Scoob! is a 2020 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by the Warner Animation Group and based on the 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 (who, as the title character, is the only member of the original cast to reprise his role), Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, and Amanda Seyfried as the Scooby gang, with Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong and Tracy Morgan as other classic Hanna-Barbera animated characters. It is a reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series, and is intended to be the first installment in a series of films set within a Hanna-Barbera shared cinematic universe.
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 were 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 were hired in March 2019. Animation services were provided by Reel FX Animation Studios. Released to video on demand on May 15, 2020, the film was initially set to premiere in theaters on the same date, but the theatrical release was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since childhood, Shaggy Rogers, Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, and Daphne Blake have been solving mysteries across the globe with Shaggy's pet dog, Scooby-Doo, but their greatest mystery together comes in a turn of events when the Blue Falcon recruits Shaggy and Scooby to thwart Dick Dastardly and his canine cohort Muttley from causing a global "dog apocalypse".
On June 17, 2014, Warner Bros. announced that they would end the Scooby-Doo film series with Randall Green writing a new film. On August 17, 2015, Tony Cervone was hired to direct the animated film on the script by Matt Lieberman, while Charles Roven and Richard Suckle would produce the film along with Allison Abbate. Dan Povenmire would be involved in a creative capacity and would executive produce the film.
At 2016 CinemaCon, the film's official title was announced to be S.C.O.O.B., about Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine gang working for a larger organization. The film is intended to lead into a cinematic universe based on Hanna-Barbera properties. In September 2016, it was reported that Dax Shepard would be directing the film along with Cervone, whilst he would also write the script along with Lieberman. In October 2018, it was announced that Shepard was no longer a part of the project and was replaced by Kelly Fremon Craig as screenwriter.
Matthew Lillard and Grey Griffin, the longtime voices of Shaggy and Daphne, respectively, claimed that they had not been contacted about the decision to recast their roles. Efron's casting as Fred also marks the first time the character will not be voiced by Welker, not counting the times the character was a child or portrayed in live-action.
In April 2019, Ken Jeong and Kiersey Clemons were announced to be joining the cast. In May 2019, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Isaacs were added to the cast, with Mckenna Grace, Iain Armitage, Ariana Greenblatt and Pierce Gagnon cast as young versions of Daphne, Shaggy, Velma and Fred, respectively.
On March 24, 2020, it was announced that the release of the film would be delayed due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
On April 21, 2020, it was announced that the film would be released on VOD on the day of it's original theatrical release. Since it was released on VOD, the theatrical release with Trolls World Tour of the film had yet to be announced.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 50% based on 109 reviews, with an average rating of 5.25/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Scoob! is fun enough for youthful viewers and some hardcore fans, but never quite solves the mystery of why audiences shouldn't watch old episodes instead." At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
This marks the first time Tom Holkenborg composes a music score for an animated film.
This is the second Warner Bros. animated film for a May 15th release after Quest for Camelot.
Due to being released on video on demand, it was Warner Animation Group's first attempt to temporarily test the waters to give more support to their film for a worthy re-release in theaters.
This is the only Warner Animation Group film to have a limited theatrical release in selected countries, due to the COVID-19 paramedic.
Scoob! was going to be the first time ever the Mystery Inc. in animated form came onto the big screen, but when it's theatrical got cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it now makes it still remain the only Scooby-Doo movies that did premiere in theaters were the live-action ones, Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
This is the first and, for so far, only Warner Animation Group film to have separate DVD and Blu-ray releases (with each still including a digital code) instead of having a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack, due to some recent theatrically-released (or theatrically-produced) Warner Bros. being given the same treatment, includinh Doctor Sleep.
This is the last film to use the 2014 Warner Animation Group logo, further films beginning with Tom and Jerry would start using the new 2021 Warner Animation Group logo in addition to the new 2020 Warner Bros. Pictures logo.