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‘Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo!’ (review)

Produced by Sam Register, Maxwell Atoms
Voice Directed by Kris Zimmeran Salter
Written and Directed by Maxwell Atoms
Starring Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffin,
Kate Micucci, Cassandra Peterson, Bill Nye

 

“I would’ve gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling kids”

A catchphrase that has always been fun. A group of kids, using gumption to bring justice. Is 2020 not the best time to have the Scooby Gang solving mysteries?

In Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo, the Scooby Gang does their thing and have a lot of fun.

The Scooby Gang are in Crystal Cove with their Mystery Machine. In the midst of the town’s Halloween celebration, there’s an attack from none other than Batman villain, The Scarecrow.

The gang uses teamwork to stop one of the Dark Knight’s most dangerous rogues.

With Scarecrow in custody, his fear gas mixes with toxic waste. The mixture ends up leaking into a pumpkin batch. The toxic pumpkins mutate, becoming monstrous creatures.

Can the Scooby Gang rescue Crystal Cove?

When done right, Scooby is delightfully fun and his characterization and voice work is up to the task. When working together, the Scooby gang continue their great chemistry. The story takes a lot of twists and turns even for a Scooby-Doo story.

Spotting the influences strewn throughout makes for an entertaining game. Seeing homages to Mad Max, Maximum Overdrive, and Predator was surprising, but it never overwhelms the story.

The movie also includes appearances from Elvira and Bill Nye. While it honors the tradition of guest stars in Scooby-Doo episodes, it did feel like a bit of a drag on the story. However the Elvira appearance does allow for a bizarre, unexpected joke at the end.

Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo manages to be breezy and entertaining.

Here’s to many more Scooby-Doo tales for a long, long time to come.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! is available now on DVD and Digital HD

 

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