Everybody has a favourite cartoon growing up especially in the late 90’s where we have, arguably, the best cartoons on TV for a couple of years. For me, it was “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?”. I remember I used to bolt to the living room first thing when I reached home from school and turned on Cartoon Network just in time for that opening track by Simple Plan (I was a huge pop punk fan too at that time). So, when they announced they are finally making an animated movie for the big screens, needless to say I was excited.
“Scoob!” starts of as an origin movie for the titular character from how he got his name up to his first problem-solving ghost mystery with his four human friends Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), Fred (Zac Efron), Velma (Gina Rodriguez), and of course, his bestfriend in the whole entire universe, Shaggy (Will Forte). After being in the Mystery Inc. for quite some time, the team needed to go bigger but unfortunately, Scooby and Shaggy were attacked by minions of the evil Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs) who wants Scooby for his own gain.
The starting of this movie plays out like how a “Scooby-Doo” episode would. They go into a haunted house, they catch the ghost using their wits and sometimes luck, they uncover the ghost only to reveal that it was someone they least expected. Pretty standard “Scooby-Doo” formula which made the 10-year-old self in me happy to see them in action once again. But then, the movie took a weird turn that I don’t think fans of the series would appreciate.
For one, they introduced Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) as a childhood superhero that both Scooby and Shaggy adore, which in the cartoon’s defence, is an interesting crossover between the universe since Blue Falcon originally came from the “Dynomutt, Dog Wonder” series back in the 70’s, and also Dick Dastardly who made appearances in various other classic cartoons. But this crossover was made to be the focus point of the entire plot which felt like a completely different movie altogether. It also didn’t help when Scooby and Shaggy were both separated from their friends early in the movie. I came to watch them solve mysteries together, not separately.
As a fan, I really wanted to like this movie because, truth be told, the two “Scooby-Doo” theatrical movies were kinda a guilty pleasure of mine that I would gladly watch again if it showed as a TV special. But for “Scoob!”, I don’t see myself revisiting or even enjoying it anytime soon.