First broadcast in 1969 with Scooby-Doo, where are you?, fans of all ages and across generations love coming back to see their favorite teen detective gang solve spooky mysteries. Along with their cowardly and lovable pup Scooby-Doo, the gang consists of team leader Fred Jones, mastermind Velma Dinkley, intuitive Daphne Blake and hard-working Shaggy Rogers as Mystery Incorporated, and a vast roster of guest stars, solve a concocting mix of pranks and supernatural threats.
Produced by cartoon legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Scooby-Doo’The first television series has inspired countless spinoffs and sequels, including made-for-TV movies, home video, and theatrical movies. Although primarily conceived in 2D animation, the Scooby Gang has had stints in live-action, 3D animation, got the Lego treatment and even puppet form, and will see their first entry into adult animation with Velma featuring Mindy Kalingcoming in January 2023.
10/10 “Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf” (1988) – 6.7
Scooby-Doo was an instant classic when it aired in 1969 and would receive several spin-offs. The introduction of Scrappy-Doo in 1979 was one of those sparks to keep the franchise fresh. Fans would have fun following Scooby’s overconfident nephew through numerous shorts, TV series, and eventually a three-movie series, including Scooby-Doo! and the reluctant werewolf. This would be Scrappy’s last appearance until the 2002 live-action installment.
Scooby-Doo! and the reluctant werewolf follows Scooby and Scrappy, both voiced by Don Messickand Shaggy, Casey Kasem, who voiced Shaggy for 28 years, as they reunited at Dracula’s Castle for the Monster Road Rally. In a fun twist of events, Shaggy is turned into a werewolf, and it’s up to his buddies to help him win the race and return to his human form.
9/10 ‘Scooby-Doo and the School of Ghouls’ (1988) – 6.8
Scooby-Doo and the School of Ghouls is part of a series of made-for-TV specials alongside The Reluctant Werewolf and again, Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy are just Scooby and not the entire Mystery Inc gang. After being hired as gym teachers, the three friends quickly discover that Mrs. for paranormal students.
Frightened by their achievement, the trio are introduced to the students; Sibella the Vampire and Dracula’s Daughter, Winnie the Howling Werewolf; The reanimated Elsa Frankenteen, Phantasma the ghost, and the youngest of the group, Tanis, the mummy’s daughter. After 30 years, the five ghoul girls would appear in 2018 OK KO! let’s be heroes episode “Monster Party”.
8/10 ‘Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders’ (2000) – 6.8
Best known for depicting classic monsters and horror creatures, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders was a playful step up in science fiction. Playing much like the campy UFO movies of the 50s depicting strange encounters with extraterrestrial life, the story finds Scooby and Shaggy lost in the desert and abducted by aliens! However, all is not as it seems…
Alien invaders sees the whole gang with an updated voice cast, including Scott Innes as Shaggy and Scooby, Marie Kay Bergman like Daphne in unfortunately her last role before her death in 1999, Neighborhood BJ like Velma, and Frank Welker in his longtime vocal performance as Fred. The cast also features a hippie love interest, Crystal, and her dog Amber, both voiced by Sweets Milosfor Shaggy and Scooby fall head over heels for.
7/10 ‘Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright’ (2013) – 6.9
Scooby-Doo! Stage fright takes a page from The Phantom of the Opera, featuring a villain named The Phantom, who haunts an old opera house. As Fred brags about his guitar skills, the gang travels to Chicago to appear on Daphne’s favorite show, talented star; they are made aware that the old opera house is haunted. The Phantom wants a certain contestant to win the contest. However, the hijinx never ends as several ghosts are revealed.
Stage fright features an even more updated voice cast, including Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, after playing the character in the 2002 and 2004 live-action films, prolific comedienne Gray DeLise like Daphne, Mindy Cohn like Velma and back as always is Welker as Fred, and also voicing Scooby. Providing their vocal cords in guest appearances are notable actors Vivica A. Fox, wayne bradyand Peter Mac Nicol as the gang tries to unravel the mystery of the Phantom in a classic prank reveal.
6/10 ‘Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo!’ (2009) – 6.9
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo! follows the gang as they travel to O’Flannery Castle, home of Whirlen Merlin’s Academy of Magic, to check on Velma’s younger sister, Madelyn (Danica McKellar). The gang finds the castle under attack by the legendary Griffin, an eagle creature with a lion-like body. Investigating O’Flannery’s past, facing a Banshee and a series of suspicious characters, the gang tries to solve the case.
Abracadabra Doo! presents the first vocal performance of Matthew Lillard like Shaggy. Lillard is most recognizable as Shaggy in the Scooby Doo live action episodes written by james gunn. While those films failed to top IMDb’s user charts, Lillard’s strong performance as the scared and lovable goof translates perfectly to his vocal performance of the iconic character. Abracadabra Doo! is also noted as a design throwback for the gang as they all wear their original designer outfits.
5/10 “Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers” (1987) – 6.9
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is the first made-for-television movie for the Scooby-Doo franchise that aired in syndication on October 18, 1987. Like its follow-up episodes, Scooby-Doo and the School of Ghouls and Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf in 1988 they went back and forth using exclamation points after Scooby-Doo, the movie just follows Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy-Doo alone on a chilling mystery.
Featuring original vocal performances by Messick as Scooby and Scrappy and Kasem as Shaggy, the three friends travel to Shaggy’s late uncle’s plantation to reclaim his inheritance, where the ghost of a Confederate soldier and others fearsome ghouls haunt them. Scrappy then calls in The Boo Brothers ghost exterminators consisting of Meako, Freako, and Shreako. As a humorous tribute to The Three Stooges, the Boo Brothers assist Shaggy in a series of clues to find the hidden gems.
4/10 ‘Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase’ (2001) – 7.0
Scooby-Doo and cyber hunting would become the last film produced by Hanna and Barbera just before William Hanna passed away, but the film would receive praise for its thrilling script despite the sad news. On other dark notes, the film was without Bergman’s vocal performance as Daphne after she passed away in 1999, so DeLise respectfully took over the role and has continued to reprise her performance as Daphne to this day.
Scooby-Doo and cyber hunting see the team battle the phantom virus after being trapped in the video game that was created about them, forced to beat the game to escape. In probably the film’s most memorable sequence, the entire gang encounters virtual versions of themselves. The two mirrored gangs are identical except for the simplified virtual gang designs and costume differences for a double dose of humorous fun.
3/10 ‘Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare’ (2010) – 7.2
Scooby-Doo! scare the camp takes the gang to summer camp as Fred returns to his childhood Camp Little Moose to be camp counselors; however, upon his arrival, he finds that the camp is almost abandoned. Fred then learns that the campers have been spooked by the legend of the Woodsman, a former camp counselor who has been driven mad by pranks and returns for revenge. This fun summer camp setting creates charming laughs and nostalgic frights as the Mystery Inc. gang finds those old campfire stories come to life.
With the most recent cast of Lillard, Griffin, Cohn and Welker as the gang, scare the camp features many other renowned voice actors like Strong Taraoften depicting Harley Quinn, Phil LaMarrknown to many CC and star wars voice, Dee Bradley Baker who reprized his performance as the entire clone team in Star Wars: The bad lot Season 2, and Luke Skywalker himself, Marc Hamil.
2/10 ‘Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost’ (1999) – 7.2
In a play about the Salem Witch Trials, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost follows Mystery Inc. in the fictional New England town of Oakhaven, seeking to turn the town’s witch trial history into a tourist spot. Invited by famous horror writer Ben Ravencroft (Tim Curry), he explains to the gang how his own ancestor Sarah Ravencroft was an evil witch. His ghost ends up terrorizing the town.
Meanwhile, the town hosts the Fall Harvest Festival, and all-female gothic rock band The Hex Girls help draw the crowds. Consisting of vocalist and guitarist Sally “Thorn” McKnight (Jennifer Hale), drummer and vocalist Dusk (Jane Wiedlin), and keyboardist and vocalist Luna (Kimberly Brooks) the group submitted original songs for the film. The Hex Girls have proven extremely popular with fans and have returned in several scooby-doo movies and series episodes.
1/10 ‘Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island’ (1998) – 7.7
Taking dominance as a fan favorite is the home movie that reignited the Scooby-Doo franchise, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Over time, the craze for the various TV series and spin-offs began to wane, so in order for Scooby-Doo to remain a popular franchise, movies like zombie island have been made. Fortunately, zombie islands immense success would pave the way for the massive library of scooby-doo movies that we have today. It was also the first time the animation took place at Mook Animation in Japan, revamping the classic look with more dynamic movement that enhanced the strong story.
zombie island is known for inserting real supernatural threats into its plot, not just masked criminals. It also reflects the state of the franchise at the time as the scattered gang reunites to investigate the spooky island of New Orleans. There, on the pepper plantation, they encounter the pirate ghost of Morgan Moonscar and, to their surprise, real zombies! As the team’s investigation nears the harvest moon, the real villains show their faces.
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