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Blu-ray Review: Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

DVD Release Date: August 9, 2016

After the positive response to the first two co-productions between WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Animation, it’s only natural that the partnership would continue. WWE Superstars have joined the animated worlds of “Scooby-Doo!” and “The Flintstones,” and their latest offering puts them back in the middle of the Mystery Inc. crew as a direct sequel to 2014’s “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery.”

This time around the WWE Superstars aren’t competing at WrestleMania, but in a series of drag races called Muscle Moto X, just because. And with all the things Mr. McMahon has tried in the past is it really that big of a leap to make? The superstars are grouped together into various race cars, including Undertaker & Dusty Rhodes (R.I.P.), Los Matadores & El Torito, Rusev & Lana, The Miz & Paige, Sheamus & the Rhodes Brothers, and Triple H & Stephanie McMahon. Also joining the voice cast as part of the broadcast team are Michael Cole to call the action, and Kofi Kingston as an on-the-scene reporter.

I think it’s fair to assume that any adult watching this movie will be familiar with Scooby-Doo and certain gimmicks that appear in all of their movies and episodes. A monster reveals itself early on in the film, messes with the races, and the gang has to solve the mystery. Along the way certain characters seem like likely suspects, they turn out not to be the culprit, lather rinse repeat. No adult watches Scooby-Doo movies for the surprise factor, that I can be certain of.

While my four-year-old daughter enjoys everything Scooby-Doo, I take particular enjoyment in “WrestleMania Mystery” and “Curse of the Speed Demon” to hear the wrestlers I’m accustomed to watching in the cartoon-like world of WWE enter into a literal cartoon. The chairman himself, Mr. McMahon is always a highlight, as he seems more than happy to commit to gags and show the less serious side of himself. While it’s odd that John Cena is not present, his absence is more than made up for by the sheer number of superstars, notably the late great hall of famer Dusty Rhodes and his two sons, Goldust and Stardust.

“Curse of the Speed Demon” is just a step below “WrestleMania Mystery” because it literally takes the wrestlers out of their element, but it’s a fun little movie, especially if you have kids that are into the antics of the Mystery Inc. team.

Rating: ***

Three actual special features are presented on this Blu-ray. First up is an episode of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, ‘Mystery 101,” followed by a classic Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode “The Secret of the Ghost Rig.” Third is “REVVED UP with the Monster Jam Scooby-Doo Truck,” a nine-minute feature on a monster truck that looks like Scooby-Doo.

Trailers before the main menu include the DVDs for “Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!” and “Wabbit,” as well as the upcoming “The Lego Batman Movie.” On the bonus feature menu we get “LEGO Scooby-Doo,” “Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz” (a favorite in my house), and “LEGO Friends.”

This package comes with a Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy. Languages and subtitles available are English and French.

Hanna-Barbera, WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Animation present Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon . Story by Matt Wayne; Teleplay by Ernie Altbacker; Based on Characters Created by Hanna-Barbera. Directed by Tim Divar. Starring The Voice Talents Of Frank Welker, Grey Delisle Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kate Micuccil; with Michael Cole, Diego, El Torito, Fernando, Goldust, Kofi Kingston, Lana, Stephanie McMahon, The Miz, Paige, Dusty Rhodes, Rusev, Sheamus, Stardust, Triple H, Undertaker, and Mr. McMahon. Run Time: 80 minutes. Not Rated. Released: August 9, 2016.

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