The Problem With ‘Scoob!’

I have a beef with Scoob!. Well, I have a few of them. One, the new Scooby-Doo movie has a bunch of famous people in the voice cast. I’m a little tired of that. How about hiring talented professional voice actors like, say, the people who have done voices for the Scooby gang on TV and in made-for-TV movies. I am a bit of a Scooby-Doo fan. I even recommended bingeing Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! right on this very site. I didn’t see Scoob!, because it got terrible reviews. However, I did read the synopsis, and that is enough to give me beef.

In short, the ethos of Scooby-Doo as a property isn’t there. For starters, they are setting up a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe which is obnoxious. Dick Dastardly and Muttley are in it. The Scooby gang joins forces with Blue Falcon. This is even worse than the Universal Monster Universe. That’s not the major problem, though. The problem is that superheroes like Blue Falcon, and dogs like Dynomutt, shouldn’t exist in a Scooby-Doo universe. They have actual powers. Oh, also the gates to hell open in the movie and Cerberus comes out. Yes, an actual monster.

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The whole crux of Scooby-Doo is thinking analytically and being skeptical. In basically every iteration of Scooby-Doo there aren’t any real ghosts or ghouls. They are all crooked real estate developers. There have been some versions that get really supernatural. One of them is quite good and I don’t want to spoil it. The other is 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo which is terrible. Scoob! is a new version of Scooby-Doo. Right out the gate they dismiss everything that makes Scooby-Doo worthwhile. It’s cheap and cheesy and inane. No wonder critics hated it.

It’s one thing to make a movie that is poorly written and not good. It’s another when it also can’t even do justice to the intellectual property it is glomming onto to try and make money. Why make a Scooby-Doo movie if you clearly don’t actually care about Scooby-Doo? That’s just lame.

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