All Scooby-Doo episodes and movies contain promise, but some are better than others; hence, Zombie Island and Witch's Ghost are better remembered than Aloha or Chill Out. Well, when I heard this one looked adventurous and parodied both Phantom of the Opera and American Idol I made the mistake of renting it. By mistake, I mean that I should have bought it to rewatch the multifaceted plot details. Just when you think they solved the mystery, there turns out to be more. Also, the gang shows their talent: Shaggy and Scooby act goofier than ever, Velma coins better one-liners, and Daphne and Fred sing their first duets. The characters are dynamic, especially "Fraphne." They even ponder the self-mimicking question, "Are we the only ones who run into masked crooks?"
It includes a sewer slide, a stakeout, several chase scenes, and a perilous driving scene. But the biggest surprise is how it ends. Some shows have one bad guy in a mask, some have two, some have a real one, and some have both a fake and a real monster. (This one follows none of those patterns.) The gang faces danger in a sewer and on a bridge, but the overall tone is light. Fun and friendly for the kids, yet interesting enough for nostalgic adults. This one may just beat Zombie Island.
If that's not enough, the DVD and Blu-Ray discs also include two theater episodes from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?