Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!
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Directed byAudie Harrison
Screenplay byAudie Harrison
Laura Pollak
Daniel McLellan
Story byDaniel McLellan
Audie Harrison
Based on
Produced bySam Register
Audie Harrison (executive producers)
StarringFrank Welker
Grey DeLisle
Matthew Lillard
Kate Micucci
Myrna Velasco
Anthony Carrigan
Edited byJohn Soares
Music byRyan Shore
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment (Studio Distribution Services)
Release dates
  • October 4, 2022 (2022-10-04) (Digital)
  • October 18, 2022 (2022-10-18) (DVD)
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Running time
72 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! is a 2022 American animated direct-to-video supernatural comedy mystery film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.[3] It is the thirty-seventh direct-to-video Scooby-Doo film and was released digitally on October 4, 2022, and was released on DVD on October 18, 2022.

Premise

Mystery Incorporated are summoned to a Nepal ski resort under siege by a cat monster. After the gang captures it by triggering an avalanche, it's revealed to be one of the owners of the resort, trying to keep her step-mother out of the business. Mystery Inc. takes and analyzes a whisker from the cat costume, learning that it is made with the same materials as costumes used by villains in their previous mysteries. They determine that the costumes were made by the same person, Coco Diablo, a high-end Halloween costume designer.

We are introduced to both Coco and her assistant, Trevor (who can only make Dracula costumes). Coco berates Trevor for his lack of imagination, feeding his recent outfit design to a pit of alligators.

To capture Coco, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy disguise themselves as a potential buyer, and when Coco agrees to give them a costume in exchange for killing Mystery Inc., they reveal themselves. Velma is instantly attracted to Coco, but it's too late, because Coco is off to the Coolsville Penitentiary.

A year passes with Fred, Daphne and Velma growing more and more depressed by the lack of truly difficult mysteries, while Shaggy and Scooby are having a much better time. After solving a tax scheme, only for the perpetrator to get away with it, Fred makes a wish in a wishing well for more mysteries.

The gang attends a local carnival and are attacked by a ghost that resembles Fred and blows up the Mystery Machine. Desperate for leads, they go to Coolsville Penitentiary (where every criminal they caught is imprisoned) to interview Coco Diablo, and meet the sadistic warden, who calls himself their biggest fan. He allows them to meet Coco, and when they can't give her any details about the costume, the warden agrees to let them take Coco out, as long as one of them wears a bracelet that will monitor Coco's heart rate and alert the police if she gets too far away from it.

After finding a clue at the carnival in the remains of their booth, the gang goes to do research at the local library, joined by Coco and Esteban, her highly intelligent cat. At the library, they are attacked by ghosts that resemble the entire gang, but escape and go to confront Trevor at his new shop when Coco determines that the costumes matched his style of design.

Trevor reveals that he sent four costumes of Victorian-era style to Coolsville Penitentiary, and the gang discoverers that Coco broke her heart monitor and escaped. They follow her to her factory and trap the ghosts with the alligator pit, revealing that the ghosts are robots in costumes.

Coco offers a false confession, but the gang sees through it and determines that the warden is holding Esteban hostage and is behind the whole thing. He confesses and is arrested, but when trying to assure Mystery Inc. that they were never in any real danger, he accidentally releases all the inmates at the penitentiary. They escape, and to round them up, the gang dresses up in costumes of criminals from their past cases. After re-capturing the inmates, Shaggy and Scooby reluctantly return the candy the inmates stole to the trick-or-treaters and Trevor gives them a large bag of candy while reveals himself to be a surfer using a disguise while Coco willingly returns to prison.

Cast

Music

The film's original score was composed by Ryan Shore.

Release

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! was released digitally on October 4, 2022, and is due to be released on DVD on October 18, 2022, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (through Studio Distribution Services).

The film made its TV premiere on Cartoon Network on October 14, 2022, at 7pm ET/PT, and then streaming on HBO Max the next day.[5]

Reception

In a review for Autostraddle, Heather Hogan called the film "A very funny movie for people who grew up on Scooby-Doo."[6] Overall, the film has three reviews on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, although it also received a 50% rotten score on the site.[7]

Depiction of Velma Dinkley

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! made headlines for depicting Velma Dinkley "crushing big time" on female character Coco Diablo, in accordance with long-held fan speculation that Velma was a lesbian/bisexual, a concept previously considered for depiction in the first theatrical live-action Scooby-Doo film Scooby-Doo (2002) and the TV series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–2013). Lesbian actress Hayley Kiyoko, who played Velma in the direct-to-video live-action Scooby-Doo films directed by Brian Levant, said she was "happy for her".[8][9] In response to speculation that Trick or Treat would lead to Velma being depicted as a lesbian in all subsequent Scooby-Doo media, Mindy Kaling clarified on International Lesbian Day that Velma would not be depicted as such in her upcoming adult-oriented metafictional HBO Max series Velma, instead involved in a "love quadrangle" with Fred, Daphne, and Shaggy, specifically with a crush on Fred.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "'Trick Or Treat Scooby-Doo!' Trailer, Artwork & Release Details; Arrives On Digital October 4 & On DVD October 18, 2022 From Warner Bros | Screen-Connections". screen-connections.com. August 23, 2022. Archived from the original on August 23, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  2. ^ Borget, Jennifer (2022). "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on October 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "'Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!' Trailer Sees the Return of Mystery Inc's Classic Villains | Collider". Collider. Archived from the original on August 24, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "New Scooby-Doo Holiday Special Coming to DVD | Comicbook.com". Archived from the original on August 24, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  5. ^ "Watch An Exclusive Clip From Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!". Romper. September 28, 2021. Archived from the original on September 21, 2022. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  6. ^ Hogan, Heather (October 4, 2022). "Jinkies! Velma's Actually Gay in "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!"". Autostraddle. The Excitant Group LLC. Archived from the original on October 5, 2022. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Shanfeld, Ethan (October 4, 2022). "Velma Is Officially a Lesbian in New Scooby-Doo Film, Years After James Gunn and More Tried to Make Her Explicitly Gay". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  9. ^ Calfee, Joel (October 6, 2022). "Former Velma Actress Responds to Viral News About 'Scooby Doo' Character Being Gay: 'Happy for Her'". PureWow. Gallery Media Group.
  10. ^ Codega, Linda; Graves, Sabina (October 6, 2022). "Mindy Kaling's Scooby-Doo Sleuth Uncovers a Mystery in the Velma Trailer". Gizmodo. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  11. ^ Velma [@velmatheseries] (October 6, 2022). "My secret crush on Fred has everything to do with @GlennHowerton's casting" (Tweet) – via Twitter.