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Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Witty crossover adventure has comic book violence.

Movie NR 2018 75 minutes
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The sheer joy that comes through in this Scooby-Doo and DC Universe crossover makes for a fun feature length adventure. Frequently hilarious, Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold's witty script draws on both Scooby-Doo and Batman's 1960s heydays. Batman talks with all the alliteration of Adam West's campy portrayal in the '60s TV series -- a far cry from recent brooding versions. This decision suits the Scooby-Doo pairing perfectly. Mystery Inc. are constantly called hippies for the first time in 50 years and the groovy intro is a nod to the decade in which both camps first ruled TV. The dialogue zings and Aquaman (Dimaggio) especially delivers some laugh out loud lines. Scooby-Doo's crew have a self awareness but it hits the right tone. It's all celebratory rather than cynical.

The movie is action packed and animated beautifully, letting the weird and wonderful comic book heroes and villains shine in their unique ways. The slight creepiness associated with both franchises is present, too. Arkham Cemetery's red sky and creepy dead trees in silhouette is a particular highlight. On top of this, there are some thoughtful character moments. Batman is troubled by an unsolved case, racked with guilt about the only innocent person he ever lost. Meanwhile Velma (Kate Micucci) and Detective Chimp (Kevin Michael Richardson) are locked in a battle of oneupmanship. Light relief is always around the corner, though. Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby's joy at finding the Arkham Asylum cafeteria is pure glee. And the ensuing food fight that follows is a hoot. This team-up was crafted with love.

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