Prepare yourselves for some serious childhood nostalgia, Scooby-Doo is back! Fifteen years after the last live-action film, Scooby-Doo and the gang are driving the Mystery Machine back into cinemas with the new animated film SCOOB! We’re still not sure how we feel about this.
Slated for release in 2020, the latest installment in the franchise boasts the likes of Will Forte, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried amongst the cast of voice actors.
The classic crimefighting, ghoul-grabbing dog is returning more clean-cut than ever in what appears to be a family-friendly origin story. Check out the teaser trailer below:
Scooby-Doo, along with Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy have been putting The X Files to shame since 1969, and with the exception of that whole “Scrappy-Doo” phase (which we will NOT be discussing ever), they’ve been crushing it the whole time. It certainly helps having one of the most memorable theme songs in the history of television.
However, the new trailer has people crying “Jinkies!” at how the revamped Mystery Inc. look and sound:
— ♊Quan ♊ (@Fiercegemini) November 11, 2019
Hollywood Exec: We need to make Scooby-Doo relevant again!
The Internet: There have been 3 tv shows and like 20 direct to video movies in the last decade…
Hollywood Exec: What’s that?! Make it CG and recast most of the characters with celebs?? GREAT IDEA!!
The Internet: pic.twitter.com/EBtDdbvGAE
— DM Aeolus ⚔️ (@DarkAeolusVO) November 11, 2019
Others are finding it hard to let go of Matthew Lillard’s Oscar-worthy portrayal of Shaggy:
Y’all acting like the iconic live-action Scooby-Doo films from 2002 and 2004 don’t exist, and it shows… 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/CQnM52fKQg
— 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎 (@graveburgers) November 11, 2019
Who TF approved Scoob: an animated origin story over turning cult classic, Scooby Doo Spooky Island into a trilogy???
— anastasia jacques (@anastasiajacqu5) November 11, 2019
It’s always a gamble when an origin story isn’t written by Christopher Nolan, but it appears that “gritty reboot” is the polar opposite of what Warner Bros. are going for here. With Shaggy looking like he’s swapped weed for kombucha and Scooby’s vocabulary extending into words like “Ikea”, this shiny, family-friendly revamp seems to have lost a lot of the original cartoon’s punch.
If SCOOB! flops at the box office, Happy Mag has a few options in waiting. But until then, pack your Scooby Snacks and hope for the best!