It’s Halloween! You know what that means? It’s time to snuggle up with your favorite talking canine and have a movie marathon of all his wonderful hits. I’m here to bring you the top five Scooby Doo films to watch for Halloween!
There have been many Scooby Doo movies that have been produced over the years. Some of them are fantastic, delivering an epic story with the characters that we’ve come to know and love. Some of them, however, are just downright illogical and make no sense. As your trusty Cartoon Academy teacher, I’ve brought you a list of my favourite “golden age” Scooby Doo movies, made between 1988 and 2001, to help you on your Scooby Doo journey. Let’s begin!
It’s always good to start off with the best of the best. Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School is heavily recommended viewing. If you were to watch just one movie involving our friendly neighborhood talking dog, watch this one. It’s funny, its cute, and it’s probably the most well-done of the Scooby Doo movies. Created in 1988, Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School features the three pals—Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and Scrappy-Doo—as they go to Miss Grimwood’s Finishing School for Girls. They’re hired as gym teachers, but what they don’t know is that the students of this school aren’t just ordinary girls. They are the daughters of the most famous monsters that ever lived. Winna (Daughter of the Wolfman), Elsa Frankenteen (Daughter of Frankenstein), Sibella (Daughter of Count Dracula), Tanis (Daughter of The Mummy), and Phantasma (Daughter of the Phantom) turn the three upside down with their odd, but charming school and their cute yet terrifying ways.
2. Scooby Doo On Zombie Island
The gang is off to New Orleans in this adventure! In this movie, Daphne is a talk show host, Fred is her cameraman, Velma settles at a mystery book store, and Shaggy and Scooby hop from job to job. They all come together when Daphne is tired of the villains and ghosts just being “guys in masks” and wants to get out there and find some real stuff. So, what better place to go to find ghouls than good ol’ Louisiana? Scooby Doo On Zombie Island is a great one. It features some of the strongest voices in voice acting such as: Tara Strong, Andrienna Barbeau, Cam Clarke, Jim Cummings, and Mark Hamill—yes, the Mark Hamill. It’s very funny, and you don’t expect the kind of surprises you get in the end. Isn’t that all you need from a great Scooby Doo movie?
Do you like Tim Curry? Do you like when Tim Curry voices a handsome author of horror novels? Good, I knew you would. Released in 1999, Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost is another good Scooby Doo film that doesn’t let you down. Set in sleepy little town Oakhaven, Massachusetts (which is basically Salem), the gang goes on a journey to set a story straight when Velma’s favorite writer, Ben Ravencroft (voiced by Tim Curry), wants to clear his ancestor’s name of being a witch. Obviously, it wouldn’t be Scooby Doo if the gang didn’t have a run in with a witch or two now would it? This movie is made so much better by the introduction of the Hex Girls, an all female eco-goth rock band with members Thorn (Jennifer Hale), Luna (Kimberly Brooks), and Dusk (Jane Wieldlin). The one thing I absolutely applaud this movie for is knowing the difference between Witches and Wiccans. Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost really captured the different between a bad Witch and a good Wiccan.
4. Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders
People might pick on me for putting this movie on the list, but this was a pretty great movie! Think about it; it’s basically the X-Files of a Scooby Doo movie. Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders came out in 2000, and it’s the beginning of the end for the golden years of Scooby Doo. The gang ends up in the Sonoran Desert that has a Roswell vibe to it. When Shaggy and Scooby discover what appears to be aliens hiding in a cave, the rest of the gang immediately have to take up the investigation (much to Shaggy and Scooby’s dismay). This film is very simple, but it has a bit of a shock at the ending that many people might not expect when they first watch it. It’s interesting also to see Scooby Doo and Shaggy in love, when they meet Crystal (Candi Milo) and Amber, a golden retriever, and for once, forget to eat something. Again, the story is very simple, but its aliens! Who doesn’t like aliens!
Ahhhh. The last of the golden years. Created in 2001, Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase is about what technology going haywire and viruses coming to life. Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby Doo go off to visit their friend Eric Staufer (Bob Bergen) as he finishes up a game based on the Mystery Inc. crew. However, when they get there, they discover that someone has uploaded a virus to the systems. The gang has to go into the game and collect Scooby Snacks to hunt down the Phantom Virus at every level before it blows everything that Eric has worked on. This was a very different concept for Scooby Doo, which I to appreciate. The gang has to travel inside a video game and defeat the menace inside—isn’t that every RPGers dream? Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase not only delivers a great voice acting cast (Tom Kane, Joe Alaskey, Gary Strugis, and more), but it also has a really genius plot for anyone who loves or appreciates video games.
There you have it! This is my top five movies from the golden age Scooby Doo to watch on your lovely Halloween night. Of course, feel free to watch them anytime, along with the original series of Scooby Doo, Where Are You! You’re in for a howlin’ good time. (See what I did there? Dog/Wolf joke). (I’ll see myself out).