The trailer for the latest chapter in the Scooby-Doo live-action movie series is here and is missing a few things. Fred and Shaggy are nowhere to be found. There's no Scrappy-Doo or Scooby-Dum. Most importantly, there's the lack of a certain canine crime fighter that's always been rather essential for a series or movie featuring the name Scooby-Doo in their title.
Some would argue that the title Daphne & Velma doesn't include Scooby-Doo's name anywhere, and I would agree. However, seeing these two characters by themselves solving mysteries without everyone's favorite talking Great Dane (I THINK that's what he's supposed to be) is rather odd.
In a day and age where EVERYTHING has to be updated and rebooted, it really comes as no surprise that the Scooby-Doo franchise would be on the shortlist to get the treatment. Combine that with a renewed sense of girl power, as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other female-fronted films and TV shows, and you get Daphne & Velma. Put the lead characters in high school a few years before they meet the rest of the Mystery Incorporated Gang and you know what to expect here.
I've watched the trailer for Daphne & Velma a couple of times now and, quite honestly, it looks pretty bad. The acting and production seems to be on the level of a Nickelodeon afternoon show like iCarly or whatever the equivalent of that would be today. The story seems like it was recycled from two previous live-action Scooby-Doo movies - the first one and its prequel, The Mystery Begins. I am a huge Scooby-Doo fan and would love to see this whole thing work out, but I have my sincere doubts from what I'm seeing in this first look at the new movie.
Jeepers! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Daphne & Velma on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018. The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's Descendants: Wicked World) and Sarah Gilman (ABC's Last Man Standing), and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions.
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright and optimistic Daphne and whip-smart and analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online - until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma's school, Ridge Valley High, an incredible tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school's benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear - only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
Check out the trailer below.