Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang are back in an updated reboot of the classic cartoon. Hoping to pull in the younger crowd, the animation is a blend of classic the new modern CGI, and the old Hanna- Barbera animation. The blend is really nice, I loved the emotions of the characters.

Scoob! is more about how Shaggy and Scooby met and then joined up with Fred, Velma, and Daphne to form the Mystery Inc. From there the gang goes onto face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

I had reservations at first since there was a new cast. Thankfully, Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriquez, and Will Forte did an excellent job with their spin on the iconic voices. Frank Welker was great as Scooby as always.

There are several scenes with creepy “ghost”, a giant, and the murderous three-headed Cerberus dog. Also, a really nasty villain Dick Dastardly who has appeared across several Hanna-Barbara animated shows. Nothing too spooky for the kids. All the snacks Shaggy and Scooby eat scare me a little more than the ghost. Seeing them eating we went through 3 bags of popcorn and all my dark chocolate chips that were supposed to be for cookies.

Having grown up watching Scooby-Doo and watching the previous live-action movies I was a little worried if it would be safe for my grandson to watch. As much as I loved the fart jokes and stoner references of the last few movies, those were removed for today’s younger audience. What they kept thankfully was Zoinks and ruh-roh’s.

The movie was tasteful and fun. My complaints are I felt the music was overplayed and didn’t suit the film well. The other was all the crossovers for potential spinoffs like Captain Caveman, Dynomutt, Blue Falcon, Dog Wonder, and Teen Angels. My grandson sat through it and that’s saying something. Having Autism some movies are hard for him to sit through. For me, I thought it could have been so much more. The beginning was more fun than the rest of the way through. Kids who have never watched Scooby Do will like it. For those of us who are more nostalgic, not so much.

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