Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon review by Bobby Blakey
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 the Scooby gang and the world of wrestling together once again with Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon original movie, but does it offer up all the fun fans expect or will it get counted out before it can deliver its signature move?
Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon follows Scooby and Mystery Inc. who visit an off-road racing competition, but it's not long before strange events start to occur. A mysterious phantom racer, known only as Inferno, is causing chaos and determined to sabotage the race. It's up Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and their new driving partner, The Undertaker, to save the race and solve the mystery. The usual gang returns to voice Mystery Inc. along with number of WWE superstars including Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffen, Kate Micucci, Frank Welker, The Undertaker, Paige, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Sheamus, The Miz, Dusty Rhodes, Golddust, Stardust, and more. The premise here is kind of dumb, but for that same reason it works to create a lot of fun. The set-up is simple and having the WWE trying to once again expand into something outside of wrestling is not uncommon so easy to into especially in a cartoon environment. There is some fun car racing action here that utilizes the personalities of the WWE superstars and adding some fun that is reminiscent of the old Wacky Races cartoons. All the usual Scooby-Doo and gang antics are in place here as they work to solve the mystery, but with the WWE involved it infuses a lot more action than most of their cases.
Scooby and the gang almost play second fiddle here with the WWE superstars taking center stage. They offer up some fun moments using their entrance music and signature moves that will no doubt please fans of wrestling most notably the final moments of the race. In addition to the film this release includes 2 bonus cartoons and a featurette taking fans further behind the race and wrestling mystery. Join the race to solve the mystery when Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon hits Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 9th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.