It’s time for Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! Every year without fail as of late we are gifted with Scooby-Doo perfection. This year is a “controversial” one according to the media. I do not agree in the slightest but I do have my gripes with this one. But as the true Scoob connoisseur that I am, does it still hold up after all these movies? Let’s see if the darn kids’ formula still holds up in 2022!
What if the mystery gang finally did it? They won the bad guy lottery and caught the mastermind behind it all. Literally achieving what any superhero movie could possibly dream of. Well, as a breath of fresh air they actually manage. No more baddies, no more danger, no more mysteries! Well, there are still mysteries such as the lost sock, the lost car in the parking lot, and finding the will to live. Fred goes into depresso mode until finally, a new baddie enters the scene. There you have the essential deep-ended storyline of Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! A classical Scooby adventure with a “twist”, turns out Velma is thirsting for a GIRL?!?!?!
This is the controversy, Velma likes girls. I don’t see any reason to be upset by this. But oh boy did the media want us to be up in arms. It is not explicitly said that she is a lesbian in the movie so all Shaggy/Velma fanfic nerds can still breathe. This just gives people more room to work with! The only thing that I found kind of sigh-worthy was the portrayal of said thirst. It was a bit too much in your face and over the top for my taste. Previous movies have done a much better love interest job with hilarious results. This one just felt kind of forced.
As with all Scooby movies this one reeks of quality. The animation is top-notch, the actors are on point, and the humor manages to be both self-aware and witty. Music is orchestral and continues to impress. The pacing and general story albeit a bit old-school by now still work. It is amazing to see a formula decades old still hold up today. If you want a good tradition to do with your kids, watch the yearly Scooby movie. It has yet to disappoint me at least!