Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010)

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Mystery
Warner Premiere || NR - 72 minutes - $19.98 || September 14, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-09-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Ethan Spaulding
Writer(s): Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas
Cast: Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Matthew Lillard, Grey DeLisle, Mark Hamill, Phil LaMarr, Stephen Root


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Bonus Episode


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

The latest animated adventure from the Mystery Inc. gang finds Fred (FRANK WELKER), Velma (MINDY COHN), Shaggy (MATTHEW LILLARD), Daphne (GREY DELISLE) and – of course – Scooby-Doo (WELKER) headed to Fred’s most treasured childhood memories at Camp Little Moose. What they thought would be a fun time participating as camp councilors turns into yet another mystery as the camp is being harassed by campfire story urban myths, beginning with the Woodsman wielding an axe and warning everyone to “GET OUT!”

The Scooby gang knows something else is up with the Woodsman and the further they dig, and the more scary tales Camp Little Moose’s owner tells, the more creatures come to life including Fishman and Specter.

If anyone is at all familiar with any of the numerous incarnations of Scooby-Doo from the various TV series to these animated movies, we all know that there’s something more going on and a relatively lame reason for the perpetrator(s) to do such actions that, by the way, are way beyond believable even for animated entertainment starring a talking (and driving) dog.

With Scooby-Doo: Camp Scare, I wasn’t as in love with this new movie as I had been with previous efforts including their last outing, Abracadabra-Doo which also marked the debut of Matthew Lillard as the new voice of Shaggy (he can currently also be heard in the new “Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc” series airing on Cartoon Network). However, one of the things I’ve always enjoyed about these Scooby animated ventures is the voice talents and this time around, and no doubt they’re mostly on auto-drive, they all sound great and provide the right amount of voice inflection to carry out the mostly silly jokes.

Where this film fails is in the story. While indeed previous movies featured half-baked plots and putting Scooby and the gang in danger, for which each character would display their typical reactions (Fred charges in with a trap while Scooby and Shaggy just want to get away and get to the nearest kitchen). Here, the plot didn’t quite grab me and the reveal for the villain was, as usual, obvious but the why of the matter only made my eyes roll. And yes, as I said before, it is a movie centered on a talking dog so obviously one can’t be too critical. And to that point I will say that Camp Scare does have some entertaining moments so fans of these characters will no doubt like this new movie.

In the end, this isn't the strongest movie that I've seen from Mystery Inc., but it did at least pass the time well enough.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not a whole lot on this disc except Scooby-Doo Camp Stories (9:10) featurette, a bonus episode from “Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc” and trailers for various other Warner projects.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The direct-to-video movie is presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and all in all doesn’t look bad. The colors are about on balance with previous Scooby-Doo DTV movies as well.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track gets the job done blaring out some terrible songs (even for the Scooby-Doo animated franchise) plus general sound effects mixed in with crisp and easy to understand dialogue from the center channel.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall, Camp Scare isn’t as strong as other direct-to-video Scooby flicks but I manages to sit through the short 70-minute running time (minus credits) and it didn’t feel like a waste of time.