What's Next, Scooby-Doo?
We're already three months into the year, and we still haven't heard anything about the next DTV. We also don't know anything about when Velma is coming out, or what's coming after that. I've talked to a number of people about my theories about what we'll see happen this year, and a few people have emailed asking my thoughts on this, so I thought it might be fun to write up an article detailing what I think is going to happen. Please note that this is not official news and my predictions very well may end up being wrong.
The most prominent question on everyone's mind is when we are getting our first DTV of the year. With the exception of 2020 (due to SCOOB! becoming a DTV because of COVID-19), there has traditionally been a movie released in the first few months of the year during these past several years. Thus far, we have heard nothing about the next DTV. Since we know it's in production, I am pretty sure Scooby-Doo and Krypto Too! will be our first DTV of the year. Some of you may also be aware that WB is releasing a DC Super Pets film on May 20, 2022, which includes Krypto the Superdog. I believe the reason we've heard nothing on this first DTV is because they are trying to align the release date of Scooby-Doo and Krypto Too! and DC Super Pets, in order to promote the latter film. Since Scooby-Doo is such a popular franchise, it makes sense that they would want to align the release dates of those two films, as seeing Krypto team up with Scooby might encourage more people to go and see the film in theaters at a time when people are skeptical about going to see a movie, due to the pandemic's progression with all the different variants.
Thinking about this logistically, the past two films (Sword and the Scoob and Straight Outta Nowhere) have had their trailers released 11-12 weeks before the film's release date. The Sword and the Scoob trailer was released December 8, 2020, and the film was released on February 23, 2021. Straight Outta Nowhere had its trailer released on June 22, 2021 and had a September 14, 2021 release date. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo's trailer was also released 12 weeks before the release date. If they are planning to align Krypto Too's release date with the DC Super Pets film, I would assume they're planning to do so in the month of May. Since Scooby films are always released on Tuesdays, the last Tuesday in May is May 31. 11 weeks before that would mean we're getting the trailer next Tuesday, March 15.
All of that being said, that is a very logical way of looking at it. It's certainly possible they'll release it in June, since that's still somewhat close to the release date of DC Super Pets. It's also worth noting that the 11-12 weeks rule is more of a recent thing. The trailer for Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island was released July 23, 2019, six weeks before the film came out and two days after it had already premiered at San Diego Comic Con. If we don't get the trailer next week, I don't think that completely precludes the film being released in May. Logically, it makes most sense for us to get the trailer in March, but I'm more confident about my May release date guess than us getting the trailer in March.
Edit: Apparently it's just been confirmed that the Super Pets release date has been delayed to July 29, 2022. I believe we will now get the trailer for Krypto around late April or early May, and the movie around mid to late July.
Of course, we know we're getting Scoob! Holiday Haunt on HBO Max around Christmastime. I imagine that will come out around mid-November when people are beginning to think about the holidays.
I also believe we'll get the Velma series sometime this year, but more likely towards the very end. We haven't heard anything on it for a while, so I think it is unlikely that it's coming out this spring or summer. If we do see Velma this coming fall or winter, I'm guessing we will probably get the next Scooby series in late 2023 or early 2024. I don't think the Velma series format is going to stick, so I assume it's going to be another all-gang series. Unless Velma does amazing, which I very much doubt it will, I think it's logical to presume that they are probably going to make a series that plays it very "safe," and stays close to the franchise's roots like Guess Who. There's likely going to be a lot of backlash to Velma, because people are often very judgmental of change when it comes to shows they have a lot of nostalgia around. I'd honestly love to see a series that combines the dark tone of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and the style of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! I feel Maxwell Atoms did a great job with this in Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo, and if they choose to play it "safe," this is the way I would most like to see them execute it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found it useful!
3/9/2022 08:35:25 am
Interesting take tho I will share some of my ideas.
3/9/2022 09:23:06 am
I agree with what scoobylover said I don't think it would be wise for a company to release two movies based on a character or franchise that hasn’t been around for a long time in two movies at the same time. Even if were to get a trailer for it now I estimate it would most take at least three months for it to be released on DVD and digital platform since this how long it usually takes for WB to releaae these DTV movies. Also if you check this website you will notice the listing for Scooby-Doo & Krypto crossover movie has been removed from there and replaced instead with Scooby Doo DTV 2021. for some reason I don't think this a good sign at all.
3/9/2022 09:34:09 am
Like I mentioned in the reply to Scoobylover, it's a fair point that they wouldn't want to release two at the same time. I think it's possible, if done right, that the DTV could help to promote the film (if they showed the trailer in theaters as Scoobylover suggested).
3/9/2022 09:28:53 am
You had some really interesting thoughts here! I'd also be open to the next DTV not coming out until the summer. It happened with Daphne & Velma, and Scoob!, and many years ago it happened with Haunted Hollywood as well. You make a lot of fair points that WB might want to put more effort into the theatrical release and not want it to overshadow the DTV, since obviously the theatrical release will make more money. I wasn't aware the Super Pets film featured Batman and Superman, so your points would absolutely make sense that a Scooby DTV isn't going to be more popular than that. I was thinking that they'd show the trailer for the DTV at Super Pets film, but I'm not sure if they'd actually do that or not. Your point about COVID is a good one. The DTVs usually start pre-production two years in advance, as we know from hearing about Courage two years before the release date in 2019. Personally, while I think I'd be a little sad if we just got Scoob 2 this year, I'd be fine with it. I admittedly hadn't thought about it being the 20th anniversary of the theatrical film, but that would be really cool if they did a reunion special, like they just did with Harry Potter. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts!
3/9/2022 10:24:15 am
My take is that the Krypto crossover will come out around June-July. It makes sense to leave at least a month gap between 2 movies starring the same characters. They gotta ride the hype properly if that's what they wanna do. And imo Holiday Haunt will obviously come out in early-to-mid December, it only makes sense with it being Christmastime.
3/9/2022 10:38:37 am
Another very fair guess. For Holiday Haunt, I was thinking it would be released around Thanksgiving time in November when people are starting to think about Christmas. I'm sure you're right that production delays account for at least part of the reason why we're not getting Krypto. And yeah, I think Holiday Haunt is what they're going to put the main amount of promotion on. They've already started promoting that one (just in terms of Tony Cervone announcing it) whereas the Krypto one hasn't been officially announced yet. I also don't think we're getting Velma in the next few months, but I could still see it happening at the end of the year. WB seems very inconsistent at times with their promotion. Just taking the Reunion Special as an example, we got the announcement for that in May, then heard nothing about it again until three weeks before it aired. I don't think we'll get an announcement for Velma weeks before it airs, but I could see them announcing something in the summer for a fall release date. I think the next series coming out is very dependent on when Velma is released. If we do see it this year, I think it's possible we'll get the next series coming out at the end of 2023. If Velma isn't out until 2023, they're not going to release another series the same year, so in that case, I would agree with you that it will be 2024.
3/9/2022 01:05:02 pm
Amazing insights! What an awesome idea for a post hahaha. Hope we get something sooner than later!!
3/9/2022 01:09:35 pm
Thank you so much! :)
3/9/2022 02:29:58 pm
I just noticed that Boomerang SVOD raised the price by $1 to $5.99 per month and $10 to $49.99 per year, despite about no new contents and there is no reason for Boomerang to raise the price. I’m not sure why they think a price increase would be a good idea. Evidently, their subscriber base isn’t what it used to be. The smart thing to do in that situation is to lower the price, not increase it. Even leaving it where it was would probably end better than raising the price might. I don't think this increase in price is wise at all on their half. I wish Boomerang would transfer all of their content into HBO Max and merge with it, the H-B libary would be better of this way.
3/9/2022 05:15:35 pm
I wasn't aware that they'd done that! It does seem very odd they'd raise the price when they aren't adding any new content and seemed to have abandoned the service, other than updating it for holidays (I noticed they made a Saint Patrick's Day playlist the other day for episodes that had to do with Ireland and/or leprachauns). I also find it strange they haven't just merged all their content to HBO Max given they are choosing to put all of their new content on there. Hopefully they will come up with a more consistent strategy of releasing things soon.
3/12/2022 02:58:11 pm
WB/turner's strategy for HB cartoons is idiotic. They should have included them in HBO max so people won't have to pay for 2 streaming services. Take disney's example, they have their classics, Fox, star wars, marvel and national geographic all in ONE service. Also Disney+ here in europe has also a special place for 18+ content and hulu originals which is included in the price so we have Disney+ and Hulu together. I hope for the HB cartoons will come to HBO max or at least there will be a special package with boomerang included cause here there are no streaming services with classic HB/WB cartoons
3/12/2022 08:30:46 pm
I agree with you 100%. It makes no sense to split them over two services, especially when one of those services is no longer being updated and Guess Who is only partially on Boomerang and the rest is on HBO Max. I hope they'll merge everything over to HBO Max as well. It's such a shame that they do such a poor job making everything available in other countries - I remember everyone outside of the US had to wait months to get SCOOB! after it was released on digital here. I wish WB would be more coordinated in their strategies for these HB cartoons, both in and especially out of the US so everyone can see them!
3/10/2022 01:50:01 am
We should have a survey on who Scooby-Doo should crossover with next after Krypto.
5/10/2022 01:11:40 pm
I'd like to see a Scooby-Doo/Ed, Edd n Eddy crossover!
5/10/2022 06:34:20 pm
I've personally never seen the show, but I think a lot of people would enjoy that!
3/10/2022 10:34:18 am
A workout series for Daphne is one of my predictions 💜💜💜💜💜
3/10/2022 04:05:28 pm
I would actually be okay with them slowing down a bit with stuff released. Don’t have to go full 90s here with near nothing, but hey, we got Zombie Island after that wait
3/10/2022 10:49:09 pm
If waiting a while meant we'd get an amazing movie like Zombie Island, I would totally be okay with them slowing down the amount of releases. I certainly don't think the writing of the current films is bad - in fact I very much have enjoyed a lot of the recent DTVs - but the writing of Zombie Island was INCREDIBLE and something that has been unrivaled in the franchise ever sense.
3/11/2022 02:24:35 pm
Yeah, the thing is I wouldn’t say that things were bad before the 90s break either, as the Scrappy movies and A Pup Named Scooby Doo were all very good, but it does almost feel like it is time for a bit of a slow down for some reason. Maybe could influence something really fresh
3/11/2022 09:48:41 pm
I would honestly be totally down for waiting a while for a DTV if it meant we got something really fresh. I also kinda feel like a slow-down wouldn't be bad...this may be an unpopular opinion, but IMO it feels like they've been pumping out the crossovers so much lately that they are kind of using them as a crutch at this point, rather than coming up with an interesting marketable plot. Not to say all the recent DTVs are bad, because I've enjoyed many of them, but we've gotten to a point where almost every film is a crossover and it feels like it's time for something new.
3/12/2022 10:23:53 am
100% Agreed with everything
3/11/2022 03:36:32 am
Uhm, ok, so DC Super Pets (along with every DC film the next couple of years) has just been officially delayed. Now this movie is coming out on July 29, 2022 instead of May 20, 2022. I don't know how this affects Scooby&Krypto's release date now.
3/11/2022 09:07:05 am
I think they will most likey postpone the release of the Scooby-Doo & Krypto crossover movie until a later period maybe it will get a autumn release this year if not then a spring release for 2023,
3/11/2022 09:11:23 am
Wow! I wasn't expecting that. Hmmm...maybe we'll get Krypto closer to when that film comes out? I suppose my new guess then would be that we'd get the trailer in late April/early May and the film in mid-July (I updated the post to say this as well)
3/11/2022 12:32:30 pm
I don't have many predictions just the observation that animation and development takes a while and this might finally be where the steam and half developed projects ran out, as noted above, there was talk of courage back in 2019 and that film didn't come out till last year, so rough estimation of a 2 year development cycle, this just might be where the got the covid crash and might be slow for a year or two.
3/11/2022 01:03:40 pm
I think that's a very likely possibility. Either way, we know we're getting Holiday Haunt this year so at least we'll have one DTV :)
3/11/2022 02:30:29 pm
I think the Scooby-Doo & Krypto crossover movie is also meant to help promote theatrical movies or special episodes released close to them. It isn't uncommon for certain projects to be made to help promote certain things .One example I can think of is with Justice League Action, which was changed from a solo Batman show to what it is now to help promote the 2017 Justice League movie. There we're some episodes that aired in November 2017, the month the movie came out. There's also 2018, the year that Aquaman movie came out. There was the Lego Aquaman movie that came out in summer with DC Superhero Girls: Legends Of Atlantis (which gives big roles to Mera and Siren) coming later, both most likely meant to be promotion for that movie. Some projects can also have dates shifted, like how the TV premiere of "Awesome Aunt Antipope" from the 2019 DC Superhero Girls was originally going to air on television on September 28, 2020 back when it was thought that Wonder Woman 1984 would come out October 2. When it moved to December 25 for HBO Max and theaters, the TV premiere was moved very closely to December 19.
3/11/2022 05:23:04 pm
If the league of super pets movie is being delayed to july then I don't see the crossover being delayed unless it was planned to come out after the the league super pets film.
3/11/2022 09:50:43 pm
I also don't think the crossover would be delayed until September. Maybe August at the latest, but anything after that is probably getting too close to the Scoob! Holiday Haunt release date and I doubt they'd want to release two Scooby films right on top of each other.
3/12/2022 01:20:38 am
DC League of Super-Pets won't be out til July
3/12/2022 06:01:47 am
Honestly I don't see it coming in August Maybe june or july but maybe not on the same day at the latest.
3/12/2022 09:50:38 am
Super Pets comes out July 29 which is a Friday, so it definitely won't be out that day as Scooby movies are always released on Tuesdays.
3/12/2022 10:12:59 am
There's just one problem with Coyote vs. Acme that doesn't make sense. What will Wile E. Coyote do when he sues Acme? I wouldn't keep chasing the Road Runner if I were him, His next plans to catch that bird will backfire on him like they always do
3/12/2022 03:01:33 pm
I Came here today to see if there are any scooby news for this year. What a coincidence lol. I enjoyed the article it was really helpfull
3/12/2022 08:27:41 pm
That is quite the coincidence haha. Glad you enjoyed the article! :)
3/12/2022 07:02:49 pm
I missed 3 weeks of ScoobySnax blog stuff. I was busy but I'm back to support!
3/12/2022 08:28:01 pm
Great to have you back! :)
3/15/2022 11:12:19 am
The Velma series is going to be hard to sell abroad. That's my concern. Not every country has HBO Max, so this has to be shopped around.
3/15/2022 11:14:17 am
* I meant, perhaps they won't go along with it if they see the late time it's on.
3/15/2022 06:09:57 pm
It's a fair argument but they did just dump off the last 11 episodes of Be Cool in an overnight slot on Boomerang, and they changed the time every night haha. (That's still the worst handling I've ever seen for any show) I see your point though and that wouldn't likely affect parents perceptions.
3/15/2022 06:08:18 pm
I don't think you're imagining it harder than it is. What you said felt like a very honest assessment of how WB has been struggling to release content like this internationally. Honestly, WB needs to come up with a better strategy for releasing pieces of media that aren't series and DTVs abroad. It seems like those that don't live in the US always are forced to wait months to get stuff like this, which seems silly as you'd really think they would have it better figured out by now. Did they ever even air the Reunion Special in the UK?
3/16/2022 11:04:14 am
E4 does Adult Swim the same way Cartoon Network does it. Although I don't know if it's a whole take over. The best part about this, is that all the content is on the free All 4 app (which is all connected via its owner Channel 4), so I've been able to keep up with stuff like Venture Bros., Robot Chicken, Samurai Jack, and Birdgirl.
3/16/2022 04:05:53 pm
That's very interesting! Hopefully Velma will be available on that app (or the E4 channel) for you to watch.
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