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Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999)

Unrated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | Video 5 October 1999
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang visit Oakhaven, Massachusetts to seek strange goings on involving a famous horror novelist and his ancestor who is rumored be a witch.

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Daphne (voice)
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Fred Jones (voice)
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Ben Ravencroft (voice)
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Sarah Ravencroft (voice)
Peter Renaday ...
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When the Mystery Gang meet famous horror writer Ben Ravencroft on their last mystery, he invites them to the small town Oakhaven, Massachusetts. While there for the Autumn Harvest Festival, Ben explains the history of his ancestor Sarah Ravencroft, who happens to be an evil witch. At the same time, the Hex Girls, an all-female Gothic rock band, come to town bringing an audience there. The gang investigate the mysterious sightings while they are there which seems to be connected to the locals of the town which turns into something much more. Written by James Hake

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O Scooby-Doo kai i magissa fantasma  »

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Trivia

The character of Ben Ravencroft appears to be based on horror author Stephen King, who lives in Maine and also has a somewhat similar appearance. See more »

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There is nothing in the dialogue or plot or storyline to so much as indicate that Sarah Ravencroft actually had children before she was banished into her spellbook if she had any children they would have been banished into the spellbook with Sarah or put to death. So Ben should not even exist. See more »

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[a burning tree branch falls down on the spell book and burns it]
Velma: Ben Ravencroft's last book is one the world will never buy.
Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers: Like, too bad. It would've been a hot fast seller.
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Follows Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988) See more »

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Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air
Music by Bodie Chandler
Lyrics by Glenn Leopold
Produced and arranged by Gary Lionelli and Bodie Chandler
Sung by The Hex Girls: Jennifer Hale, Jane Wiedlin and Kimberly Brooks
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Much better than you'd expect – comedy, good animation and all the old favourites
18 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst investigating a haunted museum the gang meet horror writer Ben Ravencroft and get invited back to his hometown. When they get to Oakhaven they find the tourist season at full flow – attracted by tales of the ghost of Ben's ancestor who was burnt as a witch. The gang begin to try and unravel the town's mystery despite the many red herrings.

This update of Scooby Doo is much better than you'd expect it to be. The plot is just what you expect from Scooby Doo (witch haunting town – but is it real or is someone up to no good etc). However it does have a little added spice by having some modern twists – like the fact that Fred always wants to go off with Daphne when they split, or Fred being tired getting called a `kid', or Thelma's geeky status nicely kept.

The plot is good for the most, with plenty of red herrings to make it less than obvious as to who's behind everything. The animation is good – the gang are nearly identical to the original, with the exception maybe of Fred. However the feel of the film is quite like the dark mood of the Batman animated series. The only complaint is that you can that it is modern by the use of car chases, supernatural battles and Batman-type fights. However it is good to see the characters in a well animated adventure – even if some of the ghosts are more scary and less comedy that they are usually.

The voice work is good – except Fred doesn't sound quite like he should. Tim Curry is good but really you know that if he's going to do the voice then his character is going have some meat on it. The `ghost' is poor – all `thee' and `thou'. But in the most case the voices are fine.

Overall it is a modern telling so we really do have ghosts etc, but apart from this it's actually very enjoyable – the humour, the pop culture references etc all made it much better than I thought it would be, even if some of (The Hex Girls) doesn't work very well. Oh – and did we need to have the Scooby Doo theme song by Billy Ray Cyrus?


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