WWE Studios (Pile)Drives a New Scooby-Doo Animated Feature
August 15, 2012
In what's likely to be the strangest announcement of the day (if not of the year), it's just been reported that Warner Bros. and WWE Studios will team-up to make a new Scooby-Doo animated feature together, which will involve Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania.
That setting would allow WWE Studios to set-up a number of top wrestlers to appear in animated form and provide their voices including Triple H, John Cena, Kane, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, AJ, and WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
The movie will probably not get a theatrical release as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment plans on releasing it on DVD and Blu-ray as well as via VOD and digital download sometime in 2014, although this venture will allow WWE to bring its wrestling superstars into another medium that could get kids interested in wrestling and their wrestlers at an earlier age.
This wouldn't be the first time Scooby-Doo and the gang investigated spooky doings in a wrestling setting as Fred himself entered a wrestling competition in the "What's New Scooby Doo?" episode "Wrestle Maniacs" in 2005, which you can actually watch in full below!
Below is the official press release from WWE Studios:
Warner Bros. and WWE Studios announced they will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that will find Scooby and the gang solving a mystery atWrestleMania®. The announcement was made today by Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation, Warner Home Video and Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios.
WWE Superstars and Divas including Triple H®, John Cena®, Kane, The Miz®, Brodus Clay™, Santino Marella®, Sin Cara™ and AJ™ will appear in animated form and lend their voices to the project. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon® will also lend his voice and appear in animated form.
“We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. on this wonderful animated film,” said WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. “Kids and adults are going to enjoy seeing their favorite WWE Superstars in animated form join forces with an icon like Scooby-Doo to solve a mystery at the biggest pop-culture event of the year – WrestleMania.”
“Warner Bros. is thrilled to get into the ring with WWE Studios to bring fans an unprecedented animated adventure,” said Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Warner Home Video. “We’re excited to leverage the WWE’s family-friendly brand and passionate fan base and integrate some of the most popular WWE Superstars and Divas within the Scooby-Doo gang.”
When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show, Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE Superstars to solve the case.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. The film will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation. WWE will utilize its extensive global reach through its television, digital media and print assets to market the release of the film.
Bradley Buchanan, VP of Business and Legal Affairs negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios.