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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)

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The story of how Mystery Inc. was formed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Melton ... Daphne
Hayley Kiyoko ... Velma
Robbie Amell ... Fred
Nick Palatas Nick Palatas ... Shaggy
Frank Welker ... Scooby Doo (voice)
Shawn Macdonald 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 ... Bus Driver
C. Ernst Harth ... Janitor
Lorena Gale ... Librarian
Devon Thomas Devon Thomas ... Beefy Jock
David Hurtubise David Hurtubise ... Mr. Pupperman (as Dave Hurtubise)
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Storyline

The story of how Mystery Inc. was formed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scooby Doo 3 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released on September 13, 2009, the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fred: So, the Bears really slaughtered those Dolphins last night, huh?
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American Jig
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Coming from a big Scooby Doo fan, I enjoyed this movie
24 July 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Although I did read a few negative reviews beforehand, that didn't stop me from having high hopes for Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins I am a big Scooby Doo fan, and have been for a long time, so naturally I wanted to see this. Although it is not a perfect film, and I wasn't expecting it to be, I enjoyed it.

I can understand it when people say the basic story line of Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins is predictable. In a way it is predictable, and some of the middle could have been better paced. In all fairness though, I found the original cartoons, which I adored for its strong characters and funny writing, on the predictable side, likewise with a few other Hanna/Barbera shows, Yogi Bear for instance.

In regards to the story, I liked the ideas the movie brought forward, and the ending was cool. The writing was funny and a tad cheesy, in short quite like the writing of the original cartoons in the jokes and snappy lines. Some can have a tendency to be a little too silly, but I can sort of forgive that.

The costume and set design are spot on, very colourful and the photography and editing manage to be several notches above slapdash straight to video fare. The effects are above average too, not award-worthy but there are far worse out there.

The characters are still likable, and the acting is good enough. Scooby is very sweet and funny, exactly as he should be. The actors of Shaggy and Velma nail their roles, and Fred(his hair didn't bother me really seeing as this is a movie of how Mystery Inc. came about) is decent as well. The weak link is Daphne, she looks right for the part but overdoes it sometimes.

All in all, I liked it. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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