Cast: Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard (VOICES)
Release Date: January 19, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
From Warner Bros. Animation, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? follows the grand tradition of Scooby-Doo team ups and takes the idea to hilarious new heights. Faced with some of their toughest mysteries yet, Fred, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo join forces with some of the biggest names in celebrity and pop culture including NBA superstar Chris Paul, recording artist Halsey, George Takei, Christian Slater, Kenan Thompson, Steve Urkel (voiced by Jaleel White reprising his iconic role), Batman, Sherlock Holmes, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many more! Jump into the Mystery Machine for all-new comedic mystery-solving adventures where the biggest mystery will be who’s teaming up with those “meddling kids” next!
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?’ brings back the celebrity guest formula similar to that of ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movies’ from the 1970’s and sees our favorite mystery solving teens tackling a new case and villain each episode while meeting and working with a noteworthy celebrity, featuring guest appearances by various popular stars including everyone from DC heroes Batman, The Flash and Wonder Woman to the likes of Wanda Sykes, Steve Buscemi, Mark Hamill, Halsey, George Takei and even Steve Urkel, along with many more. So go gather up the family and get ready for hours of hilarious fun for everyone as Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne team up with notable guests from all avenues of entertainment in these 26 Scoob-tastic episodes!
‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?’ is a delightful new Scooby-Doo animated series that brings a nice balance of more recent Scooby cartoons and those of the earlier days. Borrowing the general concept introduced in the 1972 hour-long ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movies’ animated series (although with 22 minute episodes this time) and revitalizing it for the modern era which should allow for a whole new generation to better enjoy and relate to many of the stars, while still retaining enough of the basics from the original Scooby toons to keep us adult fans satisfied.
The series certainly features quite the impressive array of guest stars from various ends of the entertainment world, including fictional icons Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and even Sherlock Holmes and Steve Urkel, along with popular actors, comedians, musicians and entertainers such as Mark Hamill (and in more ways than one), Wanda Sykes, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi, George Takei, Halsey, Jeff Dunham and Christian Slater, not to mention NBA superstar Chris Paul and more! Add into the mix some fresh and fun new mysteries and settings, plus plenty of laughs and occasionally even a few fun twists and surprises that are almost guaranteed to elicit a smile or chuckle and ‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?’ quickly becomes a welcome new addition to the list of Scooby-Doo cartoon series and one that many fans including myself will probably enjoy revisiting for years to come. Dedicated Scooby-Doo fans of all ages will definitely want to make a point of giving ‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?’ a chance at some point if you haven’t yet had the pleasure.
Overall, Scooby fans young and old should all find a lot to love about ‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?’ both from the various stars making guest appearances throughout to its return to basics in many ways with standalone episodes that each feature a new setting and mystery for the gang to tackle while always serving up plenty of humorous and goofy fun for all. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 4-disc DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?: The Complete First Season’ brings home all 26 episodes from the show’s debut season with quite satisfying video presentations and enjoyable multichannel soundtracks on each. Even while absent of any bonus content, anyone who would like to physically own the first season and doesn’t mind the DVD format in general will definitely want to consider picking up a copy of this altogether solid DVD release, especially if you happen across a great deal on it.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?: The Complete First Season’ features a 16×9 friendly video presentation on all 26 episodes from the debut season, each with the 1.78:1 aspect ratio in which they were originally broadcast/released. The video presentations look wonderful altogether and deliver impressively within the confines of the DVD format. They provide generally smooth, clean and vibrantly colored presentations on every episode throughout the four disc set that each hold up quite capably even during the various fast moving and heavily populated moments throughout without anything occurring onscreen ever becoming negatively affected. Overall, these are very nice standard definition video presentations that should thoroughly please the fans who are content with the DVD format in general.
The DVD release includes a 384 Kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack on all 26 Season One episodes. These multichannel soundtracks offer smooth, clean and fairly active audio presentations on each episode. They frequently take advantage of all five available channels in order to send the music, effects and other content throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, even allowing some of the bits within to become even more enjoyable such as Shaggy and Scooby being thrown in circles by an out of control hose in the episode “What a Night, For a Dark Knight!” which sends their screams and the water whipping in circles across the speakers. All the while it makes certain that any dialogue and/or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are great 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks that repeatedly contribute some additional fun to the viewing experience.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! And Guess Who?: The Complete First Season’ does not include any bonus content.
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Disc Rating: 6.5/10
‘Scooby-Doo! And Guess Who?: The Complete First Season’ is Now Available to Own on DVD & Digital from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.
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