Scooby-Doo: The Sword and the Scoob

What do you get when you combine beloved animated cartoon characters Scooby-Doo and his friends and the legend of Excalibur? Loads of fun is what the makers of this film believed, I presume. Sometimes ideas are better than execution, though.

Scooby-Doo and the gang find themselves intermingled with King Arthur’s Court. Or at least one aspect of it. Excalibur, the legendary sword which predicts the identity of the king.

As usual, Shaggy (voiced by Matthew Lillard) and Scooby (voiced by Frank Welker) are hungry. So in order to cut a block of cheese Shaggy innocently grabs what he sees as a knife out of a rock. Only it is not just any knife. It is a sword known as Excalibur. Only the rightful heir to the throne of Camelot is supposed to be able to pull that sword from the stone. After Shaggy is able to do it the people are now uncertain about who their rightful leader is.

Coming in to clear up the mess is Merlin (voiced by Nick Frost), the wizard. He says that who should sit on the throne of Camelot is to be decided by something called Trial by Combat. Now it is up to Shaggy and his pals to win this tournament, so they can break the spell that a witch placed on King Arthur (voiced by Jason Isaacs) and get them all back to the present.

A rather unique addition to the Scooby-Doo roster. Different kind of story for the franchise. Not one of the best, but certainly not one of the worst.

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