Read on for 9 Scooby Doo clips. Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get a Clue is the latest DVD take on the classic Hannah Barbara cartoon series featuring a goofy guy (Shaggy) and his talking goofy dog (Scooby Doo). This time around, there are no meddling kids (the rest of the gang), but instead there is a talking robot butler, and a computerized/automatic house. This variation is never explained, and for fans of the old series makes the continuation unclear. This Scooby Doo DVD is a 4-episode compilation that includes: Smart House, Lightning Strikes Twice, Don't Feed the Animals, and Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers.
The Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get A Clue DVD features one bad guy for all four episodes, and there is not a lot of mystery solving until the last instalment. One of the things that so attracted me to the original Scooby Doo series is that the kids involved had to use their brains to solve a mystery, and it turned out to be some kind of criminal dressed up in a goofy costume.
This time around there is little thinking and too much emphasis on the goofy costumes. Dr. Phineas Phibes is the recurring bad guy, and he has an irrational hate for Scooby Doo and Shaggy. The two title characters then spend their time trying to avoid the wrath of Phibes, and don't use their heads too much.
The only saving grace is the fourth episode on this Scooby Doo DVD, where there is reference to other "chapters" in the Scooby timeline, and Shaggy actually talks about Velma. Shaggy and Scooby actually solve a mystery, but again Phibes is the culprit behind all the high jinks.
I wasn't really keen on this take of the Scooby franchise. My older kids (7 & 9) liked it, but haven't asked to "watch it again", and my younger kids (3 & 6) were too young to follow along.
The hard driving music of the theme song is enough to send the mother of four running for the remote to turn down the sound...not a good sign. All in all I would give this a lukewarm review.