After the death of Shaggy's Uncle Beaureguard, he, Scooby, and Scrappy arrive at his uncle's plantation to collect the inheritance. But as soon as they arrive, they find it is haunted by ... See full summary »
After years of unmasking fake ghosts, the Mystery Gang have separated and acquired new careers, including Daphne being a reporter. For her birthday, Fred invites the whole gang to join their trip to Louisiana for Daphne's television show. They have many adventures but every ghost is just a villain in a costume. They soon meet Lena Dupree, who takes them to Moonscar Island in the hopes to encounter a real ghost. Things soon become creepy and the gang find themselves caught between vicious werecats and zombies lead by the ghost of Moonscar the Pirate. Written by
I had to do a heck of a lot of digging through "Scooby Doo" entries to find this one. I hadn't remembered its name, but felt inclined to comment on it, after seeing a couple of remarks about the live-action Scooby movie.
I saw this one 2-3 years ago & thought it was very well-done & quite faithful to the original cartoon--which I grew up with and dearly loved.
One reviewer of the live movie remarked that the real ghosts were a nice change from the old formula of the cartoon. Other reviewers, though, slashed it for the same reason. I personally found it refreshing in both Zombie Island & the Geller-Prinz flick to have something other than "Old Hank" in a bed sheet scaring off tourists.
Don't get me wrong: I loved the original show & cherish it very much. Let's face facts, though. The very introduction of the irritating, nauseating Scrappy Doo was really an admission that the salad days were over & the premise worn out. Hanna-Barbara could have either retired the series or tried to pump fresh life into it with a new character. Sadly (oh so sadly!!!) they chose the latter. I would compare that with NBC keeping Seinfeld on the air one more year & moving the cast to a desert island inhabited by Paul Lynde (playing the practical-joking warlock "Uncle Arthur") for the final season. Let a great show die!
In any case, the real ghosts in Zombie Island were very refreshing, as was the uniquely modern animation. I thoroughly enjoyed Zombie Island and found it quite interesting that the real-life Scooby plot seemed suspiciously similar (i.e., the group breaking up, then being reunited & finding a real ghost for once).
I would strongly recommend this one to any Scooby fans.
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