Being a huge 'Scooby Doo' fan for goodness knows how long, any new show, special or film would be watched with great anticipation. While 'Scooby Doo Where Are You' is still the jewel of the crown of the franchise, it was interesting to see 'Scooby Doo' rendered in Lego.
'Lego Scooby Doo' was something found quite by accident after watching the short special 'Knight Time Terror' and the two Lego-rendered 'Scooby Doo' films 'Haunted Hollywood' and 'Blowout Beach Bash'. After being pleasantly surprised by 'Knight Time Terror' and 'Blowout Beach Bash' (was mixed on 'Haunted Hollywood'), it made me interested to see more Lego 'Scooby Doo', having seen other films lately following the Lego animation trend and doing it remarkably well. They are very short episodes, but is quite an interesting little series even if different than expected.
"Donuts Save the Day" is a solid start for the 'Lego Scooby Doo' series. It is very short being just over a minute but still manages to be entertaining, thanks to Shaggy and Scooby's funny and endearingly goofy antics and how they defeat the creepy monsters and the monsters do provide a little spookiness.
The story is slight but has enough energy and atmosphere to make it a fun minute and a half or so. The dialogue is amusing and who can't help love Shaggy and Scooby's charmingly affectionate friendship or that motorcycle. The episode also does a great job making one crave donuts, actually ate one after watching the episode.
Animation-wise, the animation is very nicely done. It's very colourful and atmospheric and the music is dynamic and whimsical.
Voice acting is very good, especially from Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. Casey Kasem will always be the definitive Shaggy, but Lillard is the best of the replacements and there's a reason why he's the longest serving one. It's amazing how Frank Welker doesn't sound long in the tooth at all despite doing voice work in the 'Scooby Doo' franchise since the very beginning.
Fred, Daphne (haven't warmed to her design yet) and Velma are underused however, and the ending is a bit abrupt for my tastes.
Overall, solid start for an interesting series. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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