Ruh Roh! After decades of animation and two different live-action movie series, Scooby Doo and the gang have their first original puppet movie. “Scooby Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map” is basically “A Pup Named Scooby Doo” meets “Sesame Street.”
The adventure begins when a map revealing the location of Gnarlybeard the pirate’s hidden treasure is accidently delivered with Shaggy and Scooby’s pizza. Naturally, the gang sets out to find the missing treasure, tangling with a Phantom Parrot and Gnarlybeard himself along the way.
The gang’s tree house hangout and the characterizations seem to come straight from “A Pup Named Scooby Doo.” Fred is an idiot, Daphne is a bossy prima donna, Velma is a virtual walking computer and Shaggy and Scooby are best friends with huge appetites. The characters are strictly stereotypes of themselves, with no depth.
Both the puppets and the humor are more “Sesame Street” than “Muppets.” Fred, Daphne and Velma’s faces seem almost interchangeable, but with a tree house, a cave, a lighthouse, a pirate ship, a plane and an island to visit, the variety of backgrounds and props used keep the movie visually interesting. The humor is simple and obvious, with no edge or slyness to it.
“Scooby Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map” will likely appeal to the youngest of Scooby Doo fans, but for most people whose age has neared or reached the double digits, one viewing is probably going to be enough. Released in 2013, it is 45 minutes long.