The 14th installment in the Scooby-Doo
direct-to-video movies produced by who else? Warner Bros. Animation
. This direct-to-video now features a new style of improved animated format with a darker, more realistic look similar to Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
than the cheaper previous movies, not to mention the gang return to their original outfits and designs from the 1969 series
. The movie sold well on iTunes, reaching the top ten on the Kids & Family movies charts and the top 40 on the iTunes movie charts.
Before we move on to the plot of the movie and the tropes it provides, it’s worth noting that from this point on, the live-action theatrical Shaggy
, Matthew Lillard, does the voice of the animated Shaggy.
Velma receives a call to check on her sister, Madelyn, who's attending school at the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy. Unfortunately, there are rumors of a Gryphon terrorizing students, and Madelyn remains one of the only students left. When Mystery Inc. arrives, the school requests their help to solve the mystery of the gryphon attacks. Could it be Calvin Curdles, a wealthy businessman who wants the castle for himself? Or maybe Amos, the creepy groundskeeper for the castle? And what about Alma, the maid? And what's with the way Madelyn looks at Shaggy? And is Fred falling for Whirlen's former stage assistant, Crystal?
- Art Shift: Anyone can tell that the animation has improved from the previous film, Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword.
- Big Damn Movie: It was certainly a step forward for the Scooby-Doo direct-to-video movies, followed by Camp Scare and Phantosaur.
- Big Shadow, Little Creature: The ominous griffin shadow turns out to be that of Wherlin's performing lion with some show birds sitting on his back.
- Blatant Lies
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Curdles' idea of promising new ice cream flavors includes liver, onion, broccoli, and buttered brussels sprouts.
- Darker and Edgier: Not so notable as other films, like Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, but it’s definitely edgier than the series of cheaper animated films that started somewhere around Legend of the Vampire.
- Flanderization: Daphne’s clumsiness. Seriously! It’s worse than Shaggy’s!
- Hartman Hips
- Hypocritical Humor: Velma thinks of Madelyn as a nerd, and talks about why that is while doing the things Madelyn is talking about.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Curdles worked hard to become a wealthy ice cream businessman, so Alma would fall for him. But she loves him anyway.
- Kavorka Man: Shaggy, for whom Madelyn has the hots.
- The Klutz: One could say this about Daphne more than any other adaptation.
- Male Gaze: At the beginning, the movie seems focused on the girl who got attacked instead of the guy with her.
- Meganekko: Madelyn. And the girl at the beginning.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Mythology Gag: The gang looking up from a book when the creepy caretaker enters the library is staged exactly like a shot from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'s opening credits. It's done very abruptly, mimicking the choppy animation of the classic episodes.
- Nerd: Marlon Whirlen, compared to his brother Whirlen Merlin. And the birdwatcher at the beginning.
- The Other Darrin: Starting with this movie, Shaggy is now voiced by Matthew Lillard. Ironically, he also doubles as a Role Reprisal from the Scooby-Doo live-action movies.
- Romantic False Lead: Crystal toward Fred.
- Running Gag: Curdles hates it when Velma ruins his plan to buy the castle.
- Shaggy Search Technique: Used twice. First when Daphne stumbles on a secret passageway inside the castle, and secondly when Scooby accidentally figures out where the secret passageway to O’Flannery’s grave is. Never used by Shaggy.
- Shipper on Deck: Scooby seems to be this for Scooby/Madelyn.
- Up to Eleven: Daphne’s clumsiness is greatly Flanderized.
- You Shall Not Pass: Shaggy tries this on the Griffin. Needless to say, it doesn't work.