Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery
2015, Warner Bros. Home Video
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I haven’t been into Scooby-Doo since I was a kid, but I had to pick this up because it featured KISS. I didn’t expect much from this movie, and yeah, the overall story is kinda dumb and silly but that’s Scooby-Doo in general. In spite of that, I found this to be a fun little movie.
What kept me entertained were all of the story elements mined from KISS’ career. While this is definitely a movie for all ages (and aimed at children), the nods to KISS history will please any KISS fan. Characters such as Shandi Strutter, Delilah Domino, Chikara, the Destroyer and the Elder all pay homage to songs and albums from the band. There’s also a really funny running gag about KISS licensed products courtesy of the band’s greedy tightwad manager, Chip McGoo (voiced by the band’s real-life manager, Doc McGhee). Another humorous bit in the movie is the registered trademark symbol (®) showing up wherever the KISS logo is used throughout (such as on concession stands, flags, etc.). Knowing KISS though, I’m not entirely sure that was meant in a funny manner or not.
Anyway, in this movie, much like in 1978’s KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, the band are not only rock stars but also super-powered beings. They have an awesome giant guitar spaceship. The story centers around a character called the Crimson Witch, who is haunting the KISS World theme park and trying to get her hands on the Rock of Kissteria (which is, of course, a black diamond) on Halloween night in order to unleash the world-ending Destroyer. There’s some pretty cool battle scenes with the soundtrack provided by songs like “Shout It Out Loud”, “Detroit Rock City” and “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”.
What really won me over in this movie was a scene where the Elder is telling the Scooby gang about the chosen ones who had guarded against the Destroyer over the ages. While flipping through the book, one page references former KISS members Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr via symbols and drawings. I thought that was pretty awesome.
In addition to the band voicing their own characters and the usual Scooby gang voice cast, this movie also features the voice talents of Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Darius Rucker, NCIS’ Pauley Perrette and Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter.
There’s also two bonus Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episodes: “To Switch a Witch” and “The Diabolical Disc Demon” (which is an episode featuring a KISS-inspired monster called The Phantom).
I love cartoons and I love KISS. This one gets a thumbs up from me.