Hello, Spongey here. If you ask me, it’s not Halloween without Scooby Doo. Whether you’re talking about the shows, the movies, or anything else, there’s no doubt those meddling kids and their stupid dog have left an impact on pop culture.
Previously, I reviewed the Theatrical Live Action movies, and the Direct to Video Prequel. I enjoyed them, but it’s mostly because I have a soft spot for Scooby Doo. Sure, it can be really dumb that’s part of the fun for me. And it has a shit ton of incarnations, some good, some bad.
My favorite is the most recent series, but that’s a subject for another time. In the late 90’s, they started a string to Direct to Video animated films. And they are still going strong to this day. They tend to be hit or miss, but we all have a few we like.
It was hard to pick one to review, but I think I got one. I picked the most recent one. Why? …I couldn’t find most of the ones I wanted to review. So yeah, we’re doing the new one.
Besides, no one has reviewed yet, I bet. Plus, it’s more directly Halloween related. Now, Animated Scooby films go through eras. The first is the earlier, more dramatic era. This is where you got films like Zombie Island, which were darker and had real monsters.
Than you had the “What’s new” era which were closer to the Scooby we knew, but we had some good ones there. And the Era we are sort of in is the Mysteries Incorporated era. It’s not like that show in writing, but it is animation, and it shares the current voice actors, including Matthew Liliard, from the live action movies.
I haven’t seen a Scooby Movie since Samurai Sword I think, so I’m a bit behind. So we’ll see how much the newer one stacks up. This one was written by Jim Kreig, whose other credits including Frenemies and Spooksville.
He confirmed on Twitter that he didn’t have much control on the former, which explains a lot. And based on how Spooksville misses drama, scares, and Comedy, it makes sense that he would write this.
So we’ll how it goes. Not much else to say, so let’s go in. This, is Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
The movie opens….with a Google ripoff, as someone is looking up “Daphne modeling pics” …Uh, should I be watching this?
Actually, it just leads to Daphne (Grey Delisle)’s website as she’s just talking about stuff. Then she mentions how her fans always ask her about her whole mystery solving career, which leads to clips from the original series. Huh, that’s cool.
This is a live show and Fred (Frank Welker) calls in to give us more clips. Then Shaggy comes in and the clips go on. What is this, a clip show? It must be as Velma calls in to give us even more clips.
They are just telling stories about their exploits, which seem like actual classic episodes, though I’m not sure. The clips tell me yes. Velma’s family lawyer (voiced by Kevin Micheal Richardson) calls in to start the plot.
He searched Velma Dinkley and the site came up. First off, aren’t there easier ways to get in touch? 2nd, why does searching her name lead to this website as the very first result? Why click on it if it seems unrelated? So many questions in one small line!
“I’m texting you my address!”
…If you could text her, why didn’t you do it in the first place?! So of course, the Mystery Gang heads off to meet him. He tells her she’s inherited her great uncle’s property and castle in Transylvania.
Yep, this is a Scooby Doo movie. Also, that plot is so basic I’m shocked they waited like 20 something movies to do it…and like 6 shows. Also, it’s Transylvania…Pennsylvania. Heh.
We are told this village is kind of like Amish Country, which doesn’t please Daphne. By the way, the lawyer’s name is Cuthbert Crawley. He’s the villain. That or a suspect. There’s a curse hanging over the estate, because of course there is.
Velma doesn’t want the castle, mostly cuz she just doesn’t want it. They head back to the Mystery Machine…and it explodes. …That’s one way to the movie going.
After the title sequence, they see a creepy dude on the top of a building.
“That guy is the worst parking lot attendant in history”
Haw. Crawley tells us that this guy is the ghost of a Baron, and the source of that curse.
“I should have been more forthcoming about the details”
“Gee, ya think?”
Heh. The van explodes, leaving a message telling them to stay away from Transylvania. This is starting out really…cliche, to be honest.
So of course, Fred wants to go there anyway because we need a plot. Actually, Fred wants to go there to piss off the baddie, as he kills Fred’s van.
“Now it’s personal”
Damn, Fred is a badass! They head to Transylvania on a train, where we get the usual jokes from Shaggy. That is until Velma reveals something. She has a family secret. Her real last name Von Dinkenstein, from which she and her parents shortened to Dinkley when they moved in from the old country.
Her ancestor is Baron Von Dinkenstein, who was said to have created a monster. This very story inspired Mary Shell to write Frankenstein. And all of this is why she is obsessed with solving mysteries and supernatural stuff. Huh, that’s actually pretty interesting.
Didn’t see that coming. Now we are getting somewhere! So yeah, that creepy dude is Baron’s ghost and naturally, he pops up to take over the train. He messes up the train and vanishes. They are able to stop the train and they arrive in Transylvania.
They are greeted by some townspeople, and they get pissed upon seeing Velma cuz of the whole Baron thing. Okay, I’ll just say this now: The pacing is kind of shit so far.
It’s moving way too fast, never letting anything sink in. We just went from an out of control train to this with petty much no transition. We’re about 18 minutes in, but it sure doesn’t well like it. Hopefully it’ll get better soon.
Anyway, they blame Velma for the monster because Baron’s ghost popping up killed tourism …Still not seeing how Velema is too blame for that. Also, the town makes torches. Heh, that’s funny. Not sure if it was meant to be, but it is.
Then a Discount Igor shows up to take them to the castle. On the way there, Discount Igor tells them the story of Baron’s Monster.
“A minute ago you were speaking in grunts. When you did become so loquacious?”
Velma would be great at Cinema Sins. They get to the castle to see that’s it’s huge and creepy. They meet the housekeeper, Mrs Vander who locks the door and says if they need to leave, they must find her as she has the only key.
That’s not ominous at all. We get a tour of the castles, with all the jokes you expect. They head into Baron’s old lab where we got more wacky hijinks. Then they find a case with a weird creature that Baron must have been working on.
It’s a regular Frankenstein.
“Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster”
Of course they had to point that out. The “monster” is encased in Ice, so Vander keeps the temperature low. You know, showing them an actual monster isn’t gonna make us less suspicious of you. Velma is sure the monster is fake, naturally.
In fact, her entire goal now is to prove that monsters don’t exist. So, do these Scooby doo movies have a “Canon” or does the Continuity reset in every movie?
I ask cuz…Zombie Island, and all that. The gang finds out that there’s a festival going on in town right now, so that’s our next stop in the plot. While there, Shaggy and Scooby enter an Eating contest because of course they do.
Daphne stops to buy a dress at this one place, but she is confirmed that she is a Size 8, and she looks in the mirror and yep, she’s bigger now. Now, this scene I actually heard about it because people bitched about it.
See, the curse I mentioned earlier, causes what people love most to be destroyed. In Daphne’s case, it’s her slim-ness/Beauty. Now, in the context of this scene here are the facts: Daphne is the stereotypical woman who believes that being Size 8/Fat is a horrible thing. The film is not really saying anything here.
It’s her own personal worst nightmare and that’s it. So you Social Justice Warriors can calm down. Anyway, while that’s going on, Fred is mourning the van some more, and Shaggy and Scooby win the contest.
They get Sausage puppets as a Reward (just roll with it) and they are asked to it. But..
“Scoob and I are totally full”
…THE END IS NEIGH! This statement is followed by a shot of fling pigs and a shot of Hell freezing over. Okay, that’s hilarious. ..Also, Hell is in a kids movie. Okay.
The Mayor is insulted because reasons, and we get our angry mob scene. In my experience, being full won’t stop you from at least attempting to eat food, you know. They bump into Fat Daphne and we get Dramatic rain.
“This town makes great torches. They stay lit in the rain!”
Shaggy would also be great at Cinema Sins. Discount Igor show up to save them and they get back to the castle. But they find out that Velma has gone insane. By that I mean that she’s gone all monster crazy, trying to bring a monster to life instead of debunking them. That weird chick on the cover? That’s Velma.
“This isn’t weird-ness. This is science!”
The Angry Mob pops up, as it has only grown upon finding out what happened to Velma. But she has no time for that as she starts up her machine. And it brings the iced monster to life. However, Shaggy and Scooby aren’t afraid….Play that pig/hell clip again.
But of course, it rampages and escapes anyway. Velma, still an angry bitch, asks Fred to go get it, but the van thing has really taken a toll on him. So Shaggy and Scooby volunteer to head out instead. And they deny an offer for Scooby Snacks.
…Now cut to a clip of cats and dogs living together. Fred mourns the van some more, and it’s actually pretty emotional. Wow, never expected that to happen. Daphne mourns her look and while doing so, she finds a secret tunnel.
Then we cut to Shaggy and Scobby chasing down the monster, with a montage set to a song that is no Terror Time, but itis still okay. Daphne bumps into Baron and her screams lead Fred to her. This gets Fred’s mystery mojo back. Shaggy and Scooby randomly wake up in Velma’s lab, tied down.
The monster is tied down next to them, and Velma explains that the monsters brain is defective, and they must add some extra brains to make it better. Shaggy and Scooby’s brains. Yeah, I doubt the brains of a Dog and a stoner will help you.
She says that between the 2 of them, they have almost have one whole brain, (haw) but that just makes my point stronger. Also, Velma’s really evil now I guess. The monster tears off their special Ledorhosen they got from the mayor, and now they feel hungry and scared again.
…Okay then. Fred finds Velma and finds the Baron, having taken a level in badass. At least until Baron reminds him of the Van. Then he falls. And then Daphne tells him to do it for “Her” and he gets back up.
This is pretty epic but…now you are ASKING for the crappy M rated sex fics about Fred/Van. Fred fights Baron off, and we have a sweet moment with him and Daphne as he says he doesn’t care about her new appearance.
“You always look great to me”
Those people who bitched about that bit must look really silly now. That was a pretty sweet scene, to be honest. This movie is getting a lot better. Shaggy and Scooby escape the evil Velma out for their brains (This job is weird sometimes) and Daphne finds out that her new look is just the result of a weird fatsuit…thing.
She and Fred escape and run into Shaggy and Scooby. Also, Daphne has her old outfit back because magic. Velma catches up to them and she’s normal now. No explanation, and no one questions it. Okay.
“I’m Sorry I tried to take your brains, guys”
I love this “job” sometimes. Velma says she was hypnotized into doing all of this. Sure, why not. Either way, she’s normal again and they must escape and stop the Baron. The Baron set up some gas in the castle, and the town is known for making torches.
You know what happens next. Yep, a huge explosion as the gang runs away. It’s kind of awesome. The townspeople think they all died and they throw a party. ….Wow, what jerks.
They get their due as various ghosts chase them out of town. However, those ghosts are actually just the Mystery Gang in disguise.
So wait…this time THEY are a monster in a mask? Whoa… But there’s no time to dwell on that, as we find out the monster was just Discount Igor in a robot suit thing.
…And then Di turns out to be some Government dude in a robot suit thing. ..I’m confused.
“Weeks ago, one of our experiment exoskeletons designed to increase the strength of the infantry men of the future was stolen from one our research labs. We traced it to this town and went undercover in hopes of finding it out.”
“Wait, you were the monster in the lab?”
….I have a lot of questions, but let’s just pretend this makes perfect sense and fits in the story. And no, he wasn’t the monster back in the lab, that was the mayor. Yeah, saw that coming, sort of. It was all a conscript and who was behind it? The Lawyer. Pick up the phone, cuz I called it.
And he’s not even her Lawyer, he’s the partner of these attorneys from an old episode of the original show. Nice continuity, movie. Through a series of events too convoluted to go into here, he blew up the van, put Daphne in a weird suit, used weird things to give Shaggy and Scooby a false sense of courage, and he hypnotized Velma into going insane.
The townspeople were on it and all this stuff happened. Even for Scooby Doo, this is convolved. Pretty cool, but still confusing. A Good of the towns people that were in on this are actually old villains who teamed up for a revenge.
A Scooby Doo villain team up…WHY DIDN’T THIS GET IT’S OWN MOVIE?! That would be amazing!
“Everyone you’ve ever busted wants revenge! We were turning people away in droves. We fiended each other on the Scooby Doo Gang Revenge Social Networking page.”
A social network of Scooby Doo villains, planning revenge ….Again, WHY ISN’T THIS IT’S OWN MOVIE!? Once they found out about the Castle, they came up with this whole plan. This is a damn good twist, but it’s way too convoluted for my tastes.
“And we would have gotten out revenge on you meddling kids, if it weren’t it for you meddling kids”
These villains must work for the Department of Redundancy Department. Anyway, they are carted away and everyone is happy. I’m sure you have questions the movie answers, but I don’t care.
I’m just not sure how these Government dudes got involved. Speaking of them, as a reward for helping them, they made a new Mystery Machine. Woo hoo. So they head off, back home.
They have a cheesy moment, and they notice a new button in the van. They press it and the van turns into a rocket and flies away.
Roll credits. … What just happened? Whatever, whats in the credits?!
“Wait, that’s it?! But there’s so many unanswered questions!”
…Oh shit, I’m in the movie now. …Actually, he just points out pointless stuff, like Shaggy wearing something in one scene, and something else in another shot.
Crap, the young version of the Cinema Sins narrator! Then some agent dudes show up and take him away. For the crime of pointing out plot holes..
…Well, see ya, I’m gonna go on the lam.
Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I knew nothing going into this, and it seemed like it would be just another Generic Scooby Doo movie at the start. But it actually turned out to be pretty solid! Not one of the best, but still decent. Let’s go over the flaws.
It has a generic set up, the pacing sucks in the first half, and the final reveal is way too convoluted for it’s own good. But even with the last one, this movie was decent enough.
Despite the set up, they used it for some pretty good visuals and atmosphere. On top of that, we have a pretty good story with some development for the characters. As drawn out as it was, I liked Fred’s whole thing with the Van, and he got some awesome moments because of it.
I like the bit with Daphne, as it gives a good lesson and again, more development. And Velma going insane was kind of awesome. I like her minor depth as well but man, Insane Velma is amazing.
And also sort of hot.
Shaggy and Scooby don’t have a lot to do but they are fine, as always. I really enjoy the story and development in this one. Then there’s the twist. It’s a BRILLIANT idea, and it’s almost done well…but it’s so confusing.
That nerd is right, there were so many unanswered questions and plot holes. Not to mention that it should have been it’s own movie. Imagine it. All the classic Scooby Doo villains having a Social Network, and coming back to get revenge.
That would be amazing. But nope, it’s the twist and it’s kind of rushed. But hey, it’s kind of cool. So in the end, I recommend this one if you’re a fan.
It has some nice development, a solid story, and epic Continuity porn. It has flaws, and I won’t give it the best grade, but it is a fun entry in this ever growing series. Check it out, it’s not bad. .
..Wait, why is it called Frankencreepy if the monster is Franken CREEP and he’s not even the focus?
Next time…I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see. See ya