[SCOOB!]: a Shoddy Introduction to Scooby-Doo

Going into this year I had a secret shame I knew would come out with this year’s animated offerings. Until today I had never seen anything Scooby-Doo in my life. Growing up I didn’t like anything scary or that had ghosts in it and most of the time we didn’t have cable so something like Scooby-Doo wasn’t a part of my life. In addition, the two live action feature films looked terrible so I never saw those. Everyone has blind spots of pop culture and this was one of mine.

With this gap in my animation viewing I was actually looking forward to the new film SCOOB! from Warner Bros Animation. The animation looked cute and the voicecast is impressive. My hope was the film would be a fun and dynamic introduction into the world of Scooby-Doo.

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Unfortunately I am walking away disappointed with SCOOB! I don’t know how fans will feel but I didn’t care for this film.

The biggest problem with SCOOB! is the script. My understanding is this franchise is all about mystery and spooky stories with a supernatural angle to them. This film has very little of that and instead opts in for a generic, by-the-numbers superhero story. It kind of reminds me of the recent Mummy film where they took out everything that makes a Mummy movie special and replaced it with a generic cinematic universe building plot. Such a shame!

While I enjoyed the voice work and the character designs, the actual characters themselves were frustrating. The biggest problem is the script immediately splits up our team so you have Shaggy and Scooby off with Blue Falcon and company in space while you have Daphne, Fred, and Velma looking for them. I preferred the DFV team every time but would have especially liked having them all together solving a mystery!

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I would like to know how long this script was hanging around because everything about it felt very dated? From the cinematic universe building to the terrible humor it all seemed to come from 10 years ago more than today. For example, there are multiple Simon Cowell jokes. What is this 2005?

People are going to be upset but I don’t think this is much better than Playmobil: the Movie. Both have nice animation but also convoluted storylines and terrible humor, flat characters. SCOOB! has a more recognizable IP to its name so it will definitely do better but the films themselves are similar.

If you are a Scooby-Doo fan and love this film please tell me what I am missing. I would love to hear your insight. As for me, this is a a definite skip!

3 out of 10

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3 thoughts on “[SCOOB!]: a Shoddy Introduction to Scooby-Doo

  1. Interesting. Without seeing the movie, it’s hard to tell if your issues are genuine gripes, or if you just aren’t getting the joke. Like Shaggy and Scooby ALWAYS split off from the test in the cartoon. Every single episode, I think. So that part seem like it was obligatory for the franchise, even if it didn’t help the movie feel coherent. Vemla always explained the mundane origins of the supposedly supernatural problem and Scooby and Shaggy had hijinks, got frightened, and into trouble. (If you watch a single episode, you’ve seen them all, so perhaps try one out to see if those issues are at least explained, even if you still don’t like them). Anyway, that structure aside, it won’t help the movie if it’s just plain bad! And dated jokes won’t help.

    By the way DO NOT watch the live action versions. Do very awful!

    1. You make very fair points. Definitely let me know what you think when you get to see it

  2. GASP, you’ve never seen Scooby-Doo before! I’m still in shock, lol! Guess your Scooby-Doo is my Harry Potter.

    I haven’t seen this film yet, but based on what I’ve heard about it, I would say this is not the best introduction to the franchise. I would recommend the TV series “What’s New, Scooby-Doo” to be a good introduction to the show and the characters followed by the original series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”. Then afterwards, we can talk about the movies.

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