Scoob! is essentially catnip for little children. While there are moments in the film which acknowledge the cartoon’s past, this updated origin tale is a finely tweaked attempt at reintroducing these characters to a new generation. Everything old is new again. I’m sure at this rate, Hollywood will look to reboot Tennesse Tuxedo. Why not? However, the big difference between this and other similar ventures is Scoob! is well crafted. The storyline has something for the big and small kids in the audience. Scoob! has plenty of zoinks and jinkies to keep the whole family entertained.
The best way to package up this storyline is that we go back to where it all started with a modern flair. Kids will see how Shaggy and Scooby connected and how that lead to meeting the rest of the Mystery Gang. We get to see how an incident of candy theft leads to the formation of their crime-solving team. While they initially gain some notoriety for solving crime, the desire to expand their business is just too tempting. However, there’s a catch. They need investors, and the only one who steps up (voiced by Simon Cowell) wants to fire Shaggy and Scooby. This, of course, leads to a small rift between the 5 of them. While this is going on, a more sinister plot is unfolding and Dick Dastardly.
I certainly enjoyed the message that Scoob! is conveying to young children. Throughout the film, the “gang” learns the true meaning of friendship and the importance of always facing your fears. What was appealing is none of it seemed forced. Matt Liberman, Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donaldson, and Derek Elliot had the tough task of staying true to the source material yet still developing an original story arc for these characters. The writing team accomplishes this in spades. Not exactly what I expected but a welcomed surprise.
Scoob! certainly stays true to its roots and manages to include several exciting cartoon characters, including the one pictured above, Captain Caveman. I’m not going to say who voices him, and I would recommend that you don’t google it. Going in blind and it will make that moment when he first arrives funnier. The voice work was solid. Will Forte was very impressive as Shaggy Rogers. The animation in the film was crisp, bring, and very intricate. This made every sequence in the movie such a pleasure to observe.
Overall, if anyone is looking for family entertainment this weekend, then look no further.