DVD Review: SCOOBY-DOO! & BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD

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.

SCOOBY-DOO! & BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD was directed by Jake Castorena from a teleplay by Paul Giacoppo, based on a story by supervising producer James TuckerMichael Jelenic is the producer. Sam Register. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers. Diedrich Bader, who voiced the Dark Knight in the fan-favorite Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated television series, reprises his role for this all-new film alongside the longtime Scooby-Doo voice cast of Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo & Fred), Grey Griffin (Daphne and Black Canary), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Kate Micucci (Velma). The guest cast includes Jeff Bennett (Joker), Jeffrey Combs (The Question), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), Nika Futterman (Catwoman), Nicholas Guest (Martian Manhunter), John Michael Higgins (The Riddler), Tom Kenny (Penguin, Plastic Man), Kevin Michael Richardson (Detective Chimp), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy) and Fred Tatasciore (Harvey Bullock).

Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). As always, you won’t know who the ultimate villain is until those “meddling kids” pull off the mask!

Batman recruits Mystery, Inc. to join the ‘Mystery Analysts of Gotham,’ another top-secret crime solving organization that also includes a few members from the Justice League. What happens is, a new villain called the Crimson Cloak shows up and this mysterious figure has some history with Batman and is linked to his one and only unsolved case. They team up for an exciting new mission to try and discover why this mysterious new menace has arrived and what he’s up to but in the process some of Batman’s old foes also arrive for a little mischief. It’s up to the ‘Mystery Analysts of Gotham’ to put a stop to this latest threat and to ultimately solve the mystery of the Crimson Cloak.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold continues the long-running teamup between these two fan favorite animated franchises and it was a fun watch. The story was interesting and these wonderful characters are always fun to follow. There’s some great cameos that include other superheroes and super villains from the DCU. The voice cast also does a great job with these characters. The animation style for this latest outing is probably my favorite style of them all because it’s the old school animation that I grew up with. Even after all these years these two franchises are still going strong and this latest reunion proves it. To go along with this all-new animated movie are two classic episodes that also feature teamups between these two franchises. This all-new teamup between Mystery Inc. and The Dark Knight arrives on DVD and Digital on January 9th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 75 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Avid Scooby-Doo fans know this isn’t the first time the Caped Crusader has partnered with Mystery Incorporated. Forty-five years ago, Batman (and Robin) were the featured guest stars in a pair of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Premiering in 1972, the renowned detectives worked to solve crimes together in the hour-long television movies entitled The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair and The Caped Crusader Caper.

  • The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair (41:38)
  • The Caped Crusader Caper (42:44)

 

 

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