Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters

Starring: Scooby-Doo
Warner Home Video
RRP: £9.99
Certificate: U
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On a visit to a New England town, Scooby and the gang are spooked by close encounters with the ghost of Paul Revere and a fire-spouting sea serpent. Rather than tackle this mystery alone, the gang team up with The Harlem Globetrotters. Soon after they join forces the Globetrotters and the Mystery Inc. crew are "ship-napped" to a creepy island full of ghostly frights...

Scooby-Doo Meets the Harlem Globetrotters consists of two mysteries from the original 1972 New Scooby-Doo Movies TV Series. Don't worry though "New" doesn't mean you will have to suffer an appearance by Scrappy-Doo.

I remember watching the episodes contained on this release when I was knee high to a grasshopper. I didn't understand the majority of the jokes then, and I'm wishing that I still didn't. There are plenty of corny one-liners and awfully dubbed canned laughter - made all the more painful by the fact that the laughter is added in some strange places.

The addition of the Harlem Globetrotters is a slight strange mix. And each episode has the usual spooky goings on, followed by some basketball antics. In their defence, the Harlem Globetrotters do add a lot of comical action to the episodes, and they also have their own cool bus which is similar to The Mystery Machine.

While the animation is more basic than I remember, and the picture quality is a little on the ropey side - hairs and scratches on the original film stock - these episodes will still entertain children of all ages. Still average stuff though.

Pete Boomer

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