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Zoinks! Gene Simmons and KISS meet Scooby-Doo and the gang

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers talked about the new animated movie at Comic-Con.

Gene Simmons Scooby-DooGene Simmons Scooby-DooGene Simmons of KISS licks Scooby-Doo in this scene from "Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery." (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)

If the last half-century of pop culture has proven anything to us, it's two things: 1) KISS generally doesn't take themselves too seriously, and 2) Scooby-Doo and the gang love to solve mysteries with celebrities in tow. So it seems like a pairing of the two entertainment legends is more natural than one might think. We'll find out with the new movie "Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery," which comes out on digital download today and on DVD and Blu-ray on July 21.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the rest of KISS talked about the movie at Comic-Con on Thursday, along with Matthew Lillard (who voices Shaggy, a nice wink and a nod to his role in the live-action "Scooby-Doo" movies), Grey Griffin (voice of Daphne) and Pauley Perette. The movie was screened at the conference, and Kevin Smith moderated the Q&A.

KISS has its rabid fans, and they were in attendance during the panel. "I have been a KISS fan almost literally since the moment of my birth,” Melissa Miller, who attended the panel at Comic-Con, told From The Grapevine. "This was, by far, the panel I was looking forward to the most out of the whole weekend. It did not disappoint.”

The plot of the movie is pretty basic: The Scooby gang drive the Mystery Machine to the KISS World amusement park to hear the band play. But there's a gh-gh-gh-ghost! Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scoob help the band rid the park of the apparition, who is likely some janitor who's annoyed that he "would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for you meddling kids!" The movie will feature six fan favorite KISS songs, along with a new song made for the movie.

In this scene, the band's penchant for slapping their name on whatever they can is skewered. Thank goodness Fred came to the rescue with that churro:

Here's the Israeli-born Simmons, along with Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer talking about the movie to IGN:

This isn't the first time KISS has hooked up with the Scooby gang; they appeared in an episode of "What's New Scooby Doo?" in 2003:

"The panel reminded me why I come to Comic-Con in the first place," said Miller. "The Scooby-Doo/KISS collaboration comes across as a love letter written by the Scooby-Doo production team to the band. It is almost an attempt to re-create or 'fix' the problems of the notorious KISS 'film' from the '70s, 'KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.'" We agree, and you might, too, after watching this:

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