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Aloha Scooby Doo
Voices: Casey Kasem, Tia Carrere, Teri Garr, Mindy Cohn
Directed by Tim Maltby
Music by Don Ho
Hanna Barbera Productions
Warner Family Home Video 2005
74 Minutes

This is a good Scooby Doo DVD not only because it is not the live action version but the beloved cartoon version of the adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang of Shaggy (Kasey Kasem), Fred, Daphne, and Velma (Mindy Cohn of The Facts Of Life). Aloha Scooby Doo is definitely fare for the whole family that features something for everyone including a few comedy tidbits here and there for adults although the very little ones might find the movie a bit too scary.

There is no great mystery behind your basic plot in a Scooby Doo movie and Aloha Scooby Doo is no exception to that rule. The Mystery Inc. gang arrives at some location just in time for a series of scary events is freaking out the locals. Shaggy and the gang investigate and eventually find some sort of nefarious yet perfectly logical explanation for all of the ghosts and goblins that showed up. 

In this newest installment, Shaggy, Scooby Doo, and the gang come to Hawaii for the Big Kahuna of Hanaluna surfing contest because Daphne got a contract to design fashion for a swimwear company. Because the Big Kahuna contest is open to mainlanders, local god Wiki Tiki and his minions the tiny Tikis is angry and blows up a few things before kidnapping local babe Snookie (Tia Carrere) to sacrifice to the volcano god. Local surfer king Manu offers to help the gang solve the mystery and rescue Snookie.

Most adults can pretty much figure the rest and the kids will very much enjoy the mystery solving abilities of the gang. What makes Aloha Scooby Doo stand out from the rest of the animated movies is the lush colors used here and the really cool surfing music. Director Tim Maltby paid a lot of attention to detail so watching this DVD is most definitely gorgeous eye candy. This cartoon does run a bit long when Shaggy and the gang are under Mount Pulanana looking for Wiki Tiki and there is a lot of extra running around for no reason generally but this is not annoying enough to turn you off the cartoon.

Particularly fun is the character of the local mayor, voiced by Teri Garr, and the salesman (voiced by Adam West of Batman fame). A watchful viewer will notice a short and very weird cameo appearance or cameo by Gilligan of Gilligan's Island fame.

Aloha Scooby Doo is a big kahuna in my books.



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