Review by Lauryn Angel
I grew up watching Scooby-Doo cartoons in their various incarnations – remember the guest stars like the Harlem Globetrotters and Batman and Robin? I’ve kept up with the Scooby Gang in various incarnations, including the live-action films directed by Raja Gosnell and written by James Gunn. So when I saw the trailers for Scoob!, I knew I would make a point to see it in the theater.
Unfortunately, 2020 had different plans, and I ended up watching it at home instead. Pro – I could have a virtual watch-party with my nephew. Con – no movie theater popcorn. Luckily, the movie doesn’t lose anything on the small screen.
The movie opens with the meet-cute (or maybe meat-cute, since gyro is involved) of young Scooby (Frank Welker) and Shaggy (Wil Forte), followed shortly by the pair meeting Fred (Zac Ephron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), and Velma (Gina Rodriguez) – forming the Scooby Gang. After a fun montage of the gang busting “ghosts,” we see the group in the present day, in a discussion of what’s next for Mystery, Inc. Intervention by a special guest star leaves Scooby and Shaggy feeling rejected by the gang, so they go off on their own. And that’s when the adventure begins.
Anyone who was a kid in the ‘70s and ‘80s is sure to appreciate what comes next. Scooby and Shaggy are joined by Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and Dynomutt (Ken Jeong). But Blue Falcon is not the hero they grew up with. No, this is Blue Falcon’s son, Brian, who is more interested in his social media profile and marketing shares than fighting bad guys. And speaking of bad guys, the villain of the piece is THE villain: Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs), who wants to dognap Scooby for his own nefarious purposes. And the Hanna Barbera references don’t stop there!
At the root, the movie is about the nature of friendship and its varying levels. It’s about what happens when friends grow up and start changing. But it’s also a lot of fun, for kids and grown-up Scooby-Doo fans alike. There are quite a few jokes that the kids won’t get until they’re older, but there’s plenty of kid humor and cute robots to boot.
I’ve watched Scoob! a couple of times on my own since that first viewing, and it holds up to multiple viewings. Scoob! is great fun for the whole family and a worthy addition to your movie library!