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Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! DVD Review

“Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!” will appeal to 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.”

“Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!” is a new original movie just in time for the Halloween season. The film begins with Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy (thankfully voiced by Matthew Lillard again), and Scooby-Doo (AKA Mystery Inc.) foiling a villain amidst an Elvira Halloween parade. Alas, there is little time to celebrate their victory as the town of Crystal Cove soon becomes invaded by what appears to be pumpkin creatures. What are these pumpkin creatures and who is behind them? What past secrets does Crystal Cove have that may apply to what is going on? All is revealed in the end (naturally).

“Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!” is a bit of a strange Halloween themed movie to be sure. Yes, there is plenty of Halloween flavor here with the pumpkin creatures, a B-Movie and “Stranger Things” influence, bundles of Halloween candy being munched on by Scooby and Shaggy, a corn maze, and a rather sizable appearance by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (don’t worry, it’s a kid friendly version). On the other hand, you have the inclusion of Bill Nye, technology and a new Mystery Machine vehicle which all feels very out of the blue within this feature film. Sure, the technology element has a major place in the storyline, but it would have been better to see something less techy and more spooky. One of the problems with the modern Scooby films is there tends to be an over reliance on trying to be hip and modern and that is certainly the case here too.

As for the script itself (written by Maxwell Atoms who also took on directing duties), it’s a mixed bag. The pumpkin creature story wasn’t remotely surprising and there are some truly ridiculous moments here that hamper the movie (namely the seemingly endless driving sequence). On the plus side, I was thrilled to see a Batman universe character in this movie. I won’t spoil who it is, but, suffice it to say, it’s far and away the highlight. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The colorful animation shines in standard def.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1 . How does it sound? Expect an active audio track (especially during the action sequences).

Extras include 3 Halloween themed episodes of past Scooby series. “Halloween” from “Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!,” “A Scooby-Doo Halloween” from “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?,” and “Ghost Who’s Coming To Dinner?” from “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.” 

September 27, 2020 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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