Velma says that according to "Old Newport Cove by Henry Metcalf", the Rocky Harbor Inn has been vacant since 1780. In the pre-title sequence the Inn has a British Union Flag (adopted in 1801) and French Tricolour (adopted in 1794) outside. See more »
So, Warner Bros. has had Scooby-Doo team up with the likes of Kiss and the WWE. Now, comes the oddest team-up yet: celebrity TV chefs. Yeah, it makes sense in that Scooby and Shaggy love food, but I'm doubting that most kids will know the names of Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis.
The film is a bit of a mixed bag. And maybe I'm being a little generous in the rating, but ultimately Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost entertained more than it didn't.
At times, the exposition can be rather slow. A lot of the quirky moments with the supporting cast don't land. Flay and Laurentiis aren't the best voice actors. Also, Scooby and Shaggy's quest for food comes across as a little selfish.
However, the movie is also often pretty funny and clever. Though the celebrity chefs don't have the greatest delivery, they don't sabotage their jokes and have some pretty good ones. Most of the flaws are in the first two acts. The third act really flows since all the backstory and characters have been set up. Also, the actual mystery itself is decent.
Like most of the recent made-for-video Scooby movies, the animation looks really nice, especially considering it's not big budget, with it's bright colors and clean, thick line work. The opening credits aren't half bad either, showing the passage of time of a colonial house as it passes through the years.
Yeah, this isn't the strongest Scooby movie. There are others you can get for your kids first. But if you're a big Scooby fan in general, then this film will probably still be worth your time.
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