Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage The Cowardly Dog
review by Bobby Blakey
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For years Scooby-Doo and the gang have been not only mainstay of kids cartoon watching, but they continue to do crazy mash ups with the characters. This is obviously not new to the franchise as they ran an entire series with the theme in the 1972 series The New Scooby-Doo Movies. The latest brings an unlikely canine into the mix with Courage The Cowardly Dog. Could this latest mash-up deliver the scares and laughs or will it be too much of a coward to deliver?
Straight Outta of Nowhere follows Scooby-Doo, your favorite mystery-solving mutt, who teams up for the first time with Courage the Cowardly Dog. The canine colleagues sniff out a strange object in the middle of Nowhere, Kansas, the backwoods hometown of Courage and his owners, Eustace and Muriel Bagge. Soon, the mysterious discovery puts them on the trail of a giant cicada monster and her wacky winged warriors. Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy know that this job is too big for a flyswatter. They’ll need the help of the doggy duo to piece together the puzzle. Can Scooby and Courage overcome their jitters and defeat the insect army before the whole world bugs out? Try not to get scared. We double-dog dare you!
I love Courage and never a big fan of Scooby-Doo, but as of late been having a good time with a lot of these films that Warner Bros has been putting out. I was excited to see Courage getting some love but worried if the two art style and worlds would work well together. I was delighted to how much it not only worked, but it’s a ton of fun. The two worlds collide and it felt like they kept the integrity of designs to both of the properties intact somehow and still managed to work to perfection.
The story sticks to the usual Scooby-Doo format while infusing the crazy creature/alien world of things Courage deals with. This is the perfect match although I was hoping it would ditch the usual Scooby-Doo ending to go with something more wacky from Courage, but it stuck to the norm for these films. It isn’t an issue as fans of all things Scooby-Doo will have a great time, but just one of those things that already annoyed me about the series.
In the end once again I had a great time with this and guess going to have to stop saying I am not a Scooby-Doo fan as long as he is mashed up with another property to give ti that creative boost. This is probably one of my favorites and I hope this is the start of getting to see more of Courage in one way or another.
This release not only offers up the film, but also three bonus Scooby-Doo cartoons. Grab your copy of Straight Outta Nowhere: Scoby-Doo! Meets Courage The Cowardly Dog available now on digital and DVD from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.