SCOOBY-DOO GOES HOLLYWOOD--a 1997 video release that's actually a 1979 TV production--is a painful experience for both kids and adults alike, filled with dated and unfunny parodies of '70s music, movies, and TV shows.
Tired of being typecast as a dog on his Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo (voice of Don Messick) and his manager Shaggy (voice of Casey Kasem) go to C.J., the president of the TV network, and demand that Scooby get his own prime-time show. To demonstrate his range as an actor, Shaggy
shows C.J. a series of screen tests with Scooby, including a western, a variety show, a 1950s comedy called "Scooby Days," and a crime show called "Scooby's Angels." C.J. is unimpressed and turns Scooby down, so Shaggy talks Scooby into quitting his show. C.J. holds auditions to replace Scooby,
but none of the dogs are acceptable, so he finally relents and asks Scooby to come back. But when Scooby goes on a talk show to announce that he's leaving cartoons to be a serious actor, children around the world protest, and Scooby decides to go back to his old show.
Every aspect of SCOOBY-DOO GOES HOLLYWOOD is cheap and shoddy, from the crude, limited-motion animation to the fact that it purports to be a new direct-to-video release, but is really an old TV show which is padded with flashbacks and vignettes from other cartoons in the series. Amazingly, in the
1990s, Scooby made something of a comeback on the Cartoon Network cable channel, proving to be surprisingly popular with pre-schoolers, but even they will quickly become bored with this tape. And, apart from the campy 1970s pop culture references, including "Happy Days," "The Love Boat,"
"Charlie's Angels," disco, roller-skating, and even the fashionable-again John Travolta, there's nothing here to engage the interest of parents. With '70s nostalgia reaching a peak in the late '90s, SCOOBY-DOO GOES HOLLYWOOD is a perfect reminder that not everything from that decade is worth
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