I have a vague memory of Saturday mornings (maybe it was Sunday) watching with my sister the series Scooby-Doo, from the Hanna-Barbera factory. The cartoon series starred a group of teenage paranormal investigators who had a talent for getting into trouble and were always accompanied by their dog, Scooby. Scooby-Doo still has a certain image of a doggy ideal for me: big, always hungry, totally scary, friendly and clumsy.
So what about watching Scoob !, available for sale (US $ 24.99) and rent (US $ 19.99) in the United States from May 15 on video-on-demand services and streaming on HBO Max from June 26, had certain nostalgic point.
The new animated film based on the classic characters from the late 1960s series features the full crew: the ever-attentive Daphne (voiced by Amanda Seyfried); the clever Velma (voiced by Gina Rodriguez); the somewhat smug Fred (voiced by Zac Efron); the eternally hungry and not necessarily bright Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte), and Shaggy’s best friend Scooby-Doo (voiced by Frank Welker), a low-pitched (though capable of talking) dog on an eternal search for his next power supply.
The film is an ode to nostalgia with winks for the older audience. There is a contemporary take on the series’ original credits, and the film has even gone to the trouble of trying to find a middle ground in the sophistication of the animation used to portray its characters. The protagonists of Scoob! They are among the image of Shaggy, Scooby and company that we remember from the sixties and seventies and what technology allows at the level of textures, skin lighting or hair recreation right now.
Scoob! He first explains how all these characters met during their childhood, in a series of sequences that could almost constitute an episode of the original series, to make a temporal ellipsis and introduce us to a team for which some years have passed and which has to face a new mystery. Although its scale is of more cinematographic than television dimensions.
And that’s one of my biggest complaints about a movie that seems designed for hyperactive viewers, where there is no place to pause and where something is always happening. In addition to being full of characters who have not just taken advantage of. In addition to the members of Mystery Inc. (Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, Fred and Scooby), Scoob! dusts off several classic Hanna-Barbera characters: the perennial villain Dick Dastardly and his characteristically catchy and devilish giggling dog; the robot dog Dynomutt and his not-too-bright boss, the superhero Blue Falcon; or the incredibly insightful Dee Dee Skyes. Not counting cameos from American Idol host Simon Cowell, musician Harry Perry or radio host Ira Glass.