Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval times, around the time King Arthur carried his sword. The gang is excited to learn more about Shaggy’s family line and travel to the modern-day location of Camelot. However, many characters within the community are not overly enthusiastic about Shaggy and the team visiting and seeking more information. Soon an evil sorceress transports the gang back in time. Now Shaggy and the gang must find a way to get back home and survive the chaos of knights who wish to do battle, magical wizards, oh and let us not forget- dragons! Yikes!
I have always been a Scooby-Doo fan, but I was highly disappointed with the release last year (Scoob! 2020). Thankfully, this release goes back to basics with its animation style and introduces elements that I have never known about when it comes to Shaggy’s family tree.
The voice work was a major highlight for me. It was incredibly pleasing to hear Matthew Lillard’s voice again, who played Shaggy in the feature-length Scooby-Doo films back in 2002 & 2004. Matthew Lillard remains my all-time favourite when it comes to voicing Shaggy. Frank Welker is also an excellent return, and joining him are the talented voices of Jason Isaacs, Kate Micucci and Nick Frost.
The plot is generally paced well, with only the second act showing slight signs of being slower than the rest. The opening is excellent, and the film’s third act is filled with creativity and adventure. Like all Scooby-Doo films, there are some reveals, and while I understand it is a children’s movie, the reveals are extremely obvious and far too predictable. This did not alter the fun I had watching this film, though.
Overall, Scooby-Doo fans should be pleased with this new feature-length film. It is another instalment of Scooby and the gang tackling a mystery, but to my surprise, it also introduces new elements such as questioning Shaggy’s past and time travel. Voice work here is brilliant, especially from actors Matthew Lillard and Nick Frost, who never disappoint in animation. Sadly, big reveals are way too predictable, but I cannot deny, I still had a great time with this new feature film.
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