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The "Scooby-Doo" series has left the cinema. The Cartoon Network has greenlit a new, live-action “Scooby Doo” TV-movie that doesn’t star thirtysomethings Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Linda Cardellini or Matthew Lillard as the franchise's "meddling kids." Directed by Brian Levant (“Snow Dogs,” “Are We There Yet?”) from a teleplay by Steven & Daniel Altiere (Nickelodeon’s “Gym Teacher: The Movie”), the prequel “Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning” stars 16-year-old Kaitlyn Melton (“Friday Night Lights”) as Daphne, 20-year-old Rob Amell (“Cheaper By The Dozen 2”) as Freddy, 20-year-old Nick Palatas as Shaggy and Hayley Alcroft as Velma. The project is slated to hit both the channel and DVD autumn 2009. Look! Press release!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WARNER PREMIERE and CARTOON NETWORK TO RELEASE ALL-NEW SCOOBY-DOO LIVE-ACTION PREQUEL IN 2009 Principal Photography Begins Aug. 4 in Canada on Live-Action/CG Original Movie BURBANK, CA – August 1, 2008 – Cartoon Network and Warner Premiere have announced the start of production on Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning, an all-new, live-action prequel that will be debut on the network Fall, 2009 to coincide with the DVD release. This original movie will commence principal photography on August 4, 2008 in Vancouver, BC, it was announced today by Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere and Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network. "Scooby-Doo has enchanted generations of audiences for nearly 40 years and, as evidenced by box office, DVD sales and television ratings, the franchise today is stronger than ever," said Nelson. "We're delighted to extend the Scooby-Doo legacy into another live-action film, and bring these beloved characters to an even greater legion of fans in an all-new original movie." "This contemporary take on "Scooby Doo" will be an exciting movie event on Cartoon Network," said Sorcher. "This project is also an anchor component of our new push into movies, our great partnership with Warner Premiere and the overall expansion of Cartoon Network programming efforts." Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning is set prior to the 2002 & 2004 live-action Scooby-Doo films. The newest entry in the popular franchise finds the Mystery Inc. gang, a mismatched quartet of unlikely teenage pals, uniting for the first time to solve the haunting of their high school. The film is a co-production between Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network. Warner Home Video will be the home entertainment distributor. Director Brian Levant takes the helm of Scooby-Doo: In The Beginning, which is being produced by Brian Gilbert (The Deaths of Ian Stone) and penned by the Altiere Brothers (Doctor Dolittle, Goin' Hollywood). A writer-director who began his career scripting episodes of Mork & Mindy and Happy Days, Levant has significant experience in the live-action/CG arena with both canines and Hanna-Barbara properties. Levant directed the popular dog-starring films Beethoven and Snow Dogs, and was behind the camera for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon-brought-to-life versions of The Flintstones and The Flintstones in Viva Las Vegas. Levant also directed the recent Ice Cube hit Are We There Yet and the Arnold Schwarzenegger holiday vehicle Jingle All The Way. The live-action cast is headed by Rob Amell (Life With Derek, Cheaper By The Dozen 2) as Freddy along with relative newcomers Kaitlyn Melton as Daphne, Hayley Alcroft as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy. Scooby-Doo will appear via computer-generated animation (courtesy of Animation Picture Company), and his voice will be provided by Frank Welker. Welker was a core member of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? cast as the voice of Freddy. He has preformed voiceover work in more than 500 animated television series spanning thousands of episodes, and is regarded as the preeminent voiceover specialist for animals and obscure sounds in Hollywood. An animated creation from the legendary Hanna-Barbara studios, Scooby-Doo represents one of the longest-running, most-beloved franchises in cartoon history. Starting with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? in 1969, the awkward, snack-craving Great Dane and his four unique pals have been solving mysteries through 10 televisions series (spanning nearly 300 episodes), seven TV specials/telefilms and 11 made-for-video films (with No. 12, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, arriving in September 2008). The animated Mystery Inc. gang successfully transitioned to live-action movies with Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, together raking in nearly $458 million in combined worldwide gross box office totals. In 2003, Video Business Magazine presented its distinguished Franchise Award to Scooby-Doo for both its live-action and animation achievements. About Warner Premiere: Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment's new production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content for the growing direct-to-consumer market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known. About Cartoon Network: Cartoon Network (, currently seen in more than 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. From 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34. About Warner Home Video: With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

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  • Aug. 2, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Jabbu


  • Aug. 2, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Vinnie Mac wouldn't give Freddie the time off....

    by Jabbu

    WWE are slave drivers...

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Cool news??

    by EARTH

    This is Cool News? I'm on to my 4th Bud Light lime and I'm still confused as to how this is "cool"! BTW, I wanna' suck Scriptgirl's tits. Thank you and good night!

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    What EARTH said.

    by mrfan

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Direct-to-video, hmmm?

    by Darkman

    So, no David Newman score, then? Or Matthew Lillard? <br><br> There go the only two reasons to even think of watching it.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Righ School Rusical

    by Flim Springfield

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Another low identitied

    by splungiest

    in Prinze's precipitous career decline.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Matthew Lillard is pushing 40

    by darthuser

    Seeing him play "meddling kid" Shaggy at this point would be almost Billy Quizboy sad, wouldn't it?

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Oh thank Christ

    by darth girlfriend

    No more Scooby movies at the multiplex

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Righ School Rusical

    by palewook

    lol. someone wins a scooby snack.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Live-action Scooby-Doo movies are torturous

    by whoanecron

    Thank you, Time Warner, for confining them to basic cable.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Triumph is playing scooby-doo!!!!

    by Bartok1001

    So are they making a G version and an R version?

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    so it's like a crappy movie with mediocre stars...

    by BadMrWonka

    except a cartoon and with the mediocre stars replaced with even more mediocre ones.<p>someone needs to release a trailer for something cool, like fast...

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I meant "even more cartoon-like", not "cartoon"

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    No Linda Cardellini? That sucks!

    by Cletus Van Damme

    She's the only reason I didn't repeatedly mangle kids who watched it repeatedly.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Flintstone kids

    by Outlaw

    So when can we expect a Flintstone kids live action movie?

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Please no Scrappy Doo.

    by mrfan

    please. Or that hillbilly cousin dog.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Why are you even reporting this?

    by Harry Weinstein

    What's the name of this web site?

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Animated Series!!!!

    by Mr_X

    Yet another fuck up by fox!

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    welker and buffy

    by Bouncy X

    gotta love how that press release fails to mention that welker's been doing fred's voice since the beginning in the 60s. they make it seem like the last series was his only involvement. and that buffy thing was pretty cool, i was shocked to see it because i was always under the impression it never reached full animation.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST


    by EyeofPolyphemus

    How did Miley Cyrus miss playing Daphne? Her Disney masters have not stopped her from doing all sorts of other dumb stuff.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by JackieGleasonUFO

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST

    No Linda Cardellini?

    by DerLanghaarige


  • Aug. 3, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Where's my Dexter's lab live action?

    by David Cloverfield


  • Aug. 3, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Scriptgirl should play Velma!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Just kidding.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    And where the fuck is my Megas XLR movie!?

    by DerLanghaarige

    With Tyler Labine from Reaper as Coop!

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Megas XLR movie

    by Harry Weinstein

    I could actually get behind that. Only in full cel animation. Which would never happen, so fuck it.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Die Hollywood Die. The only thing worse than

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Scrappy was A Pup, and that's saying something.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Scrappy Doo, without the baggage of the name

    by V'Shael

    Scrappy Doo was quite possibly the stupidest most retarded, most HATED animated character since Cro Magnon man first smoked his handprints onto cave walls. <p> This is simply a Scrappy Doo movie, without all the negative baggage associated with the little animated cunt. It will suck so much, new mathematics would have to be created to measure it's suckitude. <p> Also, there is a very real possibility that the people who conceived this movie, are in league with the anti-Christ.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Ummmm ...

    by Geekgasm

    I liked the first Scooby Doo movie. No, really. The production design was gorgeous.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    ill try it

    by slkboxrman

    the fist scooby movie was pretty good....the 2nd was a train wreck that prob caused a couple of dozen people to either spontaneously burst into flames, puke, or sure some people puked, burst into flames, no screaming, they were screaming from the movie already, then

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    No Linda Cardellini?

    by Playkins

    There goes absolutely EVERY reason to watch a Scooby-Doo movie.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    What the hell is Bud Light Lime? Is this an American thing?

    by Stormwatcher

    Damn weird beers. Wonder about the dog.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST

    I better see some god@#&& Red Herring!

    by Baked

    Nothing like a perpetually neglected red-headed thug from a broken home to liven up every flick. And nothing like the preppy rich boy Freddy to constantly hassle his trailer park ass.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Space Ghost live action

    by Thunder Child

    Amazing G said: you know you want it. Take a look at the Doctor Who 'Silence in the library' episode and see the Space ghost in action! That meddling Timelord!!

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    How can it be on Cartoon Network...

    by Kid Z's not anime, insipid, aimed at 3 year olds, or totally unrelated to the concept of "cartoons". Then again, maybe it is...

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    The Gellar-starring movies sucked ass, but...

    by Kid Z

    ...Lillard fuckin' NAILED the role of Shaggy... he was like the Heath Ledger's Joker version of Shaggy... no one could ever hope to get as close to being Shaggy as Lillard did.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Weird beers...

    by Kid Z if you could call the swill we drink "beer". More like fermented cat piss.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Frank Welker is Da Bomb


    Definitely sounds like the one thing they did right. He's the classic Freddy Jones, but he's just so good with the animal sounds . . . Don Messick is the classic Scooby, but Frank as been doing Scooby since 2002, and doing a damn fine job. Don't forget Billy West doing the voice of Shaggy during the 1998-1999 series run. They should have kept him. Love me some Billy!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The Pup Named Scooby Doo was actually very funny

    by Tacom

    It was almost a parody of the old Scooby Doo cartoons with Freddy ALWAYS being wrong and the kids doing funny dances during the chase montage.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by Earthquake WestCoast

    Linda Cardellini was hot in the first one. She had a great pair of.....*coff* Anyways, she was the perfect Velma. Don't know why she got a face lift in the second one. Her face was dam fine without it. Lillard was the perfect Shaggy! Just like Christopher Reeve was the perfect Superman, Heath Ledger the perfect Joker. For this prequel, how come the only actual teenager they got was the actress to portray Daphne. The actors they got for the rest of the gang are in there 20s! WHAT THE HEY! LIKE THEY COULDN'T FIND ACTUAL FREAKING TEENAGERS TO PORTRAY TEENAGERS. In Japan t.v. series and movies they're able to find actual teenagers to play teenagers! Why can't Americans do the same. Are you telling me there aren't any teenage actresses and actors out there? And on a different note.....why do Americans keep on hiring chinese actors to portray Japanese! You can tell the difference between the races! Apparently white people can't. -_- There's plenty of awesome japanese actresses and actors out there (and they speak english too) Have a nice day.