Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (film)
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|Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase|
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Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
|Distributor:||Warner Home Video|
|Release date:||October 9, 2001|
|Executive producer(s):||Jean MacCurdy|
|Music composed by:||Louis Febre|
|Screenplay by:||Mark Turosz|
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Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase is an American animated mystery/sci-fi comedy direct-to-video film based on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV series in 1969. It was released by Warner Home Video through the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label on October 9, 2001. It was written by Mark Turosz, and directed by Jim Stenstrum. The film is the fourth installment in the Scooby-Doo 2-D animated direct-to-video film series.
Mystery Inc. is sucked into an advanced video game by a mystery assailant. If they wish to escape cyberspace, they must traverse the plains of 10 dangerous levels until their face to face with the Phantom Virus.
Shaggy: Nice try, Phantom Virus. But you can't fool us.
Scooby and Cyber Scooby: Yeah.
Gator Ghoul: Roar!
Scooby and Cyber Scooby: Errrrh. Errh! ERH!
Gator Ghoul: ROOOOOOOOAR!
Shaggy: Tough time with the mask, guys?
Scooby: H-h-he's real.
Gator Ghoul: ROOOOOOOOOOOOOAR!
Daphne: That means that they're all real!
Creeper: Creeper! ROOOAR!
Daphne: Jeepers, it's the Creeper.
Cyber Velma: The what?
Fred: He's one of the villains from our past.
Shaggy: And he's got a pet.
Velma: It's Jaguaro. He's supposed to be in Brazil.
In order of appearance:
- The Moon
- Super magnets
- Scooby Snacks
While Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost had some difficulties with Warner Bros. giving the lead team (Davis Doi, Jim Stenstrum, and Lance Falk, with Glenn Leopold having left after Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders) one of their own writers to work with that film was minor compared to the extreme difficulties this had. Without the team's approval, Warner Bros. used their contracted writer Mark Turosz to write a movie they had to make and on top of that to make sense. This caused the planned "origin" film to be scrapped. Nobody was interested in doing the movie, with Stenstrum even suggesting the gang be played by live-action actors in the video game scenes just to make the film worth doing.
Falk described Turosz as a live-action writer who didn't understand how animation worked, since he wrote scenes that were problematic given the budget and time constraints they were under (such as camera movement needed to show the merry-go-round in motion), leading the film to have far more storyboard artists as a result. He also gave them suspects they had to work out for themselves.
The team insisted that they be allowed to handle the series after Cyber Chase, but again Warner Bros. tasked Turosz to write the script for the next film, Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire, so the remaining three quit. Incidentally, Stenstrum and Falk later worked in the Warner Bros. Animation department in lesser roles, but Glenn Leopold and Davis Doi have never worked for the studio again.
When Time Warner bought out Turner, Hanna-Barbera became an in-house studio of Warner Bros. with less authority, and with the death of co-founder William Hanna, it was shut down effective immediately. Despite this, Warner Bros. still marketed Scooby-Doo as a trademark of Hanna-Barbera. Jean McCurdy also stepped down as President of Warner Bros. Animation, and was succeeded by Sander Schwartz. Legend of the Vampire didn't come until two years later.
This was the last film to carry the mature theme introduced in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (although the script was relatively lighter in comparison to even Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders), and it is the last film to be animated by Mook. Scott Innes and B.J. Ward were also removed from the cast, with Frank Welker replacing Innes as the voice of Scooby, and Casey Kasem returning to the role of Shaggy. The next two films are intermediate stories in the exact same style as the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series, with Nicole Jaffe and Heather North being brought back to add to tag on the nostalgic heartstrings. DeLisle continued to voice Daphne when the series shifted into a "21st century makeover" with the TV series What's New, Scooby-Doo?
- "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" - Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, and Fred Schneider of The B-52's
- "Hello, Cyberdream" - David Nicoll and Wes Quave
- "Double Double Joint" - Richard Lawrence Wolf
Dates are in order of release:
- United States: October 9, 2001 on VHS and DVD
Behind the scenes
- The busboy at the university is a cameo of the middle-aged tourist wearing flannel and overalls in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost.
- This is the first film not to be nominated for an Annie award.
- This film is dedicated to William Hanna, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera.
- When Daphne and Fred first come into view, their faces aren't drawn in. The Mystery Machine's logo is also barely recognizable. Both of these can literally be seen coming into detail the closer they come onto the screen.
- In the scene when Jaguaro falls down the log flume and both Scooby and Cyber-Scooby wave goodbye, both of their collars are red and their fur is the same shade of brown Cyber-Scooby's.
- In the scene where Jaguaro was walking in the carnival, both Scooby and Cyber-Scooby have their collars blue.
- When Velma was explaining about finding the box of Scooby Snacks, in the first level, she has Daphne's voice instead of her normal voice.
- Daphne does not wear her jacket during the post-credits sequence.
- In the scene during "Double Double Joint", when both Velma's run into the petting zoo, followed by Old Iron Face, it clearly states "CYBER AND PETTING ZOO" on a banner behind them. The "L" in CYBERLAND is missing.
The Creeper from the original series growled "PAPER" while the one featured in this movie simply states its name in a menacing tone of voice. This is due to a common misconception that the Creeper was always repeating his own name instead of demanding they give him an incriminating photo.
- It's obvious that Officer Wembley couldn't have beamed the gang into cyberspace because the arm that was shown activating the laser was thin and had a lab coat sleeve over it. Officer Wembley had beefy arms and was bare.
- When the Virus makes the telephone attack Eric in the opening, the wires wrap around Eric's wrist. In the flashback, the wires are around his sleeve.
- Jaguaro is much shorter than his Scooby-Doo Show counterpart and growls like a tiger instead of letting out a Tarzan-esque yell.
In Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire, Shaggy and Scooby play Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.
Marketing and promotion
The film inspired two different video games released on Sony's PlayStation and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance's consoles.
In other languages
|Arabic||سكوبي دو ومشكلة الليزر||Scooby-Doo and the Laser Problem|
|Greek||Ο Scooby-Doo και ο Κυβερνοχώρος||Scooby-Doo and the Cyberspace|
|Polish||Scooby Doo i cyber pościg||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase|
- In the United States:
- In the United Kingdom and Ireland:
- October 22, 2001: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase on VHS.
- October 22, 2001: Warner Home Video releases Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase on DVD.