Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase

Starring: Joe Alaskey (Voice), Bob Bergen (Voice)
2 (Europe, Middle East & Japan only)
Format: PAL, Animated

Special Features: Scott Innes Scooby and Shaggy Love to Eat music video, "Making of" featurette, Virtual Detective



If it's a paper thin premise spread over an impossibly long running time, then it must be either Lord of the Rings . . . or yoinks! . . . a made-for-TV full-length Scooby-Doo motion picture.

Of course I use ?full-length? in only the loosest of terms. Here it means a whole 70 minutes - well under the standard 90 minutes or so of most feature films. The plot steals straight from Tron: the Scooby gang checks up on old friend who have used them and their adventures as a template for a virtual reality computer game. However, someone has somehow managed to bring a ?computer virus? into the real world and the gang decides to investigate.

Soon, they are sucked into this virtual reality world themselves and they have to survive the game's various levels by tracking down a box of snacks in each one. In the process they get chased around a lot (so what else is new?) by dinosaurs, skeleton gladiators, monsters, etc. Finally there is some post-modern fun as they get to meet their game counterparts - whom are exactly the same as they looked like in the original 1970s TV show.

THE DISC: The extra material is pretty much the same as in Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders: a brief ?making of? feature looking at the voice talents involved and a music video. Oh, and a ?Virtual Detective? game that might keep the kids occupied for a few minutes or so.

By the way, the animation is better than most Saturday morning toons and the image transfer looks stunning.

WORTH IT? Aimed at kids between three and 12, caution should however be exercised. To be honest I think some bits may be too scary for very small children and even though I bought it for my toddler daughter I won't be popping it into the DVD player until she's a bit older.

Can you watch it with your kids? About once I'd think . . .

RECOMMENDATION: Watch it beforehand before deciding whether it's suitable for your very small children.



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