DVD Review: Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King

Hi all!

Yes, I’m a kid at heart. When I can no longer enjoy a good cartoon, I’ve instructed my family that it’s time to put me out of my misery. And who doesn’t love Scooby-Doo?

I’ve been watching Scooby-Doo mysteries since grade school on Saturday mornings and after school, and now I watch it with my girls on Boomerang and Cartoon Network when it’s on. Lately we’ve seen a resurgence of Scooby mysteries and I have to say we’ve enjoyed most of them.

Scooby-Doo and the Goblin KingScooby-Doo has been on American television since 1969. Created for Hanna-Barbera by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, Fred Silverman, and Iwao Takamoto, Scooby has undergone a number of changes in the last 39 years.

If you don’t know who Scooby and the gang are, here’s a quick refresher. Scooby Doo is a talking dog who hangs out with “Shaggy”, Fred, Daphne, and Velma. Shaggy is a bit of a laid back guy who’s mind is always on food. Fred is the planner, but not always so bright. Daphne has fashion sense and some common sense as well. And Velma is the brains of the outfit. These five characters drive around a van called “The Mystery Machine” as they travel around the world solving mysteries and capturing criminals attempting to use the “supernatural” as a ruse to cover their criminal acts. Recently they even traveled to Tibet and saw Shangri-la and the Yeti!

Shaggy & Scooby-Doo had their own spinoff series on the Kids’ WB over the last couple of years called Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, which we enjoyed on Saturday mornings for a while. But you can catch Scooby and the gang mostly on Boomerang and Cartoon Network these days.

Obviously we’re big Scooby-Doo fans at my house, so I leaped at the chance to watch Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King — a new adventure for Scooby and the gang just in time for Halloween.

This is a perfect Halloween treat. Shaggy and Scooby, while trick or treating, manage to annoy The Amazing Krudsky, a magician at the Coolsville fair. A chance encounter with a fairy (Hayden Pantierre) leads Krudsky (voiced by by Wayne Knight) to actually get some real power. And at the last house on the block, Shaggy & Scooby meet Mr. Gibbles (voiced by Wallace Shawn – Inconceivable!) at his magic shop and get drawn into a magical world to save the fairy and stop Krudsky from pushing the world into an eternal state of Halloween!

The story and animation is kind of a combination of Scooby Doo meeting the wacky world of The Corpse Bride or The Nightmare Before Christmas. That weird world where monsters and skeletons party on Halloween is lots of fun, including meeting Jack-o-Lantern, the Wolfman, a few Witches, and of course the Headless Horseman.

In addition, there’s a DVD extra that teaches you a number of simple magic tricks to amaze your friends and family. These are simple tricks like the disappearing card and the levitating paper clip, but it’s still fun to learn some sleight of hand. And it’s right at the perfect age for grade schoolers interested in doing a little prestidigitation!

It’s just a fun movie where we see Scooby and Shaggy running scared from scene to scene, and we’re just tagging along for the ride. I enjoyed watching it with my girls. Definitely something to look for as a Halloween treat for Scooby-Doo-loving kids.

Be sure to check out Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King on DVD at a retailer near you!

–Fitz

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