Scooby-Doo and the gang embark on a search for buried treasure when a map is accidently left in their pizza. The lost treasure belongs to a pirate named Gnarlybeard. The quest gets difficult when the Phantom Parrot steals the map from the sleuths and their clue-sniffing canine. They must track down the mysterious bird and recover the map if they ever want to find out what’s inside Gnarlybeard’s treasure chest.
Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map is based in the world of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. To jog memories, the Saturday morning cartoon series featured Scooby and his pals as children. Remember back when every cool cartoon franchise was intent on turning their characters into pint-sized ankle biters? The Flintstone Kids, Tiny Toons Adventures, The New Archies, and Muppet Babies are perfect examples of this obsession.
If you don’t get too picky, Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map is entertaining. The sets and backgrounds all look good. It does seem like the filmmakers had a hard time figuring out exactly how to get the puppets properly framed in the picture at times. However, none of that really matters when your target market are children who aren’t going to complain about those sorts of things.
Most of the familiar voice actors who we’ve come to identify as these characters lend their talents to Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map. Frank Welker plays both Scooby-Doo and Fred as usual. Matthew Lillard breathes life into Shaggy and Grey DeLisle Griffin portrays Daphne. Mindy Cohn is replaced as the voice of Velma by Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Sesame Street, The Book of Pooh).
There’s not much to be found in the way of bonus material for Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map. The first is an episode of Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? entitled The Backstage Rage. The second is the episode Robopup from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It would’ve been interesting to see some “behind-the-scenes” footage of the puppeteers working.
Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map knows exactly who its target audience is and hits the mark. I can see where they could take the puppet concept of this movie and make it work as a new TV or movie series for the franchise. There’s no better time than now to push the idea with the renewed interest in the Muppets at a fever pitch.