Scoob! Review | Not a Ruh Roh

 

In the midst of this quarantine, I have been looking for answers to who may be responsible for the events of the last few months. I knew I could not do it myself so I decided to study the wisdom of Mystery Incorporated. After 94 minutes with them I still have no answers on who the real culprit is behind this craziness we currently live in, but what I did get was a very entertaining and visually appealing breath of fresh air that was the movie "SCOOB!".

The basic plot of the movie is different than just Scooby and the gang investigating a haunted house or anything we have experienced before. The biggest difference is that we know the actual identity of the villain the entire movie and do not have a true mystery that the gang needs to solve.

In the movie, Scooby and Shaggy are being hunted down by the villainous Dick Dastardly (voiced by Jason Isaacs) after splitting up from the rest of the gang. Notably the two characters with the least amount of muscle and smarts, they are helpless until they are saved by Shaggy's favorite superhero, The Blue Falcon (voiced by Mark Wahlberg). After being rescued, the duo is tasked with helping Blue Falcon stop Dick Dastardly from opening a mystical gate while the rest of the gang, Velma, Daphne, and Fred, search for Shaggy and Scooby, who they believe are lost and/or hurt.

The story to me was everything you can ask for in a movie for children, or even just for a grown man like myself, who used to enjoy watching the original Scooby-Doo cartoons.


In terms of the voice acting in this movie, Warner Brothers (please read this next part in the voice of  John Hammond from Jurassic Park) spared no expense, outside of the names listed above of Wahlberg and Isaacs, they were able to get Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo), Will Forte (Shaggy), Gina Rodgriguez (Velma), Amanda Seyfried (Daphne), Ken Jeong (Dynomutt; Blue Falcon's Sidekick), Tracy Morgan (Captain Caveman), and Zac Efron (Fred).

Matthew Lillard not voicing Shaggy was/is something that people have a problem with at the time of writing this and as a long-time fan of the series I must say that it was odd not hearing him, but Forte did an amazing job in his place.

The only negatives to this movie are that three of the five "main" characters are not really involved in the plot too much, humor is sometimes forced, and that they informed us that Shaggy's real name is Orval, which made me feel uneasy, to say the least.

I hope to see another movie set in this universe down the line and hope that this becomes a series, but as for now I would absolutely recommend watching this movie especially if you have children. It is an adorably animated feature that truly emphasizes how cute Scooby was as a puppy, with a very entertaining and comedic story and script, and most importantly a refreshing escape from your standard quarantine life. SCOOB! is currently out on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, VUDU, and Apple TV for the price of $19.99.

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