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Category:    Home > Reviews > Animation > Comedy > Mystery > Animals > Fantasy > Superheroes > Action > TV > Be Cool Scooby Doo: Teamwork Screamwork (2017/Warner DVD Set)/Nella The Princess Knight (2017/Nickelodeon DVD)/Teen Titans: The Complete First Season (2003/DC Comics/Warner Archive Blu-ray)

Be Cool Scooby Doo: Teamwork Screamwork (2017/Warner DVD Set)/Nella The Princess Knight (2017/Nickelodeon DVD)/Teen Titans: The Complete First Season (2003/DC Comics/Warner Archive Blu-ray)



Picture: C+/C+/B Sound: C+/C+/B Extras: D/D/C+ Episodes: B-/C+/C+



Now for the next child-friendly releases, all offering their own takes on adventure...



Be Cool Scooby Doo: Teamwork Screamwork (2017) offers another (un?-)lucky 13 mysteries over two DVDs that are not bad if you have not seen the original series, but retains some charm and offers some good humor throughout, so it is not as poor as some other revivals of 'the gang' in the Mystery Machine. The show is apparently doing better than other revivals/continuations and is a bit better than some of the recent video-only feature films we've covered, some of which have been the near nadir (outside of those awful live action films with Freddie Prinze, Jr.) so you can do worse.


This Warner DVD set runs almost 300 minutes (!) in all, but there are no extras. Why not? That's another mystery for another time for the gang to solve.



Nella The Princess Knight (2017) is the next attempt for the Nickelodeon Network to launch a new series (and franchise) with the title character a pretty young gal who can still look good doing battle against new opponents and situations throughout the eight episodes debuting on this DVD. The supporting characters in this fantasy world have names like Trinket, Sir Garrett and Clod. That alone makes me wonder where the show will go (humor-wise included), but it was not one that stood with me. However, I could still see it being some kind of hit and at least it is ambitious as it looks for its audience.


There are no extras, but our copy came with a paperboard slide cover over the DVD case that featured a lenticular cover to see Nella in both kinds of outfits we will have to get used to seeing her in through the series. The animation is not bad either.



Finally, from DC Comics and Warner Family Entertainment comes the beloved 2003 DC Teen Titans cartoon, now on crystal clear Blu-ray disc commercial and network-watermark free. The animation style is similar to that of the '90s Batman: The Animated Series (reviewed elsewhere on this site) mixed with a kind of PowerPuff Girls-vibe. The show is high energy that's fun for kids with references that adults will dig in Teen Titans: The Complete First Season.


Teen Titans features the voice talents of Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton, Hynden Walch, Tara Strong, and Dee Bradley Baker.


The Teen Titans - Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Robin - face their rogues gallery of villains - Mad Mod, The Puppet King, Mumbo and Slade across thirteen episodes. Based in Titans Tower, the junior heroes still have a lot to learn when compared to their adult counterparts but still manage to save the day.


Episodes include Final Exam, Sisters, Divide and Conquer, Forces of Nature, The Sum of His Parts, Nevermore, Switched, Deep Six, Masks, Mad Mod, Apprentice Pt. 1 and 2, and Car Trouble.


Presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio with a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the show looks and sounds fine with little to complain about. Some of the lines around the characters are a little imperfect but the style is neat and very colorful.


Special Features include...


Finding Their Voices: The secret information behind the making of Teen Titans


Comic Creations: From Comic Book to Cartoon


Puffy AmiYumi Music Video


Sneak Peak at Hi Hi Puffy YamiYumi TV Show


Puffy AmiYumi Interview/Featurette


Toon Topia bonus cartoons: The Hiros Episodes 1 and 2 in HD



Presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio with a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, Titans looks and sounds fine with little to complain about. Some of the lines around the characters are a little imperfect but the style is neat and very colorful.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Scooby and Nella look as good as they can for the format with good color and fairly good depth. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Scooby and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Nella are good for the new recordings that they are, but are limited by the format's compression. This is pretty much what we expected, but that's fine.



- Nicholas Sheffo & James Lockhart (Titans)

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