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Exclusive look: How Daphne & Velma movie updates the Scooby-Doo universe while paying homage to its '60s roots

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Apr 29, 2019, 7:17 AM EDT (Updated)

Daphne & Velma drops on home video Tuesday and tells the story of the young Mystery Inc. sleuths when they were still in high school. There's no Scooby, Shaggy, or Fred, but there's a sinister mystery afoot and a darn good one too, one that pays homage to the 1960s cartoon that inspired this prequel movie.

In this exclusive featurette debuting on SYFY WIRE, some of the key players involved with the project explain how they created a world that fits into the 21st century, but still nods to the campy roots of the original show. 

“We all know Scooby-Doo to be a mystery, but it’s also a cartoon,” says Vanessa Marano, who portrays Carol, one of the students at Ridge Valley High School. “There’s a lot of comedic elements and they kept that alive within the story that we were telling.”

Nevertheless, the school itself, not to mention the overarching world, is a futuristic marvel of modern technology.

“We’ve modernized a lot of the elements of the original material,” says director Suzi Yoonessi.

And while the tech is state-of-the-art, the behavior of the characters and the way they go about solving the mystery is pure Scooby-Doo

“They’re in this sort of high-tech world, which is sort of new and fun, but it’s the classic peering behind shelves and going through corridors. It wouldn’t be Scooby-Doo without a hidden secret passage,” says Arden Myrin, who plays Principal Piper.

As part of Warner Bros. Television's Blue Ribbon Content, Daphne & Velma's story revolves around the two title characters teaming up to find out why and how certain students turn into mindless zombies.

Click on the gallery below for more sneak peeks from the movie — we bet you'll yelp a few gleeful "JINKIES!" while checking them out.

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