“Scoob!” had been destined for theaters before coronavirus intervened. As studios try out to make the finest of a bad scenario and feed the hunger for new content, it follows “Trolls Entire world Tour” — which discovered a receptive viewers — in the classification of loved ones fare streaming into properties, giving a diversion for dad and mom looking for to distract youngsters for ninety-ish minutes, specifically if they can excuse them selves and go view anything else.

Nostalgia apart, the biggest obstacle for this animated film — missing the novelty of the dwell-motion versions made in the early component of this century — is layering a characteristic-length plot around the bones of a formulaic Saturday-early morning cartoon.

The film at minimum mostly meets the obstacle on that amount, casting Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte) and Scooby (Frank Welker) at the centre of a danger to the total environment, as they are whisked off by a superhero recognized as the Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) on a significant, messy journey. You can find also a telegraphed concept about the significance of friendship, tests the seemingly unshakeable bond in between the central duo.

Directed by Tony Cervone, “Scoob!” tries to undertake a up to date experience, with a cameo by Simon Cowell and references to this kind of issues as Netflix and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — the latter decided on by the Scooby gang’s Velma (Gina Rodriguez) as her Halloween costume.

In terms of voices, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried spherical out the group as Fred and Daphne, respectively, although Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) appears alternatively uncannily like he is channeling Hans Conried (the voice of Captain Hook) as the villainous Dick Dastardly, a sneering bad person from the Hanna-Barbera secure, now with an military of robotic (lower-case) minions.

Other than an introductory sequence that depicts how the important people met, there’s not considerably new to flavor the motion. Scooby does talk a little bit additional evidently than standard — which is type of creepy — and there are clever times, this kind of as a fleeting sport of Whac-a-Mole, as perfectly as winking reference to the Hanna-Barbera franchise’s lengthy heritage, which includes a venue named immediately after unique Scooby voice whiz Don Messick.

Which is about as creative as issues get, and past the improved pc animation compared to the hand-drawn origins, sequences worthy of awareness are way too number of and really far in between.

Granted, “Scoob!” seems additional into recycling than reinvention — it can be additional a snack than a food — but it does endeavor to make an aged thought contemporary and neat once more in children’s eyes. That might respond to the question why the film exists, but based mostly on the success, nothing at all right here merits an exclamation position.

“Scoob!” is readily available for on-demand from customers rental and order on May 15. It really is made and unveiled by Warner Bros., like CNN, a device of WarnerMedia.