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I am surprised that our copy of this DVD still plays as it's been viewed so many times over the years- along with 'Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost.'
I grew up with Scooby Doo and my children are also fans of the franchise. This animated feature is a top quality Scooby romp with everything you'd expect from the evergreen teenagers and their hound - and more.
The rather lame offerings of Scooby from the late seventies are forgotten in this classy updated animation.
In this film Scooby and the gang find themselves heading off for the remote Moonscar Island to stay in a spooky Southern style plantation house owned by a mysterious lady who owns a lot of cats. The story is surprisingly layered and interesting with a couple of sub-plots and some interesting backstories.
Without wanting to ruin the plot for anyone who hasn't seen it, the story is full of zombies, ghosts and has a strange supernatural twist to the ending.
Perhaps not for very young children this one as there are a few points at which this could be considered quite creepy. The first time of watching there was a bit that even made me jump.
The animation itself is colourful and of a good standard. The voices are very well done too. The characters have been updated with Daphne and Velma much stronger characters than in the original cartoons. Scooby and Shaggy remain the permanent hapless hippies of the group.
The film is 73 minutes long which is an ideal length to watch while you are eating your tea and there is nothing else on the television you want to watch. (Hence one of the reasons it's been played so many times in our house.)
Currently (09/07/13) it is available on Amazon for under £4 which is really good value. If you've got kids who like Scooby then they are going to like this one. Would recommend.
Well our daughter wanted to go to the cinema to see monsters ic, such is her youth she is yet to grasp it isnt a video machine where you pick what you watch, soo we took her to see scooby doo. My wife insisted out daughter would hate the film however how wrong we were as our 2 aqnd half year old sat glued to the screen and was quiet the whole time. WHY? Well scooby is animated soo brilliantly I kept forgetting he wasnt real, the film does follow the old tradition of the scooby doo style, BUT not as many snack stops or scooby snacks. It wasnt a s sacry as the cartoons and I dont remeber Fred being vain and arogant and Daphne is an airhead, and I seemed to remember in the cartoon that they all worked together to solve the mystrey BUT things are different on the big screen. The gang split up right at the beginning of the sotry and all go there seperate ways , only to be brought together by a devious Rowen AStkinson who is superb, if I do say so myself. Why I wont tell here, you need to watch the film. All too soon they work together as a team to solve the mystery and it the whole thing works as its no was a sscary as it is in the cartoons, and the sound track is brilliant whith scooby doo and bump in the night, we were dancing. All I will say is the "farting" competition ripped the roof of our cinema witht he kidfs laughing and the mums groaning!!!! well worth seeing if only for that. AND SHaggy sounds just like shaggy until you get home and put the cartoon on and realsie they are nothing alike, sounds strange but once you have seen the film you will understand!! So get your seventies gear on take a trip down memory lane and see what you had forgotten about!!! And await the obvious clue to the second film!!!
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the kings of American kids' animated TV series, have a lot to answer for - among other things they ruined my youth with the regular 20 minute spot on BBC TV at tea time devoted to the adventures of a cowardly Great Dane and his human chums - yes, you got it - Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Well, in 1998 the dynamic duo went one further, releasing a feature length version for the cinema, the expansively titled Scooby Doo On Zombie Island, in the words of Shaggy, "Zoinks! It's a regular zombie jamboree!" So what do you get for all the trouble? Well at least Freddie changed his clothes for once in his worthless life ... but he's the only one who did because the rest of the gang is dressed in exactly the same clothes as they ever were, even after all this time, Shaggy, Velma (I always thought it was Thelma) and Daphne, even Scooby sports the same old collar. Wait a minute, Daphne's wearing a suit jacket and Fred's got yet another change of clothes - it's a mystery... But then it would have to be wouldn't it, with the old crew reunited. There's nothing new here apart from Fred's wardrobe, even though the animation is a touch more three dimensional than the normal TV fare. You still get the same flat characterisation and pesky kids, however, with some fanciful story. The basic premise is that it's years after the original days of Scooby and the Mystery Gang have gone there separate ways - Shaggy and Scooby are working at the airport, searching for contraband food (how unusual!), Daphne and Fred are working on a TV show called 'Coast To Coast With Daphne Blake' and Velma is running a book shop. Fred and Daphne are on the hunt for a real haunted house to pep up their show and arrange a reunion of the old gang as they travel to New Orleans and Moonscar Island, or Zombie Island as it's known. The place is packed with a whole bun
ch of Confederate ghosts terrorising all and sundry and Shag and Scooby as weak kneed and trembly as ever and that stop go, shaky sort of animation we've come to know and love...This time though you get some nasty creatures rather than fake people with masks. It's an ancient Cat People race who are troubling the gang, but of course you know who's going to win out in the end, helped of course by the hapless zombies who are the Cat People's previous victims. There's a moment or two when Shag and Scooby find some voodoo dolls and give their pals a hard time, but that only lasts about thirty seconds, while the rest of the time there is pretty unsuspenseful suspense, unfunny funnies and unexciting excitement. Really, there's nothing here that's any more substantial than the normal twenty minutes in the TV series, but here it's stretched out so thin it almost snaps This is a movie strictly for the kids, so don't get thinking that there's anything in it for the adults.
'Scooby Doo on Zombie Island' (1998) is the first feature length Scooby Doo movie. Decent quality animation, a good soundtrack, slapstick comedy and a twisting plot have made this film one that my kids watch over and over again. The film begins with a flashback to a routine chase round a creepy castle by a money forging crook with a latex fetish, who's dastardly plan would have succeeded if it hadn't been for those meddling kids and their dumb dog. But we then find out that the gang have gone their separate ways because the ghosts invariably turned out to be fake. As a birthday surprise for Daphne, Fred gets the gang together again and they are soon enticed to Moonscar Island by the lovely Lena who promises that the ghosts there are real. And sure enough they are - only they're not the badguys. You either like Scooby Doo or you think he's a pain in the backside but it's sure to keep the kids out of mischief while you get some peace to wash the dishes or something. It's scary enough to appeal to young viewers without actually terrifying them. My two year-old watches it regularly and she likes to play at being the big scary moat monster. If it goes down well then there's the sequel 'Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost' (which my kids also love) and a new one, 'Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders', due out on October the 3rd. P.S. If you're remotely interested you can listen out for the voice of Mark Hamill as the suspicious Snakebite Scruggs.