Director: Tim Divar
Cast: Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, The Undertaker (VOICES)
Release Date: August 9, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
It’s pedal to the metal as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the gang team up with the superstars of WWE in this hi-octane, all-new original movie! When Scooby and Mystery Inc. visit an off-road racing competition, it’s not long before strange events start to occur. A mysterious phantom racer, known only as Inferno, is causing chaos and determined to sabotage the race. It’s up Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and their new driving partner, The Undertaker, to save the race and solve the mystery. Along with other WWE superstars such as Triple H, Paige and Shamus, it’s time to start your engine and your appetite because Scooby-Doo and WWE are chasing down adventure and laughs just for you!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The second collaboration between the Scooby-Doo gang and the Superstars of WWE; ‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon’ joins Scooby and the gang at a WWE ultimate off-road racing competition where Shaggy and Scooby are living the good life operating a food truck at the event in return for great seats and free food. When a mysterious ghost racer appears intent on ruining the event, Shaggy and Scooby are recruited to partner with the terrifying Undertaker in the race in order to help solve the mystery and keep him from forfeiting after losing his previous partner. Intent on getting revenge on the phantom for his partner and still winning the race, the Undertaker, in addition to other WWE stars Triple H, The Miz and plenty more join the Scooby gang in order to solve a fast paced off-road mystery with plenty of fun and goofy antics sure to occur along the way.
‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon’ is an enjoyable animated ride that any Scooby fan is likely to enjoy, regardless of whether they are additionally fans of the wrestling world. While I’m not personally a fan of WWE (or wrestling in general) it should likely also be appreciated by their fans as the addition of their kooky personas are a perfect complement to Scooby and the gang that results in antics, humor and mystery solving aplenty. Revising certain elements and ideas from their previous collaboration ‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Wrestlemania Mystery’ and improving on what worked so well the first time around. Add to the mix an off-road race combined with a new villain and the end result is a new animated film that is as enjoyable and grin inducing as its predecessor, not to mention superior in many ways. I would highly recommend that any fellow Scooby-Doo nuts (in addition to WWE fans) give this latest original animated movie a whirl, especially the folks who enjoyed the previous collaboration as they are sure to be thoroughly impressed with ‘Curse of the Speed Demon’.
Fellow fans of Scooby-Doo as well as WWE wresting fanatics will almost surely want to make certain to pick up a copy of ‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon’ on Blu-ray Combo Pack to add to their collection. The Blu-ray release of the latest Scooby & WWE team-up delivers pretty fantastic high definition video and audio presentations that are sure to please, along with a couple of fun extra goodies including two Scooby-Doo bonus cartoon episodes and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below). The release may not be jam-packed with extras, yet the incredibly fun animated feature and its likely ability to only become more enjoyable with repeat viewings should still make this one a definite must own for the fans of both franchises.
Overall, ‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon’ is one incredibly fun and entertaining animated ride and a definite must see for all Scooby-Doo fans and likely the WWE fanatics as well. This second collaboration between the two franchises delivers nonstop fun and a perfect merging of everyone’s favorite characters, while also finding the perfect footing for the team-up this time around, resulting in a film that is superior to the already incredibly fun ‘Scooby-Doo And WWE: Wrestlemania Mystery’ and should have the fellow fans truly thrilled.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty wonderful as a whole, delivering a sharp and detailed presentation that captures the bright colors and gorgeous animation beautifully. There are the occasional instances of mild video noise and banding, although nothing that should deter from the viewing experience, and nothing fans haven’t seen time and again on previous Scooby releases. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic high definition video presentation that should easily please the majority.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack provides a crisp, clean and often quite active audio presentation from start to finish. Frequently utilizing all five available channels in order to send a plethora of car racing, action and numerous other auditory effects whipping throughout the various speakers, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted, let alone rendered inaudible. Overall, this is an outstanding 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes an additional layer of fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon’ includes a couple of enjoyable extras. Included on the release is a short Featurette ‘Revved up with the Monster Jam Scooby-Doo Truck’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length), in addition to 2 Bonus Cartoons: ‘Be Cool Scooby-Doo! – “Mystery 101”’ (running approximately 23 minutes), and ‘Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated – “The Secret of the Ghost Rig”’ (approximately 23 minutes).