Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf

Starring: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy & Scrappy Doo
Warner Home Video
RRP 12.99
Certificate: U
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The mystery begins when the evil Count Dracula transforms Shaggy into a fuzz-faced werewolf - Zoinks! There's only one way he'll change him back and that means Scooby-Doo and his best friend winning a creepy cross-country race against a hot-rodding horde of sinister celebrity monsters. Scooby-Doo flees at the first sign of danger but with the promise of Scooby Snacks, the cowardly canine joins the action. The question is, will he be able to save the day this time?...

Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is a horror version of Wacky Races with Dracula taking the role of Dick Dastardly and his henchmen taking on the Mutley role. And the racers all have creepy cars - there is a mummy, a giant fly, skeleton, Jekyll and Hyde and a pair of witches.

The major downside here is that Scrappy-Doo appears, but thankfully he's only in it briefly. Oh and another low point is the weak sense of humour. An example: Dracula says: "I just want to fang you for your visit." Or how about Shaggy: "Dracula, what a mean guy. Something was always eating him." You see what level we are stooping to here.

Things that will make you laugh (if you have a childish sense of humour like me) are the fact that the producer is called Berny Wolf. And you might even laugh when Shaggy's new female companion says: "Goodnight shag." Although she isn't posing a question.

This video comes with an additional video that includes a behind the scenes, making of Scooby-Doo The Movie featurette.

OK, so we are not talking about the height of comedy, but you know where you are with Scooby-Doo. This will only really appeal to kids under the age of 12. Anyone else will get bored very quickly.

Nick Smithson

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