Growing up I was a huge fan of Scooby-Doo, and as you can probably guess, I despised the 2002 live action adaptation starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Matthew Lillard. I didn’t bother seeing the sequel, and quietly hoped that the franchise would simply die… unfortunately those hopes were dashed when I heard that there were also doing a third Scooby-Doo movie as a direct-to-DVD prequel with an entirely new cast!
Theoretically, a new cast could have been an improvement on the first two flicks, but after seeing the trailer for this thing it’s clear that it’s going to be worse. MUCH worse. Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins stars virtual unknowns Robbie Amell, Nick Palatas, Kate Melton, and Hayley Kiyoko, with Scooby himself being voiced by Frank Welker. Director Brian Levant previously helmed The Flintstones and its sequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, which technically should make him the perfect guy to adapt another Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Unfortunately if you’ve seen either of those films, you know nothing could be farther from the truth. Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins hits DVD on September 22nd, and will air on Cartoon Network sometime prior to that. Check out the trailer after the jump.