Written by Matt Lieberman, Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliot
Directed by Tony Cervone
Starring: Will Forte, Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Kiersey Clemons, Frank Welker, Tracy Morgan and Ken Jeong
Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
The Mystery Inc gang gets the computer generated treatment in this new animated feature and Scooby and the gang get an origin story. The first meeting between Shaggy and Scooby sets up the dynamic that connects the two characters together and their subsequent first mystery introduces the rest of the gang and their friendship. There are some great moments in the beginning of the film that reminds the audience why these characters are so enduring.
When Scooby and Shaggy find themselves on the outs with the team, the real adventure begins. An army of killer robots are hunting Scooby and pair are picked up by the new Blue Falcon and his team including Dynomutt and Dee Dee Sykes. They are told that Scooby is important to the plans of Dick Dastardly and the villain will stop at nothing to track him down. The chase elements of the first and second act are thrilling and allow for the introduction of some interesting and entertaining cameos.
As fun as the majority of the film is, it completely falls apart in the third act. Dastardly’s plan is interesting, but the final reveal and execution is haphazard and introduces elements of the supernatural that were never established at any time during the film. There are a lot of fun elements in the film and the acting is great from everyone involved, but the plot issues are its biggest liability. SCOOB! is fun for kids and has enough nostalgia to be entertaining to adults, but the story is ultimately forgettable.