Western Animation: Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders

Directed by Jim Stenstrum, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders is the third direct-to-video installment for the Scooby-Doo franchise, produced by Warner Bros. Animation with a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. copyright.

Unlike the previous films, in spite of the grimmer atmosphere, it also had a lighter tone.

The gang is driving through the Sonoran Desert when a sandstorm comes up and Shaggy makes a wrong turn onto government property but only to lose control of the Mystery Machine when Shaggy sees an UFO and the gang find themselves on the outskirts of small town Roswell where people are supposedly being abducted by aliens. Itís up to the gang to solve the mystery.

Tropes:

  • Anal Probing: Very subtlety implied.
  • Darker and Edgier
  • Did Not Get the Girl: And a Tear Jerker at that.
  • Lighter and Softer: In spite of the grimmer atmosphere, it has the real aliens as the good guys and disguised humans as the primary antagonists.
  • Mook DLE: Did the animation.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Crystal the photographer is one. Or so it seems, until it's revealed that she's an Alien Among Us.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: After Shaggy and Scooby meet up with the others in the restaurant, they're still so lovestruck from seeing Crystal and Amber that they order nothing.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: A non-lethal version. Shaggy and Amber along with Scooby and Crystal, because they're aliens.
  • Totally Radical: Crystal is even worse than Shaggy, seeming like she was plucked right out of the 60's. Turns out her race discovered transmissions from Earth in the 60's and assumed everyone still dressed and talked like that.
  • Tsundere: Crystal's dog Amber was this to Scooby when Shaggy and Scooby met the girls. She does eventually come to like him over time.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Shaggy makes a wrong turn onto government property courtesy of a sandstorm and then wounds the gang up near Roswell after seeing an UFO.