Warner Home Video
Cast: Jeff Glen Bennett, Mary Kay Bergman, Jennifer Hale, Mark Hamill, Scott Innes, Candi Milo, Kevin Mich
Extras: Making Of Special, 10 Trailers, Scooby’s Steps to Solving a Mystery, Mystery Inc. Bios, Making of a Scooby Doo Video Game, Snack Tracks Jukebox, Inter
Although the drawing style of the film is mostly resembling the original TV series, it is obvious that technology has also left its marks on these classic cartoon characters. The opening scene of the film looks absolutely beautiful and rich with dimensional paintings that could easily come out of the most sophisticated contemporary feature animation. Once entering the world of Scooby Doo, the drawing style changes to the original style, but still improved line detail is evident and the rich colors give this film an unmistakable modern quality.
In his latest adventure, Scooby Doo and the gang from the Mystery, Inc. are facing a completely new set of opponents – extraterrestrial aliens. When they are stranded in a remote desert town, the gang finds out that the town is filled with weird scientists and flying saucers. When suddenly a number of aliens appear on the surface things go haywire. A full-scale invasion seems to be under way and only the Mystery, Inc. gang can save the world. Chased by green aliens they try to discover the truth, which takes them from UFOs to creepy caves. All the while, Scooby and Shaggy find their soul mates and fall hopelessly in love!
The animation is well done and has an updated feel when compared to the original series. Some of the backgrounds are highly detailed and wonderfully colored, also giving the film a very sophisticated feel, yet never straying too far from the original look of the series. In short, this is a brand new Scooby Doo adventure with all the hoopla, chasing, scenery and characters that made the series such a long-standing success, and it brings back the characters we have come to love over so many years.
The disc contains a 6-minute "Making Of" featurette that features interviews with many of the cast members. It is not really a making-of, as it spends most of its time outlined the plot, creating expectations for the film, and have the cast talk briefly about their characters. It is a promotional piece that should not be mistaken for a real "making of" production.
Next up is a 3-minute "Making of the Scooby Doo Computer Game" featurette. You get a quick glimpse at the team that is doing the computer game at the Learning Company. Once again, it is more a promotional featurette to create interest in the computer game rather than providing significant information.
Then there is a textual supplement called "Scooby’s Steps To Solving A Mystery," which offers some information how Scooby usually proceeds to untangle the mysteries he is getting caught up in.
This release of "Scooby Doo And The Alien Invaders" is clearly targeted at younger viewers and succeeds at delivering an outstanding presentation and supplements that are fun to watch and explore. While these bonus materials may not quench the thirst of a real film fan who is looking for in-depth information on the real creation of the film, I found that the supplements are entertaining and informative enough to keep young viewers excited. All in all, this is a great release from Warner Home Video and especially the fantastically vivid presentation of the feature film is well worth the admission!