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Scooby – Doo! WrestleMania Mystery | A Spoiler Free Early Review

Written by  Published March 16, 2014 04:26
For Hunter Rain In animation there have been experiments of mixing cartoon characters that have paid off. Johnny Bravo and Scooby-Doo, All Star Laff-A-Lympics, Richie Rich and Scooby-Doo even Scooby Doo and Dynomutt. These success stories have two things in common. First, they all involve Hanna- Barbera characters and second they all involve Scooby-Doo. When I heard they were doing a crossover direct to video feature involving Scooby and the gang and WWE superstars I started drooling. Now that’s not to say I was not skeptical. Live action characters from the wrestling entertainment universe of mega stars. In fact while I will always be a fan of the Hulk Hogan’s Rock and Wrestling cartoon it did not hold up very well over time and nightmares of that era is echoing in the current WWE. So I went in with reasonable expectations. After all Scooby-Doo is a sacred cow in cartoonland.  

But the concept here (and studio partnership) of combining the comedic, mystery solving exploits of Scooby-Doo and the larger than life melodramas of the WWE is fascinating because it demands that the movie be equal parts of classic Scooby and WWE storyline. It must cater to both sects of fans without alienating the other sect. But I suspected the overlap may be custom built for it as well.

I called some folks I know and asked for an advance copy.

Lucky me!

I reviewed it and didn’t spoil it.

So let’s get this monkey smoking…

d 3Synopsis:

Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania in a video game contest. But can the Mystery Inc. gang absolve Scooby of a mysterious frame up before he is forced to wrestle KANE?!!

The Breakdown:

I was delighted to find out from the opening sequence on that the animation in this direct to video release is top notch. Not one shortcut was taken. The script is the best since Cyber Chase and the CGI production is seamless with the traditional style. The villain is the toughest in canon and the mystery is both interesting and old school formulaic while told in a modern format. The greatest heroes of WrestleMania Mystery are behind the scenes. Kudos.

While there are many great things about this release first and foremost it is the surprising skill of the WWE superstars in voice acting. While this is largely due to voice director Colette Sunderman the performances overshot RNW of old by a mile. You might say they choke slammed the parts.  John Cena and Vince McMahon in particular shine through the animation.

But let’s not overlook the cast of Mystery Inc. who provide their regular voices to the film. Welker’s Fred Jones has grown substantially in the last few years and his Scooby- Doo is probably his finest performance in the role.

Mindy Cohn is the greatest Velma in the history of the franchise and she proves it here with her lovable, believable personification of Ms.Dinkley. Her portrayal is one of a strong and educated mastermind who fits in well with the WWE Diva AJ Lee featured in this production.

Daphne is portrayed by my personal favorite and veteran in the role Grey Delisle Griffin. She manages to stay true to the core of the character while deepening small details that make the two dimensional personifications of days past a memory.

While I have always preferred Scott Innes in the role since Casey Kasem’s departure, Matthew Lilliard does a superb job here. Shaggy made me laugh and guffaw more than once during this highly entertaining watch.

The supporting cast was perfect.

 

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If I had one criticism of this movie it would be that in places some of the dialog failed. It was too easy (even for kids) and became instantly cheesy when the WWE interacted with the gang – it nearly transcended Don Knotts and Scooby-Doo – but not quite at those moments.  But the genuine and clever throwback homages to those cartoons held within WrestleMania Mystery more than make up for it in my opinion.

The Verdict

Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery is a fun, interesting ride for fans of the WWE, Scooby-Doo orboth. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this well-acted adventure tale that will have you giggling like you were 8 again.

I give Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery 6 out of 7 X’s

Steve DAMM

DAMM is the proud father of two beautiful daughters. As one of ENR's founders and passionate comics' lover, he is committed to bringing you fair but passionate reviews as well as breaking news without the overreaction. A Colorado born curmudgeon, comic purist and pop culture crusader, he's on a mission to make new readers aware of the legends who came before in an in-depth way, how they changed comics and why the Silver Age is the most important era to modern American art (comic, commercial & fine). His opinionated style and audacious boldness making him a must read. As a reviewer, opinion columnist and con reporter his objective is the acquisition of truth, justice and the American comic book way, though he's been known to pursue foreign comics voraciously too. A champion for the creator-owned, a proponent for Indies and intolerant of towing corporate lines DAMM brings praise to those who deserve it and lays out the bad news without pretention.

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