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Scooby-Doo! And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost DVD Review

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“Scooby-Doo! And The Case Of The 13th Ghost” is a standard Scooby-Doo movie.

“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.”

In the newest animated movie “Scooby-Doo! And The Case Of The 13th Ghost,” things aren’t so great with Mystery Inc. After messing up a mystery, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo decide to retire to avoid future trouble. However, they are called back into action by Vincent Van Ghoul who requires their help in trapping the thirteenth ghost (Asmodeus) in the Chest of Demons. Of course, this is no simple case as they face chilling dangers including a ghoulish car and an avalanche.

“Scooby-Doo! And The Case Of The 13th Ghost” (which is a follow-up to the “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” series) has all of the expected Scooby-Doo elements. There are creepy moments, there’s humor (love that Scrappy Doo joke), there’s plenty of suspects, and there’s the big end reveal as to what is going on and who the baddie really is. If you look past the formulaic parts though, there’s some fun stuff to be had here. First of all, I like that the entire creative team leans into the horror genre more here with the delightful Vincent Price tribute and the impressive animation (the animators really had a blast in creating eerie, colorful and atmospheric imagery in this film). Secondly, there’s actually a decent attempt at characterization here with Daphne taking charge as the leader and Fred wondering what his role is in the group. It’s a minor subplot, but it’s nice to see something a bit different character wise.

On the downside, the movie does wear a bit thin at 82 minutes. It takes a bit too long to get to the ending with some overlong action oriented set pieces. Had it been a tight 60 minutes, it would have been a better film I think.

The voice cast is fantastic across the board thanks to the talents of Frank Welker (Scooby and Fred), Grey Griffin (Daphne), Matthew Lillard (reprising Shaggy in animated form once again), Kate Micucci (a superb Velma), and the always underrated Maurice LaMarche (channeling Orson Welles and Vincent Price with his Vincent Van Ghoul character).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The animation looks sharp in standard definition.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Everything from the music to the voice acting sounds crisp here.

Extras:
* WB trailers
* 2 episodes of “The 13 Ghosts Of Scooby-Doo” titled “To All The Ghouls I’ve Loved Before” and “Horror-Scope Scoob.”

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February 12, 2019 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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