Based on the smash-hit animated TV series, Scoob the movie begins with a young Shaggy alone on the beach wishing he had a best friend. Suddenly a naughty Dog is running around the beach causing trouble. Shaggy bumps into the nameless dog, and the two develop a touching new friendship. Shaggy decides to give him the name called “Scooby Dooby Doo” (aka Scooby-Doo or Scoob!). The new duo do everything together and are truly the greatest friends anyone could ask for! One night on Halloween, Shaggy and Scooby decide to do some trick or treating and while doing so bump into fellow trick or treaters Fred, Velma, and Daphne. The group decide to hang out and manage to solve a mystery at a scary mansion, which begins the famous Mystery Incorporated!
But in the present day, Mystery Incorporated is seeking investors to expand to the next level. One investor who expresses an interest feels that team members Scooby and Shaggy are holding the team back from future greatness. Annoyed and hurt, Shaggy and Scooby decide to go out and have some fun bowling until they get kidnapped by an unknown spaceship! As it turns out, Scooby is the last of his race and only he can save the world from a Dogpocalypse!
The animation here is extremely pleasing. The image quality is all very bright and colourful. I also enjoyed the look of the characters themselves as they honour the many fans who may have grown up with the series. The voice work here is also pleasing, particularly Frank Welker, who voices the loveable dog Scooby-Doo. Mark Wahlberg along with Will Forte (Shaggy) were also fun.
But being a Scooby fan personally, it really saddens me to say how much this film disappointed me. Firstly, this just does not feel like a Scooby-Doo film. The plot is easily the weakest element. I found myself rather uninterested in the storyline. Instead, we have a world full of superheroes, spaceships, interdimensional worlds, robots, and aliens. The plot was uninteresting, pointless, and yep- I found it frustrating to watch. The film’s audio track for the most part was generally excellent, but there is undoubtedly an overuse of bass in the audio track (slightly odd!). The film’s villain is also disappointing, but once again this relates to the film’s plot.
Overall, Scooby-Doo fans will be very excited to see this feature, and needless to say, it will best be enjoyed by children and families that want to watch a brainless film. The animation is exceptionally pleasing, and the voice work by the leading characters is also great. But sadly, this film disappointed me. The film’s plot is weak, dull, and uninteresting. As I watched this film, it just didn’t feel like a Scooby-Doo film, and for some reason, the movie decided to take the characters many have grown to love in a very different direction, which is simply sad to see.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden