Due to the COVID-19 outbreak that is still resulting in most states and countries to be locked down, it was announced today by Deadline that SCOOB! will no longer be a theatrical film. Instead, the film has become a direct-to-video film that will be released digitally for 48-hour rentals for $19.99, and purchases for $24.99 on all major streaming platforms on its original theatrical date, May 15, 2020. This will be a digital-only release for now in the US and Canada only. Currently, no DVD or Blu-ray release date has been announced for the direct-to-video film, as most places are still under stay-at-home orders where people are unable to leave their homes to purchase DVDs. According to Tony Cervone, the film was already in the final stages of animating, and the last few finishing touches were actually done by the animators from their homes.
How do you feel about the fact that SCOOB! has been made a direct-to-video film? Are you happy that we get to see the film earlier, or disappointed that they didn't wait for theaters to reopen?
*Note: This post has been edited to fix a major typo that said the film would only be available for rental. The film is available for both rental and purchase. Apologies for the mistake!
4/21/2020 10:33:25 pm
Well it's not like we've never had direct to video Scooby Doo movies before lol. I'm honestly happy they're releasing the movie and not putting it on hold. It's a Day 1 purchase for me! I hope it gets all the money and support as if was released in theaters.
4/22/2020 04:34:55 pm
I really hope so too!
4/22/2020 02:00:56 am
Let's look at the bright side. Scoob's coming out the date it was supposed to. We don't have to wait 6 months or something.
4/22/2020 04:35:52 pm
Totally agreed, and I think we can't dwell on how sad it is that it won't be in theaters. There are a lot bigger problems in the world right now, and we're all having to make sacrifices during this difficult time.
4/22/2020 08:25:46 am
Ehhh, I was never going to see it in theaters, kids have gotten have gotten so noisy... so it doesn't affect me at all, and honestly this might improve its chances, trolls 2 apparently did very well like this. So many kids are home and likely bored by now it should get rented a lot
4/22/2020 04:36:33 pm
Glad to hear that Trolls 2 did well! I think the decision was probably based on uncertainty of when theaters would reopen and how much promo was already put into it.
4/23/2020 04:00:58 pm
Totally agree about theater going. I had a string of 8 movies in a row that I ended up telling someone to shut up and the last two times I went, even telling them to keep quiet didn't stop the chatter.
4/24/2020 09:39:49 am
I could see drive-ins being open this summer, since people can stay in their cars and thus there's not much (if any) risk of contamination.
4/22/2020 09:35:24 am
FUCKING IDIOTS, Apologies for the language, but lets look at Onward, releases in States digitally before everywhere, gets put up on pirate sites. Of course people aren't going to wait. If they bring this out same time in the UK I'll definitely rent/buy it, but if not, yo ho ho, its a pirates life for me.
4/22/2020 04:37:34 pm
That's definitely a risk when you release it on streaming, and it does really suck we won't get it in theaters. I think it's weird they only announced US and Canada dates for this so far, but hopefully it will come out in the UK at the same time.
4/23/2020 11:54:03 am
Hopefully but who knows. 50 1/2 years for an animated Scooby Movie in theatres, how long till we get another chance?
4/23/2020 03:45:39 pm
On the bright side, it took 33 years for Scooby to even get a live-action release, and now we have 5...so you never know!
4/24/2020 04:28:10 am
True! But if sales get hit because it wasn't in theatres, unlikely there will be a sequel or ongoing hanna barbera universe which would be awful as it sounds like a really awesome idea and concept.
4/24/2020 09:38:45 am
I hope not, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
4/22/2020 05:04:26 pm
I'm excited and I just can't wait to see. I'm glad the movie will be released on its actual release date, but I wish we knew when the rest of Scooby Doo and Guess Who episodes will come out.
4/22/2020 06:22:36 pm
It's super weird they haven't come out yet! You would think that now would be the perfect time!
4/23/2020 08:05:36 am
It's not fair I expected this to come in theatres but thanks to that no good coronary it has to come on digital but I wonder if SCOOB! Is still
4/23/2020 10:28:55 am
I think it will probably come on DVD once all this is over and people feel safe going to the store again to buy a DVD.
4/26/2020 03:56:29 pm
Amazon has listed a pre-order for DVD and Blu-Ray. No release date yet but the listing is https://www.amazon.com/Scoob-DVD-Digital/dp/B087KS68Q5/ref=tmm_dvd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= if you want to check it out.
4/26/2020 03:59:32 pm
Correction. There is currently only a listing for DVD+Digital. I'm sure Blu-Ray is forthcoming but nothing yet.
4/26/2020 06:36:28 pm
Wow, thank you Greybishop! Great to see they're already planning on a DVD. They've been much lighter on the Blu-Ray releases for Scooby lately, so I wouldn't be overly surprised if we didn't get a Blu-Ray for a while.
4/27/2020 11:09:01 pm
Looks like Blu-Ray and 4K pre-orders are up now. Still no date but it appears that the plan is to release it in multiple formats.
4/24/2020 11:14:29 am
Honestly if captain caveman is in SCOOB! Why did'nt he come in the
4/24/2020 11:51:41 am
Cuz you shouldn't spoil or give out everything in trailers.
4/24/2020 02:39:29 pm
Blue falcon and Dynomutt and captain caveman and the teen angels
4/24/2020 04:04:11 pm
I bet we will get some surprises!
4/24/2020 10:26:35 pm
Scoob's gonna be awesome on VOD
4/25/2020 03:24:40 pm
scoob will most likely get a Blu-ray release, by the way has anybody noticed that a new episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? just got posted on sharemania.
4/25/2020 04:56:16 pm
Which episode and do you know if a new episode is being posted every day?
4/25/2020 11:48:26 pm
Fear of the fire beast was posted on sharemania.
4/26/2020 10:37:56 am
Oh thank you! So glad you guys finally get to see them! :)
5/1/2020 12:09:48 pm
So, the supposed Hanna Barbera Cinematic Universe is now starting with what's now technically a direct to DVD/direct to streaming movie. I mean, yeah this was conceived to be in theaters from the start, but it's still odd that the HBCU is starting out this way. At least the movie is coming out.
5/1/2020 05:11:28 pm
Agreed! Hopefully the movie will be successful and this will lead to many more HBCU movies in the universe in the future!
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