Judge Lacey Worrell ushers in the season of scares with more adventures of America's favorite ghost-busting team.
Investigate more fast and funny Mystery, Inc. cases with Scooby-Doo and his fellow detectives!
Scooby-Doo, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and spacey Shaggy solve cases involving a wacky house ("High-Tech House of the Future"), an imposing vampire ("The Vampire Strikes Back"), a raging sea monster ("She Sees a Sea Monster by the Seashore"), and a mummy ("Mummy Scares Best") in this DVD compilation of four episodes from What's New, Scooby-Doo?, the new incarnation of the perennially popular TV show. Each episode follows the classic Scooby-Doo formula: A creepy presence is introduced and chases the sleuths around for a while before finally being outsmarted and unmasked.
These newer episodes are an interesting contrast to the originals in that many of them actually take place during the daytime, something that was rare in the episodes that aired in the 1960s and 1970s and continue to air in endless reruns today. Old or new, the ghosts and creatures have the ability to scare the living daylights out of little kids, but that is part of what makes the show so enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend this disc for children under four or five, however, unless you actually enjoy being awakened at two o'clock in the morning by a kid with nightmares.
Longtime fans of Scooby (let's face it, there are at least two generations' worth by now) will be heartened by the fact that good old Casey Kasem is still voicing the character of Shaggy. This makes him the Dick Clark of cartoon voices, considering the fact that this series made its first appearance almost 40 years ago. The appeal of this show is in the creatively conceived monsters and ghosts the gang encounters, as well as the fact that they are able to solve the mystery without the assistance of grown-ups.
Skip the forgettable live-action, big-screen incarnations of this beloved series and introduce your kids to this disc and the vintage episodes instead. Come on. You know you still try to catch the old Scooby reruns on television when you think no one is watching. The one where Daphne's aunt turns into a crazy panther at night to rob jewelry stores still gives me chills. Um, I haven't watched that episode since I was ten, I swear!
This DVD's picture is crisp and the sound quality is excellent; however, the so-called extras are disappointing. They appear to be one big commercial for Warner Bros. and are completely skippable; they won't hold children's interest. That said, this DVD is sure to thrill the kids in your household, especially around Halloween. Check it out.
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