Cast Details for New Scooby Doo D2V and TV Series

04.02.2010

The March 12th press release (courtesy of Scoobyfan.net) for the upcoming live-action/CGI sequel to Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins reveals an upcoming animated direct-to-video title: Scooby-Doo: Camp Scare, which releases on DVD in September 2010.

In addition to the principal voice cast fans have come to expect from the animated series and features (Frank Welker as Fred and Scooby Doo, Grey Delisle as Daphne, and Mindy Cohn as Velma), I have a source confirming some of the supporting cast for this new D2V title: Tara Strong, Phil LaMarr and Lauren Tom. Scott Menville was also mentioned, which leads me to believe that Menville will be reprising his role as Shaggy rather than Matthew Lillard who voiced Shaggy for the February 2010 DVD release, Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo. [Menville also voiced Shaggy for the previous TV series, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo: Get a Clue!]

My source added that they were putting the “finishing touches” on recording.

The press release also mentions that the new animated TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated will air in 2011. However, since I first published this article here I now have two sources confirming that the series will air summer 2010, possibly in July, and that the 2011 date mentioned in the press release is believed to be for international markets.

A preview of the new series is scheduled to air Monday, April 5th at 7:00 PM (EST) on Cartoon Network, and it’s been given a full 30-minute time-slot on the CartoonNetwork.com Schedule.

The voice cast for Mystery Inc. includes Welker, DeLisle, Cohn and Lillard (whom I’ve confirmed through a fellow cast member that Lillard will voice Shaggy for the new series).

Additionally, David Kaye (voice of Megatron in five Transformers series to date) shared news that he had a recording session April 1st for an episode of Mystery Inc. with the aforementioned Welker and DeLisle, as well as fellow guest stars Cree Summer and Maurice LaMarche. Kaye added that he got to deliver one of the most famous lines of the Scoobyverse.

And as an exclusive for the blog, Kaye graciously granted permission to share the photos from the recording session:

Maurice LaMarche and Frank Welker


Cree Summer and Frank Welker


Group photo for a recording session of an episode of 'Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated': Left-to-right: Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, Collette Sunderman (voice director), David Kaye, Mitch Watson (writer).

And on a related Scooby note, I neglected to mention the February 16th release of Scooby Doo: Abracadabra-Doo in my VAs on DVD coverage earlier this year, but it’s worth the rental. It’s been well-received by fans (click here comments via Scoobyfan.net) and it also received positive reviews (toonzone called it “an uncommonly good Scooby-Doo movie”) due to its return-to-roots retro look and feel as well as some of best 2D animation Warner Bros Animation has produced for a Scooby feature since Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998).

Overall, it’s also one of the most entertaining Scooby features released in the last decade (or more). It just seems like more attention was given to producing a quality product which appealed both to kids and nostalgic Scooby Doo fans. For starters, it’s directed by Spike Brandt (Duck Dodgers, Animaniacs), and both Alan Burnett and Paul Dini — two of animation’s top writers — were involved in developing/writing the story and teleplay.

And it boasts a great cast too. Of course you’ll hear Welker, DeLisle, Cohn and Lillard (as Shaggy), and guest stars include Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Brian Posehn (Mission Hill, Transformers Animated), Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show), and comedian Dave Attell as the voice of the Mystery Machine’s wisecracking GPS. Also listen for cartoon voice acting regulars John DiMaggio, Dee Bradley Baker, Crystal Scales, Olivia Hack, Diane Delano, James Patrick Stuart, and John Stephenson whom I believe has voiced a character in nearly every Scooby Doo production since 1969.

Wikipedia also mentions a Scooby-Doo and the Wild West Frankenstein animated D2V feature for 2011, but I have been unable to find any sources confirming this title. And according to a post on ScoobyAddicts.com, there was a Wikipedia entry in October 2009 which listed this title as Scooby Doo and the Wild West Boogeyman. The listing was removed less than a week later.

A very special thanks to David Kaye — DavidKaye.com for the photos.


Rew Rooby-Roo Ru-Ray Reatures Rank Relker!

06.30.2009

Warner Home Video will release the live-action prequel Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins straight to Blu-Ray on September 22, 2009 with CGI Scoob voiced by Frank Welker.

[Source: TheHDRoom.com]


Happy Birthday, Casey Kasem!

04.27.2009

Wishing a very happy 77th birthday to Casey Kasem, born today in 1932.

Casey’s beginnings as a radio DJ in the 1960’s led to him establishing a long career in voice-overs — most notably as the voice of the iconic cartoon character Norville “Shaggy” Rogers on Scooby-Doo (which he continues to voice in recent productions), as well as characters on Transformers, Battle of the Planets, Super Friends, and other shows. He also founded and hosted the popular radio show “American Top 40” for more than 30 years, and recorded a steady stream of commercial voice-overs over the decades.

Learn more about Casey’s life and career on Wikipedia.org.


Happy Birthday, Frank Welker!

03.12.2009

welkerbdayWishing a very happy birthday to voice actor extraordinare, Frank Welker, born today in 1946.

What he’s known for? Gosh, everything from iconic cartoon characters as Freddy Jones on Scooby Doo, Megatron on Transformers, Dr. Claw on Inspector Gadget, Nibbler on Futurama, to screaming imitations of Michael Jackson and Leonard Nimoy, and all manner of animal sounds and vocal SFX for various and sundry films and TV series.

And before Frank became one of the busiest talents in the voiceover industry, he briefly had an on-camera acting career. He co-starred with Don Knotts in How To Frame A Figg (1971), and had supporting roles in the Elvis Presley flick The Trouble With Girls (1969) and Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) with Kurt Russell.

The Trouble With Girls, incidentally, also features Nicole Jaffe (Frank’s Scooby-Doo co-star who voiced Velma Dinkley) who plays a loquacious hotel receptionist. And Frank, appropriately, talks like a duck when he first appears in the film.

Frank also had featured roles in various TV shows, such as The Partridge Family and Love, American Style, and was a series regular on The Don Knotts Show (1971) and The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour (1973).

The on-camera acting bug has apparently bitten Frank again as he has a supporting role as ‘Mr. Whitacre’ in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh thriller The Informant with Matt Damon and Scott Bakula which is scheduled for release 10.09.09. I originally spotted this on Frank’s IMDb.com page and thought it was either a prank or an error, but was very pleased to see it confirmed in the second half of Frank’s TFW2005.com interview which was published Wednesday.

Frank may also be reprising his role as the voice of Soundwave for the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen feature film (previously reported here).

Visit The Official Frank Welker Homepage for more on Frank’s life and work. And there are also unofficial fan groups on MySpace and Facebook (keyword search: “Frank Welker”).

Special thanks to my fellow voice actor fan Doreen for the Frank birthday graphic.