Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins


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Discover how the Mystery Team first came together in this prequel to the hit film series featuring everyone's favorite sleuthing canine. When the kids are unjustly suspended from Coolsville High for an elaborate supernatural prank, they pull out all the stops to catch the real culprits and clear their names.

Rating: PG
Genre: Television, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Gilbert, Brian Levant, Daniel Altiere, Steven Altiere
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 2009


as Scooby Doo

as Fred Jones

as Velma Dinkley

as Shaggy Rogers

as Daphne Blake

as Vice Principal Grime...

as Reporter

as Principal Deedle

as Ezekial Gallows
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Critic Reviews for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

What a steaming pile of Scooby-Poo.

November 17, 2009

...sweet and charming, succeeding as a genuine gathering of friends.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins


In this beginning of the live-action Mystery Inc. gang film with different actors and special effects... even CI of Scooby-Doo are poor and unreal than the previous Scooby-Doo movies. It is different and a bit fun. But in the final scene does memory me in the following the start introduction of TV's "Scooby-Doo" cartoon series.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins has it's cheesy moments, yet it's surprisingly much better than the other 2 live action films. Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini were the only good casting as Shaggy and Velma in those movies. While here Nick Palatas and Hayley Kiyoko are also good as Shaggy and Velma. But Robbie Amell at least is a much better Fred than Freddie Prinze Jr. who over-acted and tried too hard to look cool when he just came off dorky. While I liked how Kate Melton doesn't act as dimwitted as Daphne as Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her Daphne is actually pretty smart and uses her brain just as much as Velma.

They all bond Breakfast Club style in detention while reading mystery novels. I doubt Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daphne could even read. Daphne isn't meant to be stupid, while Fred was simply just played awful by Freddie Prinze Jr. This movie took a much better approach that's more like the show, well the way the characters act anyway. It didn't really need the scene where Shaggy is testing a gas mask by having Scooby fart lol. But I still actually found the movie to be fun and I think they should make a live action show with this cast.

Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

I was not expecting this to be good, especally since it's Direct To DVD, and generally DTDVD sequels/prequels suck. I was plesently surprised. They were able to come up with a pretty good mystery and orgin story for the gang. The cast, while not great, does alright. The CGI Scooby is worst in this movie, but it does work because he's more like his cartoon self.

Ross P

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