Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico (2003)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of-Creating A Monster
Audio Commentary-Watch The Movie With The Gang
|Year Of Production||2003|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Scott Jeralds|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico is one of the newest adventures featuring the gang from Mystery Inc, having been made in 2003. The gang have been well and truly updated to the 21st century when, in the opening scenes, we see Freddy emailing his internet pal Alejo in Mexico. Eager to meet his new American friend, Alejo invites Freddy and his friends to join him and his family in Mexico for the coming Day Of The Dead celebrations. Freddy emails the rest of the Mystery Inc gang and pretty soon the five are headed south of the border for a little fun and relaxation. Of course there will no doubt be a mystery to solve once they get there, and this soon manifests itself in the form of El Chupacabra, a rather large (extremely large in fact) mythological monster that has started terrorising the local community.
As is the case with most Scooby mysteries, things are not quite as they initially seem, and so while having lunch with Alejo and his family, the Mystery gang smell a rat. This time it's in the form of Don Diego, a rather smooth-talking businessman who is vainly trying to secure Alejo's family's hotel resort and land. There has to be a connection here somewhere and the gang are desperate to find out what it is. When Daphne gets kidnapped things are starting to look just a little serious.
The original voice talent of Frank Welker (Freddy), Casey Kasem (Shaggy), Nicole Jaffe (Velma), and Heather North Kenney (Daphne) have all returned for this new movie and this is certainly one of the strengths of the whole feature. Of course the original Scooby-Doo was voiced by the late Don Messick, and the main character is now admirably voiced by Frank Welker in his dual role. All up this really does feel just like an old Scooby episode, albeit with much cleaner animation and a lovely 5.1 soundtrack. It's not quite as polished or sophisticated as Scooby-Doo and The Witch's Ghost, but should still easily entertain the whole family.
Another recent Scooby-Doo offering means another very nice looking video transfer. This effort is excellent. It is bright, colourful, and quite modern looking animation. The improvement of these new transfers compared to the grimy looking original Scooby-Doo mysteries is remarkable.
It is presented in the original made-for-TV aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is therefore not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is very sharp throughout with virtually no major blemishes. Grain is non-existent and there is no low level noise.
Colours are superbly saturated. They are vivid and vibrant with bold reds, oranges, yellows and blues the highlights. Like the other recent Scooby movies, the backgrounds here seem to have had substantially more work than you would expect from an original Scooby episode. The colours of Mexico are not quite as brightly represented as I would have liked, but there is no mistaking where the gang are holidaying. What we do get are heaps of earthy tones such as deep reds and burnt oranges abounding. There was no evidence of any problems with colour bleeding or cross-colouration.
Compression artefacts are completely absent as are film artefacts.
There are only two sets of English subtitles available. Both are accurate and well placed on the screen.
This is a single sided and single layered disc only so there is no layer change with which to contend.
There are two soundtracks on this disc, with the main choice being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 effort. There is also a Dolby Digital 2.0 commentary track which is discussed in the extras section. This is a nicely engaging and quite wide reaching soundtrack that utilises all front speakers consistently.
Dialogue is clear and easily understood, and obviously audio sync is not really an issue since this is an animated feature.
There is a little surround channel use, but it isn't quite what I'd call aggressive. The subwoofer also doesn't see a significant amount of action.
|Surround Channel Use|
A 6:36 making-of featurette, labelled Creating a Monster, that primarily looks at the voice talent used in the film.
What is supposed to be an extension of the comedy routine sees a commentary track voiced by Freddy, Shaggy, and Scooby (yes they are in character). It's not that funny really, with the guys reminiscing about the location, the sights, the locals, and the food. You will probably be only able to handle it for 30 minutes or so before it becomes a little mundane.
This is a very lame attempt at the humorous bloopers that worked so well at the end of animated features such as A Bug's Life and Toy Story. This series of bloopers, mostly featuring Scooby-Doo, is really just not that funny. Runs for 1:56.
Three rather neat and very well produced games feature here in addition to the usual web-links and the like. The games are Scooby-Doo Jinx at the Sphinx, Showdown in Ghost Town, Phantom Of The Knight.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 disc is basically the same as the local version save for a few soundtrack differences and a couple of minor extras.
The Region 4 disc misses out on;
The Region 1 disc misses out on;
Obviously the content alone swings this in favour of the Region 1 disc, but the main feature and important extras are the same, so I'd suggest to pick it up wherever you can get it the cheapest.
Scooby-Doo and the Monster Of Mexico is one of the newest feature length movies in the Scooby-Doo series. While not being quite as entertaining as Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, it is nonetheless very well made and nice to look at. The usual formula of the Scooby series - that being a mystery needing to be solved by those meddling kids - is all present and accounted for, so fans of the lovable great dane and his pals should be happy.
The video quality is excellent, with a clear, clean source print used with bold and vibrant colours abounding.
The audio quality is pretty solid and wide-reaching in range, though it is essentially anchored to the front speakers despite the 5.1 surround tag.
The extras are highlighted by an 'in-character' commentary soundtrack.
|DVD||Loewe Xemix 5106DO, using RGB output|
|Display||Loewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||Front - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10|