Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Zoinks! Animated 'Scooby-Doo' Movie Moves Forward
Looks like the Mystery Gang will be back in theaters in a few years...
Around two years ago, it was announced that Warner Animation Group was going to reboot the movie side of the Scooby-Doo franchise with an all-animated film that would be produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, and would have a script written by up-and-comer Matt Lieberman. Afterwards, we heard very little about the project. Then we heard that another live-action Scooby-Doo movie was coming instead.
Thankfully it's now all-animated again.
The project is now moving forward, with a director attached. Who is the director? Tony Cervone, who directed multiple direct-to-video Scooby movies, alongside some of the Tom & Jerry ones that seem to sell like hotcakes because they just keep making them. Dan Povenmire is involved as an executive producer! Long-time producer Allison Abbate (The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie, The Lego Movie) will also produce. Wow! That's a line-up!
As expected, WB wants a movie series out of this. They even have a release date inked: September 21, 2018. A year before the franchise turns 50, actually. Just in time for Halloween, an ideal time to launch a Scooby-Doo movie. Also, have you noticed that Warner Animation pretty much ripped Sony Animation's traditional late September slot out of their hands in the recent months?
I think this is good news, because I don't think Scooby was ever done justice on the big screen. James Gunn's live-action take on the character - released in 2002 - was intended to be a PG-13 level send-up of the show, but the studio wanted a family film so the result was a compromised mess. A big hit at the box office, it lead to a sequel, which I never saw, but it apparently was much worse. The lid was put on Scooby theatrical movies after that, but countless direct-to-video films kept being made. In the latest one, they meet... KISS!
There's been no word on whether it'll be a traditionally animated film or a CG one. I'm really hoping for the former, but I'm almost 100% sure the latter will be the case. Warner Animation also has all-animated films based on The Flintstones (which will be the first all-animated Flintstones movie since 1966's The Man Called Flintstone!) and The Jetsons (which also got an animated movie, back in 1990) in the works, so it's good to see them reviving classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons with animated movies (though Jonny Quest will get the live-action treatment if Robert Rodriguez's take on the show moves forward), so long as they make movies that are respectful of the shows. For me, this Scooby-Doo movie will work if it's respectful of the classic while also being its own thing. I've been told that Mystery Incorporated!, one of the more recent incarnations of the show, is actually really good. Maybe they've got this.
What do you think of this? Do you think Warner should make an animated Scooby-Doo movie? Do you think it could be decent? Sound off below!