Scooby-Doo has been around for a couple of generations and its endurance is due to its unique ability to mix humour with scary stuff. There can be ghosts and all kinds of different creepy creatures in a Scooby-Doo episode or film and kids won’t be scared because they have been won over by Scooby, Shaggy and the gang. With this latest release the people behind the Scooby-Doo franchise seem to have forgotten what has made it great enough to last this long.
I don’t understand why when you have a childhood staple on your hands you would change the formula so much. A little tinkering to keep things relevant is understandable but what happens in Frankencreepy is basically character assassination. Each of the characters, especially Fred and Daphne, has become caricatures of themselves. Emphasis is really put on their attributes to the point where most of the gang becomes unbearable. You even begin to wonder why Scooby-Doo has lasted as long as it has and whether the time has come to call curtains on the franchise.
The humour becomes very old very quickly in this one. They go with a particular type or style of joke and they use it over and over. Zzzzzz! On top of that most of the jokes fall flat and as a result are not even close to being funny. I won’t even go into the story because even I (an adult) was very confused because of its scrambled nature.
Young kids might get something out of this because they are not too demanding and the above mentioned weaknesses will fly under their radars. I do, however, have to warn parents that even if you were a fan of Scooby-Doo in your younger years this is one that you will want to put on for your kids then go off to do something else.
Special Features: Two Bonus Episodes – A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts and To Switch a Witch, Digital Copy