Scoob! [2020] ★★

As someone who grew up with classic Scooby Doo episodes when they used to air on Cartoon Network back in the 90’s, I was kind of looking forward to a modern revival, mainly because it was advertised as an “origin” story. As it turns out, I enjoyed seeing the old gang back together, but I can’t say I enjoyed the story itself. The movie opens with Shaggy (Will Forte) and Scooby (Frank Welker) meeting and quickly becoming best friends. Velma (Gina Rodriguez), Fred (Zac Efron) and Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) join them later on. Fast forward a few years and Scoob and the gang find themselves facing a villain who is threatening to unleash a ghost dog upon the world. Quite often, there’s a lot going on onscreen, and I thought the science-fiction elements were out of place. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my Scooby Doo with a side of haunted castles and rubber masks. Kids might still enjoy what “Scoob!” has to offer, mainly because it was tailor-made for them. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself longing for those classic episodes instead.

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