’Straight Outta Nowhere’ is a new Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated story that combines the classic cartoon with the darker tone of Courage The Cowardly Dog. It follows the adventures of Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Fred as they try to solve the mystery of what’s happening in their hometown.
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage The Cowardly Dog is a fun, lightly spooky adventure that is perfect for the whole family.
Scooby-Doo and the gang are among the few heroes who put themselves in as many dangerous circumstances as they do. Our cute frightening kitty pooch and his family in the Mystery Machine have defeated numerous television programs and over thirty direct-to-video movies over the last fifty years. The group has seen it everything, including zombies, vampires, and Gene Simmons, and has met virtually every odd person. So, who can our frightened pal meet that will spark the audience’s interest? The Cowardly Dog, Courage, is an even more anxious nellie.
Although the conclusion of this delightfully off-kilter series of the same name has been over two decades, many who grew up with it remember his horror-tinged comic adventures. Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is a new feature-length animated film starring two famous dogs, Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Sometimes it appeared as though these two worlds were destined to meet, and our only complaint is that it took so long!
The opening sequence of the upcoming Scooby-Doo! film will be familiar to even the most casual Scooby-Doo! fan. The time has come for Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby to expose the crazy clown who has been stealing money from a local bank. In contrast to their usual state of being, Shaggy and Scooby are not on the brink of a nervous breakdown due to fear. With the assistance of a new app (“Being Afraid Is For Chickens”), the boys are attempting to eradicate fear from their life – a laudable goal that will surely be short-lived.
Scooby hears a high-frequency sound that puts him into a trance and compels him to escape to the neighboring town of Nowhere, Kansas, while his human colleagues finish the investigation. When the gang finally catches up with Scoob, they find themselves outside Courage’s home, where he has also been hypnotized. No one is prepared for what awaiting them when they come face to face with gigantic cicada creatures in Nowhere, which has always been a bit weird.
While fans of Scooby-Doo will enjoy seeing him again, the primary attraction of this film is catching up with Courage and his owners, Eustace and Muriel Bagge. The Mystery Machine team mingles with the Nowhere crew, who are more paranormally oriented. Muriel, who is laid-back but can be flighty at times, is overjoyed to have so many youngsters in their home. Scooby finds that he and Courage have a lot in common, from a love of Muriel’s fresh cookies to a dislike of being put in unusual situations.
Eustace is unique in that he can now wear masks and scare TWO dogs at the same time, as well as a horrified Shaggy. The plot is simple: everyone is trying to figure out what’s up with the cicada monsters while also being invited to meet the mayor of Nowhere (who no one has ever heard of nor remembers electing). The usual Scooby formula of increasingly odd encounters happens, as it does in every Scooby adventure, but the Nowhere setting adds a funny, frightening twist.
Straight Outta Nowhere is a wonderful blend of action and comedy. The early chase scene between the Mystery Machine and Eustace’s truck is suitably tense, and it ends with the appropriate comedic bow due to each owner’s dedication to his vehicle. Our heroes are costumed as exterminators in the highlight comedic section, which looks like something out of a classic Steve Martin comedy. Although the film is just 78 minutes long, it goes quickly, yet it seems a bit lengthy for the story they’re telling.
The picture loses pace as it approaches its end, and a late-period scene of Eustace rapping is one of the film’s few major flaws. While some, like the Scooby gang, believe the human characters are underused, everyone gets at least one chance to shine. Putting these two brands together is a lot of fun, even if it isn’t perfect.
The vocal performances are all outstanding. In the modern day, Matthew Lillard has always been our favorite Shaggy, while Frank Welker is a natural at playing Scooby-Doo and Fred. Grey Griffin shows why she is one of the best in the business as Daphne, while Kate Micucci brilliantly embraces the qualities of Velma.
After the deaths of Lionel Wilson in 2003 and Arthur Anderson in 2016, Marty Grabstein returns as the voice of Courage, while Jeff Bergman fills the role of Eustace excellently. Given Thea White’s tragic death as Muriel, this picture provides as a suitable send-off for a brilliant vocal talent. In a long time, this is one of the best original Scooby-Doo films. Fans of both properties should have much to look forward to in this installment.
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is available on DVD in 480p, which, despite the absence of an HD option, looks very well. Although this disc lacks the resolution of a Blu-Ray, it does avoid a plethora of digital anomalies, such as artifacts and digital noise. For the most part, the picture boasts a bright color palette, but owing to format limitations, it lacks a visual pop off the screen.
The disc offers very deep black depths for a sharp, mostly crush-free viewing experience. The animation style is beautiful, and line quality is consistently solid throughout the film, with just a few instances of border blurring. Although the DVD presentation is excellent, I would have like to see this on Blu-ray.
A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is included in this version, which is more than enough when it is required. The soundtrack is multi-channeled, with panning effects and demolition sounds that immerse you in the action. The low-end puts out a lot of effort, and it successfully brings the mayhem of monster attacks to life. At busier times, the conversation is always crystal clear, with no clipping.
Although there are a few hilarious occasions in which characters call from off-screen and are wonderfully depicted, this is usually confined in the middle channel. The audio track was done very well by Warner Bros. Optional subtitles in English SDH and French are included on the CD for those who desire them.
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is a very fun, lighthearted spooky adventure that unites two of the most famous dogs in animation. You may easily ignore some moments that seem stretched to justify a feature-length effort because you like spending time with these people. Warner Bros. is a studio that produces films. Home Entertainment has created a DVD with an outstanding A/V presentation (for the medium) plus a couple of classic episodes to round out the package.
We’ll make another request, this time for you to start releasing these direct-to-video efforts on Blu-Ray, as well as the full run of Courage The Cowardly Dog.
SCORE: 7 OUT OF 10
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