Big Top Scooby-Doo! (film)

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Big Top Scooby-Doo!
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Velma was pregnant at the time.
Production company Warner Bros. Premiere
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Home Video
Release date October 9, 2012
Run time 1:16:51
Starring Frank Welker
Matthew Lillard
Mindy Cohn
Grey DeLisle
Greg Ellis
Craig Ferguson
Maurice LaMarche
Carlos Ferro
Hynden Walch
Jeff Dunham
Peter Stormare
Executive producer(s) Sam Register
Producer(s) Spike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Music composed by Robert J. Kral
Screenplay by Doug Langdale
Director(s) Ben Jones
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Big Top Scooby-Doo! is an American animated mystery horror-comedy direct-to-video (DTV) film based on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV series in 1969. It was released by Warner Home Video through the Warner Premiere label on October 9, 2012. It was written by Doug Langdale, and directed by Ben Jones. The film is the seventeenth installment in the Scooby-Doo 2-D animated direct-to-video film series.

Mystery Inc. goes undercover at the Brancusi traveling circus when a werewolf has appeared and is stealing jewelry from the audience members while turning the performers into werewolves. Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby's friendship is in trouble when Shaggy starts taking credit for Scooby's talent.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Policeman 1: Dude, is that your mom?
Policeman 2: Dude, shut up.

Policeman 1: Did I hit it?
Policeman 2: I don't think it matters unless you've got some silver bullets in that thing. And you're right. That did kinda look like my mom.

Shaggy: Some friends. I need the Heimlich, and you're reaching for the silver bullets. You get that? Silver bullets for werewolves, garlic for vampires, the Heimlich for Shaggy.

Marius Brancusi: You're a strange fellow. But I admire your neck wear.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Werewolf Unavailable
Guard Jess Harnell
Cops Unavailable
Scooby-Doo Frank Welker
Daphne Blake Grey DeLisle
Shaggy Rogers Matthew Lillard
Velma Dinkley Mindy Cohn
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Marius Brancusi Greg Ellis
Baboons Unavailable
Marius Brancusi's uncle
Hans (photo) N/A
Maximilian III
Whitney Doubleday Craig Ferguson
Leone Unavailable
Archambault Maurice LaMarche
Oliverio Carlos Ferro
Lena Hynden Walch
Shvraiata Schmatko Jeff Dunham
Sisko Carlos Ferro
Felix Adler
Cap'n Fatty Maurice LaMarche
Jean Candi Milo
Joan Hynden Walch
Human Scooby-Doo Jess Harnell
Phil Flaxman Jim Meskimen
Wulfric Von Rydingsvard Peter Stormare
Wulfric Von Rydingsvard's entourage Unavailable
Conductor Jeff Dunham
Detective Jim Meskimen









The score was composed by Robert J. Kral.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: October 9, 2012 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and Ultraviolet download[1]

Behind the scenes

  • The guard dreams of accepting an Academy Award.
  • When Schmatko is talking about his former career in Russian theatre he starts listing Great Russian playwrights (Chekhov, Pushkin, Turgenev), Daphne asks if that includes Bulgakov. Schmatko is surprised that Daphne knows of Bulgakov and declares her a "cultured lady". Schmatko's reaction is actually very realistic. Bulgakov is an important figure in Russian Literature, relatively well known in Russia as both a novelist and a playwright. However, he is mostly unknown in non-Russian-speaking countries like the US. Americans that do know of him mostly know him because of his novel, The Master and Margarita (which wasn't even properly translated into English or available "un-censored" in the US until the 1990s). His plays are almost unknown in American theater and rarely performed. Daphne being aware of Bulgakov's existence and importance in Russian Theatre is surprising and unusual, and would indicate an interest in either Russian literature or foreign language theater.


  • When Shaggy and Scooby are hiding in the popcorn cart, the gang is clearly a few yards away. When the duo turns around, revealing the werewolf to the left, the gang disappears.
  • Shaggy says Australia isn't a real place, and that kangaroos are made-up. This is a serious continuity error or Shaggy has a memory lapse, since in the fifth direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire, the gang went to Australia and saw real kangaroos.
  • When Marius introduces Fred to Oliverio and Lena, Daphne is wearing her circus outfit, but when Marius takes her to Schmatko's trailer, she is wearing her casual clothes.
  • Velma puts her human comet helmet above the glasses, which disappear as soon as her eyes can be seen through the helmet.
  • It is never explained how the werewolves vanished after being caught in the net.
  • It's unclear why Doubleday and Archambault decided to steal only specific jewels, as the mythological werewolf creating function of the specific jewels was not well known; This means that there would be very limited expected benefit to closely following the myth. It would be more logical (and more profitable) for them to steal lots of jewelry, including the specific jewels in the myth. If they needed someone to connect the jewel robberies with werewolf lore, all they had to do was plant the werewolf book (with the stolen jewels circled in the picture) where someone would find it.

Marketing and promotion

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Brazilian Portuguese Scooby Doo! A Tenda do Circo Scooby Doo! The Circus Tent
Greek Ο Σκούμπι-Ντου στο Τσίρκο Scooby-Doo at the Circus
Hungarian A Scooby-Doo a rivaldafényben Scooby-Doo in the Spotlight
Italian Scooby Doo! ed il mistero del circo Scooby-Doo! and the Mystery of the Circus
Polish Scooby Doo: Wielka draka wilkołaka Scooby-Doo: Big Trouble of Werewolves
Romanian Scooby-Doo! Sub Cupola Circului Scooby-Doo! Under the Dome of the Circus
Russian Скуби-Ду! Под куполом цирка Scooby-Doo! Under the Dome of the Circus
Spanish (Latin America) Scooby-Doo! Estrella del Circo Scooby-Doo! Circus' Star

Home availability


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  1. ^ Katz, Josh (July 11, 2012). "Big Top Scooby-Doo! Blu-ray". Retrieved May 16, 2020.