Review: Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery / Cert: U / Director: Brandon Vietti / Screenplay: Michael Ryan / Starring: Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, John Cena, HHH, Kane, The Miz, A.J. Lee, Vince McMahon / Release Date: Out Now
As a long-time fan of Scooby-Doo and of the wacky world of professional wrestling, my inner child was quite looking forward to seeing Scooby (Welker), Shaggy (Lillard) and the rest of the gang crossing paths with some of the larger-than-life WWE superstars of the modern day.
The basic premise here, as ever, is centred around a monster-of-the-week-type affair. When Scooby and Shaggy win tickets to head to WWE City to see Wrestlemania, it also coincides with the arrival of a ghoulish bear that seems intent of ruining the Showcase of the Immortals. It doesn’t take long before Scoob and the gang are combining their numbers with the oiled-up grapplers of World Wrestling Entertainment to solve the mystery of the legendary beast.
First things first, despite now getting on in years, I often have the mind-set of a child. Yes, it means I end up getting far too much enjoyment out of things that I should really frown upon. Scooby-Doo is one of those things. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand any of the post-Monsters Unleashed attempts at live-action Scoobert outings or the far-too-sleek animated affairs, but the bizarre matching of Scooby-Doo and the likes of John Cena and HHH piqued my interest. The story is the usual whodunit plot that has become accustomed to Scooby-Doo tales over the decades, with Scoob and Shag even getting the chance to step in to the squared-circle . Still, it’s a fun premise to throw the wrestlers into the mix, as there’s plenty of nods and winks to long-time wrestling fans, such as appearances from some legendary names of years gone by. Wrestlemania Mystery also benefits from the inclusion of Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, picking up from his role as Norville Rogers in the first two live-action Scooby-Doo movies.
Smooth animation, the usual japes and some quirky WWE-centric elements make this latest Scooby-Doo movie a fun watch for younger views or for those that are just intrigued by this slightly bizarre mixing of brands. Older viewers may struggle to indulge Wrestlemania Mystery, and it will likely be frowned upon by the more serious cineastes out there, but, for the audience that it’s aimed at, there’s far worse out there than Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery. With plenty to enjoy for young fans and some nice Easter eggs for wrestling fans, plus the relatively short 1 hour 20 minutes running time, Wrestlemania Mystery is an easy watch, if nothing else. Still, the opening theme tune is simply horrendous.
Extras: Behind the Scenes with Scooby-Doo and the WWE Gang / Wrestle Maniacs / Bonus Episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
In case this has your interest, here’s the trailer of what you can expect: