Blu-ray Review: ‘Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll’ Is A Good Scooby Movie

There’s a witch haunting the KISS themed amusement park. Scooby Doo and the gang, some pretty big KISS fans apparently (minus Fred and his affection for the Ascot 5), are on the case. Together with KISS (mystery solving is a hobby of theirs for when they aren’t playing music) they’ve got a mystery to solve so that the KISS amusement park can reopen and the band can play their Halloween concert.

I’ll be the first to admit that I cringed a bit when I first heard about the release of ‘Scooby Doo Meets KISS’. KISS isn’t exactly in their prime, and it is hard to figure out exactly who this team-up is aimed at (kids? adult KISS fans?). Nevertheless, this movie works (though not without a few weird moments/plot points).

Like any good Scooby movie or episode, the pun game strong with this one. These are rarely laugh out loud moments, but it’s the cheesiness that makes it. It’s campy and just the right mix of the old show and newer elements. I was hesitant at first, but it works. KISS are pretty perfect Scooby Doo guest stars.

One looming question I had for pretty much the entire film is what year is this supposedly taking place? Many of the jokes and technology are a bit modern, but the dress and the popularity of KISS are a bit more aged. KISS are in their sixties now so if it is modern then Daphne’s infatuation for The Starchild seems a bit too creepy for a kids movie.

At times the film tends to become more of an animated KISS special rather than a Scooby Doo mystery. It feels like the writers saw the episode of ‘Family Guy’ with the made-up special ‘Kiss Saves Santa’ and thought why not give them musical mystic superpowers?

There is an uncharacteristic devotion to KISS by the gang. In the Scooby Doo movies of old there was devotion when they randomly ran into their famous guest stars, but it never reached the level portrayed here. Despite this, KISS is given an interesting mythology and a humourous behind the music demeanor. Their crazy hobbies and personalities feels very similar to the way that the old show interpreted the Harlem Globetrotters.

‘Scooby Doo Meets KISS’ is a good Scooby movie. I’m not sure how much of the KISS mythos/jokes that kids will understand or care about, but they should enjoy the Scooby portions. When Scooby Doo was big in the 70’s and 80’s KISS was too controversial to be portrayed on a kids show. Now that times have changed long time fans are finally getting the team-up that should have happened decades ago.

Available on Digital July 10. On DVD and Blu-ray™ July 21.

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