Thursday, February 09, 2012

Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Crystal Cove Curse review

Title:  Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Crystal Cove Curse

Released: 1/24/2012

Studio:  Warner Bros.

14 episodes (311 minutes - about 22 min per episode)

Own it on DVD:  Available now at 

Scooby and the gang are back with more adventures in Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Crystal Cove Curse.  They're still hanging around "the hauntedest place on Earth", a/k/a Crystal Cove, their hometown.  Monsters and mysteries abound, while the characters deal with real teen issues like budding romances and deceptive parents.  Freddy has an identity crisis, Daphne is pining for Freddy, Shaggy wants Velma back, but she's still upset that he chose the dog over her. 

If I had to label this series with a descriptive phrase, I'd say it was a mix of 90210 and a soap opera.  From watching the episodes in succession, I can tell that a lot of thought went into a continuing plot.  I actually like that since it tells a whole story.  Since this series is set while the Mystery Machiners are still in high school, you can expect the gang to deal with teen issues, along with seeing how the characters develop.  For instance, Freddy is obsessed with building the best traps, though right now, they may not work out how he planned. 

There's nuggets of adult humor tossed in.  Not just contemporary humor (a poke at Facebook applications), but also some humor tied in with the old series that we watched as kids.  In addition, I could pick out the undercurrents of social commentary in there, particularly in the episode with the monsters.  Social commentary is threaded throughout.  I enjoyed watching the gang take on the bad guys with updated technology too, something that will appeal to young kids who get references to blogs, for instance. Moms and Dads and kids alike will enjoy Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Crystal Cove Curse.  Take a peek at this video to check it out. 

Disclosure:  Warner Bros. provided me with a complimentary DVD for review purposes only.  The written opinion in this review is my own or related to my family's experience.  I was not compensated to write this review, nor asked to review it favorably.  I was provided with images and product information to help assist with writing this review.
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