Warner Bros.’ “Scoob,” an animated film based on “Scooby-Doo” characters, will skip its planned theatrical release and instead launch next month on digital rental services.

Starting May 15, “Scoob” will be available to rent for $19.99 in the U.S. and Canada. It will also be available to buy for $24.99. The movie, geared toward younger audiences, was originally scheduled to debut in theaters on May 15, but was indefinitely delayed as the coronavirus pandemic forced cinemas to close.

“While we’re all eager to be able to once again show our films in theaters, we’re navigating new, unprecedented times which call for creative thinking and adaptability in how we distribute our content,” Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement. “We know fans are eager to see ‘Scoob’ and we’re delighted we can deliver this feel-good movie for families to enjoy while they’re home together.”

The decision to drastically alter release plans for “Scoob” comes after Universal’s announcement that “Trolls World Tour” — which also amended its theatrical rollout in favor of premium video on demand — landed the biggest debut for a digital rental.

The news is another thwack to movie theater owners, who have been adamantly against any attempts to shorten a film’s life span in their venues. Studios have been forced to reshuffle their release calendars, delaying many tentpoles and finding new release dates for others as theaters remain closed with no clear sign of when they can safely reopen.

For the most part, studios have committed to keeping their major movies on the big screen. However, Paramount opted to sell its romantic comedy “The Lovebirds” to Netflix, while Disney sent sci-fi adventure “Artemis Fowl” to Disney Plus, the studio’s streaming service.

“Scoob” was directed by Tony Cervone and follows childhood best friends Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne, who solve crimes along with Shaggy’s pet dog, Scooby-Doo. The voice cast includes Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried.

11 responses to “‘Scoob’ Will Skip Theaters and Debut on Digital Platforms in May”

  1. Wise decision. This would have been a box office disappointment. Perfect for streaming, though.

  2. Andrew says:

    Looks amazing and great to see scooby doo being introduced to another generation. Would love to see droopy, Yosemite sam and bugs in a quality cg movie or another roger rabbit.

  3. Rento says:

    Who will re t, when you can own it for just 5 more bucks? 🙄

  4. Ryan The Super Internet Person says:

    They better reverse this choice before it’s too late, it’s like putting Parasite as a Disney+ original film.

    I don’t think the new SpongeBob movie shouldn’t be released in theaters, since its could had been box office rival Scoob is skipping the big screen(and the two cartoon based films were going to be released within a week from each other before the world came to a halt), Paramount’s Sponge on the Run should too(and should be a Netflix Original Film, just like The Loud House and Rise of the TMNT films are going to be)

  5. Dave says:

    No surprise. The trailer looked terrible.

  6. Marci says:

    Dumped on TV for the littlest kiddies. Just where garbage like this belongs.

    Whoever is running Warner’s Animation needs to go. No vision.

  7. Cameron McEwen says:

    It’s like studios want to go bankrupt, because that’s what’ll happen if movies go straight to streaming.