I’ve been a fan of Scooby-Doo for as long as I can remember. I used to see the classic 60’s show all over TV back in the 80’s and have seen many of it’s spin-offs, with my personal favorite being the recent Mystery Incorporated series that featured a more serious tone but still had the fun of the older shows. Following the long line of previous entries in their made-for-video Scooby-Doo movies, Warner Bros. has released the newest entry in the film series with Scooby Doo: Moon Monster Madness. While it’s not quite as exciting as some of the other films and is light on extras, there’s still plenty of fun and mystery for anyone who watches.
This latest adventure has our heroes Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma winning a lottery to fly on a spaceship built by a billionaire named Sly Baron. The gang couldn’t be more excited and enjoy their space cruise until a mysterious alien begins destroying the ship, forcing them to land on Sly’s moon resort (which looks a lot like Rapture from the BioShock games) that just happens to be on the dark side of the moon. Any Scooby fan worth their salt already knows what this means, plenty of hijinks and “jinkes” being said from Velma as the gang attempts to solve the mystery of the alien and find a way back to Earth.
I found this movie to be fun and funny just as the previous ones that came before it. I noticed this time around that instead of Scooby and Shaggy always being the primary comedic element, that all of the characters are a bit more silly than usual thanks to their personal quirks. Some fans and viewers may not care for this extra amount of humor, but I thought it helped spice things up and was a welcomed change of pace from cookie-cutter mold of the other shows and movies.
As far as tech specs go, both the visuals and audio come in as crisp and clean as a DVD allows. The characters are detailed, colorful and well animated as the voice actors do a great job bringing them to life, including the likes of Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell being part of the cast. The only extras included here is a fun light switch sticker that glows in the dark which kids are sure to get a kick out of, and the DVD extra “Space Travel is Groovy” where Mindy Cohn (Velma) talks about space travel with the help of some folks from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. It would’ve been nice to have even more features, but this one was pretty fun and will be informative to anyone who views it.
Scooby Doo: Moon Monster Madness is another fun mystery in the long line of Scooby-Doo films. It’s little more silly than usual and only has one special feature, but what’s here will more than entertain those who give it a chance with some out of this world adventures and laughs.