There's going to be a new live-action Scooby-Doo movie. The live-action/CGI film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins available on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def Combo Pack on September 22, 2009 from Warner Home Video. The live-action cast features Robbie Amell (Life With Derek, True Jackson) as Fred along with Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy. Frank Welker, a member of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! voice-cast, provides the voice of Scooby-Doo.
Now clearly this isn't going to be for everyone. I can hear the grumbling already. I'll admit I have seen the first two movies (my daughter loves Scooby-Doo). While they weren't on the same level as the cartoon, it was a nice attempt. With a new cast, it will be interesting to see how it compares. What is the angle of this movie? It will give us the back story on the gang and how they joined forces together in a "never-before-told" tale.
- Coolsville Yearbook - The actors who play Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy reveal even more of their character’s back-story including what they do in their spare time, their favorite foods, what they want to do when they grow up, and a secret time capsule message for the future that can be solved by finding clues hidden within the DVD enhanced content.
- Velma, Daphne, Fred or Shaggy? Personality Quiz - Are you a brain, a drama queen, a jock or a loveable nerd? By navigating a series of questions, you can decide which member of the Mystery Inc. gang you are most like.
- Character Pop Up Factoid Track - Velma gives scientific and trivia factoids, Daphne gives stylish and dramatic interpretations, Fred flexes his muscles and Shaggy, well everything reminds Shaggy of food. Available on Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def only.
- Extras – Behind-the-Scenes, Shout-Outs and Out-Takes.
If you're a Scooby fan, it might be worth checking out. I do have to say it seems a little weird that Fred's hair is so dark. I wonder if Scooby will look any different from the first two films.