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Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
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 featuring Scooby-Doo, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Freddy Jones, Simone, Lena, Beau Neville; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

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Scooby Breaks from the Formula... in a Bad Way 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Ivanhoe, July 06, 2005

After "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" left the airwaves in 1991, Scooby-Doo took his longest hiatus since his first show began in 1969. Hanna-Barbera was sold to Turner, who were more interested in a new generation of animation. After Turner was merged with Time Warner, however, Warner Bros. Animation became very interested in revisiting on of the most reliable cartoon franchises in TV history. In 1998, "Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island" arrived on video store shelves.

After such a long time with nothing new in the Scooby-Doo universe (besides ceaseless marketing), I have to say I was disappointed. There are a few reasons. Firstly, there were major stylistic changes. The backgrounds and music were very reminiscent of WB's "Batman: The Animated Series," which were not very appropriate to a show that relies on a lot of slapstick comedy. Also unusual was the storyline itself. Rather than going the mystery route, it became more of a horror film, in the vein of "Night of the Living Dead". There were some good humorous moments, but overall the gags were not up to the Marx Brothers standard of humor that Scooby fans have grown accustomed to.

The fact that the movie feels more like a WB adventure cartoon than a H-B comedy/mystery is what really ruins this attempt. It is not so horrible as some of Hanna-Barbera's own past experiments with Scooby-Doo, but it is still a long way off from being the type of Scooby entertainment we all know and love.
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Scooby-Doo And The Legend Of The Vampire Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'  featuring Scooby-Doo, Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake, Shaggy Rogers, Velma Dinkley

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A Return to Scooby's Roots 8 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Ivanhoe, July 06, 2005

After a series of relatively uninspired direct-to-video movies featuring Scooby and the gang, my expectations were rather low for this follow-up. However, within the first few minutes of this video, I knew this was going to be different. The first thing I noticed was a very different approach to the opening credits, which were playfully spooky rather than baroque like WB's previous Scoobys. However, the thing that really floored me was seeing the names Heather North and Nicole Jaffe in the credits. The voices of Daphne and Velma from the original series had returned! The film revives many of the "formulas" that made Scooby-Doo so popular. The stories once again involve a mystery, clues, and an un-masking at the end. As was common with Scooby-Doo in the 70's, Scooby and the gang travel to an exotic location (in this case, bringing the Mystery Machine with them to Australia) and hang out with a rock band. Many of the musical themes from the original series are used in the score as well. For the first time since the 70's, we have something that feels like an old-fashioned Scooby-Doo mystery!

Part of the reason for these changes must be the new creative team. Scott Jeralds, the director of "The Legend of the Vampire," must be a long-time Scooby-Doo fan. He also smartly knows how to balance tried-and-true formulas with a more contemporary setting, giving us more than mere nostalgia. Ultimately, he knows who his audience is: the adult fans of old-school Scooby-Doo, and the younger generation of kids who are discovering it for themselves. Jeralds is very careful to make sure that neither is disappointed.

Perhaps best of all is that Scott Jeralds has played a part in the production of all the Scoobys since then. "The Legend of the Vampire" may or may not have served as the prototype for the newest Saturday-morning incarnation, "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" and the original voice cast would re-team for one more movie, the excellent "Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico". Everything that's good about Scooby-Doo today is likely due to the success of this video release, which I recommend strongly to any fan of that cowardly dog with a big heart named Scooby-Doo.
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