Direct-to-video Scooby Doo! Generations have loved the Great Dane and his ghost hunting human pals. For years different Scooby Doo shows, shorts and feature length films have been created and released. Some are great whereas others fall short. This one is at the top end of that scale.
Scooby (Frank Welker – Aladdin), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard – She’s All That, The Descendants) and the whole gang travel to Chicago for a talent show. Once there they also go to plenty of museums and eat a ton of the pizza that the Windy City is famous for. Songwriters Fred (Frank Welder) and Daphne (Grey DeLisle) are participating in the finals of Talent Star, the top television show. Feeling a little too far out of the spotlight Shaggy and Scooby are working on a secret act of their own.
Things become very spooky, as they often do around this gang of friends, when a mysterious phantom (Troy Baker) who has put a curse on the show and the opera house it is being filmed in begins amping up the creepy factor. Determined that the show will go on, the gang begins searching out clues to help locate and catch the phantom.
With plenty of the usual hijinx, spooky moments, goofing around, and funny one-liners this feature length (75 minutes) is easily identifiable as a Scooby Doo mystery. There are some new things thrown in for good measure which actually improve the time proven formula like Fred and Daphne singing and the way it ends. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing.
The tone of things is the usual light and it is not too scary for the young ones. Plus parents can watch if you want a good dose of nostalgia.
-Bonus Vintage Cartoon: Never Ape an Ape Man, Don’t Fool With a Phantom