Review: Scooby Doo: Abracadabra-Doo

AbracadabraDoo

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Scooby and those meddling kids are back on the case once again in this frightfully fun animated adventure from Warner Home Video.

 

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Scooby and the gang take a trip to check up on Velma’s younger sister, Madelyn, who’s studying magic at a special school for stage magicans. Apperently the school is being haunted by a griffin, a  legendary creatre that’s half lion, half eagle. Of course, as the mystery unfolds at Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy, not all is what it seems.

 

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First off, let’s talk animation. Instead of continuing using the animation from What’s New Scooby Doo, WB decided to go with a new look, and quite simply, the animation is fantastic.  It has the same feel as the early Scooby movies{Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost} with a “retro” twist to it. This is the best looking Scooby movie since Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase.

 

Speaking of retro,  Abracadabra-Doo takes Scooby back to basics here, right down to the mystery, and it works really well. The gang are dressed in their classic outfits., and their personalities are more in tune with Scooby Doo: Where Are You{though, not completely. For example, Fred’s not a complete jerk like he was early on}.

 

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Of course, no Scooby Doo movie would be complete without it’s humor. Some of which involves Madelyn’s crush on Shaggy. But I think the funniest parts in the movie come from the Mystery Machine’s new “G.P.S” system. At one point in the movie, G,P,S proceeds to call Fred “Scarf Boy”. Just think Robi the Robot from Shaggy and Scooby Doo: Get A Clue!, except funnier.

 

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I had alot of fun watching Abracadabra-Doo. With a good mystery, great looking animation, and some funny bits, This is the best animated Scooby movie in recent years. I would definitely recommend this to Scooby fans. 4/5.

 

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    Thanks for the review. Can't wait to see it. Maybe they'll show it on Cartoon Network soon.

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    I'm sure it will show up on CN soon{they always do}. Though I looked it up on TVGuide.com, and CN is showing Scooby movies almost daily for the next couple of weeks, but not Abracadabra-Doo. Hmm...

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    Though you can watch it on Youtube "cough cough".

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    This is probably the best SD film since Cyber Chase. I really like the animation and the setting. Finally, the What's New Scooby Doo stuff is over! No more traveling around to big countries on EVERY movie!

    Mindy Cohn's voice of Velma irritates me so much, since WNSD. It's just not the same Velma anymore. She kind of acts more rude and stuck up in my opinion. I wish they would pick someone that sounded more like the previous voices.

    And Matthew Lilliard as Shaggy... He's okay. Not the same... but doesn't irritate me as bad as Velma's voice. I think they should of picked Billy West or Scott Innes though. They did such a great job.

    I miss Mary Kay Bergman's voice role for Daphne. She did such a great job. Tragic that she committed suicide.

    As for the movie... LOVED the "Scarf Boy" bits. That G.P.S. needs to be in the future movies. 😀 I also love that the relationships are back. And the music was pretty good. The scary scenes is what makes the SD movies better; love that they included some. Nothing beats that dark, scary, real aspects from Zombie Island and Witch's Ghost. You can notice that some of the scenes resemble the early movies.

    I liked the Abracadabra Doo song for the intro, but I hope they bring the theme song chase scenes back like in the first five movies. Those start the movie out right. And I hated the fact that there was no real monster. That's what MADE those first movies. The fact that there are real monsters make the mystery much more exciting and scarier. The fact that they are real and coming after them is what is so interesting.

    The crew really need to study the first three movies and try to make another one like it. I would love to see a Scooby Doo and the Return to Zombie Island. Haha. 😀 And Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf wasn't really a Direct-to-Video release, but it was my favorite pre-DtV movie. And it was a pretty dark film. They need to make them more dark and scarier again, that makes the mystery more exciting.

    I know I have said a lot. 😀 But I am a big Scooby fan and I just want a movie that compares to the first ones so bad. They were so good, and it'd be nice to see more like them. Here's hoping WB can pull off another classic SD film.

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