As a lifelong Scooby-Doo fan, I had to watch this new movie and much to my surprise, it turned out much better than I ever expected it to be.
I’ve become a huge fan of Warner Animation Group after their work on things like The LEGO Movie franchise and Storks. Without a doubt, I can definitely say that this one of the most visually stunning animated movies I’ve seen in recent years: they do a great job of updating the look of things for modern day to please classic Hanna-Barbera fans but they add their own flavor to make it distinct for this movie.
Everything from the new character designs, the scenery, and the colors made this movie pop. Also, I love the way everything moved: it reminded me of the quick pace of the Hotel Transylvania movies. Slow enough when it needed to be but quick and zany throughout!
A Super Fun Scooby-Doo Adventure
First things first, I really liked the cast in this movie. Usually, I am not that fond of Will Forte, I find most things he does to be dry and weak so when he was announced to play Shaggy, one of my favorite characters in existence, I was skeptical but he quickly proved me wrong. While he’s nowhere on the same level as Matthew Lillard, he made this version of Shaggy his own and made me laugh and smile throughout. Same goes for the rest of the cast: Zac Efron had me busting with laughter a few times as Fred, Gina Rodriguez was a pretty good Velma, and Amanda Seyfried did a good job giving Daphne some much needed personality besides…the pretty one.
The story wasn’t anything groundbreaking but for a kids’ movie, it gets the job done in rebooting Scooby-Doo into a more adventure focused angle. However, they do honor the franchise with some classic staples of the old series, especially in the first twenty minutes where they show how Mystery Inc. first met and it is perfect. They even do a great recreation of the classic Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? intro sequence and I loved every second of it.
This movie definitely created a Hanna-Barbera universe and at first I was kind of worried about it since I felt that they should focus on Mystery Inc. first (I’ll bring this up later) then bring in characters like Blue Falcon and Dyno-Mutt but they provided some great comedy and some action along the way. Dyno-Mutt had some of my favorite jokes in the whole movie. Even the villain is a character from another Hanna-Barbera cartoon so get ready to count the easter eggs. #HexGirlsMoviePlease
This movie does deviate away from the old formula of schemers and bad guys in masks that has been a part of the franchise for so long that it’s become tiresome. While some of the animated movies are fun, they do tend to be “been there, done that” at times. So I personally appreciated how this movie tried to be different so it didn’t come off as…just another Scooby-Doo animated movie we’ve seen a million times by now. I know it will probably irritate some fans but as someone who grew up on things like Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island, I always loved when they delved into the more fantastical elements of their world so seeing them team up with superheroes to stop a villain felt fresh in my opinion. That said, I did have some issues…
It’s Mostly A Scooby And Shaggy Movie
Now it’s not uncommon for Scooby and Shaggy to take up most of the focus, I mean there were several movies and even shows where the others just weren’t there. However, I was a little annoyed because the cast and reimaginings of Fred, Daphne, and Velma were so good but they are sidelined to focus on Blue Falcon and Dyno-Mutt in their place which leads to my issue with the whole H.B.C.U. (Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe) concept. It probably would have been better if they stuck to an origin story movie then did Blue Flacon and Dyno Mutt for a sequel. Or at least another twenty minutes for the rest of the gang to shine because they were genuinely good.
My only other flaw and this is more of a mixed aspect is that there are a LOT of pop culture and more modern references which is fine but the gags used with them are either laugh your butt off funny…or kinda cringe-y. There was a tinder joke that genuinely had me laughing though so yeah, mixed aspect.
This is not The LEGO Movie or The Iron Giant where I can put it on at anytime and have a blast watching. I still find more fun in Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island for that option but as it is, I had a fun time watching it and if my young nephews ever want to see it, I would have no problem watching it again with them. It was a good change for the franchise and I look forward to a possible sequel or spin-off in this new universe. I’m going to give Scoob! a solid 8/10: if you have kids, I highly recommend it!