Sunday, 29 March 2015

Scooby Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Michael Ryan

Directed By
Brandon Vietti

A Hanna-Barbera Productions, WWE Studios, Warner Bros. Feature Animation Film

Genre
Animation, Adventure

Cast

Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones (Voice)
Mindy Cohn as Velma Dinkley (Voice)
Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake (Voice) (Credited as Grey Delisle Griffin)
Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers (Voice)
John Cena as Himself (Voice)
Michael Cole as Himself (Voice)
Vince McMahon as Mr. McMahon (Voice)
Triple H as Himself (Voice)
AJ Lee as Herself (Voice)
Fred Tatasciore as The Bear (Voice)
Charles S. Dutton as Cookie (Voice)
Bumper Robinson as Reuben (Voice)

Year Released
2014

Certificate
PG

Synopsis

When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show, Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE Superstars to solve the case.

Review

The recently Scooby-Doo animated movies have been very hit and miss.  There have been some really good ones, some really bad ones and some, well, bizarre ones.

When I read that the WWE would be making an animated crossover movie that would feature their wrestling superstars solving a mystery with the Scooby Gang, I have to admit that I thought it was a bit of a strange mix.

Story wise, it's not the worst Scooby-Doo movie I've seen.  The story itself moves along at a quick pace and has some really good moments where they break the fourth wall, noting things like the fact that they always wear the same clothes and more.  The inclusion of the wrestlers themselves didn't really do that much for the movie.  At times, they just seemed like they were there to make up the numbers.  I have to admit that the story would have probably worked better as a half hour episode instead of a movie itself.

Animation wise, the movie looks crisp and clear with some of the more action orientated scenes really popping off of the screen.  The original Scooby-Gang all look good but a couple of the wrestlers don't really look all that much like their real life counterparts.

The voice cast are very hit and miss on this one.  Welker, Lillard and the rest of the original gang really do inhabit their characters and really deliver some of the best lines in the movie.  Alongside them is John Cena and Vince McMahon who really sound like they are having fun with their voice work.  However Brodus Clay, Triple H and even AJ Lee sound like they are either bored or couldn't be bothered with their dialogue.

All in all, while this is fun in places, I wouldn't go out of your way to catch it.

Movie 6/10