8 June 2019 | TheMovieDiorama
Scooby Doo! Stage Fright! acts out all of the formulaic mystery solving antics in an operatic talent show.
Jinkies! It's a cartoon adaptation of 'Phantom of the Opera' with a cynical, yet often rather humorous, perspective on talent shows. You sure Simon Cowell wasn't the masked villain? Because he's still at large! Quick! To the Mystery Machine! For what it's worth, this isn't half bad. The classic Scooby-Doo formula is grounded with as much realism as possible, given the boundaries of a cartoon. No fantastical myths or legends. Just a masked caped "phantom" being a complete menace. A phantom menace as it were (you can have that...).
With Daphne finally confirming her undying infatuation for Fred, Velma naturally getting excited over a diamond and Shaggy and Scooby devouring the largest pizza ever created in just mere seconds. Someone living in the sewers for forty years whilst failing to understand mirrors, parodying the famous musical. Accompanied with a cutesy little title cartoon that introduces the voice actors. All harmless shenanigans, but the problem with this extended episode (I just can't class these as films), and the remaining straight-to-DVD features, is the imbalanced story. The mystery of the phantom itself literally only consumes a third of the plot. The other two thirds are filled with cartoonish antics for the sake of filling up the runtime. It loses focus and leaves my mind wandering as I wait for the predictable culprit to be revealed.
Sure the animation, minus the 3D computerised effects, and voice acting were consistently engaging as always. But there's only so much dawdling I can take. Oh, and a talent show ending on a tie? Two acts with the same precise number of votes (we're talking over thirty million here)? Impossibly improbable. But of course, the good ol' sympathy story always wins. What else can I say? It's an unnecessarily long Scooby-Doo episode that kids/fans are sure to love. Harmless as it is forgettable. The metal girl group should've won though. An American punk 'Babymetal'...