The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985–1986)

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Shaggy and Scooby and friends must return 13 ghosts to a magic chest which they inadvertently released.

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Series cast summary:
 Shaggy (13 episodes, 1985)
Heather North ...
 Daphne (13 episodes, 1985)
 Vincent VanGhoul (13 episodes, 1985)
Susan Blu ...
 Flim Flam (13 episodes, 1985)
 Weerd (13 episodes, 1985)
 Bogel / ... (13 episodes, 1985)
Don Messick ...
 Scooby Doo / ... (13 episodes, 1985)


Scooby and Shaggy are tricked by ghosts Bogle and Wierd into opening a chest of demons. With the aide of Daphne, Scrappy, an orphan named Flim Flam and warlock Vincent Van Ghoul, they have to return the 13 demons to the chest. Written by Television Junkie

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7 September 1985 (USA)  »

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13 demonów Scooby Doo  »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The character of Vincent Van Ghoul (voiced by Vincent Price) was modeled after the Marvel Comics superhero Dr. Strange. See more »


Vincent VanGhoul: This is a warning to all living mortals/that whom should ever open this chest of demons/will release thirteen of the most terrifying ghosts/upon the face of the earth.
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7/10 ***½ Scooby-Doo Meets VINCENT PRICE!
21 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE 13 GHOSTS OF SCOOBY-DOO is an unusually promising middle-period variant of the long-running Mystery-Comedy Cartoon series. The addition of a strong fantasy element is a breakout landmark.

Most of all, the continuing guest character of mystic "Vincent Van Ghoul", voiced by Classic Horror Star Supreme, VINCENT PRICE, lends this particular show a distinction unmatched in the Universe of Doo.

13 GHOSTS is the first serialized version of SCOOBY-DOO which follows in sequence a continuing storyline established in the initial episodes. An intriguing element is the focus on some of Scooby's earliest encounters with "real" supernatural spooks (as opposed to masked crooks). This foreshadows such superior DVD animated features as SCOOBY-DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND, SCOOBY-DOO AND THE WITCH'S GHOST and SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GOBLIN KING.

A disappointing aspect of 13 GHOSTS is that the serial abruptly stops just shy of the overall story's conclusion. Unfortunately, the show was prematurely canceled before the final episodes could be made.

The absence of regular characters Freddy and Velma, the misuse of made-over ingénue Daphne as mere decor, along with the (albeit subdued) presence of unpopular little Scrappy-Doo, are further counts against the show.

However, it is the grating dominance of the extraneous new character Film-Flam--a token ethnic street brat with a flippant, arrogant attitude--that most seriously mars the series.

Happily, the redeeming presence of the magnificent Price and a fresh touch of color and imagination save the show and restore the relatively high quality of earlier (pre-Scrappy) SCOOBY-DOO series. For these reasons 13 GHOSTS is highly recommended to fans of the Scoob.

{Vincent Price may be best known to young viewers for his deliciously sinister spoken monologue in Michael Jackson's momentous "THRILLER". Reasonably mature SCOOBY-DOO fans desiring a deeper acquaintance with Price would enjoy the legendary Hollywood actor's rich, deliciously over-ripe performances in the following "starter set": THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS, LAURA, DRAGONWYCK, HOUSE OF WAX (1953), HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958), THE FLY (1958), RETURN OF THE FLY, THE TINGLER (1959), HOUSE OF USHER (1960), PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961), TALES OF TERROR, THE RAVEN (1963), COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964), THE TOMB OF LIGIEA, WITCHFINDER GENERAL/THE CONQUERER WORM, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN and THEATRE OF BLOOD.}

Rating: GOOD.

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