Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Series: a Scooby Doo Movie
Starring: Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Matthew Lillard, Diedrich Bader
Director: Michael Goguen
Release Date: 15 December 2012
Length: 78 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
“When vindictive villain Mr. Hyde unleashes bats, howling hounds and zombie slime at the Mega Mondo Pop Cartoon-a-Con event, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo must tap into their inner superheroes to keep the gathering from being smothered in ghoulish green goo!” — Netflix.com
I was prepared to love this movie and, instead, found myself just liking it. There is some rather cruel humor towards faded stars, a thinly disguised villain and a lackluster story that kept me from loving this Scooby Doo movie. However, there is still a great deal to enjoy, particularly for hardcover Scooby Doo fans, like myself. I loved the setting. It takes place at the Mega Mondo Pop Cartoon-a-Con, which looks and feels a lot like San Diego’s Comic Con. The convention is full of people dressed up as their favorite characters and booth selling unique and hard-to-find merchandise. It was a lot of fun to try to identify older animated heroes like Captain Caveman, Fred Flintstone, Space Ghost, the Galaxy Trio, etc. This became my favorite part of the movie and it was wonderful to see Scooby and the gang dress up in different costumes while at the convention. Fans and convention attendees will find it all too easy to identify with Velma, who hates the convention, and Daphne, who is obsessed with finding toys to complete her collection. It was also a lot of fun to see glimpses of the original Blue Falcon and Dynomutt through the movie. I especially enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek humor as they juxtaposed the original with the new, updated version as featured that was being shown for the first time at the convention.
I did not enjoy how they made fun of the actor who originally played the Blue Falcon on TV. Though some of this felt real, I thought it was rather cruel and unnecessary. Mr. Hyde, Blue Falcon’s arch nemesis, is the villain in this movie and he was creative and frightening in his attacks. Unfortunately, it was all too easy to identify Mr. Hyde and the plot twist was not at all a surprise at the end. I was also disappointed when it came to motive and feel that the writers could have done better. The animation is good and the characters are solid, but there is some heart missing in this movie for me. Shaggy and Scooby are mocked by millions for being scared of Mr. Hyde and blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. I felt sorry for them and had a hard time laughing at their attempts to be a hero later on because this felt too much like cyber bullying for me to enjoy.
Fans of Scooby Doo will undoubtedly rent or purchase Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon, and they will find a some aspects enjoyable and others less so. Many of the new Scooby Doo movies are much better than this one and I encourage you to watch Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare, Big Top Scooby-Doo! and others that are of a higher quality and feature better entertainment.
This movie has several scenes that are dark and scary. The villain has a creepy laugh and attacks people in different ways. Some younger viewers may be frightened. No one is injured in the movie, regardless of the fighting and attacks. Recommended for ages 5 and up.