“Roob!” ris the rirst ranimated rovie rased ron……ok I am not doing this review in Scooby’s language. Sorry for the lack of movie reviews lately due to “you know what” but it’s not gonna stop me from doing what I love. Scoob is the first theatrical Scooby Doo animated movie (or was supposed to be). It’s actually more of a Hanna Barbara crossover where Scooby is the main character which makes sense since Scooby Doo is arguably Hanna Barbara’s most popular franchise. It is a bit neat that they used Hanna Babara characters that haven’t been in a theatrical movie yet like Blue Falcon, Dick Dastardly or Captain Caveman. Heck there’s a lot of clever references to past Hanna Barbara franchises.
The animation from Warner Bro’s animated movies such as Storks and Smallfoot are usually really cartoony and fast paced and Scoob is no exception. The animation makes for some really great facial expressions and character designs without it being too distracting. I mean it’s no Lego Movie but at least Scooby looked better than he did in the live action movies. The voice acting is pretty good too and bring a lot energy to the characters they play. I’m glad Frank Welker reprised his role as Scooby because he has a lot of charm. Will Forte is good as Shaggy and Jason Isaacs has so much fun being enjoyably devilish as Dick Dastardly. One of the things Scooby Doo is well known for is its mystery aspect. It’s always fun because it made you wonder who the monster is, how they pulled it off, and what their goal is. Sometimes it made you feel like a detective. Unfortunately it feels missing here since we already know that Dick Dastardly is the villain. Sure they do have a plot twist on what his plan is but it still doesn’t do much. The humor is pretty much the same humor you see in a lot of kids’ movies.
Scoob is a run of the mill kid’s movie. This movie could’ve been a groundbreaking and though provoking film if it weren’t for those meddling Warner Bros executives and their dog too (one of them probably has a dog). Still if you like Scooby Doo or characters from other Hanna Babara shows you’ll like this.
+ Fan service
+ The animation
+ Voice acting
– Happy ending convenience
– No mystery aspect
– Standard kids movie humor