A WALK DOWN NOSTALGIA LANE REVIEW: “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase” is voiced by Scott Innes (Lost Treasure of Jesse James, Like Son), Frank Welker (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Garfield Show [TV series]), Grey Griffin (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy [TV series], When Marnie Was There), B.J. Ward (G.I. Joe [TV series], Courage the Cowardly Dog [TV series]), Tom Kane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars [TV series], The Powerpuff Girls [TV series]), Joe Alaskey (Casper , Rugrats [TV series]), Bob Bergen (Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Space Jam), Mikey Kelley (TMNT, The Super Hero Squad Show [TV series]), and Gary Anthony Sturgis (Static Shock [TV series], Diary of a Mad Black Woman). It is directed by Jim Stenstrum (Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost) and written by Mark Turosz (What’s New Scooby-Doo? [TV series], Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster).
Scooby (Innes) and the gang are sucked into a video game by the Phantom Virus (Sturgis) and must complete all of the levels in order to get out, or be trapped inside the game forever.
We embark on this next journey down nostalgia lane with a childhood classic deemed by many as the best Scooby-Doo animated film: “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.” Do I have evidence to back this statement up? No, but I will say that any time I bring up this flick to anyone around my age, it’s agreed upon that it is legendary. And why wouldn’t it be? Scooby-Doo faces a real monster that’s tied to computers in a pre-social media world. They go into a video game, for crying out loud. That’s a little boy’s dream.
Many years have passed since I last saw this one. I couldn’t say when it was, but I know that I hadn’t graduated public school yet. We owned “Cyber Chase” on VHS only, so when DVDs came into the fray, we never switched over the film, making it all the more rare to watch. Now, I own it on blu-ray. It’s pretty much the only movie from the Scoobyssaince (those Scooby films from the late 90’s-00’s) that’s available in high definition on physical disc. Just goes to show how big the fan base is behind it.
Rewatching it after all these years brought back many memories. The levels the Mystery Inc. gang went through, the college they visited, the Phantom Virus; it’s all iconic, visually striking. Seeing it in HD was a new experience in and of itself, as the higher quality revealed certain animation mistakes that would’ve been noticed on a VHS tape played on a fuzzy TV screen (pretty interesting, humorous stuff). For the most part though, the animation holds up. It’s a fun movie to look at, as it’s one of the more unique Scooby-Doo stories to be captured.
Like all childhood movies made for the kiddos, this one is a short journey, though it does have its slow moments. The gang doesn’t even go into the game until the second act, with much set-up being given in the computer lab and college campus. It’s wild to me just how much was alluded to in the beginning and throughout the film as to who is behind the Phantom Virus. There’s so much evidence shown to reveal the mysteries posed by this adventure that I couldn’t help but think just how naive I was as a kid. Well done, filmmakers. By making it completely obvious who is the mastermind, you have proven how small a child’s mind can be.
“Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase” is a fun movie with plenty of enjoyable facets to keep anyone engaged. Unfortunately, the villain isn’t as menacing as I once remembered; nor did he do much, besides creep toward our heroes (and who wouldn’t be freaked out by a blue lightning bolt walking toward them?). Also, the final act is stretched too long, forcing the Mystery Inc. gang and their video game counterparts to face old school villains twice in a matter of fifteen minutes. Yep, twice. One montage follows another. Did the animators have a certain runtime to achieve? They had to, because the second face-off felt very much like filler.
Regardless, if you enjoyed this one as a kid (or have a kid of your own who’s looking for something to watch), you won’t be disappointed in reliving this. Sure, it doesn’t hold up to the epicness our young eyes perceived it to be, but it is a solid Scooby-Doo flick in being original and aesthetically pleasing (who doesn’t like that early 2000’s technology look?). FINAL SCORE: 76%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: