This made for TV movie may not star the original cast
of the original live action film but itís actually a refreshing look
at the Scooby gang in this prequel entitled
Scooby Doo the Mystery Begins.
The story begins of how the Scooby gang met which is
at Coolsville High and even though they did not know each other
then, they are ďframedĒ for staging a practical joke at the school,
of course involving ghosts and they are suspended as a result.
This then brings the gang together, except for Scooby
who has been taken to a local animal shelter due to his size and
somehow he finds where Shaggy lives and from there, a strong
friendship is formed.
Together, Fred, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Scooby
begin investigating the mystery of
their school and this is where the fun and action begins in this
entertaining film about ghosts, comedy and some really strange
Best of all, the actors in the series are almost
perfectly cast, especially Nick Palatas as Shaggy, Hayley Kiyoko as
Velma, Kate Melton as Daphe and Robbie Amell as Fred. The voice of
Scooby which is hilarious is performed by Frank Welker who really
gets into the character.
The only downside of the movie, slightly, is the
computer special effects of Scooby, however for a made for TV film,
itís still quite acceptable. Match that with a Dolby Digital 5.1
surround sound track, a glorious and colourful widescreen
presentation and Scooby Doo! The
Mystery Begins is a rather well made and fun movie and dare I
say it, even better than the original live action film.
Add in some fun special features such as a behind the
scenes featurette and even a music video name to name a few of the
extras and itís a fun way to finish the film. Recommended for the