In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of the Hollywood blockbusters that were set to debut in theaters this year are having to rethink their theatrical releases. Trolls World Tour, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, set a new precedent as they too decided to release the sequel to the 2016 hit, Trolls, digitally on April 10th. The film broke digital rental records, catching the attention of many studios as a result of their success.
Well, Warner Bros. Studios is following suit and skipping theaters, going straight to digital on May 15th with the release of the new Scooby-Doo animated flick.
“While we’re all eager to be able to once again show our films in theaters, we’re navigating new, unprecedented times which call for creative thinking and adapting in how we distribute our content,” Warner Bros. chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement. “We know fans are eager to see SCOOB! and we’re delighted we can deliver this feel-good movie for families to enjoy while they’re home together.”
This is the first full-length animated Scooby-Doo mystery to hit the big screen, and when it does, we will find out all about Scooby-Doo and the gang’s origins. SCOOB! will reveal how friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined the gang to form Mystery Inc. But, of course this wouldn’t be a Scooby Doo movie without true mystery to solve. The gang will try and stop the global “dogpocalypse,” in the midst of finding out that Scooby is destined for greatness.
SCOOB! will star Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Will Forte as Shaggy, Zac Efron as Fred, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne, Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee, Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, and Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon. Younger characters in the movie will be voiced by Ariana Greenblatt as Young Velma, Iain Armitage as Young Shaggy, Pierce Gagnon as Young Fred, and McKenna Grace as Young Daphne. SCOOB! is directed by Tony Cervone.