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While I’m not the biggest Scooby-Doo fan out there, I’ve always enjoyed the many incarnations of the show’s characters over the years, both good and bad. The latest one to hit TV and now has its first home media release is Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?: The Complete First Season. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was kind enough to provide me with this DVD set and the opinions I share are my own.
With that being said, the so-so writing and comedy is hit (and a lot times) miss, but the celebrity guests are the real reason the mystery solving is fun here.
Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are back once again to solve mysteries and unmask people pretending to be monsters and other creatures. In their latest series, they’re joined by numerous celebrity guest stars that will remind any Scooby fan of the classic and fun Scooby-Doo Movies series, which Warner Bros revived with this show for a new generation of viewers.
This first season is packed with quite a few guests, from NBA star Chris Paul, to numerous others such as Sia, Ricky Gervais, Wanda Sykes, Bill Nye, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Kenan Thompson, Weird Al Yankovic, and Jaleel White voicing his iconic character Steve Urkel. There’s also other guest stars to fill in for some of the episodes, such as Batman (with Kevin Conroy voicing him), The Flash, Wonder Woman, Sherlock Holmes, Abraham Lincoln’s ghost (yeah, don’t ask), and more.
I have to be honest and admit that these guests are the only reason I had any fun with this series, as the writing and “humor” isn’t as funny as some of the previous shows and movies. It’s as though the writers were trying way too hard to make the show funny and appeal to kids, but instead it just comes off as extremely cringe filled with so-so slapstick comedy thrown in. I will admit that I did like some of the cameo appearances from some of the classic Hanna-Barbera shows like the Funky Phantom and his group going up against Scooby and the gang, and some subtle ones such as Speed Buggy and Mr. Peebles of Magilla Gorilla fame just to name a few.
It would’ve been nice to have had a Blu-ray release, but it is instead on DVD which looks and sounds as good as the format can, and there isn’t any special features, but the 26 episodes on four discs is more than enough for Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?: The Complete First Season. If you can get past the cringe humor and writing, and focus on the fun celebrities, you’ll have a decent time solving these wacky mysteries.