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Tony Cervone
Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs
Writing Credits:
Matt Lieberman, Adam Sztykiel, Jack C. Donaldson, Derek Elliott

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.

Rated PG.

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 94 min.
Price: $44.95
Release Date: 7/21/2020

• “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” Featurette
• “Newer Friends, Newer Villains” Featurette
• “Puppies!!” Featurette
• Bloopers
• Deleted Scenes
• Previews
• Blu-ray Copy


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SCOOB! [4K UHD] (2020)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (July 27, 2020)

After a successful life as an animated TV show, the Scooby-Doo series leapt to the big screen in 2002. That flick and its 2004 sequel offered live-action adaptations.

With 2020’s SCOOB!, the franchise returned to movie theaters as an animated affair – sort of. While intended to hit multiplexes in mid-May, the COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on those plans, so it went straight-to-video instead, with a small international theatrical release in July 2020.

A prologue reveals how lonely Norville “Shaggy” Rogers (voiced by Iain Armitage) meets and befriends a stray pooch named Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). When they encounter fellow youngsters Fred Jones (Pierce Gagnon), Daphne Blake (Mckenna Grace), and Velma Dinkley (Ariana Greenblatt), they become pals and solve a strange seemingly supernatural dilemma together.

Years later, we find Scooby, Shaggy (Will Forte), Velma (Gina Rodriguez), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) and Fred (Zac Efron) together as Mystery Inc. This acts as an organization that deals with perplexing crimes, ones that usually involve phony ghosts and the like.

They’ll need to muster all their skills when they find Dick Dastardly’s (Jason Isaacs) scheme to unleash the ghost canine Cerberus upon an unsuspecting world. The Mystery Inc. gang works overtime to stop a coming “dogpocalypse”.

As I noted when I reviewed the live-action flicks, I grew up with Scooby-Doo, but I never really loved the series. I think I enjoyed those adventures but I found a lot of other animated series I preferred.

Now far from my youth, I’ve liked some 21st century Scooby. The 2002 movie worked surprisingly well, and a few of the direct-to-video animated projects amused.

This left me with some thoughts that SCOOB! might offer fun. Toss in a good voice cast and I entered the film with moderate expectations – not high expectations, but decent hopes.

Alas, SCOOB! doesn’t ever become more than decent, at that. While not a bad movie – and better than the 2004 live-action flick – it lacks the real creativity and flair I thought it might present.

On the positive side, the flick really does come with a nice cast. In addition to the actors already noted, we find folks like Mark Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, and plenty of others.

None of them really add life to their characters, and as talented as he is, Forte doesn’t live up to Matthew Lillard’s dead-perfect live-action Shaggy. Still, the presence of so many notables brings a veneer of quality to the project.

In addition, SCOOB! occasionally manages some clever moments, mainly due to weird allusions and asides. A bowling scene offers a subtle nod toward The Big Lebowski, and we get a decent array of jokes that bring some panache to the proceedings.

While these contribute amusement, they can’t quite overcome the project’s basic lack of inspiration. The movie never boasts a particularly coherent narrative and the comedy beats don’t work well enough to cancel the randomness of the tale.

Honestly, the prologue with the young Mystery Inc. feels unnecessary and out of place. That segment takes up more time than expected, and it doesn’t connect to the rest of the film in a particularly meaningful manner, so it feels more like an excuse to fill time.

Granted, the flick does allow the prologue to tie in to the main story eventually. Nonetheless, this comes across as cheap melodrama fodder that the movie never needs.

SCOOB! needs that padding because its main plot fails to develop in a substantial way. As noted, the story lacks particular coherence and often feels like nothing more than an excuse to throw action and comedy at us.

Which doesn’t seem like a terrible goal, but I think SCOOB! could’ve given us laughs, thrills and a more concise narrative. Plenty of other movies manage to “have it all” – why not this one as well?

Ultimately, SCOOB! becomes neither a winning effort nor a clunker. Because it throws so much at the screen, some of it sticks, so even with a less than willing plot, it still brings passable entertainment.

However, don’t expect more than that. SCOOB! keeps the viewer mildly engaged for its 94 minutes and that’s about it.

The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B+/ Bonus C

SCOOB! appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The image looked solid.

Sharpness worked well, as the movie boasted consistently detailed elements. No softness emerged in this tight, accurate presentation.

I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. The flick also lacked any print flaws.

Blue became the movie’s dominant hue. However, the film often managed a broader palette, and the movie showed these colors in a vivid manner. The 4K’s HDR added heft and impact to the tones as well.

Blacks seemed dark and deep, while shadows appeared smooth and clear. The HDR brought nice clarity to contrast and whites. Everything about the transfer pleased.

In addition, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked pretty well. The film included enough action scenes to add pep to the soundscape and make it an involving affair.

Music boasted nice five-channel presence, and the mix came with a lot of well-placed localized speech as well. The soundfield didn’t bring constant action, but it meshed together nicely and became a pleasing presence with enough creepy atmosphere and hijinks to entice.

Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.

Music was perky and full, while effects appeared accurate and packed a nice punch. I felt this qualified as a “B+” mix.

How did the 4K UHD compare to the movie’s Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both sported the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix.

The 4K’s visuals looked a bit tighter and more dynamic, with superior colors and contrast. In other words, expect the usual 4K upgrade. <:P> No extras appear on the 4K UHD disc, but the included Blu-ray copy sports a few, and How to Draw Scooby-Doo runs 10 minutes, 16 seconds. Here director Tony Cervone leads us through the expected tutorial. This becomes a fun look at the topic.

New Friends, Newer Villains spans six minutes, 21 seconds and offers comments from Cervone, producers Allison Abbate and Pam Coats, and actors Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Tracy Morgan and Jason Isaacs.

As implied by the title, this reel looks at the non-Mystery Inc. roles we see in the film. It offers a fair amount of praise, but it comes with a few decent notes.

With Puppies!!, we find a one-minute, five-second promo reel that shows the main voice actors as they play with dogs. It’s completely devoid of informational value but who doesn’t love puppies?

Bloopers goes for three minutes, 58 seconds and shows the voice actors as they run through their lines. Of course, we find some silliness, but this becomes a decent look at the work involved.

10 Deleted Scenes take up a total of 19 minutes, 48 seconds. Cervone offers intros to all 10, and these give us perspective, though he doesn’t always tell us why he omitted the material.

Most of these bring extended or alternate versions of existing material, though we get some unique segments that add exposition. The unused intro of Shaggy and Scooby works better than the one in the final cut, and a couple others seem pretty good.

By the way, none of the scenes reached final animation. Some seem better realized than others, but all remain at relatively early stages of the process.

The Blu-ray disc opens with ads for bestfriends.org animal rescue, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. No trailer for SCOOB! appears here.

With 2020’s SCOOB!, we get the franchise’s first theatrical film in 16 years. While it delivers moderate entertainment, it disappoints because it drops the ball too often and fails to exploit the property’s strengths as well as it could. The 4K UHD offers excellent visuals as well as very good audio and a smattering of bonus features. SCOOB! provides watchable animated material and nothing more.

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