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A Scooby-Doo Christmas (2004)
** (out of 4)
Scooby and the gang are on their way to Daphne's relatives for the Christmas season when they come across a small town being haunted by a headless snowman. It turns out that this vengeful snowman is costing everyone their Christmas spirit so the gang decides to do something about it. I've gone through countless TV episodes and movies from Scooby over the past couple of years but this here has to be the most boring one I've sat through. Thankfully this thing was just a little over twenty-minutes or else things really would have been horrid. There are all sorts of problems with this thing but the biggest is that it's story just isn't all that interesting or entertaining. The entire "mystery" is pretty easy to figure out but I think a lot of kids are going to be tuning out long before the ending. Another problem is that there's just no laughs to be had as the entire film just has a sluggish feel to it. This film does feature some nice animation and I did like the snowman but there are just so many better things dealing with Scooby and Christmas that it makes this one here well worth skipping.
At least it doesn't have a laugh track! "A Scooby-Doo! Christmas" is not the perfect holiday event one might expect, but still comes out (for the most part) on top. And while you would think the Mystery, Inc. formula would grow old after awhile, this one does keep you guessing... even if it is out of force. The gang comes to a creepy ghost town without a Christmas, where the townspeople hope they'll solve the mystery of the Headless Snowman. The plot twists are predictable, even for Scooby & company, but the slapstick is memorable and I, for one, never tire of hearing Casey Kasem perform the Shaggy voice. While it doesn't quite deserve a place in the pantheon alongside "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "The Grinch," the Scooby-Doo Christmas special is, at least, much better than "Frosty the Snowman."
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