Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog Review
We interrupt this program to bring you…Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog, too! Starring Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog!
If you grew up watching Cartoon Network in the late 90s, early 2000s, then you had to have seen or heard about Courage the Cowardly Dog. This macabre cartoon followed the misadventures of the titular dog as he faced various weird, often supernatural events. The show became known for the sheer amount of nightmare fuel inducing content it had, but it proved to be fairly successful. With the rise of social media and memes, the show’s only grown in popularity as our generation looks back on it with both fear and fondness. That, and they compare Courage with another Warner Bros canine, Scooby-Doo.
Scooby-Doo and Courage are so similar, it’s impossible to ignore. They’re both dogs, they’re famous for being cowards, but when the chips are down, they step up and help save the day. So, why not make a crossover between the two? The better question to ask, though, would be why it’s taken so long to make one in the first place!
Straight Outta Nowhere with Scooby and Courage
The film starts off with your typical Scooby-Doo plot. Scooby and the Gang are solving a mystery, Velma explains how the bad guy planned everything out, typical Scooby stuff. Thankfully, though, the film doesn’t linger on this for long, as it then gets into the real meat of the story. When Scooby hears this weird sound, he finds himself drawn to the middle of Nowhere. Which, in hindsight, could give Gravity Falls a run for its money as the weirdest small town in a cartoon. Courage also happens to be hearing the same strange noise, prompting the two canines to cross paths. Then things get even weirder when an army of giant cicadas (it’s 2021, year of the cicada) show up and attack Mystery Inc. and the farmhouse residents. As a result, the two groups join forces to figure out this strange mystery in the equally strange town.
What Makes a Good Crossover?
Whenever you a have crossover between two separate franchises, there’s a tight balancing act that one needs to follow. A person needs to make sure to give both halves an equal amount of exposure, showing off their best qualities while trying not to overshadow one another. In other words, they have to compliment each other to justify the crossover.
In this case, though, Warner Bros didn’t have to worry as much about that balancing act for one reason: one half of the crossover is Scooby-Doo. At this point, everyone in the West at least knows the premise to Scooby-Doo. They crank out Scooby-Doo content like there’s no tomorrow! There’s no real need to represent themselves outside the core cast, though mostly Scoob.
A Love Letter to Courage the Cowardly Dog
Admit it: the big reason why fans got so hyped about this film is because we got to see our boy, Courage, again after all these years.
While his show ended its run almost twenty years ago, Courage has lived on thanks to the power of the Internet and streaming services. Fans have been clamoring to see him come back in some form, and to have him team up with Scooby-Doo himself? That’s essentially every fanfic writer’s dream come true.
Once the film establishes the interaction between the core cast of both groups, it allows Courage to do much of the heavy lifting. And lift, he does. The film is filled with so many easter eggs and references to the show’s run: events from episodes, artifacts used by characters, paintings of antagonists past. I had to stop the movie at several points just to catch all the references! The one downside is that we didn’t get to see more of the cast from Courage physically appear. That, and the original voice actor for Eustace died years ago.
A Barking Good Time
It may be the nostalgia glasses, but I enjoyed this film from start to finish. It’s filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments, references galore, and the character interaction is great. Heck, even Eustace gets a few good moments with the Mystery Gang. Plus, when you see why the film’s called Straight Outta Nowhere, you will either laugh or cringe at it.
Straight Outta Nowhere, indeed.