Thursday, June 18, 2020

'Scoob' is Flimsy Fun Family Entertainment (Movie Review)

As a big fan of Scooby-Doo, I was excited to see what we would get with the first theatrically released movie in the franchise in a very long time. Unfortunately, 'Scoob' never got to hit the big-screen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It went straight-to-digital, where it no doubt has done pretty good. I haven't really checked the numbers , but I can only imagine.

I have to be honest with those reading this review of 'Scoob.' I was less than enthused when I found out that the voice cast of the straight-to-DVD movies was being replaced for this. There's a reason those actors have lasted over a decade now in the vocal roles of those characters. I'm especially loyal to Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, who was replaced by Will Forte here. Thankfully, Frank Welker still voiced Scooby. Overall, the voice cast did well, even though I still wish they would have stuck with the actors I know and love from the past few years.

The storyline for 'Scoob' was fine and there were some funny parts, but I still felt like there was something missing. It wasn't enough to ruin the whole experience, but left me wanting more in the end. The most fun was had in the cameos we get from other Hanna-Barbera icons like Blue Falcon and Dyno-Mutt. I was really hoping for an appearance from Jabberjaw, but it never came. He's seen in the credits, but only in 2D and not CGI.

If you're into Mystery Inc, and their canine crimefighter, then I would definitely recommend 'Scoob.' My three-year-old daughter can't stop watching it and my fourteen-year-old Scooby-Doo devotee / historian loved it as well. Parents who grew up watching any of its other incarnations will love it because there's some nice "adult" jokes that will go over the heads of the youngsters. Let me say that some of them aren't as subtle as they maybe should be.