So, what movie do I review to follow up on one of the greatest animated movies I have seen in the past few years? A direct-to-DVD Scooby-Doo movie that is co-produced by WWE of course! Wait, what?
Yeah, if you never heard about this or followed the production closely like I have, WWE and Warner Brothers came together and made a Scooby-Doo movie about the Mystery Inc. gang winning tickets to Wrestlemania and solving a mystery with actual WWE wrestlers like John Cena, the Miz, Kane, and the God among men himself, Sin Cara. Now, when I first heard about this last year, I got REALLY excited. Like, you have no idea how much I freaked out over this. Not because it’s Scooby-Doo, on the contrary, I HATE Scooby-Doo. It’s the same bullshit formula in almost every incarnation of the show, though I will say I did enjoy Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. I freaked out because I thought this movie would be the greatest cheese-fest in Warner Brothers history, and being a sort of cine-masochist, I was hyped for this hopeful train-wreck of a movie. That hype was increased ten fold when I saw the trailer, seeing all of the WWE stars in animated form and voicing themselves, beholding Scooby-Doo cutting a promo on the Ghost Bear, it was just glorious. And so, yesterday, I was able to get a hold of the entire movie and I sat through it in it’s entirety. Twice. How does it hold up? First, let’s summarize the plot.
When Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby (Frank Welker) win tickets to WWE’s WrestleMania XXX, the entire gang travel to WWE City. However, when a monster appears and threatens to ruin the event, Scooby and the gang enlist the help of the WWE superstars, including John Cena, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, Triple H, The Miz, Kane, Santino Marella, Sin Cara and Mr. McMahon, to help them solve the mystery.
Yeah, this movie is pretty mediocre. Aside from the usual good Warner Brother’s animation and the damn fine regular voice cast of Lillard as Shaggy, Welker as Fred and Scooby, Mindy Cohn as Velma (Confession, I have a big Velma crush), and Grey DeLisle as Daphne, this is a pretty lackluster movie. To the average Joe, however. To a wrestling fan, this is absolutely, gloriously entertaining. Even though I am on a sort of “Fuck WWE” kick right now, I couldn’t help feel like a kid again watching Scooby act like a Sin Cara mark and taking down the Ghost Bear. However, if I could put my marking out aside, there are a few problems with the movie.
First off, it’s Scooby-Doo. Now by that I mean, the cliches found in every Scooby-Doo show and movie are here in spectacularly mundane fashion; the insane amount of red herrings, the tired old “catchphrases”, the plot threads that go nowhere and are never brought back up, etc. For instance, a character you meet fairly early on will seem like he will have something to do with the climax, but no, he is never mentioned or heard from after his 3rd appearance on screen. Where did he go? Who knows?
Also, I am taking a potshot right now at Brodus Clay and AJ Lee right now for being the worst actor and actress in the movie respectively. I understand that Clay has nothing to work with, seeing as how almost all of his lines involves the word “funk” (this was made before he turned heel and dropped the Funkasaurus gimmick. Whoops.), but AJ, oh god, AJ has virtually zero motivation in here lines and she delivers them with very boring almost monotone voice. I never liked AJ as a speaker in the first place, but come on, I’ll at least give credit to here for being able to convey emotion in her promos. You know you suck when Sin Cara delivers a more lively performance than you.
Speaking of Sin Cara, and transitioning to the good stuff with this movie, can I just say that Sin Cara is the greatest thing about this movie? He doesn’t speak but instead uses interpretative dance which is translated by Cena, he comes out of nowhere most times to pull something out of his ass, and just has a very energetic yet regal personality. Why can’t our Sin Cara be as awesome as this Sin Cara?
Above all, the thing that made this movie one of the funnest experiences I had with a bad movie in a while was the easy riff factor. If you were to sit down with some buddies who love wrestling just as much as you do, as well as MST3K, this movie would make for a hilarious night of quips, in-jokes, and just plain ironic fun. It’s almost like this movie was tailor made to be riffed at some points.
I don’t want to give too much more away as I want to re-review this later down the road with a more in-depth style like my “Canterlot Wedding” reviews, but to cut to the chase, this movie is so much fun. If you are an average Joe, you would probably want to stay away, because yeah, it really is a lackluster effort, and objectively, I’d give it 2 out of 5 stars. If you are a Scooby-Doo fan, I don’t know how you would react, but I must HIGHLY recommend this movie to anyone who calls themselves a wrestling fan. It’s great, silly, hilariously inept, and just good, old-fashion fun. Rent it or out right buy it and check it out for yourself.