Scoob! (Movie Review) by Stephanie R.

Scoob!How important is friendship at the end of the day? Ask Shaggy and Scooby!

Scoob! brings the Mystery Inc. gang their biggest mystery yet when they discover that Scooby is the key to stopping a global dogpocalypse.

Scooby Doo is back with a reboot of the film series, but this time the film is computer-animated and modernized to fit present times and it’s called Scoob!. Though the film was supposed to release in theaters, but with the coronavirus pandemic, it was released on video on demand instead. The film opens with 90s hit “California Love” and takes us to Venice, California, setting the tone as we meet both Scooby and Shaggy on the day they first met. Scooby is a stray puppy who we follow after he’s stolen meat from a meat market on the Venice Beach boardwalk. As he runs past a young Shaggy, we’re then introduced to Shaggy, who thanks to the songs playing on his headphones, we’re told that he’s lonely. He even starts to talk to himself when he sits down to eat his sandwich on the beach. Scooby overhears him when he’s hiding from the police chasing him and shows himself, which at first scares him but then Shaggy offers half of his sandwich to the stray. His sandwich being, if you’re familiar with the Scooby Doo franchise, one of his weird random concoctions. Scooby takes it willingly and even adds some of the meat he had just stolen on it. It isn’t long before the cop that was chasing Scooby to spot him, but Shaggy immediately let’s the cop know that he isn’t a stray and that he’s in fact his dog. We learn that the dog is nameless, but Shaggy immediately names him ‘Scooby Dooby Do’ and takes him home.

We’re then taken to young Shaggy’s room and we learn that he idolizes a superhero by the name of Blue Falcon, who solves crimes and saves the world with his noble steed in the form of a dog by the name of Dynomutt. If you’re familiar with the Hanna-Barbera Productions universe, you’d recognize these characters. There are also a few more characters that pop up later in the film, which makes it more fun for older audiences who grew up with the cartoons. Shaggy tells Scooby about his hero and then gives the dog a collar with Scooby’s initials on it, and yes, it’s the iconic Scooby Doo collar. This marks the beginning of their friendship and Shaggy is no longer lonely and Scooby is no longer a stray dog on the streets.

Before we know it, its Halloween night and Shaggy and Scooby dress up as Blue Falcon and Dynomutt as they trick or treat together. They end up getting their candy stolen from a group of bullies and that’s when they meet Fred, Daphne, and Velma, who come to their rescue. Their costumes being so typical them, it’s hilarious and gives old fans that sort of eye-roll followed by a laugh. To help Shaggy and Scooby get more candy again, they all decide to go to a nearby haunted house. Their mini adventure they endure when they walk inside and run from a ghostlike figure instantly remind you of the old Scooby Doo cartoons, especially when they unmask the ghostlike figure and find the man underneath. The gang also comes across the man’s room of stolen goods, which is when they realize they’ve caught a burglar together and made a good team. It then cuts to a montage of the group growing up and solving mysteries together, showing several moments that fans of the series have seen plenty, such as Scooby jumping into Shaggy’s arms, Daphne being separated from the group and on her own, etc.

After the montage, we’re brought to present times, where the gang is talking about the future of Mystery Inc. They find a potential investor in the form of Simon Cowell, however, he doesn’t want Shaggy and Scooby involved, telling them that they bring nothing to the group. Shaggy defends them by bringing up how powerful friendship is, but Cowell simply tells them that friendship is nothing to count on. Upset, Shaggy and Scooby leave and go to their favorite hangout, Takamoto Bowl, which is a bowling alley whose title gives homage to the original designer of Scooby Doo, Iwao Takamoto. Before the duo know it, they’re being attacked by robots. They end up getting saved by Blue Falcon and his team and are taken on their ship. After having a quick fanboy moment, Shaggy learns that it isn’t the original Blue Falcon, but his adult son who has now taken over the role. Blue Falcon’s team informs them that a super villain, Dick Dastardly, in search for three skulls seems to be after Shaggy and Scooby but are unsure as to why. Dastardly is another well recognized Hanna-Barbera character.

Fred, Daphne and Velma overhear that an incident occurred at the bowling alley, which they know is Shaggy and Scooby’s favorite place to hangout. They discover that they’ve been abducted and examine a left behind robot to try to find their friends. They tie the robot to Dastardly but then thanks to social media, learn that Scooby and Shaggy are safe and are with Blue Falcon’s team. Dastardly attacks again, this time revealing that Scooby is the key to something but is unsuccessful in kidnapping Scooby. He then kidnaps Fred, Daphne and Velma to try to lure Scooby to him. The gang try to figure out a way to communicate via technology to Blue Falcon’s team and once they find a way, they let them know where they were headed. The gang then discovers Dastardly real plan to and why he needs Scooby specifically.

Shaggy and Scooby’s friendship is then tested as Scooby starts to follow Blue Falcon’s team over Shaggy, the dog even taking off his iconic collar and putting on a new super suit. It’s a sad scene when Shaggy asks Scooby to choose and after the dog chooses his new friends, Shaggy leaves us with “Simon Cowell was right, you can’t count on friendship.” As a Shaggy and Scooby fan, this scene pulled at my heart strings, not ever wanting to witness them in a fight. Scooby even tells his super friends that he and Shaggy have never fought before.

Blue Falcon and the team then come across another Hanna-Barbera character, Captain Caveman, and end up having to battle him because he’s protecting the last skull that Dastardly needs. Dastardly tricks Shaggy into helping him find Scooby by disguising himself as Fred. After a short battle with Captain Caveman and the Blue Falcon team, Dastardly reveals himself, steals the skull and captures Scooby. Before he leaves, he lets Fred, Daphne, and Velma go, then destroys the Falcon Fury ship, so he isn’t followed. After an inspirational speech from Shaggy, everyone works together to reconstruct the Mystery Machine turning it into a flying Mystery Machine.

Dastardly ends up using the t skulls, which reveals the gate in which he is trying to open, but when he is about to use Scooby’s paw to open it, he is interrupted by Scooby’s friends. There’s a bit of a battle scene, but Dastardly ends up making it into the underworld , where he reunites with his canine sidekick, Muttley who he was separated from years ago. For fans of the old cartoons with Dastardly and Muttley, they’re given an enjoyable comical moment between the two which includes Muttley’s trademark snicker.

As the gang are trying to figure out how to close the gate to the underworld back up, Velma discovers that in order to lock it, someone with a close connection to their dog must close it from the opposite side. Shaggy ends up sacrificing himself in place of Scooby so they could lock the gate. It isn’t long before they realize there’s another way out once locked in, which Scooby unlocks and we get the reunion we all were hoping for as Shaggy returns. Scooby has ditched the super suit and puts back on his original collar and it’s a beautiful moment. Dastardly and Muttley are taken into custody and then we cut to the gang back home in Venice Beach. We see that they now have a new Mystery Inc. headquarters on the boardwalk and the gang is celebrating with Blue Falcon’s team before they get another call for another case.

The film did really good with incorporating classic moments from the past series, other Hanna-Barbera characters, modern technology, and adult humor. I think it paid homage well and it provided humor for the entire family, whether you’re an old fan or new, an adult or a child. It’s a good movie to watch as a family. Also, being an Angelino, it was really cool seeing Venice Beach animated. I felt like it was done really well and it made it feel realistic and very much like home.

Release DateMay 15, 2020

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

Director: Tony Cervone

Distributor: Warner Bros.

GenreAnimation / Adventure / Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime1h 33min

Official Website: https://www.scoob.movie/

Official Social Media Pages:

IMDB Page: @Scoob!

Wiki Link@Scoob!
Stephanie RosasStephanie Rosas | Writing Contributor
B.A | TV, Film & Media | Cal State Univ – LA
Stephanie just graduated this past May at California State University – Los Angeles and received her bachelor’s degree in Television, Film & Media. She also has an Associates Degree in Film Studies and Liberal Arts. Though there isn’t enough time to watch every movie and TV show in the universe, she manages to find a way to watch as many as possible. When she’s not binge-watching something, she’s collecting nerdy memorabilia, writing in her free time, taking care of her baby sister, or cooking up new keto recipes for her family! Instagram:@brokeincalifornia || View My Articles

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