Let's face it. The plots are always the same: smugglers usually want to
scare people off from their base of operations by pretending to be ghosts
or aliens or whatever. Yeah, right, as if that would work. In real life
the place would soon be overrun by National Enquirer reporters, hordes of
curious onlookers and the like! There'd probably be even someone selling
hot dogs at a stand!
The monsters are also never real, but usually some guy in a mask whose
identity we guessed from a list of possible suspects. Scooby and
Shaggy gets chased around a bit -
and there you have the makings of a
classic episode. You have to be of a certain age to
appreciate this sort of thing. . .
Which is why I bought this full-length movie for my baby daughter
be old enough to enjoy it in a few years'
time. I use full-length as
only the loosest of terms Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders only clocks in
at under 70 minutes -
usually full-length features clock in for twenty or
so minutes longer.
No problem though. Ninety minutes running time would have been really
stretching the premise thin. The plot already feels padded at 70 minutes,
but not as padded as the recent Piglet's Big Movie I had to endure. That
particular movie's lack of plot and extended running time began to feel
like some sort of sadistic Zen experiment by Disney on unsuspecting
parents watching it with their toddlers.
The Scooby team gets lost during a dust storm and encounters a flying
saucer. Soon, they are stranded in a small town where they investigate
some alien sightings.
You'd be glad to know that Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (made for TV
in 2000) features much better animation than the original ?classic?
episodes. OK, it's not much better than a lot of Saturday morning
cartoons, but it's not too, um, shaggy either.
of the voices are noticeably different though and I?m sure purists
will no doubt nit-pick about that (but we're not one of them). Events
move along at a quick pace and the whole thing is easier to endure than
any of the countless straight-to-video sequels
churned out by Disney.
Some bits might be scary for very small kids, but the tone is light
throughout. A colleague of mine bought
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
(also one of the several full-length TV movies) for his kids and while it
featured some fun post-modern touches, it was also a bit scary for little
THE DISC: This Region 2 disc has several language tracks and a five-minute
?Making of? feature. Kids will probably find it disconcerting to see
adults talking like their favourite cartoon characters, so don't spoil it
for them. It comes in a carton snap case, typical of all Warner Bros.
DVDs. Why they persist on packaging their DVDs like this is a mystery
since these cases tend to wear easier than the standard plastic cases . .
WORTH IT? This is a movie for kids and not really one you can watch with
them. DVD is the preferable format for kiddies movies because they can
really wear VHS tapes out by endlessly re-watching them. (Or maybe
why DVDs for kids maybe aren't such a good idea when you think about it .
RECOMMENDATION: Wait for it to
appear in the bargain bins one day and don't watch it with your kids
unless they scare really easily . . .
NOTE: Jennifer Love Hewitt sings the Scooby theme song on this disc. Be
afraid . . .