Very entertaining (but could have been even better)!
22 April 2021
Scooby and the gang get zapped into a video game based on their own early adventures. The only way to survive and return to the real world is to battle and defeat all 10 levels. On the way they encounter cyber versions of monsters from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969-70) and The Scooby-Doo Show (1976-78) - plus cyber versions of themselves from the same era.

There are some great one-liners; the set-up is nicely done (with brightly-lit university research labs making a change from dark, dusty mansions), and the digital world the gang find themselves in is impressive. The early levels of the game are entertaining enough (although I can see myself fast-forwarding through these on rewatches), but when the classic villains and the cyber-Scooby gang turn up it really takes off. There's great interplay between the two versions of Mystery Inc. (including some lovely snarky comments on each other's fashion sense), and the bond that develops between the two groups is actually touching. There's no rivalry, just the 'real' gang being helped to escape by the cyber versions who know they have to stay no matter what.

So, a situation where anything could happen, involving any character(s), in any location in the entire history of the franchise! Why didn't the makers do more with it? Scenarios that wouldn't really work in the 'real' world of Scooby-Doo, could have easily played out 'inside a computer game', giving the audience some real 'WTF?' moments. It felt like a massive missed opportunity. What we get is good - but it could have been much more.

Artwork/animation though is really nice. The cast are good, with Frank Welker (Fred), Grey DeLisle (movie debut as Daphne), B J Ward (movie swansong as Velma), and Scott Innes (movie swansong as both Shaggy and Scooby) on great form. And the music is fine - including a version of the theme song from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Performed by the B-52s!

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