Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Season 1, Volume 1 DVD review (and giveaway! 3 winners!)

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Season 1, Volume 1
Format:  DVD
Release Date: January 25, 2011
4 cartoons
Run time:  92 minutes

Scooby and the gang are back!  This all-new Scooby-Doo! cartoon series has appeal to young kids and those of us who remember the older cartoons.  Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby are still in high school in Crystal Cove (reportedly the most haunted place on Earth).

Their parents don't like them snooping around and solving mysteries, but they do it anyway in their styling Mystery Machine.  Watch the gang as they take on their greatest mystery yet as they are challenged to discover the secret behind the curse of Crystal Cove.  How does the mysterious locket tie in?  Are any of the ghosts real?  Start solving the mystery along with the gang in these new episodes.

What we adults thought of Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. Season 1, Volume 1

At first, I was a little weirded out.  There was definitely something for us adults in these cartoons, especially those of us who remember the squeaky clean teens from our wonder years.  Throughout the four cartoons in Season 1, Volume 1, Daphne pines after Fred and Velma after Shaggy.  I think it was Velma's amorous streak that left me awestruck.  In the original series, they were all best buds (though inevitably, Fred would pair off with Daphne and Velma got stuck with the two scaredy cats when it came to splitting up to find clues).  I'm not sure I liked all of the romantic overtones, but I don't even think my kids noticed much.  As for adult humor, one really funny part in one of the episodes unmasked the villain who wanted to steal money from a bank.  I don't want to spoil it, but that scene was classic!

A new, updated look for Velma (note the bows!)
What the kiddos thought of this version of Scooby and the gang: 

Early on in the first episode, a locket is found.  Throughout the four episodes, we edged closer to finding out more about the locket's meaning and how it might tie into the mystery.  My 9 year old told me after the last episode ended that she wanted more!  She wanted me to get Volume 2 so keep finding out about the mystery surrounding the locket.  I liked that the storyline was continued in each episode since it made it feel more like a story and less like a bunch of unrelated episodes where the only thing that tied them all together was the cast of characters.  My 6 year old liked it too and sat relatively quietly next to his sister for the whole 92 minutes.
Final Verdict:   

This DVD got my hubby interested enough to do a websearch for more information on this new series.  He was paying attention too and wouldn't mind watching more episodes himself.  There was just enough nostalgia and adult humor for us, while still maintaining the storyline and mystery (and monsters!) for the kids. Though, admittedly, we older kids found the girls' attempts at romancing the boys a bit distracting.

Own it on DVD!  If you are interested in watching Scooby-Doo Mystery, Inc. Season 1, Volume 1, you can buy this same DVD at the WB Shop

Win a copy!  Three of my lucky readers will each win a copy of Scooby-Doo Mystery, Inc. Season 1, Volume 1  Three winners!  

Here's what you need to do to enter.  Please note:  you must complete the mandatory entry or other entries will not count.  This giveaway is open until March 19, 2011 at 11:59 PM.  Winners will be drawn on or about March 20, 2011.  You must leave your email (or let me know it is available in your Blogger profile) in the mandatory entry.  You must be 18 or older and live in the US to enter.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my request for information and if they do not respond within that time frame, I will have to choose a different winner.  So please make sure you are watching your spam folders.  You can only win one copy; there will be 3 separate winners. Winners will be drawn via Random.org.

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Disclosure:  I was provided with a free copy of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Season 1, Volume 1 via WB's PR firm.  The DVD was provided at no cost to me for the purposes of this review and this review is uncompensated.  The prize packs (3) will be shipped to winners via sponsor.  My thanks to WB for allowing me this review opportunity and also for generously providing prizes for three winners. 

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