Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: "Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon" a Cool Cartoon

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 12 (of 2017) by Leroy Douresseaux

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016) – Video
Running time:  100 minutes (1 hour, 40 minutes)
DIRECTORS:   Tim Divar, Brandon Vietti
WRITERS:  Ernie Altbacker; from a story by Matt Wayne
PRODUCER: Brandon Vietti
EDITORS:  Keef Bartkus and Philip Malamuth
COMPOSER:  Ryan Shore
ANIMATION STUDIO:  Digital eMation, Inc.


Starring:  (voices) Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffin, Kate Micucci, Steven J. Blum, Eric Bauza, and Phil Morris; from WWE: The Undertaker, Kofi Kingston, Diego, Fernando, El Torito, Goldust, Stardust, The Miz, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Paige, Dusty Rhodes, Lana, Rusev, Michael Cole, and Vince McMahon

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon is a 2016 straight-to-video animated comedy mystery.  It is the 27th animated movie in the Scooby-Doo straight-to-video series from Warner Bros. Animation.  This series began in 1998 with Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.  In Curse of the Speed Demon, Mystery Inc. is hired to solve the mystery of a phantom racer plaguing a WWE road race.  This film is also a co-production between WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon begins some time after Mystery Inc. helped the WWE (Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment) superstars solve the mystery of the “ghost bear” (known as “Vicious”).  Shaggy Rogers (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) are operating a food truck at WWE's latest venture, a road race called “WWW's Muscle Moro X Off Road Challenge.”

The race's participants are WWE superstars like The Undertaker and Dusty Rhodes, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, to name a few.  During a preliminary round of the race, a demon racer known as “Inferno,” disrupts the race, injuring Rhodes.  Needing a new partner, The Undertaker takes on Shaggy (a.k.a. “Skinny Man”) and Scooby-Doo (a.k.a. “Dead Meat”).  The trio becomes “Team Taker” and races in “The Scoobinator.”

Meanwhile, WWE boss, Mr. McMahon, hires the rest of Mystery Inc. gang:  Fred Jones (Frank Welker), Daphne Blake (Grey Griffin), and Velma Dinkley (Kate Micucci), to solve the mystery of Inferno.  However, the young mystery-solvers suspect that Inferno is actually a WWE superstar!

I have failed you, dear readers.  I cannot explain why I like Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon.  It is not a great movie, but I find quite entertaining.  What are some of the things that I like.

I am not a fan of WWE, but I found these cartoon versions of select WWE superstars likable, especially The Undertaker.  The cartoon Stephanie McMahon seems personable.  I found myself attracted to “Team Taker” and their racing vehicles.  All the elements that make up monster/villain Inferno make him a good bad guy.

Of course, when it comes down to it, I am a lifelong fan of Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang.  I don't really want to go to long without seeing them, and yes, I have come across some poor Scooby-Doo direct-to-DVD films.  Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon is not one of them.

7 of 10

Monday, June 5, 2017

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