DVD Release Date: August 9, 2016
After the positive response to the first two co-productions between WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Animation, it’s only natural that the partnership would continue. WWE Superstars have joined the animated worlds of “Scooby-Doo!” and “The Flintstones,” and their latest offering puts them back in the middle of the Mystery Inc. crew as a direct sequel to 2014’s “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery.”
This time around the WWE Superstars aren’t competing at WrestleMania, but in a series of drag races called Muscle Moto X, just because. And with all the things Mr. McMahon has tried in the past is it really that big of a leap to make? The superstars are grouped together into various race cars, including Undertaker & Dusty Rhodes (R.I.P.), Los Matadores & El Torito, Rusev & Lana, The Miz & Paige, Sheamus & the Rhodes Brothers, and Triple H & Stephanie McMahon. Also joining the voice cast as part of the broadcast team are Michael Cole to call the action, and Kofi Kingston as an on-the-scene reporter.
I think it’s fair to assume that any adult watching this movie will be familiar with Scooby-Doo and certain gimmicks that appear in all of their movies and episodes. A monster reveals itself early on in the film, messes with the races, and the gang has to solve the mystery. Along the way certain characters seem like likely suspects, they turn out not to be the culprit, lather rinse repeat. No adult watches Scooby-Doo movies for the surprise factor, that I can be certain of.
While my four-year-old daughter enjoys everything Scooby-Doo, I take particular enjoyment in “WrestleMania Mystery” and “Curse of the Speed Demon” to hear the wrestlers I’m accustomed to watching in the cartoon-like world of WWE enter into a literal cartoon. The chairman himself, Mr. McMahon is always a highlight, as he seems more than happy to commit to gags and show the less serious side of himself. While it’s odd that John Cena is not present, his absence is more than made up for by the sheer number of superstars, notably the late great hall of famer Dusty Rhodes and his two sons, Goldust and Stardust.
“Curse of the Speed Demon” is just a step below “WrestleMania Mystery” because it literally takes the wrestlers out of their element, but it’s a fun little movie, especially if you have kids that are into the antics of the Mystery Inc. team.