Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery
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Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery (Blu-ray)
When a ghoul begins to terrorize an amusement park, the Mystery Inc. gang come head to head with the legendary rock group, KISS, who claim they're also there to solve the mystery. Now the two groups must learn to work together as the clues lead them on a cosmic journey to another dimension.]]>
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This is a definite good time as evidenced by how much laughter or "oh, look at thaaaaaaat" type comments were uttered. If you've got a KISS and/or Scooby fan, this is particularly enjoyable.
It is all the normal scooby doo fair, but then halfway through it goes off the rails into surreal land reminding me of trippy cartoons like Heavy Metal (except this being kid friendly). The music is way over the top awesome, and the kiss characters aren't the placeholder characters typical in the movies. Actually I think they upstaged the scooby doo gang.
Yep, this is a knock your socks off movie if you are a kid, or if you are a total stoner (yeah, it crosses both markets nicely ;)
After the goofiness of the WWE films, it's nice to see a crossover that's worth its weight on gold...or maybe patent leather boots. I'll admit...when I first heard about this movie I thought it would be goofy and pointless. I mean come on. Scooby-Doo and the gang teaming up with glam/metal band KISS? This sounds as cash-hungry as you can get. But after watching it? Wow! I was totally proven wrong!
So let me get this out of the way. The story is pretty generic and the mystery isn't that good. But that's not the point of the movie. What makes it great is the characters. In a way, it's as close to the original series as you can get, a mixture of the New Scooby-Doo Movies and 90s-era Zombie Island films where the monsters are real.
The comedy in the film is top-notch, some of the best to come out of a Scooby-Doo movie and Warner Bros. Animation in general. It almost feels like a longer episode of Freakazoid and Animaniacs (Please do a KISS crossover with these guys! Please, Warner Bros!). Deadpan delivery, vicious sarcasm, and overly violent slapstick make this movie well worth watching.
Another great factor is the chemistry between the characters, which has always made Scooby-Doo such a great series. Still, the filmmakers took liberties to make them relatable and pretty mean-spirited at times, which was refreshing for me. Fred has been turned into a conservative jerkface who gets some really snarky lines here and there. Daphne is an overbearing girl-child who is constantly flirting with Starchild. Velma is a know-it-all snob who is always delivering snappy comebacks like a boss. Shaggy and Scooby FINALLY aren't cowardly and don't obsess over food. Yeah, I know I'm nitpicking, but I love how the updated Shaggy and Scooby are brave and charming, just like the versions in the 70s.
Now let's get to KISS themselves. Are they represented well? Short answer: you bet. Seeing this film makes me wish KISS gets their own TV series or movie series, maybe in the DC Comics Universe. The band performs well, and I love how their newer music from Sonic Boom is used, rather than updated versions of 70s and 80s recordings. The Demon, Starchild, Catman, and Spaceman are sarcastic, grumpy, pompous, and fun-loving guys pictured as brotherly frat boys dressed in glitter and leather. And I'll give kudos to Paul Stanley for giving a SUPER funny performance. He really does steal the spotlight in this.
And the best and most important part? This film appeals to everyone. It's for KISS fans. It's for Scooby fans. It's for people who love both. It's for comic book fans. There's something in it for everybody.
Overall, it might not have the strongest story or greatest mystery, but this film is a pleasant, must-see surprise for anyone who loves KISS and Scooby-Doo.