Straight Outta Nowhere:
Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog
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DVD slipcover
Directed byCecilia Aranovich Hamilton
Written byMichael F. Ryan
Based on
Produced byCecilia Aranovich Hamilton
Sam Register (executive producer)
Starring
Edited byDave Courter
Music by
  • Jody Gray
    Andy Ezrin
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • September 14, 2021 (2021-09-14)
Running time
78 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is a 2021 American animated direct-to-video film produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and is the thirty-sixth entry in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films. The film is a crossover between Scooby-Doo and the Cartoon Network show Courage the Cowardly Dog. The film was released on DVD and digital on September 14, 2021. It's the only animated film without the involvement of Stretch Films.

Plot

During the unmasking of a bank-robbing clown, Scooby-Doo hears a strange noise and is driven to dance and then run away. Meanwhile, Courage appears to be having the same problem, though Muriel and Eustace Bagge don't seem to notice. The gang rushes after Scooby only to find that they have ended up in Nowhere, where a group of hostile cicadas is surrounding Courage and Scooby. After killing the cicadas, they are called inside the Bagge household and properly meet Muriel and Eustace.

Both the Scooby gang and the Bagge family are invited to dinner with the Mayor of Nowhere, but on the way there, Scooby and Courage are attacked by a giant Cicada Queen, resulting in the destruction of Eustace's truck. Arriving at the Mayor's mansion, the Mayor offers to give them a tour of an attached museum detailing Nowhere's bizarre history of attracting weirdness to the town, however Scooby, Shaggy, and Courage look for something to eat and Eustace heads back to the Bagge residence to rid himself of the nuisance. An attack by the Cicada Queen and her brood knocks Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Muriel into a hidden cave, where they discover a strange machine randomly sending out cellphone calls; Scooby, Shaggy, and Courage destroy it while escaping the Cicada Queen.

Attempting to return to the Bagge residence to unravel the mystery, the group is once again attacked by the Cicada Queen, which kidnaps most of them, leaving only Scooby and Courage behind. Plugging Velma's personal tablet into Courage's computer, they discover that the cicada's unnatural size (and every other strange encounter Courage dealt with) was the result of a dark matter meteor buried under the spot where the Bagge house is. Courage and Scooby retrieve the meteor and rescue their friends, but their attempt to escape is thwarted by the Cicada Queen, who takes the meteor and holds Muriel hostage, forcing Courage to face his fears and confront it. After a long battle, the Cicada Queen is trapped under scraps from the Bagge windmill.

The General and his subordinate soon arrive to apprehend the Cicada Queen, which is revealed to be a mech piloted by two of Courage's most recurring enemies: villainous feline mastermind Katz and French con artist duck Le Quack. After discovering the meteor's existence, Katz and Le Quack took over Nowhere's political facilities and used the resources to dig up the meteor and use it to hypnotize and rob several well off locals, stashing it at the Bagge residence (Eustace discovered this earlier, but wrote it off as a windfall on his end); when they learned the Scooby gang was in the area, they used the meteor to brainwash the local cicada population to scare them off in an attempt to 'up their game'. The General attempts to secure the meteor to be used ostensibly as a weapon, but, at Courage's suggestion, it is turned into a disco ball so the group can celebrate. He closes the movie by saying “Well, goodnight folks. Bye!”.

Voice cast

Production

According to animator and artist Tracy Mark Lee, the film's original premise was pitched as an episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?.[2]

John R. Dilworth, the original creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog, was not involved with the movie.[3] Maxwell Atoms, creator of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and director of Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, was approached to direct the film. He declined upon learning that John R. Dilworth wasn't involved.[4]

Marty Grabstein and Thea White reprised their roles as Courage and Muriel Bagge, while Jeff Bergman voiced Eustace Bagge, taking over from Lionel Wilson and Arthur Anderson, due to the latter dying in 2003 and 2016, respectively.[5] Bergman had previously voiced Eustace prior in an commercial advert for Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary back in 2012.[6][7]

The crossover marks the final acting credit of Thea White, who died during surgery on July 30, 2021, due to liver cancer, and the film was dedicated to her memory.[8][9]

Release

Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog was released on DVD and digital on September 14, 2021.[5][10]

Reception

Dillon Gonzales, writing for Geek Vibes Nation, gave the film a positive review, saying "there are moments that feel a bit padded to justify a feature-length effort, but it is easy to give them a pass as you enjoy spending time with these characters".[11] Becky O'Brien of Cinelinx also gave a positive review, saying the film "exceeded all of my expectations. This is a movie fans of both series will enjoy. It is literally a love letter to everything that makes both Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog fun to watch".[12]

Common Sense Media gave the film 2 out of 5 stars.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog". DVDs Release Dates. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  2. ^ Lee, Tracy Mark [@electrictiki] (September 29, 2020). "Yes, Courage was going to be one of our guest stars at one point then it blossomed into a DTV movie. Best wishes on that!". Retrieved July 1, 2021 – via Instagram.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Dilworth, John R. [@Creaj] (June 22, 2021). "I had no involvement with this product" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Atoms, Maxwell (June 24, 2021). "Dead Meat". Tumblr. Archived from the original on September 16, 2021. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (June 22, 2021). "'Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog' Crossover Arrives Sept. 14". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "Eustace Bagge".
  7. ^ "Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Party (October 2012)". YouTube.
  8. ^ Guy, Jack (August 2, 2021). "Thea White, voice of Muriel in 'Courage the Cowardly Dog,' dead at 81". CNN. Retrieved October 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Peters, Megan (August 1, 2021). "Courage the Cowardly Dog Star Thea White Dies at 81". Comicbook.com. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog - Exclusive Official Clip". IGN. September 14, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  11. ^ Gonzales, Dillon (September 5, 2021). "'Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog' DVD Review – Hilarious Team-Up Will Please Fans". Geek Vibes Nation. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Becky (September 15, 2021). "Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog (Review)". Cinelinx. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  13. ^ Costello, Brian. "Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog". Common Sense Media. Retrieved January 4, 2022.