NOSTALGIA LANE MOVIE REVIEW: “Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders” is voiced by Scott Innes (Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost), Frank Welker (The Real Ghostbusters [TV series], Aladdin), the late Mary Kay Bergman (South Park [TV series], The Hunchback of Notre Dame), B.J. Ward (Voltron: The Third Dimension [TV series], The Return of Jafar), Jeff Bennett (Johnny Bravo [TV series], Regular Show [TV series]), Candi Milo (Spirited Away, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends [TV series]), Jennifer Hale (Wreck-It Ralph, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True), Mark Hamill (Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Matrix Revolutions, The Cleveland Show [TV series]), Neil Ross (Back to the Future Part II, An American Tail), and Audrey Wasilewski (Star Trek Into Darkness, Seven Pounds). It is directed by Jim Stenstrum (Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase). The Mystery, Inc. gang is back in this direct-to-DVD film. When the Mystery Machine breaks down in the middle of the desert, Fred (Welker), Daphne (Bergman), Velma (Ward), Shaggy (Innes), and Scooby (Innes) are forced to take refuge in a small town which holds secrets. These secrets involve UFOs and aliens that are terrorizing the townspeople since the government started sending signals out to space, searching for alien life. The locals are spooked, but not Mystery, Inc. when they suspect that there is something more at large than aliens.
Scooby-Doo is a classic franchise that still holds in everyone’s memories since the late 60’s. The hit show “Scooby Doo, Where are You?” spun-off many shows as well as home video releases and four live-action films (the first two are the only acceptable ones in my book though). This film belongs to the direct-to-DVD releases that came out between 1998 and 2002, with “Cyber Chase” being my choice of favorite. I couldn’t find any of the videos besides “Alien Invaders”, however, so this was the likely candidate to review. I will start off by saying that this movie isn’t as terrific as I remember it being, but it still is, as Shaggy would put it, a “groovy” experience. I remember how the aliens used to freak me out when I was younger, but the only reason why they would now is because of their weird character models. Speaking of the animation, this movie definitely has the 90’s vibe to it, feeling like it belongs to a TV show of the era, but it blends in with the style of clothing and story, giving an “X-Files” feel to it. The plot itself can be silly, but it does offer some humor I didn’t recognize before, with them sneaking in a few adult jokes every now and then. One example is of how Shaggy falls in love with a girl named Crystal (Milo), and being conceived as a drug-head-looking-fellow when his character was created made it all the more funnier. Adults will pick up on this, and it’ll make them laugh. What really helps this movie a lot is the voice acting, which is great. Scott Innes voices both Shaggy and Scooby, being the most memorable choice out of all of the Scooby voice actors in my time of viewing. It was very sad to read that Mary Kay Bergman committed suicide in 1999 when I was researching for this review, seeing as how she voiced Daphne rather well. Besides the matter of characters and animation, the story is filled out fine. It is enjoyable, but it does have its issues. The first being the music. The songs that are in this film are placed in random spots, and they aren’t the best tunes. When Scott Innes sung a song in Shaggy’s voice, it was more funny to laugh at than with. Plus Jennifer Love Hewitt sung a song along with the music that goes with the chase scenes, but they don’t land well because they just don’t feel right. It would’ve been better if they went old school with the choice of sounds. Another con would be how predictable it can get if you aren’t a kid. I don’t know how I didn’t pick up on anything when I was younger, but they hand you the evidence on a silver platter, making it all too easy to find the culprit of the crime. However, there is an aspect of this movie that is a shocker, but I won’t spoil it (like you will be edging to watch this film anyway). There’s no other flaws with this movie besides the fact that it can lean towards a sense of silliness. But it’s Scooby-Doo, so what do you expect! Overall, this is not as great as I remember it, but it is an enjoyable experience, and if you are wanting to get a Scooby-Doo fix, then you should give it a try. FINAL SCORE: 85%= Juicy Popcorn
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