Scoob! Brings all the Fun and Nostalgia you’ve Been Craving

Scoob and gang in front of colorful van

Scoob and the gang are back for an all new mystery-solving adventure in Scoob! The movie is a blast for family members big and small, touching on lessons about the importance of friendship and giving us some serious nostalgia feels with classic cartoon characters that join in on all of the fun.

Friendship Saves The Day

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One of the most heartwarming aspects of the movie is Shaggy and Scoob’s friendship. We get to see the origins of their relationship and how quickly they bond and grow to become best friends. From hanging out and bowling, to making bizzare foods to eat together – they are a match made in heaven. But all of that fun doesn’t come without some important lessons too. As they and the gang go on the adventure of their lives to save the world, things begin to change. And both Scoob and Shaggy must learn that lifelong friendships don’t come without their fair share of challenges, growth, and sacrifice.

Revisit Your Favorite Hanna-Barbera Characters

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One of the biggest delights about the movie is how many characters we get to see revived in 3D from classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons we grew up with. And if you’re not familiar with Hanna-Barbera, they were a studio founded by the creators of Tom and Jerry and other animation legends. Hanna-Barbera has put out iconic gems like Scooby Doo of course, The Flintstones, and Yogi Bear, all the way up to early seasons of Johnny Bravo and The Powerpuff Girls. Chances are that if you watched TV from the 1950’s through the early 2000s, you’ve come across a ton of their cartoons.

The makers of Scoob! paid homage to the classic Scooby Doo cartoons, most excitingly in the rendering of the the iconic Scooby Doo chasing intro to the tune of “Scooby Dooby Doo Where are You.” And there are little details in the animation reminiscent of the old style too, which has a uniquely fun way of taking us back in time.

scooby and the gang running in chase

Other classic characters we meet include the villain Dick Dastardly, voiced by the talented Jason Isaacs, and his companion Muttley, who make a blast from the past from the Wacky Races cartoons. Muttley still has the same hyena-like laugh we know and love, while Dick Dastardly’s flying ship is all too reminiscent of his purple pointy race car from the show.

Blue Falcon and Dynomutt are some of the key characters we meet in Scoob!. And with Mark Wahlberg doing the voice of the cocky Blue Falcon and Ken Jeong playing the sarcastic Dynomutt, these two are another dynamic duo that’s a force to be reckoned with.

Captain Caveman also makes an appearance, and with the hilarious Tracy Morgan doing his voice in Scoob! he makes it even more fun to watch.

Half of the fun is finding all of the classic cartoon references in Scoob!. Think you can spot all the easter eggs hidden throughout the movie? Try it for yourself!

We’ve got plenty of awesome activities for you to do at home before or after you watch Scoob!, from word games, to recipes and coloring sheets. So have a blast with the whole family and enjoy the show!

Bring Home the Laughs and Lessons with Sonic the Hedgehog

Blue determined hedehog

The long-awaited Sonic the Hedgehog has finally made it to our living rooms! This little, blue-guy is taking you on an adventure full of plenty of silliness and laughs. The movie’s video game origins will get older adults excited about its nostalgia, and the humor in the movie brings everyone in the family together for a good time. And while Sonic may be an alien from another planet, he is also here to teach us some important lessons about what it means to be human too.

SONIC’S SEGA (AND INTERNET) ROOTS AMP UP THE NOSTALGIA

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We can’t talk about how Sonic the Hedgehog came to be without bringing up Sega and the Internet. Sonic originated from the Sega Genesis games that first came onto the scene in the early 90s. Those who grew up playing the games will be excited to see that the movie pays homage to the video games with a number of references. For example, Sonic sports his signature red shoes from the game that help him go fast as he fights off the evil Robotnik (who also originated in the games). Sonic also collects the classic rings that OG gamers are familiar with, and even eats plenty of his favorite food from the game – hot dogs.

Check out even more references to the classic Sonic games that you don’t want to miss in this exclusive clip:

And while the video game originally inspired the film, the Internet also helped shape the movie in an unprecedented way. When the trailer first appeared online, the game fans weren’t exactly thrilled with how different Sonic looked from his beloved Sega roots. So they did what the Internet does best – made tons of memes roasting the design. And to everyone’s surprise, the studio took the criticism and gave Sonic the redesign everyone was asking for. Sonic finally got his signature large eyes, bigger teeth, and proportional body shape. From origins to completion, Sonic’s Sega fans had a hand in making the movie happen. That alone is a cool movie history moment to witness. And moving beyond the creation, the filmmakers just made a movie that’s just fun to watch for adults and kids thanks to the talent.

JIM CARREY KEEPS THE LAUGHS COMING

Jim Carrey stars as the infamous Eggman/Dr. Robotnik in the movie. We’ve seen Carrey in mostly over-the-top roles in movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber. In Sonic he takes his signature Carrey “out there”-ness down a bit and replaces it with tons of bad guy sass.

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As the epitome of evil, endlessly condescending genius, Carrey hits all the marks while keeping things lighthearted and funny. He is mean to literally everyone (except his precious robots of course) since they’re never smart enough to satisfy him. Everything he says is a quippy insult or a sassy remark that is witty enough for both adults and kids to appreciate. Of course, his signature look adds to his evil villain style too. His giant goggles and strong mustache give him a balance of commanding and ridiculous at the same time, making him the perfect villain for a lighthearted family adventure. We can’t help but see Tom and Jerry parallels watching the chase between Robotnik and Sonic throughout the movie and that’s just a blast to watch.

bald man with big goggles and moustache in mushroom land

But it’s not just the animation, talent, and humor that make Sonic the Hedgehog a great family movie. Sonic actually teaches us some worthwhile lessons about the importance of friendship too.  

WE ALL NEED SOMEBODY TO LEAN ON

blue animated hedgehog playing baseball

When we first meet Sonic, we quickly realize he spends a lot of time alone. Since he is an alien, he can’t be seen by any humans without risking his safety. So he’s forced to watch everyone from afar and find different ways to entertain himself. Through the movie, we see Sonic play ping pong by himself and even play baseball alone. He even spends his nights watching movies through the window of Tom’s house before they meet. And although this is fun at first, Sonic always comes to the same conclusion: he wishes he had a friend. Through the movie this theme comes back over and over – Sonic has spent years watching humanity be together, and his need for companionship on planet Earth is real. That’s why meeting Tom changes everything.

Tom is very reluctant to help Sonic at their first encounter. After all, Sonic a little alien stranger and Tom has plenty going on in his own life. But eventually, Tom agrees to take Sonic across the country, even with nothing to gain. Thanks to Tom’s willingness to be kind, the two grow close as they go on their journey and fight off Robotnik. As they face more hardships and get to know each other on their adventure, they start to develop a real friendship. Not only does this make Sonic happy, but this friendship even helps save their lives. And in the end, Tom gains an unexpected little hedgehog friend too.

blue hedgehog and man smiling at each other

So while Sonic is an alien from a different planet, he reminds us of some really important lessons in being human – help those in need, be kind, and remember that we all need somebody to lean on.

Ready to make Family Movie Night electric with Sonic? Check out these awesome games and activities that you can do before or after the movie!

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Tomorrow: Don’t miss our Trolls World Tour Red Carpet and #WalmartWatchParty Event!

Trolls World Tour is premiering tomorrow, and you are invited to join us from your living rooms for a special watch party and red carpet pre-show event! Pre-order your rental of Trolls World Tour today and get $5 Vudu credit.

We roll out the red carpet pre-show tomorrow, April 10th at 5:30PM ET/2:30PM PT. Join us on Twitter to rock out with @Walmart, @VuduFans, and special guests!

We’ll have interviews with Kenan Thompson – that’s right, Tiny Diamond himself – as well as director Walt Dohrn! We’ll also have colorful activities, cool trivia and more for the entire family to enjoy!

different trolls posing

Right after the Red Carpet event, join the #WalmartWatchParty at 6:00PM ET/3:00PM PT. To join, just hit play on your copy of Trolls World Tour right at 6PM ET/3P PT so you’re synced with everyone at the party. Then use #WalmartWatchParty to join the Twitter conversation, share your reactions, follow along with trivia, and see what other fun surprises we have in store!

To join the red carpet event and #WalmartWatchParty, just do the following:

1. Pre-order your rental of Trolls World Tour today and receive a $5 Vudu credit (via email in 48 hours).

2. Follow @Walmart and @VuduFans on Twitter

3. Join us on 4/10 at 5:30PM ET for the virtual Red Carpet event, then stick around to join the viewing party and watch Trolls World Tour with us at 6:00PM ET.

4. Use #WalmartWatchParty to join the live conversation and fun!

Be sure to check in with us on Twitter throughout the day today and tomorrow for some exciting Trolls surprises to get us pumped for the premiere. We can’t wait to see you there!