My normal catchphrase about remakes and reboots is, “They were playing the notes, but not making music,” well SCOOB! is one that finally makes music! Granted, it’s not the Philharmonic, but it is definitely a college level marching band.
SCOOB! Hits all the notes when we meet young Shaggy (Iain Armitage) standing in front of a store called Casey’s Creations, a clear Easter Egg and tribute to the late, great Casey Kasem who originated the voice of Shaggy in the original 1969 series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! This was after the foreshadowing of Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) stealing an entire spool of Gyro meat from Alexander’s Greek cafe (when you see the animated feature, you’ll know why this is significant).
The crew meets up one Halloween night when Shaggy and Scoob are being bullied by a couple of skateboarding mimes, solving their first crime and Mystery Inc. is born!
Cut to intro and the original Scooby-Do0, Where Are You! intro is frame-for-frame remade in full CG animation and my big, blubbery behind is whimpering like a small child!
Now all grown up, Shaggy (Will Forte), Fred (Zac Efron), Velma (Gina Rodriguez), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) and Scooby-Doo are turning into adults by trying to turn Mystery Inc. into a full fledged business. The gang seeks the council of Simon Cowell to insure their success, who tells them that Shaggy and Scooby are dead weight. From there everything goes loopy as our favorite duo are attacked by Dick Dastardly’s (Jason Issacs) robotic minions at a local bowling alley.
Shaggy and Scooby meet another boy and his dog team of Wonder Dog, Dynomutt (Ken Jeong) and Blue Falcon…junior aka Brian (Mark Wahlberg) in a Phantom twist where the son takes the mantel of his father to continue on the legacy, only they kind of follow the Scott Beatty story arc of the comic The Last Phantom where the son isn’t fully cut out to follow in his father’s footsteps.
SCOOB! is really an all around fun family film that pays great tribute to the original incarnation along with the updating it for the 21st Century, but does have its hiccups. The soundtrack is way too adult for the kids, who will want to want to hear the full versions of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing and Tupac’s California Love. It was a great laugh for us that will go over the kids heads, but when they finally hit YouTube to see those videos, the little ones will be a little taken aback.
It was funny during the Halloween meeting that Velma was dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Shaggy mistook her for a Harry Potter character, then accused her for being a member of the House of Slytherin because Ginsburg it she’s Supreme Court Justice. It was also foreshadowing for Velma to accuse Blue Falcon and Fred of exuding, “toxic masculinity,” when they got into an argument. It was just another progressive, woke, emasculation of males for a whole new generation of betas growing up without fathers…I swear, they really hate you White guys, because the rest of us aren’t force fed this nonsense.
My real issue (and feel free to call me petty) will always be stunt casting. As great as everyone was, the only three celebrities that fit were Wahlberg, Jeong and Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman. Issacs is golden in whatever he does, including as Soviet Superman in DC Animation’s Superman: Red Son, but when you have Frank Welker who has voiced Fred since 1969 and still doing so int he 2D animation series, there was no point in replacing him with Efron.
SCOOB! is available today, May 15, 2020 on Premium Video on Demand or Premium Digital Ownership. Also at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, #ScoobMovieNight takes place on Twitter @Scoob to interact with everyone’s beloved quadruped sleuth.
SCOOB! is really an all around fun family film that pays great tribute to the original incarnation along with the updating it for the 21st Century, but with a soundtrack that is a bit too adult for the little ones.