Review: Scoob!

Scoob! (2020)

Director: Tony Cervone

Writers: Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donaldson, Derek Elliott, Matt Lieberman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathan E. Stewart

Starring: Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker

Plot: Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Inc team up to take down the mischievous Dick Dastardly.

Review: You know what doesn’t come up all that often? That Scooby-Doo is one of my favorite IPs. I absolutely love the world of Mystery Inc. I used to watch the original cartoon on repeat. I saw both live-action movies in theaters. And, a good portion of my childhood bedroom was covered in Scooby’s face. That all having been said, the trailers for this movie did absolutely nothing to get me excited. I thought the first trailer was cute, but it didn’t have anything that stood out too much. Then, as the movie started to reveal itself, I became less interested with each addition of another Hanna-Barbera character. I was worried that we’d veer too far from the formula, not giving adequate time for our characters or the world they’ve inhabited. Well, I was half right.

First of all, let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this version of Mystery Inc. I think all of the human characters had their personalities transferred over to the modern day really well. The only real problem I had with the team was that Scooby was a bit too vocal and that Shaggy wasn’t a vegetarian. That’s it. Otherwise, it was a pretty fair translation. When we got to see them as a team, actually solving spooky mysteries, that was the good stuff. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time spent on the classic Scooby formula. We get to see them meet up as kids, fight one monster, put together an absolutely perfectly remade version of the theme song, and… that’s it. From that point on, they’re in a Hanna-Barbera crossover movie. And, again, there’s nothing wrong with how those characters are portrayed either. It’s just that their meeting feels so forced that I can’t help but think that we’re skipping over a lot of potential great animated movies. It’s like how Justice League felt rushed, but even worse because at least those characters always have existed in the same universe. Make a great animated Scooby-Doo movie. Actually, make a couple. Then, do Dynomutt. Then, Captain Caveman. Throw in a Wacky Races movie. And, if they all work, which they should, and it makes sense, which it could, throw them all together. It would feel much better than this did.

Honestly, I don’t really have a lot to complain about otherwise. Like I said, the characters were really good. The voice acting is top notch. The animation is gorgeous. The story is.. meh. It was serviceable. The jokes weren’t all hits, but some landed pretty well. If this was an original movie, I’d probably like it a lot better. Likewise, if it was the tenth movie in the HBCU (Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe), I’d probably be more into it. This just felt like a forced hodgepodge (and there’s hints that a potential sequel would throw even more cartoons into it). I enjoyed myself while watching, but I just knew it could be so much more.

I don’t know. I guess I liked Scoob. There’s not really an massive problems with the movie they presented. It’s just not what I was looking for. It’s a fun enough animated movie though and I’m sure kids have been enjoying it. I just wish it was it’s own thing and not another victim of everyone trying to have massive universe. Curse you, Marvel. (I didn’t mean that. I love you. Please don’t go away.)

TL;DR: Scoob! is a fun, animated flick that unfortunately just doesn’t feel all that much like a Scooby-Doo movie.

Score: 6/10 (OK)

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