Scooby-Doo has been delighting audiences for decades. The ghost-hunting dog and his crew of humans have starred in many new adventures since the series first began in the '70s. "Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase" is a newer retool of the series which brings Fred, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby into the new millennium where they are fighting a video game villain. Grab your Scooby Snacks and enjoy this romp through cyberspace with Mystery, Inc.
There are five main characters in every Scooby-Doo movie, including this one. Fred, the self-named leader of the group, is a nice looking and intelligent guy. His on-again, off-again girlfriend, Daphne, is a redheaded sleuth who prides herself on her moments of resourcefulness and beautiful hair. Velma is a little nerdy and very into science, so she usually has intricate theories about the mystery at hand. Lastly, Shaggy is a loveable oaf who is scared of his own shadow and owner of Scooby-Doo, a dog that tends to get into trouble but is always there when needed.
The Mystery, Inc. gang is called in to a university to help a video game creator named Eric, and his partner, Bill. A virus that leaked out during the creation of the game is making strange things happen that scare the game creators and other students surrounding the game. Once the gang is literally pulled into the game, the action really begins. They must fight through all the levels of the video game to defeat the virus and find out who really planted the virus in order to sabotage Eric's game and chances of winning a science fair prize. Some humor ensues when the gang meets themselves in retro form in the game's last level.
The villains in this movie are a mix of new and old ghosts and goblins. The main villain is a monster called the Phantom Virus. He looks like a silver lightning bolt and can ruin anything electronic that is around and poses a large threat to the game itself, since he is composed of magnetic energy. Other secondary villains include the Creeper, Iron Face, Jaguaro, The Gator Ghoul and the Tar Monster, all of which are seen in older episodes of the Scooby-Doo series. They show up in the video game as villains from the past, which is accurate.
The major conflict of this film seems to be the age-old debate of man versus technology. Technology isn't perfect and even in video games can be full of glitches. Technology is also fragile, and one virus can wipe out months or even years of a programmer's hard work. Other conflicts include the villains against the Scooby gang, which is the basic good versus evil conflict. The protagonists of this conflict are the Scooby gang, and the antagonists are the computer villains that come from the past to wreak havoc in the computer world of the present.