Although my rating indicates I’m not recommending this, if you are a long time Scooby Doo fan, it’s still worth a look. My grandchildren loved it and I liked some parts of the effort and was somewhat entertained.
While DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls: World Tour” generated the most advanced buzz — heralded as the first big-budget film to abandon its theatrical release and embrace the streaming route in the COVID-19 era — “Scoob!” is a better film, with its eye-candy animation, sly script and, best of all, a hilarious vocal performance from Lafayette native Will Forte as the boy-man Shaggy. Forte even rivals Matthew Lillard’s scene-stealing take of dog’s best friend in the 2002 live action “Scooby-Doo” dud. Forte perfects Shaggy’s crackly puberty voice.Review: ‘Scoob’ is all we could want in a Scooby-Doo reboot
Going to get into some SPOILERS in what follows, so a warning to those who haven’t seen the movie yet.
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
Scooby & Shag: The Younger Years
Loved the opening at Venice Beach with Scooby swiping the sausage and rollerbarreling it with a bicycle cop in pursuit. Then Shaggy meets him for the first time and covers for him, giving the policeman his Scoob’s name. Ok, so it’s not realistic the policeman’s reaction, but we’re in a cartoon.
The other scene I liked was in the bowling alley. From there, it went (mostly) downhill for me. The grandchildren remained glued to the TV, so they didn’t mind that the story lost all focus.
Where were the rest of the gang?
Not enough of Fred, Daphne and Velma. All the best Scooby Doo episodes I’ve seen have a team focus on solving the mystery. There is a little of this here, but not enough. I dug how Velma was super tech hacker. Fred and Daphne might as well have been the same character gender reversed because neither does anything that substantial.
I realize the title is focused on Scooby and yes, there needs to be plenty of him and Shaggy — usually in search for food and avoiding danger because they are both easily scared. They gave us this, but in the story seem to have mostly forgotten about the rest of the gang. Disappointing to me.
Did we need the other shared universe characters?
Falcon Fury? Didn’t work for me. Then again, I’m not opposed to introduccing among other comic book characters into Scooby Doo and the mystery gang’s world.
They had Simon Cowell, but missed the perfect opportunity to spoof American Idol! Wouldn’t it have been cool to see him in some sort of judging role scene? Even if it was something ridiculous like judging how scared Scooby and Shaggy were of something. Oh well, in my imagination I’ll get this missed opportunity scene.
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Oh, and I miss Casey Kasem and Matthew Lillard’s Shaggy
No shade at Will Forte who did a decent voice job, he just wasn’t as good as Matthew Lillard or Casey Kasem who retired in 2007. Apparently, the producers never offered it to Lillard. It’s puzzling, because he’s been the live action and voice of Shaggy for over 10 years. Even Lillard was disappointed from stories I’ve read.
Hint to animation voice casting department: offer the role to the established actors first … or at least explain why they don’t get the role. Recasting key voice characters is going to matter more than you might think.
Reviews by Others
What do others think of Scoob!?
- Den of Geek: “Parents might not be as engaged with the story as younger viewers, but there are plenty of silly, raunchy jokes and classic character appearances to keep adults entertained”
- Dewey Singleton: “…certainly stays true to its roots and manages to include several exciting cartoon characters”
- Frankenculture / Steve Pokorny! (4/5): “The story progressed at a fine jaunt and was exciting throughout. For fans of the classic and people looking to introduce your kids to the Hanna-Barbera universe I would whole heartedly recommend this film, and to own it for $25, it’s a steal.”
- Full Circle Cinema (7/10): “While it’s not groundbreaking in any way, It’s not bad – it’s heartwarming and enjoyable for any age. I liked it quite a bit, and my 10-year-old cousin loved it even more. More than anything else, that’s what matters most because this movie was intended for him and his age group and we, as critics, forget that sometimes”
- Geekly Goods: “It’s one of the best family-friendly films I’ve seen this year. The humor is definitely meant for the adults, but the kids will get a kick out of Scoob and his joyous spirit.”
- IslandMovieBlogs: “…is a nice nostalgic trip for the whole family. The story might not be the best, but like i said, thats not what’s important. If you have a connection to these characters, its nice having them again.”
- James Bachman / Thinking Outside The Box Office: “It isn’t trying to break the mold, and it isn’t a subversive masterpiece like The Lego Movie. But for a quick, Scooby Snack sized film with really crisp animation, you might just want to see what is new with Scooby-Doo.”
- Jason’s Movie Blog (3.4/5): “…is one of those animated movies that works but doesn’t at the same time. Its enjoyable, but its not the best. It’s not terrible, but its not quite memorable.”
- Maz The Nerd Uncanny (Grade: B+): “Yes, “Scoob!” is a bit silly and oddly plot-heavy when it comes to Alexander the Great mythology. But I still loved every second of this film.”
- Melody MacReady (8/10): “It was a good change for the franchise and I look forward to a possible sequel or spin-off in this new universe.”
- Movie Paws / Sharon Knolle: “…is as loving an homage as the recent “Scoobynatural” crossover with TV series “Supernatural.” And it leaves the door open for more Hanna-Barbera team-ups.”
- Robert Butler III / Geeks of Color: “Aside from the superhero shared universe culture that’s cultivated in recent years, SCOOB! delivers a sweet and sometimes funny tale drenched in a little popular culture tanginess. If you’re a parent looking for something to watch with the kids this weekend, SCOOB! is fun for the whole family.”
- sambel203 / Moving Forward: “Would I see it in theaters? Well thanks to COVID-19 our house is now the theater so yeah, I’d upgrade what we have to rewatch it. It was honestly a really good movie.”
- Songs Voices Never Share: “How good Scoob! would’ve done if it were released in the theaters? I can’t possibly tell that, but the last act of this movie would definitely have been a blast to watch on the big screen. So, I would recommended you to watch this film – kids will love it, and chances are you will too.”
- The Avacado: “…is, in fact, a Blue Falcon and Dynomutt movie, one that pits those heroes in a struggle against Dick Dastardly (of Wacky Races fame), with Mystery Inc.’s own Shaggy Rogers and his faithful dog Scooby-Doo acting as the requisite audience surrogates. Your response to that bit of information, whether it be intrigue or disgust, will be a major factor in determining whether or not this film is worth any of your time.”
- Bringin The Juice: “As I said I was excited for this movie and the idea of a Hanna-Barbera universe, however this movie did not feel like a Scooby-Doo movie. It felt like an overstuffed Hanna-Barbera jumble that needed to breathe a little bit.”
- Darren Lucas / Movie Reviews 101: “This is just a terrible version of the much loved characters, we do have heart with friendship, only it lacks any mystery required which is the central point of the whole show.”
- DC Bolling / DC’s Take: “Sadly, I gotta say Scoob! was a disappointment. It’s good enough for young kids’ to enjoy, but for adults who grew up with the original cartoons, there isn’t a lot to get out of it when a lot of the jokes weren’t all that funny and has a story that leaves little of interest.”
- FILMAHOLIC: “…a film based on beloved cartoons that leaned into their wondrous mysteries and incredible characters, is merely a shadow of what came before. Every single character, perhaps except for the leading duo of Shaggy and Scooby, has no traits beyond being a shallow caricature of what they were in old cartoons. It makes for an awkward and meaningless watch.”
- Frankie Gilmore / DiscussingFilm (2.5/5): “Alas, Scoob! represents the further descent of a culture dominated by films advertising their sequels before the credits have even rolled. A film that kids will love, but will have other fans of the characters wondering…”
- From the mind of Victor Lovecraft (2/5): “With Warner Animation Group’s new film Scoob!, I confess that things seem off again. There’s always something strange about Scooby’s theatrical runs, even as this one eventually ended up on VOD”
- Gavin O’Neil / Overcranked: “…does little to add anything unique or interesting to the expansive amount of content already made with these characters. In fact, it almost feels like it has taken a step back with throwing out any type of mystery. Still, SCOOB! at least keeps your attention the whole time and there are never really any moments that make you want to immediately turn it off.”
- Geoff Swanson / Movies With Geoff (6/10): “Is this the Scooby Doo I know? Not really. I miss the creepier horror component and the formulaic nature the episodes had. Perhaps it’s just nostalgia. That being said, the difficulty this film had was straddling the roots of the characters and the original show, which probably would now come across as cheesy to a much savvier child audience”
- Gordon Levitt / Gliterati*Lobotomy: “…is not a vote of confidence in WB’s ability to create quality content for younger audiences, and it’s not good proof that WB even wants to put money into these movies.”
- Jesse Revell Reviews (5/10): “Certainly not a failure but far from a success.”
- Luke’s Living Room: “Seriously, you guys, it was not great. But what can you expect from a movie that has a total of SIX different writers?”
- MisterJ / Brain of J: “Despite nice animation and a few fun gags that harken back to the original series, Scoob! is a dispiriting movie. It might entertain families and young ones on the fly but for me, I’d rather pick out the original series or try my luck with the other animated films.”
- The Bloomgist: “At one point in Scoob, Fred insists that this is their “most important mystery ever” rather than being “about some guy in a rubber mask”, an annoyingly smug attempt to elevate this above the many entertainingly dopey adventures we’ve seen them on before.”
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