The LEGO Group has announced a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to release not only the first-ever LEGO building sets based on the classic Scooby-Doo series, but also a LEGO animated special.
Produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation, the 22-minute special -- set to air later this year -- will be followed by a series of made-for-video movies.
The series debuted in 1969 with Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo: Where Are You!, a Saturday-morning cartoon about four teenagers -- Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers -- and their talking dog Scooby-Doo, who drive around in their psychedelic van the Mystery Machine, solving crimes.
The franchise has had numerous incarnations over the years, both in animated and live-action form. Warner Bros. brought the Mystery Incorporated gang to the big screen in 2002 with the live-action Scooby-Doo, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and again in 2004 by Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed. Those were followed by a pair of television movies featuring a new cast. The studio currently has plans to return Scooby-Doo to the big screen, both in animated and live-action form.
LEGO plans five building sets, featuring the entire cast. The first is set to arrive in August.