on 11 November 2014
When Daphne is given the opportunity to design clothes for a Hawaiian company, the entire gang dcides to go along with her. As they are leaving for their destination a man warns them that there are evil spirits on the island but most of the gang is doubtful, but Shaggy and Scooby are no so sure. When they arrive in Hanahuna they are excited to watch the Big Kahuna Surfing Contest which local Manu Tuiama had won previously. The Mayor of the area ( voiced by Teri Carr ) welcomes everyone including mainlanders to the Surfing Contest but this angers the Wiki Tiki spirit and starts the nearby volcano grumbling. The gang and everyone still in the area are threatened by little Tiki demons and the much bigger Wiki Tiki. who kidnaps a local teenager.
The long list of suspects includes a sleazy real estate agent, an overambitious mayor, Manu Tuiama , and an eccentric holiday rep.
Includes the normal voice cast for the gang plus people like Don Ho ( Hawaii "goodwill ambassador" ), Dick Dale ( "King of Surf Guitar" ) and Adam West a.k.a. Batman.
A very enjoyable film with the usual comic entertainment. The cartoon is beautifully animated even if the story is a little weak. Yes it is much like the 1970 episode, A Tiki Scare Is No Fair, but who cares its fun.
on 28 November 2011
Another good film from the Scooby Doo Stable. My 7 year old grandson was a bit unsure about the small wiki tikis at first, so perhaps not for the youngest viewers, but he soon got used to them and now wants to have his own, (of course, they turn out to be small robots in true Scooby film style)
on 4 May 2010
My youngest (5 next week) loves Scooby Doo and this is amongst his favourite Scooby films. It has everything you'd expect from a Scooby film, lots of laughs, some outrageous characters and the gang solving the mystery at the end.
As a parent I also love the questions that this film has caused my son to ask, such as "Why do they only want the islanders to be in the competition?" or "Why does the smoke mean they are scared of the volcano?" ... he's been watching this film for years and this is a replacement copy so it was prior to the recent news items. However it did mean when they discussed the recent eruption at school he was fully armed with a range of knowledge on volcanos!
Well worth (repeatedly) watching and a bargain price.
Since Warner revamped the Scooby-Doo franchise in 1998, the feature length mysteries have been inconsistent. The first few had real monsters, with no rubber masks, but far too many disgustingly PC mommies in America complained and the Brothers Warner folded and went back to the "guy in a suit to scare away the locals" stories. A shame.
What a surprise then that Scooby's 2005 adventure is actually quite good, despite its PC shortcomings. This time around the Mystery Inc. gang are in Hawaii, catching some rays and relaxation. Typically, this is the exact moment the local volcano starts brewing over and a big monster called the Wiki-Tiki rears its ugly head, scaring away all of the surfers from the Hanahuna resort and kidnapping a local babe. If you are incredibly sad, like me, you will realize this is a little too much like the 1970 episode, A Tiki Scare Is No Fair.
The usual long list of suspects includes a sleazy real estate agent, an ambitious mayor, and an eccentric holiday rep (Adam West). And just as soon as their mystery-solving begins, the real culprit is immediately noticeable. It's a poorly written whodunit, but what saves it are crazy set pieces and a varied atmosphere, which keep the mystery interesting, if obvious. Or, at least, obvious to a 30-year-old. It may well come as a surprise to an eight-year-old.
Locations, such as the beach, the deep jungle, the catacombs, and Auntie Mahina's cabin, are beautifully animated. The best thing about the modern Scooby is that production values are a zillion times what the original 1969 series was. Aloha, Scooby-Doo looks incredibly slick and the eye-popping color schemes would keep you interested no matter how poor the mystery was.
One could accuse the film of being slightly stereotypical in regards to its Hawaiian setting. But it's no worse than the unrealistic Scotland seen in 2004's Scooby-Doo And The Loch Ness Monster.
I was also surprised at how little of it actually relies on Scooby (voiced by Frank Welker, who also does Fred). He barely gets a chance to do his thing. Most of the laughs come from the rest of the gang. But, as it is, Aloha, Scooby-Doo is still loads of fun and proves that while the story quality of modern Scoobys remains inconsistent, the animation just gets better and better.
The Blu Ray features a lovely 1.78:1 1080p picture bursting with colors that pop off the screen and a decent DTS HD-MA soundtrack. Extras are minimal and are in standard definition.