Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wrestlemaniacs Unite for "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon"


First off, let me say that I love Scooby-Doo in all the different incarnations he's appeared in over the years. Some are better than others, like "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" and "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated". As much as I detest Scrappy-Doo, I can even tolerate the shows with him in them.


Others like "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and "Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue" are less appealing to me. However I'll still watch them. The newest direct-to-DVD feature, "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon" is now on my short list of movies and shows I'd rather not view if given the choice.


In "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon", the clue-sniffing canine and his gang stumble upon a menacing phantom at an off-road racing competition. With the help of some WWE superstars, they try to save the race before it's too late.


Basically, imagine “Wacky Races” if Scooby-Doo and his buds went up against a group of WWE wrestlers while solving a mystery. Every time they’re not racing, a brawl ensues between the annoyingly charismatic muscleheads. For millions of wrestling fans around the world it’s a recipe for fun and big laughs. I just groaned and shook my head in bewilderment for the majority of its 80 minute run time.


I'm not going to tell you there wasn't some funny parts in "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon". The look of the villain was cool. There was just way too many wrestling references and in-jokes that a person who doesn't keep up with the "sport" won't get or understand.


Did I mention how annoying the race announcer's dialogue was? Every single line he spewed was a pun of some sort. It got to the point where when I heard his voice, I wanted to mute the TV.


Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions of "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon" have a few special features the kids will enjoy. A new featurette is included entitled “Revved Up with the Monster Jam Scooby-Doo Truck”. There’s also a couple of bonus cartoons from the different television shows to enjoy.


"Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon" is not rated. There’s some cartoon and wrestling violence. If you’ve seen Scooby-Doo movies or TV shows before, it’s on the same level as any of those.


If you're not a wrestling fan, you might find "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon" to be one of the first Scooby-Doo movies you never watch more than once. I guess the same could be said about “Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery”, which I loved. I'm just not the demographic for this particular animated feature and that's alright. With Scooby-Doo, you always know there will be a next time.

"Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a digital download.


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