Daphne & Velma is a 2018 direct-to-video film in the Scooby-Doo franchise. It is executed produced by sisters Jennifer & Ashley Tisdale and her production company, Blondie Girl Productions, and is directed by Suzi Yoonessi (Dear Lemon Lima).
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright and optimistic Daphne (Sarah Jeffery of Descendants & Shades of Blue) and whip-smart and analytical Velma (Sarah Gilman of Last Man Standing & I Didn't Do It) are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online — until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High, a tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school’s benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear — only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
Tropes in this movie include:
- 20 Minutes into the Future: Although set in the "modern day", it's a modern day featuring computer technology and artificial intelligence beyond what is actually available (certainly at the high-school level) in the real world of 2018, the year the film was released. For example, in one scene, a 3D printer is used to make edible food, which is not yet possible, though it has been speculated.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Daphne, who was usually about of average intelligence in previous works (and not so much in Mystery Incorporated or Be Cool!), is smart enough to enter into a prestigious tech school at Velma's side.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: The movie will center around Daphne and Velma, taking place before they meet Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby.
- Canon Discontinuity: As another interpretation of how the gang formed (or specifically how Daphne and Velma met) before Where Are You?, this places Daphne & Velma in a different continuity than the first and second live-action movies, the first and second prequels, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Mystery Incorporated, and Be Cool!. One Warner Bros. online ad even deliberately called it a standalone movie to drive this in.
- Mythology Gag: Crystal Cove is mentioned.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Velma makes sure to be a bad student, as top students disappear and are zombie-like when they come back.
- Prequel: To Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and the rest of the franchise.
- Setting Update: It takes place in contemporary 2010s (albeit a version of the 2010s with technology considerably in advance of what is actually available in the real world).