Warner Video and Hanna-Barbera bring us the latest incarnation of the crime-solving canine and his partners in sleuthing with "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1." All thirteen episodes of the new Cartoon Network series are included on two discs. The cast is made up of regulars Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo and Fred Rogers), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), and Grey Griffin (Daphne Blake) being joined by newcomer Kate Micucci ("Scrubs," "The Big Bang Theory") as Velma Dinkley.
The Scooby gang is back with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. With high school over and one last summer to live it up, the gang hits the road in the Mystery Machine, chasing fun and adventure in "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!" But monsters and mayhem keep getting in the way.
I gave my nine-year-old son, Ephraim the chance to review the DVD release of the series. He shared his assessment with me after binge-watching his favorite episodes again.
"'Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!' is an exciting adventure with the gang in 13 new spooky episodes. My favorites are 'Trading Chases' with the spirit of Sobek, 'Mystery 101' starring the ghost of Kingsley, 'Screama Donna' with the ghost of Prima Donna, and 'Kitchen Frightmare' featuring the Yeti. What I like about this show is Shaggy and Scooby's hunger after eating the largest tower of food and Daphne’s strange objects for each mystery. Hop into the van cause there’s a mystery to solve!"
A completely different animation style than what we've seen before is utilized for "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1." This really comes as no surprise, since they've been trying to play with the look of each show since "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!" The look takes a bit of getting used to, but works in the end.
No bonus material is included for "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1." Although they produced an unaired special entitled "Scooby Bloopers," it's not found here. I wish they would give us a featurette containing interviews with the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage of the voice and animation processes.
"Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1" is another strong entry in the annals of the great dane's crime fighting career. I still prefer the classic look of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" And "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" However, the humor and tales told outweigh any issues I have with the way the characters and their surroundings appear.
"Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1" is available now on DVD.
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