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They can't!!! This is one of my favorite "Scooby-Doo" shows out of all of them. This show is quite a bit different from the past "Scooby" shows because in this show, Scooby, and the gang have to get 13 ghosts back into a chest that Scooby opened by accident, no guy in a costume here, these are actual ghosts (which is cool, and it was a great step for "Scooby-Doo"),and this show is more wackier than previous "Scooby-Doo" shows, which is cool. Anyways, this show also featured a new character in Flim-Flam who was OK, and Daphne, and Shaggy wore different clothes in this show as well. Vincent Price did a great job as Vincent VanGhoul, and those 2 ghosts who were always trying to stop Scooby ad the gang from getting the ghosts back into the chest were cool too. Bottom Line: A great "Scooby" show!!!
Scooby Doo had become a dismal show during my early childhood. Shifting
focus away from Freddy, Velma, and Daphne, that wretched Scrappy Doo took
over star billing. Which was why it was so refreshing when this series
along. Although Scrappy was still part of the cast for this series, he was
no longer the star, so he got pushed into the background as the new
characters took stage. And Daphne, who was gradually worked back into the
cast a year or two prior, finally returned full time with a new hairdo and
outfit. Even Shaggy got new threads, turning in his patented green T-shirt
for a red one.
The inspired casting of Vincent Price as Vincent Van Ghoul was enough to get me back on the bandwagon for new episodes. I had already become a fan of Price's films and the albums that he appeared on with Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson. In animated form, Vincent was as dignified as ever, and he added some charisma that had been missing from the previous series of the last few years. Among other new characters was Flim-Flam, the conniving kid with the Lots-of-Luck-Joy-Juice ("a lucky charm in a bottle"). Flim-Flam added the comic relief that Scrappy was supposed to have brought to the previous series. Which makes one wonder why Scrappy was still there. And the other new characters, ghosts Bogel and Weerd, were just hammy enough to blend with this great cast of characters.
Throughout the first few series, the ghosts and monsters were always a bad guy in a rubber mask. When they had exhausted those storylines, the ghosts became real, but many of us had tuned out (or stuck to reruns) by that time because of the annoying Scrappy Doo. This time around they were still real and Scooby and Shaggy, who were tricked into opening The Chest of Demons in the pilot, had to return all 13 ghosts back to the chest. Though more cartoonish than the monsters (masks) had been in the original series, all of the ghosts were well-designed and the storylines were more inventive than they had been in years. Episodes had the gang thrust into comic strips and mirrors; Vincent was under the spell of a beautiful demon in one episode and nearly turned to stone in another -- and in one episode Scooby even quit the show (and was replaced by another puppy) but was urged to come back by then-President Ronald Reagan in a spoof of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Out of all the incarnations of Scooby Doo, this one remains my favorite, which is probably why only 13 episodes were produced and they rarely get played. Hopefully they'll get a video release someday. If only they had dropped Scrappy and brought back Fred and Velma, it would have been perfect.. .
"13 Ghosts" is the ultimate Scooby series--the wildest, the creepiest, the zaniest, the most daring...even the most romantic! (See Daphne and Shaggy's hug in the first episode "To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before".) It is a delight to hear the late Vincent Price as Vincent VanGhoul. And Flim Flam is a fun new character in the tradition of Short Round from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Daphne and Shaggy wore different clothes. Each episode, unlike the old mystery episodes, has a distinct plot, and the episodes are so clever that it's fun to watch them over and over again.
what i like about 13 ghosts of scooby doo is that its twice as spooky and funnier than the other scooby cartoons. Even Vincent Price is in it. too bad it didn't make it, but it was still fun. i still watch this cartoon up to date, and its cool.
I at first never really cared for the whole scooby doo thing over the
years. But out of nowhere this show arrived. And it was different in
every way. First real ghosts and no people in costumed gave it a
different approach taking a cue from Ghostbusters giving a dark
atmosphere while maintaining the lightheartedness the series is known
for. Although this only got 13 episodes (typical for an early show,
we'll never see what ghost 12 or 13 was), it is still a good show. The
voice acting is spot on (especially for Casey Kasem doing Shaggy), but
the show stealer is Vincent Price with his comic serious demeanor and
dark tone, he gives it life. You owe it to yourself to watch...
Vincent Price: "The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo!"
I've just discovered this on Virgin. (TV on Demand, Boomerang) It has my favourite pup, Scrappy, who still worships his Uncle Scoob, but has learned the art of running away. And he has a new friend called Film Flam - a street urchin. He doesn't bother me either. I didn't like the costume change for Shaggy, but he's just as goofy & lovable. Daphne also remains. However the stand out character is Vincent Van Ghoul, a warlock (played by Vincent Price) who lends magical aid to the gang. The annoying characters in the show are Weird & Bogle, who act as henchmen to the evil ghost of the episode - very cartoony, & as in the other Scrappy cartoons - real. (Sorry, I'm not that keen on the older fake ghost episodes.) And Scooby is Scooby. It's not the standard formula, but it's entertaining enough. Whether or not you like the younger characters, it's worth a look. 7/10
I actually like this show, it was much better than expected and than I remembered. The animation considering when it was made was not that bad, and the theme tune and incidental music were great too. I don't think it is as good as Scooby Doo Where Are You? but it is not bad at all, and does have a great idea. Yes, the villains weren't quite as memorable as they could have been, Zomba and Maldor excepted, Film Flam is annoying and some of the writing wasn't as inventive as it had potential to have with Film Flam's goofy sayings not always working. Bogal and Weerd I can take and leave. Still the voice acting is fantastic, Casey Kasem and Don Messick never fail to bring a smile to my face as Shaggy and Scooby, and hold no equal as the lovable characters I have come to know and love. But my favourite character is Vincent VanGhoul, magnificently voiced by the wonderful Vincent Price and even looks like him. He had the best lines of the whole show especially the prologues at the start of each episode, and Price's delivery was flawless. And I loved the story lines of Maldor, Zomba(the best one), Vincent falling in love and the Shadow Demon. All in all, not the best our favourite canine has to offer as it did finish on a rather incomplete note, but not at all bad, better than the appalling Shaggy and Scooby Doo:Get a Clue at any rate. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox
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The Hanna Barbera, Scooby Doo franchise underwent a drastic decline in
the late seventies to early eighties when little Scrappy Doo- or as
others would rename him as 'Crappy Poo'- arrived out of nowhere to join
the gang of Scooby, Shaggy, Velma and Daphne. The so-called diminutive
nephew of Scooby was, in many Scooby fans eyes, an annoyance and who'd
embarrass the hell out of the gang, not to mention the fans themselves.
Thankfully however, a new animated show based on the characters, arrived towards the mid-eighties titled: 'The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo' and HB decided to shift their focus away from Scrappy (and rightly so), for once and onto the likes of Daphne, Shaggy, Scoob, as well as the new additions to the franchise; a pint- sized kid going by the name of Film Flam (who looked like he was of Mixed race/Asian origin) and Vincent Van Ghoul- voiced by none other than the famous Vincent Price, whose often scary voice-overs once scared the pants off me, as a kid. For those of you, who need reminding, he did the soliloquy or spoken word bit towards the end of Michael Jackson's 80s hit, 'Thriller'.
I assumed the arrivals of Price and Film Flam, meant that Fred and Velma had to make way for those two, but this in itself didn't hinder the quality of the cartoon or the story itself. I actually thought that Film Flam was not that bad- I could do with Film Flam in the cartoon and get rid of Scrappy. You also had two ghosts, Boogel and Weerd, who were the main villains and of whom tried to outwit the gang, but in the end they always fail.
The Scooby gang have to retrieve the 13 Ghosts, of which they have released from a chest, after Scooby and Shaggy were duped by Boogel and Weerd.
Arguably, the best aspect of this show was that whereas all the other Scooby shows had the same formula, plot-wise that is; i.e, haunted house, Scoob, Fred, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne (and later on Scrappy) try to solve the mysteries and unmask the villain, dressed as a monster and ghost, 'The 13 Ghosts' had a completely different narrative angle, which was refreshing to see. For once, it wasn't just about capturing and unmasking the villains, but also, there was an element of mystery, suspense and of the chest-, which acted as a prop device to further propel the gang forward, in their attempts to recapture the ghosts. It was also good to have the late Vincent Price aka Vincent Van Ghoul and his contribution in the show, was very effective I have to say.
Whilst it wasn't in the same league as say 'Scooby Doo, Where are you?' for example, 'The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo' was much better than The Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show and A Pup Named Scooby Doo, which I prefer over the Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show. It is completely different and the show's plot brought an extra dimension to one of the most famous cartoon franchises in history.
This was one Scooby show that didn't get the exposure it deserved, which was a shame but nevertheless, it was a good cartoon, -but for the inclusion of Scrappy-, and like many other toons, 'The 13 ghosts of Scooby Doo' deserved a longer run.
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Seriously, the 13 ghost spin off series was awesome. I watched this
religiously. Its far better quality than the original series, the
characters are way less wooden. But most of all it actually had
The originals all had the same story: Some sort of haunted house, Scooby gets his cookies, they split up and Fred goes with Daphne and Shaggy with Velma, they catch the monster, turns out its a guy with a rubber mask (sometimes several) the guy expresses his distaste for the gang, end of episode. Yawn.
This, however, is different. This time Shaggy gets the girl. (Velma isn't one in my book, yuk) This time there is Vincent VanGhoul, the scariest cartoon character ever. The 13 ghosts story was refreshing and very captivating for me as a kid.
Too bad about Scrappy the little turd, and whats-his-face, the Indian kid, but they don't really manage to ruin the series.
13 ghosts forever! I wish they made a movie out of THIS one!
After three horrible shows (Or the Dark Ages as I call it) Hanna-Barbera
attempted to rescue the series from ultimate destruction. The first
being this show FAILED.
I will agree that the premise for this show is great! It adds a sense of action and adventure that would later save the franchise. This show unlike it's predecessor relies more on adventure and spookiness then on humor. This time the ghosts are real!
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (Or the new Scooby and Scappy Show?) reintroduced the character of Daphne. This time Daphne had a new `80s look to her and no longer was danger prone (something else that would later save the series.) The addition of Vincent Price was very effective and added to the new mood Hanna-Barber wanted.
But with some many positive elements how did the show fail? Two names come up to mind: Scrappy-Doo and Flim Flam. If these two characters would not have been on the show it would have survived.
Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, and Vincent alongside this new premise would have made for a terrific comeback. To bad Scrappy and Flim Flam had to ruin everything.
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