Aged 7 onwards my kids (boy and girl) loved this feature length 'new' Scooby Doo cartoon, first released in 2001. The film was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, although it carries the Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Inc. copyright and logo, as Warner Bros. had just absorbed Hanna-Barbera after the passing of founder and creator William Hanna. This is the fourth and final 'new' Scooby Doo direct-to-video film to be animated overseas by the Japanese animation studio Mook Animation, and this movie along with Aloha Scooby Doo! (U) were the first Scooby-Doo movies to be re-released on Blu-ray in 2011. Following in the footsteps of TRON, the Mystery Inc. fab four and Scooby are accidently transported into a video game by an experimental cyberspace laser. In the game they meet their virtual twins, and they join forces to battle for their lives against the mysterious Phantom Virus. The pace is fast and furious and each game level jumps in location and time period.
I've enjoyed watching this movie many times over the years with the kids, and my daughter, now aged 19 is still a dedicated Scooby fan, so I bought this cheap DVD to replace her old live TV recorded versions. As well as TRON, this movie is also very similar in concept to the later 'Spy Kids 3D - Game Over' film (2003), and for preteen kids enjoyment this Scooby movie seems to be at least it's equal. The DVD has English 5.1 audio and English HoH subtitles, and aspect ration is standard 1.33 (not widescreen). Run time is 70 minutes, with a rating of U (although it's more suited to those 6+). There's no DVD extras on our DVD from 2013, although it appears later DVDs have a 'making of Cyberchase Featurette' and the Shaggy/Scooby 'Love to eat' video (as well as subtitles). Also check out others in this Mook Animation series
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (PG)
Scooby-Doo And The Witch's Ghost (PG)
(both quite scary for those under 8, and they deserve their PG age 7+ rating), and the excellent '
Scooby-Doo & The Alien Invaders (U)
' - unusually for Scooby Doo cartoons these films all contain 'real' monsters (not adults dressed up). Great value feature length Scooby cartoons at under a fiver each, so 5*.
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