A new Scooby-Doo animated straight-to-video film is in the works and will see the lovable dog and his pals attempting to solve a mystery at WrestleMania, the popular annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., along with some tough new friends.
WWE and Warner Bros. Animation, who are co-producing the project, announced the news in a statement on Thursday, August 16. They say WWE Superstars and Divas, such as 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 feature.
In the still-untitled film, Scooby and his human sidekick Shaggy win tickets to WrestleMania. They travel with their friends - Velma, Daphne and Fred - in their Mystery Machine van to the event, where a "mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show." The gang must then team up with the WWE wrestlers to try to solve the case.
The project is due to be released worldwide in 2014 on Blur-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download.
"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."
The Hanna-Barbera-produced "Scooby-Doo" franchise debuted in 1969 as a morning cartoon. Its main characters work to solve mysteries, often involving villains who wear horror costumes who later express exasperation about those "meddling kids" after they are caught.
A season 3 episode of the series "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" was titled "Wrestle Maniacs" and aired in 2005. The show saw Scooby and his friends don wrestling costumes and try to figure out who is "The Titanic Twist," who haunts a compeition.
"Scooby-Doo" was later adapted into more animated shows and made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. The first big-screen "Scooby-Doo" project, a half live-action, half animated movie, starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., who wed months after its June 2002 release. They also reprised their roles as Fred and Daphne in a 2004 sequel.
Prinze Jr. has made cameos at WWE events. It is unclear if they will be involved in the new animated feature, whose main cast has not been announced.