Don’t take my ascot.
The Scooby Gang helps the band KISS solve the mystery of the Crimson Witch; a ghostly figure who is plaguing guests at a KISS theme park.
Hello Scooby-Doo and Kiss, the 1970s are calling and they want their face paint back. Who woulda thunk that KISS, a band whose heyday has long since passed into rock and roll history, would be part of a kids cartoon in the 21st century. But if anything could bring two distant generations together, it would be a full-length Scooby Doo feature film.
Scooby-Doo and Kiss harkens back to those days when Scooby and the gang were a regular part of our Saturday morning cartoon diet. Sure it’s the usual ghost meets gang, gang solves mystery scenario that made this iconic cartoon survive for nearly 40 years; but I do not doubt that kids and adults alike will enjoy this 79 minute blast from the past.
In Scooby-Doo and Kiss, Daphne (Grey Griffin), a huge KISS fan, lies to the gang about a mystery they’d been hired to solve at a theme park called Kiss World. Her real mission however, is to meet her idol Starchild (Paul Stanley). However, as luck would have it, the theme park is embroiled in a mystery involving a bothersome ghost known as The Crimson Witch (Pauley Perette, NCIS), whose antics caused the park to close its doors. And since the gang’s all there, might as well help solve a mystery, right?
KISS however, isn’t really looking for help from those darned kids, because they are endowed with super hero-like powers. You see the members of KISS aren’t simple mortal beings like you and me. Oh No, these rock and rollers hail from a place called Kissteria (No joke), where everyone paints their faces and wears leather pants (Seems like an uncomfortable place to live).
There are the usual hijinks that happen in any madcap Scooby Doo adventure; Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby (Frank Welker), desperately try to avoid the ghost, but of course they run smack dab into it. Fred (Welker) is gaga over Daphne, who only has eyes for Starchild. Velma (Mindy Cohn, The Facts of Life), once again acts like a first rate know-it-all, who clashes with band member The Demon (Voiced by the legendary Gene Simmons), because she believes there is a logical explanation to the so-called haunting, that has nothing to do with ghosts (You would think by now she wouldn’t be so skeptical).
Scooby-Doo and KISS bears a strong resemblance to the cartoons of old, with that frenetic feel, and a spook factor that is more fun than scary. The usual outrageous story lines are heightened by the presence of KISS, and some scenes look like they’re right out that cheesy KISS movie from the 70s called, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Once again, Scooby and Shaggy are used as bait to catch the ghost (They should really ask for a raise), but this time around, things works out even worse than normal.
Scooby-Doo and KISS is pure mindless fun, and really why would you expect any kind of deep message from these kiddos? The voice acting is top notch, as usual, and the members of KISS do a fine job acting as themselves. Besides the golden pipes of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer voice their own characters, The Catman, and The Spaceman respectively.
Scooby-Doo and KISS lies somewhere between old school Scooby Doo and the far more clever Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated, an iteration of the series that was cancelled after only 2 seasons (still sad about it). It does try and throw a little twist near the end in an area where the old Scooby Doo would’ve wrapped things up, but the musical number by the band, and the overly complicated origins story of KISS’ home world, frankly makes the movie feel a little long.
Scooby-Doo and KISS (Blu-ray) is a 1.78:1 (1080p) presentation. The crystal clear animation takes me back to that familiar style I grew up with. The Dolby Digital audio, has a crisp sound that made even KISS’s sophomoric music sound bitchin’. Extras include two bonus cartoons, “To Switch a Witch,” and “The Diabolical Disc Demon.” Also included are two featurettes and a blooper reel. So, get a bowl of Cap n’ Crunch, and for a little while at least, return to your child hood with a few old animated friends.
If you’ve ever liked Scooby Doo at any time in your life, you should enjoy Scooby-Doo and KISS. It’s a fun and nostalgic joyride, that may not be brilliant, but what you would expect from a group of teens who never grew up.
Scooby says, “Rot Rirty.” For those of you who don’t speak dog, Not Guilty.
Scooby-Doo & Kiss (Blu-ray) 2015, Warner Brothers, 79 minutes, NR (2015)
VIDEO: 1.78:1, 1080p AUDIO: Dobly Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish)
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, EXTRAS: Cartoon Shorts, Featurettes, Blooper Reel ACCOMPLICES: IMDB