Director: Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton
Cast: Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard (VOICES)
Release Date: September 26, 2023 (Only At Walmart)
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
The world’s greatest heroes, DC’s Justice League, have mysteriously vanished and a terrifying phantom has taken up residence in The Hall of Justice. Now it’s up to the world’s greatest super sleuths, Scooby and the gang, to solve the mystery and save our heroes…with a little help from their new pal Krypto the Superdog!
Please Note: Warner Bros. Discovery 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 Krypto, Too’ joins everyone’s favorite mystery solving teens as they answer a call to assist Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in Metropolis when the Justice League mysteriously vanishes and the Hall of Justice itself becomes home to a mysterious phantom. Upon their arrival, the gang meets supervillain himself Lex Luthor and quickly find themselves trapped within the Hall of Justice in a race against time to uncover the truth about what happened to the Justice League, not to mention finding a way to bring them back. While this heroic mystery may be a little too much for our teenage sleuths to handle alone especially once confronted with various legendary supervillains, fortunately they’ll be able to count on a little help from Superman’s beloved pooch Krypto the Superdog.
‘Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too’ is capably guided along by director Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton from a script written by T.K. O’Brian. The new film features the current standard Scooby gang voice cast of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers, Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley and Grey Delisle as Daphne Blake (and also as Wonder Woman this time around). The new film also features the voices of P.J. Byrne, Victoria Grace, Charles Halford, Nolan North, Tara Strong, Fred Tatasciore, James Arnold Taylor and Niccole Thurman who each do their part to contribute to the fun within.
Who do you call for help when the superheroes of the Justice League mysteriously vanish and Metropolis turns into a playground for the worst supervillains around? Well, the Mystery Incorporated gang clearly! ‘Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too’ joins Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne as they are called in to assist some friends in Metropolis when the Justice League randomly disappears and the town turns into a new Gotham. While superhero affairs normally wouldn’t be the Scooby gang’s forte, the mysterious disappearances combined with a creepy phantom taking up residence in the hall of justice makes this one right up their alley. Forced to join with the diabolical Lex Luthor and with some much needed help from the heroic Krypto the Superdog, it all comes together into another fun, humorous and exciting ride that merges together the worlds of Mystery Inc and DC Comics for a somewhat clever new animated feature that teams up two of the most famous dogs around.
Mashing up these two properties should be something certain to equal a great recipe for laughs and thrilling fun and for the most part it does deliver just that. While the premise does make for a nice twist on the typical Scooby or DC tale by allowing these two often drastically different properties to coexist in a balance that equally complements each end, it doesn’t quite find its way to becoming anything extremely smart or noteworthy aside from a few exceptions such as a gag about Superman’s famously questionable disguise. Fortunately its ability to offer plenty of fun gags and amusing twists that poke fun at each and its willingness to just have fun with itself helps it to never become dull, all while remaining consistently amusing enough to keep fans engaged with few complaints to be had.
Overall, ‘Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too’ delivers a fun mashup of an animated feature that brings together two of the most notable dogs around; Scooby-Doo and Krypto the Superdog. Joining forces to try and uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the Justice League, it’s a fun, funny and enjoyable ride that features the Scooby gang doing their usual thing while also interacting with various DC Comics villains and other characters for a simplistic, yet thoroughly entertaining new animated movie that should have plenty for diehard fans of Scooby and DC Comics to appreciate within. ‘Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too’ is definitely recommended for any fans of Scooby and/or DC Super Heroes, as well as those with young fans at home. So gather up the family and get ready to relax with a fun, action-packed good time featuring Scooby-Doo, Krypto and some other popular characters too.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too’ is presented in a 16×9 friendly Widescreen presentation with the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks very nice for the most part and is right in line with the usual merits of these animated features on DVD providing a sharp, clean and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any issues to be uncovered along the way. The presentation holds up admirably within the confines of the aging DVD format and offers solid detail and clarity on character features and clothing, along with animated backgrounds, vehicles and nearly everything else within; all while keeping the warm, bright colors looking relatively sharp and clean throughout. Overall, this is a solid standard definition video presentation that looks great as far as the DVD format allows and should please the fans who don’t mind the limitations of the format.
The DVD release features a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, crisp and occasionally aggressive audio presentation throughout that nicely complements the onscreen hijinks and fun. While not as immersive or precise with channel orientation as many, it does utilize all five available channels in order to send vehicles, explosions and crashing cars whipping throughout the various speakers, along with some music, action effects and various background elements moving throughout the channels on occasion, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or negatively affected in the process. Overall, this is a nice 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack that holds up quite well throughout and shouldn’t disappoint.
The DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too’ includes 3 Bonus Cartoons (running approximately 22 minutes each); all three of which are episodes of ‘Scooby-Doo! And Guess Who?’ featuring DC super heroes. The 3 included episodes are “The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!” Guest Starring Wonder Woman, “What a Night, for a Dark Knight!” Guest Starring Batman, and “One Minute Mysteries!” Guest Starring The Flash.