New Scooby Doo movie will be available to stream in May
Jeepers, social distancing is starting to get old, like right, gang? Well, have no fear: Scooby and his friends are here to make the COVID-19 quarantine a little more palatable.
On May 15, the latest Scooby-Doo film “Scoob!” was scheduled to hit a movie theater near you, but social distancing guidelines mean that will no longer be possible. Ruh-roh. But here’s some good news: Instead, “Scoob!” will be available for download on May 15.
You can either rent the movie for $19.99 via services such as Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Fandango Now, or you can purchase it for $24.99. If you know you and your family are huge Scooby fans, shelling out that extra $5 will definitely be worth it, so you can rewatch the film to your heart’s content.
Ann Sarnoff, Warner Bros. CEO, discussed the decision to make the movie available for home viewers in a recent press statement.
“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,” Sarnoff said. “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 greatly-anticipated sequel to “Trolls,” “Trolls World Tour,” also skipped theaters and went straight to premium video on demand (PVOD).
This ended up being a lucrative move for the studio, as the film earned almost $100 million in the first three weeks, with more of the profits going to Universal rather than being split with theaters (which explains why AMC is now feuding with the media giant).
“The results for ‘Trolls World Tour’ have exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the viability of PVOD,” Jeff Shell, NBCUniversal CEO, said to the Wall Street Journal. “As soon as theaters reopen, we expect to release movies on both formats.”
What do you think? Do you prefer watching new releases in theaters, or do you enjoy the comfort of streaming new films in the comfort of your own home?