Of all the franchises that continue to put out new content, Scooby-Doo is still releasing gems, and they largely seem to float just under the radar. The general scheme remains the same, but the gang finds a way to keep things fresh, even after an unimaginable number of stories already available.
With the new, original movie, Camp Scare, the gang returns to Camp Little Moose, where Freddy hopes to relive the joys of youth, and impart his camp-specific wisdom to a new generation. Naturally, the camp staple ghost stories are coming to life, and our favorite mystery crew have to figure out what’s behind the effort to scare people away from the rundown camp.
Our adventure here has a lot of twists, from the camp story necessity – the bigger, badder competing camp with lots of money and gorgeous counselors, to the relationship triangle brewing around Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma.
You might well expect that the Mystery Inc. team would find themselves falling flat by now, but the last three movies to come out of the franchise have been solid indeed, mixing the elements that simply can’t be abandoned with lots of entertaining updates. Camp Scare delivers the combination of the team, the mystery, and the backdrop du jour, with an eye toward honoring the history of the franchise that is surprising in today’s market.
The only negative from the release is that fans may have by now grown accustomed to a bit more in the special feature department. For this installment, the only real sell is the bonus episode from Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc., “Beware the Beast From Below.” The only other bonus is Scooby-Doo! Camp Stories, which gives you footage of a guy telling scary stories, that really isn’t worth much at all, though I suppose the kids may enjoy it somewhat.
Overall, as with all the Scooby-Doo titles I’ve seen, this one is a great purchase, and a title that will be watched repeatedly.
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Welcome to Camp Little Moose – where the counselors are friendly, the activities are endless and the urban legends are intense. In fact, every time someone tells a ghost story, the creepy creature comes to life! But the Mystery Inc. gang doesn’t spook that easily so gather ’round the campfire to roast some bad guys. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Freddy, Daphne and Velma fish for clues to solve the mysteries of The Woodsman, The Fishman and The Banshee of Black Canyon. And of course, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are hot on The Case of What’s for Dinner! Scare up summertime fun with the Mystery Inc. gang in this hilarious, feature-length movie that gives new meaning to camp spirit!