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Worlds Collide in "Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery"

Updated on April 24, 2019
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I've been a KISS fan since '77, seen them live numerous times (in and out of makeup) and I'm a veteran of the KISS Expo/Convention scene.


A Titanic Team Up Years in the Making!

KISS seemed to be on a mission to induct the younger generations of the world into the KISS Army during 2015. First, they went after the Japanese youth market by teaming up with the massively popular "J-Pop" group Momoiro Clover Z for a successful single ("Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina," a.k.a. "Samurai Son"). When they returned home, they introduced themselves to America's kids by teaming up with one of their idols - cartoon legend Scooby Doo! The 24th (!) full length feature in the long running series of Scooby-Doo direct-to-video movies, Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, was released in July 2015.

My son was 8 years old at the time and loved all things Scooby-Doo. He was also well aware of my KISS fandom, so naturally when he ran up to me in Wal-Mart with this DVD in his hand one day, pleading, "Ooh Daddy, look! Can we get this? Come on, we HAVE to get this!" there was no way that I could possibly refuse!

If Scooby is wearing the Catman makeup, does that make him... CatDog?
If Scooby is wearing the Catman makeup, does that make him... CatDog? | Source

What took them so long?

Why did it take so long for this team-up to finally happen? The band and the "Scooby" 'toon were insanely popular during the 1970s, so the combination should have been screamingly obvious even way back then.

Scooby's creators at the Hanna-Barbera Productions were also responsible for KISS' live action movie debut, the notorious 1978 made-for-TV turkey KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. (Wait... I think I may have answered my own question!) If you've seen Phantom, then you know that it was essentially a Scooby-Doo adventure with KISS in place of Shaggy and the gang. The storyline of Rock and Roll Mystery actually resembles Phantom quite a bit. KISS fans have joked for decades about the possibility of a Phantom sequel, and this animated team up is probably as close as we'll ever get.

Technically if you want to get really nit-picky, this is the second time KISS and Scooby have crossed over. The band made a brief cameo appearance in a 2003 episode of What's New Scooby-Doo?, but Paul Stanley was the only band member who lent his voice. All four of the current KISS members provide their own voices in Rock and Roll Mystery, but in keeping with their larger-than-life mystique, they're never referred to by their "real" names - just their super-heroic "character" names. Therefore Gene Simmons is "The Demon," Paul Stanley is "The Starchild," Tommy Thayer is "The Spaceman" and Eric Singer is "The Catman."


Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery
Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery

Scooby Doo fans (and their parents) will get a lot of laughs from this well animated team-up.


The Story

The film opens at KISS World, the band's massive, all-KISS, all-the-time theme park (which does not actually exist yet...but I'm sure if Gene Simmons has his way, it will someday!), where two roller coaster repairmen (voiced by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes) are attacked by a screeching, smoke-spewing "Crimson Witch." Park owner Manny Goldman (Garry Marshall), irritated that the witch is scaring away ticket buyers and threatening his bottom line, puts out a call for the "hottest mystery solvers in the world" to help figure out what's going on before KISS' big Saturday night concert at the park.

Enter the Mystery Machine gang, who are so psyched to be meeting their favorite rockers in the flesh that they arrive at the park in full KISS makeup - except for the perennially dorky Fred, who admits that he's (GASP!) not a KISS fan - he prefers a clean-cut vocal group called "The Five Ascots." (KISS even recorded a short ditty as the "Ascots" exclusively for this film!) Fred likes the band even less after his longtime crush Daphne - who's apparently quite the KISS fan-girl, who knew? - takes every possible opportunity to snuggle up to the Star-Child. It must be noted that the cartoon version of KISS is a lot younger looking (and a lot buffer) than their real life counterparts, most of whom are pushing retirement age.

KISS as "The Five Ascots" - "Don't Touch My Ascot"

The Plot Thickens

The first half of Rock and Roll Mystery follows the same plot as pretty much every Scooby-Doo cartoon ever made - the Mystery Machine gang snoops around looking for clues and bumping into various supporting characters/possible suspects along the way. Shaggy and Scooby irritate everyone by constantly obsessing about food, and then the villain suddenly appears and chases everybody around for a while. Eventually KISS reveals their secret super-hero powers to the gang when they battle the Crimson Witch, whom they learn is searching the park for "The Rock" - a huge black diamond (hah!) whose mystical powers are the source of KISS' unique abilities. As an added bonus, the diamond's energies also keep a cosmic bad-guy known as "The Destroyer" (haha!) from breaking through the dimensional wall between Earth and the band's home planet of "KISSteria" (yes, really).

The Crimson Witch gets hold of the Black Diamond eventually, of course, and uses it to tear down the barrier and bring forth The Destroyer. Thus, KISS and the Scooby gang travel to KISSteria to kick some cosmic butt, rock n roll style, aboard the band's giant guitar shaped space craft. This portion of the film borrows heavily from KISS' 1970s Marvel Super Special comic books, which cast the band as super heroes, so it makes a strange sort of sense that these action scenes resemble the cosmic battles seen in Jack Kirby's classic Fantastic Four comics of the early 1960s. The stylistic similarity will go over the heads of most of the kids who are watching, but for an old comic book nerd like me, it was a nice unexpected touch. I will not reveal how the story ends but of course, a character actually says "I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling KISS!" Shoot, I would've been disappointed if they hadn't used that gag...


Summing it up

I enjoyed Scooby-Doo and KISS a lot more than I expected to. Like most grown up fans of the band, I thought the idea was "silly" when I first heard of it a few months ago but the cast and crew obviously put a lot of work into making the movie entertaining not only for their pint sized target audience, but also for their parents, who will have lots of fun catching the many in-jokes and KISS references, like minor characters named after classic KISS songs or album titles ("The Elder," "Chikara," "Shandi Strutter," "Delilah Domino," etc.). My favorite running joke made numerous jabs at the band's notorious merchandising mastery - every time a character needed a tool, a flashlight, or some other random item, KISS' manager would suddenly appear out of nowhere and offer them a KISS-branded version of a grossly over-inflated price, of course!

Another nice touch that only longtime KISS nerds are likely to notice is that when the KISS members "power up" into their super-heroic personas, each one glows with a different color. These colors correspond with their "characters'" background colors on the covers of the 1978 solo albums -- red for the Demon, purple for the Starchild, green for the Catman, and blue for the Spaceman. (Yeah, I know. I need to get out of the house more often.)

Nicely animated, frequently funny and packed with a killer soundtrack featuring wall-to-wall KISS music, Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery was a great way for an aging rocker and his spawn to while away 90 minutes on a summer afternoon. My son summed the film up thusly: "Best. Scooby-Doo Movie. EVER!" - and he should know because he's seen most of them. We give it two paws up in a Scooby Snack formation!!

© 2015 Keith Abt


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    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      2 years ago from The Garden State

      Hi johnmariow - cool, glad you liked it and I hope you check out the movie.

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      2 years ago

      Great article. Thanks for the update on KISS. I liked KISS when they were popular.

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      Check it out if you get the chance, peach... it's a ton of fun!

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have not seen this yet

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      3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      "Is this based on a true story?"

      This comment made my day.

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      Hi diana - of course it is. ☺

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      Diana F King Fyre 

      3 years ago from cattywampus

      Is this based on a true story?

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      Hi bat... hope you dig it, it's a lot of fun!

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      3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice Hub! I'm going to have to check this flick out!

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      Thanks Brian!

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      Brian Marshall 

      3 years ago

      Great article as usual, FFC. My only complaint was the undeniable absence of Paul's chest hair.


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