Sunday, 10 August 2014

Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map DVD Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Tosh E. Maab

Directed By
Jomac Noph

A Spiffy Pictures, Warner Brothers Animation Film

Genre
Adventure, Animation, Family

Cast

Frank Welker as Fred Jones / Scooby-Doo
Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Velma Dinkley / Shirley
Grey DeLisle as Daphne Blake / Dr Escobar
Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers
Jeff Bennett as Lighthouse Lou / Hot Dog Vendor
Dee Bradley Baker as Ye Phantom Parrot / Stu
John Rhys-Davies as Gnarly Beard

Year Released
2013

Certificate
U

Synopsis

Get ready to experience the world famous Scooby-Doo! and Crew like never before in this all-new original puppet movie! What begins as a routine night for the Gang -- which includes the slobbering sleuth and Shaggy eating a triple extra-large Scooby snack pizza -- becomes a mad dash to find the frightening Phantom Parrot with a map to pirate Gnarlybeard's hidden treasure. 

Scooby sniffs out the map's clues, which lead him right to a spooky pirate ship. Ruh-roh! What will Gnarlybeard be willing to do to protect his booty? 

Special Features
  • Classic Scooby-Doo Episode - The Backstage Rage
  • Classic Scooby-Doo Episode - Robopup
Review

As my little lad is absolutely nuts on both The Muppets and Scooby-Doo, the fact that we found this puppet version of the popular mystery solving dog on a recent shopping trip made it a no brainer as to whether or not we'd buy it.

After sitting down to watch it with Cyrus, one thing struck me the most about the movie.  He sat glued to the screen for the entire run time.  It's only about 45 minutes long but they manage to make a lot of fun for the little ones in to that short time.

The puppets themselves really do look quite adorable and really looked so much like a Henson production that I thought that they would have been involved in the movie itself.  They're not but some of their puppeteers are and it shows.  One of the things that I liked myself was the simple fact that they put a load of nods to the original cartoon shows in to this one and that really brought a smile to my face as well as Cyrus'.

Story wise, this one does move along at a cracking pace and really does a good job of hooking the little ones in and even throws in quite a few red herrings along the way.  In an age where there's style over substance and fight after fight in the cartoons, it was nice to watch something that was exciting enough to hold my little lad's attention but at the same time be quite a gentle watch.

The special features on here are just two cartoons in addition to the movie itself, which wouldn't normally get such a high rating from me but they've included two of the classic episodes in the form of Robopup from 1988 and The Backstage Rage from 1969.

All in all, considering you can get this for next to nothing price wise and the fact that it's a gentle yet gripping tale featuring the worlds most famous mystery solving dog, then it's well worth picking up. The little ones will absolutely love it.

Movie 7.5/10
Picture 8/10
Sound 8/10
Special Features 7/10
Overall 30.5/40

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