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Scooby-dooby-don't: Scooby Doo movie to be live action not animation

June 18, 2014

Ben Child, theguardian.com



Hollywood appears to have abandoned plans for a return to Scooby Doo's animated roots following reports that studio Warner Bros is developing a new live action movie about the cowardly pooch.

Variety revealed in August last year that the popular cartoon canine was set to bark again on the big screen. But the film industry blog Deadline now reports that the movie will be a live action take. Screenwriter Randall Green has been hired to take charge of the script.

Scooby Doo has so far starred in two movies, 2002's Scooby-Doo and 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Each combined live action and CGI elements and starred the husband and wife pair of Freddie Prinze Jr (Fred) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne), along with Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Linda Cardellini (Velma), as Scooby's teenage paranormal investigator pals.

The series has so far taken more than 455m at the global box office despite generally negative reviews. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote of the first instalment: "The corpse of a vastly overrated 1970s cartoon tolerated in an age before multi-channel choice and before The Simpsons is very much not revived in this incredibly leaden and unutterably boring live action version, with a 3D computer animation of the not very adorable Scooby."

The original Scooby-Doo cartoon TV series debuted in 1969 and has continued up until the present day. In all, more than 30 different actors have played the main four characters and Scooby-Doo himself. The actor Casey Kasem, who for many years voiced Shaggy, died last week.


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Source: Guardian Web


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