'Scoob!' (Blu-ray + Digital Code)
(Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / NR / 2020 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: 'Scoob!' reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc.
Blu-ray Verdict: Well, in truth, 'Scoob!' is most likely going to be the entry in the Scooby-Doo franchise that is going to equally divide its audience - with each side giving its own valid reasons, of course.
Some viewers are going to appreciate the modernization of the story, while others will wish it had stayed in the late 1960s. Some are going to get a kick out of the pop culture references, while others will ask themselves why they are even in a Scooby-Doo movie.
Some will appreciate the superhero theme, while others will forget that Blue Falcon and Dynomutt have existed in the past. Some will recoil at the childish crude humor, while others may giggle at it.
For me personally, the casting of this movie is excellent for Jason Issacs does a great Dick Dastardly, and Ken Jeong is amazing as Dynomutt - and his dialogue is wonderful too!
In fact, it was fun seeing him do a "serious character" for a change. Oh, and one of my favorite scenes is at the beginning on Halloween when they solve their first mystery after meeting each other (the other is at the end when they fight Cerberus).
As always, the overall theme of the movie is friendship, an important thing right now, especially because it is something everyone should have, to enable us all to get through these most trying of times.
Some longtime Hanna-Barbara fanatics are going to love the tie-in with other characters - such as the aforementioned Dick Dastardly and Muttley, Captain Caveman, and during the end credits, we see Atom Ant, The Great Grape Ape, Jabberjaw, Dr. Frankenstein, and Dr. Benton Quest, who is himself currently developing R.O.S.I.E.), while others are going to call it a forced attempt to kick-start a shared universe.
It'll be very interesting to see how the overall consensus falls, and it'll also be up to the individual to form its own opinion. At the end of the day, it's a kids' film and, for all intents and purposes, that's the best anyone can say about it.
It does what it can to introduce this franchise to a younger generation through those quirks and contemporary computer animation, while at the same time, it does have enough weight in the story and aims closer to the source material than more recent attempts - even when it doesn't always digest easy.
Of course, it'll be up to you to decide where this lands. Obviously, it's more focused at entertaining today's kids than being a great entry in the Scooby-Doo canon.
However, if it connects with the long-time meddling kids that grew up with the characters for over half a century, then it has definitely earned its extra Scooby Snack points! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Deleted Scenes (including alternate opening)
How To Draw Scooby Doo (with director Tony Cervone)
New Friends, Newer Villains
Learn the origins of Mystery Inc. and prepare for adventure when “SCOOB!” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.