Director: Jake Castorena
Cast: Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard (VOICES)
Release Date: January 9, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). As always, you won’t know who the ultimate villain is until those “meddling kids” pull off the mask!
Gather up the entire family and get ready for some hilarious, mystery solving fun when Scooby and the gang join forces with the world’s greatest detective in ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’! After catching the attention of legendary detective Batman, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne find themselves teaming up with the Dark Knight when a string of robberies puts the two operations together. But when the mystery at hand soon begins to escalate with twists and turns around each gloomy street corner, it will take everything each of them has if they hope to solve this complex mystery that goes far deeper than any could have imagined. Featuring guest appearances by plenty of noteworthy DC heroes and villains alike, ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ is nonstop fun that you won’t want to miss.
‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ is a true dream come true for those such as me who are massive fans of both worlds, bringing together many of the best elements from both sides in order to deliver a wildly entertaining and consistently hilarious animated film with plenty of goofy antics, and enough smart twists and turns to likely leave even the mystery and horror movie buffs guessing on occasion. Perfectly capturing the tone and traits of both universes and merging them together splendidly, it all combines into a real treat for fans of both animated worlds and manages to find a fitting middle ground in which they mold together organically without much ever feeling overly forced. Those such as me who downright loved the delightfully goofy animated series ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ will also be sure to appreciate little nods and tidbits, such as the show’s opening sequence cleverly reworked for the film to include the Scooby gang, along with plenty of superheroes who saw notable appearances during its three season run, in addition to many other minor references or throwbacks that perfectly capture the tone of that enjoyable cartoon (not to mention Diedrich Bader returning to reprise the voice of Batman). Any fellow diehard fans of both Scooby-Doo and/or Batman will probably want to make a point of checking this one out whenever they can find the chance, it’s a ridiculously fun and clever animated team-up film that delivers the best of both worlds and most fans (especially of both franchises) probably won’t want to miss out on this wonderful little animated ride.
Overall, ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ is a perfect collaboration of two beloved worlds that captures the style, trademarks and tone of each while blending them together into a wonderfully smart, hilarious and ridiculously fun animated movie that utilizes the best of both in order to deliver constant fun from start to finish for fans both young and old. ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ is definitely highly recommended. It’s an insanely fun, funny and clever animated feature that does a magnificent job of blending the two worlds and fans of Scooby and Batman (and especially fellow fans of ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’) alike are sure to appreciate this animated gem. It should make a perfect evening movie selection for the entire family, with plenty to offer for Scooby and Batman fans of all ages.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole, and delivers a sharp, colorful and clean presentation that within the confines of DVD looks wonderful. It holds up admirably even during the fast moving and darkly lit sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a highly capable standard definition video presentation that should easily please, and even those more particular individuals such as me should find themselves fairly satisfied.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack sounds great and offers a clean, sharp and fairly active audio presentation throughout. It frequently takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send action effects, characters swinging past, and even bits of dialogue along with plenty more regularly whipping throughout the various speakers, and never resulting in any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack that contributes plenty of additional fun to the overall viewing experience.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ includes 2 ‘Vintage Cartoons’, both episodes of ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movies’ featuring the gang’s team-ups with Batman and Robin: ‘The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair’ (running approximately 42 minutes in length) and ‘The Caped Crusader Caper’ (running approximately 43 minutes).