If you’re looking for a great movie to watch to get into the Halloween spirit, I highly recommend Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. By far, it’s one of my favorite Scooby-Doo movies, first of all but it’s also the darkest, creepiest version since the monsters in this movie don’t have masks… They’re real!?
About: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island actually went straight to video in 1998 starting off a chain of direct-to-video movies for the franchise. It was actually started under Hanna-Barbera but then completed by Warner Bros. The tag line for the movie was “This Time the Monsters Are Real!”. Voice actors for the film were changed up, including having Scott Innes as Scooby and Billy West as Shaggy. In fact, only the voice actor for Fred, Frank Welker, reprises their role. Mark Hamill also plays a role as a character named Snakebite Scruggs. The feature focused around the gang of mystery solvers, only after they had stopped solving mysteries together. They band together once more in the Mystery Machine on the search for “real live monsters” as Daphne puts it, for her television show. It was even nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Animated Home Video Production (Annie Award) and Best Sound Editing in Direct-to-Video (Golden Reel Award).
The Plot/Characters: Having one of the more original plots of the Scooby-Doo movie franchise, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island actually shakes up the formulaic mystery solving by inserting twists and turns you don’t expect. Without revealing too much for those that have not seen it, the movie itself leads you to expect one thing while delivering something else, toying with your emotions the entire way. The Scooby-Doo gang are also pretty well rounded and have developed, leading to some interesting dialogues, sleuthing, action and of course, a lot of chase scenes without being overdone.
Animation: One of the first four direct-to-video Scooby-Doo movies that were all animated by Mook Animation, a Japanese company, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island has amazing quality. The artwork is crisp, fluid and more detailed than other Scooby-Doo Movies. Having been animated in Japan, the quality is less like 1990’s cartoons and more like 1990’s anime. The colors are also darker and give the movie a “dark” undertone. Attention is also put into the backgrounds where you can notice small minute details were added to give the world around the gang more depth.
Scares: Of course, if you are watching a movie for Halloween, you probably expect to be a little bit scared, right? It is Halloween, after all. Fortunately, this movie delivers some creepy factors and some frights or startling moments. Of course, it doesn’t go too overboard, since this is a movie geared more toward being family friendly, but it will definitely unnerve you especially when an unmasking leads to a decapitation and Velma gets levitated into the air.
The Score: Atmosphere is a lot when it comes to scary movies. So does Scooby-Doo of all movies have what it takes? The Score for Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is well put together for sure as well as a revamped version of the main theme. Also, there was a very well done song made for the movie. Heavy rock music while you’re being chased by zombies? Seems pretty fitting!
Overall: While certainly not the most frightening movie, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is a definitely a movie to get you into that creepy mood. The great thing is that the whole family can enjoy it as well.
Have you seen Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island yet? If so, what did you think?