. Animation services were provided by Reel FX Animation Studios. Scoob! was originally set for a worldwide theatrical release on May 15, 2020, by Warner Bros. Pictures, marking it the third theatrical film to feature the Scooby-Doo characters since the release of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing theaters across the globe to close, Warner Bros. made the film available to own digitally in North America on the same date it was planned to be released in theaters. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, it topped the digital rental charts in its first three weekends of release. The film was then theatrically-released in select international countries to make up for its intended worldwide theatrical release, beginning in July 2020.
Plot: A young Shaggy Rogers befriends and adopts a talking stray dog, whom he names Scooby Dooby-Doo. On Halloween night, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy meet three young detectives named, Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, and Velma Dinkley, before venturing into a haunted house. Inside, the kids encounter a ghost, whom they capture and unmask as costumed thief Mr. Rigby. Inspired by the experience, they decide to form a group, Mystery Inc., to solve mysteries together.
Ten years later, Mystery Inc. goes into business with entrepreneur Simon Cowell as their investor, but Shaggy and Scooby are excluded as Cowell refuses to do business with them. Later that night, Shaggy and Scooby are attacked at a bowling alley and chased by small robots called Rottens. The pair are rescued by Dee Dee Skyes, Dynomutt, and the masked superhero, Blue Falcon. The Rottens are then revealed to belong to supercriminal Dick Dastardly who wants to capture Scooby as part of a plan involving the mystery behind the three skulls of Cerberus.
Meanwhile, Fred, Daphne, and Velma discover that Shaggy and Scooby are with Blue Falcon before Dastardly captures them. Escaping with the help of one of the Rottens, they make contact with Dee Dee via Dynomutt. Velma explains that she and the others are being taken to Messick Mountain, where the last skull is located. The group then finds out Dastardly’s plan is to open the gates to the Underworld in order to rescue his dog Muttley, who was trapped during an attempt to steal the Underworld’s riches, and Dastardly needs Scooby-Doo because only he can unlock the gates.