Scooby-Doo and The Monster of Mexico

Starring: Scooby-Doo
Warner Home Video
RRP: 15.99
Certificate: U
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Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang head south of the border to visit a friend and end up trying to solve the mysterious appearance of the Chupacabra - Mexico's very own Big Foot. Knee knocking chills and side-splitting thrills accompany the meddling kids and their pesky dog as they attempt to solve their hottest mystery yet...

Trying to capture the magic of the original series in a full length feature was never going to be easy. The originals worked because they were short and to the point. Sadly, so far, the new full length episodes have been rather disappointing.

Monster of Mexico almost works. While the gang are still wearing the same outfits they were in the 60s there has been an attempt to bring Scooby and the gang up to date. They all have e-mail now and there is even mention of an amusing website - which sadly doesn't exist if you try looking for it on the Internet.

There are more than a few references to the Wizard of Oz - which are quite well slotted into the story, and there are even some jokes that will make you smile. This almost feels like a classic episode... almost. Sure the jokes are corny, the dialogue hammy and the "ghosts" logic unfathomable, but as kiddy entertainment this isn't too bad.

Extras include The Making of Monster of Mexico - a look behind the scenes; Scripted Commentary - Watch the movie with the gang; Out-take and a What's New Scooby Doo Trailer.

Nick Smithson

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