Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
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DVD cover
Distributed by Warner Premiere
Directed by Brian Levant
Produced by Brian J. Gilbert
Brian Levant
Screenplay by Daniel Altiere
Steven Altiere
Based on Scooby-Doo 
by Joe Ruby & Ken Spears
Starring Frank Welker (voice)
Nick Palatas
Kate Melton
Robbie Amell
Hayley Kiyoko
Shawn Macdonald
Garry Chalk
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Jan Kiesser
Editing by Eric Osmond
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Cartoon Network
Release date (TV)
September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) (DVD)
Running time 81 minutes

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (also known as Scooby-Doo 3, or Scooby-Doo 3: The Mystery Begins) is a 2009 American Television film comedy fantasy and Adventure film directed by Brian Levant, produced by Warner Premiere and distributed by Warner Home Video. The film was aired by Cartoon Network on September 13, 2009, the fortieth anniversary of the Hanna-Barbera character Scooby-Doo,[1] and later released on September 22, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray.[2] It is the third (chronologically, the first) installment in the Scooby-Doo live-action film series, the film is a prequel which depicts how Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang met and the events of their very first case.

The Live-action cast features Nick Palatas as Shaggy, along with Robbie Amell as Fred, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Kate Melton as Daphne. Scooby-Doo was created using Computer-generated imagery and his voice is provided by Frank Welker, who also was a cast member of the animated series, Scooby-Doo and The Scooby-Doo Show, providing the voice of Fred.

The music is scored by Academy Award-nominee David Newman, who had previously scored the theatrical films Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). The film is dedicated to Lorena Gale, who died during production.

Its sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, was released on October 16, 2010.


In Coolsville, Ohio, four teenagers are involved in a fight on the school bus and are sent to detention. Norville "Shaggy" Rogers is a clumsy, nerdy outcast, who tried to smuggle his dog Scooby-Doo onto the bus; Fred Jones is quarterback of the football team; Velma Dinkley is a science geek; and Daphne Blake is in the drama club. They bond somewhat over a shared interest in mysteries, but quickly get on each other's nerves. While in the library for detention, two ghosts appear and chase them to the gym where a pep rally is going on. A third ghost, The Specter appears, causing the lights in the building to flicker. He starts telling everyone to leave. The stamp-collecting Principal Deedle decides to close the school, but Vice Principal Grimes deems it a prank and suspends the quartet.

The gang tries to clear their names by investigating the ghosts, which leads to Grimes expelling them. Further investigation, in disguise at the school, makes them think Grimes is their prime suspect. Searching at night at Grimes' house leads them to information about a time capsule. The ghosts attack again, and the teens are knocked out. The Specter, keeping Scooby and Grimes as prisoners, forces the gang to search underground for the time capsule. Unable to find the capsule, they trick the Specter into coming down to carry the capsule out of the hole, but the plan backfires when they try to lock him up in a flooded room, and the Specter acquires the capsule.

Stealing the capsule back, the gang uses a book of spells to banish the ghosts. Scooby manages to break free of his restraints and arrives just in time to subdue the Specter, who turns out to be Principal Deedle. The principal reveals that a stamp misprint was hidden within the time capsule, something that would have been worth a fortune. As the exposed Deedle is sent to prison for his actions, the group is publicly congratulated (and un-expelled) by Grimes (who becomes the new Principal), and they decide to continue investigating strange doings.



Filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, including Templeton Secondary School from August 4, 2008.[3] Cartoon Network's content advisor Rob Sorcher had said, “This contemporary take on Scooby-Doo will be an exciting movie event on Cartoon Network. This project is also an anchor component of our new push into movies, our great partnership with Warner Premiere and the overall expectation of Cartoon Network programming efforts.” [4]

The trailer for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins was first seen on the DVD of Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword, 17 Again and Shorts.


Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins is the most-watched telecast in Cartoon Network history with 6.1 million viewers on September 13, 2009, outdistancing the previous high of 3.9 million viewers that tuned into the premiere of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.[5]


Main article: Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster

Due to the success of Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, a sequel went into development in October 2009. That same month, the cast from the first installment revealed that they were signed on for three films. Titled Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, principal photography commenced on March 15, 2010 in various locations around Southern California. The sequel aired on October 16, 2010 and was released on DVD in 2011.

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Category:Scooby-Doo films Category:2009 television films Category:American television films Category:Films shot in Vancouver Category:Live-action films based on cartoons Category:Films set in Ohio Category:Comedy mystery films Category:Films directed by Brian Levant Category:Warner Bros. films Category:Films featuring anthropomorphic characters Category:Television prequel films Category:2000s American animated films Category:Robbie Amell Category:Kate Melton Category:Frank Welker Category:Garry Chalk Category:Nick Palatas Category:Shawn Macdonald Category:C. Ernst Harth Category:Lorena Gale Category:Daniel Riordan

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