Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Michael Bell
Director: Scott Jeralds & Joe Sichta
Series: a Scooby-Doo Movie
Release Date: 22 June 2004
Length: 74 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
“Does the Loch Ness monster exist? The Mystery Inc. gang – Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and Fred – take on this decades-old puzzle in another wild and wacky animated adventure. The gang heads to a castle in Scotland owned by Daphne’s family to decipher the clues, which at first point to the creature’s existence. But as always, things are not what they seem. Along the way, Scooby and Shaggy get spooked by ghosts and goblins galore.” — Netflix.com
In this movie, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang travel to Blake Castle in Scotland to help out with the Highland Games and meet Daphne’s cousin. When they arrive, they meet a disgraced professor who believes that Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, is real; a professor and judge for the games who firmly believes that Nessie is not real; an obsessed Nessie fan who believes the whole area should be quarantined and the games canceled; 2 muscle-bound brothers who are in on every prank; and a whole town who have strong opinions one way or the other towards the legendary monster. Of course, Scooby & Shaggy meet the Loch Ness Monster first, complete with smoke-steaming nostrils, glowing red eyes and razor-sharp teeth! Now the hunt is on to prove that Nessie is real and either snap a photo or bring back a live prize.
I found this Scooby movie to be quite entertaining and enjoyed the twists and turns that happened in the storyline. I was never quite sure if I should believe that Nessie was real or if she was fake. And with the new Scooby-Doo movies featuring real monsters instead of people dressed up like monsters, I didn’t know what to think! The accents in the movie were charming – they had a touch of a Scottish lilt, but were still very easy to understand. I also loved the Scottish-inspired soundtrack and songs in this movie! They were wonderful and really added to the film instead of jarring me out of it like they usually do. This is a fast-paced, humorous monster quest and children of all ages will enjoy it – and the parents won’t mind watching it, too!
This movie features some pretty scary chase sequences between the Gang & the Loch Ness Monster. It gets a bit intense so it is probably too scary for really young children, but I think children ages 6 and up will enjoy it.