Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (2008)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 75 minutes - $19.98 || September 23, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-09-19


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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: Joe Sichta
Writer(s): Joe Sichta (written by)
Cast: Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey Delisle, Hayden Panettiere, Wayne Knight, Wallace Shawn, Jay Leno, Tim Curry, James Belushi, Lauren Bacall


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Scooby-Doo: You Believe in Magic?


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Scooby-Doo has had many adventures over the years starting with the hit 1969 series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” showcasing the Scooby-gang hunting for clues to find out what plans the fiend of the week has in store. And in the last 10 years or so, Hannah-Barbera has churned out several straight-to-video movies, along with the two live-action feature films (and a live-action prequel is on the way in 2009), like Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster (amongst so many others). Now, the latest installment is called Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King.

Goblin King finds Mystery Inc. (Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo) visiting a carnival on Halloween. They attend one performance by a hack magician known as The Amazing Krudsky (voiced by Wayne Knight of “Seinfeld” fame) who is enraged when Shaggy and Scooby reveal all of his secrets on stage – even though he was an ass to Scooby beforehand, I’m kind of on his side... After the incident, Krudsky comes across a magical fairy (Panettiere; TV’s “Heroes”), captures her and discovers that on Halloween night, he can use a spell to snatch her powers!

Of course, Shaggy and Scooby have only candy on the mind and hit up every house in the neighborhood for sugary goodness, until the happen upon the last one: a creepy mansion that doubles as a mystical store. The owner (Shawn) has magical potions and all that good stuff and is friends with other creatures, including that fairy who has escaped the clutches, for the time being, of Krudsky. Fast forward through some lame-o jokes and one-liners, and Shaggy and Scooby discover that their friends are in danger and they must go into the Halloween Land (aka the underworld, but Halloween Land is so much more kid-friendly) which is ruled by The Goblin King (Curry; The Rocky Horror Picture Show). They must grab the powerful Goblin Scepter before Krudsky can get his power-greedy hands on it.

Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King is, let’s face, for kids only and maybe the truly diehard fans of the long-running franchise. Coming in at only 70-minutes (minus credits), the cartoon drags on forever as Shaggy and Scooby-Doo encounter various Halloween icons like Jack-O-Lantern (Leno) or a wicked witch (Bacall) and her sisters. I remember watching the “Scooby-Doo” cartoons as a kid and loved every minute of it. Even into my teens I would occasionally catch one of the million TV movies and still kind of was entertained, but it’s been several years since I last caught up with Mystery Inc., and it’s not the same. Gone (at least in this installment) are the Scooby Snacks and in its place writing and jokes appropriate only for kids under the age of 10.

I would love to say this movie was a blast even for the older general fans, but instead we have a series that is made for kids; I’m not asking for Pixar material or anything, but at least give something for the adult fans... please! As the end drew closer, I found myself trying to figure who voiced what role (yes, I was that bored). I recognized Wayne Knight immediately and it didn’t take much to find Hayden Panettiere and James Belushi, but I was kind of shocked to discover Leno voiced Jack-O-Lantern. I might actually be tempted to go back and see again... or not.

In the end, I will always prefer the classic Mystery Inc. episodes. Perhaps this is my nostalgia talking and if I were to go back I might be severely disappointed, but I’m certain Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King was not made for me or the general fans. As I said, diehards might still enjoy this outing, but I could not. The only thing saving it is I did manage to laugh a couple of times, so not all is lost... but I still can laugh at juvenile jokes from time to time, so that’s not saying much.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Scooby-Doo: You Believe In Magic? – Some guy, don’t care to recall his name, shows you some minor magic tricks and how to pull them off for your friends. Yeah, OK, I’ll get right on that. Excuse me while I get a beat down.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

As with any cartoon DVD of this sort, the movie is presented in classic full frame. Colors seem to be clear and clean. The animation style looks to be old school so there’s really not much to judge.

Warner Brothers provides a Dolby Digital 5.1. It’s not a great track, but certainly better than having it in stereo. I was, however, impressed with how clear the dialogue was through the center channel and any ambient noise came through the others fine.



.::OVERALL::.

After watching Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King for only 5-minutes, I quickly realized this was squarely designed for kids and kids only and as such, I can’t really blast the movie that much. The only thing I will say that if you’re a casual fan like me, I think you’d be wise to stay away and maybe catch it when it airs on TV. For me, I’m going to check out On Demand and see if there are any old “Scooby-Doo” episodes I can watch...