*Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own*
My son is a Scooby fan and a zombie fan, so last night we popped a big bowl of popcorn, grabbed a fuzzy blankie and snuggled up on the couch to watch the newest Scooby-Doo! movie from Warner Bros. Animation- Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. The movie is available now on digital and coming on DVD ($19.98 SRP) October 1, 2019.
The movie is a follow-up to the 1998 classic, best-selling Scooby-Doo! film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Billed as a “classic Scooby-Doo! with a contemporary look and feel,” it definitely reminded me of the Scooby cartoons I used to watch every day after school. It also had parts that reminded me of the live-action movie where they go to the haunted island, possibly because my son has made me watch that at least 25 times.
At the movie start, the gang has given up solving mysteries. Then somehow, through Elvira they win an all-expense paid trip to a tropical island resort. Nothing suspicious about that! They pack their bags and head out for rest and relaxation and promise to not try and solve any mysteries.
But strange things start to happen as soon as they arrive! Their island welcome is comically foreboding. Everything seems a little too familiar like they’ve been there before. And then there’s the cat people…or as my son pointed out, “MOM that’s a monster NOT a zombie. Where are the zombies? Are you sure there are zombies in this?”
I assure you, the zombies did eventually show up, along with a little background story that tried to explain the connection between the cat people, the gang’s last visit and the zombies. I got totally lost and was just happy there were finally some zombies on Zombie Island before my son lost interest.
Once one thing after another starts to get weird, and Spoiler Alert! The gang starts to try and solve the mystery. And that’s when there’s a bit of a twist, which I won’t mention because you have to watch the movie to find out.
And there’s a funny little running joke through the movie about Velma’s blog: The Big Blog of Mysteries, or as Shaggy puts it, “We have a blog?” LMAO … I feel ya Velma.
Overall it’s a good choice for a fan of classic Scooby movies and new fans as well. It’s super cheesy, but you should expect that. Just don’t expect to entirely follow the plot line and take it for what it is- an update on an old favorite.