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STUDIO: Warner Bros.
RUNNING TIME: 87 Minutes
• A Scooby-Doo Vacation: Mini-European Tour
• European Travel Adventure Challenge
• Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
• Audio Tracks: English, Spanish, French
“Scooby and the gang don’t age and their antics refuse to get old and tired! Right?”
Voice work from Casey Kasem (as Shaggy Rogers), Frank Welker (as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones), Mindy Cohn (as Velma Dinkley) and Grey Delisle (as Daphne Blake).
In this four-episode volume of the What’s New Scooby-Doo TV series, Scooby, Shaggy and the usual gang of teen sleuths go on a European vacation, only to find that they can’t get away from those darned mysteries. In Pompeii & Circumstance, the meddling kids and their mangy mutt travel to
Next, the team of snoops go to
"That looks like a clue, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to fish it out."
From the Mediterranean to the land of marzipan, the Scooby pals make their way to
The last stop on the group’s continental tour takes them to
Never accuse Warner Bros. of wasting an opportunity to release another flimsy snapper case that every single DVD collector on the planet despises. I want to see a cost analysis comparing a standard keep case with paper insert to the snapper, because until I do, I will not believe that snappers are better for the bottom line. Besides the case, the artwork is fine. The video quality is as good as the average television broadcast, with no noticeable distortion or compression problems. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is unremarkable, but it’s a cartoon, so no big letdown there. Special features include A Scooby-Doo Vacation: Mini-European Tour Complete with Scooby Snacks, which plays like an extended trailer for all the episodes, nothing more nothing less. The Scooby Snacks part is just a recap of some of the food Shaggy and Scooby drool over. The European Travel Adventure Challenge is an interactive game for youngsters. The goal is to take snapshots of the monsters in each episode as they cross the screen using your remote control. It’s fun for a second or two, but don’t expect much replay value. I’m talking to you, eight-year-old CHUD readers.
First generation Transformers didn’t fight well or talk much.
I love the classic Scooby-Doo episodes from the 60’s and 70’s. I was virtually raised by phantom racecar drivers and Jerry Reed singing “Pretty Mary Sunlite”. I wanted to ride around in the Mystery Machine all night, looking for ways to meddle. So it’s as an old, 30-something curmudgeon that I must proclaim these new adventures of the Scooby gang to be less entertaining than the originals. Daphne carries a cell phone (yeah, yeah, who doesn’t these days, right?). Velma rarely loses her glasses and quips a little too often. Fred is about the same as in the old days: useless until it’s time to spring a trap. Shaggy and Scooby don’t spend nearly enough time wandering around in the dark looking for reefer snacks. The stories seem even more lightweight than in the classic shows too. It’s really hard to mess up the Scooby formula, but in two of the four episodes, the big reveal is a big letdown. Maybe the formula has run its course. And watch out for some fairly lousy chase scenes with even more lousy musical accompaniment. The music director must love Blink 182. Singing in a foreign language doesn’t make the choppy lyrics and “punk” guitar riffs sound any better. And I really dislike the new theme song.
Indiana Jones guested in the episode It’s the 113th Day of Sodom, Scooby-Doo.
Now I’ll play fair. I like the fact that a Scooby cartoon show still exists on TV, and I don’t expect young kids to identify with the old series the way I did. Besides the horrible music, the stories aren’t painfully bad. I’ve only seen these four episodes of the three seasons that exist. A mystery cartoon show with these characters of passable quality is better than none at all. It’s also great that original voice actors Kasem and Welker are still around to bridge the gap between two generations of cartoon lovers. Mindy Cohn (formerly Natalie from The Facts of Life) as Velma is another famous name associated with this series. At least Scrappy-Doo is still in missing in action. It will be a dark day if he ever returns to a Scooby series. Seriously, fuck Scrappy.
6.0 out of 10
While in Italy, Daphne picked up a gesture or two from the locals.