On December 15, 2019, we heard about this movie for the first time after I stumbled upon a TCM listing (which was removed shortly after) for this and Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo. Now, over two years later, the movie is finally out!
A lot of people watched Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog throughout their childhood, so a crossover was a dream come true for them. I came into this film with a bit of a different perspective, as I never watched Courage as a kid. However, this didn't affect how much I absolutely adored this film.
Even as someone who wasn't a Courage fan, I thought this movie was so well done. It seemed like they really combined the best of both worlds here, and I thought they introduced the Courage franchise in a way that could be easily understood to someone who had never seen the show before, while not overdoing the background information. I thought it was easily as good as Happy Halloween; in fact, I would say it was even better.
One of my favorite things about the movie was the tone. It had a very dark, creepy tone to it and that made for an incredibly engaging mystery. I know some fans were worried about Courage's dark tone not fitting very well with Scooby's more lighthearted mysteries, but I thought they found the perfect balance between the two tones.
I quite enjoyed the humor in the film, for the most part. I found it amusing how Eustace repeatedly brought up that he didn't vote for the mayor. Velma's political satire at the end was quite funny as well. The clown repeatedly showing up in the film was also pretty funny. I was annoyed by the immature fart jokes with the mustard bottle, especially the fact that they went back to the joke a second time. Bodily function jokes have always seemed like very lazy writing to me, and it was unfortunate they chose to do that here as I thought all the other jokes were quite good.
I really liked the cicadas as villains! I'm usually not a huge fan of bug/animal monsters to be honest, but the cicadas were super creepy in this film and I would say I liked it just as much as the Cicada Monster from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Speaking of villains though, while I know they were using classic villains from Scooby and Courage in the intro, I wasn't a fan of them using the green ghost, Redbeard, and the Space Kook for the millionth time. I understand that it's a cool reference to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, but when those villains have cameos practically every other DTV at this point, it starts to feel less like a fun reference and more like they're trying to beat you over the head with forced nostalgia. If they are going to continue to reference classic villains as Easter eggs, I'd much prefer we get more obscure ones like The Wax Phantom or the Headless Spectre for example, rather than reusing the same 10 villains over and over.
I thought the film had a great balance of Scooby and Courage, and it never felt like one franchise was overshadowing the other at any point. I quite liked Courage as a character, and Muriel was super sweet. Eustace's grouchiness was quite amusing as well. Speaking of him though, Eustace rapping was incredibly cringey and him shaking his butt is not something I ever want to see again haha. I guess it makes a little sense given they riffed off Straight Outta Compton for the title of this film, but it was still really bad lol.
As a random trivia bit, I believe this is also the first time that live-action footage has been interspersed with animation, when Eustace is watching his show on TV. It's a trope I absolutely hate in animation, so it's not something I want to see again, but I thought it was worth pointing out.
I think one of my favorite parts of the film was how they explored the theme of courage, and how it doesn't mean the absence of fear, but it means being brave when there is fear. It was really neat that they chose to explore that theme, given it's such a prominent part of Scooby and Courage's character, and shows that they really did put some thought into the plot of this film instead of just trying to cash in on people's nostalgia. I quite enjoyed the self-help app Shaggy and Scooby were using too.
I thought it was neat how the culprits were two Courage villains, Katz and LeQuack. The motive behind what they did was super interesting, particularly how they dressed up as the mayor. It was quite amusing how Fred, Daphne and Velma tried to pull the mask off of Katz. Velma didn't seem overly skeptical of anything other than Katz and LeQuack not being real, but it was done in an amusing way that didn't feel overbearing like she has been in recent films.
The ending was...interesting, to say the least. The general's character honestly seemed like they just based it off of the General from those insurance commercials haha. I'm generally not a fan of movies that end with "and now everyone's dancing together!" because it seems cringey, but I didn't hate this. I'm not really sure how to feel about it though; it was just so random and out of nowhere (extra points if you got that terrible pun lol). I probably shouldn't say this, but it genuinely sounds like Eustace is saying "Where's my dang b*tches?" when he's coming down the stairs at the end hahahaha. I watched that part three times and I still can't figure out what he's saying, because I can't imagine it's that lol.
Overall, I thought this was an incredible crossover and it exceeded my expectations. They did an amazing job combining the two shows, and the message about the meaning of courage was a really cute addition. This is one of my favorite DTVs in recent years and I hope to see more movies like it in the future.
Lance A Rutt
9/14/2021 04:09:14 pm
You gonna review the Pup/Batman comic?
9/14/2021 04:30:27 pm
Eventually, yes! :)
9/14/2021 04:41:44 pm
Man I really like this movie. They really did a good job combining the elements from both shows. This movie had a dark and creepy tone as well as some supernatural stuff. The humor in this movie was really funny. I enjoyed the riddles. The butler and the cook gave me the Addams Family vibes. Eustace's rap song was great and pretty catchy. This may sound weird but Katz and LeQuack, Courage’s enemies being the culprits reminds me of The Joker and Penguin l, Batman’s enemies being the culprits. General and the LT being the the butler and cook I didn’t see that coming. I really liked the ending of everybody dancing.
9/15/2021 08:20:19 am
I forgot to mention it in my review, but I loved the riddles too! The butler and the cook definitely gave me Addams Family vibes as well. Interesting, I hadn't thought of it being like Joker and Penguin but you're totally right!
9/14/2021 05:34:50 pm
The reason the TV was live action was because that's how it was in Courage. I also thoroughly enjoyed it!
9/15/2021 08:18:46 am
Thank you! Someone else shared with me that apparently the man on TV was John Dilworth, just like it was in the Courage cartoons, which is so cool! I'm glad you enjoyed it too :)
9/15/2021 03:49:25 pm
I didn't know that was Dilworth I think he's the creator of courage if I'm not mistaken. Also Eustaces trucks plate reads DILLY 1 another reference to Dilworth
9/15/2021 05:15:10 pm
Yes, John Dilworth is the creator of Courage. I didn't notice the license plate but that's cool! I'm really happy they included him even though he wasn't a part of writing this project.
9/14/2021 05:35:15 pm
Lol, he says “where’s my dang riches?” just checked on the official subs
9/15/2021 08:21:30 am
Thanks lol. I still like what I heard better hahaha.
9/14/2021 06:08:59 pm
I really enjoyed this movie they combined the courage elements and the scooby doo elements in a good way and I like the fact that they leaned into the courage elements I also like the fact that they are not afraid to get weird like when courage and scooby doo get that dark matter meteorite and that turns courage and scooby doo into different verisons of them self and the same metorite turns the rest of the gang and muriel into random stuff things and it is so weird that I love it I also liked the fact that they leaned into the supernatural too I also like how creepy it can get because of the lighthearted nature of scooby doo but their is some creepy stuff here I also like that they utilized two of courages villain and thank goodness they toned velma down completely I did recall velma starting to get toned down in the sword and the scoob and happy halloween but here they toned her down completely shes still skeptical but at a reasonable level.
9/15/2021 08:25:27 am
The supernatural stuff was really interesting to me! I guess the monster chair and whatever the creature was by the sink were just real then? I thought it was super cool how they included those two real supernatural monsters. I was also happy that they toned Velma down.
9/15/2021 09:26:04 am
The male cicadas were real to only the female one was fake
9/15/2021 09:45:41 am
LeQuack and Katz are still pretty much real monsters
9/15/2021 11:53:26 am
I wouldn't say the cicadas were supernatural though, were they? I interpreted them as being real cicadas manipulated by the Dark Matter Meteorite. That's true about Katz and LeQuack, though.
9/14/2021 07:16:48 pm
I'm so glad you enjoyed the movie and that it's became one of your favorites!
9/15/2021 08:41:43 am
Aww that's so sweet the movie made you tear up! <3
Spooky Space Kook
9/14/2021 08:22:13 pm
Did anyone also notice that they respected both worlds since they made the explanation more science fiction rather than supernatural in terms of the meteor and weirdness?
9/15/2021 08:42:04 am
I thought that was fun too.
9/15/2021 12:22:45 am
Best Scooby movie in quite a while. Both the Scooby and Courage sides were done great.
9/15/2021 08:42:32 am
Absolutely agreed, I would go as far as to say maybe best movie since 2010.
9/15/2021 02:14:11 am
Thanks for the review.
9/15/2021 02:57:12 am
Oh yeah they did but no I don't think it was as bad as that but still kinda cringey.
9/15/2021 08:43:06 am
I agree the butt-shaking at the end went on way too long to a point of being a bit cringey.
9/15/2021 06:33:48 am
9/15/2021 06:36:46 am
direcard my previous comment please my mistake.
9/15/2021 12:16:20 pm
Hey guys, you know Mr. Meister from WSND episode Recipe For Disaster, I always thought he looks like Eustace and that they have the same personality.
9/15/2021 05:16:40 pm
I hadn't thought of that, but you're right they facially do look a bit similar (though they Mr. Meister isn't bald like Eustace).
9/15/2021 12:32:19 pm
I didn't enjoy the film on my first time watching it. I don't know why i guess i found it pretty weird. Perhaps my absence of knowledge about the courage universe was a big factor.
9/15/2021 05:20:00 pm
Aww, I'm sorry to hear you didn't like it. I agree Muriel was adorable :) I forgot to mention the romantic scene between the computer and tablet, but yeah, that was really cringey. I was happy that they toned Velma down for this film. She was skeptical to the point of being overbearing in previous films, and I honestly haven't met a single Scooby fan who has said they liked that, so I'm really glad they chose to get rid of that aspect of her character.
9/15/2021 01:31:54 pm
Explaining the weird stuff in Nowhere as mutations caused by the radiation of a meteorite feels wrong this was never the case in the orginal series, strange things happened in Nowhere in the series without no real reason, I really don't understand why the writers who wrote the movie feelt such a need to to come up with such a explantion
9/15/2021 02:16:17 pm
Weird stuff could have happened in the original series for a reason, it was just unknown. For this movie, Scooby has been pulling away from the supernatural so thats probably why they gave an explanation.
9/15/2021 05:21:40 pm
I suppose that's one way to look at it, though I chose to view it as the weird stuff happening being just limited to the cicadas in this movie, not the rest of the series as well. If they did mean it the way you intended, I think Peralaan's explanation sums up their reasoning behind it.
9/15/2021 01:47:04 pm
I must say, I had lower expectations for this film before the trailers but the trailers got me excited. Also, shaggy calling the cicada a noob was just so funny to me. I just watched it and...look. This film had great comedy throughout and courage, muriel and eustace were great side characters. I was really enjoying this film and the monsters were more enjoyable than expected. This film was plotless and quite stupid but it was super enjoyable! But..I must say, from the cornfield scene onwards, I wasn't liking the film anymore. I thought the final 20-25 minutes ruined the film. Eustace not being surprised at people bringing him money was quite weird and it would've made much more sense if he was the actual bad guy. I was also very disappointed with the reveal. Also, this film is mostly a Scooby Doo film and the fact that Courage was the one to defeat the monster and Scooby Doo was just stuck behind rocks was really disappointing. Anyways, I was really loving this film...before the last 20-25 minutes of this film (which I hated)
9/15/2021 05:24:38 pm
The "noob" thing was pretty funny. Now all we need is for them to say "bougie" again so I can finally update the "Official Bougie Count" hahaha. I enjoyed the humor in this film as well for the most part, other than the fart jokes and Eustace's rap. I definitely don't agree that the film was plotless. Eustace seems like a grouchy, greedy character in general so I think that's what they were playing off of when he was surprised people were bringing him money. Another explanation is that he also could have been starting to be affected by the asteroid.
9/16/2021 01:50:09 am
I guess it does make more sense that way, but I think compared to other films such as Camp Scare this is quite plotless, it was just a bad reveal in my opinion. But, I can say that the worst part of the film was the final 20-25 minutes. Do you agree?
9/16/2021 07:53:20 am
"Plotless" still seems like a strong word, because it makes it sound like they were just screwing around for 78 minutes with no real goal to achieve which I don't agree is the case and I quite liked the plot. I do understand what you're saying though.
9/16/2021 08:25:56 am
By plotless I do quite mean that the clues don't make sense and they're going to different places for no reason other than the plot. But what did you think about the ending?
9/16/2021 10:27:55 am
@Jayden Velma literally says in the movie at the reveal that none of the clues make sense.
9/16/2021 01:32:15 pm
Okay, I think I get what you're saying. You're saying the mystery wasn't developed enough? I enjoyed the ending other than Eustace rapping and the cringey dancing scene.
9/17/2021 01:13:14 am
The dancing scene was so unnecessary and random, it was the last thing I expected up on my screen. Where would you rank this on your films rankings?
9/15/2021 11:35:03 pm
Best Scooby-Doo Crossover Ever 💝🤎💚
9/16/2021 01:50:34 am
Batman's had a better vibe but this one was more enjoyable.
9/16/2021 03:48:47 am
Not reading anything till I've watched Sunday when brotehr is down, I'll leave my views then.
9/16/2021 07:54:32 am
I hope you and your brother enjoy the film!
Mr Samuel Kirkwood
9/19/2021 05:46:36 pm
It was incredible. I was worried after seeing people rate it lower than the other garbage we've had recently and the fact I don't know much about Courage but this was just unbelievable. Completely bonkers and I barely had any idea what was going on throughout but I loved it, totally Scooby and an absorbing and not easy to figure out mystery. Probably the best DTV in the past decade!
9/16/2021 10:49:33 am
I personally loved this film!!! No. 6 on my list of Scooby films for me!
9/16/2021 01:41:37 pm
Wow, that's super high! I hadn't ranked it among the other films yet, but it is one of my favorites. I don't think it would quite make top 10 for me, though. I'd say it's right below it though.
9/17/2021 01:14:57 am
The cliff scene and the scene in Muriel and Eustace's house are hands down my favourite sequences
9/17/2021 04:13:43 pm
Those were definitely really good scenes!
9/17/2021 06:13:44 am
Speaking of John R. Dilworth not being involved, I have a friend on Instagram named Kevin Piastra who got to meet Dilworth and also work for him. However, Kevin had a really negative experience with Dilly.
9/17/2021 08:19:21 am
I can also back up Matthew Coleman’s claims. I personally spoke to Kevin Piastra and he had awful things to say about John Dilworth and let’s just say awful is putting it lightly. If what Kevin said is true then John is not a good person. Which is a shame because he made such a great cartoon like Courage.
9/17/2021 11:01:52 am
Thanks for standing with me and Kevin. There is even some evidence that will prove that Dilworth is guilty.
9/17/2021 04:32:16 pm
I'm aware of this as well. It's very unfortunate if these claims are true and I am sorry to hear about Kevin's negative experiences with John Dilworth.
9/17/2021 05:34:13 pm
Of course Matthew I definitely stand by you guys. Quite frankly the things John Dilworth has done are disgusting tbh. I can now fully understand why major companies don’t want to work with him. He’s just not a good person at all. But yeah Kevin Piastra will go into detail of what he’s done and let’s just say it’s pretty bad.
9/17/2021 06:14:42 am
As I was saying, go follow Kevin on Instagram and subscribe to his YouTube channel to find out more.
9/18/2021 07:17:54 am
It felt like a fan tribute that tried to stay faithful and do the best jobs they could. The visuals look faithful and great in HD, but the writing, pacing and tone weren't there. Only Dilworth and the original Courage crew can get that right. But WB has this weird trend of doing revivals without involving the original teams. Like Animaniacs for example.
9/19/2021 03:44:26 pm
Where everybody get theres from no body has it in my city walmart target and best buy did not have it
9/19/2021 04:18:58 pm
have you tried getting it from Amazon?
9/20/2021 10:28:20 am
Amazon not selling it until next month
9/21/2021 08:17:22 am
Interesting, I just went to Amazon and got the same prompt that it won't be available until next month. I guess the movie must be really popular!
9/19/2021 05:04:10 pm
Hmm that's really odd as my Target had it. I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble finding it! I assume you're looking for the DVD and not a digital copy, so maybe try Amazon? If you're open to streaming, you can also rent the digital version from Amazon and Apple Movies. Hope you're able to find it!
9/20/2021 11:41:35 am
That's odd jeff my DVD for this arrived in the mail on friday although I live in europe, Hmmm Amazon com/us says it will be in back soon there. perhaps the problem is only related to the us?
9/19/2021 06:51:11 pm
Sorry, I'm late to the party, but I finally got to watch the new movie and I enjoyed every second of it. Probably one of the best DTV movies so far as also being one of the best crossovers ever.
9/19/2021 07:46:06 pm
Great to hear you enjoyed the movie so much! I agree it's one of the best crossovers they've ever done.
9/19/2021 07:50:47 pm
if you can, watch the episode on the dvd and compare the same episode on a cartoon website, the differences are noticeable.
9/20/2021 08:12:43 am
I will! And no, the Be Cool Scooby-Doo season 2 listings on Wikipedia are unfortunately fake. I can't find any other site that lists it, and Amazon definitely would if it were real. It's actually also been removed from Wikipedia, but I can see what you were talking about looking in the edit history.
9/20/2021 01:18:42 pm
tbh I didn't think it was real either
9/26/2021 10:30:15 am
Amazon finally got it in ordered it wikll get it Wednesday16 days late thanks for the help earlier also anybody kmow where i can get some goo screenshots of daphne in her scuba gear camp scare and reef grief and the blowtorch scene from happy Halloweenscooby doo thanks
9/29/2021 10:29:30 pm
I really enjoyed the movie, and I'm happy to say that "Straight Outta Nowhere" is my 3rd favorite crossover of all time. I loved how the monsters were a mix of the Scooby and Courage scenarios, while we had ones that were real, we still had an unmasking scene at the end, and as a bonus, it was Courage's archenemies. We had so many references to the original Courage series, and it wasn't ruined by Scooby's formula, unless you count Fred, Daphne, and Velma's attempt to unmask Katz, which was pretty funny and is something you don't see to often in Scooby movies. I'm really glad that they did a mixing of both the Scooby and Courage soundtracks, and the new songs that were written for it, especially the "Game of Life" song at the beginning, were very catchy. I'm not surprised that Eustace rapped, and while I know many people didn't like that, I figured that was something he'd do when/if he ever got rich, and I thought it was pretty funny. The Dark Matter Meteor was very cool because it actually had real magical powers, and an item like that is essential in a crossover because it gives the characters of both parties a target of interest. My favorite scene had to be the final battle between Courage and the Cicada Queen, because Courage was inspired by Shaggy's speech about what bravery really means, and that was a character development moment I really liked seeing in him. 2 years of waiting, and it was totally worth it. :D
9/30/2021 07:57:02 am
Glad to hear you enjoyed the movie! I loved the combo between real and fake monsters as well, and I was happy they didn't try to force Scooby's formula on Courage. It was super funny how Fred, Velma and Daphne tried to rip Katz's mask off. I loved all the songs too! I liked seeing Shaggy's character development about bravery as well. It was definitely worth 2 years of waiting! :)
10/3/2021 11:10:32 pm
The only scene I didn't really like was the unmasking of Katz and Le Quack, and everyone was confused about who they were even though they were informed about them during the museum scene. However, I can understand Scooby and Shaggy not knowing about them because they weren't present at the time. I know it was a straight outta nowhere moment (pun not intended) for Katz and Le Quack to be in the same costume and nobody was expecting it, but I feel like it would've been better if the heroes were like "no way" or "it can't be" instead of just the blank stares, that totally ruined the moment.
10/5/2021 10:13:16 am
I didn't mind that scene tbh, but I can see why you wouldn't like it.
10/9/2021 08:52:27 am
I thought they promised black puddle queen, weremole, big toe and Cajun fox be returning. Why did they lied to us?
10/22/2021 09:34:33 am
I hope Scooby and the gang will do another crossover with Tom and Jerry. I would love to see that.
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