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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)

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The story of how Mystery Inc. was formed.


Brian Levant
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Melton ... Daphne
Hayley Kiyoko ... Velma
Robbie Amell ... Fred
Nick Palatas ... Shaggy
Frank Welker ... Scooby Doo (voice)
Shawn Macdonald ... Principal Deedle
Garry Chalk ... Vice Principal Grimes
Leah James Leah James ... Prudence Prufrock
Brian J. Sutton Brian J. Sutton ... Ezekial Gallows (as Brian Sutton)
Al Rodrigo ... Ezekial Gallows (voice)
Dee Jay Jackson Dee Jay Jackson ... Bus Driver
C. Ernst Harth ... Janitor
Lorena Gale ... Librarian
Devon Thomas Devon Thomas ... Beefy Jock
David Hurtubise David Hurtubise ... Mr. Pupperman (as Dave Hurtubise)


The story of how Mystery Inc. was formed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Greatest Mystery Is How It All Began See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


First Live Action film adaption of the cartoon not to star the original cast of Freddie Prinze Jr (Fred), Sarah Michelle Geller (Daphne), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Linda Cardellini (Velma). See more »


When the teens are serving their detention in the library and the weather storm begins, at one point Velma says "unusual 'climactic' anomaly" referring to the impending weather storm. In fact Velma should have said "unusual 'climatic' anomaly. Her use of the adjective is in error as "climactic" refers to the word "climax" whereas "climatic" would be the adjective to use when referring to "climate." See more »


Fred: So, the Bears really slaughtered those Dolphins last night, huh?
Shaggy: What? That's terrible! Who in their right mind would bring bears to the beach?
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Referenced in Cartoon Corner: Scooby-Doo: The Movie Review (2013) See more »


You And I
Written by Rudolph 'Slade' Echeverria, Michael Hahn Kitlas, Gregory Robert Garrity, and Adam Juwig
Produced by Mike Green
Performed by Anarbor
Courtesy of Hopeless Records
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Live action version for younger kids
1 April 2017 | by davispittmanSee all my reviews

Some parents back in the early 2000s complained that the live action version of Scooby Doo (2002) had some "inappropriate content" and was "not suitable for family viewing". Well this movie should be a suitable substitute. This film is about the gang back in high school and how mystery Inc. got started. I liked the casting decisions, they are all very good fits for their roles. Robbie Amell is the perfect choice for high school Fred. I also liked Kate Melton as Daphne. They were a good couple too, had good natural chemistry together. The actors that played shaggy and Velma were good too. The movie had some good moments that built a little character development and it also had all the aspects of a traditional scooby doo story. If you have younger children then I suggest giving them this to view. It's good family friendly fun. Has some scenes that the younger crowd will think is funny, but nothing too off color, which was the claim some parents made about the 2002 film. Not perfect, but I think the cast was the best thing about the movie and made it worth a watch.

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Release Date:

13 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scooby Doo: In the Beginning See more »

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1.78 : 1
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