Scooby-Doo and his friends return to the big screen with Scoob! (2020), the new animated film that begins the Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. In MFC Review we share our thoughts on the film.
This time, Scooby and his friends Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma embark on an adventure to save the world from the evil villain Dick Dastardly. The film is directed by Tony Cervone and the cast of voices is made up of the legendary voice actor Frank Welker, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg and Ken Jeong, among others.
Since its first appearance in the 1969 animated series, Scooby-Doo has become famous for being the star of a gang dedicated to solving supernatural mysteries and finally unmasking the culprit behind the disguise. However, the new movie Scoob! takes a deviation from the traditional formula and introduces us to a much larger universe, inhabited by the classic Hanna-Barbera characters.
The film discards the characteristic mystery and investigative process of Scooby-Doo in favor of a more generic adventure, which may disappoint some and cause interest in others. Shaggy and Scooby spend most of the movie separated from the rest of the gang, so we don’t fully enjoy the teamwork that characterizes them. The film includes jokes and references to current events that will become incomprehensible with the passage of time and that little contribute to the development of an already flawed story.
Although its release in the big screen was scheduled for May 2020, the expansion of the COVID-19 or coronavirus and the consequent closing of theaters around the world caused the film to be released through digital platforms. The best option, perhaps, for those who consider that Scoob! does not have the quality it promised.