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!
How do four teens as different as Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy, and an overenthusiastic dog named Scooby-Doo meet, become friends, and join forces to form an investigative team? The live-action, CGI animated film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
travels back in time to the fateful days when Shaggy first meets Scooby-Doo and Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy all ended up in detention together at Coolsville High. The football-obsessed Fred, glamorous Daphne, science-brain Velma, and misfit Shaggy couldn't be more different, but a common interest in mystery novels, combined with an otherworldly visit from some local ghosts, draws the teens together and sets in motion a joint investigation that will forever change their relationships with one another. Ripe with Velma's scientific theories, Daphne's air-headed comments, Fred's sports-inspired tendencies to call the plays, and Shaggy's and Scooby's bumbling ineptitude, the film also takes a comical look at some iconic Scooby-Doo!
references like how Scooby got his name, who invented Scooby snacks, and the origin of the mystery machine. These classic references are oddly juxtaposed with decidedly modern details like texting and the use of cell phones in school, but somehow the tongue-in-cheek humor of old mixed with new just adds to the fun. While it will always seem strange to see the Scooby-Doo gang in anything but full animation, this live-action film is amusing and scores higher marks than its predecessor Scooby-Doo: The Movie
because the characters are much less one-dimensional. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi