The next Scooby-Doo movie I watched, was another one of the iconic films, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, released in 2001.
In all honesty I can understand the love this one receives, as it’s full of nostalgia, from classic monsters, to even the Scooby gang meeting computer game versions of themselves, that are in the original designs of the original series, which also makes for good comparisons, in seeing how the characters have actually changed from their earlier designs.
There’s also a pretty unique and iconic looking new monster, that is actually not a person in a mask, the Phantom Virus.
The film follows Scooby and the gang, as they get trapped in a video game created for them, and they must fight against the ‘Phantom Virus’. To escape the game they must go level by level and defeat the game once and for all.
The movie stars the voice talents of; Scott Innes as Scooby-Doo, Cyber Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and Cyber Shaggy, Frank Welker as Fred and Cyber Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne and Cyber Daphne, B. J. Ward as Velma and Cyber Velma, and Gary Anthony Sturgis as Phantom Virus.
It also stars the following; Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, Tom Kane, Mikey Kelley, Michael Brandon, George Buza, Dan Hennessey, Rob Paulsen, Glenn Shadix, among many others.
It was written by Mark Turosz and directed by Jim Stenstrum.
Jim Stenstrum has also directed the following Scooby-Doo movies; Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invasion.
I watched the movie via DVD, as I have with all of the previous films so far. It contains pretty poor extras, which seems to be the major flaw with all of the iconic films in the franchise. The extras are; a behind the scenes featurette called The Making of Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, the Scott Innes music video Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Love To Eat, a teaser trailer, and a virtual detective feature, showing you the comparisons between the original Scooby gang and the current designs. This is the third time I have come across the song Scooby and Shaggy Love To Eat, and it’s a pretty naff song. The picture and sound quality was great for a DVD.
I fully understand one of the main criticisms of the film, that some of the levels only appear in a musical montage, I too would have preferred it if we got to see them all properly, but it doesn’t defer from the film’s entertainment factor.
As with most of the films in this franchise so far, the animation has been lovely, and other than the three 80s films with Scrappy-Doo, that has been the films constant positive, that the animation has been gorgeous.
The movie is a fast paced, fun ride, that I am sure most fans will love. It contains nothing unsuitable for children. 4 1/2 out of 5.