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 (CartoonNetwork.com), 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.
Aug. 2, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST
Aug. 2, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST
WWE are slave drivers...
Aug. 2, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST
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
Aug. 2, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST
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
by Flim Springfield
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST
in Prinze's precipitous career decline.
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST
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
by darth girlfriend
No more Scooby movies at the multiplex
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST
lol. someone wins a scooby snack.
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST
Thank you, Time Warner, for confining them to basic cable.
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST
So are they making a G version and an R version?
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST
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
I meant "even more cartoon-like", not "cartoon"
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST
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
So when can we expect a Flintstone kids live action movie?
Aug. 2, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST
please. Or that hillbilly cousin dog.
Aug. 2, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
What's the name of this web site?
Aug. 2, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST
Yet another fuck up by fox! http://tinyurl.com/5ow8to
Aug. 2, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST
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
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
Aug. 3, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
Aug. 3, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST
With Tyler Labine from Reaper as Coop!
Aug. 3, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST
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
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Scrappy was A Pup, and that's saying something.
Aug. 3, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST
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
I liked the first Scooby Doo movie. No, really. The production design was gorgeous.
Aug. 3, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST
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 die...im sure some people puked, burst into flames, no screaming, they were screaming from the movie already, then die...lol
Aug. 3, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST
There goes absolutely EVERY reason to watch a Scooby-Doo movie.
Aug. 4, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST
Damn weird beers. Wonder about the dog.
Aug. 4, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST
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
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
by Kid Z
...it'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
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
by Kid Z
...as if you could call the swill we drink "beer". More like fermented cat piss.
Aug. 4, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST
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
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.