‘Scoob!’ Originally Had Even More Hanna-Barbera Characters. Which Ones Join Scooby-Doo In the Movie?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy

Scoob! tells the story of how the Scooby gang met. First, Shaggy (voice of Will Forte) meets Scooby-Doo as a pet. Then as youngsters, they hook up with Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) and Velma (Gina Rodriguez). Their newest journey additionally options different Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters as essential characters.

[Spoiler Alert: This article comprises delicate spoilers for Scoob!]

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy | Warner Bros. Pictures

Screenwriter Matt Lieberman spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by cellphone about adapting Scooby-Doo for the brand new animated film Scoob! Scoob! is now obtainable to personal on VOD.

First, Scooby-Doo assembly Shaggy was the center of ‘Scoob!’

Lieberman had plans for different Hanna-Barbera characters, however we’ll get to that. His first precedence was the core Scooby-Doo gang, and significantly the pair of Scooby and Shaggy.

“When I get my head around something, I definitely get at it through a conceptual standpoint in the movie,” Lieberman stated. “What’s the high concept of this movie if I’ve never even heard of Scooby-Doo? Then number two, why do I care? If you really like exploring why do you care about these characters, of course how they met is important. Even to think of, even if it doesn’t end up being in the film.”

Scooby-Doo runs into Shaggy on the seashore when he’s a pet and Shaggy’s a child. After that, they turn out to be greatest buddies immediately.

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Shaggy and Scooby-Doo as youngsters | Warner Bros. Pictures

“Once we kind of locked in on that Scooby, Shaggy puppy scene, we knew a big part of what the movie was,” Lieberman stated.

There isn’t a strict ‘Scooby-Doo’ rulebook

Lieberman had plenty of leeway to fiddle with Scooby-Doo paraphernalia, even when it contradicted a earlier present. For instance, Shaggy names the canine after Scooby Snacks, implying the snack predated the canine. 

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo | Warner Bros. Pictures

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“The factor about Hanna-Barbera is there’s actually no constant canon story of Scooby-Doo,” Liebertman stated. “I believe they form of had a bit of extra relaxed imaginative and prescient for the completely different seasons and completely different iterations. With Hanna-Barbera, I believe you’re allowed to be a bit of extra liberal with issues. Obviously there are Easter eggs and issues that the followers need to see, however I don’t assume it’s like Star Wars the place the weapon has to have a sure button on it or individuals get upset.”

‘Scoob!’ had entry to each Hanna-Barbera character

Animation takes a very long time, so Lieberman started Scoob! seven years in the past. His marching orders have been to not solely reinvent Scooby-Doo, but in addition to incorporate as many Hanna-Barbera characters as attainable.

“When it came across my desk, they were like, ‘We want to make a Scooby-Doo movie and if possible, if there’s any way to incorporate other Hanna-Barbera characters, that would be great,’” Lieberman stated. “My original idea had many more in them actually. They were all together with Blue Falcon. There are nods to those characters towards the end of the movie that didn’t quite make the cut unfortunately.”

These Hanna-Barbera characters are literally in ‘Scoob!’

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy find yourself on the spaceship belonging to Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg), Dinomutt (Ken Jeong) and Dee Dee Sykes (Kiersey Clemons). They be part of forces to cease Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs) and in addition meet one other Hanna-Barbera favourite we received’t spoil, though Dee Dee’s involvement within the film is a touch. 

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L-R: Dee Dee, Dynomutt, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo and Blue Falcon | Warner Bros. Pictures

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“The movie as it is today is very much story-wise similar to 80-90% the same story as it’s always been, almost scene for scene,” Lieberman stated. “There are definitely character choices and definitely dialogue that was very different than it originally was. Story-wise, like I said, those characters have been removed but otherwise it’s very close. Scooby, Shaggy, their sort of origin, establishing them as friends and going on this big adventure with Blue Falcon and Dastardly, of coure.”

There are Easter eggs for extra Hanna-Barbera characters

If you look carefully within the background, you’ll see homages paid to different Hanna-Barbera favorites. Lieberman credit the animators with these. 

“I would say the majority of those come from the animators or Tony [Cervone], the director,” Lieberman stated. “He is the aficionado. He definitely has his finger on the pulse of what the hardcore fans wants from a Scooby-Doo piece of entertainment. Even though I’m a huge fan, I definitely approached things on a more relaxed version than me trying to reinvent things more than worrying about being too faithful.”

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