#SCOOB! – Movie Review

SCOOB! – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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In Venice California, a lonely and young Shaggy sat on the beach and pretended that sand mounds were his friends.  He created a sandwich to share with them but forgot his liverwurst.  Feeling sad for Shaggy, a dog emerged from one of the mounds.  Shaggy offers to share his sandwich with the stray.  When an officer comes to take the dog away, Shaggy tells the officer the dog is his.  When the officer asks for the dog’s name, the dog tells Shaggy he doesn’t have one.  So, Shaggy makes up Scooby Dooby Doo.  The officer accepts Shaggy’s story and moves on.  Shaggy offers Scooby some of his sandwich and Scooby gives him some lamb to add.  Shaggy gives Scooby his famous collar and Scooby promises to never take it off.  At the next Halloween, Shaggy and Scooby are trick-or-treating when they are accosted by neighborhood bullies.  They take Shaggy’s candy and throw it into the haunted Rigby house.  The bullies are scared off by Fred.  Fred is trick-or-treating with Velma and Daphne.  They decide to go into the house to get the candy back.  To their surprise, they find a ghost.  As Shaggy and Scoob run, Fred spots the ghost is being held by a cable.  They cut the cable and tie up the fake ghost.  Behind a curtain, Scooby finds a small Walmart.  They unmasked the ghost and discover Mr. Rigby.  He was selling stolen goods.  Today, Mystery Inc. has solved several crimes but they need an investor.  Their Mystery Machine is falling apart (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Simon Cowell wants to invest but not with the weakest links on the team.  Fred is the tank.  Daphne is the empath, and Velma is the brains.  Simon doesn’t understand what Scooby and Shaggy bring to the team.  The three struggle to come up with an answer but tell Simon that Shaggy and Scooby are their friends.  Simon’s response is friendship doesn’t save the day.  Insulted by the pause, Shaggy and Scoob quit Mystery Inc and go bowling to drown their sorrows.  During their game, the alley is overcome by killer robots and the pair run.   They are beamed up by an unknown spacecraft.  Inside Shaggy and Scooby meet their heroes: Falcon Fury and Dynomutt.  They and Dee Dee need the pair’s help.  Dick Dastardly has stolen 1 of the three ancient dog skulls.  If he gets all three, he can open the portal to the underworld.  But for some reason, he wants to Scooby.  So they took the pair for their safety.  On the ground, Velma, Daphne, and Fred discover their friends are missing.  With Velma’s research, they learn that Scooby is the final key to Dastardly’s plan.  Now everyone is on a mission to save Scooby.  To fight Dastardly, Scooby will have to break a promise.   Can Scooby and Shaggy’s friendship survive while saving the world?

While it has all the classic characters, it doesn’t have the same mystery.  The point of Scooby’s mysteries was to tell children that monsters are real people.  Not ghost, goblins, or ghouls.  You pull off the mask and it was someone you didn’t expect.  A friend, a neighbor, a co-worker.  Anyone could be a monster.  You just had to dig deeper to find the truth.  This version of Scooby feels like it was created by Disney.  Having a story of true friendship is great, the writers could have created the plot with the same nuance and without tainting the original premise.  With that being said, the song selection for each scene was superb.  This version even took time to make fun of the original while tipping their hat to the original voice actors and the creator.  While watching, can you spot the nod to the Flintstones (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer)?  This movie will have laughs for adults but it will miss the mark for hardcore fans.  However, kids will enjoy the movie’s fun, story, and animation.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t have one – Scoob

Yeah, they just hurt my pride and my tail feathers – Shaggy

Guys, there’s no such things as ghosts – Velma

Jeepers, it’s a Halloween mask – Daphne

Because I am an American man – Fred

If you’re going to be a sniveling suck face, you’re going to look the part – Dick Dastardly

You only had one job – Falcon

But if you get some on you, rub it in. It’s just like lotion – Captain Caveman

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