SCOOB Review: Zoinks out as a movie stuck to its TV roots.

Sajid Ali -

SCOOB Review: Zoinks out as a movie stuck to its TV roots.
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In Scooby-Doo's greatest adventure yet, see the never-before-told story of how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined forces with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, toughest mystery ever: an evil plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone ever imagined.

What is the story about?
Scoob marks the reboot of Scooby-Doo film franchise with an animated film. The film follows the Mystery Gang as they’re enlisted by Blue Falcon to prevent Dick Dastardly from opening the Underworld and unleashing the Cerbeus. The film is directed by Tony Cervone. 

As it’s an animation movie there’s nothing such as performance per se, but yes, the voice-over artists for the respective characters was spot on. It’s an art itself which can go wrong in many ways if you can’t get under the skin of the character. But in Scoob, everyone did a good job. My personal favourite is Mark Whalberg (Blue Falcon), it took me a while to recognize the voice, and once I did I started enjoying the character more than before. That was followed by Will Forte (Shaggy) and Ian Armitage’s (Young Shaggy) who nailed the goofball character. The rest of the central cast Zac Efron (Fred), Amanda Seyfried (Daphne) and Gina Rodriguez (Velma) did a great job with their respective characters. 

Initially slated for a theatrical release on May 15th, 2020, SCOOB falls prey to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warner Bros. later made the film available to own digitally on the same date it was planned to be released in theatres. And finally, I caught the film to review. Personally I’m a huge fan of Scooby-Doo cartoons and used to be crazy about them. Those were truly sweet 2D animated days. Not that I’m complaining about the advancement in animation technology but somewhere while watching this film it was missing the magic from the old times. They even made live-action films on the series, not that many could remember. But still, the alluring franchise managed to lure the fans. This reboot was entirely centred on the titular character Scooby and his best friend Shaggy. It had all the elements that the old cartoons used to, the floating eyes in the dark discussing their next move, Scooby and Shaggy’s love for food, their goofball comedy and the gang cracking the mysteries revealing the masked villains. Scoob has its funny moments but they vanish instantly, you don’t get a chance to reminiscence the comedy by saying “Hey remember how Scoob and Shaggy smeared the ketchup on the wall?” It runs for 94 minutes but gives an impression of a longer film. Maybe I’ve outgrown animated movies. But if that’s the case I enjoyed Disney’s Onward and The Incredibles. That been said, it’s not that bad, definitely a well-suited film for the younger audience who will definitely laugh out loud at the antics of Scooby and Shaggy and enjoy the mysteries the resolve.

Music and other Departments
The 3D animation was seamless. The music and score by Tom Holkenborg were authentic and maintained the original mood of the franchise. Ryan Folsey and Vanara Taing did their best with the editing. Animated movies have the advantage of pushing the limits using the advanced filmmaking techniques and Scoob was not spared, it was a visual delight.

Definitely I would say the titular character. As far as Scooby and Shaggy are present you can sit through the feature laughing at the goofball comedy, even if it was for only a short period.

A little too centred on the younger audience makes it a little boring during the film. The comedy mostly felt too kiddish which the grownups would find it lame. Perhaps the studio wasn’t worried about the adults, and I’m sure the target audience will get this film. No wonder in spite of its VOD release, it made millions.

Did I enjoy it?
I did enjoy it. In spite of the fact that its story still resonates the flavour from the TV days.

Do I recommend it and why?
I do recommend it. Especially for the kids who will have fun watching a talking dog resolving mysteries.


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