What’s New Scooby Doo?: Space Ape at the Cape

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The classic Scooby Doo series delighted audiences to no end, with mysteries, humor, and offbeat entertainment. But as popular as the show was and even still is, it had to come to an end and Scooby’s days of detection were over. In 2002 however, the demand for Scooby’s return was so great, a new series debuted to showcase his talents. Now we have What’s New Scooby Doo?, which revives the wild adventures. The original five characters are back, but this time they’re armed with computers, special tracking devices, and all the latest in ghost hunting and investigation tools that technology can provide. The shoes are massive for this series to fill, but could it live up to the original’s high level of excellence? This disc from Warner offers four episodes, as opposed to what fans want, which is of course, releases of entire seasons. But if you’re an addict to this new series, this disc is worth a look.

1. There’s No Creature Like Snow Creature- A snowboarding competition is underway and it looks to be an awesome event, but then things begin to unravel. Some of the entrants find themselves snowjobbed and unable to compete. Of course, this upsets the fans, the racers, and the people behind the show, so Scooby and his buds are called in. But when a snow monster is suspected, will the gang be able to reveal the truth?

2. Space Ape at the Cape- A rocket launch is about to be executed, but kinks in the plans have the operation grounded. This is an important event, but someone, or something seems determined to make sure it never gets off the ground. So Scooby and his friends come in to investigate and discover an alien is behind the scheme. But this is no normal outer space fiend, its a primate outer space fiend and a mean one to boot. Is the space ape the real cause for all the trouble, or will Scooby and the gang uncover another source?

3. 3-D Struction- The gang takes a road trip to Costa Rica, where a routine movie screening turned into total chaos. An audience was settled in to enjoy a special 3-D presentation, but they weren’t prepared for how up close & personal things would become. A ferocious Gigantosaurus was stomping across the screen, then it somehow stormed right off the screen and into the theater in a strange turn of events. Can Scooby and his pals figure out the mystery behind the dinosaur’s presence, or is this case a dead end?

4. Big Scare in the Big Easy- Scooby and his fellow mystery hounds have been in some eerie places, including some that weren’t normally scary locations. But in this case, the gang is headed toward a New Orleans graveyard, which is always a spooky kind of place. It seems some odd things have been going on in the boneyard, supernatural kind of things. So Scooby and his good friends enter the gate and hope to discover the truth. But is this cemetery really haunted, or is someone playing tricks on those inside instead?

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The image here looks terrific, very sharp & refined and free from problems, at least serious ones. The print is pristine and shows no flaws, while the colors look vivid and true, no bleeds or oversaturation to report here. The contrast is quite good also, no signs of visible detail loss and black levels are well balanced at all times. In short, this is as about as good as this material can look on DVD, which is fantastic and fans should be thrilled with the results.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included 2.0 surround option is solid, especially since this is a cartoon series from television. Of course, Scooby-Doo can’t compete with the high end audio releases out there, but this is a solid track. The basic elements are well presented, with no errors I could detect and no gimmicky surround use. This is a fun, cartoon mix and that’s how it should be, so I think fans will be most pleased. The dialogue is clean and crisp at all times, with no distortion or volume balance problems to speak of. This disc also includes French, Spanish, and Portuguese language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes two Scooby themed music videos, as well as a look at how to draw Scooby and his buddies.

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