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Scooby Doo! and KISS at SDCC – Panel, Interviews, Premiere!

Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery is the twenty-fourth film in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films and was released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment digitally July 10, 2015, after SDCC attendees saw the World Premiere screening in Hall H the night before the release. The movie was written by Kevin Shinick and directed/produced by Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt.

Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of ”those meddling kids” join up with Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman to solve the mystery of the Crimson Witch and why she haunts KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band.


The movie includes several KISS songs, including “Rock and Roll All Night”, “Shout it Out Loud”, “I Was Made for Loving You”, “Detroit Rock City”, and “Modern Day Delilah” as well as an original new song performed by the band written just for the film called “Don’t Touch My Ascot”.

Check out the SDCC interviews that ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell had with the legendary band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer, vocal talents Pauley Perrette (Crimson Witch), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Grey Griffin (Daphne), Jason Mewes (Worker #1) and Kevin Smith (Worker #2); as well as Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt (Directors/Producers) and Kevin Shinick (Writer).

After the interviews and the World Premiere screening of the film, Kevin Smith moderated a panel that included everyone we had the pleasure of meeting on the red carpet. The band revealed which Scooby episodes were their favorite, and teased Eric about him being the one fan of Scrappy Doo. Kevin Shinick explained how the 1978 TV movie “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” influenced and inspired him for this film.

As we watched the movie, it was always in the back of my mind as to how they were going to prove that the Crimson Witch was just someone in a mask, and the characters themselves, mostly Velma, teased that there is always a logical explanation for the special effects that make it look like there’s a real ghost. The deeper we got into the film, it was clear that something “out of this world” was going on, as spaceships, the superhero powers of KISS, and portals to other worlds made their way into the plot. Of course, there were always extended sequences of the ghouls chasing the Mystery, Inc. gang so we could sing along with several classic KISS songs. OK, I was definitely singing along with them. The kids in the audience? Not so much. But, that’s the beauty of this crossover. It brings together multiple generations and fans of different genres into one wild film of animation, rock music, comedy, suspense, mystery, and a couple characters that never seem to get enough food.

Overall, this film was a fun, wild ride that I could see again and again. It was definitely a huge improvement over “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park”, and although some of the songs were the same, and it took place in an Amusement Theme Park, nothing else was similar at all. It was well written by Kevin Shinick, who kept the personalities of all characters, including the members of KISS, intact. I just want to find out what “cough syryp” he was taking when he wrote some of these scenes.


Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD right now! We hope you enjoyed the interviews. There will be many more coming from San Diego Comic-Con soon, as other franchises have new releases in the next few weeks.

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I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.

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