Citing an “unprecedented demand for high-quality family entertainment in the home,” Warner Bros. will premiere its animated feature Scoob! on video on demand (vod) in the U.S. and Canada on May 15. The film had originally been scheduled to come out theatrically on the same date before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered theaters.
“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,” Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros. said in a statement. “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.”
Scoob! will become the second major animated feature to debut on vod, following Universal and Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, which became available on vod on April 10. Universal angered theatrical exhibitors by making it a day-and-date theatrical and vod release, and the film ended up playing in over a dozen drive-in theaters. It’s unclear if Warner Bros. will follow the same playbook, but even if they are, they haven’t announced any theatrical release to avoid further stoking tensions with exhibitors.