Like most of kids in the 80’s, I grew up with the Scooby-Doo series being a big part of my childhood, as the famous Great Dane and his human buddies would solve mysteries and crimes with plenty of slapstick and campy humor in tow. Just when it looked like the show couldn’t get any better, it reached out to all sorts of celebrities at the time to join the Scooby gang for nearly hour-long “movies” that took the normally half-hour series to new heights. Now after some lengthy legal battles with the celebrity rights, Warner Bros. finally releases most of the episodes of this series in The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection. Fans will be happy to see the series again, but die-hard ones won’t be too happy about the one episode that got away.
In addition to Warner Bros. releasing this set, they’ve also released a DVD containing just the eight “lost” episodes. Any fan worth their salt is obviously going to spring for this set that contains 31 of the 32 episodes (23 + the eight of nine “lost” episodes) which looks and sounds better thanks to high-definition transfer, and being able to pack more episodes onto each of the two discs in this collection.
For those wondering why one episode is missing and for some being deemed as “lost”, it’s due to copyright issues with some of the celebrities and/or their estates involved. Sadly the episode missing is the famous Addams Family one “Wednesday is Missing” (ironic title I know), due to the rights still being held up for a home video release. Hopefully one day this will be resolved, but at least the rest of the episodes are in tact and bring the mysteries and laughs it’s known for.
You can expect to see all sorts of legendary celebs such as the Harlem Globetrotters (who go off to star in their own wacky cartoon series), and other like The Three Stooges, Dick Van Dyke, Lou Reed, and even Batman and Robin leading a hand to the Scooby gang as they solve crimes and mysteries with loads of slapstick humor and laugh tracks in the mix.
As with the DVD release, there isn’t any special features included, but watching through all 31 of these episodes should keep you busy for some time. It still would’ve been nice to have had some audio commentaries or interviews with the cast members and celebrities who are still alive.
Scooby fans will want to solve the mystery of not having The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection on their shelf as soon as possible. While it is sad one episode is missing, and this set not having any special features, this is as good as it gets for fans and those wanting to see what the Scooby gang is all about.