Film: Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins is a 2009 made-for-TV film directed by Brian Levant, produced by Warner Premiere and distributed by Warner Home Video. It stars Frank Welker as Scooby, Nick Palatas as Shaggy, Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Robbie Arnell as Fred.

This film shows the first mystery ever solved by Scooby-Doo and his friends and how they first met and befriended one another.


  • A Boy and His X: Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Alternate Continuity: For the live action films.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Scooby
  • Blatant Lies: Shaggy tried to use some to avoid admitting being Book Dumb. The list included: being born in a leap year; too tall for his age...
  • Book Dumb: Shaggy was held back a year twice. He had to admit it when he told his friends he already had a driver's license.
  • Canine Companion: Scooby and Shaggy become inseparable after they first meet. Shaggy even tries to sneak him onto the school bus.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Fred's attempt at small-talk leads to this.
    Fred: So, the Bears really slaughtered those Dolphins last night, huh?
    Shaggy: What? That's terrible! Who in their right mind would bring bears to the beach?
  • Cowardly Lion: Scooby tackles the Specter for trying to blow up the gang with dynamite.
  • Dean Bitterman: Vice Principal Grimes
  • Despite the Plan: Subverted. The gang's attempt to catch the Specter allows him to get the time capsule and nearly gets them killed.
  • Dramatic Unmask: "Principal Deedle?!"
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Lampshaded by Velma.
  • Exact Words: When they were told they mustn't be seen anywhere near Coolsville High, Daphne emphasized on they to suggest disguises. Shaggy thought she was suggesting using some invisibility serum.
  • The Faceless: Shaggy's mother is briefly seen, but only as legs at the top of the basement stairs.
  • Food as Bribe: During the epilogue, Shaggy offered (and named) Scooby Snacks to convince Scooby to join the gang in further mysteries.
  • The Glomp: Scooby does this to Shaggy after they solve the mystery.
  • Held Back In School: Shaggy reveals that he flunked a couple of grades. He's clearly embarrassed by it, but it also means that he's the only one with a driver's license, and legally able to drive the brand new Mystery Machine they just acquired.
  • Heroes With Bad Publicity: Thinking the "ghosts" are elaborate pranks, Bitterman blames the gang and suspends them. When an investigation attempt leads to severe property damage, Bitterman expels them.
  • Hidden Depths: The bitter janitor wants to be a dancing star.
  • Honor Before Reason: When Bitterman catches Scooby and Shaggy in the freezer, he asks if Fred, Daphne and Velma were on school grounds the previous night as well. Shaggy lies, but the others step forward anyway.
  • I Am One of Those Too: A scene involves Velma sneaking around an office in the school's library while she's looking for evidence. When the librarian walks in and demands to know what she was doing, she pretends to be a lost exchange student from Russia. Guess who once went to Moscow and learned Russian.
  • I Have Your Dog: The Specter forces the gang to search for the time capsule by taking Scooby hostage.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Shaggy is Type B. He's rather lonely, but doesn't let on how much it depresses him.
  • Jerk Jock: One keeps harassing Shaggy on the bus. Scooby later bites him for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bitterman apologizes to the gang for misjudging them, saying he just loves the school a lot.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Fred's attempt to do this early on gets him yelled at ("Who put you in charge?", "You just wanna go with the hot girl," etc.) Otherwise played straight, though.
  • Lovable Jock: Fred. He chastises his teammate for picking on Shaggy, though he doesn't actually try to stop it either.
  • Mythology Gag: Between the epilogue and the end credits, the theme song for What's New, Scooby-Doo? played, as well as a clip parodying the intro of that series and other Scooby-Doo ones.
    • One of the ghosts Shaggy summons in the climax looks like Miner '49-er from the cartoon.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Deedle hadn't pushed Shaggy to find some friends, the gang never would've gotten together and solved the mystery.
  • Odd Friendship: Mystery, Inc.. The only common interest they share is mystery books.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Lampshaded. Upon meeting Scooby, Shaggy notes his real name is Norville, but most everyone calls him by his nickname. Shaggy also feels that "Scooby" has a better sound to it than "Scobert."
  • Origins Episode
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The two ghosts haunting the school are transparent, can fly and look zombified. These ghosts are real, and Shaggy accidentally raises dozens more by reading the wrong spell.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The band of heroes were: a Jock, a Spoiled Sweet girl, a smart girl, a Big Eater and a cowardly dog. No, not that cowardly dog.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Deedle or so it seems.
  • Red Herring: The librarian and the janitor are considered because they hate their jobs, but they're quickly eliminated. Grimes in particular is set up as this.
  • Retcon: The origin of the Mystery Machine. In What's New, Scooby-Doo?, it originally belonged to a musical group known as "The Mystery Kids" and was already painted the way most fans got used to see. In this movie, it belonged to Daphne's parents, who kept it for their gardener to use. It was still a plain green van.
    • Considering there are multiple stories of how the gang met, it's much better to assume this is more of an Alternate Continuity.
  • Scary Librarian: The school librarian makes no secret of how much she hates working there. She does like being a librarian, as she takes a university position.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: Subverted. The Specter is really Deedle, but the ghosts are real.
  • Shout-Out: In the Mystery Machine, there was a Huckleberry Hound doll.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Daphne
  • Stepford Smiler: Shaggy is a generally a positive guy, but he tries not to let on how lonely he feels.
  • The Summation
  • Talking Animal: Take a guess.
  • Team Hand Stack: Subverted when Shaggy tries this and is told the moment isn't right. Played straight during the ending.
  • True Companions
  • You Meddling Kids

Alternative Title(s):

Scooby Doo The Mystery Begins