‘Scoob!’ Arrives on Disc July 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Scoob! on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 21. The film is already available through digital retailers.

The film recounts the meeting of Scooby-Doo and his best pal Shaggy, and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form Mystery Inc. Now, after hundreds of adventures, Scooby and the gang encounter the larger world of the Hanna-Barbera universe, teaming with Blue Falcon and Dynomutt to stop Dick Dasterdly from unleashing the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.

The voice cast includes Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell and Frank Welker.

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Scoob! was set to be the first “Scooby-Doo!” animated feature film released theatrically May 15, but with the coronavirus pandemic shutting down theaters it was instead released through premium VOD and digital sellthrough.

The discs will include a digital copy and bonus materials previously released with the digital version. The DVD and Blu-ray versions will include a “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” featurette. The Blu-ray editions will also include bloopers, deleted scenes, and the featurettes “New Friends, Newer Villains” and “Puppies!!”

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Scoob! will feature HDR10+, HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.

Scoob!

DIGITAL REVIEW:

Warner;
Animated;
$19.99 VOD, $24.99 EST;
Rated ‘PG’ for some action, language and rude/suggestive humor.
Voices of Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Frank Welker, Iain Armitage, Mckenna Grace, Simon Cowell.

In upscaling “Scooby-Doo!” for what would have been the long-running franchise’s first big-screen outing, the filmmakers behind Scoob! have sent the Mystery Inc. gang far beyond the trappings of their typical adventures.

Instead of a mere ghost story to unravel, the team finds itself entangled in an Indiana Jones-style globetrotting adventure that involves unlocking the gates of hell to uncover vast treasures left behind by Alexander the Great. Along the way they encounter enough characters from other classic cartoons to make this seem less like a “Scooby-Doo!” movie and more like phase one of a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe.

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It begins simply enough, with a flashback of young Shaggy meeting his talking-dog pal Scooby for the first time — and the pair in turn joining forces with the junior versions of Fred, Daphne and Velma to conquer a haunted house on Halloween. Cut to the present, and the fully fledged mystery-solving team we all know and love is looking for their next case. The client turns out to be none other than Simon Cowell, voicing himself in the grand tradition of the Scooby celebrity crossover, though things hit a snag when he questions the value of Shaggy and Scoob to the team, causing the pair to sulk off.

Once on their own, the pair are attacked by an army of robots and rescued by famed HB superheroes Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, who reveal the villain is none other than Dick Dastardly of HB’s “Wacky Races” fame.

Since Scooby is descended from the trusted dog of Alexander, Dasterdly needs his DNA to unlock the gates, and kidnaps the rest of Mystery Inc. to set a trap. But to unveil the gates, he must retrieve the three skulls of the guardian Cerberus from their hiding spots around the world.

The bizarre story beats, while putting a spin on timeless Scooby tropes, offer an excuse for some wild, colorful animation, as the classic characters are modernized through CGI, while Dasterdly and his army of diminutive robots are no doubt meant to evoke the flavor of Gru and the Minions from Despicable Me. It’s a splashy distraction for the little ones that delivers a warm message about friendship as it brings a touch of nostalgia for older viewers.

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The home video presentation offers 20 minutes of deleted sequences (featuring even more Hanna-Barbera characters) with introductions by director Tony Cervone.

Additional extras include a 10-minute “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” instructional video with Cervone, a four-minute voice-cast blooper reel and a one-minute promotional video in which the cast plays with puppies.

Apple TV offers a six-minute “New Friends, Newer Villains” featurette about all the Hanna-Barbera characters in the film. Vudu has an additional one-minute “Welcome Aboard the Falcon Fury” video, which is just a clip from the film.

50th Anniversary ‘Scooby-Doo’ Blu-ray Set Due Sept. 3

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! — The Complete Series: Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 3.

The four-disc collection includes all 41 episodes from the 1969-78 series, packaged in a collectible Mystery Mansion gift set that includes an exclusive Scooby-Doo Funko keychain and a mini Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia, as well as a digital copy of the series.

New bonus content includes the featurettes “My Life with Scooby – Frank Welker’s Animated Journey,” a profile of the voice actor; “A Scooby-Doo for Everyone,” a look at the different versions of Scooby-Doo that have appeared throughout the years; “50 Years of Scooby Snacks,” a look at the show’s cultural impact; and a preview of Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, the new Scooby-Doo stage production.

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Previously released extras include:

  • “Scooby-Doo’s Ultimate Fans: Hail the Gang’s Followers and Memorabilia Collectors”;
  • “Get the Picture,” how to draw Scooby-Doo and the gang;
  • “Funky Fashion”;
  • “America Loves Scooby-Doo” music video;
  • “Scooby-Doo Street Smarts: Favorite Cases of Scooby-Doo Fans”;
  • “Take the Scooby-Doo Challenge”;
  • “Hanna-Barbera: From H to B,” a look at how the studio’s artists and animators collaborate internally and connect with fans externally;
  • “Scooby-Doo The Whole World Loves You!,” a fun-filled exploration of the world’s on-going love affair with all things “Scooby-Doo.”
  • “The Eerie Mystery of the Scooby-Doo History,” a  featurette about the beginnings of “Scooby-Doo” and how the show came to exist from the point of view of the executives and creative team behind the show;
  • “The Scooby-Doo Gang: In Their Own Words,” a featurette about the original voice cast of “Scooby-Doo” and how they originated the characters’ distinctive voices.