Da Bomb Diggity!
Sadly I was genuinely dissapointed in Aloha, having held it up to such a high standard as a child it really just ended up leaving a dry taste in my mouth. The animation is what you’d expect as this point, it’s on par with that of The Loch Ness Monster whilst also managing to try something new, and weirdly impressive, that being 3D animation. The character design was as expected although I couldn’t help but realise how badly it could be taken now due to the weird agendas people share now. The Wikki Tiki is now the second villain to be based on a cultural deity and I must say it’s far better than the Yowie Yahoo!
As for the story, I couldn’t help but feel bored, it’s really nothing special and offered nothing new in terms of Scooby Doo storytelling. The film also happened to be weirdly slow as until the twenty minute mark nothing substantial had occurred. Furthermore a lot of what could’ve been quoted as educational value for kids came off as rather stereotypical for a millennial viewer such as myself, the soundtrack felt like something I’d heard before and the representation of Hawaiian culture felt hamfisted, and weirdly more fiction than fact. My biggest issue is the culprit, this usually makes or breaks a Scooby Doo film and here I’d say it broke it, the two villains were way too obvious and wouldn’t be a challenge for kids to figure out.
However Aloha does have several positives, the chase scenes managed to be the most engaging yet, they successfully to draw me back into the film by being tense, fast and surprisingly action packed; the final chase scene on the water being by far the best finale I’ve seen so far. As well as that I found myself rather amused by some jokes that clearly went over my head as a kid; a running joke involving time shares was surprisingly comical and on the nose. Finally the scale of Aloha really struck me, the entire setting was used effectively with the Gang leaving no stones untouched, even going as far to investigate an active volcano, it was great to see the writers using the most of their medium.
Sadly Aloha Scooby Doo is the biggest disappointment yet. ⭐️⭐️1/2