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Scooby-Doo! And The Gourmet Ghost DVD Review

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“Scooby-Doo! And The Gourmet Ghost” should please fans of the long-running franchise.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Having released weird crossover event movies in the past (ala Wrestlemania and the Blue Falcon), WB continues that trend with the new animated feature “Scooby-Doo! And The Gourmet Ghost.” In this adventure, the Scooby gang (Shaggy, Velma, Fred, Daphne, and Scooby-Doo) meet up with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. The central story finds the gang staying at Fred’s uncle’s culinary resort. The uncle in question turns out to be Bobby Flay. So, yes, now Fred and Bobby Flay are related in the animated universe. Anyway, it turns out this resort is allegedly haunted by a spirit known as the Red Ghost. In fact, this alleged haunting even dates back to 1780. In typical Scooby gang form, they try to get to the bottom of this mystery. Is there an actual ghost? Is it an elaborate ruse? Will it be some old dude in a mask? I’m sure you know the answer to these questions.

“Scooby-Doo! And The Gourmet Ghost” is a strange movie for a variety of reasons. There’s the pivotal roles of celebrity chefs, a technologically advanced culinary resort, and a key subplot that dates back to the American Revolutionary War. Going into this movie, I was not expecting a historical plot in a cooking centric story, but lo and behold there is. As you might imagine, it’s a strange combo, but, hey, you have to give it points for doing something different.

In terms of the actual film though, it’s a standard Scooby-Doo flick complete with dopey humor, spooky moments, visual gags, quirky characters/suspects, and a big end reveal of who the “ghost” is. If you know and love the franchise, you should have a good time with this one. Sure, it all goes on a bit too long, but there’s something for everyone here. I’d be lying if I wasn’t a bit amused by seeing Shaggy and Scooby in food heaven at the resort.

The highlight of this film is by far the voice acting work. Frank Welker crushes it as Scoob and Fred as usual, but it’s Matthew Lillard (who reprises his role as Shaggy) and Kate Miccuci (Velma) who steal the show. I never knew Miccuci was cast as Velma until now and it’s really quite inspired casting. As for Lillard, it’s fun to see him back in the role even in animated form. He sounds even more like Shaggy all these years later.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The animation work here looks fantastic even in standard definition.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? In a word, impressive.

Extras: Warner Bros. Trailers, 1 episode from “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” titled “Recipe For Disaster,” 1 episode from “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” called “Wanted: Cheddar Alive” and one episode from “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” named “The Devouring.”

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August 31, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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