Movie Review – ‘Scoob!’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’ve seen another film on our home computer! I’ve recently seen ‘Scoob!’ This is the latest ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie that was meant to be released at cinemas but it’s been released via video on demand due to the coronavirus pandemic – please keep safe. I thought I’d skip this one, but I’ve now seen it.

I used to watch ‘Scooby-Doo’ cartoons on TV when I was a kid back in the 1990s. I have seen the first two-live action ‘Scooby-Doo’ movies (the first one at the cinema whilst the second one on DVD). I’ve also seen and reviewed two Scooby-Doo and Batman DVDs including ‘Scooby-Doo Meets Batman’ and ‘Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’. I did enjoy watching those two Scooby DVDs.

I wasn’t really interested in watching ‘Scoob!’ at the cinema due to it not being live-action and it being all CGI-animated. Also the trailers didn’t really impress me. But since cinemas aren’t really open at the moment, seeing ‘Scoob!’ as a download for rent on our home computer was a nice opportunity to see another ‘cinematic’ movie in 2020! My parents and I saw this flick with a McDonald’s delivery. 😀

So what did I think of ‘Scoob!’ overall? I did enjoy it. It was harmless and pleasant to watch. I wouldn’t say this was a great ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie, but most of the elements of a ‘Scooby-Doo’ story are there. There were also moments where I did find myself laughing and it was very entertaining.

In terms of the story featured in ‘Scoob!’; it starts off with young boy Shaggy meeting up with little dog Scooby and they become the best of friends. They soon meet up with Fred, Daphne and Velma; and the five of them become Mystery Inc. to solve mysteries involving ghosts, monsters and the like.

What’s interesting is that ‘Scoob!’ is one of many ‘Scooby-Doo’ stories to feature the origins of the characters in it. Although I’ve not seen them, I do know that the third live-action ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie ‘Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins!’ is an origins story and that there’s a cartoon show called ‘A Pup Called Scooby-Doo’ which I assume features Scooby’s beginnings. It’s intriguing how ‘Scoob!’ does it.

The film’s voice cast is as follows. Scooby-Doo is voiced by Frank Welker (who’s done a number of ‘Scooby-Doo’ films over the years, including the aforementioned ‘Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’). There’s also Shaggy Rogers, voiced by Will Forte. I would’ve preferred Matthew Lillard as the voice of Shaggy in this movie. Matthew’s Shaggy is more convincing than Will Forte’s. 🙂

There’s also Fred Jones, voiced by Zac Efron (well-known for the ‘High School Musical’ movies and he’s been in ‘The Greatest Showman’); Daphne Blake, voiced by Amanda Seyfried (who’s been in the ‘Mamma Mia’ films and the ‘Les Misérables’ film) and Velma Dinkley, voiced by Gina Rodrigeuz. No disrespect to the actress, but I didn’t find her Velma voice convincing. Linda Cardellini was better. 😀

The film also features Brian/Blue Falcon, voiced by Mark Wahlberg, who is a superhero and the son of the original Blue Falcon. Apparently, the Blue Falcon was a cartoon character who met Scooby-Doo and is clearly a rip-off on Batman. I would’ve preferred Batman to meet Scooby-Doo again in this. 😀

There’s also Dee Dee Skyes, voiced by Kiersey Celmons, who aids Blue Falcon and pilots his ship, the Falcon Fury. There’s also Dynomutt the Dog Wonder, voiced by Ken Jeong, who is Blue Falcon’s sidekick. Wait a minute! Dog Wonder?! That’s clearly a rip-off on Robin from the Adam West ‘Batman’ TV show, isn’t it? How do Scooby-Doo and Batman have cross-encounters with each other?

The film also features Dick Dastardly, voiced by Jason Isaacs, who is a master criminal that plots to get treasures from the Greek underworld. I’ve seen Dick Dastardly with his dog Muttley, voiced by Billy West, in ‘Dastardly and Muttley In Their Flying Machines’ where they had to stop that pigeon! It’s bizarre to see them in this ‘Scooby-Doo’ film. It’s almost like this is the start of a shared universe…

Oh wait! That is what this is! Apparently ‘Scoob!’ is intended to be the first of a series of films set within a shared Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. You know, like the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ is? I don’t know if that’s what’s to going to happen and whether we will get more movies like this in a shared Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. It’s not like a new ‘Tom and Jerry’ movie will come out…

(realises) Oh right, there is a ‘Tom and Jerry’ movie coming out in March 2021. Although I don’t think that’s part of the shared Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. It’s just as well that I reviewed some ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoon films as well as cartoons before I get to see that film in March 2021. 🙂

Where was I? Oh yes! The film also features Tracey Morgan as Captain Caveman and…Simon Cowell? What’s he doing in this movie? I know he did ‘Far Far Away Idol’ for the ‘Shrek 2’ DVD, but it’s just so bizarre that he’s in this film and he judges Scooby and Shaggy rather harshly. This is the second time I’ve come across a Simon Cowell film appearance – the other being ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’. And yes, I know he was Simon Cowbell in that! 😀

Overall, ‘Scoob!’ has been an entertaining flick of a movie to watch at home. I can’t say it’s a great ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie, but then again I wasn’t really that surprised. It’s harmless and pleasant enough and whilst it’s not one of those films I would watch again and again, I’m sure it will keep kids happy. If you wish to check this film out and to relax your mind, then I can’t fault you for wanting to watch it. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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