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The Definitive Ranking of Scooby-Doo Movies Pt. 4

Scooby-Doo is the longest-running TV show of all time (Not counting episode count but years since it first aired), and with that came A LOT of movies. It wasn’t that common at the beginning, it took ten years for the first one to come out, and even then, almost ten years would pass until the next one. But everything changed with the acclaimed Scooby-Doo! On Zombie Island, the movie forever revitalized the franchise and opened new paths for it to take. It also made Warner realize Scooby makes a lot of money. It ignited a movie or even two movies per year, and that’s what we’re here to talk about! I’ve binged every movie (and show) from the franchise, and now I’m here to tell you my ranking, which I’ll be delivering every week until the 29th, so you’re able to decide which one you want to watch, on our sacred day, Halloween!

Disclaimer: I actually like all of those movies even just a tiny bit by the fact that they’re part of the Scooby-Doo franchise. I would rewatch any of them, and just because they’re at the bottom, doesn’t mean they’re joyless. If you love any of the ones I don’t particularly dislike, or you dislike any of the ones that I love, that’s okay!

47. Scooby-Doo! In Arabian Nights

If there is one single piece of Scooby-Doo media that I possibly will never experience again, it’s this one. That’s saying a lot. I’d be open to even revisit all the Scrappy-Doo cartoons. This is an adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights, and it’s more about that than Scooby-Doo. During the first 15 minutes, you see Scooby and Shaggy (No other members from the gang in sight) reaching a palace and getting jobs as food tasters for the prince. In a very predictable turn of events, they eat all the food and are sentenced to death for it. But fortunately, they come to an agreement: if they can tell stories to entertain the prince, he would let them go. This is when the One Thousand and One Nights enters, and it never leaves. We barely see Shaggy and Scooby again, and since it wasn’t what I was looking for, the stories weren’t fun at all to me. The only people I can recommend this to are Scooby completionists like me. Maybe if you’re a fan of One Thousand and One Nights?

46. Daphne & Velma

This movie is one that really could’ve been great. I love Daphne. She’s not only my favorite member of the Scooby gang but one of my three favorite characters of all time. I also must be one of the few people genuinely excited for the upcoming show ‘’Velma’’. But this is just not it, sadly. It’s a pseudo-spy movie with the vibes of a Disney Channel production. It seems like one of those situations where most decisions were taken by studio executives that don’t really know what they’re doing. I’m actually sad for the actresses, especially for Sarah Jeffery, who portrays Daphne. As a fan of the character, I couldn’t imagine anyone other than Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role, but I really liked her casting (Her outfits were cool too!)

45. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island

Remember what most consider the best Scooby-Doo movie? Not only a great Scooby-Doo movie but just a great movie? Yeah, Zombie Island was pretty cool. This is not. Every choice feels like a hundred steps in the wrong direction. The awesome and threatening designs look boring and generic now. The main plot point that subverted the whole franchise, ‘’Now the monsters are real’’, is not only gone but retconned. The atmosphere that felt stripped out of a horror movie is gone. I’d still watch it because it’s Scooby-Doo, but this is just a disservice to what is probably the most important piece of Scooby-Doo media ever made.

44. Scoob!

This is, first and foremost, a Hannah Barbera movie with the Scooby-Doo title stapled on the front. Scooby-Doo has told a couple of superhero stories in their many encounters with characters like Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, or HB’s own characters like Blue Falcon. There’s proof that it can work perfectly, but in my opinion, it doesn’t work here. Daphne, Velma, and Fred get sidelined thanks to a forced drama storyline involving Simon Cowell, while Shaggy and Scooby have another forced drama storyline involving Blue Falcon’s son! But let’s not forget the single worst point about this movie. Everything else is subjective, you can love this movie, and that will be okay and valid. But what can not be ignored is the abhorrent treatment of the voice cast, who have given life to the characters for decades, and even from the beginning. They didn’t even know about the existence of the movie and were replaced with a cast of celebrities that I don’t doubt tried to do something great but are simply not voice actors. This movie shouldn’t exist.

43. Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers

The first movie of the 80s trilogy, which a lot of people grew up on. But if I’m being honest, I don’t think this was a good start. The movie has so many plotlines that simply end up being just random things that happen over and over until the movie’s over. Funny thing is, this is one of the longest Scooby-Doo movies at an hour and 34 minutes.

42. Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School

This is such an improvement over the previous movie. It actually feels like a movie this time around! The dynamic Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy have with the girls at the academy is pretty great, and the girls are iconic in their own right. It’s just a fun movie with a great horror aesthetic for little kids. But still, at some points, it feels so dragged out. The problems with the pacing are a problem in the whole trilogy.

41. Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf

Might be a controversial opinion, but this is the best out of the trilogy for me. Scooby-Doo gets into racing, and despite giving a one-time random girlfriend to Shaggy because heteronormativity, the plot is tidier, more entertaining, werewolf Shaggy is pretty cool, and Dracula is one of the funniest Scooby-Doo side-characters there is just going by how he talks. If you feel like you want to revisit one of these movies or just check out an old Scoovie (get it?), this is the one.

40. Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood

This is Scooby’s first-ever movie, and it’s a weird one. According to this one’s canon (If you don’t know, continuity in Scooby-Doo is very flexible. Even individual episodes could take place in its own universe), Scooby-Doo and the gang are actors in the show we all love. It also commits the crime of mischaracterizing Shaggy, something quite common and easy thing to do if you’re not extremely familiarized with the character, but this is just on another level. Shaggy is a greedy actor who convinces Scooby to step out of the show to get a more glamorous and luxurious job, splitting up the gang and canceling the show. Most of the movie consists of the failed pitches they present to the CEO of the company, being references to other genres or specific pieces of media. I’d say it’s worth checking out if you’re a Scooby fan. It’s entertaining but not much more than that.

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Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog – Review

Before going into the movie, it must be stated that Courage’s creator, John R. Dilworth, didn’t have any knowledge about the movie in question or the utilization of his character, finding out at the same time the public did when the trailer was released. While the creative team’s not at fault, using another artist’s creation without permission is unacceptable, even more, when dealing with a multibillion-dollar company.

Keeping up with the two direct-to-video movies a year module, Mystery Incorporated is back on our screens once again! You could say this one is a particularly special occasion since it’s not only a new Scooby-Doo movie but a crossover with the other easily frightened canine; Courage the Cowardly Dog! His show came to an end almost twenty years ago in 2002, and the last time we saw him was in a CGI special that only aired in Southeast Asia during Halloween of 2014. This movie not only marks the first time we see him since then, but the last time Thea White got to voice Muriel Bagge before her passing on July 30, 2021.

The movie starts as they often do in this era: with the gang at the end of a mystery, about to unmask another monster. However, Shaggy and Scooby decide to take a picture with the criminal, who, in this case, is a crazy clown. With the rest of the gang and the audience confused, the film takes the opportunity to slip in the central theme of the movie, which is courage, and what it means. They are trying, with the help of an app, to stop being terrified by everything. The other team members are very supportive of what they’re both attempting, but Scooby himself interrupts them, dancing uncontrollably and hallucinating, only to run off without warning. With their priorities in mind, the gang gets in the van to go look for Scoob, while Daphne says to the clown she’s sorry to not finish that properly, but there’s a family emergency, leaving him to grab the money and escape.

This is a truly great Scooby-Doo intro. It sets up the theme and conflict of the movie while characterizing our beloved teens (and dog) perfectly; they are not pseudo-mystery cops. They are a family who’s in it for the adventure and mystery.

But the presentation’s not over, as we then cross over (pun totally intended) to Courage’s home, who’s experiencing the same anomaly as Scooby, coupling that with Eustace’s torments. He runs outside, the sun already set, and finds Scooby. The two communicate in the best way two dogs with speech impediments can, but are suddenly attacked by giant cicadas. Thus, the team-up starts.

What follows is a rollercoaster of out-of-world oddities as the gang resides in the isolated house of Courage, miles away from anything at all and at the mercy of whatever dares attack them. While not nearly playing with horror as something like Zombie Island or even Camp Scare, it’s an interesting atmosphere and nice change of pace after two movies that concentrated more on the action and adventure, parodying Mad Max and telling a medieval story. It’s not an atmosphere that lasts long, but a welcome one, and what’s next is equally exciting, as the oddities continue to come their way, giving place to fun and creative set-pieces with time to shine for both sides of the crossover.

If you’re a fan of either franchise, this is a definite must-watch. It’s one of the best Scooby-Doo crossovers, managing to mix both the Scooby and Courage formula in a great, fun, and entertaining way that is easy to recommend.