- This article is about the film. For the DVD, see Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog (DVD).
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is the thirty-third in a series of direct-to-video films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on September 14, 2021.
During the unmasking of a bank robbing clown, Scooby-Doo hears a strange noise and is driven to dance and then run away. Meanwhile Courage appears to be having the same problem, though Muriel and Eustace Bagge don't seem to notice. The gang rushes after Scooby only to find that they have ended up in Nowhere, where a group of hostile cicadas are attacking Courage and Scooby. After killing the cicadas, they are called inside the Bagge household and properly meet Muriel, Eustace, and Courage. Muriel and the gang have a nice chat, and she stumps them with a few riddles. Meanwhile Courage and Scooby try to force a hostile hairball back down the drain. A cicada also clings onto Shaggy's back, but is quickly defeated.
After the encounter, Muriel tells Shaggy, Scooby, and Courage to go watch some television. The trio have a talk about their fears. Though Courage doesn't speak, Shaggy and Scooby say that they can feel his fear. Eustace then makes it known that he's in the room by complaining about the trio.
Unexpectedly, everyone is invited for dinner at the Mayor of Nowhere's house, pets welcome. They all prepare to travel to the Mayor of Nowhere's house. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Muriel pile into the Mystery Machine while Scooby-Doo, Courage, and Eustace are to travel in Eustace's truck. However, with Scooby and Courage in the truck, the Cicada Queen jumps into the drivers' seat and drives off without Eustace. The cicada rams into the back of the Mystery Machine with Eustace's truck, and the gang goes on a high-speed chase to save Scooby and Courage that ends with Eustace's truck destroyed.
After reuniting with Eustace, everyone arrives at the Mayor's house. Mr. Glockenspiel leads them into the parlor where they are attacked by furniture. They escape this encounter when the Mayor greets them, saying it's just an old house. Over dinner, the Gang tries to bring up all the weird happenings in Nowhere with the Mayor, but he is dismissive. The Mayor encourages everyone to check out the museum wing of his mansion, but Eustace, Courage, Shaggy, and Scooby stay behind to eat. After complaining about the food, they all head to the kitchen. Eustace gets frustrated while cooking and heads home. Scooby, Shaggy, and Courage continue to look for more ingredients, but instead run into the mayor who appears to be devoured by the Cicada Queen. A chase scene begins.
Meanwhile the rest of the gang gets a quick recap on the history of Nowhere in the museum. Eventually they find a secret passage that leads underground where they see a meteor hooked up to machinery. Velma notes that it's making calls. The people receiving calls seem immediately hypnotized. Shaggy, Scooby, and Courage end their chase by falling onto the machine, breaking it. Without the machinery, gravity begins to act strangely.
At the Bagge's, Eustace is making a very Shaggy-esque sandwich when he gets guests at the door. Each visitor is one of the call recipients and they leave large amounts of money behind. Eustace then brags about his newfound wealth - singing Outta Nowhere.
The Gang along with Courage and Muriel return to the Bagge's house, immediately noticing that the Bagge's farm actually has corn growing on it. The Cicada Queen then shows up and chases everyone through the cornfield. A swarm of cicadas shows up though and abducts everyone except for Scooby, Shaggy, and Courage. Shaggy give a heartfelt speech about how Courage is not the absence of fear but action in the face of fear. He is immediately abducted afterwards. Courage and Scooby decide they should act and go to Computer for help. It is unable to help them until they hook Velma's tablet up to it. Together they tell them to dig straight down for the meteor, as it should be directly below them. They do, though they seem to suffer from the compulsive dancing from the beginning of the film as they dig. It doesn't seem to impede them at all.
Scooby-Doo and Courage retrieve the meteor but are chased by a swarm of cicadas to "The Opposite of Fear is Fun". They also free their kidnapped friends and family and fight cicadas. It isn't enough though, as it ends with Muriel being kidnapped by the Cicada Queen and causing a cave-in. Courage forces his way out from under the rubble to save her, however when he gets Muriel to safety, the meteor is compromised and turns the Cicada Queen giant. After a pep-talk from Muriel, Courage retrieves the meteor and turns himself giant to fight the Cicada Queen. Courage is soon overpowered and almost killed before Muriel turns him back to his normal size so he can take the meteor and run. The Cicada Queen is eventually trapped by the scraps of a windmill that she destroyed. Courage then uses the meteor to get everyone to safety.
Everyone gathers around the trapped Cicada Queen and Daphne unmasks her. She is revealed to be the Mayor of Nowhere, but then the Mayor is unmasked by Velma and is revealed to be Katz and Le Quack. They wanted to destroy Courage and his family and take the money they had delivered to the farmhouse when they were done. Then, Mr. Glockenspiel and Frau Glockenspiel arrive, revealing themselves to be the Lieutenant and the General respectively. They collect the stolen valuables and take the Dark Matter meteor, wanting to turn it into a weapon, but Courage has a better idea.
The Dark Matter meteor is used as a glitterball in the Bagge's farmhouse, with everyone joining the dance party.
- Mystery Inc.
- Muriel Bagge
- Eustace Bagge
- Mr. Glockenspiel (single appearance)(Lieutenant's disguise)
- Frau Glockenspiel (single appearance)(General's disguise)
- General (single appearance)
- Lieutenant (single appearance)
- Katz (single appearance)
- Le Quack (single appearance)
- Cicada Queen (Katz' and Le Quack's disguise)
- Mayor of Nowhere (Katz' and Le Quack's disguise)
- Clown (Mr. McGill's disguise)
- Mr. McGill (single appearance)
- Nowhere Newsman
- Velma's tablet computer
- Shaggy's cell phone
- Dark Matter meteor
- Help Yo'Self! app
- Flag of Nowhere
- Courage snacks
|Eustace Bagge||He always went away before the Cicada Queen showed up.|
|Mr. Glockenspiel and Frau Glockenspiel||They're creepy.|
|Mr. McGill||Robbing the bank.|
|Katz and Le Quack||To obtain the Dark Matter meteor beneath the Bagges' house.|
|Matthew Lillard||Shaggy Rogers|
|Grey Griffin||Daphne Blake|
|Kate Micucci||Velma Dinkley|
|Jeff Bergman||Eustace Bagge|
|Thea White||Muriel Bagge|
Rich Old Lady
Self Help Book
|Song||Credits||Performed by||Character performance by|
|"Game of Life"||Written by Andy Sturmer||Andy Sturmer||N/A|
|"Straight Outta Nowhere"||Written by T.K. O'Brian||Jeff Bergman||Eustace Bagge|
|"The Opposite of Fear is Fun"||Written by Andy Sturmer||Andy Sturmer||N/A|
The working title was Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
- The opening credits feature ghosts from the original Scooby-Doo Where are You!
- The trailer was released on June 22, 2021.
- The DVD includes three bonus episodes:
- This is the final role of Muriel's voice actress, Thea White, who passed away a month before the film's release.
- The Mystery Machine has custom front and back plates that both say 'Zoinks!'
- This is Jeff Bergman’s first (and only) performance as Eustace outside of commercials and promos.
- Disguise tricks: Shaggy, Scooby and Courage as Pest Controller instructors. The Cicada Queen as a scarecrow.
- The movie title recalls the name of the 1988 N.W.A album Straight Outta Compton.
- Eustace sliding into view at the top of the stairs, dressed in his underwear, recalls Tom Cruise in the movie Risky Business.
- During the fight with Courage the enlarged Cicada Queen roars with the Showa Godzilla roar and fires a beam in the sky, similar to Godzilla in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
- The thunder every time Frau Glockenspiel's name is mentioned, recalls the horses whinnying whenever Frau Blucher's name is mentioned in the movie Young Frankenstein (1974).
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- None known.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- How did Eustace get to the Mayor of Nowhere's house? He was going to drive his truck, but it was hijacked by the Cicada Queen, and only Scooby and Courage could be seen travelling in it as passengers.
- Fred, Daphne and Velma's belief that Katz and Le Quack are not talking animals, but rather criminals wearing masks, is strange given that they know Scooby is a talking dog.
- Despite encountering them numerous times in the Courage TV series, Courage and Muriel don’t seem to recognize Le Quack and Katz.
- Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog DVD released by Warner Home Video on September 14, 2021.
- Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog DVD released by Warner Home Video on September 15, 2021.