Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy

Blu-Ray Review: Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy

Recently, the fine fiends over at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sent me a lil’ package via currier bat containing their latest entry in the venerable series of direct to home video Scooby-Doo movies; FRANKENCREEPY. So does this frightful flick deliver the ghoulish goods? Well, read on dear creeps!

As with most of these standalone Scooby-Doo releases, this creepy caper begins with a bit of revisionist history; the gang has not encountered any actual monsters in their past adventures (as in past direct-to-video releases), so when Velma and the gang head to Transylvania (albeit not the one in Europe…this one is located in Pennsylvania) to claim a cursed castle that she has inherited from her uncle, Dr. Von Dinkenstein, her entire world view is challenged as she discovers what may be actual monsters within the castle walls (weather that is the case or not I will not spoil here).

Now this movie has a ton of great things going for it such as a lush color palette and a true reverence for many of the tropes of the classic Universal Monster series aesthetic. The creature design is inspired, the voice cast (comprised of series vets Frank Welker and Grey DeLisle, as well as mainstays Mindy Cohn and Matthew Lillard) is fantastic, the dialog is well written and there are some call backs to the original show that will send older viewers right to those soothing waters of warm, sweet nostalgia. There are also tons of genuinely hilarious quick-cut style gags, and a running sub-plot that illustrates Fred’s truly disturbing (and really funny) obsession with the Mystery Machine.

But, all is not perfect, and one particular plot point may ruin the viewing experience for some; namely Daphne gets cursed and seemingly becomes what she most fears…overweight (they call her a size 8, but they draw her way, waaaayyyy bigger than that). While I understand that she is vain and shallow, and is presented as such, and the film does present the fact that her longtime (possible) love interest Fred didn’t notice any change and continued to find her beautiful, some viewers may take some umbrage with this portion of the story.

Before I wrap this review up, a special call-out needs to be made to the ultra-stylized opening credits; I would absolutely go crazy for an entire Scoob adventure rendered in this style!

So to sum it up, this is an extremely well-done new adventure for Scooby and the gang that is well worth your time if you are a lover of all things Scooby (as long as the misguided weight issue doesn’t completely turn you off).

You can pick-up a copy of SCOOBY-DOO! FRANKENCREEPY right here!

Scooby and The Gang Prepare to Keep You in Stitches With the Upcoming Frankencreepy!

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Hey fiends! Well, it looks like this is truly going to be a summer of scares for viewers of all ages; case in point, check out this new frightening and fun flick from the boils and ghouls at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment…take it away oh spirits of the preternatural press release:

BURBANK, CA (June 5, 2014) – Join the Mystery Incorporated gang as they set out for their next exciting adventure in Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy, the latest original Scooby-Doo animated film, available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) on August 19, 2014. Halloween comes early this year with a spooktacular story the whole family can enjoy together. Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy will be sold in a Blu-ray® combo pack, which retails for $24.98 SRP and on standard DVD, which retails for $19.98 SRP.

Scooby-Doo and those “meddling kids,” Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are back! In this spooky adventure, Velma discovers she’s inherited her great-great-uncle Dr. Von Dinkenstein’s cursed castle in the terrifying town of Transylvania…Pennsylvania, that is. Just when the Gang persuades Velma to claim her inheritance, the ghost of Dinkenstein Castle blows up the Mystery Machine as a warning to the group that each of them will lose what is most dear to them if they continue to pursue the mystery of the castle. Now the gang must spring into action to solve the mystery while also dealing with the threats from Dinkenstein’s ghost. Can Fred work without his precious Mystery Machine? What happens to Daphne when she loses her good looks? And how will Scooby and Shaggy ever work without their appetites? More importantly, what family secret has Velma been hiding all along?

“Scooby-Doo movies are a big hit with viewers because they contain classic elements that made the original TV series such a success partnered with cutting-edge animation, and contemporary storylines that appeal to today’s viewers. We are delighted to offer this new title in this beloved film series to consumers,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “As Halloween approaches, Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy is the perfect option for family-friendly entertainment. It’s a great choice for family movie night.”

Bonus Episodes:

A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts
To Switch a Witch