SCOOB!: Critique of the new animated film about Scooby-Doo

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Shaggy (voice of Will Forte) and Scooby-Doo (voice of Frank Welker) in the animated movie SCOOB!

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I have a vague memory of a Saturday morning (maybe it was Sunday) watching with my sister the series Scooby-Dooof the factory Hanna-Barbera. The cartoon series was starring a group of teenagers researchers of paranormal phenomena, who had a certain talent for getting into trouble and they were always accompanied by their dog, Scooby. Scooby-Doo continues to hold a certain image of ideal perruno for me: huge, always hungry, totally scary, friendly, and clumsy.

So what you see SCOOB!available for sale (US$24.99) and rental (US$19.99) in the united States from this may 15 in video on demand serviceshad a certain point nostalgic.

The new animated film based on the classic characters of the series of the late sixties with the entire team: the always attentive Daphne (voice of Amanda Seyfried); the intelligent Velma (voice of Gina Rodriguez); the somewhat snooty, Fred (voice of Zac Efron); the eternally hungry and not necessarily bright Shaggy (voice of Will Forte), and the best friend of Shaggy, Scooby-Doo (voice of Frank Welker), a dog bit sharp (although able to speak) and in an eternal search of their next source of food.

The film is an ode to nostalgia with a nod to the older audience. There is a contemporary version of the titles credit original series and the film even has taken the trouble of trying to find a middle point in the sophistication of the animation used to represent their characters. The protagonists of SCOOB! are recognized in the image of Shaggy, Scooby and company that we remember of the sixties and seventies, which now allows same feats technological level of textures, lighting, skin or recreation of the hair.

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Daphne (voice of Amanda Seyfried), Velma (voice of Gina Rodriguez), Shaggy (voice of Will Forte), Fred (voice of Zac Efron) and Scooby-Doo (voice of Frank Welker).

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SCOOB! we explained first how they met all these characters during their childhood, in a series of sequences that could almost be an episode of the original series, to make a break in time and introducing us to a team that some years have passed and she has to confront a new mystery. Although the scale of dimensions more cinema-television.

And that is one of my biggest complaints about a movie that seems designed for viewers hyperactive, in which there is no place to pause and where there is always something happening. In addition to being full of characters who are not just take advantage. In addition to the members of Mystery Inc. (Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, Fred and Scooby), SCOOB! put on several classic characters of Hanna-Barbera’s: the eternal villain Dick Dastardly and your dog giggle characteristically catchy and demonized; the dog robot Dynomutt and its not too bright boss, the superhero Blue Falcon; or the incredibly insightful Dee Dee Skyes. That’s not counting cameos of the presenter American Idol Simon Cowell, the street musician Harry Perry, or a radio broadcaster Ira Glass.

The moral in SCOOB! (of course, there is) is served with little subtlety. Shaggy complains quite soon in the movie version is more small-minded than Simon Cowell has told that the friendship can’t fix anything. And there it is already known that the value of the friendship is going to play a pivotal role in this story. Also plays the human capacity to make mistakes and recognize do not know how to do something. “What then is heroic to be scared and even losing sometimes?”, he says in a rare moment of humility, a Blue Falcon is still not used to the demands of the job of a superhero.

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The kids of Mystery Inc. with Simon Cowell.

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Unlike with other animated films, reading, or enjoyment for the adults it is here simply in that point of nostalgia. And in the inclusion of several jokes here and there which throw a lot of hand references of contemporary popular culture. The one that made me laugh include the role of Velma in the guise of Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Halloween. Shaggy wants to know if it is a character of Harry Potter and what house it belongs to. What Hufflepuff maybe?. She responds that it is a judge of the Supreme Court. And Shaggy says: “Oh, Slytherin!”.

A minor character in the movie also qualifies Halloween grand strategy of the commercial industry of corn syrup. And when Dastardly described Fred as Hemsworth, he rushes in trying to find out if Liam or Chris. But beyond these moments for humor, my experience as a spectator, the adult was not very full.

In SCOOB! you could have applied the maximum of less is more is clear. But also what are the options of new first-run movies is limited at this time. And Warner Bros. you may want to see if it is possible to emulate the enviable box office Trolls World Touranother animated film that recently premiered on video-on-demand because of the movie theaters closed, and showed that there are many parents trying to find new ways to distract their children.

And it’s that I can think of worst forms of entertaining the children who put them to see Shaggy and Scooby asustándose and jumping one in the other’s arms.


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