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LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood (2016)

Review by CJ

Director:
Rick Morales

Starring:
Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey DeLisle, Kate Micucci

Other notable appearances:
Cassandra Peterson, Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Menville

Running time:
75 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Scooby-Doo films or television series, LEGO films and television series

 

Legendary monster film studio head Chet Brickton is on the verge of bankruptcy and has turned to making a romantic comedy in the hopes of getting his finances back into the black. The film’s production has been constantly hindered by the appearance of several monsters. Enter the world’s favourite mystery solving Great Dane and meddling kids.

I love the Scooby gang and have for as long as I can remember. The plot is always pretty formulaic and I have wondered for at least a decade why they’re always still so scared when they’ve known for nearly 50 years that the ghoul is always a person in a mask with an elaborate plot. Regardless of this, the suspension of disbelief is usually possible because Scooby and his motley crew are fun and loveable, the locations are changed up regularly and the monsters are as varied as possible while remaining kid friendly.

LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood is a good representation of both the Scooby-Doo series and the LEGO series, but it doesn’t go above or beyond average.

The characters LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood are true to their original selves with a dash of LEGO humour such as detachable parts being used for comedic value.

Scooby-Doo plots are usually predictable and LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood is no different. There’s usually nothing wrong with this, but LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood lacks the charm of that lets its source material get away with being predictable and formulaic.

LEGO Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood is a decent film that is entertaining enough but it doesn’t really bring much to the world of Scooby. You’re far better off watching one of the many, many 2D animated original Scooby-Doo films.

Rating:

“The only thing to fear at a movie studio are their sequels.”

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