Scooby Doo and the gang get their games on in “Scooby Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams,” a new sports-themed collection that offers 13 episodes on two DVDs. Should you get it for the Scooby fan in your life?
I’ve loved Scooby Doo for longer than I care to admit, but this particular collection didn’t quite hit it out of the park for me.
Here are the 13 episodes that make up “Field of Screams.”
- 1. Scooby Doo! Ghostly Goals
- 2. Night on Haunted Mountain
- 3. The Demon of the Dugout
- 4. The Ghost that Sacked the Quarterback
- 5. The Warlock of Wimbledon
- 6. The Beast is Awake in Bottomless Lake
- 7. Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!
- 8. Maltese Mackerel/Yabba’s Rustle Hustle/Basketball Bumblers
- 9. Muscle Trouble/Alien Schmalien/Picnic Poopers
- 10. The Creepy Case of Old Ironface
- 11. Scooby and the Minotaur/Scooby Pinch Hits
- 12. The Fast and the Wormious
- 13. Gentleman, Start Your Monsters
The New Episode
To me, the new episode that starts these collections is the major draw. Normally, I’m pretty easy to please, but this soccer episode was a swing and a miss for me. It felt rushed and unfinished, like a rough draft somebody hadn’t bothered to polish yet. While attending a spectacular soccer game, the gang sets out to return an autographed soccer ball to two kids — who never even get names — with a trickster spirit name Eshu in hot pursuit. It’s got the normal mix of silly action, but a lot feels left out. Fred never creates a single trap. Daphne doesn’t get to splice together any clever fixes; she hardly gets the chance to moon over the soccer players. Shaggy and Scooby don’t even get the opportunity to indulge their out-of-sight appetites. However, there are some fun chase scenes and Velma’s efforts to identify the monster are totally true to character.
The Other Episodes
The other episodes are a pleasant mix of sports with everything from waterskiing to baseball, basketball to football, and tennis to racing. Several series are also included, with an episode from the most recent soap opera Scooby “Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated,” several from “What’s New, Scooby Doo?” and plenty of old favorites we haven’t seen in a while from some of the classic Scooby shows. I had almost forgotten about Yabba Doo; visiting him was a treat.
Personally, I’d rather watch a bad Scooby than a lot of other stuff that makes it onto the TV screen. Despite a less than stellar new episode, dedicated Scooby fans and sport fanatics will find enough engaging content to earn this fun DVD a spot in their entertainment collection.
Looking for more Scooby Doo reviews?
A Review of “Scooby Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery”
A Review of “Scooby Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map”