Ahead of its release next summer, Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for the animated Scooby-Doo reboot Scoob. In addition to exploring the origins of Mystery Inc. and how Scooby met Shaggy, the gang in Scoob! will take on their biggest challenge yet when they uncover a plot to release the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. According to the official synopsis, the mystery-solvers will also discover "that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined." The new teaser gives us a very good look at the redesigned characters while also letting us hear their voices, most of which are of new actors. You can watch the new teaser trailer below.
Scoob! is directed by Tony Cervone and animated by Reel FX for Warner Animation Group. Using a story by Matt Lieberman, Kelly Fremon Craig penned the screenplay. As a possible start to a new Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe, the story will bring in many other characters from various Hanna-Barbera properties. Some of the other Hanna-Barbera names confirmed to be in Scoob include Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee Sykes, Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon, and Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly.
As for Scooby-Doo and the gang, only one longtime voice actor will be returning to provide voices in Scoob!. Frank Welker, who has been voicing Fred Jones since 1969 and Scooby-Doo since 2002, will only be voicing the titular Scoob in the new movie. Replacing him as Fred will be Zac Efron, with the High School Musical star joined by Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake, Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley, and Will Forte as Shaggy Rogers. Recasting other longtime voice actors Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Grey Griffin (Daphne} generated some controversy with Scooby-Doo fans when it was first announced, but Forte and Seyfried are both capable of doing a fine job with the characters in their own ways.
The Mystery Machine previously drove into theaters when the live-action Scooby-Doo movie was released in 2002. It notably starred Lillard as Shaggy, with the actor going on to replace Casey Kasem as the voice of the character in animated projects. Also starring were Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, and Linda Cardellini as Velma. All four would reprise their roles in 2004 for the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. As no Scooby-Doo movies have been released in theaters since, the premiere of Scoob! in 2020 will mark the first time Scooby and the gang have been in theaters in 16 years.
Scoob! will be released in theaters on May 15, 2020. Even with its controversial recastings, it's pretty exciting as a fan of the franchise to see our favorite animated pup back on the big screen. If this new version isn't for you, you can always fall back on 50 years worth of previous Scooby-Doo material. The Scoob! teaser trailer comes to us from Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube.