I love Scooby-Doo. Yes, I know – I’m 38. I need to grow up, right? Well, too bad. Scooby-Doo is like a religious tradition in our house. Every Monday night we watch the new Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated show on Cartoon Network as a family. So whenever I see that a new Scooby-Doo movie is coming out, I immediately get excited. Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare continues the tradition of a new straight-to-DVD adventure being released about once to twice a year. All our favorite characters are here still – Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and of course Scooby-Doo. You know who’s NOT in the movie? Scrappy-Doo. Thankfully, they still haven’t found it necessary to add that little annoying mutt to the films.
Camp Scare takes place at “Camp Little Moose–where the counselors are friendly, the activities are endless and the urban legends are intense. In fact, every time someone tells a ghost story, the creepy creature comes to life! But the Mystery Inc. gang doesn’t spook that easily so they gather ’round the campfire to roast some bad guys. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Freddy, Daphne and Velma fish for clues to solve the mysteries of The Woodsman, The Fishman and The Banshee of Black Canyon. And of course, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are hot on The Case of What’s for Dinner!”
The story is very fast-paced with a lot of action and thrills for the kiddos. The use of three different urban legends and monsters also gives the plot a lot of variety and keeps you guessing what’s going on the whole time. A couple of the monsters are obviously homages to other classic movie creatures. The Woodsman is a tame take on the killers from Friday the 13th, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and other slasher films. The Fishman definitely resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon and has scenes where he does things that conjure images of the Jaws movies. When they walk past an abandoned camp counselor’s cabin, they even show a calendar hanging on the wall that has the date of the 13th in red being the last day left displayed on it. Obviously, it’s meant to be another homage to Friday the 13th. Some of the music was even reminiscent of Psycho.
All the voice actors are back for their regular roles. You’ve got Matthew Lillard (who played the live-action version in Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) doing Shaggy, as he has been for the last couple of animated movies and the new TV show. Frank Welker is back as Scooby-Doo and Fred. Mindy Cohn does the voice of Velma again. Grey Delisle also returns to the role of Daphne.
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare is a great addition to the Scooby-Doo collection and series that has been going strong since it’s creation by Hanna-Barbera in 1969. Of course they try to update it a bit to keep it current but the mystery, adventure, and characters remain timeless. The film is very entertaining and a lot of fun for the whole family.
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare has been released in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack that features 3 discs. It’s also released in a single disc version that includes a couple special features. You get a bonus episode from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated entitled “Beware the Beast from Below.” There’s also “Scooby-Doo Camp Stories,” where you get to help solve spooky mysteries.
Technical specifications include Color, DVD, NTSC, and it’s Region 1. The language is English. The aspect ratio for the movie is 1.33:1, so it is in a “matted” widescreen format.