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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)

Nick Palatas , Robbie Amell , Brian Levant  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Palatas, Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko, Kate Melton, Garry Chalk
  • Directors: Brian Levant
  • Writers: Daniel Altiere, Steven Altiere
  • Producers: Brian Levant, Brian Gilbert
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027CT65E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Scooby-Doo Coolsville High Video Yearbook
  • The Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. Personality Quiz
  • Visit the set
  • Anarbor "You and I" music video
  • Gag reel

Editorial Reviews

What brings best friends together? For Daphne, Velma, Fred, Shaggy and Shaggy's spunky pup Scooby-Doo, it's a mystery! The feature-length live-action Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins original movie takes you back to when four teenage sleuths (plus one dog detective) first met. Unjustly accused of staging a spooky practical joke complete with ghosts, the kids are suspended from Coolsville High. To clear their names, they team to solve the supernatural mystery... and head straight into nonstop laughs and adventure. Special fun, special friends and extra-special effects make this "how-it-all-began" story--from boy-meets-dog to the first trip in the Mystery Machine and more--a doggone great time!

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool straight-to-DVD prequel September 15, 2009
Format:DVD
First, I want everyone to know that I love the first two Scooby-Doo live action films. I thought the casting was done well, the stories were fine, and they looked good. I thought the second one was a little cooler because it had a lot of the "monsters" from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series coming to life.

With that being said, I was a little concerned with this third entry in the series. Usually a movie with this many red flags spells absolute disaster and almost guarantees a turd of a film. Let's spell out the red flags: its direct-to-DVD, it's a prequel, it's totally recast, and it's got a new director. Wow. That's a lot to have going against a movie. Interestingly enough, it didn't prove to be true for this flick.

Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins somehow rises up above the crowded direct-to-DVD sequel / prequel cesspool and actually is successful at being entertaining and not completely cheap-looking. You can tell that director Brian Levant really wanted to escape the stereotype that these types of movies get and show that he was serious about the subject matter and franchise. Warner definitely played it smart with Levant, being that he is responsible for bringing to the big screen some very successful family movies and iconic animated TV shows like Beethoven, The Flintstones feature films, Jingle All The Way, and Are We There Yet?

The casting was done pretty well. All the actors fit the parts, although not without a few minor problems. Robbie Arnell would have completely been convincing in the part of Fred, except that for some reason he wasn't made to bleach his hair blond for the film. What was the reasoning behind that? I mean, he did take the part of an iconic blond character.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Beginning!!! September 17, 2009
Format:DVD
I really liked this movie! It tells the story of how Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby met and how they formed Mystery Inc. After a misunderstanding on the bus, they all receive detention and get to know each other. Soon, some ghosts pop up and ruin the school pep rally and the gang are accused of doing it, so they are expelled. They try to disguise themselves and go back into school to figure out who is behind bringing the ghosts to life. (I think Daphne looks incredibly hot disguised as a goth girl!) When they figure out what the ghost is after, he kidnaps Scooby and forces the gang to look for a time capsule. I highly recommend SCOOBY DOO: THE MYSTERY BEGINS!!!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the other 2 movies! October 1, 2009
By Jim
Format:DVD
Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins has it's cheesy moments, yet it's surprisingly much better than the other 2 live action films. Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini were the only good casting as Shaggy and Velma in those movies. While here Nick Palatas and Hayley Kiyoko are also good as Shaggy and Velma. But Robbie Amell at least is a much better Fred than Freddie Prinze Jr. who over-acted and tried too hard to look cool when he just came off dorky. While I liked how Kate Melton doesn't act as dimwitted as Daphne as Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her Daphne is actually pretty smart and uses her brain just as much as Velma.

They all bond Breakfast Club style in detention while reading mystery novels. I doubt Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daphne could even read. Daphne isn't meant to be stupid, while Fred was simply just played awful by Freddie Prinze Jr. This movie took a much better approach that's more like the show, well the way the characters act anyway. It didn't really need the scene where Shaggy is testing a gas mask by having Scooby fart lol. I still actually found the movie to be fun and I think they should make a live action show with this cast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool straight-to-DVD prequel September 15, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
First, I want everyone to know that I love the first two Scooby-Doo live action films. I thought the casting was done well, the stories were fine, and they looked good. I thought the second one was a little cooler because it had a lot of the "monsters" from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series coming to life.

With that being said, I was a little concerned with this third entry in the series. Usually a movie with this many red flags spells absolute disaster and almost guarantees a turd of a film. Let's spell out the red flags: its direct-to-DVD, it's a prequel, it's totally recast, and it's got a new director. Wow. That's a lot to have going against a movie. Interestingly enough, it didn't prove to be true for this flick.

Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins somehow rises up above the crowded direct-to-DVD sequel / prequel cesspool and actually is successful at being entertaining and not completely cheap-looking. You can tell that director Brian Levant really wanted to escape the stereotype that these types of movies get and show that he was serious about the subject matter and franchise. Warner definitely played it smart with Levant, being that he is responsible for bringing to the big screen some very successful family movies and iconic animated TV shows like Beethoven, The Flintstones feature films, Jingle All The Way, and Are We There Yet?

The casting was done pretty well. All the actors fit the parts, although not without a few minor problems. Robbie Arnell would have completely been convincing in the part of Fred, except that for some reason he wasn't made to bleach his hair blond for the film. What was the reasoning behind that? I mean, he did take the part of an iconic blond character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
Great movie! I wasn't expecting much from a straight to DVD movie but this was awesome! I am a huge Scooby Doo fan. This tells the story of how the gang starts out. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Scooby boo
My granddaughter love these movies she will watch them over and over she will laugh that the movie all the time
Published 11 days ago by Wanda Regina MCFALL
5.0 out of 5 stars fan of Scooby-doo
My 5 year old daughter really likes this movie. She has watched it more than once. She said to give it 5 stars!
Published 1 month ago by Stacey L Homyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!!
Kids love it! Have all the Scooby Doo movies, and this one keeps my 7 and 3 year olds attention all the way through.
Published 1 month ago by D. Caven
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun to watch
Really - who doesn't love Scooby doo!! My daughter gets to enjoy Scooby doo just like I did when I was little, except she gets to watch him in another form besides cartoons!
Published 2 months ago by Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 year old loves it
My 6 year old LOVES these games. All the Scooby Doo games and still playes them. She got them at age 4 and loved the double play feature with her Dad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Laska
2.0 out of 5 stars Scooby don't
The kids wanted to know when Velma became Asian and Fred lost his blonde hair.Maybe those who make these movies might want to remember the kids actually buy and read the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Scooby Fan
See how they all met and decided to be a group. Cute movie for the Scooby Fan! Mine loved it!
Published 3 months ago by monica jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Overall the family thought this movie was worth the rent. Obviously not top notch cast involved but kept our interest the entire time.
Published 3 months ago by lking
5.0 out of 5 stars Child love it
I guess it couldn't really get anything but four stars if your child loves scooby doo and real people as opposed to cartoons.
Published 3 months ago by Debra A. Bitting
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