Directors: Maxwell Atoms, Christina Sotta, Mel Zwyer
Cast: Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard (VOICES)
Release Date: February 23, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Take a journey back in time to King Arthur’s court in this legendary saga of wizards, knights, dragons…and Scooby-Doo! An evil sorceress tries to seize power in Camelot, so King Arthur needs the help of our favorite supersleuths to save his throne. But will their valiant efforts only make things royally worse? This new original movie serves up laughter on a platter, and Scooby and Shaggy are ready to dig in!
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.
Things get medieval for the Mystery Inc. gang in the new animated film ‘Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob’ which finds our favorite mystery solving teens transported by an evil sorceress back to the time of knights, dragons and King Arthur. With the sorceress intent to seize power in Camelot with some magical assistance, Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby will have to step up and help King Arthur and his trusted knights if they hope to stand any chance at thwarting her evil plan and finding a way to return back home. So get the family together and prepare for a magical journey into a legendary realm in this all-new feature length Scooby-Doo animated movie!
‘Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob’ is another enjoyable adventure with our favorite mystery solving teens, loaded with silly antics, laughs and excitement every step of the way. It definitely manages to find clever ways of bringing familiar characters into the world, even featuring some enjoyable nods to fellow Hanna-Barbera star Thundarr The Barbarian in this one, although it loses some of its charm by largely regurgitating some elements and concepts that have sadly become a bit too repetitive in the Scooby animated feature offerings as of late. Luckily the positive aspects and familiar fun that it serves up is enough to make this one still worthy of joining the ever-expanding lineup of Scooby movies. This new animated movie features the voice talents of Jason Isaacs and Nick Frost, along with the standard current voice cast for the gang which includes Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffin and Kate Micucci. Diehard Scooby fans will surely want to find the time to check out this new animated adventure with the mystery incorporated gang which may have a few hiccups and some repetitive elements from other Scooby films in recent memory, although it should still manage to serve up enough goofy fun, laughs and excitement to keep any fellow fan thoroughly entertained for its duration at the very least.
Overall, ‘Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob’ is a fun, over the top and laugh filled good time with Scooby and the gang that finds our teenage sleuths sent to King Arthur’s court where they’re forced to join forces with Arthur and Merlin in order to take on an angry sorceress intent on claiming control of Camelot. ‘Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob’ is definitely recommended for all of the dedicated Scooby-Doo fans out there who never miss out on a new animated feature with our favorite mystery solving gang. While it may not be one of the most outstanding Scooby movie entries in recent years, it will surely still prove well worth seventy minutes of your time and the cost of a rental one easygoing evening at home with the family, or even alone.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great as a whole and serves up an altogether impressive standard definition presentation that’s smooth, beautifully colored and nicely detailed from start to finish. It holds up without any trouble even during the various darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated moments, never causing anything onscreen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a wonderful standard definition video presentation that should more than satisfy any Scooby fans who are typically pleased with the animated film offerings on DVD.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack makes a splendid compliment to the onscreen fun, providing a clean, crisp and consistently active surround presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, along with action and nature content, and other fitting effects throughout the various speakers, while never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneosly becoming distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a great 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack that never disappoints and continually contributes some extra fun to the viewing experience.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob’ includes ‘3 Bonus Cartoons’: one episode of ‘The Scooby-Doo Show’, “Scared A Lot in Camelot” (running approximately 24 minutes in length), and 2 episodes of ‘Scooby-Doo! Where Are You’: “What a Night For A Knight” (running approximately 22 minutes) and “Hassle in the Castle” (approximately 22 minutes).
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Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
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