Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog

I love Scooby-Doo and you know what? I’m quite fond of Courage the Cowardly Dog. I don’t remember watching it loads but I do remember watching it and it did leave an impression. I’d probably watch the whole show now if it was on a streaming service.

Courage the Cowardly Dog had this really off the wall creepiness that always left an image in my mind after seeing an episode. I think the weird vibes and monsters it featured could work quite well with Scooby-Doo unfortunately I don’t think it does in this film.

72 mins would normally feel quite short for a film but this felt so long. It was too long for a Courage the Cowardly Dog story and this is what this was. It was the Scooby gang coming into his world. I think if it was vice versa than it could’ve worked better. Courage shows up in a Scooby-Doo mystery then realises that everything is fine because it’s people in masks this time.

Eustice has a rap in this but the time it got to that point, I was already checked out so I just brushed it off. It just felt like par for the course with this film. Too Scooby-Doo for a Courage story and too Courage for a Scooby-Doo story. It is a risk that happens with crossovers. For every ‘A Star is Burns’, you get a ‘The Simpsons Guy’.

This probably would’ve been better if it was made when Courage the Cowardly Dog was airing in 99-02. Scooby-Doo just had the Mook films with their darker tone so that mixed with Courage the Cowardly Dog’s dark humour and creepy vibes could’ve worked quite well.

Unfortunately, Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is a pretty weak film. You don’t really get the good elements from either show and it just ends up feeling like a lifeless crossover. It wasn’t a bad idea to try it but I think it was too late to the idea.

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