When we booked our holiday to Tunisia back in December, we didn't even think about the dates but it turned out that we missed the entirety of the Olympic Games. We flew out the day after the Opening Ceremony and got back home the day of the Closing Ceremony. Oops, it wasn't planned, honest ! Luckily, Warner Brothers sent us through a sporty-themed DVD that stopped the Madhouse Mini-testers grumbling - Scooby-Doo Spooky Games.
This being Warner Brothers, they didn't just send us through the DVD though - they added in some extra goodies that tied in with the sports theme of the DVD. It may be more school sports day than Olympic Games but the Madhouse Mini-testers LOVED them, as you can see below.
Pierre and Juliette first tried out the sack race bags - I have visions of turning these into brilliant tidy-up toy bags or laundry bags, but I'm meeting resistence. They want to keep them for sack races !
Then they practised throwing the bean bags to each other and balancing them on their heads ! After all this energetic play, it was time to chill out on the settee and watch the main attraction - the DVD.
See? We didn't totally miss out on the Olympics ? We just saw the Scooby version instead of the London one ! Scooby-Doo Spooky Games is a collection of episodes including a brand new one (the Spooky Games episode which gave its name to the DVD) in which the gang go off to participate in the Games (that's the World Invitational Games rather than the Olympics but who's fooled really ?!). Sportiness and spookiness go hand in hand when an ancient statue comes to life and threatens the games, until the Scoobsters get on the case and sort it all out.
This first 20-minute episode is the only new one though. The rest are classic episodes from the 1970's Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics that I remember from my childhood with three teams of Hanna-Barbera characters (comedy heroes, action heroes and villains) taking each other on in madcap events across the globe. The Madhouse Mini-testers loved seeing characters from other cartoons popping up in Scooby Doo, such as Yogi Bear, the Flintstones and the Pink Panther, because it just blew their mind seeing them in the "wrong" show (it would be like seeing Alfie and Kat from Eastenders popping up in Casualty or Crimewatch !) but they didn't find the older episodes as entertaining as the new one - which they've watched several times, especially after seeing the highlight of the real Olympics and wanting to watch it to compare and contrast. (Which led to hilarious exchanges like : "Ooh look, the athletes are walking around the stadium, that's the same. There aren't any ghosts and monsters in the real Olympics though" !)
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £4.99
runtime : 113 minutes
rating : PG
Disclosure : I received a DVD (and extra assorted goodies) in order to write an honest review.
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