Director: Audie Harrison
Cast: Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard (VOICES)
Release Date: October 18, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Mystery Inc. has cracked the case to top all cases! They’ve tracked down Coco Diablo, the head of the notorious costume crime syndicate that colludes The Black Knight, Space Kook and the Ghost Diver. With Coco and her kitty in prison, Mystery Inc. thinks that they can finally enjoy a break. Wrong! Suddenly, menacing doppelgänger ghosts of the Scooby crew and favorite classic foes show up in Coolsville to threaten Halloween. Now it’s up to the meddling kids – and their unlikely new partner Coco – to unmask the latest scoundrel and save Halloween! For Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, with trick-or-treating on the line – this time it’s personal!
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.
‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!’ joins our favorite mystery solving teens as they track down and capture Coco Diablo, the person responsible for costuming every big villain the Mystery Inc. crew has come across. Now believing their career of solving mysteries has concluded following a massive dry spell in the time after Coco’s capture, things suddenly take a surprising turn when ghost doppelgangers of the mystery gang themselves start wreaking havoc during Halloween-time. Now the gang will have to work with Coco to try and track down and stop these curious new threats before they can ruin Halloween in Coolsville, not to mention Shaggy and Scooby’s determination to go trick or treating.
‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!’ is smoothly guided along its amusing course by director Audie Harrison from a teleplay by Audie Harrison & Laura Pollak and Daniel McClellan. The new animated feature includes the standard current Scooby-Doo voice cast which includes Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred, Grey DeLisle as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Kate Micucci as Velma who all do a great job as usual portraying the voices of these iconic characters.
‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!’ has plenty of fun and laughs to offer, not to mention a few rather clever twists that turn some popular Scooby moments and characters upside down, although it also falls victim to a few far less clever ones that don’t always click as intended. The latest animated feature (and another Halloween-centered tale which always seems to be a winner for a Scooby mystery) sees the Mystery Incorporated gang nearly forced into retirement when they shut down the woman responsible for crafting the various extravagant disguises worn by all of the famous villains our heroic teens have faced. But as the kids are confronted by new ghosts that each seem to resemble a member of the gang, they naturally can’t resist trying to figure it all out (well, most can’t; Scooby and Shaggy would much rather get a move-on with their planned trick or treating of course) and it leads to a fun and thoroughly amusing new Halloween adventure for the whole family. The film is also the first feature length Scooby-Doo feature in some time to change up the animation style which may understandably leave some fans thrown. Reportedly utilizing the style from ‘Scooby-Doo and Guess Who’ based on the information I was able to find, it still looks great and the animation is detailed and quite gorgeous in its own right, simply just a bit different then we’re used to here.
Overall, ‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo’ is another funny and thoroughly entertaining animated adventure for the whole family that sees a slight change in the animation style we’re used to in these animated films, although it still works quite well for the most part and looks rather great the majority of the time. The new story throws some twists into the longtime mythology of the Mystery Incorporated gang and it leads to some fun new turns, but also suffers to a degree due its desire to get a little too crazy with the flood of new ideas which cause it to struggle at times, while breathing some fresh life into it at others. It’s still a fun and often hilarious ride that’s well worth taking and ‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo’ is definitely recommended for diehard Scooby-Doo fans that haven’t yet had a chance to check this one out.
The DVD release of ‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation with the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks solid as a whole and delivers a sharp, clean and well detailed presentation from start to finish within the confines of the DVD format, with some bright, vivid coloring and animation. It holds up smoothly even during the many fast moving and heavily populated moments throughout and never results in anything becoming problematic or negatively affected along the way. Overall, this is a quite nice standard definition video presentation that does its job well and should easily satisfy fans who are generally pleased with the quality of these animated features on DVD.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack complements the onscreen fun rather well and offers a crisp, clean and fully capable audio presentation throughout. It takes advantage of all five available channels on numerous occasions in order to send some music, random effects and other tidbits throughout the various speakers when appropriate, while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a very decent 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack that doesn’t get carried away but does its job well and shouldn’t disappoint.
The DVD release of ‘Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!’ includes ‘3 Bonus Cartoons’ including one episode of ‘Be Cool Scooby-Doo’ “El Bandito” (running approximately 22 minutes in length), along with 2 episodes of ‘The Scooby-Doo Show’: “To Switch a Witch” (running approximately 22 minutes) and “The Headless Horseman of Halloween” (approximately 24 minutes).
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Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
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