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ANIMATED MADE FOR VIDEO FILM STARRING WWE SUPERSTARS AND DIVAS TO BEGIN PRODUCTION SET FOR A 2014 HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

STAMFORD, Conn., August 15, 2012 – Warner Bros. and WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced they will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that will find Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania®. The announcement was made today by Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation, Warner Home Video and Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios.

WWE Superstars and Divas including Triple H®, John Cena®, Kane, The Miz®, Brodus Clay™, Santino Marella®, Sin Cara™ and AJ™ will appear in animated form and lend their voices to the project. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon® will also lend his voice and appear in animated form.

“We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. on this wonderful animated film,” said WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. “Kids and adults are going to enjoy seeing their favorite WWE Superstars in animated form join forces with an icon like Scooby-Doo to solve a mystery at the biggest pop-culture event of the year – WrestleMania.”

“Warner Bros. is thrilled to get into the ring with WWE Studios to bring fans an unprecedented animated adventure,” said Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Warner Home Video. “We’re excited to leverage the WWE’s family-friendly brand and passionate fan base and integrate some of the most popular WWE Superstars and Divas within the Scooby-Doo gang.”

When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show, Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE Superstars to solve the case.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. The film will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation. WWE will utilize its extensive global reach through its television, digital media and print assets to market the release of the film.

Bradley Buchanan, VP of Business and Legal Affairs negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios.

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14 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    I will watch.

  2. loo s says:

    “…family friendly brand….”. SMH

  3. Jamie says:

    Is it only me who noticed Kane is the only one with no kind of copyright/trademark on his name?

  4. loo s says:

    they should solve the mystery of the plummeting WWE stock….oh wait that’s not a mystery.

  5. Urvy says:

    So that’s how they managed to snag the DVD rights to No Holds Barred… WWE snagged the rights of said film from Warner/New Line in exchange for making this!

    And the irony about it is that WB owns Scooby-Doo (and all Hanna-Barbera characters with exceptions of licensed characters) and New Line Cinema and once owned WCW before selling WCW to WWE in 2001!

  6. SaneAmongInsane.com says:

    As much as I’ve always hated Scooby-Doo, I think this is awesome.

  7. Kerry says:

    Back to the era of Hulk Hogan’s Rock N Wrestling.

  8. Meh says:

    A Scobby Doo WWE themed episode? What in the stars!

    So whom is in the mysterious ghostly bear costume? JTG? Zack Ryder? Drew McIntyre? Heath Slater? Tyler Reks? Trent Baretta? Ryback?

  9. gly says:

    are you serious?!

    oh great this fun ha ha to see & with what next power rangers & wwe?

  10. GTS= go to sleep, sleepy head! says:

    I understand this is for the WWE universe 10-under fan base, but come on, animating sports entertainers is like seeing Tiger Woods or your anonymous MMA all-stars or whatever they call them is both comical and stupid, but hey, this is geared for little kids because they too can identify the names and faces of their favorite WWE personalities and then go all Turbo Teen and morph into an animated version of themselves, which I think would be cool if I were a sports entertainer!

  11. GTS= go to sleep, sleepy head! says:

    Boogeyman, Doink, Bastion Booger, Tugboat, Giant Gonzalez, The Goon, Gillberg, Shockmaster, PN News and all the the Paul Heyman era ECW wrestlers all need to make cameos!

  12. ELNYIS says:

    @Jamie I saw that Too.

    OAN: I think this video will be interesting. I know people will be upset that the WWE are doing things like this and are still doing PG themed shows. You have to think though, if they don’t do PG then they wont have kids and parents to watch their shows, to buy merchandise, to spread word of mouth to other kids. If the WWE wants to succeed they need to appeal to the mothers and children. And it’s because of this why we no longer have Bra & Panties themed matches. Hardcore or First Blood matches. People may be mad but they need to realize that for the company to survive year after year, this is what needs to happen. Vince can’t always appeal to “the real wrestling fans” out there. Not profitable enough.

  13. Urvy says:

    @ELNYIS-That is true, times are changing. Don’t forget, the WWE was like this in the 80′s until the mid 90′s. Back then, the Internet wasn’t invented yet.

    Ghost bear, eh? Could it be Death Bear from Regular Show?

  14. Honest Man says:

    @Urvy will technically you are right, WB may not own all of the shows the animated forms of some of the licensed characters are still there’s to do with, all they need is to re-sign the license HB once had.

    This has been the case with a lot of the shows with characters that were liscensed and some were not. Some required new settlements before a DVD release of the old material was possible and some did not.

    Right now thanks to WB’s legal team, i bet you if they went back and made another season of Harvey Birdman, they have a lot more characters to work with now then when they started due to a lot more licenses from the HB library being resolved.

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