Ten years ago (in the movie), a young boy named Norville Rogers (a.k.a, Shaggy) walks down Los Angeles. Desperate for a friend, he meets a talking-puppy, who calls himself Scooby. A cop almost penalizes Shaggy for taking a stray dog with him… until Shaggy “reveals” Scooby’s middle name. The officer lets him go.
On Halloween night, shortly after, Shaggy goes trick-or-treating with Scooby – only to face bullies that take his candy and throw it into a haunted house. Three other children, Fred, Daphne, and Velma, help Shaggy retrieve his candy back. However, it is inside a haunted house. Of course, trouble happens, but the kids achieve their goals.
The theme song then occurs, and the same shots (in CGI) happen, but change as the time passes.
The gang sits in a restaurant together and they meet Simon Cowell, who, of course, says remarks about each individual. Later, Scooby and Shaggy go to a bowling alley – when the “balls” turn out to be robotic monsters. After the two escape, Scooby and Shaggy are abducted into a jet, where they meet a leader named Deedee, a super guy called Blue Falcon, and his dog sidekick, Dynomutt.
Meanwhile, Fred, Velma, and Daphne search for Shaggy and Scooby. The adventure progresses.
Despite the mixed reviews, as well as never being a die-hard “Scooby Doo” fan, I actually enjoyed this film and laughed a lot throughout it.
A lot of the moments pleased me, especially when Blue Falcon broke the fourth-wall. Shaggy wanted to drop some “f-bombs” and Blue Falcon stopped him, reminding him to keep everything PG-rated. LOL. However, Shaggy had meant something else.
Other great moments include the cavewoman cheerleaders when Captain Caveman challenged Scooby to a tournament in a prehistoric stadium, and when the lady behind the front desk at the bowling alley just casually said, “No running,” as Scooby and Shaggy dashed away from the robots, disguised as bowling balls. I also liked when Shaggy and Scooby tried to serve the robots food, and they changed their appearances to look cute, like babies.
Overall, the story had amazing elements, such as unexpected twists and turns, little moments becoming important later (I won’t specify what), the importance of friendship and teamwork, as well as some emotional scenes, both happy and sad.
That being said, the film did have some displeasing aspects, besides the [overdone] CG animation. Speaking of which, the quality of the animation felt primitive for 2020. The textures appeared too smooth and simplistic, which made it look amateurish.
Another flaw was changing the main time setting to 2020, when “Scooby Doo” originally came out in the early 1970’s. I understand that times change and the creators probably wanted to make it relatable to today’s audiences so that it wouldn’t feel outdated. Yet, it kind of strays away from the premise and could also mislead certain people, especially younger ones.
However, several “Scooby Doo” shows and adaptations exist, aside from the original Hanna-Barbera show, “Scooby Doo, Where are You.” Excluding this one, there are TV shows, like “A Pup named Scooby Doo” (where Scooby and the gang are little), “What’s New, Scooby Doo?”, which came out in the 2000’s decade, live-action films, and a whole franchise of “Scooby Doo” products and more.
All in all, I enjoyed this movie and would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.